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February 6, 2013

Theodore Ankrom

World War II veteran

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

He was born January 24, 1919, in Lafferty Hill, Pittsburgh, a son of the late James and Rachel Grable Ankrom.

Mr. Ankrom served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner aboard the USS Mariposa. His commanding officer and longtime friend was Judge Barron McCune.

He was a steelworker at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp., as well as a dairy farmer. He also worked as a custodian at Citizens Library, from where he retired.

Mr. Ankrom enjoyed the outdoors, farming and especially his fancy pigeons. He also loved gospel music, reading his Bible and the Spring House’s fresh apple pie. He attended Christian Assembly of God Church in Bentleyville.

He was the last of his immediate family.

On September 6, 1939, he married his wife of 68 years, Mae Elizabeth Beckwith, who died July 26, 2008. His enduring faithfulness to his loving wife will not be forgotten.

Surviving are three daughters, Janet Mae Whitaker and husband Ronald of Conroe, Texas, Diane Marlane Tush and husband James Jr. of Eighty Four and Caryn Lynn Verno and husband Carmine of Bentleyville; a son, Theodore Albert Ankrom and wife Roxanne of Fredericktown; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife, are a son, Larry Duane Ankrom; a son-in-law, Gerry Beaumariage; four grandchildren, Troy Ankrom, Tony Schlenker, Clinton Whitaker and Trista Ann Ankrom; five sisters, Slinda Bise, Virginia Yoders, Hazel Tubio, Rachel Varner and Clara Fisher; and 10 brothers, Hallie, Vernon, Paul, Leo, Ralph, Raymond, Milford, Ernest, Daniel and an infant, Pierre Ankrom.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10, with Pastor Bill Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in Claysville Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Hunt-Kennedy Post 639. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Daniel J. Barzanti

Retired Bobtown coal miner, Air Force vet

Daniel J. Barzanti, 82, of Bobtown, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in Madison Nursing Center, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born February 11, 1930, in Merrittstown, a son of the late Samuel and Lada Burchianti Barzanti.

A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict, he was a coal miner, having retired from Shannopin Mine, Bobtown.

Mr. Barzanti was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 6159 and Polish-American Citizens Club, both in Bobtown, and AMVETS Post 103 in Hopwood.

Deceased are his first wife, Atterina Longo, in 1980; his second wife, Helen Yasenosky, in 1992; a daughter, Diane Sesco, in 2012; four brothers, Don, George, Gino and Ralph Barzanti; and a stepson, Shawn Yasenosky.

Surviving are three children and their spouses, Tina and Ray VanKirk of Melbourne, Fla., Lisa and Leonard Novak of Bobtown and Daniel and Mary Jane Barzanti of Crestview, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Cheryl and Phil Cowan, Angie Conrad and Michelle Sayer and their families; a brother, Albert Barzanti of Mansfield, Ohio; and two sisters, Nida Sorovetz of Southgate, Mich., and Verna Grifasi of Burwick.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion and until 9:15 a.m., Friday, February 8, when a prayer service will be held, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Lawrence V. Holpp as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, with graveside military honors. Parish vigil service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. www.herod-rishel.com


Alex V. Boyer

Alex V. Boyer, 75, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Piatt & Barnhill Funeral Home. A complete obituary and death notice will be published in a later edition.


Joseph Mark Forte

Bethlehem Mines retiree, Air Force vet, church member

Joseph Mark Forte, 83, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was born August 5, 1929, in Ellsworth, a son of Angelo and Anna Forte.

He was a 1947 graduate of Ellsworth High School.

A veteran, Mr. Forte served with the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant from 1947 to 1950.

Mr. Forte retired from Bethlehem Mines, where he worked as an electrician in the Wilson shop.

He was a member of Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville, and the parish choir.

Mr. Forte also was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 5826 and American Legion Post 165, both of Bentleyville, and United Mine Workers of America Local 1197.

His wife, Dorothy J. Grahman Forte, survives. They were married February 19, 1949, at Scott Air Force base in Illinois.

