Jan. 4

January 3, 2013

Mary A. Barnhill Barton

Mary A. Barnhill Barton, 95, of Melbourne, Fla., formerly of Canonsburg, died Monday, December 31, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Washington. A full obituary will appear in a later edition.


Marion A. Burnett

Lifelong Carmichaels resident

Marion A. Burnett, 85, of Carmichaels, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Mr. Burnett was born in Carmichaels, June 30, 1927, a son of the late Walter and Mae Phillips Burnett.

He was the beloved husband of Hilda Garrison Burnett; loving father of Wanda (Greg) Cutwright of Nemacolin, Debra (Tom) Milinovich of Waynesburg, Bradley (Debbie) Burnett of Carmichaels and Brent (Mollie) Burnett of Waynesburg; proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

After serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II, Mr. Burnett spent his working years with Crain Brothers River Construction, Salvage and Towing Co. as a crane operator. He was a 60-year member of Operating Engineers Local 66.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, January 7, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor, with Pastor Brian Young officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Full military rights will be accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491, both of Carmichaels. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Huff and Puff, American Respiratory Alliance, 201 Smith Drive, Suite E, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. View obituary at www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.


Michael Patrick Calhoun

Enjoyed camping, riding his Harley

Michael Patrick Calhoun, 65, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 3, 1947, in Sioux City, Iowa, a son of the late Charles and Mary Grout Calhoun.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Calhoun was employed by J&G Refractory in Carnegie.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Burgettstown American Legion and its Honor Guard and Legion Riders. Mr. Calhoun enjoyed riding his Harley, camping at Tappan Lake, fishing and spending time with his granddaughter, Ava Jean, and his canine companion, Scooter.

Surviving are his wife, Roxanne Mendak Calhoun; a son, Patrick Calhoun of Hanover Township; a stepson, Derek Serish of Pittsburgh; a granddaughter, Ava Jean Serish; his mother-in-law, Patricia Mendak of Langeloth; and special friends Jack and Renee Chesnic, Bill and Patty Dugas, Tim and Sharlo Tkalcevic and Bo and Chops Wasik.

Deceased are siblings Bob, Les, Richard, Barb, Mary Lou, Denise, Alma and Doris.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 7, with the Rev. Allison Bauer officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors accorded by Burgettstown-Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


Gerald M. Carter

Die-cast car collector loved Westerns, gardening

Gerald M. “Tubby” Carter, 72, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, in McMurray Hills Manor.

Mr. Carter was born September 24, 1940, in Finleyville, a son of Walter and Thelma McClure Carter.

He had worked as an ironworker for Fort Pitt Bridge Works, Canonsburg.

Mr. Carter loved Westerns, collecting die-cast cars, gardening and spending time with his family.

On February 27, 1964, he married Rose Marie Fincham, who died April 12, 2009.

Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Gaughan (John) of McDonald; two grandchildren, John Christopher and Tiffanie Gaughan; three brothers, Gene Carter (Pearl) and Larry Carter (Gerry), both of McDonald, and Donald Carter (Carolyn) of Cecil; and three sisters, Dorothy Carothers (Rich) of McDonald, Mary Lou Garies of Prosperity and Patricia Guta of Stockbridge, Ga.

Deceased are a son, Jerry Carter; a daughter, Tracy Carter; two brothers, Walter Carter Jr. and Milton “Bud” Carter; and three sisters, Sandra Kolarosky, Thelma Zimmerman and Lorena Brigich.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 5, with the Rev. Donald C. Austin officiating. Interment will follow in Miller’s Run Cemetery, Cecil Township. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


Ruby A. Copeland

Baker, cook, caterer known for her pies

Ruby A. Copeland, 85, of Daybrook, W.Va., died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born June 18, 1927, in Fairview, W.Va., a daughter of the late Joseph L. Eddy and Florence E. Tennant Eddy.

Mrs. Copeland was retired from Seneca Glass Co. in Morgantown. She also worked as a cook in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was a wonderful baker, cook and caterer. She was well-known for her pies that she baked for the Daybrook Fair.

Mrs. Copeland was a member of Daybrook Church of Christ. She also bowled in two different leagues, one in Fairmont, W.Va., and one in Waynesburg.

Surviving are a son and his spouse, Robert Dale and Carol Copeland of Burton, W.Va.; three daughters and their spouses, Donna and Don Clovis of Melbourne, Fla., Peggy and Jim McDougal of Waynesburg and Dortha and Randy Lantz of Morgantown; two brothers and their spouses; Paul and Carol Eddy of Hagans, W.Va., and Tom and June Eddy of Fairview, W.Va.; a sister and her husband, Janice and Ray Brummage of Mooresville, W.Va.; 15 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Kyle Wayman Copeland; a son, Duane Copeland; a daughter, Nancy Ruckle; and five brothers and sisters, Louella Bane, Eileen Moore, Betty Pearl Eddy, Olen Eddy and Regina Eddy.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, with evangelist Aaron Snider officiating. Interment will follow in St. Luke Cemetery, Mooresville. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tennantfuneralhome.com.


