Published Jan 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm (Updated Jan 26, 2013 at 8:34 am)
Dorothy J. Bamberger
Loving mother and grandmother
Dorothy J. Bamberger, 88, of South Strabane Township, formerly of Morris Township, died early Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in Washington Hospital. She had been in failing health for about a year.
She was born August l2, 1924, in Washington, a daughter of Clarence David and Elizabeth “Jennie” Kent Young.
Mrs. Bamberger was proud of being raised in Washington’s West End and graduated from Washington High School. She enjoyed attending the annual West End reunions.
She earlier was employed as a clerk at Sears and the former Montgomery Ward department stores.
Mrs. Bamberger enjoyed doing needlework and ceramics.
She was a longtime member of Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church, where she was a loyal member of the choir and the Woman’s Missionary Society.
In her neighborhood, she was a member of Prosperity Homemakers and Morris Township Historical Society.
On May 14, 1944, she married Lee W. Bamberger, who died September 24, 1996.
Surviving are a son, Donald Lee (Pam) Bamberger of Amity; two daughters, Sharon A. (Dale) Whitmer of Amity and Karen J. (Richard) Lucas of Prosperity; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several cousins.
Deceased are a grandson, Arthur Lee Bamberger, and an infant brother, Rodman Young.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home Inc., 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, where services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26, with the Rev. Larry Deemer officiating. Interment will follow in Prosperity Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Oscar Lee Camp
Former police officer
Oscar Lee “Pete” Camp, 87, of Washington, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born February 21, 1925, in Washington, a son of the late Harry Oscar and Hester Hazel Lemasters Camp.
Mr. Camp was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving from November 2, 1942, until his honorable discharge December 6, 1945, as a seaman, first class. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
In addition to being a truck driver, Mr. Camp worked as a police officer for Hanover and Smith townships. He also worked at Wilson’s Garage, retiring at age 82.
Mr. Camp was an avid reader, especially of Westerns, and enjoyed learning about trains in America.
He was a member of Friendship Community Church and American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.
Deceased is his first wife, Marion M. Ramacker.
On December 15, 1982, he married Dorothy Marie Steele, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Oscar L. Camp Jr. (Susan) of Delaware, Pa.; a daughter, Rose Massingille (Henry) of Langeloth; stepchildren Gregory Lee Burt of Preston, Md., Carol Machak (Forest) of Burgettstown, Michele Marie Leppert (Mark) of Washington, Dawn Victoria Groff of Conowingo, Md., and Debra Eileen Hangge (Mike) of Ellsworth, Maine; three brothers, Robert Camp (Val) and Charles Camp (June), both of Burgettstown, and Richard Camp of Aliquippa; two sisters, Patty Balser of Claysville and Judy Blankenship; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Marian Maxine “Betsy” Bailey; a stepson, John Paul Burt; two sisters, Blanche Moore and Roberta May “Midge” Turner; and a brother, Ralph David Camp.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Midway. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Hunt-Kennedy Post 639, Claysville. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Susan Woytko Condre
Active church member enjoyed baking
Susan Woytko Condre, 49, of Bethel Park, formerly of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in her home.
She was born October 29, 1963, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Stephen and Dolores Scapellato Woytko.
Mrs. Condre graduated from West Mifflin South High School in 1982 and from California University of Pennsylvania in 1986.
She worked as a medical technologist and was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Mrs. Condre was active in Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school.
She enjoyed baking and cooking.
Surviving are her husband of 19 years, David S. Condre; a son, Stephen Condre; three sisters, Sharon Woytko, Beverly (Bill) Stoyanoff and Stephanie (David) Wisneski; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211). Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, in Westminster Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Truck driver enjoyed gospel quartets
Allison Cross, 97, of Waynesburg, died at 7:28 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg, after being in failing health since April.
He was born November 14, 1915, in Wana, W.Va., a son of the late George Henry and Emza Jane Cummins Cross.
Mr. Cross had resided in West Virginia most of his life and had wintered in Florida from 1985 until 1992, prior to moving to Waynesburg in December 2005. He made his home with his son, William Cross, in Rogersville since January 2012.
