Feb. 5

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Theodore Ankrom


Theodore Ankrom, 94, of Eighty Four, passed into the presence of the Lord Monday, February 4, 2013.


Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington.


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Mary B. Charis


Mary B. Charis, 87, of Waynesburg, died at 1 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, in Respicenter West, Waynesburg.


Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Milliken & Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg, in a later edition.


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Harlan W. Clutter


WWII veteran


Harlan W. Clutter, 92, of Claysville, (Good Intent), died at 6:45 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, in Southmont Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington, after being in failing health for the past five years.


He was born January 5, 1921, in East Finley Township, Washington County, a son of the late Charles Bentley and Viola Belle Phillips Clutter.


Mr. Clutter had resided in the West Finley Township area most of his life and in the Good Intent area since 1959.


He was a member of Windy Gap Presbyterian Church in West Finley.


Mr. Clutter was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army as a tech 5 with Company K, 133rd infantry regiment, 34th infantry division. He was awarded a combat infantry badge, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars.


He was a 46-year member of Claysville American Legion Post 639 and a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Mr. Clutter was employed as a mechanic with Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. for 42 years, prior to retiring in 1983, and was a member of the former Quarter Century Club of Columbia Gas.


He enjoyed hunting and bowling with the gas company and was an avid golfer, as long as his health permitted.


On April 30, 1947, he married Faye Geraldine Hixson, who died April 15, 1997.


Surviving are two sons, Randall H. Clutter of Good Intent and Danny, husband of Dora Clutter of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Ellen Kukla of Lake Forest, Calif.; five grandchildren, Charlene, Rhonda and Jordon Clutter, Danny Clutter Jr. and Debbie Kukla; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Althea King and Joann Bruno, both of West Alexander; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are six brothers, William (who died at birth), Herbert, Donald, Wayne, Reed and Lemoyne Clutter; and two sisters, Mildred Hughes and Norma Jean King.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Windy Gap Presbyterian Church at West Finley, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, with the Rev. James R. Sevon Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in West Finley Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by Claysville American Legion Post 639 and representatives of the U.S. Army. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Windy Gap Presbyterian Church, 132 Burnsville Ridge Road, West Finley. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.


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Kandace Renea Darnley


Relay for Life supporter enjoyed the outdoors


Kandace Renea Darnley, 26, of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 3, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


She was born October 21, 1986, in Norfolk, Va., a daughter of Frederick Henry Jr. and Jody Lynn Bryner Darnley of Washington.


Ms. Darnley attended Wolfdale and Trinity North elementary schools, where she was a cheerleader. In high school, she took emergency medical techinican training at Vo-Tech and graduated from McGuffey in 2005.


For the past one-and-a-half years, she worked as a pharmacy technician at Rite Aid on Chestnut Street. Previously, she worked at Town and Country Market in Wolfdale for three years and at 84 Lumber in data entry for two years.


Ms. Darnley enjoyed the outdoors and outdoor activities, especially fishing, hunting, camping and bonfires with family and friends.


Since her teenage years, she was a strong supporter of Relay for Life and walked every year for those with cancer. A cancer survivor herself, she was treated for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from 2009 to 2010.


She was Christian.


Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her fiancé, Jeffrey Scott; a brother, Robbie Darnley of Washington; maternal grandmother Donna Mae Bryner of Washington; paternal grandmother Peg (Bob) Teegarden of Washington; an uncle, Jimmy “Jimbo” Bryner; aunts Lucy Welling and Nikki Strong; and many cousins, including Wayne, Tiffanie, Amanda, Faith, Sierra, Lexi and Hunter.


Deceased are her paternal grandfather, Frederick H. Darnley Sr., and maternal grandfather James “Pegleg” Bryner.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 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 8. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Marian F. Garrone


Gifted singer was talented seamstress


Marian F. Garrone, 92, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following a brief illness.


She was born December 13, 1920, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Sedora Franko.


Mrs. Garrone lived her entire life in Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers and Guild.


She was a 1938 graduate of Canonsburg High School. She was a gifted singer in the big band era and a talented seamstress.


A homemaker, Mrs. Garrone had been employed in various secretarial positions through the years.


She was a member of the Washington County Chapter Secretaries Association.


On September 30, 1944, she married Albert F. Garrone, who died July 12, 2003.


Surviving are two daughters, Gail (David) Binotto of Washington and Janice M. Garrone of Mt. Lebanon; a son, Dennis (Charlotte) Garrone of White Lake, Mich.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Garrone was the last of her immediate family.


Deceased, in addition to her husband, are two brothers, Albert and Andrew Franko, and three sisters, Helen Tomecsko, Margaret (Margo) Fetcko and Alice Franko.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 7, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. The Christian Mothers and Guild will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salansdrafunerals.com.


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Sharon L. Gloyd


Enjoyed reading and flower gardening


Sharon L. Gloyd, 68, of Eighty Four, died Sunday, February 3, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.


