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January 6, 2013

George W. Adams

U.S. Army veteran enjoyed time with grandchildren

George W. Adams, 88, of McMurray, died Friday, January 4, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lois R. Adams; loving father of George W. “Bill” (Joan) Adams III, Michael A. Adams, Lisa A. (Doug) Adamsky, Laura Lee (Pat) McQueeney and the late Joe R. Adams; and caring grandfather of Garrison Reed, Kevin, Annette and Michael Reed Adams, Malley and Jay D. Adamsky and Shannon and Brady McQueeney.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and three sisters and a brother.

Mr. Adams proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in education at Glenville State College, where he participated in football and baseball. He earned a master of education degree at West Virginia University.

In 1949, he began teaching at Sutton High School in West Virginia. He taught, served as principal and coached three sports until he joined Nationwide Insurance in 1956. In 1972, he established George Adams Nationwide Agency, where he worked until 2011. He was active in Carnegie Rotary until 2012.

Outside work, his interests included singing in the church choir and South Hills Chorale, working on his son’s farm and jigsaw puzzles. He held his family dear and especially enjoyed “coaching” and spending time with his grandchildren.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, in Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park. Interment will be held in Glenville. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tributes can be made at beinhauer.com.


Leonard Briselli

U.S. Navy veteran

Leonard Briselli, 83, of Canonsburg, died January 5, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born October 21, 1929, a son of the late Pietro and Brigida Bertoni Briselli.

After Mr. Briselli graduated from Cecil Township High School in 1947, he joined the U.S. Navy and served tours in Asia and Europe. During the Korean War, he served an extended tour on a destroyer, the USS English, and saw seven months of action, receiving the United Nations Service Ribbon and Korean Service Medal.

Following his naval career, he worked at Universal Cyclops, Dreon Lumber and Silhol Builders Supply until his retirement in 1995.

He followed Pittsburgh sports, was an avid card player and traveled extensively to warmer climates for winter vacations, especially on cruises, which reminded him of his days in the Navy.

On August 23, 1958, he married Mary Anne Stankus, who survives.

Mr. Briselli leaves behind his devoted sister-in-law, Dorothy Briselli; a nephew, Stephen Briselli; a brother-in-law, John Stankus; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews of whom he was very proud. He also leaves his beloved cat, Pookie.

Deceased are three brothers, Baptista, Secondo and Vincent Briselli, and two sisters, Graziotto and Olivia Adair. He was the last surviving sibling.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil. Entombment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


Gertrude A. Dent

Richeyville Community Church member

Gertrude A. “Bea” Dent, 86, of Richeyville, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

She was born June 26, 1926, in Monongahela, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Prosser Miller.

A lifelong resident of Richeyville, she was an active lifelong member of Richeyville Community Church and was a member of the Hancock-McCune-Horn American Legion Post 705 Ladies Auxiliary.

Spending time with her family brought her special joy.

On July 7, 1947, she married William B. Dent Jr., who died May 25, 1999.

Surviving are two grandsons, Kenneth Waters Jr. and wife Sara of Pittsburgh and Ryan Waters; a brother, Donald Miller of Bakersfield, Calif.; a son-in-law, Kenneth Waters Sr. of Richeyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a daughter, Elizabeth Jean Waters, who died May 31, 2012; a sister, Elizabeth Jean Raytek; and two brothers, Robert and Jack Miller.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, with Pastor Glenn A. Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Mary Dulcia Flis

Member of Felician Sisters of Moon for 69 years

Sister Mary Dulcia Flis, 87, a member of the Felician Sisters of Moon Township for 69 years, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013.

She was a native of Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Eleanor Rubacki Flis and John Flis.

In addition to her parents, deceased is a brother, Albert.

Surviving are nieces and more than 1,600 Felician Sisters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 7 p.m., Monday in Felician Sisters Central Convent, 1500 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, in the convent chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Felician Sisters Retirement Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Sanvito Funeral Home, Coraopolis, 412-264-3050.


Betty R. Shaw Fullgraf

Member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Betty R. Shaw Fullgraf, 88, of Cecil Township, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, in her home.

She was born April 27, 1924, in Carrick, a daughter of the late Edward and Carrie Rice Shaw.

Mrs. Fullgraf was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in Primary Presidency, Relief Society Presidency and treasurer of Washington Ward.

She was a foster parent for 13 years and cared for nine foster children.

Mrs. Fullgraf was a homemaker and, prior to retirement, worked as a clerk for a five and ten store.

Her husband, William F. Fullgraf Jr., died September 3, 2011.

