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  • January 19, 2013

Maxine Kaye Pettit Beecham

May 17, 1930 – January 10, 2013

Maxine Kaye Pettit Beecham, 82, of Tucson, Ariz., died Thursday, January 10, 2013.

She was born May 17, 1930 in Greene County, a daughter of the late Francis E. Sr. and Ethel Pettit.

Mrs. Beecham was a 1947 graduate of Washington High School.

In 1959, she was married to Trevor W. Beecham.

She worked for Harper’s Feed Mill and a gas company and was a mail carrier in Eighty Four.

Mrs. Beecham was a graduate of a beauty school and enjoyed working for Welcome Wagon in Lafayette, La.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, including Francis E. Pettit Jr., Alma Jean Miller, Cheerful Fox and John Pettit, former Washington County district attorney.

Mrs. Beecham was active in her church all her life. She recently served as a deacon at Capilla del Sol Christian Church in Tucson, where she attended.

Surviving are her husband, Trevor W. Beecham of Arizona; a son, Kit T. Donley (wife Paula) of Tucson; a son, Rex W. Donley (wife Karel) of Helotes, Texas; six grandchildren, Dax, Kelli, Garrett, Cody, Kate and Cale; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 2, in Tucson. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, 1028 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006.


Kathryn Lea Butera

Member of Third Presbyterian Church

Kathryn Lea Butera, 94, of Washington, died Friday, January 18, 2013, in her home.

She was born February 10, 1918, in Moundsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Leonard and Lena Sockman Buckner.

Mrs. Butera was a homemaker and a member of Third Presbyterian Church.

On June 17, 1937, she married Charles H. Butera, who died December 8, 1998.

Surviving are two sons, Charles L. (Erica) Butera of Pittsburgh and Ronald L. (Letitia) Butera of Washington; five grandchildren, Charles R., Cindy L., Anthony M. and Justin M. Butera and Maj. Tracy L. (John) Markle of the U.S. Air Force; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Regan and Eraca Butera, Matthew Markle and GMSN Tyler Markle, who is currently serving on the USS Kersarge; and two great-great-grandchildren, Alexis and Kayilynn Markle.

Deceased are a grandchild, who died in infancy; a brother, Leonard; and a sister, Hazel.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Monday, January 21, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will be held Tuesday in Greenwood Memorial Park, 104 Melwood Road, Lower Burrell. Anyone planning to attend the burial service should meet at the cemetery chapel at 1 p.m. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Marjorie S. Carpenter

Marjorie S. Carpenter, 94, of Waynesburg, died Friday, January 18, 2013, in McMurray Hills Manor.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home, Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Charles Frederick Crouser

Loved spending time with grandchildren

Charles Frederick Crouser, 77, of West Alexander, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Washington.

He was born November 15, 1935, in Dallas, W.Va., a son of the late Frederick Agnes Chedister Crouser.

Mr. Crouser was retired from Box USA, where he was a truck driver.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, camping, fishing and puzzle books.

On November 15, 1986, he married Sharon Richmond, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles (Karen) Crouser Jr. and Mark Walker, both of Washington; six daughters, Diana Cummins and Terri Ferris, both of Washington, Janet (Frank) Julian of Claysville, Susan (Todd) Diehl of Washington, Carol (Gene) Kline of Maryland and Tammi (George) Horr of Claysville; a brother, William (Linda) Crouser of Ohio; four sisters, Mary Eddy of Washington, Nellie McKahan of Virginia, Ida (John) Pecjak of Crucible and Wanita (Carl) Walsh of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a brother, John Crouser, and a sister, Mildred Crouser.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 22. Burial will follow in Claysville Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Samuel N. Davis

Self-employed contractor loved auctions

Samuel N. Davis, 70, of Beallsville and Malabar, Fla., died peacefully Thursday, January 17, 2013, in Palm Bay Community Hospital, Palm Bay, Fla., with his family by his side.

He was born December 18, 1942, in Brownsville, a son of the late S. Earl and Ruth Springer Davis.

Mr. Davis was a 1960 graduate of Brownsville High School and a 1963 graduate of Robert Morris College.

A self-employed contractor, he was known for the special work he accomplished.

He had an active life and lived to hunt and fish. He loved auctions, antiques, pottery and Blue Grey Stoneware.

