Jan. 15

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Alvin L. Ashford


McGraw-Edison retiree enjoyed family time


Alvin L. Ashford, 74, of Cecil, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013, in the Washington Hospital.


He was born September 20, 1938, a son of the late Lawrence and Grace Ashford.


Mr. Ashford worked for 29 years at McGraw-Edison/Cooper Industries until his retirement in 1994.


He enjoyed hunting and going to yard sales and flea markets, and he loved being with his family.


Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Joan Ashford; two sons, Edward (Michele) Ashford of Bethel Park and Robert Ashford of Cecil; and a daughter, Rosemarie Bruno of Canonsburg. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Alisha Thompson of Canonsburg, Jessica Thompson of Cecil, Christine Yater of Cecil and Jenna Zeiler of Bethel Park; five great-grandchildren, Brayden Seaman, Dakota Yater, Kaylee and Jayden Pitcock and Bentley Thompson; two sisters, Jayne Bodnar of Canonsburg and Violet Crow of Canonsburg; and four nephews and a niece.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, who died in infancy, and a grandson, Edward Ashford Jr. in 2008.


At the request of the family, services will be private and entombment will be held at Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


Arrangements are in the care of Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home in Canonsburg. Condolences may be left at www.deangelofuneralhome.com.


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John E. Babich


Procter & Gample retiree, outdoorsman, Army veteran


John E. Babich, 81, of Eighty Four, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013.


He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in Korea.


After Waynesburg College, he went on to retire after a 33-year career from Procter & Gamble.


Mr. Babich was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He also enjoyed cooking and especially enjoyed his English setters.


He was a son of the late John and Mary Babich.


Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Dolores Babich; two daughters, Rosalind Babich and Susan (Keith) Nixon; a son, John B. Babich; and four grandchildren, Brian Gleeson and Andrew, Christopher and Caroline Nixon.


Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, in Beinhauer Chapel. Interment will be private, with honors, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


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Helen E. Brunasky


Member of St. John the Baptist Church


Helen E. Brunasky, 85, of Houston, died peacefully Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Country Meadows Assisted Living Community, Bridgeville.


She was born July 2, 1927, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Theodore and Eva Shushereba Fecycz.


Mrs. Brunasky was a graduate of Canonsburg High School and a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Canonsburg.


She had been employed by the state of Pennsylvania in the Washington Unemployment Office.


Mrs. Brunasky enjoyed bowling, gardening and sewing.


On July 17, 1948, she married Richard J. Brunasky, who died May 24, 1999.


Surviving are two sons, Richard N. Brunasky and fiancée Joan of Houston and Kenneth T. Brunasky and wife Gwen of Bridgeville; and a sister, Mary Kotyk of Canonsburg.


Deceased are two brothers, Nicholas and John Fecycz.


Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m., the time of services, Wednesday, January 16, in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 601 Boone Avenue, Canonsburg, with the Very Rev. Joseph Oleynik officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, Owner/Supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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Glenn R. Chappel


Army vet, Bears and Legion member fixed clocks


Glenn R. “Toby” Chappel, 74, of Houston, died Monday, January 14, 2013, in Golden Living of South Hills.


He was born September 14, 1938, in Washington, a son of William and Gladys Favorite Chappel.


Mr. Chappel had worked as a painter at the former RCA in Meadow Lands, a loader for Overnight Trucking and as a mechanic.


He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963.


Mr. Chappel was a member of Amercan Legion Post 902, Houston, the Bears Club of Meadow Lands and Arden Club.


He was a NASCAR fan, collected Duncan Miller glassware and fixed clocks of all kinds, but grandfather and cuckoo clocks were his specialty.


Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Smith (Walt Beatty IV) of Washington and Christin Loulli (Michael Griffith) of Claysville; four grandchildren, Michael Dessify, Logan Hobberchalk, Jessica Smith and Walt “Tank” Beatty V; three sisters, Jane Hunt of Washington, Bonnie Erbe of Longwood, Fla., and Lois Johnson (Don) of Argyle, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a son, Glenn Reed Johnson; and two brothers, Thomas Chappel Sr. and David Chappel.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, Owner/Supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 17, with the Rev. John Hoffman officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 902, Houston and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 combined honor guard. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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Flora H. Clarke


Retired nurse was devoted Steelers fan


Flora H. Clarke of Friendship Village, Upper St. Clair, formerly of Canonsburg and a longtime resident of McMurray, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, after a short illness.


She was born February 21, 1921, in West Newton, a second child of Paul and Magdalina Wagner Hofmann.


Mrs. Clarke attended West Newton schools, skipping a grade and graduating with honors. Subsequently, despite having the use of only one hand as a result of a childhood injury, she graduated from McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing, No. 1 in her class, and was voted “Outstanding Nurse.” Thereafter, she obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.


She worked at Children’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital, and thereafter returned to her alma mater. Retiring from full-time nursing, she did private duty for various local doctors and was a substitute nursing teacher at Washington Vo Tech. Because of her nursing ability, on five separate occasions over the years she saved the lives of a neighborhood child, two neighbors and two other acquaintances.


On May 16, 1944, she married Clifford W. Clarke, P.E., who died December 28, 1988.


Mrs. Clarke was an original member of Trinity Methodist Church in McMurray, was instrumental in the formation of Peters Township Public Library and served on its board of directors for many years, and was a Washington County Republican committeewoman, an accomplished bridge player, a devoted and knowledgeable Steelers fan and a supporter of the Mel Blount Youth Home.


Surviving are a son, Robert N. Clarke, Esq., and wife Victoria Dally of McMurray; a grandson, Jordan of Canonsburg; two granddaughters, Ashley of Upper St. Clair and Amanda Greene (Daniel) of Avella and their child, her great-grandson, Dexter; a nephew, John (Jack) Peters of California; and her beloved niece, Jane Peters of Pittsburgh.


Deceased, in addition to her husband, are a sister and brother-in-law, Grace and John Peters, and a nephew, Paul Peters.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 17, in West Newton Cemetery Chapel, 210 Vernon Drive, West Newton. Interment will follow.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to a public library of your choice. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


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George Edward Howard


Retired assistant chief for Waynesburg Vol. Fire Co.


George Edward “Jed” Howard, 56, of Tomball, Texas, formerly of Waynesburg, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, following a long and couragious battle with cancer.


He was born Thursday, April 5, 1956, in Waynesburg, a son of Larry (Ella) Mitchell of Rogersville and the late Sue Howard Morris.


Mr. Howard was a member of Living Word Church of the Nazarene in Houston and a former member of First Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg, where he was a former Sunday School teacher.


He was a member of the Waynesburg Volunteeer Fire Company, where he retired as an assistant chief.


When his health permitted, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle.


Mr. Howard had worked as the borough manager of Waynesburg for six years.


In addition to his father and stepmother, surviving are his wife, Judy K. Hennen Howard, whom he married February 16, 1996; stepdaughter Kelci Shae Evans of The Woodlands, Texas; a brother, Doug Mitchell of Morgantown, W.Va.; four sisters, Pam Shogren, Lida Orbash and Kathy Cooke, all of Waynesburg, and Jan Britton of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a sister, Timmie Ely.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg. There will be additional visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, January 17, in First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, with the Rev. John Poling officiating. Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery, Waynesburg. The Waynesburg Volunteer Fire Company will hold memorial services at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.


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Thelma Hutchinson


Longtime Marianna resident enjoyed cooking for family


Thelma Hutchinson, 84, of Marianna, died Sunday, January 13, 2013.


She was born December 17, 1928, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Levi and Maude Morris. In her youth, they moved to the family farm outside of Marianna and Mrs. Hutchinson resided in the Marianna area the rest of her life.


She was the loving wife of Oscar Charles “Buck” Hutchinson, who died August 25, 1986. They were married in 1947 and shared 39 years of marriage.


