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Robert Joseph Boswell Jr.


U.S. Army veteran


Robert Joseph Boswell Jr., 85, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Lancaster General Hospital.


He was born in Washington, a son of the late Robert Joseph Sr. and Ruth Boone Boswell.


Mr. Boswell was the husband of the late Ruth May Nystrom Boswell.


He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II.


Mr. Boswell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Washington & Jefferson College.


He taught classes at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point College. He was a terminal manager for Suawk Co. in Washington for 14 years and a terminal manager for 20 years at Motor Freight Express, where he retired. He also worked as a manager at Firestone Complete Auto Care.


Mr. Boswell was a member of the Rotary Club since 1962 and was a Mason.


He loved Dixieland music, playing cards and being with his friends.


Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Hershey of Ephrata and Barbara Brunner, wife of Ray G. Brunner, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a brother, James Boswell of Greensburg; a sister, Margaret Hutchison of Washington; and his longtime friend and companion, Jane Heavner.


Mr. Boswell will be missed by his granddog, Isabella.


A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Washington Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made in his name to American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603, or Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. To send the family condolences, please visit www.SnyderFuneralHome.com.


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Belle A. Brutout


Lifelong member of Christian Church


Belle A. Brutout, 99, of Charleroi, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Strabane Woods, Washington.


She was born December 29, 1913, in North Charleroi, a daughter of the late Joseph and Garnett White Alfree.


Mrs. Brutout was a lifelong member of Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. She was a cradle member of First Christian Church in Charleroi, where she taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for many years. She also was a member of the Amicus Class. She later became an active member of United Christian Church in California, where she was instrumental in leading the Women’s Fellowship Group and promoting the Blessing Box. She also held various offices for the regional church. She also maintained memberships in Beta Y Gradale, Good Neighbor Club, Lutheran Women Sewing Group and Charleroi Historical Society.


In her later years, she enjoyed helping at the local food bank. In the last 17 years, she enjoyed her life at the Crest Avenue Apartment Building. She was instrumental in planning parties and dinners for every occasion. She and her friends enjoyed many card games, puzzle building and hours of decorating. Other interests included camping at Hillegas Campgrounds, collecting four-leaf clovers, collecting angels and her vast collection of bells.


Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Crow and husband Charles of Leesburg, Fla., and Diana Eckert and husband Donald of Lancaster; two sons, Victor “Chip” Brutout and wife Mary Beth of West Grove and Samuel Brutout and wife Anafred of Leesburg; a sister, Harriet Jane Downer; nine grandchildren, Carrie Kennedy, Tim Crow, Lisa Buday, Lynn Crow, Rebecca Borland, Marc Eckert, Jim Long, Scott Brutout and Jeff Brutout; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Norman C. Hunt; and a sister-in-law, Mildred Allfree.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Victor Brutout; a daughter, Judith Hunt; two grandsons, Farley Hunt and Dennis Odgers; two sisters, Anne Lauder and Mary Wood; and a brother, Joseph Allfree.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, in United Christian Church, 499 West Malden Drive, California. Relatives and friends attending the funeral services are being asked to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Howe Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Charleroi Historical Society, United Christian Church in California, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to www.schrock-hogan.com.


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Timothy Perry Burchett


Loving father and grandfather


Timothy Perry Burchett, 68, of Washington, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


He was born July 18, 1944, in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of the late Tom and Garnet Craig Burchett.


Mr. Burchett was a graduate of McGuffey High School and attended Slippery Rock University.


For 30 years, he was employed as an ironworker through Local 549 in Wheeling, W.Va.


He was a strong supporter of girls’ sports teams in the area. He coached girls’ youth softball, the Landmark team and also coached women’s softball, Kelley Mike’s team.


Mr. Burchett was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from July 9, 1963, until his honorable discharge July 8, 1966, with a rank of specialist, fifth class. He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.


Mr. Burchett was a member of Church of the Covenant, American Legion Hunt-Kennedy Post 639 in Claysville and Washington Elks.