Surviving are three daughters, Beverly Stevens (William) of Portsmouth, Va., Debra Lyle (Gary) of Cecil and Quinn Black of Fredericksburg, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Fullgraf; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Shaw; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Keith W. Fullgraf; four brothers, Edward Donald, Robert, James and Thomas Shaw; two sisters, Mildred Ferricks and Lucretia Gorfi; and a grandchild, Zachariah Black.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fairway Drive, Washington, when services will be held.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave online condolences.


Additional information has been received for the obituary of Helen M. Micik, published Sunday.

Deceased is a brother, John “Greenie” Toth.


Joseph Patrick

WWII veteran

Joseph Patrick, 94, of Washington, formerly of Fredericktown, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born November 20, 1918, in Vestaburg, a son of the late Steve and Anna Patrick.

Mr. Patrick was a World War II Army veteran who was proud to have been a member of the armed forces. He served overseas in Northern France, the Rhineland, and in Normandy, where he took part in the Normandy invasion. He received the Purple Heart.

From 1936 to 1939, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Until his retirement, Mr. Patrick worked for PennDOT.

He was Presbyterian and a member of Millsboro Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary, whom he married July 12, 1952. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in July.

Mr. Patrick was a member of American Legion Hanson-Cole Post 391 of Fredericktown; Carmichaels Veterans of Foreign Wars; Hungarian Reformed Federation of America; and the Ivy Leaves.

He was a quiet man who enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, and spending time with his grandson and family.

In addition to his wife, surviving are three daughters, Patty Netzel (Keith) of Clinton Township, Mich., Debra Jean Noska of Shelby Township, Mich., and Mary Jo Patrick-Hatfield (Chris) of Washington; grandchildren Tiffany Lee Grimm (Randy), Christina Marie Caldwell, Michelle Lynn Caldwell and Phillip Nicholas Hatfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are brothers George, Steve and Jim Patrick and sisters Erma Popovich and Betty Ambrose.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 until 11 a.m., the hour of service, Tuesday, January 8, in Frank Burkus Funeral Home, 26 Mill Street, Millsboro. Interment will follow in Fredericktown Cemetery. Hanson-Cole Post 391 will perform military rites.


Martha Shepelak

Martha Shepelak, 91, formerly of Charleroi, died Sunday, January 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be published in a later edition. Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Home Inc., Charleroi, is handling arrangements.


Mary Ann Swanik

Member of Calvin U.P. Church

Mary Ann Swanik, 87, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013, at Edison Manor in New Castle.

She was born January 12, 1925, in Arden, a daughter of the late Richard and Anna Casey.

Her husband, Stephen R. Swanik, passed away November 1, 1982.

Mrs. Swanik worked as a clerk at J.C. Penney in Ellwood City for more than 25 years.

She was a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary in New Castle. She and her husband visited VA hospitals in this area for many years.

Mrs. Swanik was a graduate of Trinity High School in Washington.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Nancy Swanik of Pahrump, Nev.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, deceased are a son, Jeffrey J. Swanik; two brothers, Harry and Edward Schmidt; and a sister, Cathryne Casey.

Private interment will be in Slippery Rock Church Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Joseph A. Tomon Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory. The family requests viewing the obituary and signing the guest book at www.tomonfuneralhome.com.


Constance Valduga

Enjoyed spending time with her family

Constance “Connie” Valduga, 66, of Burgettstown, died at 11:17 a.m. Sunday, January 6, 2013, in Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, South Strabane Township.

She was born November 13, 1946, in Washington, a daughter of the late James M. and Katherine O’Shanka Dunn.

Ms. Valduga was a 1964 graduate of Burgettstown High School.

She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Ms. Valduga had been a resident at Humbert Lane for the past 14 years, after becoming disabled.

On August 10, 1968, she married her former husband, Donald A. Valduga of Avella.

Surviving are two daughters, Kim (John) Carter of Avella and Lori (Scott) Aquilino of East Norwich, N.Y.; a son, Donald A. Valduga Jr. of Avella; six grandchildren, Meighan and Chelsea Carter, Caleb and Dominick Valduga, and Harley and Sam Aquilino; four sisters, Shirley (Donald) Reed of Hickory, Charlotte (Jim) Christopher of Chillicothe, Ohio, Linda (Jerry) Rodger of Burgettstown and Betty Castelino of Burgettstown; five brothers, Jack (Beth) Dunn of Clinton, Jim (Janice) Dunn of Rochester, John Dunn of Weirton, W.Va., Bill (Barbara) Dunn of Burgettstown and Donald Dunn of the state of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, with the Rev. Ronald Zenchak officiating. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Avella. Memorial contributions can be made to Avella Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box G, Avella, PA 15312.



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