He was a member of First Assembly of God, Eastview, and was a 1935 graduate of Wadestown (W.Va.) High School.
Mr. Cross had farmed for several years in West Virginia, raising beef cattle, and was last employed as a truck driver for 36 years with the West Virginia Department of Highways in the Pentress and Saberton areas prior to retiring in 1980.
He enjoyed listening to gospel quartets, playing the card game of Skip-Bo and a domino game called turkeyfoot.
On November 14, 1940, he married Geraldine Renner, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William, husband of Gwen Cross of Rogersville, and Rick, husband of Kathy Cross of Waynesburg; a daughter, Deborah Lynn, wife of Robert Brookover of Pentress; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a daughter, Carolyn Jane Thomas, who died in 1992.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, with Pastor Richard Ritenour officiating. Private interment will follow in Wadestown (W.Va.) Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Assembly of God, Eastview, 4131 West Roy Furman Highway, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.
Richard Earl Crosson
Teacher was active in fife and drums
Richard Earl “Dick” Crosson, 84, of Holyoke, Mass., passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013.
He was born March 24, 1928, in Houston, a son of the late Earl and Margaret Carter Crosson.
Mr. Crosson graduated from Chartiers Township High School in 1946, where he participated in football and wrestling.
Following high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force.
He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Springfield College.
Mr. Crosson was employed as a social studies teacher for many years and owned and operated Scott’s Driving School in Holyoke.
He also worked for the State Department of Education in adult education, retiring in 1962. After retirement, he became active in teaching fife and drums for many years with the Spirit of ’76 of Holyoke, Hampshire Rebels, Springfield Kiltie Band, Eighth Volunteers, Warehouse Point Senior and Juniors and the Hatfield Ancients. He marched with the 801 Drum and Bugle Corps and taught with Holyoke Fire Department Kiltie Band and Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band.
He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and the drum corps community.
Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara Cormier Crosson; three children, Scott Crosson (Linda), Joy Poggi Keough (Peter) and Robin Niemitz (Stephen); a brother, George Ronald Crosson; a sister, Charlotte Sroka; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He also leaves behind close family members Loretta McLaughlin and Rita Smiddle, and a good friend, Charlie Bennet.
Deceased are a brother, Robert Crosson; a sister, Shirley Engel; and a cousin, Ron Smiddle.
Family and friends are invited to the funeral service with military honors at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 24, in the Chapel at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, Mass. There will be no calling hours. Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Donations may be made in Mr. Crosson’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 264 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104, or Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396.
Frederick J. Frank
U.S. Navy veteran served in WWII
Frederick J. Frank, 92, of Washington, died Sunday, January 20, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
He was born February 2, 1920, in Johnstown, a son of the late George and Ethel Higham Frank.
Mr. Frank was a 1938 graduate of Johnstown High School and received his bachelor of science degree in 1947, his master of science degree in 1951 and his doctorate in higher education in 1975, all from the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1947, he joined the faculty of Washington & Jefferson College, where he entered into a career in administration in 1952, serving as director of admissions, then dean of student personnel, and finally dean of institutional planning. He retired as dean emeritus in 1985.
Mr. Frank served his country as an aviator in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he flew a patrol bomber. He flew during the battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as serving in the Atlantic Theater. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He flew the Martin Mariner, the U.S. Navy’s largest aircraft, during his tenure. He also served for a short time with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Surviving are two sons, Frederick J. (Pamela) Frank Jr. of Pittsburgh and T. Scott (Sarah) Frank of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, George (Virginia) Frank of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two grandchildren, Mary Frank and Natalie (Michael) Bader; a niece, Catherine Fauber of Asheville, N.C.; and a nephew, John Frank of High Point, N.C.
Deceased is his wife, Jeanne Frank, who died November 11, 2012.
There will be no visitation. Friends are welcome to attend a service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with John R. Warner officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Frederick J. and Frances Jeanne Frank Prize for Leadership in the Communication Arts, c/o Washington & Jefferson College, 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.
Sara L. Grable
Scenery Hill postal clerk
Sara L. Grable, 95, of Houston, formerly of Scenery Hill and West Finley, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 21, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born July 25, 1917, in Clarksville, a daughter of the late Joseph Miles and Helen Jane Williams Yocum.
Mrs. Grable was a 1936 graduate of Beallsville High School.
She married Wayne F. Grable, who died May 6, 1938.
Mrs. Grable was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in the Scenery Hill Post Office from 1965 to 1969 and worked in the credit office for Sears in Washington from 1969 to 1979.
She was a member of Windy Gap Presbyterian Church for more than 25 years. She also was a member of Presbyterian Women and the West Finley Friendship Club.
Mrs. Grable enjoyed flower gardening and feeding birds and shared love and devotion for her family.
Surviving are three daughters, Sandra (Larry) Rush of Canonsburg, Barbara Ginther (Richard) of Houston and Martha (Kevin) Mooney of O’Fallon, Mo.; a son, Shirl (Terri) Grable of Fallston, Mo.; a sister, Edith Ealy of Washington; a sister-in-law, Lewanda Yocum of Vanderbilt; a daughter-in-law, Daphne Grable of Hueytown, Ala.; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two sons, Ronald W. Grable and Gary Grable; a brother, Charles Yocum; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Patricia Grable.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26, with Pastor George Crawford officiating. Interment will follow in Scenery Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Asera Care Hospice, 300 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 602, Pittsburgh PA 15235, or Windy Gap Presbyterian Church, 132 Burnsville Ridge Road, West Finley, PA, 15377. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Alonzo W. Hall
Ford Motor Co. retiree
Alonzo W. “Lonnie” Hall, 72, of Lorain, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, January 20, 2013.
He was born July 27, 1940, in Washington, and had lived in Lorain since 1974.
Mr. Hall was employed by Ford Motor Co. in Avon, Ohio, for 29 years, retiring in 2002.
While living in Washington, he took great pride in working at Robert Gordon Funeral Home for 17 years.
Mr. Hall loved his family and loved to go bowling.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth J. “JoAnn” Anderson; his children, Alonzo “Little Lonnie” (Tracie) Hall of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Charles D. Hall of Lorain, Lynn (Eric) Janke of Kennesaw, Ga., and Jefferrey Hall of Lorain; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, plus another great-grandchild to be born; a brother, Weldon “Skip” (Georgeann) Hall of Northport, N.Y; and a sister, Katherine Ann Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Hall and Katherine Hall Bagrich; and sisters Caroline “Cookie” Stoner and Judy Hall.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26.
Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Enjoyed Daisytown community activities
Susan Kandes, 92, of Daisytown, died Sunday, January 20, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.
She was born December 15, 1920, in Crescent Heights, a daughter of the late James and Susie Sarvas.
Mrs. Kandes enjoyed participating in various community activities in the Daisytown area. Spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren brought her much enjoyment.
On April 20, 1940, she married Martin Joseph “Rocky” Kandes, who passed away April 20, 1979, on their 39th wedding anniversary.
Surviving are a son, Martin James Kandes of Union City, Calif.; three grandchildren, Martin Charles, Andrew Michael and Kelly Elizabeth Kandes, all of San Diego, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three brothers, James, Joseph and William Sarvas; and two sisters, Mary Baumgardner and Julie Sarvas.
Mrs. Kandes was the last of her immediate family.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Family and friends are asked to gather at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, in the Mausoleum/Chapel of LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, for a committal service with Pastor Randy Landman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at wwwGreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Charles Wayne Keenan
Local 3 ironworker was U.S. Marine
Charles Wayne Keenan, 57, of Claysville, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
He was born October 5, 1955, in Washington, a son of the late Lloyd L. and Harriett Nora Ritter Keenan.
Mr. Keenan was a graduate of McGuffey High School and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam era.
He was an ironworker with Local 3, Pittsburgh, for more than 20 years.
