Virginia M. Moore Bee
Retired Fort Cherry teacher
Virginia M. Moore Bee, 94, of McDonald, North Fayette Township, died Saturday, February 2, 2013.
She was a daughter of the late William L. and Elsie Ross Moore; beloved wife of the late George A. Bee, who passed away April 7, 2000; and mother of Nancy Bee of Pittsburgh and Margery (Robert) McCaughan of Imperial.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bee was a retired teacher from Fort Cherry School District. She also taught at Washington High School.
She was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Bee was a member of McDonald Presbyterian Church and Trinity Women’s Association.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6. Interment will follow in Chartiers Cemetery, Carnegie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Friends may sign the guest book at www.thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.
Anne Simon Dyson
Glass industry retiree enjoyed time with family
Anne Simon Dyson, 92, of Washington, died Thursday, January 31, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born September 21, 1920, in Philbert, a daughter of the late John and Mary Popovich Simon.
Mrs. Dyson spent her early childhood years growing up in Canonsburg. After losing both parents before she was 14 years old, she then, like many others during that time, started out working at a very early age including as a model/showgirl in Florida during the late 1930s. She also worked as a weld inspector for Dravo Shipyards in Pittsburgh at the beginning of the war era. After spending a couple years in New York City, she returned to Washington in 1945, when she was 25, and started her destiny of working in the many glass factories in the area. She first started work at Washington Co., next door to the Duncan and Miller plant, then transferred to Duncan and Miller Co. and held a permanent position in the etching department until the plant closed in 1955. She then worked for Hazel Atlas/Continental Can and finally elected early retirement from Brockway Glass, South Main, in 1978, prior to its closing.
She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, sewing, crafts, crossword puzzles, telling stories of old times and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Dyson previously was married to Edwin “Dale” Dyson and Joseph Bass, who are deceased.
Surviving are a son, Douglas (Sue) Dyson of Washington; a stepdaughter, Deborah Sacco Strope of Washington; two grandchildren, Brandon Dyson of Washington and Brieanna (Michael) Gadani; three great-grandchildren, Giovani, Dante and Emilia Gadani of Prosperity; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Deceased are six brothers, James, Pete, George, Charles, John and Steven Simon; a sister, Mary Towchik; and a niece, Dorothy Towchik Tedeschi, whom she helped to raise.
Mrs. Dyson’s nephew, Kenneth (Sandy) Dyson of Washington, and niece Peggy (Roger) Dankowsky of Washington took special care of her in her final years.
There will be no public visitation. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Any family donations may be made in her name to Washington Area Humane Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
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 August 1, 1927, in Hershey, 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.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are 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 and 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.
Joanne Ellen Watt Gorby
Former Greene County resident
Joanne Ellen Watt Gorby, 79, of Washington, formerly of Greene County, died peacefully Friday, February 1, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born October 15, 1933, in Petersburg, Ill., a daughter of the late William and Josephine Rush Watt, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz.
Mrs. Gorby was a 1950 graduate of Phoenix Union High School.
She worked for Bell Telephone, before serving as a yeoman in the Navy during the Korean War. From 1978 to 1999, she was employed as a front desk clerk for Days Inn and Washington Motor Inn. In 2005, after five years of service, she retired from the Waynesburg Super 8.
Mrs. Gorby attended North Buffalo Presbyterian Church. She supported the Buffalo Grange and was a member of Civil War Trust, a preservation association to preserve Civil War sites. She was very interested in Civil War history and traveled with friends to tour various Civil War sites.
On June 23, 1953, she married Jack D. Gorby, who died January 23, 1994.
Surviving are a son, Gary Dale (Kathy) Gorby of Washington; two daughters, Shelley Jean (Jeff) Lahew of Claysville and Terri (Jack) Davin of Graysville; eight grandchildren, Melissa (Ed) Six, Jennifer (Mike) Bilonick, Jodi (Zach) Richards, Kelsey Davin, Alexis Gorby, Randy (Heather) Rohm, Jason (Kristi) Rohm and Casey Davin; and six great-grandchildren, Madison Six, Nathan Bilonick, Jacob Bilonick, Cody Rohm, Elizabeth Rohm and Abigail Rohm.
Deceased is a brother, William Barrett Watt.
