Published Feb 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm (Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm)
June Elinor Coligan
Cecil homemaker worked at Bedner’s Market, Bard’s
June Elinor Coligan, 88, of Cecil, died Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, with her family by her side.
She was born February 3, 1925, in Independence, a daughter of the late Howard and Augustine Tiessier Miller.
Mrs. Coligan was a member of McDonald-Cecil Senior Citizens. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and shopping and was an avid Steelers fan.
She was a homemaker and had worked at Bedner’s Farm Market and was assistant manager at the former Bard’s Ice Cream Shop.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald (Darla) Coligan and David Coligan both of Canonsburg; a daughter, Lori (Ken) McConnell of Washington; four grandchildren, Ronny (Eva) Bozick of Canonsburg, Kara (Greg) Proffit of Silversprings, Md., Amy (Shannon) Saylor of Chesterfield, Va., and Darla C. (Thor) Plants of Washington; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William “Babs” Coligan in 1977; two brothers, Howard and Wilbur “Trapper” Coligan; and a daughter-in-law, Gerry.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50) Cecil, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 18, with Pastor Eric McAdams officiating. Interment will follow in Venice Cemetery.
Gilbert R. DiNardo
WWII vet, former Ellsworth resident active in church
Gilbert R. DiNardo, 88, of Boardman, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
He was born February 28, 1924, in Ellsworth, a son of the late Patsy and Domenica DiMarzio DiNardo. He was the husband of Madeline Palombaro DiNardo, whom he married November 9, 1946.
His family includes wife, Madeline DiNardo of Boardman; a daughter, Linda M. DiNardo of Boardman; a sister, Joyce (Rod) Angotti of De Kald, Ill.; brothers Donald (Jean) DiNardo of Brownsville, Patsy Richard (Sarah) DiNardo of Washingtonville and William DiNardo of Euclid, Ohio; in-laws Duke (Angie) Palombaro of Boardman, David (Millie) Palombaro of Youngstown, Ray (Margie) Palen of Niles, Ohio, Terry Pasquale of Illinois and Dave (Dolly) Leskovec of Girard; and many nieces and nephews, who held a special place in his heart.
He was preceded in death by brothers August, Benjamin Emilio, Arco and Leo DiNardo; sisters, Rita Sasko and Jenny Pauline; a brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Virginia Palombaro; a sister-in-law, Mary Pasquale; and father and mother-in-law Frank and Frances Palombaro.
Mr. DiNardo was a 1941 graduate of Ellsworth High School, a World War II veteran, a member of the Morra Club, where he was inducted in the Hall of Fame as “Man of the Year,” and St. Luke Church, where he volunteered at bingo and church festivals and was known for his pizza.
He was retired from Ajax Magnethermic, where he was a mechanical engineer for 33 years. He also was instrumental in raising funds to help start the Leonard Kurtz School. He enjoyed family dinners with nieces and nephews and was a mentor, a friend, a great husband, father, uncle, brother and brother-in-law, and will be sadly missed by all.
Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service Friday, February 15, in St. Luke Church, Ohio. Arrangements are by the Fabrizio Funeral Home, Youngstown. Please sign the guest book.
Joyce A. Guzel
Canonsburg woman was family oriented
Joyce A. Guzel, 50, of Canonsburg, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013, after a brief illness, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born February 6, 1963, in Washington, a daughter of Robert and Melba Conner McVay of Scenery Hill, who survives.
Mrs. Guzel was a graduate of Bentworth High School, Class of 1981.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Guzel lived in Canonsburg for the last 29 years, and at one time worked for Kusturiss’ law firm, Toys “R” Us and Eighty Four and Hickory auctions. Mrs. Guzel also was a devoted housewife who was very family oriented, enjoyed working on Oak Spring’s farm, cooking and crafts.
On October 15, 1983, she married her beloved husband, Frank Guzel Jr., who survives.
