Jan. 1

December 31, 2012

Additional information has been received for the obituary of for Lewis R. Adams, who died December 29, 2012. American Legion Post 175 will accord full military rites at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, January 3, in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


Joseph A. Balaban

Devoted husband, father, brother, teacher and friend

Joseph A. Balaban, 51, of Waynesburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, December 29, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

He was born June 13, 1961, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Edward P. and Rose Sich Balaban.

Mr. Balaban was a graduate of Vale Technical Institute at Blairsville.

He was a teacher at Western Area Career and Technology Center in Canonsburg. He was named Pennsylvania Vocational Teacher of the Year in 2010. He had also worked as an automotive technician at Budd Baer in Washington, Detwiler’s in Masontown, and Monroe and John Howard’s, both in Waynesburg.

Mr. Balaban was a member of Oak View United Methodist Church in Waynesburg and was active in Bass Masters in Greene and Washington counties.

He was a devoted husband, father, brother, teacher and friend.

Surviving are his wife, Rita Tennant Balaban, whom he married September 1, 1984; two sons, Glenn Edward (Janelle) Balaban of Mt. Morris and Thomas A. Balaban of Waynesburg; a grandson, Jonah Balaban; a sister, Roseddy (Lon) Montgomery of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Edward (Debbie) Balaban of Wexford; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, in Oak View United Methodist Church, 160 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg, with the Rev. David Stains and the Rev. Jerrad Peterman officiating, followed by interment in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. The family requests casual attire for the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions for the education of Mr. Balaban’s son and grandson may be made by check payable to Thomas A. Balaban or Glenn E. Balaban and mailed to the funeral home. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.


Robert A. Berisford

U.S. Army, Air Force and National Guard veteran

Robert A. Berisford, 78, of Washington, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, in his home.

He was born February 17, 1934, in Washington, a son of the late Ralph J. Sr. and Martha Mae Huggins Berisford.

Mr. Berisford was a graduate of Washington High School and went on to work as a charger operator for Jessop Steel, from where he retired.

He loved playing for the Jessop dartball league and also was an avid card player and Steelers and Pirates fan.

Mr. Berisford was a veteran of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the Army National Guard.

On October 16, 1954, in Washington, he married Ella Irene Bird, who died September 12, 1992.

Surviving are a son, Dale A. (Cathy) Berisford of Pinellas Park, Fla.; two daughters, Sandra (Jay) Briggs and Debra (Lonnie) Amon, both of Washington; six grandchildren, Brian J. and Jason A. Briggs, Joyelle M. Ruff, Bobbie Jo Little and Matthew W. and Leslie A. Rutan; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Ralph Berisford Jr., William J. Berisford and Donald Berisford, and a sister, Virginia Gump.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. Military honors will be accorded by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.


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. www.jeffersonmemorial.biz


George P. Henry

Member of St. Alphonsus R.C. Church

George P. Henry, 89, of McDonald, died peacefully Sunday, December 30, 2012.

He was born May 25, 1923, in Brownsville, a son of the late George F. and Regina “Gene” Ellwanger Henry.

Mr. Henry retired in 1986 from Operating Engineers Local 66.

He was a member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, McDonald, and the Holy Name Society.

On July 29, 1944, he married Dorothy M. Tennyson of Noblestown, who died October 26, 1970.

Surviving are two sons, Gary G. Henry of Green Tree and Gregory P. Henry of Moon Township; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a sister, Regina “Gene” Henry, and a brother, Jerome R. Henry.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 3, with the Rev. Gary Oehmler, pastor of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital Brain Tumor Research Fund, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Online condolences, photos and additional information are available at www.nationfuneralhome.com.


Edith L. Kapaldo

Loved her family and gardening

Edith L. Kapaldo of Hawthorne Woods, South Strabane Township, formerly of Pittsburgh (Westwood), died Saturday, December 29, 2012.

She was born October 31, 1921, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Elza and Alice Blosser Rohr.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Kapaldo, who died in July 1991.

Surviving are a son, Paul Joseph Kapaldo of North Olmsted, Ohio; a daughter, Ginger (Tate) Fulton of Washington; three grandsons, Joseph (Beth) Fulton of Washington, Anthony (Anne) Fulton of Falls Church, Va., and Michael (Jill) Fulton of Washington; and three great-grandchildren, Greta Ruth, William Tate and Miles Spencer Fulton.

Mrs. Kapaldo was a homemaker most of her life; however, she worked as a short order cook at Village Dairy, Noble Manor Shopping Center and for Grants Department Store in Crafton.

She loved her family, gardening, crossword puzzles and dogs.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz


Rosemarie Nemish King

Bentleyville resident

Rosemarie “Posey” Nemish King, 80, of Bentleyville, died Friday morning, December 28, 2012, in her home.

She was born November 24, 1932, in Vesta 6, a daughter of John and Rose Hartody Nemish.

She was a graduate of Centerville High School.

Her husband, John E. King, died August 5, 2010.

Surviving are two sons, Jonathan R. King (Sherrie) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mark King (Alana) of Bentleyville; two grandchildren, Amanda King Blevins (Bradley “B.J.”) and Jonathan R. King (Emily); three great-grandchildren, Danica and Charlotte Rose Blevins and Christopher Pendergrass; a sister, Margaret Johnson of Wooster, Ohio; a brother, John Nemish of Wooster; several nieces and nephews; and her companions, Duke, Rollie and Pollie.

