Jan. 11

January 10, 2013

John Antonetti

John Antonetti, 72, of Burgettstown, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

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

For further information and online condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


John J. Ross

Retired Ringgold administrator was avid golfer

John J. Ross, 85, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Monongahela, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in his home.

He was born August 14, 1927, in Forward Township. He was a son of James Ross and Lloyd and Susan Revetta Ross Coulter.

Mr. Ross attended Monongahela High School. When he was a junior, he left school to join the U.S. Navy (Seabees). He served during World War II in the Pacific Theater in 1945 and 1946. Upon returning home, he went to the Pittsburgh Academy, where he received his high school diploma. He then furthered his education and graduated from California State College with a bachelor of science degree in education and a master’s degree in education and administration from West Virginia University.

Mr. Ross started teaching elementary grades in Gastonville School and later became principal of Gastonville and Elrama schools. He was promoted to the main office, serving as director of education facilities, in charge of building and grounds. He drew up the plans for the transportation system and set up the attendance lines for the seven districts that joined to form Ringgold School District. Later, he became assistant superintendent and also served as acting superintendent for 16 months, until his retirement in 1982. Mr. Ross was highly thought of by teachers, students and employees in the district. He loved Ringgold and worked hard to make sure everyone was treated fairly and got what they deserved.

Mr. Ross was a member of True Vine Anglican Church and Sutman Yohe VFW Post 1409, both of Monongahela, Pennsylvania Association of Retired Teachers and Washington County Education Association. He was a life member of BPO Elks Lodge 455 of Monongahela and Monongahela Valley Country Club, until he left for health reasons.

Mr. Ross was an avid golfer and enjoyed making and repairing golf clubs. He liked to hunt, fish and spend time in his vegetable garden and also enjoyed canning. After retirement, he and his wife, Shirley, spent time traveling throughout the states and abroad. For the last 28 years, they have spent their winters in Florida.

He was the loving husband of Shirley Scott Ross, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage August 20, 2012; beloved father of Scott and wife Donna Ross of Scott Township and Sherry Ross of Charleroi; beloved grandfather of Justin, Scott and Gina Ross; and loving brother of Carmel DeLattre of Belle Vernon, Gloria Grant of New Eagle, Donna and husband Chas Lengyel of Monongahela, James Ross of Charleroi and Jack and wife Anita Coulter of Monongahela. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

He also leaves his loving granddog, Hershey.

Family and friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Those attending the funeral service at 12:30 p.m. Monday, January 14, are asked to meet at True Vine Anglican Church, 700 East Main Street, Monongahela, with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


Lois Bercosky

Lois Bercosky, 83, of Marianna, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Patricia Lersch

Patricia Lersch, 68, of Coal Center, died Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Mary Ann Banko

Mary Ann Banko, 63, of Southview, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.



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