Natalie L. Rotta Costa

Licensed beautician

Natalie L. Rotta Costa, 36, of Donora, formerly of Monongahela, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon.

She was born December 21, 1976, in Monongahela, a daughter of Arlene Lauderback Rotta of Monongahela and the late David L. Rotta, who passed away March 25, 2008.

Mrs. Costa graduated in 1995 from Ringgold High School. She received her degree and became a licensed beautician at the former Pittsburgh Beauty Academy in Charleroi.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, James L. Costa, whom she married June 10, 2000; a brother, David M. Rotta of Monongahela; a sister, Lisa Coulter of New Eagle; her father-in-law and his wife, Joseph M. and Betty Ann Costa of Donora; her mother-in-law, Betty Jane Costa of Donora; three nieces, Emma Coulter and Paige and Kadence Costa; two brothers-in-law; aunts; uncles; and many cousins.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, with Father William Terza officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or National Foundation for Cancer Research at nfcr.org.


Terry S. Craft

Passion for horse racing

Terry S. Craft, 64, of Washington, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

He was born January 27, 1948, in Wheeling, W.Va., a son of the late Matthew and Vista Craft.

Beloved husband of Candy Craft; loving father of Brent (Melissa) Craft, Cassi (Patrick) McConnaughy and Michael Busic; stepfather of Ashley, Erica and Ryan; brother of Doug Craft (Dolly), Ann Craft (Ben Arikian) and Hollis Craft; and grandfather of Zachary, Noah and Merritt.

Mr. Craft had a passion for anything to do with horse racing. He was an avid Steelers fan and looked forward to the annual fishing trip he took with his family and friends.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Craft will also be missed by his companions, Lacey, Tessie, Kosmo and Molly.

Friends are welcome for a visitation from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 5, in Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. Inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Liberty Dialysis, 90 West Chestnut Street, 110E, Washington, PA 15301. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.


John Gabriel Divich

Die-hard Steelers fan was Vietnam veteran

John Gabriel Divich, 67, of Yuma, Ariz., much loved father, grandfather and kind friend to all who knew him, passed away quietly Saturday, December 29, 2012, in his home, within the comfort of his family.

He was born in Canonsburg, July 9, 1945, a son of the late Gabriel and Anna Kosharsky Divich.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Hannelore Ericka Grosser Divich; three daughters, Patricia Divich of Yuma, Maryann Davis of Maryland and Christine (Jeff) Stoner of Yuma; five grandchildren, James and Jonathan Davis, Shelby, Hanna and Seth Stoner; and a brother Thomas (Carol) Divich of Glendale, Ariz.

In addition to his parents, deceased is a sister, Sandra Ann Lucciola.

Mr. Divich was a 26-year U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He served as part of the U.S. Army presidential flight detachment for President Nixon. He served one tour in Vietnam as well as serving three tours in Europe. Following his active duty military career, he worked at Seair Transport Services Inc. in flight operations as an air traffic control specialist Laguna Army Yuma Proving Grounds, where he achieved his second retirement.

He was raised a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan from Houston and Meadow Lands area, attending Chartiers-Houston schools.

Mr. Divich spent his years of retirement in the company of his grandchildren. He enjoyed the cool weather of the Lakeside Pinetop area of Arizona, where he went fishing and spent time with his brother and his wife at their condo during the summers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 4, in Sunset Vista Funeral Home, Yuma. Burial with military honors will immediately follow the service in Sunset Vista Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in his memory to Hospice of Yuma (nonprofit), 1824 8th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364. Sunset Vista Funeral Home is serving the Divich family.


James H. Garber

U.S. Navy veteran, formerly of Waynesburg

James H. “Jim” Garber, 74, of Lusby, Md., formerly of Waynesburg, died September 20, 2012, in his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 14, 1938, in Waynesburg, a son of the late James Jackson and Louisa Ruth Phillips Garber.

On April 18, 1955, he married Janice Calvert, who passed away February 15, 2007.

He enlisted, at the age of 17, and served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years. He was a gunner’s mate on naval destroyers and a Vietnam veteran. He retired in 1974 as a chief petty officer.

After he served our country, he worked for the coal mine before moving to Maryland, where he eventually found his way back to the Navy working first at Cheltenham and later the Navy yard in Washington, D.C., as a federal police officer.

Mr. Garber was a member of American Legion Post 274 in Lusby. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge Patuxent 2393 and formerly of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge Waynesburg 461. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fleet Reserve.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR, football and was a Steelers and Penn State fan.

