Jan. 12

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Anna LaRue Anderson


50-year West Washington Church member was bowler


Anna LaRue Anderson, 76, of Washington, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


She was born August 26, 1936, in Washington, a daughter of the late Frank Ellsworth Lewis Sr. and Dorothea Elaine Berry Lewis.


Mrs. Anderson was a 1954 graduate of Washington High School.


She worked as a packer at Hazel Atlas and then at Brockway 7.


Mrs. Anderson had been a league bowler at Alpine Lanes and enjoyed driving and competing in small tractor pulls.


For more than 50 years, she was a member of West Washington United Methodist Church.


On May 20, 1956, she married Floyd Harvey Anderson, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter, Brenda Elaine Clutter-Gashel (Wilber) of Washington; a brother, Frank E. Lewis Jr. (Reita) of Kirtland, Ohio; a sister, Bonita Aloha Pierson of Canonsburg; a grandchild, Floyd Anthony Clutter (Tera); and two great-grandchildren, Carolyn and Preston Clutter.


Deceased is a sister, Elda Greco.


Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 14. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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John Antonetti


History buff, winemaker loved time with family


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


He was born August 27, 1940, in Francis Mine, a son of the late Joseph P. and Frances K. Pienkosky Antonetti.


Mr. Antonetti was formerly employed by Union Switch and Signal in Pittsburgh.


He was an all-around handyman and a Civil War and history buff. He enjoyed making homemade wine, but especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.


On November 24, 1966, he married Marlene McClain, who survives.


Also surviving are sons John (Kathie) Antonetti of Burgettstown and Michael (Lori) Antonetti of Burgettstown; grandchildren Julie and Brian Antonetti; brother Joseph (Barbara “Jean”) Antonetti of Burgettstown; and several nieces and nephews.


The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 19, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301, or Burgettstown Ambulance and Chair, 12 Fuller Drive 1, Burgettstown, PA 15021, or a charity of one’s choice. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


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Mary Ann Lukanski Banko


St. Mary’s member enjoyed cooking, gardening


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


She was born May 6, 1949, in Washington, a daughter of the late John L. Sr. and Stella Tkaczuk Lukanski.


Mrs. Banko was a member of St. Mary’s Parish.


She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, walking, golf and spending time with family.


Mrs. Banko worked as an elementary cafeteria worker for Fort Cherry School District and as an assembler for Black Box Corp. in Lawrence.


Surviving are her husband, Edward Banko of Southview; three daughters, Sheri (Steve) Kitzmiller of Mt. Pleasant Township, Tracey Mastic of Canonsburg and Maria (Greg) Pond of Mt. Pleasant Township; five grandchildren, Robby Mastic, Isabella and Evan Pond and Jackson and Sophia Kitzmiller; a brother, John L., Jr. (Marcia) Lukanski of Southview; and two sisters, Patricia (Wayne) Roth of Southview and Carolyn (Donald) Vosnick of Shrewsbury.


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, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 14, followed by a Christian Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Canonsburg.


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Lois J. Bercosky


Marianna homemaker active in her church


Lois J. Bercosky, 83, of Marianna, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.


She was born March 3, 1929, a daughter of the late Charles and Velma Bonham Breese.


Mrs. Bercosky was a 1948 graduate of West Bethlehem High School.


On June 30, 1948, she married Wilbert F. “Duz” Bercosky, who preceded her in death.


As a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, reading, baking, gardening and loved being with her family.


Mrs. Bercosky was a member of General Society of Mayflower Descendants. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church in Marianna, where she was a deaconess emeritus and held several other positions in the church through the years.


Surviving are two sons, Floyd C. Bercosky (Brenda) of Marianna and George Bercosky (Caroline) of Bentleyville; two daughters, Velma Iddings (Wray) of Marianna and Donna Hosack (Robert) of Scenery Hill; nine grandchildren, Adam Iddings, Angela Danneker, Andrea Dyson, Mandy Watson, Billy Gillis, Daniel Hosack, Jen Graff, Kristy Brichetti and Dalton Bercosky; seven great-grandchildren, Samantha Iddings, Spencer Iddings, Kaylee Danneker, Jacob Watson, Shelby Watson, Summer Gillis and Caleb Gillis; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, is a son-in-law, William Gillis.


Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, January 14, in First Marianna Christian Church, 27 Barnard Avenue, Marianna, with Pastor Betty Riecks officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. Contributions may be directed to First Christian Church of Marianna, 27 Barnard Avenue, Marianna, PA 15345. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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Sara A. Buszinski


Transfiguration Church member, Red Cross volunteer


Sara A. Buszinski, 89, of Bentleyville, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


She was born August 3, 1923, in Courtney, a daughter of the late Alphonse and Frances Leach DeHosse.


Mrs. Buszinski, along with her husband Anthony, owned and operated their family dairy farm.


She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, in Monongahela.


Mrs. Buszinski volunteered her time with the American Red Cross. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and taking pictures.


