Floyd E. Barnhart
Floyd E. “Butch” Barnhart, 62, of Crucible, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary and arrangements will appear in a later edition.
Ordained minister for more than 68 years
The Rev. Dr. J. Henry Breakiron, 92, of McMurray, formerly of Carmichaels, died Monday, January 28, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Georgetta Woodward Breakiron; loving father of Esther “Sue” (Russel) Wert of Davidson, N.C., Karen Page of Edinburg and Diane (David) Altieri of Canonsburg; cherished grandfather of Kristen (Dan) Wert Kaplan, Kimberly (Matt) Wert Schrader, Stephen (Sonya) Wert, Michael Bacorn, Tammy Bacorn, Bradley Altieri and Stefanie Altieri; and brother of the late Grace, John, James Elmer, Alice and Lloyd. Also surviving are 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Breakiron served as an ordained minister in various communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Maryland over a period of 68 years.
He was a member of Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and was a past member of Masonic Lodge 513.
The Rev. Breakiron took great pride in the fact that he built his own retirement home with the help of his 14-year-old grandson.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer-Bogan. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 164 West Pike St., Canonsburg, 724-745-5810. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 2, in First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg, with Dr. Andrew Harvey officiating.
Interment will be in Greenridge Memorial Park. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg, United Methodist Church of Carmichaels, Bethany Hospice – Green Tree, or Paramount Senior Living – McMurray. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Leonard W. Cook
U.S. Army veteran was avid hunter
Leonard W. “Bud” Cook, 79, of Waynesburg, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 28, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.
He was born March 18, 1933, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Stella Cook Murray.
On January 10, 1959, he married W. Dorene Kern Cook, who survives.
Mr. Cook was a retired security guard for Round Hill Foods in New Oxford.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1962.
He was a former resident of Elwood City and New Oxford. He returned to Greene County in 1995.
Mr. Cook was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Waynesburg, where he served on the board of trustees.
He was an avid hunter.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Betty D. Anderson (Charles) of New Oxford; four sons, David L. Cook (Stacey) of Littlestown, Paul R. Cook (Loretta) of Rogersville, James Cook (Crystal) of Kuhntown and Thomas Cook of Harrisburg; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; eight sisters, Ellen Jane Crawford of North Carolina, Shirley Follett of Confluence, Dorothy Husonica of Ellwood City, Rexine Ruby of Rochester, Carol Sue Buchanon of New Castle, Betty Jane Young of Ellwood City, Martha Kettle of Ellwood City and Dee Spice of Florida; and two brothers, Scott and Ted Murray, both of Ellwood City.
Deceased are a daughter, Shirley May Cook; a sister, Bertha Lou Urnick; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc,. 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of services, Friday, February 1, in Trinity Baptist Church, 821 East Roy Furman Highway, Waynesburg, with Pastor Edward Woods officiating, followed by interment in Pine Bank Cemetery with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars 4792 and Disabled American Veterans 123. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.
James A. Curdie
World War II veteran
James A. Curdie, 90, of Finleyville, died Monday, January 28, 2013, in Sunrise Senior Living Center, Erie.
He was born May 5, 1922, in Finleyville, a son of John and Hannah Hurst Curdie.
Mr. Curdie was retired as a laborer at the former Shire Oaks yard of Conrail in Elrama.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 613 in Finleyville and the former Union Roads United Methodist Church in Gastonville.
Surviving are his wife, Lois Armstrong Curdie; two daughters, Robin Koskoski and husband Edward of Edinboro and Kebbie Staley and husband Kenneth Sr. of Heidelberg; four grandchildren, Kerry, Erin, Josh and Kenny; four great-grandchildren, Emily, Gavin, Preston and Nora; and many nieces and nephews.
Deecased are four brothers, John, George, William and Stanley Curdie; and five sisters, Jenny Kelly, Mary Alice Pelky, Bella Mae Corbin, Gladys Kelly and Nellie Curdie.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, with the Rev. Ken Miller officiating. Internment will follow in Mingo Cemetery, Finleyville. American Legion Post 613 will conduct services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Joanne Porter Douglass
February 14, 1940 – January 27, 2013
Joanne Porter Douglass of Hickory died peacefully Sunday, January 27, 2013, in her home.
Born February 14, 1940, she was a beloved, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Surviving are sons Brett Douglass and Matt Douglass; grandchildren Toni Mirena, Hunter Douglass and Russell Douglass; and brother William J. Porter.
Deceased are sister Susan Porter York and mother Wilda Cowden Porter.
A private memorial service will be held for family at a later date.
George R. Ducsay
George R. Ducsay, 73, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in his home.
Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Mary Lee Scott ?Crouse Livingood
Mary Lee Scott Crouse Livingood, 74, of Waynesburg, formerly of East Finley Township, died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, after being in failing health for the past several years.
Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.
Martha Billek Madich
Enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening
Martha Billek Madich, 84, of Carmichaels, died at 1:45 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, in her home.
She was born July 8, 1928, in Georges Township, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Mike and Anna Blasko Billek.
Mrs. Madich was a member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church in Carmichaels and the Altar Rosary Society.
She enjoyed cooking, baking and flower and vegetable gardening.
Mrs. Madich was always compassionate to the needs of others and was willing to help in any way. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
On November 29, 1950, she married Charles “Bill” Madich, who died November 26, 2000.
