Feb. 25

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Wayne T. Alderson

Beloved husband, cherished father

Wayne T. Alderson, 86, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Canonsburg, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013.


He was the beloved husband of Nancy Holt Alderson for 60 years; cherished father of Nancy Jean McDonnell and husband Pat; brother of Lillie Shannon and Jeanne Alderson; and proud grandfather of Patrick Wayne McDonnell.


Also surviving are nieces and nephews.


Mr. Alderson was a veteran of World War II and was the first American soldier to cross into Germany. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and other medals for his heroic service.


He was the founder and chief executive officer of Value of the Person Consultants, teaching the principles of love, dignity and respect in the work world. He was known as a peacemaker in various industries throughout the country.


Mr. Alderson was a nationally recognized speaker and spiritual leader.


Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, in Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. Interment and military honors to follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. www.jeffersonmemorial.biz


Elaine A. Banahasky

1949 – 2013

Elaine A. Banahasky, 63, of Fredericktown, died Saturday, February 23, 2013, in her home.


She was born October 3, 1949, in New Eagle, a daughter of Paul A. Banahasky of Saxonburg and the late Eleanor Niedzwieki Banahasky.


Ms. Banahasky was Baptist.


She was very fond of animals.


Surviving, in addition to her father, are a brother, Paul Banahasky (Deb) of Tarentum; three sisters, Barbara Lewis (Obed) of Finleyville, Patti O’Farrell of Margate, Fla., and Mary Alice Banahasky of Redwood City, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, February 26, in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. Interment will be held in Finleyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or a charity of one’s choice.


Ida E. Froats

Longtime member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church

Ida E. Froats, 89, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in her home.


She was born March 26, 1923, in Manifold, a daughter of the late John and Mary Kostelick Buchte.


Mrs. Froats was a longtime member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands.


She was a caring and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.


Mrs. Froats enjoyed taking care of her family and cooking for family get-togethers. She loved working outdoors and tending to her beautiful flower garden. She enjoyed walking and appreciating all of nature, but especially feeding and watching her birds. For many years, she participated in the annual Audubon Western Pennsylvania bird count.


On July 25, 1944, she married Thomas E. Froats, who died June 10, 1996.


Surviving are two sons, Thomas Brian (Ida) Froats of Sycamore and Bernard Allen “Bernie” (Brenda) Froats of Washington; four daughters, Linda (Walter) Hindes of Pittsburgh, Diane (John) Lese of Bentleyville, Valerie (Duane) Brautigam of Tallahassee, Fla., and Elizabeth “Betsy” O’Leary of Harrison City; two sisters, Jennie Buchte of Washington and Cecelia Jeffers of Weirton, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Deceased are two brothers, Albert and Joseph Buchte, and five sisters, Rose Buchte, Jessie Prosen, Marie Pardeaux, Helen Rudy and Mary Buchte.


Her neighbors and friends provided many acts of kindness over the years. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.


Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, February 27, in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, with Father Carmen D’Amico as celebrant. Those wishing to attend the Mass are asked to go directly to the church Wednesday. Burial will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, Washington County Office, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


Jacob Kenneth Gregg

Coal Center resident

Jacob Kenneth “Ken” Gregg, 73, of Coal Center, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013, after a lengthy illness.


He was born March 25, 1939, in Long Branch, a son of the late Jacob and Harriett Culler Gregg.


Mr. Gregg was a member of Howe Methodist Church and American Legion Post 801 in Roscoe.


He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.


Mr. Gregg retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport Plant, where he worked as a recorder.


Those who knew him will always remember how much he loved to talk and take trips to Wheeling Island, watch baseball and go out to eat. For many years, he coached Pony League and little league teams in Roscoe. Two little-known pastimes of his were spitting watermelon seeds with his grandson and having his granddaughter cut his hair. His biggest pleasure came when he got to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


Left to cherish his memories are his loving family, daughters Melissa Boothe and husband James of Coal Center and Kellie Gregg of Coal Center; grandchildren Joshua and Kayla Boothe; siblings Doris Winnett, Glenda Gottheld and husband Dan, Donna Corrick and Jim Gregg and wife Toni; special cousin Gary Gregg and wife Carol; special friend Judy Barber; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Kathleen Jacobs Gregg, who died May 11, 2004; a son, Jay Kenneth Gregg, who died in 1992; and brothers Harry “Popeye” Gregg and Warren “Hick” Gregg.


