Feb. 10

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Frank Blumer

Frank Blumer, 83, of Washington, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


All service are private and held at the convenience of the family.


James A. Coulter

Served in U.S. Navy

James A. Coulter, 92, of Fallowfield Township, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital.


He was born April 28, 1920, in Lover, a son of the late Hugh Glenn and Mary M Dickey Coulter.


Mr. Coulter was retired as a group leader from People’s Gas Co. in Monongahela after many years of service.


He proudly served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II.


Mr. Coulter was a member of Fallowfield Baptist Church and a founding member of the Steam, Gas and Horse Association.


He grew up on a farm that led to a lifelong love of farming, tractors and horses. He also was a member of the Quarter Century Club of People’s Gas Co. and the Breakfast Club of People’s Gas that met at the Monongahela Eat ’N Park.


Deceased are his wife, Hazel McCready Coulter, who died December 24, 2012; a brother, Roland Coulter; and a sister, Dora Mae Coulter.


Surviving are a loving daughter, Priscilla (Angelo) Dorazio of Monessen; a special nephew that he raised as a son, Charles “Chuck” (Dorothy) Urbanowicz of Monessen; beloved grandchildren, Leah (Dom) Fani, Beth (Tom) Scanlon and Shelley (Philip) Brozenick; and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Spada.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc., 701 Thompson Avenue, Donora, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, with the Rev. Alan Morris officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Maple Creek Cemetery.


Memorials may be made in his name to the Fallen Soldiers. Family and friends may view the obituary and offer condolences at www.rabefuneralhome.com.


Louis A. Dykstra

World War II veteran, retired teacher

Louis A. Dykstra, 87, of Marianna, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in County Home Personal Care, Bentleyville.


He was born December 1, 1925, in Peters Township, a son of Louis Dykstra Sr. and Kathryn Caraffi Dykstra.


Mr. Dykstra was a graduate of East Washington High School and a 1950 graduate of Lock Haven State Teachers College.


His first teaching job was at West Bethlehem High School and later at Bethlehem-Center Junior High School, where he taught pysical education and coached various sports over his career. He retired in 1987 after 36 years in education. He was a member of the Beth-Center Wrestling Hall of Fame.


Mr. Dykstra had a way of making everyone he met feel special through his wit, compassion and unwavering faith.


On June 12, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Ruth Dague, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Jeff (Molly) of Malden and Kent (Marsha) of Somerset; five grandchildren, Joren (Kelly), Brandt (Stephanie), Meredith, Kelsey and Chase; two great-granddaughters, Isla and Lydia; a brother, Terry (Jackie) of Solon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a brother, James, formerly of Houston.


He was a World War II veteran having served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Italy.


Mr. Dykstra was a devoted member of Zollarsville Methodist Church for 55 years, where he served as a lay speaker and trustee. He also was a member of Beth-Center Senior Center and a former chaplain with the Marianna Volunteer Fire Department.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation and all services will be private. Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, PA 15345. Memorial contributions may be made to Marianna Methodist Church or Beth-Center Senior Center. A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


William George Fischer

Life member & past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge

William George Fischer, 71, of Washington, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in his residence.


He was born December 27, 1941, in Washington, a son of Myrtle C. Scholten Fischer of Washington and the late Kerwin E. Fischer.


Mr. Fischer was a graduate of Washington High School and a member of First Lutheran Church.


He worked as an auto body mechanic at Peters Auto Body Garage and Budd Baer Body Shop. He was owner/operator of Fischer Auto Body, until his retirement.


A life member of the Elks, he joined the Elks May 23, 1967, where he was a past exalted ruler, having served from 1987 until 1988.


Mr. Fischer was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping at Lake Erie.


On July 2, 1999, he married June Marie Reis, who died April 18, 2009.


Surviving, in addition to his mother, are three sons, William G. (Kimberly) Fischer of Norton, Ohio, Kirk (Kathy) Fischer of Killeen, Texas, and James (Helena) Fischer of Washington; two stepsons, Larry S. and Lance R. Moore, both of Washington; a stepdaughter, Corrina (Kevin) Kelley of Washington; a sister, Susan (Bill) Milligan, of Fredericksburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren, Jerod Plovic, Erik, Kerri, Kirk, Kaylaa, April, Jamie and James Fischer, Dirk and Nicole Barfield and Shanye Moore; five great-grandchildren; two nieces, Jennifer Ross and Missy Kyer; and a nephew, Bill Milligan.


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 services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, with the Rev. Kenneth Schott officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, 92 West Walnut Street, Washington, PA 15301 or Washington Elks Lodge 776, 138 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Wayne A. Gray

Former truck driver

Wayne A. Gray, 52, of Carlisle, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Wytheville, Va.


He was born July 15, 1960, in New Eagle, a son of the late Zane and Eleanor Marie Fabin Gray.


Since 1991, Mr. Gray was employed as a truck driver by ABF in Carlisle. He recently received an award for more than 2 million miles of accident free driving. He was a member of Teamsters Local 776.


He will be missed by his loving family, friends, church family and his beloved kitty, Samantha.


Surviving are a sister, Lisa Browne and husband Chris of Newville and his loving companion, Norma Mellott of Chambersburg.


Deceased is a niece, Ashley Marie Corbett.


Visistation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, February 14, in Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home and Cremator, Inc., 219 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, with the Pastor Amy Moreno officiating. Burial will be in Reibers Church Cemetery, Shermans Dale.


Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Evangelical Church, 558 Petersburg Road, Carlisle, PA 17015. To sign the guest book, please visit www.hoffmanroth.com.


John E. Kushinsky

Beloved father, avid Steelers fan

John E. Kushinsky, 63, formerly of Marianna, died January 30, 2013.


He was the beloved father of Joy; dear son of the late Adolph and Verna Lankford; brother of Joe, George, David, Joan, Mary Norris, Serena Neil, Margaret Benson, Florence Sicchitond and the late Verne and Thomas.


Mr. Kushinsky was a proud veteran of U.S. Army 77th Engineer Company and a purple heart recipient.


He retired from the Cleveland Clinic after 33 years.


Mr. Kushinsky was a trustee and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2533.


He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, much to the dismay of his friends in Cleveland, Ohio.


Interment will be held Monday in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio. A celebration of will be held in Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2533, Gilbert O’Neill Post-Westpark, 3791 West 150th, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.


Helen Matey

Van Voorhis resident

Helen Matey, 92, of Van Voorhis, died Friday, February 8, 2013.


Surviving are a son, Joseph Matey and grandson, Joseph Matey.


Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Bentleyville.


Rita A. McIlwain

Active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Rita A. McIlwain, 90, of Canonsburg, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013.


A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 11, in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Canonsburg, with Father Charles Weiss officiating. Friends and family may gather in the undercroft after the service.


She was born October 20, 1922, in Detroit, Mich.


After graduating from high school in Detroit, she attended Ohio University and worked as a lab technician in several hospitals. Mrs. McIlwain was married to Eugene M. McIlwain, who is deceased. During their marriage, they resided in Corning, N.Y., Louisville, Ky., Jamestown, N.Y., Cherry Hill, N.J., and Belleville, Ill., finally settling in Canonsburg in 1971.


After marriage, she was a homemaker who enjoyed golfing and bridge. She was active in the Girl Scouts organization for many years. After her daughter left home, she worked for the Green Thumb Program, matching employers with job openings to senior citizens looking for work.


She was very active in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, serving on the Altar Guild, in the Sunday School program and raising donations for the building fund.


Surviving are a sister, Shirley Adamcheck; a daughter, Michelle Wynn; a son-in law, Guy Wynn; and their children, Jessica Gibson, Rob (Kyle) Wynn and Danielle Wynn.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Building Fund and Meals on Wheels.


Arrangements entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, Supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to leave condolences.


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 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, where prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Monday, February 11, followed by 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 her memory to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, www.clelianheights.org. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.


Michael Walter Rozmus

Michael Walter Rozmus, 80, of Slovan, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, in his home.


Arrangements are incomplete and will be handled by Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Stephen Smith

East Finley Township retiree

Stephen Smith, 76, of East Finley Township, died Thursday, February 8, 2013, in his son’s home.


He was born January 31, 1937, in Warren, Ohio, a son of the late Delmar and Gladys Hudson Smith.


Mr. Smith was a graduate of Claysville High School and was employed as a road worker for East Finley Township until his retirement.


He was a member of Enon Baptist Church.


Mr. Smith was a member of West Finley Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years and served as president for 13 years.


He enjoyed playing bingo and socializing with friends.


