Published Feb 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm (Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm)
Billie Gruber Bayer
Active IC church member was RN, devoted mother
Billie Gruber Bayer, 79, of McMurray, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in ManorCare.
She was born August 5, 1933, in Washington, a daughter of William John Gruber and Thelma Rose Patterson Gruber.
Outgoing with a quick smile, she was a friend to everyone she met.
Mrs. Bayer was a devout and prayerful mother of seven, registered nurse and a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Parish. With her late husband of 53 years, Dr. Joseph F. Bayer, they established a pediatric medical practice in Washington in 1961.
Her life was her family, nursing and Catholic Christian devotion.
As a very active member of Immaculate Conception Church, and she conducted and participated in several prayer, charity and Christian education activities. Mrs. Bayer, the daughter of a nurse, had a family full of nurses and other health care-related professionals including several of her own children. She especially loved to host family gatherings, which usually exceeded 35 people.
Surviving are her sons, Michael “Doc” (Selma) Bayer of West Bethlehem Township, Patrick (Wanda) Bayer of Tallahassee, Fla., and William Bayer of Washington; daughter-in-law Victoria Bayer of Coraopolis; daughters Mary Beth (John) Barnes of McMurray, Becky Bayer of Houston and Gretchen (Robert) Wise of Eighty Four; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her husband, Dr. Joseph F. Bayer, and son, Thomas Bayer.
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. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, February 11, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
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.
He was not only an active member of TRIO, he also was a board member and president for many years. He was proud of knowing and working with Dr. Thomas Starzl, and having gotten his autograph on his book, “The Puzzle People.” He enjoyed getting to know fellow transplant patients, sharing their stories and being a source of inspiration to them. He was also a current board member of TRIO International, and served as chapter council president.
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.
Louis Dykstra, 87, of Marianna, died Friday, February 8, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna.
A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.
Dorothy L. Heasley
Dorothy L. Heasley, 85, of Washington, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
She was a daughter of the late Harry and Agnes Zimmerman and wife to the late Albert C. Heasley.
Surviving are four daughters, Betty Hughes and husband John, Jean Amend and husband Harry, Nancy Campston and husband Jack, Donna Hospodar and husband Bob; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington City Mission. Arrangements are by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania Inc.
Elco resident enjoyed music, time with family
Mandy Klanchar, 31, of Elco, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 7, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.
Born September 22, 1981, in Monongahela, she was a daughter of Darrell and Sandy Petruschak Dodges Klanchar.
She was Presbyterian.
While in high school, she was an outstanding basketball player.
Ms. Klanchar enjoyed listening to music and loved spending time with her family. But her prize possession was her dog, Sir Webster.
In addition to her parents, surviving are her brothers, Derrick Klanchar and girlfriend Jennifer, and Paul Klanchar, both of Roscoe; grandparents, Paul and Judy Petruschak and Helen Klanchar; nephew, Christian Klanchar; aunts and uncles Carla and Brian Song, Curt and Alison Dodges, Paula and Brian Coles, Cindy and Timmy Beaul, Donny and Becky Klanchar and Danny, David and Dennis Klanchar; great-aunt and uncle Sherry (Mankin) and Dave Arnold and Marilyn (Mankin) and Michael Gallagher; best friend Steve Wolfe; and numerous cousins.
Deceased are her great-grandparents, Audrey and Werton Mankin and Mary and Paul Petruschak; and grandmother, Bonnie Mankin Bogacsi.
A memorial visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 10, in Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Candace Cook presiding. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Condolences for the family may be left at www.melenyzer-dubarr.com.
Karen Louise Massari
Longtime grocer enjoyed traveling, gardening
Karen Louise Massari, 70, of Monongahela, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in her home with her family by her side.
She was born March 12, 1942, in New Eagle, a daughter of Louis Sr. and Mary Rose Chile Pianetti.
Mrs. Massari graduated in 1960 from Monongahela High School. After high school, she attended Robert Morris Business School.
During the 1960s, she was employed at Metropolitan Life Insurance in Monongahela as an office supervisor. She and her husband, Frank, were retail grocery owners for 30 years. Together, they owned and operated Mt. Oliver Foodland, Duquesne Save-A-Lot and Bethel Park Foodland.
Mrs. Massari enjoyed traveling, dancing, bowling and gardening. She also worked on her class reunion committee for the Class of 1960.