A memorial visitation will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the time of memorial service, Wednesday, February 6, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Civil War Trust, www.civilwar.org, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Kenneth L. Harrison Sr.
Air Force vet, Ford retiree, award-winning baker
Kenneth L. “Ken” Harrison Sr., 81, a resident of Carmichaels, died Satruday, February 2, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born December 10, 1931, in Crucible, a son of the late Glasper M. and Mary Lou Yoders Harrison.
Mr. Harrison attended Carmichaels Area schools.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in French Morocco. He received the National Defense Service Medal.
Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania, he worked at Ford Motor Co. in Lorain, Ohio, retiring in 1990 after 30 years’ employment.
Surviving are his loving wife, Carol Ann Duchon Harrison; four children, Susan Tansey of Avon Lake, Ohio, Kenneth L. Harrison Jr. of Huron, Ohio, Lori A. (Robert) Mey of Vermilion, Ohio, and Cyndy L. (Ronald) Nicolson of Avon Lake; stepsons Leonard Lucas of Jackson, Mich., and Jeffrey Lucas of Vermilion; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, George (Shara) Harrison of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Jeanne (Larry) Roberts of Henderson, Nev.; an uncle, George (Dorothy) Harrison of Washington; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Melvin Harrison in 2006.
Mr. Harrison was affiliated with First Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg.
He was a life member of Carmichaels American Legion Post 400, the 40/8 Voiture Organization and was an “honorary member” of American Legion Auxiliary, because of his love of cooking and baking blue ribbon-winning pies for Legion family functions.
Mr. Harrison enjoyed being outdoors, working in his yard and vegetable garden. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love of sports included participating in City League baseball in Ohio and football during his high school years.
He will be absolutely missed by his two English setters, Gypsy and Freckles.
Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, February 6, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/director/supervisor, with the Rev. John Poling officiating. A pass in review will be accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 Carmichaels. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedysis Hospice in Masontown. www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com
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
Hope Addy Packard
Center Presbyterian Church member, quilter
Hope Addy Packard died Saturday, February 2, 2013.
She was born in 1923 in Mangham, La., a daughter of Thomas Sim Addy and Maurea Williams. She grew up in Chunky, Miss., and later in Texas and Louisiana.
During World War II, she worked as a riveter in an airplane factory and later as a mapper at the National Weather Service in New Orleans, La., before marrying Fred Packard, then a pilot and aerial photographer, in 1951.
Mrs. Packard credited her high school English teacher in Chunky for her lifelong love of reading and books. She played bridge with the Oakhurst, Kings and Peters Township Library bridge groups.
A longtime and prolific quilter, she was a member of Martha Washington Quilter’s Guild. She was a member of Center Presbyterian Church and its Mary Martha Circle.
Her husband, Fred Packard, love of her life, companion and husband for 53 years, died in 2004.
Surviving are a sister, June Marshall; two daughters, Janet Packard and Kathy Packard; a son, Woody Packard; and Shelly Clifford and Judy Emerson and their children and grandchildren.
In her life, she was grateful for her many friends, and the help and support they gave her. She will be missed by Marian Rhodes, her bridge partner for more than 60 years, and many others who appreciated her generosity, candor and enthusiasm for life and friendship.
Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, in Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in her memory to American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Betty Lois Wilson
Washington homemaker, Third UP Church member
Betty Lois Wilson, 88, of Washington, died Friday, February 1, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.
She was born March 31, 1924, in Washington, the only child of the late Earl H. Peterson and Vivian McNeely Peterson.
Mrs. Wilson attended the former Bellevue Grade School in North Franklin Township and was a 1941 graduate of Trinity High School. She also was a graduate of Penn Commercial College.
She was a homemaker and, in earlier years, worked as a bookkeeper for several Washington businesses, the last being Chambers Insurance Agency.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of Third United Presbyterian Church and Wives of U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II.
On July 3, 1943, she married A. Kenneth Wilson, who died March 29, 2004.
Surviving are a son, Timothy E. Wilson of Glenside; a daughter, Donna L. (John C.) Carlisle of Washington; five granddaughters, Lisa (Dan) DiNapoli of Trafford, Kimberly (Brent) Angott of Washington, Kelly (James) Hobbs of Baltimore, Md., and Nicole (JR) Stokes and Shannon (Steve) Holston, both of Delaware; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, in Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, with Pastor Bill Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the church. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.