Arrangements are being handled by Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Inc., 1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Howe Cemetery, Coal Center. Condolences for the family may be left at www.melenyzer-dubarr.com.


Ilene E. Chambers Jochynek Hartley

Member of West Washington U.M. Church

Ilene E. Chambers Jochynek Hartley, 87, of Washington, died Saturday, February 23, 2013, in her home.


She was born August 18, 1925, in Washington, a daughter of the late Francis D. and Leona Camp Chambers.


Mrs. Hartley was a member of West Washington United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and past president of its Bertha Stimmel Circle.


She was a homemaker as well as an artist. She enjoyed painting with oil and acrylic paints and taught painting at the Senior Citizens Center. She also built dollhouses and mini trains for many years.


On May 24, 1957, she married Willard W. Hartley, who died October 3, 2009.


Surviving are a son, David P. (Beverly) Jochynek of Claysville; three daughters, Judith E. LeMaster of Joffre, Barbara (James) Richardson of Washington and Mary Ellen “Missy” (Gary) Six of Claysville; a stepson, Willard “Lock” Hartley II of Washington; a stepdaughter, Connie (Jerry) Vonscio of Washington; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.


Deceased are her first husband, Joseph P. Jochynek; an infant son, Robert Lee Jochynek; two grandchildren, Mary E. Baumgardner and Becky Richardson; two great-grandchildren, Dougie Baumgardner and Kelsie Ilene Hritz; two brothers, Frank and Art Chambers; and two sisters, Bonnie Dolan and Catherine Voytek.


Arrangements were private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Bertha Stimmel Circle, West Washington Methodist Church, 625 Fayette Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Robert Marshall Hornickel

Robert Marshall “Skip” Hornickel, 87, of Washington, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 23, 2013, in his home.


Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Audrey Rose Kinkle

Member of St. Patrick R.C. Church

Audrey Rose Kinkle, 94, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg and Pittsburgh, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013, in the home of her nephew.


She was born April 5, 1918, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Peter and Rose Miller Kinkle.


Miss Kinkle was raised in Canonsburg and had been a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.


She was a 1936 graduate of Canonsburg High School and a graduate of Canonsburg Hospital School of Nursing.


Miss Kinkle had been employed for many years in various Pittsburgh hospitals as an operating room nurse anesthetist.


She was a talented artist who enjoyed sketching and painting in oils.


Surviving are a sister, Helen L. Stutts of Washington; eight nieces and nephews, Ray (Becky) Shipe, with whom she made her home, Albert P. (Veronica) Shipe of Avon, Ind., Joan Marasco, a missionary in Africa, Susan (Rob) Robbins of Pataskla, Ohio, Ross Shipe of Virginia, David (Jackie) Stutts of Harrisburg and Barbara and Barry Stutts, both of Washington; and several great-nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are three brothers, Anthony, Theodore and Chester Kinkle, and a sister, Mildred J. Shipe.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


Frederick G. Speer III

Supervisor at Wright’s Well & Pool Service

Frederick G. Speer III, 54, of Burgettstown, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013.


He was born September 11, 1958, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Frederick G. Speer Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Speer.


Mr. Speer was employed as a supervisor at Wright’s Well & Pool Service.


Surviving are his wife, Kelly Ann Willner Speer; children Jamie Lynn Speer, Chassie Speer, Frederick G. Speer IV, Jeffrey Speer, Dylan Speer and Tyler Speer; stepchildren Stacey, April, Kevin and Tony; four grandchildren; brothers Harvey Speer of Canonsburg and Ralph Speer of Burgettstown; and sisters Beverly Wright of Burgettstown, Deborah Barton of Weirton, W.Va., Charlotte Bittinger of Burgettstown and Shirley Speer of Phoenix, Ariz.


