Feb. 1

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Maxine Mae Briggs Barker


Memory Chapel member


Maxine Mae Briggs Barker, 85, of Eighty Four, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Country Meadows of South Hills, South Fayette Township.


She was born September 26, 1927, in Lone Pine, a daughter of the late Ray and Mary Crile Briggs.


Mrs. Barker was a member of Memory Chapel on Vanceville Road in Eighty Four.


She enjoyed refinishing furniture, gardening, canning, helping others and spending time with her family.


On July 7, 1946, she married Lawrence H. Barker, who died January 19, 1988.


Surviving are two sons, Anthony “Tony” Barker of Eighty Four and Harry L. (Jody) Barker of Eighty Four; three grandchildren, Joshua (Danielle) Barker, Aimee Barker and Daniel Barker; four great-grandchildren, Noah Barker, Avery Barker, Chloe Micelli and Azekiel Barker; two brothers, Lawrence (Becky) Briggs of Ten Mile and Ivan “Ike” Briggs of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are three sisters, Lois Henderson, Mary Louise Reed and Laura Jean Lyle; two brothers, Milo Briggs and Ray Briggs Jr.; an infant brother, Donald Briggs; an infant sister, Gwendolia Briggs; and two half brothers, Lester and Harold Garrett.


Family and friends were received Thursday and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, with the Rev. Gary Schneider officiating. Interment will follow in Lone Pine Cemetery.


The family suggests memorial donations be made to Memory Community Chapel, 761 Vanceville Road, Eighty Four, PA 15331. A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


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James W. Bayless


U.S. Navy veteran enjoyed hunting


James W. “Bill” Bayless, 83, of West Alexander, died at 2:25 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013, in Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital after suffering heart failure one week ago.


He was born June 8, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Everett and Clara Shaler Bayless, and had resided in the West Alexander area most of his life.


Mr. Bayless was a member of West Alexander United Methodist Church and attended the former West Alexander High School.


He also was a member of West Alexander American Legion Post 656 and West Alexander Golden Agers Senior Citizens.


Mr. Bayless enjoyed hunting, camping and cutting wood as long as his health permitted; he also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.


He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a seaman with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS LSMR 514, USS Kenneth Bailey and USS Chandeleur. He received the World War II Victory Medal.


Mr. Bayless was formerly employed as a fleet mechanic with the former Farm & Dairy Co-Op in Triadelphia, W.Va., and was last employed as a mechanic at the U.S. Postal maintenance facility in Wheeling for 26 years, prior to retiring in 1985.


On September 2, 1950, he married Ruth Eileen Bardall, who died September 2, 2006, on their 56th wedding anniversary.


Surviving are two sons, Steve Bayless of West Alexander and Gregory “Shorty” Bayless of Gelbert, Ariz.; two daughters, Connie Rush of Washington and Deborah Ryan of Burgettstown; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, John Bardall and Thomas, husband of Marge Bardall, both of Freeport, Ohio; his best friend and companion, Wanda Jean McCord of Valley Grove, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a sister, Marjory Ragozzino; and two sons-in-law, Mark Ryan and John Rush.


Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday in West Alexander United Methodist Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, with the Rev. Linda Harrison officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by Claysville American Legion Post 639 and representatives of the U.S. Navy. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Alexander United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 302, West Alexander, PA 15376. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville.


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Mary Louise Braden


Cherished her grandchildren


Mary Louise Braden, 80, of Carmichaels, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Waynesburg.


She was born December 31, 1932, in Carmichaels, a daughter of the late Robert Franklin Sr. and Caroline Elizabeth Swenson Johnston.


Mrs. Braden was a 1950 graduate of Cumberland Township High School and lived in the Carmichaels area most of her life. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and attended the Senior Center, both in Carmichaels. Mrs. Braden enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting and embroidery work. She especially cherished her grandchildren.


Surviving are a son, Robert David Kreinbrook of Lehighton; two daughters, Mary Jo Holda Journic and husband Michael of Carmichaels and Carol Ann Holda Fawver and husband Timothy of Minerva, Ohio; two grandchildren, Malcolm Journic and wife Sabrina and Gabrielle Fawver; two great-grandchildren, Maddison and Asher Journic; a brother, William Johnston of Biloxi, Miss.; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Johnston of Asheville, N.C.


Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are her husbands, Joseph Holda and Harold Kenneth “Slug” Braden, and a brother, Robert Franklin Johnston Jr.


Arrangements are private and are under the direction of Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.