Mrs. Hutchinson enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, holidays, reading, gardening, bingo, traveling on bus tours with her late husband and spending time in the mountains with her family.


She was the mother of Oscar Charles “Chuck” (Kathy) Hutchinson of Elwood City, Levi Morris (Debra) Hutchinson of Marianna, Eddie Jane (Regis) Stepp of Marianna and Floyd (Christine) Hutchinson of Amity; grandmother of Debbie Savani, Charles (Lori) Hutchinson, Neil (Sonya) Hutchinson, Chad Stepp, Regina Stepp (Chad), Danielle (Timothy) Bemis and William Hutchinson; great-grandmother of Amber, Daniel, Brandon, Landon, Logan, Alexa, Joshua, Layken and her namesake, Bella, and was expecting another great-grandchild on the way; great-great-grandmother of Christopher Brandon; and sister of Robert (Bertha) Morris, Shirley (Robert) Raticia, Barbara (Raymond) Adamson and Dietra Bennington.


Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are brothers Abraham, John, Leroy and Edward Morris; and sisters Dolly Leonard and Edna Mae Reno.


Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, with Pastor Paul Roofner officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. A guest book may be viewed at http://www.nicholfuneralhome.com/.


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Albert B. Landman


Former California VFD assistant chief, Conrail retiree


Albert B. “Sonny” Landman, 76, of Brownsville, Centerville Borough, died Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Jefferson Hospital.


He was born March 9, 1936, in Denbo, a son of the late Richard Ross and Blanche Smith Landman.


Mr. Landman was a graduate of Centerville High School.


In 1987, he retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel’s Monessen Works, where he worked as a track manager, after 32 years of service. He then worked for Conrail Railways doing track maintenance, retiring in 1999.


Mr. Landman was a former assistant fire chief of California Volunteer Fire Department.


He attended Malden Christian Fellowship Church.


Mr. Landman enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and camping at Big Bear Lakes Campground. “Pap” loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.


On May 26, 1956, he married Patty L. Havlock, who survives.


In addition to his wife, surviving are three children, Cynthia Pascarell (Vince) of Low Hill, Bobbie Poyle (Jack) of Charleroi and Ross Landman (Dana) of Dunlevy; seven grandchildren, Valerie Thomas (Mike), Edward Danko (Christina), Christopher, Jason and Heather Alexander, Rebecca Horne (James) and Matthew Landman; five great-grandchildren, Michael and Abigayle Thomas, Emily and Cole Danko and Madison Alexander; three sisters, Norma Wright of Jefferson, Gloria Holt of Low Hill and Betty Bonderanka of California; a brother, Robert Landman of Low Hill; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Charles and James Linderman; three sisters, Oleta Holt, Virginia Hall and Dolores Dickinson; and two brothers who died in infancy.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the hour of services, Thursday, January 17, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, with the Rev. Mike Peton officiating. Interment will follow in Westland Cemetery, Brownsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Washington Area Humane Society, PO Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330; or the Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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David W. Miller


Longtime West Penn Power lineman was Army Reservist


David W. Miller, 67, of Jefferson, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.


He was born October 31, 1945, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of John D. Miller of Scottdale and the late Elizabeth Henry Miller.


Mr. Miller had worked for West Penn Power as a lead lineman since 1967 and had served in the U.S. Army Reserve at Uniontown.


He was a member of First Christian Church of Carmichaels.


On May 13, 1967, he married Carole Patterson, who survives.


In addition to his wife and father, surviving are two children, Randy Miller and wife Melanie of Rices Landing and Heather Swartz and husband Greg of Freedom; nine grandchildren, Alannah, Owen, Caspian, Kai and Ein Miller, and Jordan, Madeline, Sarah and Samantha Swartz; and a brother, Jack Miller of Uniontown.


At the request of the deceased, services and interment are private. Arrangements are entrusted to Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Condolences may be expressed at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.


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Ann M. Monkovich


Richeyville homemaker was dedicated to her faith


Ann M. Monkovich, 85, of Richeyville, died Monday, January 14, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital.


