March 3

March 2, 2013

Sarah Allegro

Enjoyed crocheting

Sarah Allegro, 99, died February 26, 2013, in Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, Fla.

She was born in Carnegie and moved to Florida in 1980 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and James Behanna.

Mrs. Allegro was a homemaker.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Her hobby was crocheting, which she had been doing since she was 10 years old.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine (James) Behanna of Port St. Lucie; two sons, Anthony (Roxanna) Allegro Sr. of Tucson, Ariz., and James Allegro of Carleton, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Mary Jane Ashmore of Washington; a sister, Frances Villers of Washington; a brother, Tony Bongiovanni of Washington; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Anthony Allegro, and a stepson, John Allegro.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, with Father Thomas O’Neil officiating. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Washington. Contributions can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5090 Dunn Road, Ft Pierce, FL 34983. Additional information and guest book are available at

Stella DiMatteo

St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church member

Stella DiMatteo, 94, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Excella Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.

She was born October 5, 1918, in Burgettstown, a daughter of the late Joseph Szczerbienski.

Mrs. DiMatteo was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish, Canonsburg.

Prior to her retirement, she worked in the dietary department of Western Center. She also had worked at Mt. Lebanon Country Club and Beck’s Restaurant.

Surviving are a son, John Schmidt of Sandy Lake and grandchild, Emily Fry Schmidt; a daughter, Susan Lucas and husband Kenneth of Murrysville; grandchildren David Lucas and wife Deidra of Greensburg and Eric Lucas and wife Susan of Mt. Washington; great-grandchildren Paige and Parker, and Presley; four stepdaughters, Deborah Martin and husband John, Catherine DiMatteo, Orlene Napoli and Annette Merigo; stepgrandchildren Erin and Kristen Martin, Deanna Napoli and Shaney Burt; a brother and sister-in-law, Dominick and Grace DiMatteo and their children, Robert Dimatteo and wife Linda and Michael DiMatteo and wife Renee; and great-nieces and nephews Adam, Mark, Christopher, Drew, Giavanna and Gio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oriendo “Gent” DiMatteo; brothers Joseph Szczerbienski and Marian Szczerbienski; and a sister, Helen Antosh.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Additional visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the time of departing prayers, Tuesday, March 5. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Rodney M. Elliott

Loving father, cherished grandfather

Rodney M. Elliott, 80, of Prosperity, formerly of Swissvale, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013.

He was born June 6, 1932.

Mr. Elliott was the loving father of Deborah, Laura and Bob; cherished grandfather of Mira, Lance and Liana; and wonderful companion of Percy, the cat.

At the family’s request, there will be no service. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Arrangements were provided by Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, McMurray, 724-260-5546.

Elizabeth Jean Greely

Third UP Church member, Washington homemaker

Elizabeth Jean Greely, 90, of Washington, died Friday, March 1, 2013, in her home.

She was born January 1, 1923, in Scenery Hill, a daughter of Alfonso and Rose Ulanosky Bogochenko.

She had attended school in Trinity Area School District.

A member of Third United Presbyterian Church, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Greely enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting and sewing. She loved polka music and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On October 26, 1946, she married Bernard Dale Greely Sr., who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Bernard D. (Rebekah) Greely Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Karen (Curtis) Beton of Washington; three sisters, Julie Bogochenko, Nellie Tarbuck and Esther Cimino, all of Washington; five grandchildren, Gregory, Benjamin (Randi) and Jennifer Greely, Samuel Beton and Courtney (Brinton) Bedillion; and three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Hayden and Owen Greely.

Deceased are three brothers, Alex, Michael and William Bogochenko; and five sisters, Louise Puskavich, Vera Bogochenko, Jennie Locy, Katherine Bogochenko and Helen Jochynek.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Third United Presbyterian Church, 22 Cortez Drive, Washington, with the Rev. Thomas Bellhy officiating. All who are attending the services Tuesday are to meet in the church. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington or Third United Presbyterian Church, 22 Cortez Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

William A. Miller Sr.

U.S. Steel Clairton Works retiree

William A. “Bill” Miller Sr., 82, of Finleyville, died Friday, March 1, 2013, in his home.

He was born June 20, 1930, in Gastonville, a son of Albert and Ruth Messner Miller.

Mr. Miller was retired as a control room operator at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Clairton Works.

He was Protestant.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Tomko Miller; a son, William A. Miller Jr. and wife Suzanne of Donora; two daughters, Melanie Tempest and husband Brian and Merrily Hardinger and husband Bob, both of Monongahela; 10 grandchildren, Kayla, Ashley, Jenna, Robin, Carrie, B.J., Kelly, Todd, Will and Eric; six great-grandchildren, Madison, Lela, Brice, Sadie, Taylor and Tyler; an uncle, Howard Miller Of Decatur, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Dorothy Mathies.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, with Pastor Kevin Young officiating. Internment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department, 3562 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332; or First Presbyterian Church, 3595 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332.

