Published Jan 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm (Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm)
W. Wayne Bedillion
U.S. Army vet worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel
W. Wayne Bedillion, 84, of Washington, died Monday, January 7, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
He was born June 19, 1928, in Houston, a son of Harry and Mary Ullom Bedillion.
Mr. Bedillion worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., where he ran the tin mill.
He frequented the Washington Crown Center food court with his friends.
Mr. Bedillion served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan D. Reihner of Washington; a brother, Jack Bedillion of Lagonda; a sister, Esther Bedillion of Washington; a grandson, J. Joshua Reihner; two stepgrandchildren, Janine Frye and Becky Mulreany; three great-granddaughters; a stepgreat-granddaughter; and a stepgreat-grandson.
Deceased are his wife, Marianne Swart Bedillion, who died October 20, 2006, and a stepdaughter, Linda Parcha.
All services are private and being held at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.
John N. Cain
Born in Washington
John N. “Jack” Cain, 81, of Michigan, died December 9, 2012.
He was born March 28, 1931, in Washington, a son of the late Bertha and Francis Cain.
Samuel F. Dejeet Sr.
Conrail conductor was WWII U.S. Army veteran
Samuel F. “Silent Sam” Dejeet Sr., 94, of New Eagle, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in his daughter’s home.
He was born July 5, 1918, in New Eagle, a son of Joshua Dejeet, who died February 23, 1938, and Sophia Hatala Kraus Dejeet, who died May 17, 1951.
Mr. Dejeet retired in 1977 as a conductor with Conrail after 35 years of employment. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In 1984, known as “Fire Ball Deje,” he played and was the pitcher on Eddie and Ody’s Crutch-n-Cane Gang softball team. For many years, he was the curator at the River Buffs Museum in Monongahela. Mr. Dejeet was a member of the American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 and the Sutman Yohe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1409, both in Monongahela. In the 1980s, he served on the council for the borough of New Eagle for 12 years. During the celebration of New Eagle’s 100th anniversary in 2012, he was honored as the oldest living male resident in the borough. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, hunting, canoeing and playing horseshoes and the harmonica.
Surviving are a daughter, Cathy Pro and husband Paul of New Eagle; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Dejeet of New Eagle; six grandchildren, Jason Capps, Nicole Dejeet Bartlett, Bret and Bobby Jr. Dejeet and Natalie and Mike Pro; six great-grandchildren, Lily and Lauren Capps, Alexa and Addison Pro and Sam and Carmen Bartlett; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dejeet of Monessen.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 64 years, Anna R. Kassa Dejeet, who died July 10, 2009; two sons, Samuel Dejeet Jr., who died November 15, 2002, and Robert A. Dejeet Sr., who died June 28, 2008; three brothers, James Dejeet, who died October 26, 1972, Karl Kraus, who died July 27, 1979, and Elmer “Tut” Dejeet, who died November 20, 1993; and a sister, Josephine Dejeet Biros, who died February 20, 2008.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, with the Rev. George Chortos officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the chapel by Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o SPHS, 300 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi, PA 15022. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
Anne Hubiak Gutosky-Allum
Housing Authority employee retired from Allum’s Grocery
Anne Hubiak Gutosky-Allum, 88, of Rices Landing, formerly of West Finley and Deemston Borough, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013, surrounded by her family.
She was born July 24, 1924, a daughter of John and Helen Hubiak.
Mrs. Gutosky-Allum was a graduate of East Bethlehem High School.
In 1945, she married John Vincent Gutosky, who passed away in August 1977. Together, they had three children, John, Ellen and William Gutosky.
In 1982, she married the late Blaine Edwin Allum.
She was employed for many years as an office manager with Washington County Housing Authority in the Fredericktown office. Following her marriage to Mr. Allum, she assisted with operating Allum’s Grocery Store in West Finley, until her retirement.
Surviving are children John (Paula) Gutosky, Ellen Krokenberger and William (Diana) Gutosky; three stepchildren, Dianna (James) Bowersock, Ruthie Ralston and Carol (Tim) Huxley; five grandchildren, John Paul (Darci) Gutosky, Alexa (Chris) Ruby, Becca Gutosky, Joe (Renee) Righetti and Kim (Aaron) Svabik; a sister, Julia (Hubiak) Currier; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her loving husband, Blaine, who passed away November 20, 2012; grandsons Sean Righetti and William John Gutosky; and stepson Paul Allum.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 12, in Frank Burkus Funeral Home, 26 Mill Street, Millsboro, PA 15348, 724-377-2400. Interment will follow in Buckingham Cemetery, Deemston Borough.
