Feb. 13

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Betty Jean Bandish

Betty Jean Bandish, 86, of Carmichaels, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in Cherry Tree Lane Nursing Home, Uniontown.


Funeral arrangements are in care of Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, and will be announced in a later edition.


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.


Mae Jean Guza

Dunbar resident

Mae Jean Guza, 87, of Dunbar, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.


She was born July 24, 1925, in Washington County, a daughter of the late Donald and Zelma Sowers Elliott.


Surviving are four children, Michael Guza of North Carolina, Patti Logan of Snowmass, Colo., John Guza of Gardener, Mass., and Mark Guza of Bentleyville; two sisters, Lois Conkle of Scenery Hill and Ruth Swart of Washington; two brothers, Richard Elliott of Washington and John Elliott of Dunbar; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are her husband, Francis Guza; and a daughter in infancy, Susan Guza.


Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, with the Rev. Peter D. Asplin officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Scenery Hill. A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.


Sharon K. Johnston

Nurse, instructor was active in Faith Baptist Church

Sharon K. Johnston, 58, of Waynesburg, died at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in the home of her niece, Kelly Wolfe, in Mather, from injuries received in an automobile accident.


She was born Wednesday, March 10, 1954, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Lorraine Headley Johnston of Waynesburg and the late Glenn H. Johnston.


Ms. Johnston was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Lippencott, where she was in the church choir and Ladies Fellowship. She also served as church treasurer, a Sunday school teacher and a vacation Bible school worker.


She was a a 1972 graduate of Jefferson Morgan High School and a 1975 graduate of Uniontown Hospital School of Nursing. She received 36 credits toward her bachelor of science in nursing degree at Penn State University Fayette Campus. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Waynesburg College in 1991.


Ms. Johnston worked in the Uniontown Hospital emergency room and in the pediatrics unit of the hosptial. She then worked for 25 years in Greene County Memorial Hosptial and during the same time, worked occasionally in the Mon General Hospital emergency room. She then worked full-time for Mon General Hospital as the infection control coordinator. At the time of her death, she was clinical data specialist at Mon General.


She also worked part-time as the clinical nursing instructor for Waynesburg College from 1993 to 1996, having students at Greene County Memorial Hospital, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Mon General Hosptial and Health South Rehab for sophomore level and leadership for seniors. She worked for Care Unlimited Home Health Care for a short period, caring for children with G-tubes and trachs. She had her certification for emergency nursing.


Ms. Johnston was a past member of SEIU, Sigma Theta Tau and Greene County Nurses Club. She was known as the family planner and usually was in charge of arranging reunions and family get togethers.


In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Patricia (Jerry) Rhodes of Augusta, Ga.; a brother, William H. Johnston of Clarksville; nieces and nephews Sheri (Scott) Glass and Lori (Harry) Denby, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Mark Piroch of Scranton, Glenn Piroch of Waynesburg, Tracy (Jeff) Elliott of Farmington, W.Va., Kelly (John) Wolfe of Mather, Aaron (Angie) Johnston of West Newton and Cheryl (Dave) Piroch of Marianna; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.


Deceased are two brothers, Glenn Howard “Bud” Johnston and Douglas Johnston, and a sister-in-law, Leandra Johnston.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Faith Baptist Church, 793 Lippencott Road, Waynesburg (Lippencott), where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, with the Rev. Paul Roofner officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. The family asks that memorial donations be made to CBM Ministries, 104 East Greene Street, Carmichaels, PA 15320. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, is in charge of arrangements. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.


Mary Ellen Keeler

St. Patrick member enjoyed painting, reading

Mary Ellen Keeler, 82, of Canonsburg, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in Golden Living Retirement Center, Canonsburg.


She was born April 22, 1930, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Pressley and Helen Meredith Keeler.


Mrs. Keeler was a member of St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg.


She enjoyed painting, reading and cross-stitch.


Surviving are a brother, Pressley J. Keeler of Wynnewood, Ok.; two nieces, Shelley Terry and husband David of Jefferson, Ohio, and Ellen Kolman and husband Andrew of Ashtabula, Ohio; a former sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Talcott and husband Thomas of Jefferson, Ohio; a cousin, the Rev. Bob McDevitt of Los Gatos, Calif.; and several great-nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her father, Pressley W.C. Keeler, and mother Helen Meredith Keeler.


There will be no public visitation. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 14, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carnegie. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Felix A. Kerns

WWII vet was retired crane operator

Felix A. Kerns, 94, of Bentleyville, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in H.J. Heinz III Progressive Care, Pittsburgh.


He was born September 13, 1918, in Bagley, a son of the late Bernard and Mary Koshar Kerns.


Mr. Kerns was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sargeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Asia as a radioman aboard a C-47 in China and Central Burma. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with two bronze stars, American Campaign medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.


For more than 30 years, Mr. Kerns was a crane man at LaFarge Inc. in West Mifflin and later in Belle Vernon, until his retirement in 1989.


He was a member of Independent Club of Bentleyville and enjoyed gardening and auto mechanics.


Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia J. Kress (Don) of Bentleyville; a son, Randy P. Kerns Sr. (Audrey) of Bentleyville; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Vinansky of Eighty Four, Bridgette Kerns of Eighty Four and Sarah Billups of Ellsworth; and several nieces and nephews.


A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, in Beallsville Cemetery, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by Hancock-McCune Post 705, Centerville American Legion. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Victoria A. Mance Morrell

St. Hilary Church member worked for Royal Hydraulics

Victoria A. “Vickie” Mance Morrell, 60, of Ellsworth, died Monday evening, February 11, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh.


She was born April 28, 1952, in Washington, a daughter of the late Michael “Meah” and Helen Blostic Mance.


Mrs. Morrell attended the former St. Clements School in Ellsworth and was a 1970 graduate of Bentworth High School. She later received her bachelor of science degree from California University of Pennsylvania.


She was employed as a secretary for Royal Hydraulics in Cokeburg. She formerly worked for J.C. Penney in Washington.


Mrs. Morrell was a member of St. Hilary Church in Washington.


On June 21, 1980, at the former St. Joseph Church in Cokeburg, she married Gary L. Morrell, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, Gregory L. Morrell of Ellsworth; a brother, Michael J. Mance (Judi) of Cokeburg; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Ruth Ann Morrell of Scenery Hill; and several nieces and nephews.


There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 14, in St. Hilary Church, Washington, with the Rev. Thomas O’Neil and the Rev. Leonard Blostic as co-celebrants. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society/PA Division, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205; or Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street, #1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Visit www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.Arrangements are in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255.


Richard H. Myers

Salesman in the beauty, barber supply industry

Richard H. Myers, 75, of Washington, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in Kade Nursing Home, Canton Township.


He was born July 4, 1937, in Washington, a son of the late Robert and Neva Hennen Myers.


Mr. Myers had worked in sales for Washington Beauty and Barber Supply Co. until they closed and later in the same capacity for Mr. Foley’s Beauty Supply.


He was a member of Slovak Club, and he enjoyed singing karaoke.


Surviving are two sons, Mark A. and Shawn R. Myers, both of Washington; a daughter, Pamela L. Findling, of Albemarle, N.C.; two sisters, Gloria (Ron) Edwards of Finleyville and Wanda (Rick) Lohmeyer of Claysville; a grandson, Nathan Myers; and a great-granddaughter, Riliegh Marie Myers.


Also surviving is his former wife, Angeline “Angie” Mancuso.


Deceased is a grandson, Brandon Myers.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Charles G. Patterson

Retired steelworker, active volunteer, CCNS officer

Charles G. “Wimpy” Patterson, 84, of Canonsburg, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born January 7, 1929, in Houston, a son of the late Edward and Charlotte Hagan Patterson.


Mr. Patterson served his country in the U.S. Army.


Prior to his retirement, he worked as a steelworker for Universal Cyclops.


He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Assembly of God Church.


Mr. Patterson was an active member of the community, belonging to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and the Elks and volunteered in South Central Elementary School in Canonsburg. He was one of the original officers of CCNS youth wrestling program, umpired baseball locally for 15 years, volunteered for Canon-McMillan girls softball and enjoyed playing dartball.


On August 4, 1950, he married Alice Mosely of Canonsburg, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Daryl Patterson and wife Julie of Houston, Texas, and Gary Patterson and wife Yvonne of Houston; a daughter, Dottie Johnson and fiance Tim of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Dwayne “Curly” Patterson of Houston and Gerald Patterson of Houston; a sister, Dorothy Patterson of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Services will be held Friday, February 15, at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Garden, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CCNS Youth Wrestling, P.O. 332, Canonsburg, PA, 15317. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Funeral services for James Wells Patterson, 83, of Washington, who died February 6, 2013, have been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery.


Bartholomew Bernard Piccardo

Korean War vet talented at billiards, ballroom dancing

Bartholomew Bernard Piccardo, 75, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 9, 2013. A resident of Washington, he also resided in Ormond Beach, Fla., after retirement.


He was born November 28, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Regis and Margaret Piccardo.


Mr. Piccardo married the love of his life September 24, 1960, the late Patricia Piccardo.


He is survived by two loving daughters, Lisa and son-in-law Dwayne Coneeny of East Dover, Vt., and Robin and son-in-law Ted Grimm of Washington; his adored grandsons, Shawn Patrick Grimm and Tyler Shane Grimm, both of Washington; and a sister, Louella Barno of Elizabeth.


Mr. Piccardo also leaves behind his granddogs, Sierra, Bandit, Roxy and Waylynn; and several nieces and nephews.


He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and served during the Korean War.


Mr. Piccardo loved to hunt and fish and was a talented billiard player and ballroom dancer. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his grandsons, Shawn and Tyler.


He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.


Relatives and friends are welcome to gather for visitation from 9:30 to 10 a.m., the time of services, Friday, March 29, in Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724 260-5546. A funeral procession will follow to National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, where a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice at www.odsyhealth.com or American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.


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