On February 16, 1963, he married Barbara J. Santee, who survives. They shared almost 50 years together.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Diana D. Gillis (Mike) of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three grandchildren, Michael Lapham (Susan) of Punta Gorda, Fla., Aaron Lapham (Kristen) of Belleview, Fla., and Matthew Lapham of Port Charlotte, who blessed the family with a great-granddaughter, Christina Dawn Lapham; a brother, Wilbur Davis and wife Irma of Brownsville; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Sara Jean Emery.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, with the Rev. Thomas St. Clair officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Loretta Jean Hollis DeLorenzo

Uniontown homemaker

Loretta Jean Hollis DeLorenzo, 73, of Uniontown, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 28, 1939, in Smithfield, a daughter of the late John R. and Emily R. Clark Tate Hollis.

Mrs. DeLorenzo was a homemaker and an active member of Collier Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Louis Francis DeLorenzo Jr.; a sister, Clara Bella Hanzes, who passed away January 9, 2013; two brothers, Gerald Tate and Elmer Tate; a sister-in-law, Shelvia Hollis; and a nephew, Billy Brant.

Surviving are children Kimberly Vitari and husband Mick of Avella, Donna Zahron and husband Larry of Uniontown, Jenean DeLorenzo of Fairchance, Bernie Lewis and husband Kenny of Uniontown, Louis F. DeLorenzo III and wife Beth of Cambridge, Ohio, William J. DeLorenzo and wife Jennifer of Uniontown and Elizabeth DeLorenzo; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Viola McDonough of Collier, Salina Brant and husband William of Collier, Juanita Bartok and husband Frank of Strongsville, Ohio, Linda Makepeace and husband Ed of Perryopolis and Rose Barnhart of Collier; and brother Robert Hollis of Collier.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, January 21, in Goldsboro-Tomi Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 21 East Church Street, Fairchance, PA 15436, John M. Fabry, supervisor, with Paster Ken Walls officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to UPMC Cancer Center, 100 Woodlawn Avenue, Suite 300, Uniontown, PA 15401. Condolences may be made at www.goldsboro-tomi.com.


Margaret R. Gromacki

Member of St. Patrick Church

Margaret R. Gromacki, 86, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

She was born May 24, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Stephen and Emma Karpy Toth.

Mrs. Gromacki was a homemaker.

She was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Genevieve Parish.

Mrs. Gromacki enjoyed spending time with her family and flower gardening.

On June 9, 1945, she married Edward L. Gromacki, who died August 18, 2000.

Surviving are three sons, Jerry Gromacki and wife Mary of Washington, Edward L. Gromacki Jr. and wife Judy of Midway and Dean Gromacki of Canonsburg; a daughter, Carol A. Elliot and husband George of Washington; a sister, Barbara Bodvake of New York; four grandchildren, George, Brian, Ed Jr. and Jennifer; three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Grace and Sophia; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and her husband, are seven brothers, John, Frank, James, Steve, Edward, Robert and Albert Toth, and four sisters, Agnes Spinalla, Helen Micik, Katherine Novatny and Mary Brigich.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where departing prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Beatrice Isiminger Hergert

Beatrice Isiminger Hergert of Davenport, Fla., died Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Sheila J. Milligan Jackson

1939 – 2013

Sheila J. Milligan Jackson, 73, of Washington, died Thursday, January 17, 2013, in Washington Hospital. She had been in declining health.

She was born March 20, 1939, in Washington, a daughter of the late Joseph and Eva Newell Phillips.

Mrs. Jackson had worked from 1966 to 1982 at RCA/Tac-Tec, and later as an assembler for Black Box Corp.

Her first husband was William L. Milligan. Her second husband, William Jackson, died April 9, 2006.

Surviving are three sons, Gary (Carolyn) Milligan of Washington, James (Renee) Milligan of Claysville and Richard (Kathi) Milligan of Washington; a daughter, Brenda (James) Miller of Washington; two brothers, Richard (Margaret) Phillips of Elizabethtown and Earl (Linda) Phillips of Washington; two sisters, Marie (Fred) Allen and Marcia Chambers, both of Washington; 12 grandchildren, Clint (Shannin) Flowers, Jacin (Emily) Flowers, Lauren Miller, Ashley Milligan, James Walker Miller, James Milligan Jr., Nathan Milligan, Caitlin Hanna, Jeremy Hanna, Bryan Milligan, Erika Milligan and Richie Milligan; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jordan, Cody, Tanner, Colby and Trevor Flowers and Coralynn Phillips; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, William L. Milligan Jr., and a sister, Janet Swalin.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 22. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Gertrude Waigand Jacobs

Beloved wife, mother, proud grandmother

Gertrude “Trudy” Waigand Jacobs, 79, of Baldwin Borough, died suddenly Friday, January 18, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late George “Bo” Jacobs; loving mother of George (Marie DeLaPasqua) and Douglas (Chrissy Simko); proud “Grandma Gert” to Jerrod, George, Sarah, Elizabeth and Cathy; sister of Grace (the late Gil) Bosic and Clair (Matt) Cook; and cherished aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, 15227, where a funeral prayer will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Albert the Great Church, Brentwood. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.