His family will remember him as a loving father and grandfather.


On July 8, 1972, he married Sharon Beck, who survives.


Also surviving are two daughters, Courtney (Christopher) Smith of Pittsburgh and Amanda Burchett of Washington; two brothers, Leland R. Burchett of East Liverpool, Ohio, and James F. Burchett of Washington; and four grandchildren, Julian Burchett, Ella Smith, Adele Smith and Lydia Smith.


Deceased is his twin brother, Thomas Burchett.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at noon Monday, January 7. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Hunt-Kennedy Post 639. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Michael P. Calhoun


Michael P. Calhoun, 65, of Langeloth, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in his home.


Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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Faye A. Davidson


Centered life around family


Faye A. Davidson, 66, of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Ohio Valley Hospital, McKees Rocks.


She was born May 9, 1946, in Burgettstown, a daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Adamson Murphy.


Prior to retirement, she was employed by Stylette Plastics in Oakdale for 27 years.


Mrs. Davidson centered her life around family, spending time shopping and cooking for them.


Surviving are two daughters, Bridgette Dunhoff of Moon Township and Patty Neil of Burgettstown; four grandchildren, Courtney Jackson, Anthony Dunhoff and Rachel and Ryan Neil; a great-grandson, Troy Jackson Jr.; five sisters, Darlene Deitrich of Burgettstown and Vickie Pierce, Dixie Rice, Donna Daniels and Beverly Sparbor, all of Georgetown; and her best friend, Beth Roach of Bulger.


Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Saturday, January 5, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


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Mary Jane Diamond


Enjoyed time with family


Mary Jane Diamond, 67, of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in her home, following a lengthy illness.


She was born August 2, 1945, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late John and Viola Freshwater Diamond.


Mrs. Diamond was a homemaker and enjoyed playing bingo and cards. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.


Surviving are a son, Terry Lee (Janelle) Diamond of Burgettstown; a daughter, Mary Jane Hall of Weirton, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Raymond Rodgers, Terry Lee Diamond Jr., Tiffany Diamond, Joey Warrick and Storie and Sonny Cipranic; siblings Christeana Zielinski, William Diamond Sr., Helen Linger, Julia Diamond, John Diamond Sr. and Rita Babauex; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a son, Kenneth Carl Diamond; a sister, Margaret Stroop; and her companion, Charles Johnson.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


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Erma C. DiNardo


Lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish


Erma C. DiNardo, 91, of Cokeburg, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


She was born July 5, 1921, in Cokeburg, a daughter of the late Frank and Angela Marie Barassi Zarak.


A resident of Cokeburg for the past 85 years, she was a lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish and a past member of Holy Rosary Society of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cokeburg. She also was a member of Sons of Italy Lodge 609 in Cokeburg.


Mrs. DiNardo enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and sewing and loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.


On October 16, 1947, she married Albert “Bam” DiNardo, who died July 22, 1982.


Surviving are three sons, Albert F. DiNardo (Christina) of Cokeburg, Dennis DiNardo (Kathleen) of Scenery Hill and Douglas DiNardo (Rose) of Washington; eight grandchildren, Angela Paree (Ron), Matthew (Jen) DiNardo, Lynn Chesebrough (Chris), Dennis DiNardo (Amber), Sarah DiNardo Simpson, Sheryl DiNardo, Natalie DiNardo and Douglas DiNardo; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Vella DiNardo of Lower Burrell; a sister-in-law, Mary Guzy of Charleroi; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two brothers, Alexander and Armand Zarak, and three sisters, Lucy DeSimone, Amelia Caloccia and Olga DiNardo.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, January 5, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will be in Scenery Hill Cemetery. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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William E. Emph Jr.


Devoted family man


William E. Emph Jr., 81, of Washington, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in his home.


Mr. Emph was born June 26, 1931, a son of William Sr. and Edith Barnhart Emph.


He retired from Peters Township School District’s maintenance department.


Mr. Emph was a member of SNPJ No. 138 in Strabane, CB Club and Moose Club.


He was an avid NASCAR fan and had raced at the Heidelberg Raceway.


On February 19, 1953, he married Kathryn Marlene Henderson, who died July 2, 2005.


Surviving are five children, Donna M. Giering of Milwaukee, Wis., Debra E. Cadez (Ronald) of Strabane, William E. Emph III (Michelle) of Mt. Jackson, Va., Darla Renee Emph, with whom he made his home, and Timothy Layne Emph (Traci) of Washington; grandchildren Jamie Van Weelden, Ramie and Brian Findling, Jason, Chris and Jeremy Cadez, Megan, Hope, Matt and Mike Emph, Dominic and Artie Richel, Antonette Court (Jamie), Leslie Hodovan and Samantha and T.J. Emph (Rachel); great-grandchildren Nicole Van Weelden, Cody Findling, Ayden and Landon Emph and Jaxyn Pemberton; a great-great-grandson, Michael O’Hare; a brother, Keith Emph (Jenny) of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a great-granddaughter, Kathryn Van Weelden; a son-in-law, Glen Giering; and a daughter-in-law, Lori Emph.


Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of memorial service, Saturday, January 5, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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George A. Khalouf


1938 – 2013


George A. Khalouf, 74, of Venetia, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013.


He was born April 21, 1938, in Blairsville.


During his early childhood, he moved with his family to Irwin, where his father ran a small grocery store where he and his friends helped out. When he graduated from Irwin High School and at age 21, his father gave him a gold pocket watch in appreciation of his perfect Sunday school attendance and his never having smoked nor used alcohol.


Mr. Khalouf attended the University of Pittsburgh as an English major and was active on the debate team. He told of traveling through the south during the ’60s and when his debate team stopped at a restaurant for dinner, the owner would not serve the one black member of the team. So the entire debate team got up and left the restaurant. He also briefly attended Duquesne Law School.


After school, he worked as an insurance adjustor and subsequently as the editor of a small Pittsburgh publishing company, Stanwix House. He later established his own photography business, photographing hundreds of weddings, reunions and commercial projects.


He was active in community affairs, serving for 13 years on the Peters Township School Board and for nine years on the Peters Township Sanitary Authority, as well as working at the polls on a regular basis. He was active on the election board in Peters Township. He was an active member of Center Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder. He was a member of Dormont/Mt. Lebanon Sports Club and Library Sportsman Club, where he loved shooting trap.


Mr. Khalouf enjoyed his most recent work with Beinhauer Funeral Homes as a member of their staff.


Surviving are his wife, Dolores; a son, Drew; a daughter, Sarah and husband Ilan Lake; grandchildren Tsila and Aziza; and brother Arthur.


Deceased are two brothers, Dr. Herbart Khalouf and Raymond Khalouf.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, in Center Presbyterian Church, Center Church Road, McMurray. Everyone please meet at the church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


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Pete King Kimtantas


Retired engineer enjoyed traveling


Pete King Kimtantas, 86, of Clarksville, Williamstown, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, with his loving wife by his side.


He was born April 29, 1926, in Besco, a son of the late Pete V. and Amelia Kimtantas.


Mr. Kimtantas was a 1945 graduate of East Bethlehem Township High School and received a degree from the Detroit School of Engineering.


He was an electrical engineer with Allis-Chalmers, Westinghouse and retired in 1960 from General Signal of Goldsboro, N.C.


Mr. Kimtantas served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.


He enjoyed traveling, boating and gardening, always wanting to have the first ripe tomato before anyone else. He also had delivered Meals on Wheels for Clarksville Senior Citizens Center.


Mr. Kimtantas was a member of St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville and American Legion Post 391, Hanson-Cole Post, in Fredericktown.


On February 25, 1993, he married Elizabeth Impiccini, who survives.


Also surviving are four daughters, Jan Thomas (Richard) of Morgantown, W.Va., Debbie Duncan (Steve) of Newtown, Vellamarie Devecka of Clarksville and Denise Pohill (Ken) of Kearneysville, W.Va; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two nephews, Larry Despot (Shirley) of Clarksville and Charles Kimtantas of Sugarland, Texas; and a niece, Caroline Clements of Tennessee.


Deceased are a stepson, John Jakubik; a sister, Sophie Despot; and two brothers, Charles Kimtantas and Joseph Kimtantas.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, with the Rev. J. Francis Frazer officiating. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 391 and the U.S. Air Force. Condolences may be expressed at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.


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Rose Larkin


Member of Washington Alliance Church


Rose Larkin, 88, of Washington, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.


She was born October 23, 1924, in Washington, a daughter of the late Bernard and Sally DeSimone Desmond.


Mrs. Larkin attended Trinity High School and worked at Kress Box.


She was a member of Washington Alliance Church.


Mrs. Larkin enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild.


On March 29, 1952, she married Robert Wayne Larkin, who died August 18, 2011.


Surviving are a daughter, Sandra S. (Dominic) Talotta of Scott Township; two brothers, Louis Desmond of New Hampshire and Bernard Desmond of Washington; a sister, Catherine Desmond of Washington; and three grandchildren, Matthew (Kara) Talotta, Ryan (Sara) Talotta and Michael (Nikki) Talotta.


Deceased are four sisters, Mary Cweirz, Sally Desmond, Margaret Desmond and Angeline Desmond, and a brother, Guy Desmond.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 4, with Pastor James Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, 69 West Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Gerald W. Leighton


April 27, 1925 – December 27, 2012


Gerald W. Leighton, 87, of Elkhart, Ind., went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Hubbard Hill Estates, Elkhart.


He was born April 27, 1925, in Clarkston, Mich. a son of the late Ralph and Ecka Bird Leighton.


On April 19, 1984, in Elkhart, he married Sandra L. Scott, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter, Sherry (Jeff) DeCicco of Pittsburgh; three stepchildren, Theresa (Mark) Wright of Amity, Tom (Linda) Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Rhonda Machado of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Locke of Anna Marie Island, Fla., Carolyn (Newt) Bates of Vineland, N.J., and Dorothy Scott of Holly, Mich.; a special niece, Laura Getter of Elkhart; and a special nephew, Stevie (Lisa) Scott of Waterford, Mich.


Deceased are a son, Gary, who was killed in Vietnam, and a stepson, Bill Smith.


Mr. Leighton was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.


He attended Michigan State University and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.


Mr. Leighton enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid gardener and at one time had 15 horses on his farm in Pennsylvania. He dearly loved his dog, Spike.


He was the owner of Leighton’s Bed Liners when he lived in Pennsylvania. He also was a district sales manager for the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors for 15 years and worked for Custom Foam Manufacturing for four years.


Cremation will take place in Elkhart Cremation Services. A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to Northside Baptist Church or Elkhart County Humane Society.


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Russell Dale McCreight


Avid Steelers fan enjoyed hunting


Russell Dale McCrieght, 54, of McDonald, died unexpectedly Friday, December 28, 2012.


He was born December 14, 1958, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Raymond L. and Dorothy Deleuze McCreight.


Mr. McCreight was a truck driver for Kraft Food Service.


He was a NASCAR and Steelers fan. He enjoyed hunting and had a good sense of humor.


Surviving are sisters Kathy (John) Miller of Franklin, Susan (Bob) Zinger of Burgettstown, Sally (Mike Dumaret) Robertson of McDonald and Sandy (Tim) Brackman of McDonald; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; children Haylee (Brian) Hester and Logan (Jennifer) England, both of Florida; and grandchildren Brylee, Brycen and Beryck.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are brothers Chuck and Nick McCreight.


Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 5, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Please sign the guest book at www.thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


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Robert J. Morton


Jessop Steel retiree served in U.S. Army


Robert J. Morton, 82, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.


