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 is a stepsister, Linda Phrcha.
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.
U.S. Navy veteran
Leonard Briselli, 83, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, 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, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-nieces and great-nephews of whom he was very proud.
He leaves his beloved cat, Pookie.
Deceased are three brothers, Baptista, Secondo and Vincent Briselli, and two sisters, Bruna Graziotto and Olivia Adair.
Mr. Briselli was the last surviving sibling.
Friends are welcome from 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 will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
John T. Daugherty IV
Heavy construction laborer lived in Eighty Four
John T. Daugherty IV, 53, of Eighty Four, died unexpexctedly Monday, January 7, 2013, in his home.
He was born July 1, 1959, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John T. Jr. and Dorothy Dougherty Daugherty.
Mr. Daugherty was last employed as a laborer in heavy construction, and lived in Eighty Four since 1996.
On April 26, 1974, he married Linda Summers, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Christina Lynn (Doyle Brooks) Daugherty of Avalon and Linda Joann Daugherty of Eighty Four; two sons, John T. (Fran) Daugherty V of Charleroi and Albert Michael Daugherty of Eighty Four; a brother, Carlo (Sonya) Daugherty of Coal Center; three sisters, Johnalynn (Robert) Jenkins of Charleroi, Congetta (Chuck) Trichler of Pittsburgh and Frances (Andrew) Pershina of Eighty Four; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Gamble, and a brother, John T. Daugherty III, who died in infancy.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg, PA 15317. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafuneral.com.
Larry L. Day
Washington Hospital security worker, Navy retiree
Larry L. Day, 75, of Prosperity, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in his home.
He was born May 7, 1937, in Washington, a son of the late Orland and Frances Rutan Day.
Mr. Day was a 1955 graduate of Trinity High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict and Vietnam War, retiring in 1977 as a petty officer, 1st Class, following 22 years of service.
Mr. Day was employed by Washington Hospital in the security department.
On May 5, 1961, in Claysville, he married Linda Brownlee, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Larry L. (Lisa) Day of Amity and Michael Day of Prosperity; a daughter, Lori (James) Adams; a brother, Ted (Myra) Day of Arizona; and three grandchildren, Andrew Adams and Kaylee and Cassidy Day.
Deceased are two brothers, Ron and Doug Day.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11. Interment will follow in Prosperity Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Heart Association at www.heart.org, or to Hospice of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. 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.
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. 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.
He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Pro and husband Paul of New Eagle; six grandchildren, Jason Capps, Nicole Dejeet Bartlett, Brett and Bobby Dejeet Jr. 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.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 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.
Ruth D. Fuller
AAUW member, volunteer, Waynesburg schoolteacher
Ruth D. Fuller, 101, of Waynesburg, died Monday, January 7, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
She was born July 10, 1911, in Nineveh, a daughter of William J. and Maude Miller DeWeese.
Mrs. Fuller graduated from Waynesburg High School in 1929 and from Waynesburg College in 1933. She did graduate work at Penn State University.
She was a teacher for 36 years, retiring in 1975. During her career, Mrs. Fuller taught English in Waynesburg High School and Waynesburg Central High School. She also taught in Whiteley Township and Amity schools.
Mrs. Fuller was an organizing member of American Association of University Women, a member of Association of American Retired Persons, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and Greene County Association of School Retirees. She also was a volunteer worker in Greene County Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg since 1924, for at total of 89 years.
On March 27, 1943, she married Charles S. Fuller, who died April 11, 1989.
Surviving are a sister-in-law, Louise B. “Dottie” DeWeese of Sewickley; a niece, Debra D. Stark and husband John of Camp Hill; a nephew, H. William DeWeese of Waynesburg; a great-niece, Kathleen Baily Stark; and a great-nephew, Kenneth Riley Stark II.
Deceased is a brother, J. Victor DeWeese.
Private services are under the direction of Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. Memorial donations may be made to Paul R. Stewart Scholarship Fund at Waynesburg University or First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.
Harold Edward Headlee
Air Force vet, West Point grad was NOAA retiree
Harold Edward Headlee, 82, passed away in the morning hours Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in his home in Marion, Va.
He was born January 5, 1930, in Garards Fort.
