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January 15, 2013

John E. Babich

Procter & Gamble 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 with 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 are 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 services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, in Beinhauer Chapel. Interment will be private, with honors, in 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.


Charles Connors

Devoted husband, proud father

Charles “Butch” Connors, 57, of McMurray, died Monday, January 14, 2013.

He was the beloved son of Charles and Mary Connors; devoted husband of 23 years to Gail Connors; proud father of Charles (Shana) Connors and Dana Scotti; and caring brother of Karen Scholtz, Kathleen “Boo” Montgomery, Kris Maus, Timothy Connors, Patrick Connors, Michael Connors and Ruth Hahalyak.

Also surviving is a large and loving extended family.

Services are private by Beinhauer Funeral Home, 412-531-4000. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Allegheny General Hospital Office of Fund Development, Liver Transplant Donations, Attention: Kim, 320 East North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, with his name on the memo line. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


John F. Eastham

Universal Stainless and Alloy employee

John F. “HamBone” Eastham, 57, of Washington, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh, following a yearlong illness.

He was born October 10, 1955, in Claysville, a son of the late John S. and Shirley A. Crawford Eastham.

Mr. Eastham was employed by the former Frank Irey Jr. Construction Co. in Monongahela, where he was proud to have worked in Orlando, Fla., at MGM Studios and in West Virginia at Marshall University’s new football stadium. At the time of his death, he was employed at Universal Stainless and Alloy in Bridgeville.

He was an avid golfer.

Mr. Eastham was a 1973 graduate of McGuffey High School and attended Edinboro University on a wrestling scholarship.

Surviving are a son, John S. Eastham II and a daughter, Katelynn J. Eastham, both of Monongahela; two sisters, Joyce (Tom) McConn of West Alexander and Kathy (Carl) Pettit of Washington; an uncle, Earl “Booge” Crawford of Claysville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, Harry W. Eastham.

A memorial service and gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 19, in Claysville American Legion, 208 Main Street, Claysville, PA 15323. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The University Of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for Hematologic Cancer And Disease. Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063, 724-258-6767, www.marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, is in charge of the arrangements.


John B. Kelley

Longtime insurance agent loved golf, family time

John B. “Jack” Kelley, CPCU, 68, of Peters Township, died suddenly Sunday, January 13, 2013.

He was the beloved husband and dearest friend of 47 years to Joan Kelley; loving father of Cathey (Eric) Sluss and Dr. Michael (Tracie) Kelley; cherished and devoted grandfather of Jacqueline and Taylor Sluss and Tess, Merrie and Maeve Kelley; dear son of Elvera Steinmiller; and brother of Joseph (Bea) Steinmiller and George (Lisa) Steinmiller.

Mr. Kelley was a graduate of St. Francis University in Loretto.

He was an extremely successful insurance agent who had a passion for his profession, working 47 years in the Pittsburgh area.

Mr. Kelley was a member of Valleybrook Country Club for 29 years. He loved golf and his family and enjoyed vacationing with his wife in Williamsburg, Va.

He was a member of St. Louise de Marillac Church.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhuaer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 17, in St. Joan of Arc Church, South Park. Entombment will be in Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Peters Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louise de Marillac School Angel Fund. Please add and view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


Elsie Esther Kelly

Oakdale resident worked for McKinney Hinge Co.

Elsie Esther Kelly, 84, of Oakdale, died Monday, January 14, 2013, in her home.

She was born September 13, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles and Marie A. Schaefle Hemke.

Mrs. Kelly was previously employed by McKinney Hinge Co.

Surviving are a sister, Louise Taraba of Oakdale; a brother, David (Mary) Hemke of McDonald; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers and sister Charles, Walter and Ann Hemke.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Saturday, January 19, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, 724-693-2800. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department, 6111 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. Please sign the guest book at www.thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


Harry Lapensky

WWII vet, Fla. resident formerly of Chartiers Twp.

Harry Lapensky, 88, of Titusville, Fla., formerly of Export, Chartiers Township, died Monday, December 17, 2012, in Parrish Medical Center, Titusville.

He was born October 18, 1924, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Frank and Helen Siminavich Lapensky.

Before moving to Florida in 1981, he had worked as a furnace repairman for George Stanley and Gandy Interval.

Mr. Lapensky was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army.

He had been an amateur ham radio operator.

On November 24, 1954, he married Deloris Melone, who survives.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He is the last of his immediate family.

Deceased is a sister, Helen Alderson.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 17, in Oak Spring Cemetery chapel, Canonsburg. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 Houston combined honor guard. 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.


Mary Klovanish McMahon

Member of St. Vincent R.C. Church

Mary Klovanish McMahon, 82, of Wheeling, W.Va., was taken by the angels, while being comforted by her family, Monday, January 14, 2013, in Liza’s Place, Valley Hospice Care Center South, Wheeling.

She was born February 3, 1930, in Penowa, a daughter of the late Peter and Helen Herczuszky Klovanish.

Mrs. McMahon worked as a private nurse and licensed practical nurse for 10 years.

She was a former member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Avella and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Elm Grove, W.Va.

On September 13, 1950, she married Thomas J. McMahon, who died August 4, 1991.

In the last months of her life, a loving network of nieces and nephews provided family support.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ellen McMahon Zager and husband Larry Keckler of Divide, Colo.; two grandchildren, Paris Kathleen Reilley and Karen Jo Reilley; three great-grandchildren, Mary Autumn Massarro, Hope Noel Massarro and Joshua Brennan Massarro; and two sisters, Helen Huggins and husband Shirrel of Beach Bottom, W.Va., and Margaret Dougmore of Euclid, Ohio.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a sister, Anna Berry, and three brothers, Michael, John and Peter Klovanish.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 19, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church Building Fund.


Andrew M. Struzka Jr.

Former West Alexander resident, WWII veteran

Andrew M. “Juke” Struzka Jr., 91, of Carlisle, formerly of West Alexander, passed away December 15, 2012.

He was born August 11, 1921, in Washington, a son of the late Andrew M. Sr. and Mildred Gettman Struzka.

Mr. Struzka was formerly employed at PNC in Washington.

He was U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Struzka was a former member of West Alexander Presbyterian Church.

He had a great sense of humor and loved baseball and traveling. As a child, his father would take him, his sister and the neighbor kids to Forbes Field, where he saw Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig play baseball. He had the honor of meeting Honus Wagner when he was young, as Wagner lived one block from his aunt, Agnes, and uncle, Van Gettman, in Carnegie.

Every summer when he was a young adult, his parents, sister and niece would visit a different state. When he was married, his wife, Millie, and he would travel to Florida.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Struzka; two stepchildren; and a niece, Elizabeth “Betsy” Linder (Danny) Golden of Burgettstown.

Deceased is a sister, Katherine “Betty” Struzka Linder, formerly of West Alexander.

Private burial was in West Alexander Cemetery.



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