Lee C. Doty
Beloved husband, father was optical industry retiree
Lee C. Doty of McMurray died Monday, February 11, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of the late Mina Doty; father of Lee Thomas (Marie) Doty, Parker James Doty, Karen (Mark) Stopperich, Barbara (Richard) Edgar and the late Bruce Phillip Doty; grandfather of Joshua, Renee, Derek, Kim, Scott and Tammy; great-grandfather of Lindsay, Nicky, Mitchell, Alexis, Sean, Amanda, Holland and Landon; brother of the late Virginia (Paul) Brand; and uncle of Dorothy (Bill) Harr, Nancy (George) Madison and the late Bob Brand.
Mr. Doty spent many years in the optical business, retiring to Sandbridge Beach, Va., and eventually returned to McMurray.
Services and interment are private. Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211, is in charge of arrangements. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Doris J. Furda
Rolling Hills retiree enjoyed crocheting
Doris J. Furda, 79, of Wexford, formerly Canonsburg, went to be with the Lord Sunday, February 10, 2013, in the Wexford House.
She was born November 29, 1933, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Chester and Marie Carrie Pugh Hackenson.
Mrs. Furda was a graduate of Canonsburg High School.
She had worked as a bookkeeper for Samuel Lightholder Construction and for 20 years at Rolling Hills Country Club, retiring in 1998.
Mrs. Furda was a member of South Canonsburg Church.
She enjoyed crocheting afghans.
Surviving are a son, James E. “Rick” Furda and wife Joy of Gibsonia; two grandchildren, Jordan D. Furda and Katelynn Siso (Ronald); and a sister, Donna Marie Dague (James) of Bentleyville.
Deceased is a sister, Diane Dresko.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 14, with the Rev. Ralph Vogel and the Rev. Steven Parkhill officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
Grace Caleffe Gima
Devoted, hardworking nurse
Grace Caleffe Gima, 80, of Presto, died Sunday, February 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born December 24, 1932, in McDonald, a daughter of the late August and Viola Struth Caleffe.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved daughter, Bernadette (Butch) Krek; and dearest grandchildren, Butchie “Bue,” Danielle “Danni” and Michelle “Mikie” Krek.
Mrs. Gima was a sister of Gloria Ayres, Genieve Thomas and August (Sandy) Caleffe; and former spouse of the late Michael Gima.
Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She leaves behind her faithful companion, Rosie.
She worked for more than 33 years as a devoted and hardworking nurse, always caring for others with love and compassion.
The family said Vitas Innovative Hospice Care provided her with great care.
Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc. 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 14, in St. Barbara Church, Bridgeville, with the Rev. Richard E. Ward, as celebrant. Interment to follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
G.W. Johnson Jr.
Korean War medic was retired Lee-Norris welder
G.W. “Bill” Johnson Jr., 81, of Bentleyville, died Sunday, February 10, 2013, in his home.
He was born February 26, 1931, in California, a son of the late George W. Sr. and Lylia Gallagher Johnson.
Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the Korean War.
He was employed as a welder for Lee-Norris in Charleroi, where we worked for 20 years before retirement.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and working in his woodshop.
Surviving are three sons, George Johnson III (Ileen) of Bentleyville, John Johnson (Joanne) of Scenery Hill and Jimmy Johnson (Mary) of Bentleyville; a brother, Glenn Johnson of California; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Opal Anna Moore Johnson, who died October 13, 2003; a son, Charles B. Johnson; two sisters, Gertrude Horn and Dorothy Lambert; a granddaughter, Amanda Leigh Johnson; and a grandson, Brian Johnson.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. Full graveside military rites will be accorded by Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705 of Centerville. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Mary Ellen Keeler
Mary Ellen Keeler, 82, of Canonsburg, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.
Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Charles Duane Kiger
Charles Duane Kiger, 76, of Waynesburg, died at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., following a lengthy illness.
He was born Thursday, November 26, 1936, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Ira Kiger and Louise Taylor Kiger.
Mr. Kiger was affiliated with the Moose Lodge 461, Elks Lodge 757 and James Farrell American Legion Post 330, all of Waynesburg.
He retired in 1993 from Alltel, after 28 years of service, starting as a lineman and later was a supervisor.
Surviving are his companion, Nancy Wood; a son, William C. Kiger and Denise Wonderly of Waynesburg; three sisters, Viola and Tom Bandelow of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Lou and Jack Davis of Norwalk, Ohio, and Rosaleen Kiger of Waynesburg; two brothers, William “Bud” and Oleta Kiger of Spraggs and Donald “Happy” and Diane Kiger of Wakeman, Ohio; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, Charles Duane Kiger II, and a sister, Karen Sue Kiger.
At the request of the family, there will be no visitation. A public memorial service will be held at a later date in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. The family suggests donations be made to Masontown Hospice, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA 15461. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.
Homemaker loved baking, worked at RCA, Dollar Tree
Dorothy LaBella, 86, of Muse, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Washington County Heath Center, Chartiers Township, following a brief illness.
She was born in Jermyn, Lackawanna County, a daughter of the late Michael Danyo and Mary Lopatra Danyo Oluich.
Mrs. LaBella was a homemaker and Orthodox.
She had been employed as a group leader at the former RCA plant in Canonsburg and, prior to her retirement, was employed at the Dollar Tree in Bridgeville.
Mrs. LaBella lived in McDonald for many years before returning to Muse in February 2006. She loved to bake and enjoyed working in her garden with her husband, working puzzle books and crocheting.
On January 7, 1945, she married Russell LaBella, who died April 23, 2005.
Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Rossaro; two grandsons, Russell Rossaro and Christopher (Melissa) Rossaro; a great-granddaughter, Briana; two sisters, Olga (Joseph) Mikus of McMurray and Sophia “Bunnie” (Carl) Stopperich of Houston; a brother, Michael Oluich of McMurray; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are two brothers, Edward Danyo, who died September 3, 2011, and William Danyo, who died March 21, 2012; a sister, Eva Danyo, who died at birth; her stepfather, Marko Oluich, who died July 19, 1990; and two stepbrothers, Eli and Steve Oluich.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Private visitation and services will be held in Salandra Funeral Services Inc., Joseph P. Salandra,, owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Davie Lee McCoy
Davie Lee McCoy, beloved uncle, 81, of Daybrook, W.Va., died Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Sundale Nursing Home, Morgantown, W.Va.
He was born April 2, 1931, in Daybrook, a son of the late Paul E. McCoy and Mary D. Acklin McCoy.
Mr. McCoy was retired from General Motors. He worked for the car manufacturer for 30 years and retired in 1985.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Surviving are 13 nieces and nephews and their spouses, Robert Gum and wife Denise of Ohio, Larry Gum and wife Patty of the state of Indiana, Roger Gum and wife Carla of the state of Indiana, Ann Bailey and husband Randy of Ohio, Jean Yeaples and husband Rick of Ohio, Bill Gum of Ohio, Cathy Gajoch and husband John of Ohio, Debbie Farnsworth and husband Glen of Ohio, Deanna Brookover and husband John of Brave, Sharon Eddy and husband Kerry of Brave, Janet Ellis and husband George of Spraggs, Dottie Yoho and husband Clarence of Daybrook and Keith McCoy of Daybrook; and a sister-in-law, Donna McCoy Eisentrout of Daybrook.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Danny McCoy; and three sisters, Norma Jean Foley, Kathryn Gum and an infant sister, Evelyn McCoy.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, with the Rev. Freddie Eddy II officiating. Interment will follow in Daybrook Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tennantfuneralhome.com.
Charles G. Patterson
Charles G. “Wimpy” Patterson, 84, of Canonsburg, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Michael Walter Rozmus
Korean War vet enjoyed polka dancing, family time
Michael Walter Rozmus, 80, of Slovan, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, in his home.
He was born September 18, 1932, in Slovan, a son of the late Matthew and Frances Bonk Rozmus.
Mr. Rozmus was employed by Langeloth Metalurgical, for 35 years, until his retirement.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War and a member of Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Rozmus was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown, Knights of Columbus 3440 and SNPJ 106.
He enjoyed polka dancing and golf but most especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
On June 14, 1958, he married Theresa Dvorsak, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Michael (Susan) Rozmus of Harrisonburg, Va.; two granddaughters, Sara and Angela Rozmus; three sisters, Julia Sray of Bridgeville, Josephine Pirinak of Ambridge and Helen Cherok of Cross Creek; two brothers, Stanley Rozmus of Atlasburg and Joseph Rozmus of Burgettstown; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three sisters, Pauline Wysocki, Mary Czarnieki and Louise Yakima; and two brothers, John and Frank Rozmus.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. George Moneck and the Rev. Robert Connolly, as cocelebrants. Inurnment will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.
Donald H. Sprowls
Retired police lieutenant, Navy veteran
Donald H. Sprowls, 74, of Seminole, Fla., passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in his home under the care of hospice and family.
He was born March 23, 1938, in Washington, a son of the late Donald E. Sprowls and Edna Mae Donnelly Sprowls.
Mr. Sprowls was a 1955 Trinity High School graduate.
He retired as a lieutenant for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., where he served from 1960 to 1980. His second retirement was from the Hilton Corp., having served as head of security for the Washington, D.C., Hilton Hotel.
Mr. Sprowls was a member of Association of Retired Police Officers and served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1959.
Surviving are his wife, Cracker Holton-Sprowls; a brother, James Sprowls and wife Marlyn; stepdaughters Jean Mullins and Sue Holton; stepson Bryan Holton; stepgrandchildren John and Michelle Mullins; nieces Rhea Arledge and husband John and Dawn Dann and husband Rich; great-nephew Ricky Dann; great-niece Nicole Arledge; and cousin Patricia Mounts of Washington.
A memorial service was held in Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 1st Street, Seminole, FL 33776, 727-391-0121. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to SunCoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760.
Ronald F. Stetzer
Air Force vet, watercolor painter, Steelers fan
Ronald F. Stetzer, 75, of Cecil Township, died Saturday, February 9, 2013.
He was born January 8, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Herman and Helen Chess Stetzer.
Mr. Stetzer married Patricia Macik, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville.
Mr. Stetzer was an avid watercolor painter and enjoyed creative landscaping. He was also a faithful Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Scott Stetzer, Robin (Joseph) Cohen and Timothy (Melanie) Stetzer; two grandchildren, Emily and Steven Stetzer; a sister, Geraldine (Robert) Woods; a brother, Herman (Barbara) Stetzer; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 14, in Holy Child Parish, Bridgeville, with the Rev. Richard C. Yagesh, as celebrant. Interment will follow with full military honors in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
May V. Whitcomb
Beloved wife, daughter, sister
May V. Whitcomb, 74, of Brentwood, died Saturday, February 9, 2013.
She was the beloved wife of Donald R. Whitcomb for 43 years; daughter of the late William H. Sr. and Genevieve Missel; and sister of William H. (Selma) Missel Jr.
Also surviving are loving nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 14. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Brentwood Food Pantry, 3725 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227; or Oakmont Elks Home Service Project, P.O. Box 151, Oakmont, PA 15139. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.