Alma Arlene Lefebvre

1926 – 2013

Alma Arlene Lefebvre of Titusville passed away peacefully Friday, January 18, 2013, in her home in Diamond.

She was born November 27, 1926, in Diamond, a daughter of the late Ben and Adelthia Mallory Armstrong.

Mrs. Lefebvre was married to John Lefebvre of Midway, who survives. She was previously married to Dale Neely, who is deceased.

Surviving are a son, Wendell Neely and wife Kathy of Titusville; a stepson, John Lefebvre and wife Mary of Midway; a stepdaughter, Melissa Dami and husband Richard of McDonald; grandsons Matthew and Brett Neely; stepgrandsons Jack and Douglas Lefebvre and Luke Dami; great-grandchildren Sarah, Bree and Ty Neely; stepgreat-grandchildren Bennett, Johnna and Justin Lefebvre; and many special nieces and nephews.

Deceased are daughter Connie Swarthout; grandsons Chad and Ryan Neely; sister Eleanor Shaffer; and brother Paul Armstrong.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, Titusville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, in Diamond United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Diamond Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 310 North Monroe Street, Titusville, PA 16354. If you would like to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.garrettfuneralhomeinc.com.


Stella Bogdewic Magurany

Stella Bogdewic Magurany, 94, formerly of Ellsworth, died Friday, January 18, 2013, in North Carolina.

Friends are welcome from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where services will be held at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, Richeyville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Richard Donald Meny

Richard Donald Meny, 82, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Hazel Bell Camerson Pust

Grace Lutheran Church member formerly of Muse

Hazel Bell Camerson Pust, 79, of South Park, formerly of Muse, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of Ralph Pust; mother of Tracy (Paul) Kaczmarek of Mt. Lebanon and David (Melissa) Pust of Baldwin; sister of Lillian Camerson, Wynette “Pappy” Andy, Jay (Pixie) Camerson, Fay (Richard) Jackson, Virginia “Ginger” (the late Bill) Danyo and the late Charles “Sonny” Camerson, Eula “Sissy” McElhany, Jack Camerson, James “Jimmy Joe” Camerson and William “Billy” Camerson.

Also survivng are many nieces and nephews.

She was a devoted member of Grace Lutheran Church, and she loved her chocolates.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Grace Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Grace Lutheran Church, 6810 Hilldale Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Arrangements are being handled by Griffith Mortuary Inc., (412) 655-4400, www.griffith-mortuary.net.


Anthony John Russo

Barber shop owner enjoyed traveling

Anthony John “Tony” Russo, 67, of Washington, formerly of Montesano, Italy, until the age of 15, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013, in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. He was a double-lung transplant recipient seven-and-a-half years ago.

He was born November 16, 1945, in Montesano, Italy, in the province of Salerno, a son of the late Giuseppe and Felicetta Ormando Russo.

Mr. Russo was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, where he received his barbers license.

He was an owner/operator and barber at many of his salons in Washington on West Chestnut Street, Manifold Road, Main Street and Beau Street. He retired in 2005 because of his illness.

Mr. Russo was instrumental in starting the youth soccer program through the Optimist Club. He enjoyed real estate investments, gardening and traveling, especially back to Italy many times with his wife, Colleen.

He served in the 28th Infantry Division with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during the Vietnam era, receiving the Gen. Thomas J. Stewart Medal.

On January 6, 2001, he married Colleen Hildebrand, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Mark (Jammie) Russo of Washington; a daughter, Melissa (Bob) Campbell of Boulder, Colo.; a brother, Michael (Rachel) Russo of Washington; three grandchildren, Kaya, Samaya and Raya Russo; his former wife, Loretta Russo of Washington; and several nieces and nephews and relatives in Italy, Argentina and Venezuela.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Angelo Russo.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director, where a prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Scleraderma.org, 1-800-722-4673, or Diabetes.org, 1-800-342-2383. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


Sharron J. Sweeney

Active member of St. Bernard Church

Sharron J. “Sherry” Sweeney, 68, of Banksville, died Saturday, January 19, 2013.

