Anthony Raymond Kucic
1918 – 2013
Anthony Raymond Kucic, 94, of Burgettstown, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Strabane Woods, South Strabane Township.
He was born November 14, 1918, in Burgettstown, a son of the late Marko Sr. and Katherine Simoncic Kucic.
After a lifelong residency in Burgettstown, Mr. Kucic moved to Strabane Woods Assisted Living.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army with the 94th Infantry in Europe. While in Germany, he was captured and remained a prisoner of war until the war ended. He was honorably discharged, a recipient of the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and the WWII Victory Medal.
Mr. Kucic retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. He enjoyed getting together with other retirees for monthly breakfast meetings.
His lifelong hobby was raising and racing pigeons. He belonged to Chartiers Pigeon Club. He was also a member of Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars, Slovenian Club, SNPJ Lodge, KSKJ Lodge, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church and Burgettstown Senior Citizens Association.
He was married to his loving wife, Brancia Muskovich, October 27, 1941, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, until she unexpectedly passed away May 20, 2009. They had been married for 68 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Antoinette Kowalewski and husband Stanley of Canonsburg and Frances Jean Kucic of San Carlos, Calif.; two sons, William J. Kucic of Ashland, Ohio, and Joseph R. Kucic and wife Diane of North Aurora, Ill.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Reed of Winter Haven, Fla.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are three brothers, Marko Jr., John and Joseph Kucic.
Friends will be received from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 2, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Burgettstown. Interment with full military honors accorded by the U.S. Army and Slovan VFW Honor Guard will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Burgettstown Senior Citizens, 2 Senior Way, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Floyd Clifford Melone
Enjoyed golf with his friends
Floyd Clifford Melone, 81, of Washington, died Wednesday, 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 was a longtime member of Washington Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends.
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.
Adam Thomas Molinaro
Adam Thomas Molinaro, 38, of Washington, died unexpectedly Friday, February 1, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.
Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Frances Marie Pagac
‘Matriarch of Richeyville’
Frances M. Pagac, 94, of Richeyville, died peacefully Thursday, January 31, 2013, with her family at her side.
She was born August 9, 1918, in Crescent Heights, a daughter of the late Dominic and Helena Ozellis Hausher.
She and Frank B. Pagac met at Rosefield Skating Rink in Richeyville in 1936. A courtship ensued, and they were united in marriage January 30, 1937, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Fredericktown.
Mrs. Pagac was a resident of Richeyville since 1937. She lived in house 266 until she and her husband purchased the Blue Diamond Bar and Grill in 1952. Together, they ran the business for more than 50 years.
She was considered the “matriarch of Richeyville.”
Mrs. Pagac was a woman ahead of her time. She drove a big Chevy dump truck with a 22-foot wheel base and standard transmission, when women of that time did not even drive. She will always be remembered for her kind ways and generous hospitality.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Frank B. Pagac; a son, Francis “Sonny” Pagac; a grandson, Freddie Scott Hoak; three sisters, Helen Segzda, Anne Mullen and Josephine Lemenovich; and a brother, Dominic Hausher.
Surviving are three children, Leon Pagac (Pinky), Fred Pagac (Bernie) and Toni Hoak (Frank); four granddaughters, Cindy and Christy Pagac, Amy Hoak Brown (Sonny) and Jennifer Pagac Wieden (Adam); two grandsons, Frank A. Hoak (Holly) and Freddie Pagac (Stephanie). “Old Bubba,” as the great-grandchildren called her, adored all 11 of them, Kelsey Hoak, Nico Brown, Gunnar Hoak, Londyn Brown, Griffin Hoak, Carrington Brown, Lorenzo Brown, Izzy Wieden, Allie Wieden, A.J. Wieden and Frederick Landon Pagac. Also surviving are a brother, Howard “Lenny” Hausher (Marge); sister-in-law Toots Pagac; brothers-in-law Andy Pagac (Roberta) and Eddie Pagac; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Family and friends are asked to gather at 10 a.m. Monday, February 4, in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Richeyville, for a Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this Mass to celebrate Mrs. Pagac’s life. Private interment will be held in Beallsville Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHomes.com.
Anna Catherine Lindner Truax
Upper St. Clair resident
Anna Catherine Lindner Truax, 89, of Friendship Village, Upper St. Clair, died Thursday, January 31, 2013.
She was born in Pittsburgh’s North Side on the “hill” near Oliver High School. She graduated from Oliver at 17 and started her business career at Clark Candy Co. She ended her career as an office manager of a freight-forwarding company.
She married Dave Truax August 15, 1953.
In addition to herself, she brought to Mr. Truax a wonderful family, her parents, Annie Scott Lindner and John Lindner, both deceased, and siblings Marg Lindner Kruhm, Jean Lindner Bishop, Andy Lindner, deceased, and Bill Lindner and wife Mitzi. In no particular order, she had nieces and nephews, Bill Kruhm, deceased, Jim Kruhm, Karen Kruhm Stevans, Andy Lindner, Norb Lindner, Suzy Lindner Wilson and Julie Lindner Klupecs.
She accepted graciously Mr. Traux’s siblings, Harriett and Stella, deceased, Chester, EJ and Winnifred.
Her husband expressed this sentiment upon her death: Oh, what a wonderful day she entered my life, what a sad day when she left it.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, where services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 3, with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be private at Plum Creek Cemetery. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.