Published Feb 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm (Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm)
Richard F. Doody
U.S. Army veteran and retiree
Lt. Col. Richard F. Doody, U.S. Army retired, 86, of Spraggs, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon.
He was born February 17, 1926, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Joseph and Mayme Shock Doody.
Lt. Col. Doody was a 1952 graduate of West Point.
He retired from the U.S. Army after a distinguished career of 27 years. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple other citations.
Following his military career, he was director of maintenance at Mayview State Hospital for 15 years. He later owned and operated a mechanical maintenance company in the Washington, D.C., metro area. For the past 20 years, he was a gentleman farmer at Spraggs.
He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Waynesburg. He also was a member of the Elks, Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, all in Waynesburg.
Surviving are three sons, Kevin Doody (Joyce) of Mt. Lebanon, Timothy Doody (Anna) of Ashburn, Va., and Patrick Doody of Maryland; a daughter, Christine Van Deysen of Florida; a stepdaughter, Laura Hern of New Mexico; six grandchildren, Katherine, Colin, Megan, Kyle, Rebecca and Craig Doody; and two brothers, Robert Doody (Delores) of Waynesburg and Dr. William Doody of California.
Deceased is a brother, Joseph Doody.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where brief prayers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church, 232 East High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Richard Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 330 and the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillman Cancer Center. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.
Frank E. Fox
Peters Township resident
Frank E. Fox, 89, of Peters Township, formerly of Chippewa Township, Beaver Falls, died Thursday, January 31, 2013, in his home in McMurray.
He was born October 19, 1923, in Cuddy, a son of the late James and Lela Eadie Fox.
Mr. Fox retired from Babcock and Wilcox Co. in 1985 with 43 1/2 years of service as an electrician.
He was a member of Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Falls, Parian Lodge No. 662, New Castle Consistory Scottish Rite, AASR and the Consistory Legion of Honor and was a life member of the Beaver Falls Club of Retired Persons and treasurer of its golf league.
Mr. Fox was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a chief petty officer in the South Pacific.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Doris Earle Fox; a daughter and son-in-law, Carole E. and Joel Beltz of McMurray; a son and daughter-in-law, James D. and Elizabeth Marko Fox of Torrance, Calif.; four grandchildren, Derek and Julie Beltz, Lindsey Beltz King and Matthew Fox; and a sister, Leila Barkley of Illinois.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Catherine Marshall.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, February 5, in Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801 4th Avenue, College Hill, Beaver Falls, with the Rev. Kim Rapczak, pastor of Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. There will be a Masonic service conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Full military honors will be conducted by the Beaver County Special Unit at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Private interment will follow in Beaver Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 409 11th Street, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
Joanne Ellen Watt Gorby
Joanne Ellen Watt Gorby, 79, of Washington, died Friday, February 1, 2013, in her home, following a brief illness.
Arrangements will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Charles William Hamilton
Owner of Standard Forest Products
Charles William Hamilton, 83, of Washington, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.
He was born September 3, 1929, in Washington, a son of the late August P. and Anna Moore Hamilton.
Mr. Hamilton served in the U.S. Army.
For 28 years, he was owner and operator of Standard Forest Products in Pancake.
He enjoyed camping in recreational vehicles.
On November 5, 1955, he married Ruth McCoy, who survives.
Also surviving is a son, David William (LuAnn) Hamilton of Washington.
Deceased are a brother, Benjamin Hamilton, and a sister, Barbara Mitchell.
There will be no public viewing. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family, with Pastor Bob Kulp officiating. Mr. Hamilton’s final resting place will be in Highland Brethren Cemetery, Marianna. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Kenneth L. Harrison
Kenneth L. Harrison, 81, of Carmichaels, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, in his home.
Arrangments are incomplete and will be announded by Lesako Funeral Home Inc. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Walter J. Keller Jr.
Navy vet, accomplished accountant, entrepreneur
Walter J. Keller Jr. passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, February 1, 2013, in his bed, in his home of nearly 40 years in Bethel Park.
He was born January 4, 1940, an eldest of three siblings who grew up in South Park on Brownsville Road, adjacent to the second hole of the South Park Golf Course.
Mr. Keller was a gifted four-sport athlete who played football, soccer, basketball and baseball at Snowden High School in 1957, leading his basketball team to the WPIAL championship tournament his senior year. He was especially proud of his team’s performance in 1956 to 1957, including the run through the WPIAL championship tournament culminating at the Pitt Field House in March 1957. He eventually accepted a basketball scholarship to St. Vincent College.
He was a well-traveled U.S. Navy veteran, having had the distinction of being the radioman while stationed in Londonderry, Ireland, who received the radio call from the USS Nautilus, SSN-571, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine, that the famous submarine and its crew had emerged safely from under the ice after completing the first submerged transit of the North Pole August 3, 1958.
Returning from naval service, he was one of the few Pirates fans to have not only witnessed Bill Mazeroski’s famous home run in the 1960 World Series, but further had the honor of having attended all of the 1960, 1971 and 1979 home World Series games the Pittsburgh Pirates played over the last half-century.
Mr. Keller married Christine Bonosky in spring 1968 and set down roots as the founding partner of Accountants and Associates just a stone’s throw from the home where he had been raised. For more than 40 years, he remained a fixture in the South Park business community, where he advised countless successful small businesses and entrepreneurs on the nuances of taxation and business issues. In addition to being a well-respected and accomplished accountant who sat on the board of directors at several local companies, he was an avid entrepreneur who, over several decades, founded a number of successful businesses, including Accountants and Associates (accounting firm), Cochran and Keller Coal Co. (coal mining), Pittsburgh Vending (vending machine services), The Sweet King (ice cream retail), Snowden Associates (investments) and Nokomis (technology).