He was born June 26, 1930, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Raymond and Margaret Emling Morton.


Mr. Morton was in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict in Germany.


He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, American Legion Post 902 and several other local social clubs. Healso was a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.


Mr. Morton enjoyed playing golf.


Prior to his retirement, he worked at Jessop Steel.


Surviving are a son, Gerald Morton and wife Lynn of Paw Paw, W.Va.; a nephew, Kenneth Morton of Canonsburg; a neice, Margaret Slosher of Cleveland, Ohio, whom he helped raise; his companion, June Randolph; and several neices and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Wilhelmina Morton; a brother, Raymond Morton; and two sisters, Laverne Slater and Lorraine Allen.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, with the Rev. Doug Beltzner, pastor of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


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Anna P. Nickel


Beloved wife, loving mother


Anna P. Nickel, 90, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.


She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Nickel; loving mother of Kate (Bracken) Burns, Karla (Doug) Raymond, Karolyn (Don) Dazen and Kim M. Nickel; sister of the late Mildred Deitz; and grandmother of Bracken Jr., Colleen, Rebecca, Christopher and Scott.


Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Aliya, Bracken III, Trey, Jackson and Kaitlin.


Friends are welcome from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in William Slater Funeral Service, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Green Tree.


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Johanna E. Pavcic


Homemaker was proud of Slovenian heritage


Johanna E. Pavcic, 88, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.


She was born August 24, 1924, in Strabane, a daughter of the late John T. and Johanna Podboy Verhovnik.


Mrs. Pavcic lived her entire life in Strabane and Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the Slovenian National Benefit Society Lodge 138 of Strabane.


She was a homemaker, and prior to her marriage, she had been employed at the former Continental Can Co.


Mrs. Pavcic had a quick wit and warm smile for everyone and always thought of others before herself. She was proud of her Slovenian heritage and exchanged letters with relatives in Slovenia for many decades. She enjoyed listening to the Slovenian radio hour and loved tapping her toes to polka music her entire life.


On July 5, 1952, she married William J. Pavcic, who died September 23, 1990.


Surviving are three daughters, Janet (Michael) Zeffiro of Bethel Park, Judy Pavcic of Strabane and Joyce (George) Elish of Canonsburg; two sons, John W. (Pamela) Pavcic and James (Sandra) Pavcic, both of Canonsburg; a brother, John W. Verhovnik of Upper Saddle River, N.J.; four grandchildren, Thomas (Jennifer) and Andrew (Jessica) Zeffiro and Jamie and Christopher Pavcic; and several nieces and nephews.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 4, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Mrs. Pavcic’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to Slovenian Radio Hour or St. Patrick Church. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


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James C. Reynolds


Cherished his grandchildren


James C. Reynolds, 57, of Carmichaels, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.


He was born January 30, 1955, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Harry Edward Reynolds and Phyllis Wilson Reynolds Durbin.


Mr. Reynolds was a 1973 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School.


After high school, he began working for Equitable Gas Co. and later Clairton Coke Works and the LTV Steel Corp. Nemacolin Mine. When the coal mine closed, he worked in street maintenance for the borough of Carmichaels.


He served as president of the Crucible Slavonic Club and enjoyed restoring antique trucks and spending time with his friends at Russell Skile’s shop. He especially cherished his grandchildren.


On August 6, 1974, he married Patricia K. Ewart, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, Sheldon D. Reynolds and wife Michelle of Carmichaels; a daughter, Rebecca L. Reynolds of Nemacolin; five grandchildren, Brennen McMinn, Collin Reynolds, Dayton Reynolds, Emily Miller-Reynolds and Rylee Miller-Reynolds; a brother, Jonathan Edward Reynolds and wife Betsy of Mt. Jackson, Va.; six sisters, Hope Reynolds Loper of Milton, Fla., Carolyn Faith Murray of Washington, Diana L. Perry of Front Royal, Va., Gail Robin Dodds and husband Drexel of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Lou Minner and husband Don of Maryland and Crystal Renee Husk of Akron, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a brother, Timothy Van Reynolds.


Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Saturday, January 5, in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, with the Rev. Harold O. Kelley officiating. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.


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Albertine Andree Saut


Canon-McMillan district retiree was WWII welder


Albertine Andree “Tee” Saut, 88, of Bartlett, Tenn., formerly of Cecil, died Friday, December 28, 2012.


She was born February 3, 1924, a daughter of the late Daniel and Theressia Andree.


On February 20, 1945, she married Fernand Saut Jr., who died March 19, 1992.


Mrs. Saut was a retiree of Canon-McMillan School District, Cecil Junior High School, and worked as a welder during World War II, building landing ship tanks in Dravo Shipyard on Neville Island.


She enjoyed crafting and going to flea markets.


Surviving are a daughter, Andrea (Frank) Adams of Tennessee; a son, George (Adele) Saut of Florida; four grandchildren, George (Betsy) Saut, Edward (Karrie) Sitarik, Pamela Saut and fiance Eric Strickland and Valerie (Richard) Bledsoe; and nine great-grandchildren, Devin, Hunter, Edward, Tressa, Isabella, Nathan, Olivia, Aryn and Amber.


Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Friday, January 4, in Venice United Presbyterian Church, Cecil Township, with the Rev. Fred Soberg officiating. Interment to follow in Venice Cemetery, Cecil Township.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Venice United Presbyterian Church, 3694 Millers Run Road, McDonald, PA 15057. Arrangements are being handled by Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.


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Shirlene Brun Scott


Member of Central Assembly of God Church


Shirlene Brun Scott, 85, of Midway, died Sunday, December 30, 2012, in her home, surrounded by her family, following a lengthy illness.


She was born August 13, 1927, in Bulger, a daughter of the late Albert and Ora Brun.


Mrs. Scott was a member of Central Assembly of God Church in Houston.


Her passion in life was caring for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Surviving are her husband of 63 years, David Scott; daughters Barbara (Bob) Sawhill and Susan Jordan; grandchildren Brad (MaryBeth) Sawhill, Daniel (Lindsay) Jordan and Tabatha Jordan; and great-grandchildren Harry, B.C. and SaraBeth Sawhill and Brayden Jordan.


Deceased is a sister, Bobbetta Pollard.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing. A memorial celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, in Central Assembly of God Church, 155 McGovern Road, Houston, PA 15342.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Assembly of God Building Fund, or Hospice of Washington Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway, 724-796-3301. Please sign the guest book at www.thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


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Carol Ann Steele


Librarian who loved the outdoors


Carol Ann Steele died Saturday, December 29, 2012, from complications of ALS/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.


She was born September 7, 1947, in Pittsburgh, an only child of the late William A. and Ann Survilas Steele.


She graduated from Bethel Park High School and Duquesne University and received her master of library science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


After graduation, she was employed as a librarian at Bethel Park Library and Upper St. Clair Library. In 1995, she became head of reference at Citizens Library in Washington.


She loved the outdoors, was an avid gardener and enjoyed hiking and snowshoeing.


Surviving are an aunt, Dorothy Camp, and numerous cousins and many friends.


Friends are welcome from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 5, in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.


Donations may be made in her name to ALS Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15209, or www.cure4als.org.


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Anthony Stella


Former owner of Tony’s Villa


Anthony “Bobo” Stella, 78, of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013.


He was the beloved companion and partner of Myrna Mulvihill; son of the late Louis and Matilda Stella; father of Louis (Susan) Stella and Lisa (Chad) Moore; grandfather of Paige and Hanna Moore and Nina and Ellie Stella; stepfather of Kevin (Jolene), Eric (Jamie) and the late Curtis Mulvihill; stepgrandfather of Aidan and Erica; and brother of Eve Bucci, Joanne Mammarelli and the late Adam and Raymond Stella.


