St. Hilary Church member enjoyed family time, bingo
Joan “Jo Ann” Bongiovanni, 81, of Washington, succumbed peacefully to illness Friday, February 15, 2013, with family by her side.
She was born August 16, 1931, in Mansfield, Ohio, a daughter of Thomas Morris and Mary Randolph Morris.
Mrs. Bongiovanni attended Trinity schools and worked at G.C. Murphy Co. at the candy counter, and at Hazel Atlas 2 as a packer.
She was a member of St. Hilary Church and its Christian Mothers group.
Mrs. Bongiovanni enjoyed being with her grandchildren, playing bingo, and music, singing and dancing.
Shortly after high school, she met Anthony Bongiovanni, her soul mate. They were married June 2, 1951, and for 61 years, shared a bond that transcended marriage.
Surviving are her husband, Anthony Bongiovanni Sr.; a son, Anthony Bongiovanni Jr. (Theresa) of Follansbee, W.Va.; a daughter, Mary Jo Bongiovanni of Washington; a brother, George “Buddy” Morris of Washington; a sister, Janet Eisert of Washington; two grandchildren, Brianne Sweetland (Matt) and Elisabeth DiSalvio; a stepgrandchild, Michael Kachur; and two great-grandsons.
Deceased are a brother, William Morris, and a sister, Ruth George.
The pain of loss reaches many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as dear friends. Throughout her life, she was loved and admired by family and friends alike for her faith, loyalty and compassion.
Friends will be received from 2 to 6 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 18, in St. Hilary Church, Washington, with Father Thomas O’Neil as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Dorothy Allene Roney Curtis
Former Claysville resident
Dorothy Allene Roney Curtis, 86, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, and Claysville, died Sunday, February 10, 2013.
She was born May 9, 1926, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of Charles and Rosa Roney.
In her youth, she shared her home in Claysville with her parents and brothers John Edwin and David Roney.
Mrs. Curtis attended Westminster College.
She worked for the Red Cross in Oklahoma while her husband, Jack Curtis, studied at the university. After his graduation, they moved to Cleveland.
Mrs. Curtis loved bird watching; traveling to all 50 states; sunsets off the balcony in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.; vacationing with best friends the Brownlee family; driving the Metro Parks; listening to music at Blossom Music Center and Cincinnati Symphony; reading each and every word in the newspaper; hosting her Cleveland friends; Fourth of July parties at Lake Lucerne; watching the snow fall outside the window; gourmet cooking classes; long walks; treating her grandchildren to special days just with her; watching golf on TV; her churches and prayer.
Surviving are daughters Barbara Curtis (Jon) France and Diane Curtis (Lee) Wallace; brother John Edwin Roney; granddaughters Kristen and Megan France; grandchildren Karen (Wallace) Ottenweller, Mike Ottenweller; great-grandsons Jack Ottenweller, Jimmy and Bryan Wallace; nieces and nephews; dear sisters-in-law Connie Roney, Joan Clark and Dee Curtis; and dear brothers-in-law Ken Clark and Bill Curtis.
A special note from her family, “Mother, we miss you, we love you.”
Friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, February 17, in Michael H. Heinrich Funeral Home, 219 Main St, Claysville, where services will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Meade Lacock officiating. Interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet, Claysville Christian Church, Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, or a public radio station of one’s choice.
Dolores Jean Bond DeLost
Volunteer, activist, gardener, optimist had great love of life
Dolores Jean Bond DeLost, 87, of Strabane, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, in her home.
She was born April 30, 1925, in Kelso-Longview, Wash., a daughter of the late John Henry and Mollie Donas Rhome Bond.
Mrs. DeLost moved to Washington County in her early teens and graduated from Canonsburg High School in 1944.
On June 3, 1946, in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, she married the love of her life, Tony Joseph DeLost, who survives.
She was an eternal optimist, with a great love of life. She always found the silver lining in any situation and had a kind word and a smile for everyone. Throughout her life, she pursued opportunities to increase her knowledge and skills in many areas.
Her family came first and she was the devoted wife and mother of six children, Patty DeLost, Terri Buckholtz, Robert (Rusty) DeLost, Debora (James) Silvestros, Susan DeLost (Rich Gossard) and Janet (Mauro) DeFelice, all of whom survive. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Mary Jane (Arturo) Monsivais, Ernie (Stacey) Pentland, Susan Pentland, James (Mary Lou) Sivestros, Tony Jacob DeLost, Christina Silvestros and Brian and Kathy DeLost; seven great-grandchildren, Anne Marie Petland, Marina Monsivais, Abigayle Pentland, Helena and Anika Monsivais and Isabella and Gabriella Silvestros; a stepbrother, Bruce (Terri) McElhaney; an uncle, Howard (Shirley) Rhome; and several in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her stepfather, Albert McElhany; and three sisters, Juanita (Bond) Campbell, Donna (McElhaney) Wise and Barbara (McElhaney) Lynn.