On June 22, 1985, he married Ellie Burger, who died May 18, 2011.


Surviving are two sons, Steve (Cindi) Smith of Washington and Charlie (Mary) Welling of West Finley; four daughters, Lynn (Pete) Roupe of West Finley and Sandra Brum, Susan Smith and Connie Jo Hoover, all of McConnelsville, Ohio; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, is a granddaughter, Kammie Roupe.


Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Heinrich Funeral Home, Claysville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday February 12, with Pastor Ronald Ringer officiating. Interment will follow in West Finley Cemetery. An evening service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home by the members of the West Finley Volunteer Fire Department.


Robert Duane Verner

Served in U.S. Army

Robert Duane Verner, 79, of Washington, formerly of South Franklin Township, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Center, Washington.


He was born January 15, 1934, in Washington, a son of the late James D. and Florence Mounts Verner.


Mr. Verner served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Upon discharge, he returned to Washington to work in his father’s garage. After his father’s passing, he owned and operated Verner’s Garage for many years.


He was a contractor for McGuffey School District and drove a school bus.


Mr. Verner was a member of the Claysville Sportsman’s Club, where he participated in and received many trophies for trapshooting. He also won the Tri-State Icicle League Men’s Championship in 1993.


Surviving are two daughters, Sherri Sulkowski of Canonsburg and Elizabeth Minor of Lock Haven; two brothers, James D. and David W. (Cheryl) Verner, both of Washington; four sisters, Dorothy Wootton of Washington, Shirley Wadsworth of Mansfield, Ohio, Elizabeth (John) Baldwin of Claysville and Nancy (William) Stollar of Washington; and several grandchildren.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Hummell and Jones Funeral Home Inc., Washington. At the request of the family, all services will be private. Interment will take place in Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Humbert Lane Personal Care Center or Three Rivers Hospice, both of Washington. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.


Shirley Marie Smith Vogt

Loving, wife, mother & grandmother

Shirley Marie Smith Vogt, 84, formerly of West Alexander, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Erie, where she resided following her husband’s death in 2008.


She was born April 16, 1928, in Phoenixville, a daughter of the late Leslie E. and Ethel Corbett Smith. She was the last of her immediate family


Mrs. Vogt was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.


She was Lutheran.


Mrs. Vogt was a 1945 graduate of Phoenixville High School. She was a bookkeeper her entire adult life, retiring from Benedem-Tree Oil Co. in Pittsburgh. She learned to knit in high school. Throughout her life, she enjoyed both teaching the craft of knitting and counted cross stitch and making items for herself, family, and friends.


She was a member and past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 496, in Phoenixville.


Mrs. Vogt loved all animals, especially dogs. Her constant companion and much-loved pug, Olivia, will miss her. In the 1980s, she bred and showed AKC Belgian sheepdogs and was a member of the Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust, providing shelter for many Belgian sheepdogs, until permanent homes could be found.


She and her family enjoyed their summer home at Holiday Camplands for 25 years. She especially enjoyed the times her grandsons came “to the lake” and fished. In her retirement, she enjoyed feeding the birds, working in her flower gardens and watching her golden retrievers run on her property in West Alexander.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Howard Paul Vogt. She and her husband were devoted to each other throughout their 52 years of marriage, until his death.


Also deceased are a sister, Jane Smith Peirson; brothers-in-law John “Jack” Peirson, Gilbert Vogt and Noland Vogt; and sisters-in-law Erna “Blondie” Nobbe Vogt and Barbara Long Vogt.


Surviving are a daughter, Wendy V. Szallay and husband Frank of Erie; a son, Paul L. Vogt of Albuquerque, N.M.; a son, James B. Vogt of Cranberry Township; beloved grandchildren Christopher P. Rusmisel of Claysville, Senior Airman Adam C. Rusmisel of Cheyenne, Wy., and Matthew and Carolyn Vogt of Cranberry.


“MeMe Shirley,” as she was called by her grandchildren, always attended her grandchildren’s events. Also surviving are five nieces and nephews, including William L. Peirson and his family of Bel Air, Md.


Friends and family are invited to visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, February 11, in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Chester Springs. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Chester Springs. She will be buried next to her husband, mother, father, sister and brother-in-law.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Therapy Dogs United, 1940 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 or Regional Home Health and Hospice, 3526 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16508. Arrangements were entrusted to Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506. Send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.


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