Mary Ellen Hensel
Retired physical therapist served in WWII
Mary Ellen Hensel, 104, of Newton, N.C., formerly of Montgomery, Ala., died Saturday, January 5, 2013.
She was born May 23, 1908, in Gray’s Landing, a daughter of George P. and Bessie Mae Smith Hensel.
Miss Hensel was Protestant.
A retired physical therapist, she received her registered nursing degree from Washington Hospital in 1934 and her registered physical therapist degree from New York University in 1949.
She served in the U.S. Navy Nursing Corps during World War II from September 22, 1942, to September 27, 1945. She was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
In 1968, she spent time working at a leprosy hospital in Thailand.
Miss Hensel was the last of her immediate family.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, William B., Robert P., J. Willard and George Sheldon Hensel, and a sister, Ruth Mumaw.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, 219 Main Street, Claysville. Private interment services will be held at a later date in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.
William H. Jefferson Jr.
Underground miner, book collector enjoyed family time
William H. Jefferson Jr., affectionately known to friends as “Willie” and known as “Junie” by family, 60, of Ellsworth, died Monday, January 7, 2013, in his home.
He was born September 19, 1952, in Monongahela, a son of the late William H. and Kathryn Eloise Johnson Jefferson.
He was a 1971 graduate of Bentworth High School.
Mr. Jefferson was an underground miner for Bethlehem Mines Corp.
Mr. Jefferson enjoyed woodworking, leatherworking, fishing, watching classic movies and collecting albums. He was an avid reader, enjoying reading and collecting books and comics. He loved spending time with his family.
He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bentleyville and Ellsworth Sportsmans Club.
Surviving are four sisters, Kathryn Jones of White Lake, Mich., Loretta Taylor (Paul) of Mt Lebanon, Joyce White (Ossie) of Bowie, Md., and Linda Washington of Green Tree; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three sisters, Patricia Ikard, Betty Finch and Rosemarie Franklin; and a niece, Cheryl Ikard.
Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Michael E. Kisiday
Enjoyed fishing and playing cards
Michael E. Kisiday, 75, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in his home.
He was born January 9, 1937, in Washington, a son of the late Mike Merashoff and Dorothy Kisiday Gersna.
For more than 20 years, he was employed by Carmine’s Produce in Bentleyville and later owned and operated Mike and Jim’s Produce in Bentleyville. For several years, he was employed by Eagle Roofing in Bentleyville.
Mr. Kisiday enjoyed fishing, playing cards and building puzzles.
He was a member of the Polish Club in Bentleyville.
Surviving are two sons, Michael S. Kisiday (Michelle) of Bentleyville and Matthew Kisiday (Tracy Ritson) of Greensburg; a brother, Thomas Gersna of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Richard Gersna, and a sister, Joyce Martinko.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. Services and interment will be private. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Rose Rubis Pogoreltz
Homemaker enjoyed sewing, bingo, traveling
Rose Rubis Pogoreltz, 91, of Niles, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Niles.
She was born October 9, 1921, in East Brady, a daughter of Angelo and Bertha Oliver Rubis.
Mrs. Pogoreltz was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick Church.
She enjoyed sewing, playing bingo and traveling.
Surviving are a son, Louis H. Pogoreltz (Kathleen) of Washington; a daughter, Linda L. Snedeker (Robert) of Niles; a brother, Rudy Rubis of Canonsburg; a sister, Blanche McNurlen of Canonsburg; three grandchildren, Louis J. Pogoreltz (Renee), Jody Mullen and Robert Snedeker (Carrie); five great-grandchildren, Nicolas, Rosie, Sophia, Eleanor and Christopher Snedeker; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her husband, Louis E. Pogoreltz; two brothers, Misdeo and Victor Rubis; and four sisters, Minnie Toffolo, Jenny Coleman, Constance Thomas and Juklia Bushmire.
Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 11, with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Visit www.sollon.com for information and to view and leave condolences.
Anna M. Schrader
Retired travel industry housekeeper
Anna M. Schrader, 85, of Washington, formerly of Meadow Lands, died early Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
She was born October 30, 1927, in Meadow Lands, a daughter of the late Stephen and Julia Horvath Milkovich.
Mrs. Schrader attended the former Chartiers High School.
She was employed as a motel maid for 28 years at the former Howard Johnson Motel and Days Inn.
Mrs. Schrader enjoyed putting together puzzles, baking, cooking and taking care of her grandchildren.
On June 14, 1952, in Immaculate Conception Church rectory, she married Donald D. Schrader Sr. who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Donald D. (Lynn) Schrader Jr. of Washington; a daughter, LuAnn (Jim) Christopher of Washington; a sister, Frances (Robert) Seward of Meadow Lands; five grandchildren, Joshua, Justin (Ashley), Jordan (Valerie), Tyler Schrader and Nicholas (Tara) Christopher; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Isabella and Zachary Schrader; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Steve, Frank and John Milkovich; and three sisters, Mary Swihart, Agnes Caumo and Pearl Milkovich.
Friends and family will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, with the Rev. Louis Pascazi officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Memorial contributions are suggested to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Barbara Jean Shaner
Member of First Christian Church
Barbara Jean Shaner, 61, of West Alexander, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in her home.
She was born August 4, 1951, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of Gerald Lee Shaner of West Alexander and the late Edith Mae Riggins Shaner.
Miss Shaner was a member of First Christian Church in West Alexander.
She was a waitress all of her life.
She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and visiting with her sister and nieces and nephews.
Surviving, in addition to her father, are two brothers, Gerald Lee Shaner Jr. of Pittsburgh and Scott (Patricia) Shaner of Scottdale; a sister, Sandy Lee (Edward “Butch”) Hemelrick of Claysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her mother, is a nephew, Robert Hemelrick.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, 219 Main Street, Claysville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, with Pastor Bruce Graff officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929.
Janet L. Ansley Smith
Services for Janet L. Ansley Smith, who died December 13, 2012, will be held at noon Saturday, January 26, in Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road, McMurray.
Jacqueline M. Stimmel
Beallsville UM Church member collected angels
Jacqueline M. “Jackie” Stimmel, 81, of Washington, formerly of Beallsville, died Friday, January 4, 2013, in Consulate Retirement Village of North Strabane.
She was born September 12, 1931, in Library, a daughter of the late John Kenneth and Tora Olson Boozer.
Mrs. Stimmel was a graduate of California High School.
For several years, she worked as a Bell Telephone operator and was a bookkeeper for Hills Department Store in Washington, but the majority of her working years were spent with the family business, Stimmel Remodeling and Supply in Beallsville.
She was a member of Beallsville United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Stimmel enjoyed camping with her husband as well as traveling with many local traveling groups. Her hobbies included bird-watching and collecting angels; angels made of wood, ceramics, paper and glass all were part of her collection. Time spent with her family brought her special enjoyment.
On February 12, 1955, she married Robert G. Stimmel, who died April 28, 2002.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Ann Stimmel of Midway, Ga.; a son, Samuel A. Stimmel and wife Kimberly of Washington; two grandchildren, Emily and Thomas Stimmel, both of Washington; a sister, Dolores Deems of Uniontown; a brother, Kenneth Boozer of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a granddaughter, Samantha Lyn Stimmel, who died March 16, 1992; and five sisters, Sue Coder, Betty Pepper, Jean Jones, Barbara Ann Boozer and Gladys Falconi.
Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 12, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, with the Rev. Gary Gregg officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301; or Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 100 West Station Square Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Walter L. Watson
Corrected information was received for the obituary of Walter L. Watson, published Wednesday.
Dr. Arthur Doctor will be officiating the services.
John W. Wherry III
Retired teacher active in Studebaker Drivers Club
John W. Wherry III, 69, of Clinton, Hanover Township, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Heritage Valley, Sewickley.
He was born April 27, 1943, in Washington, a son of the late John Jr. and Mary Phillips Wherry.
Mr. Wherry was a graduate of East Washington High School and received his teaching degree from California State College.