Daniel A. Morgan

Waynesburg resident enjoyed computer, motorcycles

Daniel A. Morgan, 23, of Waynesburg, died unexpectedly at 4:54 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in his home.

He was born June 16, 1989, in Lafayette, Ind., a son of Richard D. Morgan of Waynesburg, with whom he shared a home.

Mr. Morgan last attended Waynesburg High School.

He enjoyed computers, video games and motorcycles.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his mother, Cseloo Ann Yanyan Gutay Morgan of Budapest, Hungary; and paternal grandfather Richard A. Morgan and paternal stepgrandmother Rosa Lee Hummer Morgan of Northport, Fla.

Deceased is his paternal grandmother, Peggy L. Clark.

At the request of the family, all arrangements and services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Ind., American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc. Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary at

Gail Elizabeth Green Songer

Lone Pine Country Club member was animal lover

Gail Elizabeth Green Songer, 49, of Washington, died unexpectedly Friday, March 1, 2013, in her home.

A twin daughter of Walter “Coach” and Judy Gee Green of Sapphire, N.C., she was born November 9, 1963, in Lansing, Mich.

As a child, the family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

She was married to John Songer Sr. August 13, 1983.

Mrs. Songer was the beloved mother of two children, Katie Songer of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and the late John Songer Jr., who died December 31, 2011.

Surviving are her twin sister, Carrie Green (Steve) Cirelli and their son, Tony of Ft. Lauderdale; and a brother, Christopher Green of Sapphire, his two sons, Andrew and Alex Green, and their mother Anita of Ft. Lauderdale.

Also surviving are her in-laws, Paul (Shelley) Songer Sr., Paul and Barbara Songer, Linda and Eugene Fahey, Eugene and Cindy Songer, Ann and Henry DeLong, Kathleen and Dennis Kelly, Maureen and James Witting, Elaine Reihner, Janice and Carlos Delahoz, Thomas and Cindy Songer, Kevin Songer and Randall Liebig, and Steven and Julie Songer.

She will be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are her in-laws, Dan and Eleanor Denman.

Mrs. Songer was an animal lover and a member of Lone Pine Country Club.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Washington, with the Rev. William P. Feeney as celebrant. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, or at Friends are invited to bring any pictures, written stories, poems or other printed items to be uploaded for the family to view in real time with the system. Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Lawrence M. Vernon Jr.

Longtime Simms Auto repairman, Army veteran

Lawrence M. Vernon Jr., 81, of Greensboro, died Friday, March 1, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born March 21, 1931, in Delhi, N.Y., a son of the late Evelyn Wilson and Lawrence “Shorty” Vernon Sr.

A U.S Army veteran of the Korean conflict, he attended the former Faith Church of the Nazarene and was an autobody repairman at Simms Auto Repair in Greensboro for more than 38 years.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Letha Areford Vernon, whom he married Jauary 22, 1955; 10 children, James Lawrence Vernon, Nicholas Vernon, Debra Lee Jones, Leona “Onie” Stallard, Laura Phillips, Gale Hunnell, Jeannette Borsodi, Tracy Ann Daniels, Denise Vernon and Wendy Vernon and their families; and a brother, Orval Vernon of Ohio.

Deceased is a brother, Shirl Vernon.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Tuesday, March 5, with the Rev. Scott Teets officiating, in Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion. Interment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, with military rites accorded graveside. Visit

Edna Claire Whipkey

Devoted wife and mother

Edna Claire Whipkey, 80, of Carmichaels, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Haney’s Personal Care Home, Rices Landing.

She was born October 4, 1932, in Wana, W.Va., a daughter of the late James and Ruth Rhinehart Strosnider.

Mrs. Whipkey was a graduate of Clay-Battelle High School, Class of 1950.

She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Carmichaels. She had attended Rices Landing United Methodist and enjoyed playing bingo and cards.

On August 6, 1955, she married Charles G. “Gib” Whipkey, who survives.

Also surviving are children April Mezan and husband Jim of Clarksville, Stuart Whipkey of Carmichaels, Kathy Waligora and husband Joe of Jefferson, Leslie Connor and husband Bob of Carmichaels, Charles G. “Gib” Whipkey Jr. of Carmichaels, Pam DiBiase of Jefferson, Mike Whipkey and wife Andrea of Carmichaels and Bev Klimek and husband Jon of Carmichaels; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dolores Cumberledge of Brave, Peg Dunn of Baltimore, Md., and Bev Strosnider of Baltimore; and a brother, James Strosnider of Florida.

Deceased are three sisters, Valerie Wagner, Jean Goetz and Dorothy Crider; and a brother, Stuart Strosnider.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, March 5, in Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. The Rev. Gary Cobert will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Alzheimer’s Association/Pittsburgh Chapter, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Condolences may be offered at



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