Mrs. DeLost enjoyed yearly family vacations and frequent family excursions, where she led family walks along beaches, forests and fields, collecting bits of nature’s bounty along the way. She was an avid and excellent Scrabble player, who enjoyed bowling and playing cards. She had many artistic talents, some of which bloomed along with her well-tended and bountiful flower gardens. Passersby would often remark on the beauty of her flowers. In addition to her extensive cooking and baking talents, she excelled in the soft arts of sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, crocheting and knitting. She made many blankets and afghans for family members.
Mrs. DeLost decided to take classes in painting in her early 60s, joining the McMurray Art League and Bethel Artists Guild to broaden her skills. Her paintings were displayed at several Art League shows and in its publications. Her family continues to enjoy her pieces every day.
She was a member of Chartiers Chapter 97 of Order of the Eastern Star, Jefferson College Historical Society and Jefferson Lanes Bouquets bowling league. She was a 58-year member of SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane, where she served as youth director for one year, and Croatian Fraternal Union, Cokeburg Lodge 354.
Mrs. DeLost had been a Girl Scout and Brownie troop leader in Strabane for many years.
In the late 1970s, Mrs. DeLost was a founding member and secretary of United Citizens Against Radiation Exposure. This group was formed in response to the federal government’s interest in the cleanup of radio active materials at the former Vitro plant rare metals site in Canonsburg. As part of her environmental activism during the Vitro studies, she was interviewed by a Pittsburgh television station and was featured in a special program on the subject.
Prior to her marriage, she worked as the assistant manager at Isaly’s ice cream shop and deli formerly of Canonsburg and for many years was employed in several retail sales jobs.
Mrs. DeLost left this world a better place to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and noon to 1 p.m. Monday, February 18, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George Livanos, pastor of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. The family suggests memorial contributions to Frank Sarris Library or Chartiers Houston Community Library. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Raymond Arthur Hoy
1961 Waynesburg HS grad was car enthusiast
Raymond Arthur Hoy, 70, of Apopka, Fla., passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
He was born May 2, 1942, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Arthur A. Hoy and Evelyn Eddy Hoy.
Mr. Hoy graduated from Waynesburg High School in 1961.
He worked for the federal government for more than 30 years.
Mr. Hoy’s dream was to have an old car and his baby for 13 years was a 1953 Chevrolet called “Black Beauty,” with which he won many awards at car shows. His second love was his dog, Jerry.
Surviving are his loving wife, Diane Hoy of Apopka; sister Helen Rinehart of Pittsburgh; brother Gary Hoy of Bridgeport, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation and services were held January 19 in Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.
Adora Jean Kelly
Operated Rapp’s Restaurant along with her husband
Adora Jean “DoDo” Kelly, 81, of Monongahela, Foward Township, died unexpectedly Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.
She was born September 29, 1931, in New Eagle, a daughter of Alfred Pellegrini and Lenzina Lenzi Rapp and stepdaughter of Andrew Rapp.
Mrs. Kelly was a graduate of Monongahela High School.
Since 1950, she and her husband, Fred, owned and operated Rapp’s Restaurant and Bar in Forward Township. Mrs. Kelly’s work ethic was very strong and it was not unusual for her to work from morning until night. She was well known throughout the area for her Italian cuisine, especially her ravioli.
When she had time to spare, she enjoying playing bingo.
Surviving are a son, Andrew P. Kelly and wife Eva of Forward Township; grandson Bryan Drew Kelly of Forward Township; granddaughter Lisa O’Malley of Pleasant Hills; and two great-grandsons, Aydan and Nolan O’Malley.
In addition to her parents, deceased is her husband, Fred Kelly, who died February 27, 2004.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, with the Rev. William Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
Avella resident was Smith Appliances repairman
Gyula (Julius) Kozma, 86, of Avella, died at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Lorantffy Care Center, Akron, Ohio.
He was born March 31, 1926, in Budapest, Hungary, a son of the late Frank and Janet Kozma.
Mr. Kozma was employed by Smith Appliances as a TV repairman.
He married Anna Mae Fedor, who died July 8, 2006.
Mr. Kozma was the last of his immediate family.
Surviving are two nieces, Janet Zebrasky of Avella and Cindy Meili of Michigan; and two nephews, Tony Zebrasky of California and Tad Canning of Michigan; two great-nephews, Mark Zebrasky and Neil Baker; and a great-niece, Mariah Baker.
Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, is a brother, William Kozma.
Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Avella. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Summa, 444 South Main Street, Akron, OH 43310.
Richard L. Quesada Sr.
Navy vet, TV repairman was senior center aide
Richard L. Quesada Sr., 76, of Carmichaels, died unexpectedly Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.
He was born April 1, 1936, in New York City, N.Y., a son of the late Bernardo Quesada and Josephine Temo Rodriguez.
Mr. Quesada moved to Clarksville at a young age to live with his grandparents.
He was a 1954 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1954 to 1958, and was stationed in Florida and Iceland. He later graduated from Allegheny Technical Institute as an electronic technician.
