Jan. 21

January 20, 2013

Harry A. Gumbert

U.S. Navy veteran was born in Ellsworth

Harry A. Gumbert, 80, of Garden Grove, Calif., passed away peacefully with his daughters at his side Thursday, January 17, 2013.

He was born November 3, 1932, in Ellsworth, a son of Charles A. and Nellie M. Holsopple Gumbert.

Mr. Gumbert grew up in Ellsworth and attended Ellsworth High School, graduating in 1950.

Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl A. and Joyce M.; brothers William, Robert, Paul and Gerald; and a sister, Darlene.

Deceased are his parents; a son, Harry Jr.; brothers Charles, Wesley, Arthur; and partner Ginger Fellman.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Services were private in the state of California.


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.


Brenda Muncie Kraus

Brenda Muncie Kraus, 55, of Washington, died Saturday, January 19, 2012, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lengthy illness.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington, and will appear in a later edition.


Richard Donald Meny

Loved being with his family and enjoyed the casino

Richard Donald Meny, 82, of Canonsburg, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born August 16, 1930, in Strabane, a son of the late Joseph and Helen Mezek Meny.

Mr. Meny lived his entire life in Strabane and Canonsburg, where he attended South Canonsburg Church.

Prior to his retirement in 1978, he had been employed as a press operator at the former Continental Can Co. He had been employed at Service Master and was self-employed in cleaning for many years.

He loved being with his family and enjoyed the casino and his dog, Charlie Brown. Mr. Meny was well-known for his delicious cheesecakes.

On July 13, 1991, he married Danile Charles, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Randy (Shirley) Meny of Rochester; two daughters, Tami (Walter “Boo”) Cyprowski of Canonsburg and JoLynn (Donald) Pritts of Wolfdale; nine grandchildren, Jenna Lee Meny, Randy (Amanda) Meny, Jenna Smith, Chad Meny, Jonathan Cyprowski, Destiny (Nic) Morris, Dawn Marie (Keith) Wodusky, Michele Pritts and Danielle Pritts; a great-grandson, Seth Michael Wodusky; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Deceased are a brother, Joseph Meny, and a sister, Vida Kay.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 24, with Pastor Steve Parkhill officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


Raymond E. Spencer

DeLattre Corp. retiree was U.S. Army veteran

Raymond E. Spencer, 82, of Finleyville, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 20, 1930, in Courtney, a son of Raymond S. and Cora Thomas Spencer.

Mr. Spencer was retired as a technician with DeLattre Corp. in Monongahela.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and life member and past commander of American Legion Post 613 in Finleyville.

Surviving are his wife, Muriel Sopko Spencer; a son, Raymond A. Spencer of Longview, Texas; two daughters, Linda Adams and husband Dennis of Douglassville and Debra Newman and husband Doug of Finleyville; a cousin, with whom he was raised, Norma Wardle of Finleyville; three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Douglas and Deanna; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Leroy Spencer, and two sisters, Evelyn Warrington and Eileen Spencer.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 24, in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville, with the Rev. Robert J. Boyle as celebrant. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. American Legion Post 613 will conduct services at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Building Fund, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332.


Mark David Surace

Owned and operated Surace Construction Inc.

Mark David Surace, 53, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

He was born January 28, 1959, in New Eagle, a son of Marie Gamble Surace, who survives and resides in New Eagle, and the late Paul Surace, who died February 25, 2001.

Mr. Surace was a Ringgold High School graduate, Class of 1977.

He owned and operated Surace Construction Inc. for more than 30 years. He also owned Mark Surace and Associates, which he served as a construction expert in arbitration proceedings. Mr. Surace was certified in Pennsylvania by the Department of Labor and Industry as a residential/plumbing inspector and also by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a renovations, repair and painting inspector. For several years, he was chairman of the Carroll Township Uniform Construction Code Zoning Appeals Board and was a past president of Southwest Constructions Inc.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Valley Inn Sportsmen Club.

Mr. Surace was a man-about-town who touched many people. He was a hard-working man who lived his life to the fullest. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his mother, surviving are his companion, Patricia Karczewski of Export; sister Teresa Surace McGrew and husband Thomas of Bethel Park; brother Paul A. Surace of Bethel Park; niece Jennifer Boyle and husband Kevin; two nephews, Paul Michael Surace and Ryan James Surace; two great-nephews, Landon James Boyle and Ryan Shannon Surace; two special girls, his goddaughter, Amara Francesca Behanna, and her sister, Olivia DeRose Behanna; and many wonderful friends.

In addition to his father, deceased is his brother, Edward James Surace.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, with Elder Richard Scaglione officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 707 Grant Street, Suite 3700, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.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, January 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


Ernest Paul Yuhasz

Ernest Paul Yuhasz, 84, of Prosperity, died Sunday, January 20, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington, and will appear in a later edition.



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