Mr. Headlee graduated from Mapletown High School in 1947, where he lettered in four sports.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in 1951 and joined the Air Force. He flew as a bombardier on A-26s in Korea.
After the war, he met and married Maxine “Jerilynn” Williams October 2, 1954.
Mr. Headlee received a master’s degree in meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and flew as a navigator throughout the rest of his Air Force career, including an assignment as a hurricane hunter, flying out of Bermuda. He served in Vietnam and worked with the first satellite meteorological data. His last assignment was as chief weather officer in support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration with weather satellites.
After he retired from NOAA, he and his wife moved to her hometown of Marion, where he was actively involved in Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4667, Kiwanis Club and a breakfast group that met at McDonalds. He was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years and his parents, Earle and Grace Headlee of Waynesburg.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Wilma Williams; sons Chris (Kim) and Kevin (Helene); and a daughter, Kelly; six grandchildren, Matthew (Kira), Jonathan, Nathan, Jessica, Christopher McCarthy and Nichole McCarthy-Moore (Matthew); a great-granddaughter, Asha; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 10, in Francis Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4667, Marion, followed by a reception for family and friends. Private burial will be held in Anderson Hill Cemetery, Troutdale, Va., and at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ms. Diane Warren, P.O. Box 63, Troutdale, VA 24378, for the Anderson Hill Cemetery Fund. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Headlee family.
Mary Ellen Hensel
Mary Ellen Hensel, 104, of Newton, N.C., died Saturday, January 5, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville.
Russell Wayne Hoover
Additional information was received for the obituary of Russell Wayne Hoover, published Tuesday.
Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 744 of Marianna.
Also, memorial donations may be made to Grace Brethren Church of Washington, 4 Waynesburg Road, Washington, PA 15301.
William H. Jefferson Jr.
William H. “Willie” “Junie” Jefferson Jr., 60, of Ellsworth, died Monday, January 7, 2013, in his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
John William McCracken
Legion member was longtime truck driver
John William McCracken, 83, of Claysville, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.
He was born December 4, 1929, in Aleppo, a son of John Gilbert McCracken and Harriet Riggle McCracken Armstrong.
Mr. McCracken was employed by Atlas Railroad for many years and for Marta Track of Eighty Four, from where he retired in 1999. He worked as a truck driver all of his life.
He served in the U.S. Army as a private from 1947 to 1948.
Mr. McCracken was a member of American Legion Hunt-Kennedy Post 639, Claysville, where he was past historian and a member of the drill team.
He received the Trucking Industry Safe Driving Award for driving one million miles accident free.
Mr. McCracken enjoyed visiting with his friends at the American Legion, mowing grass in the area, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, and being with his dogs.
On April 7, 1975, he married Arlene J. Campbell, who died November 15, 2012.
Surviving are a son, John “Jay” (Patti) McCracken of Washington; two daughters, Sandy (Jesse) Lowther of Washington and Judy (Bob) Silvers of Prosperity; additional children, Clarence (Laura) Allshouse of Yuma, Ariz., Joe (Linda) Allshouse of Claysville, and Kimberly (Alan) Demski of Claysville; a sister, Irene Hodgson of Washington; three sisters-in-law, Mary Murphy, Jeannie Armstrong and Linda Armstrong; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and several “honorary grandchildren,” whom he considered to be part of his family.
He also leaves behind his best buddy, a Boston terrier, Angel.
Deceased are brothers Willis “Pete” McCracken, Charles “Ken” Armstrong, William “Bill” Armstrong, Donald Armstrong and Corwin Armstrong; and sisters Helen Glendenning and Jeannine Harps.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, 219 Main Street, Claysville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 11, with the Rev. Meade Lacock officiating. Interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Legion Post 639, Claysville.
Registered nurse enjoyed her vegetable garden
Teresa Papak, 88, of Monongahela, died Monday, January 7, 2013, in Consulate Retirement Village, Canonsburg.
She was born August 25, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Alfredo and Adelaide Serrano Testoni.
Mrs. Papak was a 1943 graduate of St. Justin’s High School in Mt. Washington. Through the Cadet Program, she received her registered nurse certification from Mercy School of Nursing in 1946. She began her nursing career in Monongahela Memorial Hospital in New Eagle and continued in Monongahela Valley Hospital for a total of 34 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthonys Church and its Altar Rosary Christian Mothers and Ladies of Charity. She also held memberships in Mon Valley Nurse’s Association and Mercy Alumni Association.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and spending time in her vegetable garden.