After 25 years, he retired from West Allegheny School District, where he taught history, civics, and drivers’ education and training at the high school.
Mr. Wherry was a member of Oakdale Lodge 669 F&AM, where he was a past master and a member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Wa-Che-Gree Forest 1149. He also was a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Order of Amarenth Inc. and Sewickley High Tower Club 759.
He was very active in Studebaker Drivers Club, where he was known as “JWW.”
Surviving are a brother, Jim Wherry and wife Donna; a niece, Andrea Caputo and husband Rob; a cousin, Nancy Luellen; and several other cousins.
Deceased are a niece, Kendra, and a nephew, Douglas.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Wharton-Herrick Funeral Home, Edward M. Herrick, director/owner, 951 Cliff Mine Road, North Fayette Township, Imperial, 724-695-7332, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. A masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. It is respectfully requested that memorial donations be sent to one’s favorite charity.
James Garvin Whetzel
Loyal friend known for charm, dedication to family
James Garvin “Jim” Whetzel, 63, of Covington, Ga., was peacefully called to the Lord Monday, January 7, 2013, in Emory University Hospital.
He was born December 22, 1949, in Martinsburg, W.Va., the eldest son of Doris Garvin Whetzel of Fairmont, W.Va., and the late Vernon Whetzel.
After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School in 1967, he attended Fairmont State College, obtaining a business degree.
Mr. Whetzel spent his adult life in Buckhannon, W.Va., Washington and Covington.
He was a natural salesman and a sales manager in industrial lubricants, notably with Pennzoil, Shell Oil and most recently with CITGO Petroleum.
Mr. Whetzel greeted every person and situation with a welcoming spirit, having never met a stranger. He wholeheartedly cherished the relationships with his friends and co-workers, and was a valued friend, confidant and mentor to many. His ability to bring joy to every situation, warm demeanor and genuine charm will long be remembered.
Along with his wife of eight years, Juanita, he was most dedicated to his family, especially his three sons, Jamie, Josh and Matt, and most recently a grandson, James Garvin “Garv” Whetzel III.
He was a beloved brother, uncle, mentor, coach, neighbor and loyal friend to many. He had an ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable and told great stories.
Those left behind are his best friend and wife, Juanita Whetzel of Covington; loving mother Doris Whetzel of Fairmont; siblings Rebecca (Thomas J.) Corder of Bridgeport, W.Va., and Bonita Springs, Fla., William (Gayle) Whetzel of Wilmington, N.C., Jonathan (Tee) Whetzel of Fairview, W.Va., and Mary (Mark) Ransom of Winchester, Va.; sons James Garvin Whetzel Jr. and wife Sara and grandson James Garvin Whetzel III of San Antonio, Texas, Josh Battistone and wife Kelly of Richmond, Va., and Matt Whetzel of Washington; mother-in-law Verneeda Beal of Covington; and his beloved uncle, Bill (Sharon) Garvin of Morgantown. He had a deep love for many other aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and special friends.
Mr. Whetzel was met at heaven’s gate by his father, Vernon Whetzel.
The doctors, nurses and staff at Emory University Hospital cared for him.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McCulla Funeral Home, 770 Fairmont Road, Morgantown, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, with the Rev. Mark Ransom officiating. Entombment will follow in Beverly Hills Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.mcculla.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Leukemia Program Fund at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322, www.winshipcancer.emory.edu/support.
Gary W. Wilson
Weld Tooling employee was avid motorcyclist
Gary W. Wilson, 61, of Richeyville, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mr. Wilson was born February 15, 1951, in New Eagle, a son of J. Robert Sr. and Elisabeth McCrory Wilson.
He was a 1969 graduate of Bentworth High School.
Mr. Wilson had worked for Weld Tooling Corp., Canonsburg.
He was an associate member of Red Knights Motorcycle Club Chapter 37 in California, where he was active with club fundraising.
An avid motorcyclist, he enjoyed riding with his friends. He also was a Steelers fan and played paintball.
Surviving are two brothers, James Reade Wilson (Cheryl) of Seattle, Wash., and Tad E. Wilson (Rhonda) of Prosper, Texas; a sister, Waneta Ulaszek (Thomas) of Richardson, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Deceased is a brother, J. Robert Wilson Jr.
At the request of the family, there will be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.