Also surviving are two children, Thomas Forte (Tammy) of Orlando, Fla., and Jane Guaetta (Chad) of Hummelstown; nine grandchildren, Beth, Jessica, Lyndsay, Allegra, Nicole, Michaela, Joseph, Max and Cameron; a great-grandson, Owen; a sister, Theresa Condrich of Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Jane Forte of New Canaan, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Michael J. Forte; three brothers, Joe, who died in infancy, Peter A. and Dan Forte; and four sisters, Deminica “May” Cario, Vincenza “Vinnie” Forte, Jennie V. Denicola and Mary Cacio.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Luke Cemetery of Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville, with military rites by American Legion Post 165. The Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, www.themmrf.org. Visit www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.


Richard J. Loar

Avid outdoorsman was Richey Metals employee

Richard J. “Sow” Loar, 56, of Eighty Four, Ontario, died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in the Washington Hospital emergency department.

He was born December 10, 1956, in Washington, a son of the late Floyd “Barney” and Anna M. Gural Loar.

Mr. Loar was a 1976 graduate of Bentworth High School. For the past 23 years, had been employed by Richey Metals, Cecil.

He was a member of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, attending Saints Mary and Ann Roman Catholic Church, Marianna.

Mr. Loar was a member and club treasurer of Ellsworth Sportsman’s Club, having participated in its Trap League, and Cokeburg Moose.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing and tying flies as well as NASCAR racing and Steelers football. The time spent hunting with his son, Travis, brought him special enjoyment.

On June 18, 1983, he married Roberta “Bertie” Paul, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Travis Loar, at home; and an uncle, John Gural of Eighty Four.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 8, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Marian C. Petruzzi

1936 – 2013

Marian C. Petruzzi, 77, a resident of Golden Living Center, Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Carnegie, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

She was born January 1, 1936, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Roy Lee and Elizabeth Field.

Mrs. Petruzzi was a nurse’s aide in John J. Kane Regional Center for more than 30 years before retiring.

She enjoyed bingo and crocheting.

Surviving are two daughters, Roxann Roberts and husband George of Aliquippa and Carolyn Siler and husband Bill of Newport, N.C.; a son, Donald Petruzzi Jr. and wife Becky of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Gene Roberts, Amber Turner, Carissa Petruzzi and Nicole O’Neil; three great-grandchildren, Maggie Roberts, Nicholas Turner and Colby O’Neil; a brother, Richard Field of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Donna Geiser of Elizabeth.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is her husband, Donald J. Petruzzi Sr., who died April 13, 1977.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Inurnment will be held in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery at a later date.


Helen Marie Seese Severini

Loving wife, mother and ‘Gram’ enjoyed travel

Helen Marie Seese Severini, 84, formerly of Jefferson and Rices Landing, died peacefully January 19, 2013, in her daughter’s home in Woodstock, Va.

Mrs. Severini was born June 15, 1928, in Ohiopyle, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Walter and Nancy King Seese.

Affectionately known by her caring family as “Gram,” she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband of 61 years, John J. Severini, who died June 6, 2011.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Faye Guesman, and a brother, Dale Seese.

Surviving are daughters Nancy Porter of Cherryville, N.C., Diane Overman of Woodstock and Kathy Bresson of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two sons, Michael Bobella of Monroeville and David Severini of Carmichaels; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Velma Severini and Loretta Koratich, both of Rices Landing; and a brother, Tommy Seese of Ravenna, Ohio.

In accordance with her wishes, a private memorial service was held in Hewitt Cemetery in Rices Landing. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370.


Corrected information was received for the obituary of Bertha Jean Hallam Taylor, published Wednesday.

Her maiden name, Hallam, was misspelled.


Ernest William Tsekas

1955 – 2013

Ernest William Tsekas, 57, of Joffre, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh.

He was born December 31, 1955, a son of the late Ernest A. and Leah Argenta Tsekas.

A 1974 graduate of Union High School, Burgettstown, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 until being honorably discharged in 1979.

He was employed by the U.S. Post Office in Wexford.

Mr. Tsekas was a kind-hearted soul who loved animals.

He was a member of Atlasburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6490.

Surviving, in addition to his many friends, are 11 cousins.

A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 8, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Interment with full military honors accorded by the U.S. Navy and Slovan/Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard will follow at 11 a.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.



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