Dec. 29

December 28, 2012

Virginia P. Baker

Greenway Manufacturing retiree

Virginia P. Baker, 93, of Elm City, N.C., formerly of Ruff Creek and Beallsville, died at 1 a.m. Sunday, December 23, 2012, in Elm City Assisted Living.

She was born Tuesday, December 9, 1919, in Washington Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late Jesse G. Phillips and Effie Day Phillips.

Mrs. Baker was a former member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ruff Creek.

She worked for Greenway Manufacturing for 27 years as an inspector and presser, retiring in 1983.

Her first husband, Ray A. Scott, died in June 1977. On June 19, 1983, she married J. Louis Baker, who is deceased.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Terry A.(Carol) Scott of Rocky Mount, N.C.; two granddaughters, Shannon Scott and Krista Scott; three great-grandchildren, Jack Greco, Jayden Greco and Riley Roelich; a stepson, Larry Baker of Beallsville; and three stepgrandchildren.

Deceased are a stepson, James Baker; a sister, Irene Robson; and a brother, Oscar Phillips.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, December 31, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Greene County Memorial Park chapel, Morgan Township, where burial will take place. Bishop Keith Kerry will officiate. Information is available at


Clementina Cimarolli

Member of St. Michael R.C. Church

Clementina Cimarolli, 92, of Avella, died at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born November 15, 1920, in Ellsworth, a daughter of the late Ottavio and Ida Lolli.

Mrs. Cimarolli had lived in Avella for the past 80 years and was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church.

On November 24, 1938, she married John Cimarolli, who died December 9, 2000.

Surviving are a daughter, Madeline (John) Lis of Avella; two sons, John Cimarolli Jr. of Girard and David Cimarolli of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Michael and wife Vicki, John, Gabe and wife Shannon, Joanne, Betty Ann and Patti Ann; and nine great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, is a sister.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church Building Fund.


Martha LaVerne Miller Harshman

Loving mother, devoted grandmother

Martha LaVerne “Chickie” Miller Harshman, 64, of Pittsburgh’s South Hills, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012.

She was the loving mother of Kristen (Cliff) Milowicki and Jason (Jackie) Harshman; devoted grandmother of Brendan and Caroline Milowicki; and cherished sister of Bonnie Hendry and sister-in-law of Dora Cox.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews and best friends Judy McGibbeny and Linda Danihel.

She devoted more than 40 years of her life to nursing and healing others. She was a faithful follower of Christ.

Arrangements entrusted to Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Pleasant Hills. A memorial service will be held in her honor at noon Saturday, January 5, in Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Peters Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in her name to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.


Ronald E. Jones

U.S. Army veteran

Ronald E. Jones, 79, of Bentleyville, died Thursday evening, December 27, 2012, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 25, 1933, in Bentleyville, a son of the late Harry and Barbara Kessler Jones.

In 1995, he retired from Industrial Gasket and Shim in Meadow Lands and, at the time of his death, was a crossing guard for Bentworth School District.

Mr. Jones was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a corporal in the Korean War.

He was a member of American Legion Post 165 in Bentleyville.

Surviving are his wife, Sarah Maroney Jones; six children, Ronald J. Jones (Marion) of Centerville, Mark Yurkovich of Bentleyville, David Yurkovich of Belle Vernon, Kathleen Kyle (Robert) of Charleroi, Jo Ann Yurkovich of Temple City, Calif., and Leonard Yurkovich (Sherry) of Charleroi; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

Deceased is a daughter, Denise Jaycox.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Condolences may be made at


William Nourigat Jr.

Avid walker enjoyed sports

William Nourigat Jr., 95, of Midway, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born January 6, 1917, in Midway, a son of the late William Nourigat Sr. and Ora Russell Nourigat.

Mr. Nourigat was a custodian for Fort Cherry School District and previously was a foreman at Taylor-Forge.

He was a member of Center United Presbyterian Church, Midway Volunteer Fire Department, Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM and the Shriners.