She was the beloved wife for 43 years of Edward J. Sweeney; loving mother of Lucia Spangler, Lori Lennon, Patricia (Michael) Gardner, Michael A. (Nanette) Sweeney and the late Victoria Romano; sister of Gina Fagnelli; loving grandmother of Erica, Eric, Ernest, Michael Jr., John Jr., Ainsley, Shai, Ally, Alexa, Eddie Jr., Carlie, Morgan, Sara, Mara, Ethan, Jesse, Grace and Tyler; and great-grandmother of Ava.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Sweeney was an active member and usher at St. Bernard Church and a volunteer for many organizations.

She cherished most being surrounded by her loving family.

Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Laughlin Funeral Home, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Janury 22, in St. Bernard Church, Mt. Lebanon. Interment will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Angel Fund, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com


John Guido Taras

Loving husband and father

John “Moe” Guido Taras, 73, formerly of Bentleyville, died peacefully Saturday, December 22, 2012, in St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, after a valiant six-year battle with cancer.

He joins his beloved first wife, Gloria Jean Cursi Taras, who died May 22, 2002.

Mr. Taras was born August 22, 1939, a son of the late John Sr. and Flora Bertocci Taras. He spent most of his life in Bentleyville.

He was a 1957 graduate of Bentleyville High School and played for the Bears varsity football team.

Mr. Taras was a loving husband and father; he instilled in his family a competitive nature with a “never quit” attitude that has served them well in life.

Helping to construct, reconstruct and repair thousands of miles of Pennsylvania’s roadways for more than 50 years, he was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 66, and mastered practically every machine used in road construction. He retired in 2000.

An avid gardener and bicycler, he loved playing pinochle, poker, cutting wood and working out with weights and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was former member of St. Clements Church in Ellsworth and a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and Glenwood YMCA in Erie.

Mr. Taras leaves behind his elder brother, Eugene Richard Taras and wife Lucy Taras of Geneva, N.Y.; his second wife, Lucy Felton Taras of Erie; a son, John Eric Taras and wife Helen Elizabeth Taras of Belchertown, Mass.; a daughter, Kristen Renee Taras Zimmer and husband Paul Michael Zimmer of Willis, Texas.; and two stepdaughters, Melissa Brown and husband Herman of Waterford and Christine Zimmer and husband Christopher of Erie.

Deceased is his eldest daughter, Karla Jean Taras Dziak in 2004, formerly of Lancaster. Her husband, Gary Dziak, survives.

He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Lauren Dziak of Lancaster, Jordan Taras and Caitlin Taras of Boston and Hannah, Jacob, Sarah and Paul Zimmer of Willis; and several stepgrandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, in Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1603 West 32nd Street, Erie. An outdoor memorial celebration will be held May 25, 2013, in Geneva, N.Y. Request information and RSVP for May event by emailing fgstaras@gmail.com. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/waystohelp.

Alice B. Gregory Teprovich

Waynesburg resident, formerly of Sewickley

Alice B. Gregory Teprovich, 76, a Waynesburg resident since 2005 and fondly known as “Gran,” formerly of Sewickley, passed away in her home Thursday, January 17, 2013.

She was born October 1, 1936, in Hazelton, a daughter of the late Howard and Mabel Lilly Gregory.

On April 19, 1991, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 30 years, Thomas J. Teprovich Jr.

She was the loving mother of Janice Zeleny (Gerard) of Waynesburg and Thomas John Teprovich III (Janine); cherished grandmother of Jonathan and Jason Zeleny; and sister of Jean Gregory of Hazelton and the late Mary Lou Sterenchock, Robert G. Gregory, Shirley Gregory, June Sypeck, Jane Seibert and Howard F. and John J. Gregory.

Mrs. Teprovich was a member of Grace Reformed Church in Hazelton. Her work career included employment at AT&T in Sewickley, and she was supervisor of Act Media in Aliquippa, co-owner of Jo-Al Promotions in Sewickley and worked in retail merchandising for Proctor & Gamble.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Copeland’s Sewickley, 702 Beaver Street, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 21, with the Rev. Thomas Petrosky officiating. Burial will follow in Sewickley Cemetery.


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