She is survived by a son, Daniel M. Papak and wife Jolynn of Canonsburg; a grandson, Andrew M. Papak; a brother, Fernando Testoni and wife Louise of Green Tree; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Papak, who died April 27, 2007, and a sister, Lucy Ross.
Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 10, in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthonys Church, with the Rev. Pierre M. Falkenhan as celebrant. Committal services and entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Damien of Molokai Altar Rosary Christian Mothers, 722 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063, or Celtic Healthcare, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046.
The Mon Valley Nurse’s Association will conduct services at 2:30 p.m. followed by the rosaries being recited by St. Damien of Molokai Altar Rosary Christian Mothers at 3 p.m. Both services will be held in the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.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.
She was preceded in death by 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. Sunday 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. Monday, January 14, with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.
Barbara Jean Shaner
Barbara Jean Shaner, 61, of West Alexander, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in her home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville.
Lifelong member of Holy Ghost Church
Martha Shepelak, 91, formerly of Mapleview, died Sunday, January 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
Born in October 27, 1921, in Ford City, she was a daughter of Stevan A. and Anna Kolcun Todic.
She was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, Charleroi, and a 1939 graduate of Charleroi High School.
A former employee of the former MacBeth Evans Glass Co. of Charleroi, she also was a graduate of the former Moyer Beauty School, which was located in Charleroi. She became a licensed beautician.
Mrs. Shepelak was a hostess and cashier at the former Red Bull Inn in Charleroi and Johnson’s Restaurant in Monessen.
On November 9, 1946, she married Andrew Shepelak, who died January 6, 1969.
Mrs. Shepelak is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty Ann and Kenneth Kvartek of North Strabane Township; a son, Andrew Milan Shepelak of Mapleview; a sister, Mrs. John (Mildred) Psak of Craven Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes Inc., 235 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 10, in Holy Ghost Byzantine Church, with Rev. James Regan officiating. Internment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. Parastas will be held in the funeral home at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Charleroi Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary in the funeral home at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Harold H. Taylor
Farmer enjoyed? time with friends
Harold H. Taylor, 76, of Prosperity, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, in his home.
He was born April 14, 1936, in Prosperity, a son of the late James W. and Elizabeth Jane Ashbrook Taylor.
Mr. Taylor was a lifelong farmer and previously worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
He enjoyed visiting with his many friends, his dogs and spending time on his farm.
Surviving is his twin sister, Harriett G. Taylor, with whom he made his home.
At the request of the deceased, all services and interment were private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were handled by Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville.
John L. Trebel
Born in Canonsburg
John L. Trebel, 99, of Johnstown, died December 6, 2012, in his home.
He was born November 16, 1913, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Sabatian and Theresa Dublecz Trebel.
Friends are invited to a memorial service at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Avenue, Johnstown, an exclusive provider of veterans and family memorial care. Condolences may be made at www.HindmanFuneralHomes.com.
Walter L. Watson
U.S. Air Force retiree, St. Paul AME member
Walter L. Watson, 79, of Washington, died Sunday, January 6, 2013, in Humbert Lane Health Care Center, South Strabane Township.
He was born July 17, 1933, in Van Meter, a son of the late Dave and Lorraine Farmer Denson.
Mr. Watson was a member of St. Paul AME Church and was a 1952 graduate of Washington High School.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service, including service during the Korean conflict and Vietnam War.
He last worked as greenskeeper in Waco, Texas.
Surviving are a brother, David “Tubby” Denson of Washington; and nieces and nephews Yvonne Denson, Lorraine (Thomas) Jackson, Morgan (Jan) Denson, Lawrence Denson and Nikki (Jason) Powell.
Deceased is a brother, Harriston Denson, who died in infancy.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of services, Friday, January 11, in Piatt & Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Joe Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. 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.
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 three children, James Reade Wilson (Cheryl) of Seattle, Wash., Waneta Ulaszek (Thomas) of Richardson, Texas, and Tad E. Wilson (Rhonda) of Prosper, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A brother, J. Robert Wilson Jr., is deceased.
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.