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Stanley Terrance Cree


Monongahela resident was hard worker


Stanley Terrance “Terry” Cree, 60, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.


He was born July 19, 1952, in Brownsville, a son of Norma G. Deems Dennis, who died October 14, 2012.


Mr. Cree was a 1971 graduate of Monongahela High School. He was employed by Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela until it closed. He then worked and retired from Menzer’s Pool Service in Monongahela.


He spent his life working very hard and truly was a jack-of-all-trades. He was the primary caregiver of his mother for the last 10 years of her life.


He is survived by four brothers and two sisters, Donald N. Cree and wife Mary Jane of Oak Harbor, Ohio, Janet Cree and Mickey Ross of Monroevillle, Kimberly Velmer of Monongahela, and Raymond “Bud” Menzer and wife Susan, John Menzer and wife Ramona Hillman Menzer, and Benjamin Dennis, all of Monongahela.


Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


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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 Gilbert (Greg), Erin Magorien (Joe), Josh and Kenny; four great-grandchildren, Emily Moore, Gavin, Preston and Nora Magorien; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased 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 were received 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.


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L. Jean Kler Dillie


Cashier enjoyed gardening, needlework


L. Jean Kler Dillie, 76, of Washington, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


She was born November 4, 1936, in Washington, a daughter of Emile and Alice Carrie Hixenbaugh Kler.


Mrs. Dillie was a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church.


She worked as a cashier for Foodland supermarket.


Mrs. Dillie enjoyed gardening, solving puzzles and needlework.


On July 15, 1956, she married M. Keith Dillie, who died April 8, 2003.


Mrs. Dillie is survived by a son, Pastor David K. (Rita) Dillie of Latrobe; a brother, Harry (Judy) Kler of Washington; a sister, Mary (Jim) Kita of Washington; two grandchildren, Kerry Dillie of Latrobe and Jason (Felicia) Dillie of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Fern Crumrine, and two brothers, Donald Emile and Robert Eugene Kler.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, with Pastor Kenneth Butts and Pastor Ben Scott officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.


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Paul W. Gipe Jr.


Loved coaching children’s baseball


Paul W. Gipe Jr., 85, of Hershey, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013, in M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.


He was born in Hershey August 1, 1927, a son of the late Paul W. Sr. and Sarah J. Ludwick Gipe.


Mr. Gipe retired as a linotype operator for The Patriot News, Harrisburg, and as a courier for Quest Diagnostics. He also was a horse owner and operated RPM Stables in Grantville, racing at Penn National Race Track, Grantville, and Charlestown Race.


He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 386, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3502 and Italian Lodge, all of Hershey, and the Horsemen’s Benevolent Association, Grantville.


Mr. Gipe loved coaching children in baseball, enjoyed playing golf and was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers and Eagles.


Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl A. Konashefski, wife of Skip, and Cindy K. Gipe, both of Hershey; three sons, Terry W. Gipe, husband of Susan, of Boston, Mass., Randy T. Gipe, husband of Michelle Hodgens-Gipe, of Lower Paxton Township, and Dennis E. Gipe, husband of Nicole, of Hershey; three brothers, Charles J. Gipe, husband of Gloria, of Hobe Sound, Fla., John H. Gipe, husband of Joyce, of Lebanon, and Robert D. Gipe of Hershey; a sister, Doris D. Harmony, widow of John Campbelltown; seven grandchildren, Chrystal Wright, Michael Crum, Marilyn Courchaine, Mark Gipe, Jennifer Gipe, Nicole Skee and Kaylee Gipe; five great-grandchildren, Nichole Clark, Lucas Courchaine, Austin Courchaine, Kayla Courchaine and Taylor Webb; and a great-great-grandson, Benjamin Dejean.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane Gipe, and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Wright.


A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area Inc., East Shore Shelter, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Condolences may be shared at www.trefzandbowser.com.


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Donald D. Mello


Donald D. Mello, 48, of Mt. Morris, died Friday, January 25, 2013.


A memorial service to be held in Carrollton, Ohio, will be announced at a later date. Paul Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels.


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Floyd Clifford Melone


Enjoyed golf with his friends


Floyd Clifford Melone, 81, of Washington, died Thursday, January 30, 2013.


He was born September 17, 1931, a son of Raymond and Wenona Gary Melone.


Mr. Melone served in the U.S. Navy and was a driver for Suwak Trucking prior to his retirement. He also was a longtime member of the Washington Country Club.


He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joanne Seibel Melone.


