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Matthew J. Aloe

Steelers fan enjoyed learning and movies

Matthew J. Aloe, 29, of Upper St. Clair, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013.

He attended St. Thomas More grade school. He was a 2004 graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, where he was recognized as Student of the Year.

Mr. Aloe loved knowledge and enjoyed learning through online courses, Internet reading and television. He enjoyed movies, museums, concerts, traveling and fine dining. He was a Steelers fan.

Surviving are his loving parents, Daniel (Deborah) Aloe and Kimberly Aloe; brother Evan Aloe; sister Ashley Aloe; grandmother Frances Aloe; stepbrother Gregory (Alejandra) Cohen; stepsister Merissa Cohen; uncles Joseph (Chris) Aloe, Andrew (Michelle) Aloe, David (Andi) Aloe and Mark Aloe; aunt Kathryn (David) Cashman; and numerous loving cousins.

Deceased are his grandparents, William Aloe and Harry and Pauline Foley.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in St. Thomas More Church, 126 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation at or Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh at

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David Eugene Brimacomb

Served in Marine Corps and enjoyed woodworking

David Eugene Brimacomb, 66, of Washington, formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Veterans Pittsburgh Hospital Systems.

He was born November 13, 1946, in Rochester, a son of the late Kenneth Brimacomb Sr. and Betty Pellow Brimacomb.

Mr. Brimacomb was employed as a truck driver for various trucking companies.

He enjoyed playing pool, baseball, woodworking, crafts and ceramics.

Mr. Brimacomb served in the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Marksman Badge.

Surviving are three brothers, Kenneth “Butch” Brimacomb, Richard (Lucinda) Brimacomb and Douglas (Marylou) Brimacomb; three sisters, Carol (John) Bucciarelli-Corcoran, Jo Ann Brimacomb and Dorene (Sam) Mallo; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Brimacomb; a best friend, William Beatty; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, William Brimacomb.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 9, 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, with the Rev. Harold L. Knappenberger Jr. officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 and U.S. Marine Corps. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at

Andrew Cherpak

DAV member served in Marines

Andrew Cherpak, 81, of Meadow Lands, died Monday, March 4, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born February 27, 1932, in Meadow Lands, a son of the late Michael and Mary Jankura Cherpak.

Mr. Cherpak was a corporal in the U.S. Marines, serving with the 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine H-3-7 during the Korean War. He received three battle stars and a Purple Heart.

He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, 1st Marine Division Association, National Rifle Association, North American Hunting Club, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, 2nd Amendment Foundation of American Security Council Freedom Alliance, American Legion Post 902 in Houston, Bears Club in Meadow Lands, Meadow Lands Sportsmen’s Club, Canonsburg Sportsmen’s Club and Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen.

Mr. Cherpak briefly taught geography in Chartiers-Houston School District.

He was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Canonsburg.

Surviving are the family he considered his own, Jennifer Merriman and husband Bill and their children, Cassidy, Samantha and Jacob, all of Hickory, and Sam and Rose Fragapane of Canonsburg; his best buddy, Ted Mathis of West Alexander; a close friend, Dominic (Junior) Alteri of Meadow Lands; a half sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Stephen, Michael and Peter Cherpak, and a half brother.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, with the Rev. Joseph Jugan officiating. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canonsburg. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

James K. Elliott Sr.

Loving father, beloved brother

James K. Elliott Sr., 73, of Washington, formerly of Dormont, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013.

He was born December 7, 1939, in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Elliott was the loving father of James “Jim” Elliott of Washington and beloved brother of Leslie (Jean) Elliott of Castle Shannon, Frank (Oylce) Elliott of Surfside Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mary Jane Breisinger of Dormont and Patty Raymond Schopp of Connecticut.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Elliott had a talent and passion for cars and enjoyed working on them with his son. He had a sense of humor and was a joy to be around. He was a wonderful father who loved his family and will be deeply missed.

Relatives and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8. Military honors will be accorded. Burial will be private in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Matthew Mathias

Services for Matthew Mathias, who died January 8, 2013, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, in New Hope Church of Nazarene, 205 Hart Avenue, Washington.

Christopher J. McHenry

Christopher J. McHenry, 24, of Sycamore, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013, in Okinawa, Japan.

William J. Poroda

U.S. Steel retiree served in U.S. Army

William J. “Hatch” Poroda, 82, of Monongahela, passed into life eternal Monday, March 4, 2013, in UPMC-Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh, with his family by his side.

He was born January 29, 1931, in Monongahela, a son of the late William J. and Margaret Halaszynski Poroda.

Mr. Poroda was fondly known as “Hatch” by his brothers, family and his U.S. Steel co-workers, “Pap” by his grandchildren and “Pap Pierogi” by his great-grandsons.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela, where he served as trustee, elder and deacon.

Mr. Poroda had served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean War.