Surviving are two sons, Michael C. Madich at home and Gary J. Madich and wife Cynthia of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Leanna Lowery and husband Charles, Olivia Makel and husband Jason, Alissa Madich, Anna Fregeau and husband Phillepe and Joseph Madich; seven great-grandchildren, Jenna, Emma, Jacob, Ava, Lidia, William and Evan; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Andrew and Michael Billek, and two sisters, Justine Billek, who died in childhood, and Ann Sokup.
Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 31, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of the Resurrection in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John M. Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, PA 15320, or Via Quest Hospice, 610 Park Avenue, Monongahela, PA 15063. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.
William Kenneth McMasters
Washington resident was car enthusiast
William Kenneth “Pappy” McMasters, 67, of Washington, died Monday, January 28, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 4, 1945, in Washington, a son of the late Robert F. Sr. and Lucretia V. Bird McMasters.
Mr. McMasters owned Bill’s TV Repair at one time, and also Bill’s Auto Repair for 12 years.
An avid car enthusiast, he especially enjoyed drag racing. He also enjoyed spending holidays with family and friends, watching Steelers games and traveling, having visited almost every state.
On October 8, 1966, he married Laverne Olsen, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Kenneth P. McMasters of Washington, Keith F. McMasters of Morgantown, W.Va., and John P. McMasters (Bobbie Jo) of Washington; two daughters, Sherry L. Morris of Claysville and Billie Jo Amon of Washington; five brothers, James F. Skidmore of Cleveland, Ohio, and Charles K. McMasters, Donald E. McMasters (Delores), Ronald R. McMasters (Laura) and Michael A. McMasters, all of Washington; three sisters, Ella J. Wright of Washington and Sandra L. Ramey and Pauline M. Huffman (Christopher), both of Carmichaels; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son-in-law, Keith Morris; two brothers, Robert F. McMasters Jr. and David W. McMasters; and a sister, Bonnie S. Thomas.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 1, with Pastor James Sevon Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Alice E. Mitchell
Avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan
Alice E. “Libby” Mitchell, 81, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Country Meadows of South Hills.
She was born February 20, 1931, in Washington, a daughter of Wray and Alice Reisher Lyle.
Mrs. Mitchell attended Washington High School.
Following high school, she worked for G.C. Murphy’s in Washington, Chartiers Cleaners in Houston and J.C. Penney’s in Bridgeville.
She was a member of Buffalo Grange.
Mrs. Mitchell was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan, enjoyed word searches and game shows and loved playing Skip-Bo and Uno with her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Her witty and spunky personality endeared her to many. She will be forever missed.
On October 7, 1950, she married Robert Mitchell, who died March 3, 2012.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice Paterra and husband Anthony of Bridgeville; five grandchildren, Anthony Paterra, David Paterra (Nicole), Laura Barletta (Matt), Michael Mitchell (Christian) and Matthew Mitchell (Marci); four great-grandchildren, Angeline, Maddison, Matthew Jr. and Gabriella Mitchell; a brother, John Lyle (Lois) of Washington; three sisters, Stella Walker (David), Esther Gump and Doris Iseman, all of Washington; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Mitchell of Crafton; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, Robert Mitchell Jr.; a grandson, Robert Mitchell, who died in infancy; two brothers, Wray and Merle Lyle; and a sister, Florence Tush.
Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, with the Rev. Gary Gibson officiating. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
Elmer N. Morra Sr.
U.S. Army vet, Pittsburgh Scooter Club member
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, belonging to Operating Engineers Local 66, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea.
Mr. Morra was a member of the Pittsburgh Scooter Club.
He was the beloved husband of Emily I. Grady Morra; dear father of Lisa M. Norton and late husband Joseph “Bud” of McDonald and Elmer N. “Ducky” Morra Jr. of Noblestown; brother of Arthur (Margaret) Morra and Edward (Joyce) Morra, all of Paris; grandfather of Elmer N. Morra III and Amanda Dawn Morra; and great-grandfather of Elijah Benjamin Morra.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 3, in Moody Funeral Home, Route 30, Clinton, where services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Burial will take place in the 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.
George Harold Reynard
U.S. Army veteran enjoyed watching baseball
George Harold Reynard, 78, of Canonsburg, died Friday, January 25, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born February 10, 1934, a son of the late George M. and Marjorie Howard Reynard.
Mr. Reynard was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from September 5, 1950, until his honorable discharge July 16, 1952, with a rank of private, first class. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal – Germany.
Mr. Reynard worked in maintenance at the Washington Mall and retired from Church of the Covenant in 1996.
He enjoyed watching baseball, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Mr. Reynard was a lifelong member of Meadow Lands United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a brother, Paul (Shirley) Reynard of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Ruth (Jack) Pilgun of Washington; a special nephew, Andrew Yelanich; nieces and a nephew in Missouri; two nephews in Indiana; and special friends Bob and Regina and Stephanie, Tera and Bernadette.
Deceased are two sisters, Shirley J. Reynard and Jane Nicholls.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, in Meadow Lands United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Debra D. Rogosky officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Meadow Lands United Methodist Church, 535 Pike Street, Meadow Lands, PA 15347.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Cecyle Brewer Rush
Cecyle Brewer Rush, 96, of Waynesburg, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Evergreen Personal Care, Waynesburg.
She was born Thursday, April 6, 1916, in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of the late Harvey H. and Laura V. Deets Brewer.
Mrs. Rush was affiliated with the Methodist faith.
She was a graduate of Carmichaels High School, Class of 1935, and was a homemaker.
Her husband, Joseph L. Rush, whom she married March 24, 1945, died May 30, 2009.
Surviving are a sister, Irene McTague of Alexandria, Va., and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a brother, Paul Brewer.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, with the Rev. Joseph Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Information is at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.