She was born May 23, 1944, in Fairmont, W.Va., a daughter of the late Harlen Jesse and Geraldine Truman Rice.


Mrs. Gloyd was Methodist.


She was a graduate of East Fairmont High School and had worked as a bottle inspector with Owens-Illinois Glass Works in Fairmont.


Mrs. Gloyd was a member of Women of the Moose Chapter 1311 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.


She enjoyed reading and flower gardening and was devoted to her grandchildren.


Surviving are her husband of 46 and a half years, Robert William Gloyd at home; a daughter, Michelle Lee Lilley Hovermale of Bentleyville; two grandchildren, Cyanna Jeanae Lilley and Colten Tyler Hovermale, both of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, deceased are two infant sisters, Carol Rice and Wilma Jean Rice, and two brothers, Donald and Russell Rice.


The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, in the funeral home, with Pastor Dave Kidwell officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Orleans Crossroads, W.Va.


Condolences may be expressed at www.helsleyjohnsonfh.com.


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Irene H. Gretsky


Member of St. Patrick R.C. Church


Irene H. Gretsky, 84, of Canonsburg, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 3, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital. She had been a resident of ManorCare for the past five years.


She was born May 10, 1928, in Houston, a daughter of the late Andrew and Eva Hupchek Holik.


Mrs. Gretsky lived her entire life in Canonsburg and Houston and was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.


She was a homemaker who, in her early years, had been employed at the former Canonsburg Pottery for 15 years and Continental Can Co. for three years, both in Canonsburg.


On September 26, 1959, she married John Gretsky, who passed away November 1, 1990.


Surviving are three daughters, Patricia (Steve) Gretsky-Williams of LaPlata, Md., and Paula (Brian) Hritsko and Pamela Gretsky, both of Canonsburg; six grandchildren, Kelsey, Kenzie and Logan Pape and Josiah, Natalie and Timothy Hritsko; and several nieces and nephews.


She was the last of her immediate family.


Deceased are two sisters, Sophie Brenan and Mary Cyprowski, and three brothers, Stephen, George and Andy Holik.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, with the Rev. Ray Trance officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


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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 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


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Evelyn Anna Knestrick


Enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets


Evelyn Anna “Bill” Knestrick, 100, of Washington, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Humbert Lane Skilled Nursing, South Strabane Township.


She was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., a daughter of Joseph H. and Mary Jane Peterson McClelland.


Mrs. Knestrick worked as a glasscutter at Duncan Miller for many years.


She enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets.


In 1942, she married Robert K. Knestrick, who died November 11, 2007.


Surviving are three children, Geraldine McCombs, Barbara R. Ardeno and Beverly J. Hadix, all of Washington; five grandchildren, Frank, Michael and Robert Ardeno and Justin and Dakota Hadix; three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.


Deceased are a grandson, Shawn Hadix; a brother, Joseph H. McClelland; and two sisters, Sarah Elizabeth Milum and Mariam Loescher.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 7, with Pastor Edward Woods officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Gregory Earl Rice


Gregory Earl “Greg” Rice, 44, of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 3, 2013.


Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Washington.


A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.


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Phyllis A. Robak


Enjoyed traveling with family


Phyllis A. Robak, 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. Robak 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 Donnell House, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.


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William D. Springer


Brentwood resident


William D. Springer, 75, of Brentwood, formerly of Midway, died Sunday, February 3, 2013.


He was the beloved husband of Joan V. Modrak Springer; loving father of Dr. W. Michael (Amy) Springer and Mary (Alan) Stamper; proud grandfather of Emily, Evan, Ethan, Anna and Scott; and brother of Tabra Griffith and Robin Springer.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of a blessing service, Wednesday, February 6, in John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, 15227. Interment will be private. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.


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George W. Walton


1940 – 2013


George W. Walton, 72, of Carmichaels, died suddenly Sunday, February 3, 2013, in his home.


Mr. Walton was born June 2, 1940, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late George J. and Ann Bier Walton.


He was a retired businessman from Dormont.


Mr. Walton was the beloved husband of Barbara Sipe Walton, whom he married September 4, 1961; loving father of Kelly D’Ortone and husband Ken of Springfield, Rebecca Walton and husband Jean-Christophe Giron of Minneapolis, Minn., Dr. G. Charles Walton of New Haven, Conn., and Lee Ann Seung Walton of New York City, N.Y.; grandfather of Jessica D’Ortone, Alice Gineste-Walton, Chelsea D’Ortone and Maya Giron; and brother of Mary Virginia Walton of Hilton Head, S.C.


Two sisters, Margaret Bonoski and Terry Jean Walton, are deceased.


He enjoyed gardening and woodworking.


Mr. Walton was a member of St. Hugh Church, Friends of Flenniken Library and John A. Brashear Lodge Number 743 Free and Accepted Masons.


Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, February 7, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor. A blessing service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. John Bauer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Hugh Church or Flenniken Library, both in Carmichaels. View the obituary at www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.


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