Mr. Quesada worked for Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh from 1959 to 1969 as a TV electronic repairman. He then moved to Carmichaels and worked for Bill Gideon and Hathaway Electronics repairing TVs. At the time of his death, he worked for Community Action Southwest at Carmichaels Senior Activities Center as a center aide.
His wife, Julia Batsko Lecorchick-Quesada, whom he married November 1, 1984, survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, JonAnn Kasson and husband Robert of Wisconsin, Sharon Lucas and husband John of Virginia and Barbara Marshall and husband John of New York; a son, Richard Quesada and wife Lisa of Nemacolin; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his stepfather, Fortunato Rodriguez; a son, Thomas Lecorchick; and a brother, Bernardo Quesada Jr.
Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a blessing service will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John M. Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. Full military honors will be accorded by Hanson–Cole American Legion Post 391 of Fredericktown. The family suggests donations to Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.
Robert J. Tarbet
Waynesburg resident retired from Equitable Gas
Robert J. Tarbet, 91, of Waynesburg, formerly of New Freeport, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, following a one-month illness.
He was born October 1, 1921, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of the late Robert Eaton and Elizabeth Ellen Crahn Tarbet and had resided in the Waynesburg area since 1944.
Mr. Tarbet was a member of the Church of Christ in New Freeport.
He was employed by the former Equitable Gas Co. for more than 43 years, retiring October 1, 1983, as the chief engineer at the Rogersville station. Following retirement, he was employed by the former Kenny Stewart and John Howard Motors for 12 years. He had also served as a justice of the peace for 12 years.
Mr. Tarbet enjoyed hunting, as long as his health permitted.
On February 14, 1979, he married Lois Ruth Bonar Mason, who died September 7, 2009.
Surviving are two stepchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, William, husband of Delgreta Tarbet of West Union, W.Va.; and a sister, Catherine Brown of Glen Dale, W.Va.
He also leaves his dog and best friend, Jack.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are six sisters.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Interment will be private. All arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.
Mary Lou Wamsley
Jollytown resident, nurse’s aide active in church
Mary Lou Wamsley, 83, of Jollytown, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, in her home, after becoming seriously ill December 27.
She was born October 4, 1929, in Wayne Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late Robert Milton and Nora Mae Roupe Lemmon and had resided in the Jollytown area most of her life.
Mrs. Wamsley was a member of Jollytown United Methodist Church and had been attending Sugar Grove Union Bible Church at McCracken, where she was a member of Friendship Circle of the church.
She often used the phrase “her grandchildren were her life,” and also enjoyed traveling, especially to Cody, Wyo., and reading, bird watching, bird feeding and watching reality television.
Mrs. Wamsley attended the former Waynesburg High School.
She was last employed as a nurse’s aide by West Virginia University Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., and the former Greene County Memorial Hospital in Waynesburg.
On November 24, 1964, she married James Ervin Wamsley, who died May 27, 1999, and was formerly married to the late Ralph H. (Shiner) Jones who died June 16, 2002.
Surviving are a son, Ralph H. (Buck) Jones Jr., husband of Alberta Jones of Jollytown; two granddaughters, Jennifer, wife of David Jones of Waynesburg and Jessica, wife of Todd Ruffner of Cowpens, S.C.; three grandchildren, Paige Jones, Landon and Brenna Ruffner; a sister, Linda, wife of William Miller of Jollytown; a brother, Robert W., husband of Leona Lemmon of Waynesburg; several nieces and nephews; two stepsons and several stepgrandchildren.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husbands, is a grandson, Barry L. Jones.
Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, with Pastor John Harding officiating. Interment will follow in Eakin Cemetery, Gilmore Township, Greene County. The family suggests memorial books be donated to either Waynesburg Central Elementary Library, 90 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or Northwest Elementary School Library, 840 Green River Road, Gaffney, S.C., 29341. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.
Opal M. Williams
Marianna resident enjoyed bowling
Opal M. Williams, 77, of Marianna, died Friday, February 15, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
She was born February 18, 1935, in Beallsville, a daughter of Sheldon and Stella Swihart Matthews.
Mrs. Williams was a 1953 graduate of Ellsworth high school.
She enjoyed bowling, watching “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” and soap operas as well as watching Steelers games.
On July 3, 1953, she married Franklin Delano Williams, who died March 13, 2012.
Surviving are five children, LouAnn (Mark) Keister of Washington, Gary (Amy) Williams of Chatman, Kan., Jerry Williams of Marianna, Helen (Keith) Baker of Washington and Robert Williams of Marianna; seven grandchildren, April Williams, Ashley Williams, Caleb Keister, Shane Williams, Kaylyn Baker, Amanda Keister and Reese Baker; a sister, Sarah Jane Fremont Watkins of Washington; a brother-in-law, Paul Addis of Canonsburg; as well as nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are three sisters, Clara (Frank) Bane, Mildred Addis and Fern Matthews.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where a funeral will be held at noon Monday, February 18, with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. Condolences may be left at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.