Surviving, in addition to her parents and husband, are a daughter, Amanda (Shawn Miller) Guzel of Washington; a son, Travis “T” (fiancee Sara Egger) of Canonsburg; a granddaughter, Sarah Miller; a sister, Christine (Brian) Keeley of Winterport, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 18, with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to American Cancer Society or to American Heart Association in memory of Mrs. Guzel. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Catherine C. Kelly
Retired food service director, avid bridge player
Catherine C. Kelly, 94, formerly of Carroll Township, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in Asbury Heights, Mt. Lebanon.
Mrs. Kelly was born in Donora April 16, 1918, a daughter of the late Nick and Catherine Miller Cegler.
She was retired as the food service director for Mt. Lebanon and Charleroi school districts.
Mrs. Kelly was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Donora, a graduate of Donora High School, Class of 1935, a 1939 graduate of Margaret Morrison School of Carnegie Institute of Technology, a member of AARP, a member of Athena Club of Charleroi and a member of Charleroi Library Board.
She also was an avid bridge player.
Survivors include a daughter, Katherine D Kelly and husband Thomas Landish of Monongahela; a son, J. Michael Kelly of Georgia; four grandchildren, Lea Kelly Smith, Heather Kelly, J Michael Kelly and Mark Kelly; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by her husband, James Michael Kelly, who died in 1975, and a son, David.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Kelly’s name to John K. Tener Library in Charleroi. Services will be private. The James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc., 701 Thompson Avenue, Donora, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may view the obituary and offer condolences at www.rabefuneralhome.com.
Felix A. Kerns
Decorated WWII veteran was retired craneman
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 Sr. and Mary Koshar Kerns.
Mr. Kerns was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sargent in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in China and Central Burma as a radioman aboard a C-47. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Kerns was a craneman at LaFarge Inc. in West Mifflin and later in Belle Vernon, until his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of the Independent Club of Bentleyville and enjoyed gardening and auto mechanics.
On January 20, 1944, he married Julia Yannacci, who died April 8, 2011.
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.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are three brothers, Charles Kerns, twin brothers, John Kerns and Bernard Kerns Jr.; and two sisters, Cecelia Kerns Blackburn and Mary Kerns Sizemore Capozza.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, February 13, in Beallsville Cemetery, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Full graveside military rites were accorded by Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705, Centerville. Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314, was in charge of arrangements. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Mildred J. Phillips
WVU retiree, Spraggs homemaker
Mildred J. Phillips, 89, of Spraggs, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
She was born Tuesday, October 23, 1923, in Spraggs, a daughter of the late Isaac Phillips and Laura Park Phillips. Mrs. Phillips spent her entire life in Spraggs.
Mrs. Phillips was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg. She also was a member of Spraggs United Methodist Church prayer group.
She enjoyed reading her Bible and taking rides in her golf cart. Mrs. Phillips especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
For several years, she was a clerk at the former G.C. Murphy’s in Waynesburg and later was a receptionist at West Virginia University in Morgantown. She retired when she was 80 years old and was a homemaker.
Her husband, Ernest Jae Phillips, whom she married October 26, 1944, died September 4, 1982.
Surviving are four daughters, JoAnn Booth of Berlin, Edye D’Eletto of Waynesburg, Jeannie Phillips of Morgantown and Barbara (Albert) Simpson of Spraggs; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice (Richard) McCray of Fairview, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Reason, Carl and Edward Phillips.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, with the Rev. John Poling officiating. Burial will be in Phillips Cemetery, Wayne Township, Greene County. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.
Jane D. Henry-Ransome
Jane D. Henry-Ransome, 78, of Northfield, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, and Springfield, Ohio, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013.
She was the beloved wife of the late Douglas Ransome; loving mother of Sonya Henry-Hammond, Karl Henry II and Damita Henry; and cherished grandmother and friend to many.
Friends are welcome from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of services, Saturday, February 16, in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray 724-941-3211. Interment will be in Woodruff Memorial Park, North Strabane Township.
Washington County Health Center retiree
Patricia Vizyak, 93, of Avella, died at 10:58 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born December 21, 1919, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late Anthony and Barbara Olexoyian Semenick.
Mrs. Vizyak was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Avella.
She had lived in Avella since 1941.