She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church in Monongahela.
Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Frank “Shine” Massari; two daughters, Kathleen Lynn Slivan and husband James of Jefferson Hills and Lisa Antoinette Massari-Wilson and husband Kenneth of Monongahela; son, Frank Louis Massari and wife Stefanie of Finleyville; two beloved granddaughters, Sofia Elisabeth Slivan and Mia Louise Wilson; a brother, Louis Pianetti Jr. and wife Sandy of Murrysville; a sister-in-law, Shirley Massari of Monongahela; nieces and nephews Jonathan and wife Bree Pianetti and son Mason Louis of Utah, Andrew and Alaina Pianetti of Murrysville, and Anthony and wife Lexie Massari and their children, Jordan, Lacey and Alex Massari, all of Monongahela.
She will be sadly missed by Vito, Remmi, Chloe, Vinny, Lily, relatives and dear friends.
In addition to her parents, deceased are her baby sister, Kathleen Rose Pianetti, and brother-in-law, Anthony “Moe” Massari.
At the request of the deceased, visitations and a Mass of Christian Burial were private and handled by Frye Funeral Home Inc. Interment was in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330; or to Monongahela Area Library, 813 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
Rita McIlwain, 90, of Canonsburg, died Friday, February 8, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Olga Mary Melograne
Owner of Olga’s Beauty Salon was glass enthusiast
Olga Mary Melograne, 83, of Whitehall Borough, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
She was the wife of the Honorable Jules C. Melograne; mother of the Honorable Phillippe A. (Tracey) Melograne; proud grandmother of Anthony and Nicholas Melograne; preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Farino and infant sister, Antoinette Janet Farino; and sister of Ronald (Thelma) Farino, Robert Farino, Deanna (Ronald) Buterbaugh, Frank (Dorothy) Farina, Joddy (Patrick) Kirsch. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
After graduating at the top of her high school class in a small mining town, she went on to earn her cosmetology license and barber’s license.
She owned and operated Olga’s Beauty Salon in Oakland for many years.
Mrs. Melograne received numerous awards for haircutting and styling and volunteered her services to homes for the blind and orphanages. She volunteered her time and services to Clelian Heights. She was a founding member of the Italian Heritage Society of America.
She was a certified appraiser, a life member of the International Society of Appraisers, and an American material culture educator and mentor. She was selected by the Heinz History Center to help set up the “Shattering Notions” glass display. A life member of the Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Melograne served as its president from 1978 to 1980 and she was a member of the board of directors and the education and outreach committee.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Monday, February 11, in the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, Baldwin. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mrs. Melograne’s memory to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, www.clelianheights.org. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
Dora M. Molinaro
Dora M. Molinaro, 82, of Washington, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in her home.
She had been in declining health for several years.
Mrs. Molinaro was born April 24, 1930, in Washington, a daughter of Donald and Myrl Hillberry.
She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband, Pete Molinaro; two sons, Fred Evans Jr. and Bruce (Kathy) Evans; two daughters, Sandy (Terry) Wright and Linda (Ed) Sonson; a stepson, John (Liz) Molinaro; a brother, Donald (Mary Gladys) Iams, all of Washington; two sisters, Myrl Jusko of Washington and Carol (Mark) Dunn of Canonsburg; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a stepdaughter, Janis Yasek, and a sister, Juanita Nesbit.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, with Father Thomas O’Neil officiating. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Visitation and servicesfor James Wells Patterson, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, have been delayed until further notice.
Earl M. Sharpnack
WWII veteran active in Church of the Covenant
Earl M. Sharpnack, 88, of Washington, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in his home.
He was born September 1, 1924, in Rice’s Landing, a son of the late Earl B. and Nellie Areford Sharpnack.
Mr. Sharpnack was a graduate of Jefferson Morgan High School and Penn Commercial Business School.
He worked as a postal clerk for the Washington Post Office, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Sharpnack was a member of Church of the Covenant, where he served as a deacon, elder, trustee and head usher.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the American Theater Campaign Medal, European-American Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.
Mr. Sharpnack was a member of Amerigan Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 for 68 years, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and South Strabane Volunteer Fire Department 2, serving as treasurer. He also served as committeeman with Troop 115 of the Boy Scouts of America.