He was a loving husband of 44 years, brother, father and grandfather.
Surviving are his wife, Christine Keller; a sister, Carole Drotos; four children, Walter J. Keller III, Katie Zimmerman, Heather Geisler and Brian Keller; and nine grandchildren, Olivia Geisler, Kimberly Keller, Alex Keller, Annabel Geisler, Amelia Keller, Nathaniel Keller, Kayla Zimmerman, Lilly Zimmerman and Walter J. Keller IV.
Deceased is a brother, Paul Keller.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Griffith Mortuary Inc., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park, where prayers will be said at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 a.m. in Nativity Church, South Park. www.griffithmortuary.net
Evelyn Anna Knestrick
Evelyn Anna “Bill” Knestrick, 93, of Washington, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Humbert Lane Skilled Nursing, South Strabane Township.
Arrangements will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Twila I. Martin
Member of First Church of the Nazarene
Twila I. Martin, 82, of Houston, died Friday, February 1, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.
She was born November 5, 1930, in Westland, a daughter of Harry and Alwilda Shober Atchison.
Mrs. Martin was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Washington and was a Sunday school teacher.
She was a 1948 graduate of Hickory High School.
Mrs. Martin had worked at the former Pine Lawn Home in Houston, Washington Hospital and KFC in Canonsburg.
She was a member of TOPS of Chartiers Township and Canonsburg Senior Center.
Mrs. Martin enjoyed crocheting and making afghans.
On February 5, 1949, she married Walter M. “Bud” Martin, who died February 3, 1995.
Surviving are two sons, William Martin (Eleanor) of Houston and Al “Pudgy” Martin (Michelle) of Washington; two grandchildren, Nicole Kazmarski (Michael) and Jason Martin; a great-grandson, Liam Kazmarski; two sisters, Nada Schwab (Warren) of McDonald and Rozella Beegle of Meadow Lands; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three sisters, Ivadean Mays, Marcella Frankovitch and Ruth Abruzzi.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, with the Rev. Martin Bausman officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
Adam Thomas Molinaro
Teacher enjoyed music and golf
Adam Thomas Molinaro, 38, of Washington, died Friday, February 1, 2013, in UPMC–Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, following a monthlong illness.
He was born February 9, 1974, in Washington, a son of Thomas William and Nancy Lawrence Molinaro.
Mr. Molinaro was a 1992 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1996 graduate of Virginia Tech.
He worked as a teacher at the elementary and junior high school levels in Henrico County, Va. He also had worked for several years as a store manager at Barnes & Noble bookstores.
Mr. Molinaro was an avid reader and a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He enjoyed music and golf, and he loved to go to the beach. He also loved all animals and children.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Grant Thomas Molinaro of Washington; many special friends, including John and Rose Lesnock, Carole and Bob Harvey, David and Joann Dietz, Doug and Kim Trbovich and Mike and Debbie Veltri; and many special aunts, uncles and cousins, including a very special aunt, Annie Miller.
Deceased are a brother, Jason Thomas Molinaro; his paternal grandparents, Thomas “Tinker” Miller Molinaro and Anne McCahill Molinaro; and his maternal grandparents, Bernie and Maggie Hatfield Lawrence.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association, 810 River Avenue, Suite 140 Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Helen N. Potts
1919 – 2013
Helen N. Potts, 93, of Lawton, Okla., passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
Entombment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, in Washington Cemetery.
She was born April 17, 1919, in Washington County, a daughter of the late Harold B. and Dora Crouse Fonner.
She graduated from high school and worked civil service at Fort Sill as a services and supply clerk for 10 years.
She was Protestant.
Surviving are a niece and her family, Jane A. Lawson of McKeesport.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a son, William E. Potts Jr.; a sister; and two brothers.
Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Phyllis A. Roback
Enjoyed traveling with family
Phyllis A. Roback, 65, of McDonald, died Friday, February 1, 2013.
She was born August 22, 1947, in Washington, a daughter of the late Charles Chabassol and Frances Katalsky Dorisio.
Mrs. Roback was a licensed practical nurse for ManorCare in Green Tree, where she worked for 10 years.
She enjoyed bingo and traveling with her family.
Surviving are two daughters, Melissa Balestino of Fenelton and Lori (James) Jablonski of Oakdale, and three grandchildren, James and Jordan Jablonski and Dru Balestino.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, February 5, in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.
Charles Eugene Walker
Enjoyed camping and hunting
Charles Eugene Walker, 45, of Washington, died unexpectedly Thursday, January 31, 2013, in his home.
He was born October 16, 1967, in Detroit, Mich., a son of Charles Edward and Joynettee Mae Wise Walker of Washington.
Mr. Walker was a 1986 graduate of Trinity High School and was employed as a laborer.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and working on cars.
Mr. Walker was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 22 and Pulaski Club, both in Washington.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Tiffany S. Walker of Washington; two sisters, Karen (Jesse) Walker Willard of Claysville and Marlene (Scott) Walker Smith of Sewickley; three nieces, Kaylene, Abigail and Emma; and a nephew, Barri.
His first grandchild is expected in four months.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., the time of rememberance, Monday, February 4, in Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville.