Jan. 28

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Theresa A. Leach Crookham


New Eagle homemaker helped at VFD bingo


Theresa A. Leach Crookham, 87, of New Eagle, died Friday, January 25, 2013, in Southwestern Nursing Center, Pleasant Hills.


She was born December 5, 1925, in New Eagle, a daughter of the late Edward D. and Marie Reder Leach.


Mrs. Crookham was a homemaker.


She was a 1944 graduate of Monongahela High School and a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, in Monongahela. She also helped run the kitchen for bingo in New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department.


Surviving are a son, Thomas M. Crookham of New Eagle; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki A. and Gene Seighman of Monongahela; seven grandchildren, Christine (Matthew) Rantz, Brandon Carroll (fiancée Samantha Milton), Brooke Carroll, Shelby and Cole Crookham and Jade and Christie Seighman; and a daughter-in-law, Diana Crookham of Richland, Mich.


Preceding her in death was her husband, Norman G. Crookham, who died March 22, 2004; a son, Robert E. Crookham, who died in 2009; four brothers, Thomas, Edward, George and Kenneth Leach; a stepbrother, Charles Voight; three sisters, Margaret Leach, Genevieve Loutitt and Mildred Mountain; and a stepsister, Marie Voight.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767, marshallmarrafuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, January 30, in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, with Father William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.


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William H. Hamilton Jr.


U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict


William H. Hamilton Jr., 81, born August 25, 1931, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord Saturday, January 26, 2013.


Originally from Library, he lived in Baden, near his son, William Hamilton and family, for the last eight years.


He was the beloved husband of the late Marie Nodd Hamilton; father of William “Bill” Hamilton (Angel), Cindy Maloney, Diane Hamilton and the late Mark; and brother of Johnny and Larry Hamilton. He also leaves nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Mr. Hamilton served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.


For the past four months, he resided in Elderberry Court and living assistance facility in Ambridge. He made many friends in his short stay, during which time he obtained the nickname “Wild Bill” and was known to be very helpful and kind to other residents. The staff members and residents in Elderberry Court were kind and caring.


Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 30. Contributions may be made to Elderberry Court, 1399 Merchant Street, Ambridge, PA 15003.


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Philip W. Kampert Sr.


Beloved husband, loving father


Philip W. “Bup” Kampert Sr., 87, of Peters Township, died Sunday, January 27, 2013.


He was the dearly beloved husband of the late Mildred (Krapp) Kampert; loving father of Philip W. (Mary Lou) Kampert Jr. and Keith R. (Susan) Kampert; cherished grandfather of Kurt (Amanda), Eric (Christa), Timothy and Nicholas (fiancé Tricia Stoner) Kampert; and great-grandfather of Bryce, Haley, William and Nicholas Kampert.


Mr. Kampert is survived by siblings Anne Marie (Larry) Malloy and William (Barbara) Kampert, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Mr. Kampert was preceded in death by siblings Louise McCarthy, Claire Schlegel, Joseph Kampert and Thomas Kampert.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, (Peters Township) 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 North Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110.


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Floyd H. Laughlin


Pearl Harbor survivor


Floyd H. Laughlin, 95, of McDonald, died Saturday, January 26, 2013.


He was born November 14, 1917, in Uhrichsville, Ohio, a son of Daniel W. and Laura Norris Laughlin.


In 1936, he graduated from Holloway High School. In 1981, he retired from Reichhold Chemical Co. in Bridgeville.


Mr. Laughlin was a member of McDonald Presbyterian Church, where he served on the board of sessions, was a trustee and also was a member of the choir. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion in McDonald.


He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941. He was stationed in Camp Callon, Calif., then transferred to Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii, in September 1941. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft searchlight battalion when Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941. Later, he was stationed at Baker Island, before returning to Pearl Harbor for the remainder of his tour of duty.


Mr. Laughlin was a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association National Chapter and served as the Pennsylvania chairman for five years. He also was president of PHSA National Color Guard and had the honor of presenting the colors at the PSHA national convention on three different occasions. He also marched in several parades locally and gave presentations at several local schools. He had served as president of the Pittsburgh Keystone Chapter 2 since 1988.


On May 31, 1941, he married Dorothy Thompson, who survives. They were married 71 years.


Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Chantal) Laughlin of Spring Hill, Fla., and Ronald (Sandy) Laughlin of McDonald; two grandchildren, Rochele (James) Reitlinger and Crystal (Randy) Reed; and four great-grandchildren, Elena and Mia Reitlinger and Danica and Brady Reed.


Deceased are a brother, Carl Laughlin; and two sisters, Irma Ritchey and Velma Boyce.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 30. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Honor Fight Network, 300 East Auburn Avenue, Springfield, OH 45505.


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Elmer N. Morra Sr.


Heavy equipment operator, Army vet served in Korea


Elmer N. “Ducky” Morra Sr., 82, of Oakdale (North Fayette Township), died accidentally Saturday, January 26, 2013, while in Florida.


He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Operating Engineers Local 66.


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


Mr. Morra was the beloved husband of Emily I. Grady Morra; dear father of Lisa M. Norton and her late husband, Joseph “Bud” of McDonald, and Elmer N. “Ducky” Morra Jr. of Noblestown; brother of Arthur (Margaret) Morra and Edward (Joyce) Morra, both of Paris; grandfather of Elmer N. Morra III and Amanda Dawn Morra; and great-grandfather of Elijah Benjamin Morra.


Visitation and services will be announced by Moody Funeral Home, Route 30, Clinton. Burial will take place in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Memorials in his name may be made to Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.


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Robert Martin Pompe


Robert Martin Pompe, 72, of Burgettstown, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a later edition by Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.


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Mary Alice Robison


Lifelong resident of Independence Twp.


Mary Alice Robison, 94, of Avella, died Sunday, January 27, 2013, in Evergreen Personal Care, Washington.


She was born February 4, 1918, in Independence Township, a daughter of the late Clyde H. Sr. and Myrtle McMurray Perrin.


Mrs. Robison was a 1937 graduate of Avella High School and was a lifelong resident of Independence Township.


She was a member of Avella Presbyterian Church and Cross Creek Valley Senior Citizens.


On February 3, 1939, she married Ernest Robison, who died September 4, 1988.


She was the last of her immediate family.


Surviving Mrs. Robison are two daughters Frances (Richard) Shreve of Bellefonte and Mary Ann (Larry) Peterson of Cecil; three grandchildren, Timothy (Erin) Shreve, Jill (Tom) Hanson and Scott Peterson; and three great-grandchildren, Ian, Zoey and Zachary.


Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband and parents, are two sisters, Margaret Rohr and Elizabeth Brautigam; and four brothers Samuel, Clyde, Robert and James Perrin.


Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, with her nephew, James Perrin, officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Avella. Memorial contributions may be made to Avella Presbyterian Church.


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Irma J. Rohland


Retired Bartoletti Hotel co-owner, operator


Irma J. Rohland, 87, of Fredericktown, died Saturday, January 26, 2013, in her home, with her family at her side.


She was born June 13, 1925, in Fredericktown, a daughter of the late Bruno and Josephine Bertanzetti Bartoletti.


Mrs. Rohland was a 1943 graduate of East Bethlehem High School.


For more than 44 years, she co-owned and operated the Bartoletti Hotel in Fredericktown, retiring in 1988.


Mrs. Rohland was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Fredericktown.


She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and family.


On October 19, 1946, she married Billie Rohland, who survives.


Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Billie Jo Najimian (Daniel) of Orrville, Ohio, and Lee Ann King (Brian) of Fredericktown; eight grandchildren, Gina Hafley, Joanna and Sarah Najimian, Rhetta King, Rachel, Jacob and Erin Danko and Bess King; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother, James Bartoletti.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, with Pastor John Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family memorial contributions be made to Amedisys Hospice, 100 Stoops Avenue, Suite 300, Monongahela, PA 15063. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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David Smith Sr.


David “Smitty” Smith Sr., 65, of Burgettstown, died Sunday, January 27, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.


Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown.


A complete obituary will be announced in a later edition.


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Jacob R. Wright Sr.


J&L Steel River Boat Division retiree


Jacob R. Wright Sr., 84, of Brownsville, Denbo Heights, died Saturday, January 26, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.


He was born January 23, 1929, in Daisytown, a son of the late Henry Sherman and Margaret Tatrai Wright.


Mr. Wright was a 1949 graduate of Centerville High School.


In 1984, he retired from J&L Steel River Boat Division, where he had worked as a deckhand and watchman for 26 years and also worked on the Fredericktown Ferry for five years.


Mr. Wright enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards.


On June 11, 1960, he married Lila Gail Jennings, who survives.


Surviving, in addition to his wife, are eight children, Wallace Wright (Ava) of California, Jo Ann Gugal (Larry Knox) of Uniontown, Michael Wright (Mary) of Fayetteville, N.C., Renee Townsend of McClellantown, Barry L. Wright (Tracee) and Janice Marinelli (Walter), both of Denbo Heights, Jackie Flick (Brian) of Salix and Jacob Wright Jr (Angie Floyd) of Cardale; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pearle Comer (James) of Niles, Ohio, Ruth List (John) of Diamond Head, Miss., and Jean Bogus of Claremont, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Harold Wright.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at noon, Tuesday, January 29, with Pastor David Benner and the Rev. Roger Laktash co-officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Mt. St. Macrina, 520 West Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


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Darlon R. Yoder


Waynesburg resident


Darlon R. Yoder, 53, of Waynesburg, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in his home, following a brief illness.


Private services are being handled by Behm Funeral Home, Waynesburg.


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