Mr. Keenan was a member of American Legion 907 in Taylorstown and was a former township supervisor for Blaine Township.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo Palfrey Keenan; three sons, Cody W. (Sheena) Keenan of Claysville and Montana W. Keenan and Jason Dalfonso, both of Washington; a daughter, Brianne (Michael) Rosendale of Charleroi; five brothers, Larry, Jerry, John, Kenny and Danny Keenan; five sisters, Virginia “Sis” Kearns, Ruby Keeney, Mary Berdine, Shirley Stazko and Linda Pescho; and two grandchildren, Colin W. Keenan and Logan Keenan Dalfonso.
Deceased are brothers Richard, Donald, James and Lloyd.
Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 26, in American Legion Post 907, Taylorstown. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Lawrence J. Luebbert
World War II veteran was avid gardener
Lawrence J. “Larry” Luebbert, 87, formerly of Claysville, died Monday, January 21, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Loretta Luebbert; loving father of Janet (Gregory) Morris, Carol (Robert) Sekely, Theresa (Bernard) Turnsek and Mary Jo (Christopher) Rodgers; dear brother of Jean Baker, Leo Luebbert, Betty Mueller and the late Frances Petrusky; cherished grandfather of Candice Sekely, Autumn Webster, Nathan Sekely, Matthew Turnsek, Heather DeFelice, Paul Turnsek, Rebecca Rodgers and Rachel Rodgers; and cherished great-grandfather of Emma DeFelice.
He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Luebbert was a U.S. Marine, having served in World War II, and retired from Bell Telephone after 35 years of service.
He was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing bridge.
Friends were received Wednesday in Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, 430 Washington Ave., Bridgeville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Thursday, January 24, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie. Entombment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Please view or add tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Cherished being surrounded by family
Eugenia “Jean” Manganas of Canonsburg died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, surrounded by her beloved family.
She was the beloved wife of Nick Manganas; loving mother of John (Rita) Manganas, Chris (John) Liokareas, Andrew (Amy) Manganas, Irene (James Lieb) Lang, Angela (Panteli) Athanas and the late Thomas (Toni) Manganas; daughter of the late Irene Lignos and Andrew Kalafatis; adored sister of Robert (Rita) Kalafatis and Nick (Dinah) Kalafatis; proud grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Manganas cherished most being surrounded by her loving family and was loved and adored by all who knew her. She touched the lives of many people with her kindness, gentleness, giving heart and compassion. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was an avid Steelers and Penguins fan; watching the games was a family event.
Mrs. Manganas was a member of Holy Cross Philoptochos Society and Daughters of Penelope.
Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Beinahuer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211. Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Friday, January 25, in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens Cemetery, McMurray. Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Please view or add a tribute at www.beinhauer.com.
Terri Joyce Schillinger
Bridgeville resident loved her cats
Terri Joyce Schillinger, 53, of Bridgeville, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. She passed on to a better place.
She was born December 8, 1959, a daughter of Andrew and Margaret Pierrard Shotis.
Surviving are a daughter, Laura; sisters Rose O’Neil of Muse, Valerie (Howard) Mink of Imperial, Shirley Wilkins of Washington and Gloria Yaworski of McDonald; four nieces and nephews; and her church family, who were close to her.
She loved her cats, Nooks and Batina, who were her constant companions.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at noon Saturday, January 26, in Bridgeville United Methodist Church. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com. Services are being handled by Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, Bridgeville.
Fan of actor John Travolta and the movie ‘Grease’
Michael Slobodgen, 43, of Washington, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born September 13, 1969, a son of Joseph and Mary Slobodgen.
Mr. Slobodgen had been a resident of Washington-Greene County Alternative Residential Services Inc. since 1998, where he worked in the day program.
A big fan of the actor John Travolta, he loved the movie “Grease.”
Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m., the time of services, Thursday, January 24, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Inc., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Tetina Zupancich, 68, of Clayton, N.C., died Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., in a later edition.
Corrected information was received for the obituary of Ulysses S. Yarbor, published Wednesday.
A grandchild’s name, Alycia (Michael Hildebrand) Yarbor, was misspelled.