Feb. 8

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Helen Mae Armstrong


Washington homemaker


Helen Mae Armstrong, 89, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg.


She was born September 26, 1923, in Maryland, a daughter of the late Roy and Thresa Westfall Kirkland.


Mrs. Armstrong was a homemaker and a waitress.


She was Presbyterian.


Surviving are a son, Paul Dean Merryman; a daughter, Sharon Kay Merryman Armstrong (Charles); a stepson, Charles Armstrong (Sharon); three stepdaughters, Patricia Armstrong, Linda Shuman (Renee’) and Joan Sakerka (John); eight grandchildren, William C. Armstrong, Shannon Armstrong West, Sean Armstrong, Doug Merryman, Heather Merryman Miller, Nick Shuman, Samantha Sakerka and Lauren Sakerka; and five great-grandchildren, Zachary Armstrong, Payton Armstrong, Kaitlyn Merryman, Kamryn Merryman and Regan Miller.


Deceased are her first husband, Harry William Merryman; her second husband, Charles H. Armstrong; and a brother, Floyd Kirkland.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 11. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Billie Gruber Bayer


Billie Gruber Bayer, 79, of McMurray, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in HCR ManorCare, Washington.


Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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Alexander V. Boyer


Avella guidance counselor, active church member


Alexander V. Boyer, 75, of Canton Township, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the Washington Hospital emergency room. He was in failing health for the last several months, never recovering from the death of his son, Randy. His wife, Pat, was at his side as he passed over.


He was born September 29, 1937, in the small town of West Lebanon, Indiana County, a son of the late LeRoy and Frances Dunmire Boyer.


Mr. Boyer attended a one-room schoolhouse and loved to tell stories of his early life. He was a graduate of Elders Ridge High School and Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


His first teaching job was at Clarion-Limestone School in Clarion County. After his marriage, he and his wife relocated to Washington County, where he taught at Avella High School. He was a guidance counselor for the next 39 years. He loved his students and was proud of their life’s accomplishments. He served as both acting high school principal and superintendent, when necessary. He also was involved in the special education program and was proud of his grant-writing ability.


Mr. Boyer was active in the community, especially where his son was concerned. He was president of Patton Panthers Football Team Boosters. He and his wife never missed a game.


He was a member of Church of the Covenant, where he was very active as an ordained deacon for many years. He was on the music and worship committee and OAR committee. For many years, he was the person designated to pick up rolls for fish fries and picnics. He could always be found at Church of the Covenant on Monday mornings.


Mr. Boyer loved U.S. Civil War history, and many of his summer vacations involved trips to historical sites.


On June 23, 1962, in Waterford, he married his wife of 50 years, Patricia A. Fedorko, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Sue Baker Boyer, and two granddaughters, Alexandra N. and Morgan E. Boyer, whom he loved with all his heart.


Deceased are a son, the Rev. Randy V. Boyer, and his in-laws, Frank and Helen Greshok.


Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 11, in Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301, with the Rev. Stuart D. Broberg officiating. Interment will be private.


Memorial contributions may be directed to Church of the Covenant; CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238; or TRIO-Pittsburgh, Falk Building, Room 601, 3601 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or TRIO International, 2100 M Street, NW #170-353, Washington, DC 20037-1233. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Friends are welcome to bring pictures, printed memories and other remembrances to the funeral home for uploading to a family scrapbook which will be available in real time for the family to view via www.familyremembers.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


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Elmer Roscoe Elliott


Former W.Va. resident


Elmer Roscoe “Ross” Elliott, 97, formerly of Elm Grove, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in Heartland-Lansing Nursing Home, Bridgeport, Ohio.


Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Barnhart and husband Robert of Washington and Lynne Trigg and husband Harold of Kettering, Ohio; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, 304-242-2311, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 11. Interment in Halcyon Hills Memorial Gardens, Sherrard, W.Va. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.


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Otis Ira Friend Jr.


WWII, Korea vet active in Highland Brethren Church


Otis Ira “Junior” Friend Jr., 84, of Marianna, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


He was born November 21, 1928, in Dutch Glory, Washington County, a son of the late Otis Ira and May Bowie Friend.


Mr. Friend worked as a contractor for Merle Smith and John Gayman for several years, before working for Millsboro Lumber Co. He later became a self-employed contractor for many years.


He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Germany during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.


Mr. Friend was a lifelong member of Highland Brethren Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee and teacher. He was on the Highland Cemetery Association Board.


He enjoyed any activity at the church, deep sea fishing, spending time with family, woodwork and just working in general and teaching others his trade.


On July 3, 1950, he married Mary Joan Jestat, who died in August 2000.


Surviving are his second wife, Rose Phillips Hunter, whom he married January 20, 2001; two daughters, Barbara (Anthony Wayne) Slack of Marianna and Ann Christine (Danny Paul) Dulaney of Cheyenne, Wy.; a son, Terry (Rea) Friend of Beallsville; a stepdaughter, Karen LeBlanc; three sisters, Nellie Cox, Virginia (Leo) Clutter and Martha McAfee; six grandchildren, Barbara, Andrea, Sharon, Erin, Jennifer and Leslie; four stepgrandchildren, Alicia, Steven, Ian and Kristen; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his first wife and parents, are a granddaughter, Laura Friend; a grandson, Jason Dulaney; a brother, David Friend; a stepsister, Dorothy Shargots; and three stepbrothers, Bob Kearney, Ed Kearney and Roy McCarty.


Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, PA 15345. Additional visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of service, Monday, February 11, in Highland Brethren Church, 450 Highland Ridge Road, Marianna, PA 15345, with Pastor Tim Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Marianna. Memorial donations may be made to Highland Brethren Church, Highland Cemetery Association, Child Evangelism or a charity of one’s choice. A guest book may be viewed and signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


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Michael Anthony Miller


Raised in Avella


Michael Anthony Miller, raised in Avella, son of Joanne and the late Jerry Sullivan, died February 5, 2013.


His wife, Holly; daughters Lauren, Emma and Samantha; and siblings Brad, Billy, John, Timmy and Jan survive.


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Dora A. Molinaro


Dora A. Molinaro, 82, of Washington, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in her home.


Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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James Wells Patterson


Korean War vet, longtime Coen Oil truck driver


James Wells Patterson, 83, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born February 5, 1930, in Nineveh, a son of the late Jacob and Margaret Wells Patterson.


Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Trinity High School and worked as a truck driver for Coen Oil Co. for 38 years.


He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Marines from December 20, 1951, until his honorable discharge December 3, 1953, as a corporal. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one star and United Nations Service Medal.


Mr. Patterson was a member of First Christian Church.


On June 26, 1955, he married Barbara Danley, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, James W. Patterson Jr. (Denise) of Washington; a daughter, Susan Kania of Canonsburg; a sister, Beverly Moninger of Cecil; two grandchildren, Shannon Tokar and Adam Tokar; and three stepgrandchildren, Samantha Simile, Zachary Simile (Kelly) and Max Mastrean.


Deceased is a brother, Carl Patterson.


Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, February 9, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Michael Lehman officiating. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Donnell House, Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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Earl M. Sharpnack


Earl M. Sharpnack, 88, of Washington, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in his home.


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


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Theodore S. Spara


Theodore S. Spara, 90, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, February 7, 2013.


Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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A memorial service for John Guido Tarras, who died December 22, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, in Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Erie.


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