Mr. Stella was the former owner of Tony’s Villa in Bethel Park for 27 years.


He belonged to the Jugoslav Club, enjoying his poker games with his friends.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhuaer-Connell Funeral Home, 5120 West Library Avenue, Bethel Park, 412-835-7940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, January 4, in St. Valentine Church, Bethel Park.


Memorials may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, York Town Heights, NY 10598. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


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Grace M. Teagarden


Member of First Assembly of God Church


Grace M. Teagarden, 92, formerly of Richhill Township, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.


She was born May 12, 1920, in Springhill Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late Ray Lantz and Margaret Knight Moore.


Mrs. Teagarden had resided in Placerville, Calif., for several years, prior to returning to the Greene County area in 1969.


She was a 1940 graduate of the former Waynesburg High School.


Mrs. Teagarden was the oldest member of First Assembly of God Church in Eastview, Franklin Township.


She enjoyed quilting as long as her health permitted, listening to gospel music and animals of all kinds.


On June 2, 1946, she married Walter Burns Teagarden, who died June 20, 2008.


Surviving are two daughters, Arlene, wife of Jerry Lantzer of Richhill Township, and Margaret, wife of Robert Dunn of Reading, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kristen Lantzer, Jennifer Lantzer Novak and William and Theresa Bowman; and six great-grandchildren.


Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a grandson, Aaron Lantzer, and a brother, John Moore.


She was the last of her immediate family.


At the request of the family, all arrangements and services will be private and held at their convenience. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Assembly of God Church, 4131 West Roy Furman Highway, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or your local chapter of MADD. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.


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Elizabeth VanKirk


Member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church


Elizabeth “Betty” VanKirk, 91, of Washington, passed away at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.


She was born July 29, 1921, in Dunningsville, a daughter of the late William Henry and Ella Ruth Morgan Kersten.


Mrs. VanKirk resided in Laurel, Md., for many years, where she had been a secretary for National Security Agency.


She lived in Eighty Four since 1985, and for the past five years, she lived in Washington at Hawthorne Woods.


Mrs. VanKirk was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four and was an avid bowler.


Surviving are a sister, Nancy (Robert) Pozonsky of Muse, and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are her husband, Richard VanKirk, who died September 28, 1987; four brothers, Harold, William, Frederick and Earl; and six sisters, Ruth Kisow, Laura Morgan, Anna Blumen, Eileen and Alice Kersten and Rebecca Zepotosky, who died August 22, 2012.


Friends are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Thursday, January 3, in Salandra P. Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


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Virginia Mae West


1924 – 2012


Virginia Mae West passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, in Los Robles Hospital, Thousand Oaks, Calif., with her family nearby.


She was born November 24, 1924, in Washington.


Mrs. West graduated from Washington High School, where she was in the May Queen’s Court.


She spent her working years as a bank teller in Pennsylvania and California.


Mrs. West was a truly lovely soul, looked upon by her family and those who knew her as a gentle pillar of strength with always a kind and wise word to offer. She had an outlook and appearance of grace and beauty her entire 88 years. She never failed to step out of the house without a perfectly coordinated outfit and accessories. Her avid love of shopping was second only to the love she had for her family to whom she is known as “Gigi.”


She will be profoundly missed by her family.


Surviving are her adoring husband of 50 years, Michael West; loving family, a daughter, Judith Blum and husband Bill; a stepdaughter, Cindy West; a brother, Kenneth Jones; a brother-in-law, Donald; sisters-in-law Marilyn and Peggy; granddaughters Lisa, Pam and husband Kevin and Trisha; great-grandchildren Michael, Connor, Jack, Megan and Dan; cousins Jean, who was like a sister to her, Terri, Cherlyn, Bobby and their respective families; as well as her extended family, Ron, Shari, Mike, William and Thomas.


Her celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Pierce Brothers Memorial Park, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, Calif. The chapel will be open to pay respects at 1:30 p.m. with reception on premises following the service. Donations may be made to Breast Cancer Foundation.


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