He retired from U.S. Steel, Clairton Works, as a sheet metal worker and was employed by Rolling Green Golf Course as a starter and ranger, at the time of his death.

Mr. Poroda enjoyed golf with the TGIF Golf League at Chippewa Golf Course and attending the Pitt Panther football games with nephew Denny Franks and brother John. He was an avid Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan.

He volunteered his time with Meals-On-Wheels in Monongahela.

Surviving are daughters Judy Gerba and husband Coy of Monongahela and Barb Saxton and husband Kenny of Lebanon, Mo.; grandchildren Natalie Alvarez and husband Jeff and Brandon Gerba and fiance Tiffany Becinski; great-grandsons Zachary, Samuel and Nathaniel Alvarez; brother John Poroda and wife Sandy of Monongahela; sisters-in-law Sudella Poroda and Mary Lou Poroda, both of Monongahela, and June Butler and husband Gerry of Washington; very special uncle Melvin Fletcher of Greensburg; and several nieces, nephews and many other wonderful friends, including Janet Ratchford.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Betty Jayne Crow Poroda, with whom he celebrated 41 years of marriage; brothers Alex and Ed Poroda; and sisters Mary Franks, Eleanor Gatto and Teresa Poroda, who died in infancy.

Friends are invited to gather from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the time of service, Friday, March 8, in First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess Street, Monongahela, with the Rev. Sharon Woomer and the Rev. Mark Woomer, co-officiating. Interment will be private in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Frye Funeral Home Inc., Monongahela, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 13067, Alexandria, VA 22312, or First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at

Margaret Mae Butt Bates Sharpton

1921 – 2013

Margaret Mae Butt Bates Sharpton, 91, formerly of Bobtown, died Monday evening, March 4, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.

She was born October 19, 1921, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Walter A. and Alice Marie Geary Butt.

Mrs. Sharpton lived and worked for several years in the Scottdale and Connellsville areas and also for a while in Kansas and Nebraska. She returned to Bobtown and resided there for many years, until her health failed.

She was a former member of Jessamine Chapter 234 Order of the Eastern Star in Shippingport and Industry Grange.

Mrs. Sharpton will be remembered as someone that loved to laugh and was always the “life of the party.”

Surviving are two brothers, William E. Butt of Mantua, Ohio, and Preston E. Butt and wife Amanda of Mt. Morris; two sisters, Dorothy Elnikar of Mantua and Alice Marie Skach and husband Edward of Portland, Ore.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Walter A. Butt Jr. and a sister, Betty Handy Higdon.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Carmichaels, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, with the Rev. Bruce R. Judy officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit

Rose Marie Susa

Member of St. Patrick R.C. Church

Rose Marie Susa, 92, of Strabane, passed away peacefully Monday, March 4, 2013, in her home.

She was born August 26, 1920, in Meadow Lands, a daughter of the late Frank and Frances Santel Zitko.

Mrs. Susa lived most of her life in Strabane.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. In her early years, she worked for Union Camp.

Mrs. Susa was a member of SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane.

She was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and baking.

On July 7, 1945, she married Albert Susa, who died February 11, 1995.

Surviving are two daughters, Terry Rose (Thomas) Feightner of White Oak and Darlene (Tim) Anderson of South Fayette Township; two granddaughters, Katie Rose Feightner and Erica Lynn Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three sisters, Frances Fritz, Mary Rathbone and Katherine T. Graytock.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday 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 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in her name to Frank Sarris Library or St. Patrick School Library. To view or extend condolences, please visit

John F. Weidert

Owner of Burgettstown Hardware

John F. Weidert, 73, of Burgettstown, died at 10:50 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, in Weirton (W.Va.) Medical Center.

He was born March 1, 1940, in Ridgway, a son of the late Francis Ottomar and Clara Cecilia Buhler Weidert.

Mr. Weidert was a 1958 graduate of Ridgway High School and a 1962 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, earning a degree in forestry.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War era.

Mr. Weidert had lived in Burgettstown since 1962 and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, American Legion Post 698 and Knights of Columbus Council 3440, all of Burgettstown.

He was the owner and operator of Burgettstown Hardware since 1991.

Surviving are two daughters, Terry Lee Weidert and Frances Lee Weidert, both of Burgettstown; three nephews, Robert (Mimi) Weidert and William Weidert, both of Florida, and Joseph (Jan) Brunner of Ridgway; two nieces, Diane (Steve) Morris of Texas and Mary Brunner of Florida; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Weidert of Texas and Lori Jones of Ridgway.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, William and Robert Weidert, and a sister, Eleanor Brunner.

There will be no visitation. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of memorial Mass, Saturday, March 9, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military honors will be accorded by American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643 of Avella.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA 15063. Arrangements are being handled by Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., Avella.

Anne C. Doupe Wright

Anne C. Doupe Wright, 91, of Salem, Ohio, formerly of Washington, died Monday, March 4, 2013, in Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Salem.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.



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