She was born May 24, 1927, in Daisytown, a daughter of the late Michael and Theresa Harenchar.


A homemaker who was dedicated to her faith, Mrs. Monkovich was a lifelong member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.


Mrs. Monkovich loved her family and pets and was a longtime contributor to the Washington Area Humane Society. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and baking and especially enjoyed summer evenings spent on her porch swing with her special friends, Irene Yancich and Irene Lutes.


On February 27, 1947, she married Paul Monkovich, who died September 22, 2006. She loved her husband dearly and missed him dearly until the end.


Surviving are a son, Steven Monkovich of Richeyville, and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a brother, Steve Harenchar; and two sisters, Theresa Molish and Mary Nurminen.


Mrs. Monkovich was the last of her immediate family.


Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Richeyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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Richard Roux Jr.


Charleroi resident


Richard Roux Jr., 53, of Charleroi, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh.


He was born August 4, 1959, in Washington, a son of the late Richard Sr. and Dolores Rush Roux.


Mr. Roux was self-employed as a contractor for many years and previously was employed as a CAD draftsman.


He attended Grace United Methodist Church.


Surviving are a daughter, Sara Hernstrom of Chesterton, Ind.; two grandchildren, River and Maya Marquardt; his love, Nadia Sala of Monroeville; two brothers, Gary Roux of Orlando, Fla., and Jeff Vinansky of Scenery Hill; a sister, Lisa Fanning of Chicago, Ill.; grandmother Margaret Vinansky of Eighty Four; special aunt Donna Harbaugh of Washington; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m., the hour of services, Wednesday, January 16, in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Ken Custer officiating. Interment will be private. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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William Wayne Shipe


WWII vet, active member of Grace Brethren Church


William Wayne Shipe, 88, went to be with his Lord Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born June 22, 1924, in Amwell Township, a son of the late Sheldon G. and Cora Belle McQuay Shipe.


Mr. Shipe attended Chestnut Ridge School until he started attending Trinity High School.


He enlisted in the U.S. Army April 6, 1943, and became a member of Battery C502 Anti-Aircraft Artillery as a gun crewman and cannoneer. He served in the Philippines during World War II. During his time of service, he received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He received an honorable discharge December 30, 1945.


On April 4, 1947, in Addison, he married his sweetheart, Margaret Mae Cox, who survives. They shared 65 wonderful years together.


He leaves a special legacy to those surviving, a son and two daughters, Ronald (Linda) Shipe of Washington, Saundra (DeWitt) Lauerman of Rock Hill, S.C., and Beverly Resciniti of Washington; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Brian, Michael, Christy, Matthew, Timothy and Brandon; 16 great-grandchildren, Jessica, William, Bradley, Amanda, Rebecca, Austin, McKenzie, Nathan, Christopher, Julia, Andrew, Abigail, Alyssa, Olivia, Robert and Rachael; four great-great-grandchildren, Hayden, Ezra, Branson and Emmett; and a sister, Helen Miles.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are brothers, Robert and Donald, and sisters Margaret and Lulu.


He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He touched peoples’ lives in a special way. He loved traveling, gardening, playing pinochle and Bunco, going to tractor pulls with his great-grandchildren and talking with everyone he met.


Mr. Shipe was baptized March 15, 1956, and became a member of Grace Brethren Church in Washington, where he held the offices of deacon, trustee and Sunday school superintendent and filled in any place help was needed.


Upon discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, he started his working career at Hazel Atlas Glass Factory. He also worked for Summerville Farm Supply and finished his working career at Trinity High School, where he spent 23 years until his retirement in 1985.


He was a member of American Legion Post 897 of Glyde for 42 years until it closed in 2012. At that time, he transferred his membership to Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.


He served as treasurer of Woodlands Condominiums Association and also helped with maintenance at the units there.


Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. Additional visitation with be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, January 17, in Grace Brethren Church, Washington, with Pastor Bob Kulp officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of Washington. Additional information and guest book may be viewed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


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