Also surviving are two daughters, Debbie Melone Hanes (Bob) of Hickory and Christy Melone Paddick (Thomas) of Jefferson Hills, and a son, Mark Melone of Washington.


Mr. Melone had three granddaughters, Lauren Paddick, Jordan Paddick and Isabella Hudgkin, and three sisters, Geraldine Smith, Marjorie Smagner and Rose Morgan.


He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Anne Melone, and a sister, Grace Melone, both of whom died in infancy.


A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


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Kathleen Bowden Salminen


Enjoyed traveling, golf, gardening and bridge


Kathleen Bowden Salminen, 86, better known as “Bunny” or sometimes “Kay,” of Carroll Township, died suddenly from a heart attack, Monday, January 28, 2013.


She was born February 9, 1926, and matured in Momauguin, East Haven, Conn.


Mrs. Salminen was a 1944 graduate of East Haven High School.


Even before graduation, she started wartime work in the paper industry and later for American Steel and Wire Co.


She married Gus Salminen in 1953. Upon his transfer to Donora, they settled in Mar-Rick Manor, Carroll Township, in 1956.


In her youth, she enjoyed golf, gardening and contract bridge. In later years, she enjoyed traveling, especially narrow boating on the canals of England and Wales, and a 4 o’clock glass of single-malt Scotch.


Deceased are her husband, Adolph A. “Gus” Salminen; a daughter, Leslie; and a son, Andrew.


Surviving are sons David and Rusty; daughter-in-law Claire Jalbert; sisters Bettye Cote, Roberta Cordner and Marjorie Bloom; and brother Robert.


Private burial was held in Monongahela Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 3, in First Presbyterian Church chapel, Sixth and Main streets, Monongahela, with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a cause she strongly supported as an avid reader, Monongahela Area Library, 813 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Frye Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.


To leave condolences, visit www.fryefuneralhome.com.


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Elizabeth M. Sarek


Avella resident enjoyed time in Colorado


Elizabeth M. Sarek, 88, of Avella, died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Kade Nursing Home, Washington.


She was born May 25, 1924, in Lafferty, Ohio, daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Mary Graychalk Flasko.


Mrs. Sarek had lived in Avella for the past 83 years.


She attended Avella schools and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church-Byzantine Rite in Avella.


Mrs. Sarek enjoyed spending time in Colorado with her grandson and family.


On March 28, 1946, she married Frank Sarek, who died October 21, 2010.


Surviving Mrs. Sarek are a son, Frank J. (Linda) Sarek of Canon City, Colo.; a grandson, Jeff Sarek of Fort Collins, Colo.; and a brother, Dr. Albert (Agnes) Flasko of Wellsburg, W.Va.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are two brothers, John Flasko and Joseph Flasko Jr.


Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA, 15312, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, with the Rev. Edward Lucas officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Avella.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.


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Gertrude Stremple


Gertrude Stremple, 92, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in Ewing Manor Care Home, Waynesburg.


Services are private. Arrangements are by Paul Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels.


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Anna C. Truax


Anna C. Truax, 89, of Friendship Village, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013.


Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.


A complete obituary and photo will be published in a later edition.


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Sean C. Veatch


2010 graduate of Beth-Center High School


Sean C. Veatch, 20, of Millsboro, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Belle Vernon.


He was born in Uniontown July 16, 1992, a son of Tami Veatch Hunyady and her husband James Jr. of Millsboro and Jeffrey Pomarico and his wife Lynn of Mt. Pleasant.


Mr. Veatch was a 2010 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School and played football and baseball. He had resided in Belle Vernon for the past two years.


In addition to his parents and stepparents, he is survived by two brothers, James A. Hunyady III and Alex Pomarico; two sisters, Madison Hunyady and Elizabeth Pomarico; maternal grandparents Rose Marie Veatch and Kenneth Perkins, both of Brownsville; paternal grandparents Loretta Pomarico of Mt. Pleasant and Victor Pomarico of Indiana; stepgrandparents Nancy Hunyady/Rogers and Bill Rogers of Jefferson and James A. Hunyady Sr. of Masontown; uncles John C. Veatch and wife Stephanie of New Mexico, Mark A. Veatch of Brownsville, Victor and wife Sheila Pomarico of Mt. Pleasant; and aunts Jamie Morriston of Belle Vernon, Kelly Pomarico and Lora Maddis, both of Jumonville, and Andrea Pomarico of Charleston, W.Va.


He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Clinton Veatch III, in 1988.


A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24, in Church of the Nazarene, Jefferson, with Pastor Carl Kibler officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 724-929-5300, 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon. www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com


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