Mr. Nourigat enjoyed sports, spending time with his family and was an avid walker.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Deer Nourigat of Midway; daughter Suellyn (Ron) Lukan of Midway; grandchildren Jodie (Paul) Panizza of Midway, Karen (Eric) Shephard of Sturgeon and Jef (Jodie) Lukan of Houston; and great-grandchildren Brittney, Holly, Anthony, Jillian and Allison.

Deceased are a sister, Rose Marie Randour, and a brother, Charles Nourigat.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, December 30, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway, 724-796-3301. A firemen’s service will be held at 6 p.m. and a Shriner’s service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Private interment will be held in Center Cemetery. Please sign the guest book at


John Novacich

Navy veteran, Consol retiree

John Novacich, 84, of Point Marion, died Friday, December 28, 2012, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born April 16, 1928, in Nemacolin, a son of the late Jvan and Kathryn Sebetich Novacich.

Mr. Novacich was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a longtime member of St. Hubert’s Roman Catholic Church and Point Marion Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Novacich served on borough council and volunteered delivering Meals-on-Wheels for many years.

Retiring in 1984 from Consol’s Osage Mine, he had previously worked at the butcher shop in Mather, Point Marion Hardware and on river tugboats.

In his spare time, he was an avid woodworker and made many beautiful pieces for his family.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Rose Wozniak Novacich; three children and spouses, John A. and Margaret Novacich, Roxane and Gregg Garland, all of Point Marion, and Matthew and Tracy Novacich of Newark, Del.; four grandchildren, Matthew John and Jacki Novacich and Bryant and Derek Garland; and a niece, Sandra Dulik and husband Steve of Jefferson.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and until 9:30 a.m., the time of service, Monday, December 31, in Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Hubert’s Church, Point Marion. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Point Marion. Parish vigil service will be held at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be offered to St. Hubert’s Roman Catholic Church, 50 North Morgantown Street, Fairchance, PA 15436.


Grace P. Rippel

Retired teacher and active church member

Grace P. Rippel, 97, of Washington, formerly of Forward Township, passed away peacefully Friday, December 28, 2012, in Southmont Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

She was born December 29, 1914, on the family farm home in Forward Township, a daughter of the late William and Gertrude Tarr Rippel.

Ms. Rippel was a retired teacher with 40 years in Clairton and Bunola school districts.

She was a graduate of California State Teachers College and Penn State University.

Ms. Rippel was a former member of Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak and Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, where she was an elder and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are sisters Margaret J. Tignanelli of Elizabeth Township, Minnie M. Lehman of Forward Township, S. Ruth McGowan of Eighty Four and Lois R. Laird of Bentleyville; brothers Ralph Rippel of Forward Township, Albert “Bud” P. Rippel of Forward Township and Lawrence H. Rippel of Belle Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are brothers Charles C. Rippel, William C. Rippel II, John Tarr Rippel and Christy “Tim” Rippel and sister Martha I. Briegel.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 30, with Pastor John Pipp officiating. Procession and burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made in her name to Sampson’s Mill Church Missionary Fund, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, or a charity of one’s choice.


Vilma Russell

Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Vilma Russell, 80, of Atlasburg, died Friday, December 28, 2012, in her home.

She was born May 27, 1932, in Washington County, a daughter of the late Nazzareno and Evelyn Mores Manni.

Mrs. Russell was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown.

Surviving are a daughter, Toni Russell of Atlasburg; a sister, Janice Donelli of Dothan, Ala.; two brothers, Elio “John” Manni of Burgettstown and Jimmy Manni of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, James J. Russell, who died March 16, 2002; two sisters, Dora Lombardi and Florence Crowley; and three brothers, Joe, Carl and Anthony Manni.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31, with the Rev. George Moneck officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory. For further information and condolences, please visit


Raymond Schollaert

Steelworker was member of St. Patrick Church, Oakdale

Raymond Schollaert, 90, of Bridgeville, South Fayette Township, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Sewickley Hospital.

He was born January 29, 1922, in Sturgeon, a son of the late Julien and Paula Thomas Schollaert.

Mr. Schollaert was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Oakdale.

He was a steelworker at Universal Cyclops.

Mr. Schollaert was a World War II 9th Army Air Corps veteran.

He enjoyed bowling, golf and playing cards.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey Delaney Schollaert, whom he married November 27, 1947; children Paula Schollaert of Cecil Township, Pamela (Ron) White of Cecil Township, Patricia (Tom) Arnold of South Fayette, Susan Roach of Cecil Township, Mary (Paul) Dykta of Oakdale and Jacquelynne Smith of South Fayette; and grandchildren Chelsea Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Phillip White, Jessica Dykta, Marissa Dykta and Emily Roach.

Deceased are brothers Thomas, Walter, Julien, Albert and Lawrence and sisters Frances Kanarek and Eleanor Boocks.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Monday, December 31, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Oakdale. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick Church, 7322 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. Please sign a guest book at


Rebecca Jane Grimes Sensky

Rebecca Jane Grimes Sensky, 76, of Washington, died Friday, December 28, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, following a lengthy illness.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Michael G. Whirlow

1978 – 2012

Michael G. Whirlow, 34, of Safety Harbor, Fla., passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, December 26, 2012, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born September 8, 1978. He was a son of George and Carol Whirlow of Washington and Jamie and David Rothschild of Safety Harbor.

Mr. Whirlow attended Trinity High School.

Surviving are two children, Michael and Madison Whirlow of Safety Harbor; two brothers, Brian (Wendy) Whirlow of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Evan Whirlow of Washington; and a sister, Crystal Rothschild of Safety Harbor.

Deceased is a brother, Houston Rothschild.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, where a prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, December 30. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michael and Madison Whirlow, in care of Wabellco Federal Credit Union, 1277 Park Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, 724-225-7522.


Freddie Wise

Freddie “Doug” Wise died Thursday, December 27, 2012.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 31, in Tennant Funeral Home, Hundred, W.Va., 304-775-2555.


Francis W. Zimmerman Sr.

Mechanic served in Korean War, enjoyed football

Francis W. Zimmerman Sr., 80, of Waynesburg, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, in his home.

He was born November 5, 1932, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Wayne and Dorothy Roberts Zimmerman.

On June 16, 1956, he married Ellen M. Bissett, who survives.

Mr. Zimmerman worked as a mechanic in several Waynesburg-area garages. He also drove a bookmobile for Bowlby Public Library and worked as a security guard.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 44th Tank Battalion, attached to the 82nd Airborne.

Mr. Zimmerman was a member of Claughton Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a life member and past commander of American Legion Post 330 in Waynesburg. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Post 123 in Waynesburg. He was a member of Greene County Voiture 40 and 8 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 461. He was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed NASCAR and football and was an avid Steelers fan.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four sons, Daniel W. Zimmerman of Waynesburg, Charles R. Zimmerman of Florida and Francis W. Zimmerman Jr. and V. Edward Zimmerman, both of Waynesburg; two daughters, Ellen Owens of Waynesburg and Cheryl Serda of Walker, La.; 10 grandchildren, Richard Owens, Heather St. Claire, Daniel, Shaon, Brooke, Travis and Devin Zimmerman, Sean Moore, Robert Lee Serda and David Serda; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Zimmerman of Warren, Ohio; and a sister, Martha Ann Long of Garards Fort.

Deceased are four brothers, Charles, Billy, Arleigh and Frank Zimmerman, and a sister, Elizabeth Wise.

He leaves behind his beloved companion dog, Nikki.

Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 31, with the Rev. Ron Geisler officiating. Burial will follow in Claughton Chapel Cemetery with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 330, DAV Post 123, VFW Post 4793 and the U.S. Army. Condolences may be offered at



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