Visitation will be held from 2 until the time of a funeral at 6 p.m. Monday, February 25, in Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton, W.Va., with Pastor Karen Jacobs presiding. In lieu of flowers, monetary memorial contributions are suggested to assist the family. www.steelandwolfe.com


Byron C. Steele

Byron C. Steele, 87, of Claysville, formerly of McMurray, passed away Saturday morning, February 23, 2013, in his home, with his family by his side.


Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Andrew Swestyn Sr.

Retired coal miner

Andrew Swestyn Sr., 97, died peacefully Sunday, February 24, 2013, in his home.


He was born November 25, 1915, in Ronco, a son of the late Charles “Wasyl” and Mary Clarchick Kolarcsik Swestyn (Swiastyn), immigrants from Austria-Hungary. The family moved to Rices Landing.


On October 1, 1938, he married Garnet Mabel Hopton and moved to Carmichaels. She died February 20, 1987.


Surviving are three children, Bob, Alma (Joe) Simon and Andrew Jr. (the Rev. Lois Mary); four grandchildren, Kim Simon Pratt, Joseph Simon Jr., Thaddeus (Ashley Holbert) Swestyn and Andrea Swestyn; seven great-grandchildren, Hillary and Cayleigh Pratt, Alayna Simon and Emily, Mia, Andrew and Eli Swestyn, all of Carmichaels; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are brothers John, who died in infancy, Stephen, William and Daniel.


Also surviving are all of his sisters, Helen (Marcel) Shickel of Harrisonburg, Va., Kay Pecharka of Rockville, Md., Mary Jane (Kelvin) Keith of Miami Springs, Fla., and Lillian Zemba of Streetsboro, Ohio.


Mr. Swestyn was a retired coal miner who worked for 26 1/2 years in the Crucible Fuel Mine. He continued to be a proud United Mine Workers of America member until the time of his death. When the mine closed, he worked at the GiGi shoe factory and Grumman Boat factory, both in Carmichaels. After the boat factory closed, he worked at Lynmar Manufacturing Co. in Masontown. At one time, he found it necessary to leave home to get a job with Hupp Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio.


He was quite the handyman, having built two of his own homes. He also helped relatives and friends who needed a hand with their projects. He took a lot of pride in raising a nice vegetable garden, and for years he entered vegetables in the Greene County Fair and won many ribbons for his prize entries. He and his wife canned a lot of vegetables, which would be enjoyed by the family all winter long.


Mr. Swestyn was a member of St. Hugh Catholic Church in Carmichaels and a member and officer of the Holy Name Society. He volunteered at the turkey bingos and clothing drives held annually at Thanksgiving. He was a church usher and money counter for as long as he was able to do so.


He really enjoyed and looked forward to the visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday, February 27, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/director/supervisor, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Hugh Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. A parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Amedisys Hospice of Pennsylvania, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA 15461. www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.


Gayle H. Warner

1960 – 2013

Gayle H. Warner, 52, of Washington, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 24, 2013, in his home, with his family by his side.


He was born May 3, 1960, in Washington, a son of Shirley Warner Richards and the late George Warner.


Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his beloved wife, Belinda Sprowls Warner of Washington; children Danyelle Levy (Will), Erika Warner, Ami Behrens (Brandon), Kelli Lewis (Ed) and Meghan Warner, all of Washington; brother Michael Warner of Pittsburgh; sisters Shawn Williams (Glenn) of Pittsburgh, Stephanie Anderson of Columbia, Md., Margaret Prater, Carol Walker, Georgeann Walker and Roberta Gaberial, all of Ohio, Barbara Odom and Glenda Hughes, both of Erie, Sydney Cochran of Chicago, Ill., and Melva Brown of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.


Deceased, in addition to his father, are brothers George Warner Jr. and Daniel Hardin Warner; stepdad Melvin Richards; and sister Florence Walker.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, February 27, in St. Paul AME Church, 16 Ridge Avenue, Washington. Lantz Funeral Home, 121 Ridge Avenue, Washington, is handling arrangements.


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