On June 4, 1949, in Davidson Methodist Church, Glyde, he married Ruth Hathaway. Mrs. Sharpnack survives.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Dennis (Bonnie) Sharpnack of Claysville, Bruce (Laura) Sharpnack of Hickory and Mark (Rachel) Sharpnack of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren, Heather (Ryan) Hagerman, Brook (Ashley), Clark, William, Adam and Sarah; and a great-grandson, Brady Hagerman.
Deceased are a brother, Thomas Sharpnack; and three sisters, Pauline Wasko, Esther Popovich and Genevieve Tekevac.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Piatt & Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, in Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, with the Rev. Dr. Stuart D. Broberg officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Washington Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded at graveside by Edwin Scott Linton, Post 175, of the American Legion. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Church of the Covenant. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com, or 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 with www.familyremembers.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.
Fannie Jane Leyda Slaughter
Former Bentleyville resident
Fannie Jane Leyda Slaughter, 85, of Wilmington, Ohio, formerly of the Bentleyville area, died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013.
She was born April 18, 1927, in Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late S. Oakley Leyda and Hazel Blanche Armbruster Leyda.
Ms. Slaughter was a longtime bus driver for Wilmington city schools and the Nike Center and also worked in the cafeteria of Wilmington city schools.
She attended Cuba Friends Meeting in Cuba, Ohio.
Surviving are her children, David Forrest Slaughter of Knoxville, Tenn., Patricia Lynn Slaughter of Laporte, Colo., June Carol (Dennis) Walker of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Donna Jean (David “Mike”) Conn of Lebanon, Ohio; five grandchildren, Erin Stacey, Sheri Stacey, Trevor (Micaela) Walker, Tyler (Nicole) Walker and Tara (Barry) Pendell; two great-grandchildren, Bryson and Connor Walker; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Deceased are brothers Harry, Clarence and Harold Leyda, and a sister, Irma Jean Griffith.
Friends are welcome from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the hour of service, Monday, February 11, in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Interment will follow Maple Creek Cemetery, Fallowfield Township. Visit www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.
Stephen Smith, 76, of East Finley Township, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in his son’s home.
Arrangements will be announced by Heinrich Funeral Home in a later edition.
Theodore S. Spara
Canonsburg resident was contractor, homebuilder
Theodore S. Spara, 90, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.
He was born July 15, 1922, in Washington, a son of Jacob and Josephine Olszaniczka Spara.
Mr. Spara was a 1942 graduate of Trinity High School, where he excelled in football and track. After high school, he attended Findlay College in Ohio for one year.
He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Spara was a self-employed homebuilder and contractor.
He was active in midget football, which he co-founded, and was a former member and past president of the Optimist Club.
On September 5, 1943, he married Jacqueline M. Arcure, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Theodore J. Spara (Catherine) of Freehold, N.J., and Kevin R. Spara (Kim) of Washington; two daughters, Mary Louise Grove (Robert) of Washington and Katie Jo Spara of Canonsburg; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Hoffman, Theodore Spara Jr., Taylor, Paige and Jesse Spara, Allen “A.J.” Williams and Lovell Johnson; five great-grandchildren; and four nephews and seven nieces.
Deceased are a brother, Edward Spara; and four sisters, Jennie Johns, Charlotte Dugan, Betty Nicolella and Mary Czmiel.
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. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Monday, February 11, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg, with Father Jack Batykefer as celebrant. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Ave, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Anna Jenkins Windsheimer
Canonsburg resident, formerly of McDonald
Anna Jenkins Windsheimer, 88, of Canonsburg, formerly of McDonald, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in ManorCare.
She was born October 7, 1924, in McDonald, a daughter of William and Sara Jenkins.
Mrs. Windsheimer graduated from Cecil High School in 1943.
Prior to retirement, she worked as a dispatcher for the Motor Pool of the U.S. Army 911th in Oakdale.
She was a resident of Canonsburg since 1989 and previously lived in McDonald and was member of First Presbyterian Church of McDonald.
Her husband, Edward H. Windsheimer, died February 14, 2001.
Surviving are a son, Eddy Windsheimer, with whom she made her home; a grandson, Ian Windsheimer of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Deceased are a brother, William Jenkins; and four sisters, Edda Robson, Maurine Braun, Gaynol Harouse and Carol Roepe.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 11. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. Visit www.sollon.com for information and to view and leave condolences.