Jan. 13

January 12, 2013

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 and gardening and loved being with her family.

Mrs. Bercosky was a member of General Society of Mayflower Descendants and a lifelong member of First Christian Church of 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; as well as 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 in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Monday, January 14, in First 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, P.O. Box 503, Marianna, PA 15345. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Frank L. Cornish

WWII vet, Corning retiree enjoyed community service

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

He was born January 27, 1924, in Naples, N.Y., a son of the late Frank L. Cornish Sr. and Anna Schenk Cornish.

Mr. Cornish was a 1941 graduate of Naples High School and a 1945 graduate of Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946, after serving during World War II in the Asia Pacific Theater. He received the Victory, American Theater and Asiatic Pacific Theater medals.

After college, he joined Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y., and later transferred to the Corning plant in Charleroi. He worked for and retired from Corning after 45 years of service; he primarily focused on new products and was part of a team that created and implemented many innovations in the glass industry.

Mr. Cornish also enjoyed serving his community. For many years, he was president of the Corning Credit Union, served as a board member of Bentleyville Water Authority and as a voluntary tax preparer under the Internal Revenue Service program. He really enjoyed helping senior citizens in the Bentleyville area. He was a member of Ave Maria Roman Catholic Parish in Bentleyville, where he served as a lay minister. He also belonged to Croation Fraternal Union St. George Lodge 354 of Cokeburg.

He enjoyed stamp collecting, music, golf, physical fitness, travel and classic cars.

On June 24, 1950, he married Katherine L., and was a loving husband for 58 years, until Mrs. Cornish’s death in 2008.

He is survived by three children, Jeffrey L. Cornish of Bentleyville, Capt. Gregory J. Cornish, U.S.N. (Ret.) and wife Jane of Chesapeake, Va., and Cindy C. Love and husband Dr. Roy M. Love of State College; a loving grandfather to his eight grandchildren, Maren Cornish and husband Luv Bajaj, David and Amelia Cornish, Patricia Bennett and husband Jeffery, Christopher Cornish and wife Kristin and Sean, Collin and Molly Love; a sister, Leona Richards of Naples, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind a close friend and Naples classmate, Gretchen Aulls.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Ella Mae Gormel and Mittie Rose; and two brothers, Gordon and Rupert.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Parish, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville, or in Mr. Cornish’s name to a charity of one’s choice. Military rites will be accorded by Hancock-McCune-Horn American Legion Post #705, Centerville. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Virginia Huseman

Longtime Washington resident

Virginia Huseman, 83, a former longtime resident of Washington, passed away peacefully into the hands of the Lord, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Binghamton, N.Y

Predeceased is her loving husband, Wilbur Huseman; her parents; a brother, Hugo; and sisters, Rose, Gina and Irene.

She is survived by a brother, John; sisters Ann and LaVern; a daughter, Hope; a granddaughter, Patsy; a grandson, Jeff; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A burial service is planned later this year in Beallsville Cemetery.


Tony Jancart

Tony Jancart, 96, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 12, 2013, in Heritage Valley, Sewickley.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown, in a later edition.


Norbert Kanczak

Anatomy professor at Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Norbert Kanczak, 81, of McMurray, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Saturday, January 5, 2013.

He was the beloved husband for 54 years of Martha Kanczak; loving father of Eileen (Mark) Presnell, Robert Kanczak, Michael (Karri) Kanczak and Alison (Robert) Cocco; and adored grandfather of Caitlin and Philip Presnell, Andrew Kanczak and Emily, Melanie, Claire and Adriana Cocco.

Dr. Kanczak was an associate professor of anatomy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine from 1970 to 1993.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 317 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317, followed by inurnment in Queen of Heaven Cemete, Peters Township. Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Kanczak’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at the address listed above. Arrangements are entrusted to Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.


Marjorie Barnhart Kissell


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

She was born February 6, 1924, in Graysville, Greene County, a daughter of William W. and Lillian Annette Smith Barnhart.

Mrs. Kissell graduated from Richhill Township High School and worked at Tygart Valley Glass when younger. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and spending time with her granddaughter.

Mrs. Kissell was a member of St. Hilary Church.

On July 25, 1953, she married George J. Kissell, who died October 9, 1999.

Surviving are a son, George M. Kissell (Kathleen) of Washington; a granddaughter, Summer Sonson (Joe); two stepgrandsons, Brandon Williams and Joshua Williams (Christina); and a great-grandson, Emmett Williams.

Deceased are four brothers, Charles, Shirl, Richard and Jack Barnhart; and three sisters, Ruth Owen, Betty Nelson and Vivian Miller.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, in St. Hilary Church, with Father Thomas O’Neil as celebrant. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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 at 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, 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 Tracie Roberts (Bill) of Belle Vernon; five grandchildren, Jacob Altman, Devan Altman, Joshua Altman, Seth Roberts and Autumn Robert; a son-in-law, Ali Canpolat of Greentree; as well as several nieces and nephews.

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

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Monday, January 14, in Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330, with Pastor Peggy Shannon officiating. Entombment will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Verna McKenery

Lifelong Canonsburg area resident

Verna McKenery, 88, a lifelong Canonsburg area resident, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Retirement Village of North Strabane.

She was born October 10, 1924, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late William and Zetta Clyde McLhinney.