Mrs. Vizyak was employed by Washington County Health Center, from where she retired in 1980.
On March 23, 1941, she married Bernard J. Vizyak, who died February 23, 1966.
Surviving Mrs. Vizyak are two sons, Bernard G. (Nancy) Vizyak of Weirton, .Va., and Gary E. (Darlene) Vizyak Sr. of Avella; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and husband, are three brothers, Michael, Paul and Charles Semenick; and five sisters, Helen Semenick, Mary Semenick, Lucille Semenick, Anna Fodor and her twin sister, Pauline Securo.
All funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, PA 15312. Arrangements are being handled by Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc.
Pearl E. Webster
Loved crocheting and planting flowers
Pearl E. Webster, 90, of McDonald, North Fayette Township, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in her home.
She was born January 14, 1923, in Imperial, a daughter of the late Louis C. and Bell Pack Rance.
Mrs. Webster was a former owner of Shady Lane Bar and was a member of Free Methodist Church in McDonald.
She loved crocheting and planting flowers.
Surviving are a son, Robert McManigle of McKees Rocks; daughter Patricia (James) Toward of McDonald; stepchildren Lynn Marie Jackson of Wintersville, Ohio, Paula Jean Leonard of Weirton, W.Va., and Gary Eugene Webster of Wintersville; four grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Marion Andrews of Ohio.
Deceased are her husband, Clifford “Tip” Webster; sisters Phyllis Federouch and Helen Falcnor; and brothers Ralph, Louis and Sam Rance.
Friends will be received from 10 a.m to noon, the time of service, Saturday, February 16, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, 724-693-2800. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. Please sign the guest book at thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.
Frances S. Wytovich
Lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish
Frances S. Wytovich, 91, of Eighty Four (Ontario), died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in IHS Greenery, Canonsburg.
She was born July 24, 1921, in Ontario, a daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie Chrobak Hanzel.
A homemaker, Mrs. Wytovich was a lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville.
She enjoyed canning, gardening, cooking and baking. She dearly loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
On November 5, 1938, she married Steve Wytovich Jr., who died December 16, 2002.
Surviving are three daughters, Frances Bennett (Hugh) of Eighty Four, Susan Ford (Russ) of Washington and Andrea Taylor of Eighty Four; six grandchildren, Tuffy Bennett (Danielle), Shawn Bennett (Darla), Michelle Thomas (Brad), Tiffany Ford (Rahul Taparia), Debra Kerns (Barry) and Steven Taylor (Christy); two great-grandchildren, Brittany Bennett and Joshua Kerns; brother-in-law Michael Wytovich of Bentleyville; sister-in-law Catherine Wytovich of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a granddaughter, Andrea “Button” Taylor; a sister, Anna Starinsky; and a brother, Joseph Hanzel.
Friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 15, in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where family and friends will gather to proceed to Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Lorraine Diane Sylvester Zimmerman
Former Canonsburg teacher loved music
Lorraine Diane Sylvester Zimmerman, 85, passed away peacefully February 5, 2013, at Thomas Perciak Family Residential Hospice, Strongsville, Ohio.
She was born April 18, 1927, in Canonsburg, the only child of Joseph Sylvester and Elizabeth Klapkowski.
Mrs. Zimmerman graduated from Canonsburg High School and Westminster College in New Wilmington, where she majored in mathematics.
She worked as a high school mathematics teacher in Canonsburg and then at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Department of Statistics and Computing.
In 1956, she married Wren Ernest Zimmerman, and together they had two daughters.
In 1962, she moved to Berea, Ohio, where she devoted her time to raising her daughters and being a homemaker.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a lover of music, gardening, reading and animals.
Surviving are her husband, Wren Ernest Zimmerman; daughters Rena (Jerome Traczyk) Zimmerman and Lora (Doug) Brune; and a granddaughter, Lauren Traczyk.
A celebration of her life is planned for the future.
Thomas Perciak Hospice was compassionate and caring for Mrs. Zimmerman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Thomas Perciak Family Residential Hospice, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville, OH 44136.