Surviving are five children, Pam Thompson of Morgantown, W.Va., James Garber and wife Crystal of Waynesburg, Denise Herrington and husband Keith of Mt. Morris, Philip Garber and wife Melissa of Lusby and Thomas Garber of Waynesburg; 11 grandchildren, Kerri and Billie Jo Thompson, Michael and Nick Garber, Tiffany, Brittany and Whittany Herrington, Savannah and Dale Garber and McKenzie and Jonathan Garber; two great-grandchildren, Laney and Skylar; and two brothers, Charles and wife Rebecca Garber of Waynesburg and Buck and wife Peggy of Lake Worth, Fla.

Deceased are a grandson, Tyler Ray Garber, and two sisters, Nancy Lee Gilbert and Louisa Jane Cumpson-Cohen.

Mr. Garber’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery, with military honors. Those attending are asked to please meet the family at the administration building by 9:30 a.m. at which time a procession to the ceremonial site will occur. Please join the family following the funeral at American Legion Post 274 in Lusby for a celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, please send all gifts in his memory to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.


Ruthann Garry

Homemaker was St. Francis of Assisi Church member

Ruthann Garry, 86, of Finleyville, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born June 25, 1926, in Snowden, a daughter of Edward and Clara Schneltzer Williams.

Mrs. Garry was a homemaker and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville.

Surviving are three sons, Edward A. Garry and wife Patricia of Finleyville, David Garry and wife Diane of New Eagle and Greg Garry and wife Sherrie of Monongahela; a daughter, Patricia Garry and husband Barry Sochoka of Monongahela; three brothers, Edward “Bud” Williams of Jefferson Borough, Richard Williams of Pleasant Hills and Henry Williams of Mt. Morris; a sister, Gladys Luznar of Broughton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Edward B. Garry, died in 1975.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, January 7, in St. Francis of Assisi Church, with the Rev. Robert J. Boyle as celebrant. Private internment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Building Fund, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, Finleyville.


Gordon B. Greenlee

Gordon B. Greenlee, 77, of Fredericktown, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, in Kindred Hospital, Oakdale, after a brief illness.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.


Jean Risher McCay

Westinghouse chemist

Jean Risher McCay, 85, of Pleasant Hills, born and raised in East Brady, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late Willis S. McCay for 44 years; loving mother of Mary Ann Burdelski (Richard) and Joseph (Denise) and Daniel McCay (Jen); and proud grandmother of Alexander, Duncan, Sarah, Adam, Nathan and Grace.

She worked as a chemist for Westinghouse and was proud to be a part of the development of the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine.

Mrs. McCay was an elder of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, a member of the hand bell choir for 35 years and taught Sunday school for many years. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star and was very active in community service, including but not limited to Meals-on-Wheels, vision screening, Easter Seals and Books for the Blind.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 7, in Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hills. Interment to follow in Pleasant View Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Smock. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.


Anna Marie McCracken

Beloved mother from Bethel Park

Anna Marie “Shorty” McCracken, 81, of Bethel Park, died New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

She was wife of the late Arthur; beloved mother of David J. (Jamie), M. Bruce (Allen), J. Eric “Rick,” Beth (Virginia), Suzanne Scanlon, Robert A.(Anita) and the late Therese and T. Glenn McCracken; and sister of Adele Bowser (Lynn) and the late Michael Cipolone.

Mrs. McCracken has 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m., the time of a blessing service, Sunday, January 6, in David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road, Route 88, Library. Contributions may be made to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

Additional information was received for the obituary of Robert J. Morton, who died January 2, 2013.

The combined honor guards of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902 will accord full military rites at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg.

Amelia Steiminger Overbeck

Clark Candy Co. retiree

Amelia Steiminger Overbeck, 85, of Etna, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

She was born in Slovan, a daughter of Anthony and Marie Steiminger.

Mrs. Overbeck retired from Clark Candy Co. after 40 years.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Harry C. Overbeck. They enjoyed traveling around the world.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are nine siblings, Mary Sherlock, Annie Moore, Josephine Stepic and Antonette, Cecelia, Andrew, George, Frank and Anthony Steiminger.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Bock Funeral Home Ltd., 1500 Mt. Royal Boulevard, Glenshaw, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 7. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township.

Mike T. Rogan

Mike T. Rogan, 71, of Fredericktown, died Thursday, January 3, 2013.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Frank Burkus Funeral Home, 26 Mill Street, Millsboro. Funeral arrangements and a complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

George Sadvary

George Sadvary, 85, of Fallowfield Township, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

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.

Sandra Yatsko

Sandra “Sandy” Yatsko, 64, of Canonsburg, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 3, 2013, in Country Meadows of South Hills. Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service inc., 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.



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