Mrs. McKenery was a graduate of Canonsburg High School, Class of 1943. She was a lifelong member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, member of Eastern Star Chartiers Chapter 97 of Canonsburg, Jefferson College Historical Society, Woman’s Auxiliary Canonsburg Hospital and did volunteer work at Canonsburg General Hospital.

She worked as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Co., The Meadows and Western Center.

On July 2, 1948, she married William L. “Beans” McKenery. Her beloved husband of 49 years died June 6, 1998.

Surviving are two sons, David Douglas McKenery and wife Jane Martello of Canonsburg and William O. McKenery and wife Penny of Leander, Texas; a daughter, Deborah McKenery of Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers, William McLhinney of Hermitage and James McLhinney of Baltimore, Md.; two grandsons, David McKenery Jr. and wife Rebecca Stoner and Ryan McKenery; two great-granddaughters, Paige and Maren McKenery; three stepchildren, Victoria and Behrens Keeler and Kyntra Yates of Texas; and several nieces, nephews and a close cousin, Verna Galbraith.

She also leaves behind a lifelong friend, Peggy Emery.

Deceased are two sisters, Elise McLhinney and Lena McClelland.

She will be missed by all who were touched by her kindness and love.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Douglas Beltzner officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Family suggests memorials in her name to Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church or Canonsburg Fire Department. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Dena Catherine Riggi

Enjoyed cooking, giving to others

Dena Catherine Riggi, 52, of Carmichaels, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

She was born July 16, 1960, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Goldie White Riggi.

She worked for Head Start for many years.

Ms. Riggi enjoyed cooking, midnight shopping trips, crafts and giving to others.

She especially loved spending time with the joy of her life, her grandson, Kayne, and a special sister, Tina Bug.

Also surviving are a daughter, Danielle Glaspie; a son, Philip Riggi; siblings Guy Riggi (Gloria), Rosalind Hopkins (Lewis) of Sewickley, Candice Riggi (Shawn), James Riggi (Barbara), John Riggi (Josie), Philip Riggi (Roxanne), Glenn Riggi (Connie) of Virginia Beach, Va., Debra Riggi and Tina Riggi; and several nieces and nephews.

A special friend, Harry Burrie, also survives.

She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Vestaburg.

Ms. Riggi was a member of Greene County Democratic Women and East Franklin Grange.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a sister, Jacqueline Pratt.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday; 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of funeral services, Wednesday, January 16, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor. Pastor James Walter will officiate. Burial will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. Visit the obituary at www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.


Barbara A. Rose

Alberta’s Tavern owner took joy in time with family

Barbara A. Rose, 73, of Stafford, Va., formerly of Washington, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Stafford Hospital, with her children by her side.

She had been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington and attended Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford.

She was the owner of Alberta’s Tavern. Her greatest joy was caring for her grandchildren, spending time with her family and her love of animals.

Survivors include her children, Howard P. Clifton III of Claysville, and Stephanie Holtschneider and Charles J. Clifton, both of Stafford; and grandchildren Rachel and Justin Holtschneider.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Charles Alberta.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17, in Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. A guest book is available at www.covenantfuneralservice.com.


Robert A. Sheets Jr.

West Penn Heating repairman, Army veteran

Robert A. Sheets Jr., 57, of Butler, formerly of Canonsburg and McConnells Mills in Chartiers Township, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Colonial Gardens, Butler.

He was born April 11, 1955, in Canonsburg, a son of Robert A. “Baldy” and Relda A. Hall Sheets.

Mr. Sheets had worked for West Penn Heating as a repairman.

He was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978.

Mr. Sheets enjoyed painting, camping, fishing, listening to music, watching movies and collecting army memorabilia.

Surviving are three brothers, Jeffrey L Sheets Sr. (Sandra) of Atlasburg, Gary W. Sheets of Canonsburg and Jake E. Sheets (Veronica) of Claysville; two sisters, Kimberly Bailey (Skip) of Toledo, Ohio, and Lisa Jo Sheets of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are private, with interment in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. 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.


Catherine A. VanVoorhis

Retired Washington Hospital RN was quilter

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

She was born June 27, 1917, a daughter of the late Perry and Grace Henderson Morrow.

She was a 1933 graduate of Ellsworth High School and a 1936 graduate of the Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. VanVoorhis worked as an registered nurse in Washington Hospital for many years before her retirement. After retirement, she worked as a private duty nurse.

She was a former president of the Washington County Quilters and enjoyed sewing, crocheting and quilting.

She was a member of Ellsworth Presbyterian Church.

In 1940, she married Henry L. VanVoorhis, who died April 3, 2008.

Surviving are four sons, Thomas M. “Tim” VanVoorhis of Eighty Four, Victor V. VanVoorhis of Mansfield, Texas, David L. VanVoorhis of Scenery Hill and John C. VanVoorhis of Cape Carol, Fla.; two sisters, Ruth Gloss of Columbiana, Ohio, and Jacqueline Carson of Washington; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, is a sister, Helen Roupe.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m., the hour of service, Wednesday, January 16, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.greenleefuneralhome.com.


Cecile Wiggins

Cecile Wiggins, 65, of Indiana, formerly of Bentleyville, died Friday, January 11, 2013, in Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.



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