Deceased are a great-grandson, Garrett King; a sister, Helen Saggese; and a brother, Charles Nemish.

Private services were held Monday, December 31, in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Memorials may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Condolences can be sent at www.thompson-marodi.com.


Mary Polacek Maranich

Enjoyed taking care of her family

Mary Polacek Maranich, 88, of Vineland, N.J., passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012, in SJH Regional Medical Center, Vineland, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Maranich was born in Hastings and had resided in Myersdale and Berlin and finally in Vineland, to be near her daughters.

She was a daughter of the late Catherine Brandis and Joseph Polacek, and the wife of the late Michael Maranich, who died in 2007.

Mrs. Maranich was a homemaker and a full-time mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed taking care of her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Marsha and husband Ed Fransko of Vineland and Janice Hammerling of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; two brothers, Joseph (Shirley) of Pennsylvania and Andrew (Fran) of Florida; two sisters, Elizabeth Green of Pennsylvania and Theresa Thieret of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, by her grandson, the Rev. Michael E. Fransko, in the chapel of Monongahela Cemetery. To email condolences or tributes, please visit www.pancoastfuneralhome.com.


Lillian Gloria Standiford

Enjoyed reading and sewing

Lillian Gloria Standiford, 96, of Washington, died Sunday, December 30, 2012, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born October 20, 1916, in Marianna, a daughter of the late George and Mary Martinelli Doria.

A 1934 graduate of Washington High School, she was a lifelong member of Fairhill Manor Christian Church, formerly Second Christian Church.

Mrs. Standiford had worked as a secretary in the Washington High School office, retiring in 1980.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and a 50-year member of Chapter 409 Order of Eastern Star. A Sunday school teacher, she was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and choir, and was active in the church camp.

She enjoyed reading, sewing, crafts, crocheting and crossword puzzles.

On April 28, 1936, she married Earl Weir Standiford, who died February 6, 1995.

Surviving are a son, Grant (Carol) Standiford of Brandon, Miss.; three daughters, Eva Lou (Fred) Engle, Rolinda Sprowls and Sharl (Thomas) Burk, all of Washington; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Doria of Washington; 14 grandchildren, Stephen (Helene) Engle of Colorado, Joyce (Carl) Brandtonies, Matthew (Beth) Engle, Julie (Eric) Meier, Kristie Sprowls of Belle Vernon, T.D. (Tami) Sprowls, Darci Sprowls, Brad (Kris) Sprowls of Florida, Cynthia (Jon) Ault, Lori Riggle of Meadville, Jordon Burk, Cori (Scott) Newman, Tara (Chris) Griffing of Mississippi and Erinn (Jim) Rawlings of Tennessee; and 17 great-grandchildren, Megan and Robert Engle, Elysa Engle of Colorado, Cameron and Colby Meier, Brandon Lipscomb of Ohio, Bella, Weyland, Gunner and Roman Rawlings of Tennessee, Olivia and Lily Kate Griffing of Mississippi, Garrett, Wyatt and Waylon Newman, and Katie and Matthew Thompson of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Karen (Robert) Riggle, who died September 6, 2012; six brothers, August, Carl and Alfred Caltuna and George, Todd and Earl Doria; and four sisters, Rose Menegus, Lena Pietkiewicz, Louise Pearce and Mary Doria.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, in Fairhill Manor Christian Church, Washington, with the Rev. Michael Lehman officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or Donnell House, Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Harry H. Victor

Retired farm worker

Harry H. Victor, 75, of Waynesburg, died Friday, December 28, 2012, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

Mr. Victor was born October 10, 1937, a son of the late Harry and Viola Jackson Victor Sr.

Surviving are two children, Terry Victor (Kendra) of Spraggs and Jenny Victor of Holbrook; eight grandchildren; and two close friends, Leroy and Loretta Moore of Carmichaels.

A son, Harry Victor; a brother, Robert Victor; and a sister, Debbie Gump, are deceased.

Mr. Victor was a retired farm worker.

He was a social member of the American Legion, Waynesburg.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner, funeral director, supervisor. The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.

Find an online obituary at lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.


Darryl R. Wisthoff


Darryl R. Wisthoff, 58, of McMurray, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012.

He was born September 18, 1954, in Michigan City, Ind., a son of Helen and the late John Wisthoff.

Mr. Wisthoff worked at JCPenney for 40 years, retiring in June 2012 as the Washington store manager.

On March 3, 2012, he married Beth Ann Duranko, who survives.

In addition to his father, deceased are his first wife, Kathryn Wisthoff, and a nephew, Nathan Womack.

In addition to his mother and wife, surviving are two stepchildren, Elise Duranko of Washington and Chris Duranko of Carnegie; two brothers, Terry Wisthoff of Michigan City and Brian (Ginger) Wisthoff of Hollywood, Fla.; a sister, Debbie (Ron) Womack of Michigan City; a niece, April Wisthoff of Long Beach, Calif.; and a nephew, Eric Wisthoff of Hollywood.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301, or to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.



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