Surviving are four sons, William Buszinski and wife Patricia of Bentleyville, Gerald Buszinski and wife Shirley of Amity and Michael Buszinski and wife Kathy and Kevin Buszinski and wife Lorianne, all of Blairsville; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Buszinski of Scott Township; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances Ferro and husband Egidio of Courtney, Mary Margaret Bove and Anna Jean Gilmore and husband John, all of Finleyville; and a brother, Alphonse DeHosse of Bethel Park.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Anthony Buszinski, who died August 28, 1997; a son, Anthony J. Buszinski, who died in 1999; two granddaughters, Laura Louise and Loretta Johanna Buszinski; and a sister, Dorothy Gavelic.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 14, in Transfiguration Church, Monongahela. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


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Frank L. Cornish


Frank L. Cornish, 88, of Bentleyville, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Fairways at Brookline Nursing Home, State College.


Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, Bentleyville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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Marjorie N. Kissell


Marjorie N. Kissell, 88, of Washington, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.


Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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Patricia A. Lersch


Wonderful wife and mother, active church member


Patricia A. Lersch, 68, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital, with family by her side, following a lengthy battle with cancer.


She was born April 18, 1944, in Ontario, Canada, a daughter of the late Edgar and Ruth McGee Yeomans.


Mrs. Lersch was a 1962 graduate of Baldwin High School and a graduate of Point Park College, receiving an associate’s degree as a medical assistant.


On August 12, 1967, she married Wayne W. Lersch, who survives.


She was a wonderful wife and mother. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and her dog, Bessie, and enjoyed reading.


Mrs. Lersch was a member of Thomas Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four, where she served as a deaconess and Bible school director, a chancel guild member, a host for family promise and member of a Bible study group.


Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Laurie Lersch of Coal Center, Dawn Altman (John) of Coal Center and Traci Roberts (Bill) of Belle Vernon; five grandchildren, Jacob Altman, Devan Altman, Joshua Altman, Seth Roberts and Autumn Roberts; a son-in-law, Ali Canpolat of Green Tree; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a daughter, Jodie Canpolat.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, January 14, in Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330, with Pastor Peggy Shannon officiating. Entombment will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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Richard L. Maslo


Retired truck driver, active in firemen’s association


Richard L. Maslo, 78, of Monongahela, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


He was born December 1, 1934, in North Charleroi, a son of the late Emil and Alma Martin Maslo.


Mr. Maslo was a retired truck driver for Mon Valley Hospital.


He was a life member of Lock 4 Volunteer Fire Company, past president and life member of Washington County Firemen’s Association, member of Monessen Eagles and life member of Slavic Citizens Club of North Charleroi.


Surviving are a sister, Martha and husband Duane Winkleblech of Monongahela; a brother, Emil Maslo Jr. of Au Train, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Margaret Hayduk Maslo in 1992; a brother, Carl Maslo; and a sister, Elaine Manack.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home, 819 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 14. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.


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Lawrence F. Serra


Navy vet was retired union bricklayer


Lawrence F. Serra, 95, of New Eagle, died Friday, January 11, 2013.


He was born November 28, 1917, in Courtney, a son of the late Pasquale and Francesca Margoni Serra.


Mr. Serra began working for his uncles as a bricklayer and later retired in 1978 as a union bricklayer.


He was a 1935 graduate of Monongahela High School and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he trained gunners at Great Lakes Naval School.


Mr. Serra was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church, in Monongahela. He was a member of Aaroas Haymakers 258 1/2 and Hootowls Club, both in New Eagle.


He enjoyed hunting, reading and crossword puzzles.


Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence M. and Laura Serra of Mechanicsville, Md.; a daughter, Denise S. Yonkers of New Eagle; a sister, Ida Hudak of Washington; three grandchildren, Lauren (John) Harbaugh of Carroll Township, Larry (Meagan) Serra of Woodbridge, Va., and Troy Yonkers of Forward Township; a great-grandson, Levi James Harbaugh; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are his wife, Edith (Natali) Serra, who died August 12, 1987; two brothers, Henry “Rocky” and Lucian “Chino” Serra; and a sister, Alma Cillo.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767, wwwmarshallmarrafuneralhome.com, where a blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 14, with Father George Chortos officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. Military honors conducted by Mon-Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.


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Melvin Paul Snead


Korean War vet was music teacher, church choir director


Melvin Paul Snead, 82, of Concordia, Cabot, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013.


He was born June 28, 1930, a son of the late Alma and Melvin Paul Snead Sr.


On July 17, 1954, he married Jean Skillen, who survives.


Mr. Snead was a 1948 graduate of Freedom High School and a 1952 graduate of Grove City College.


He was a Korean War veteran, serving in Korea from 1952 to 1954.


Mr. Snead was a music major and taught music in public schools in Washington and Allegheny counties, where he also was a church choir director in both counties.


Deceased is a daughter, Rebecca Jean.


Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Stephen (Anne); three granddaughters, Amanda, Courtney and Michelle Snead; and nieces and nephews.


Services will be held at noon Saturday, January 12, in Union Presbyterian Church, 6165 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15136. Everyone is to please meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Union Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. McDermott Funeral Home Inc., 334 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, is handling arrangements.


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Catherine A. Van Voorhis


Catherine A. Van Voorhis, 95, of Eighty Four, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


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


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