Obituaries March 8

March 7, 2013

Janet Verdichio Amond

Canonsburg woman loved time with grandchildren

Janet Verdichio Amond, 60, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born May 27, 1952, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late James and Heleena Ratteni Verdichio.

In 1970, she graduated from Canon-McMillan High School.

For nearly 30 years, she worked as an administrative assistant for CoGo’s and as a receptionist at Grand Residence Nursing Home in Pittsburgh.

For the past few years, she was a member of Canonsburg Elks.

She lived for her grandchildren and loved giving herself to family, friends and all who knew her.

Going to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and playing slot machines was enjoyable for her.

Surviving are a son, Steve (Karen) Bardos of Cranberry Township; two grandchildren, Michael and Alexis Bardos; three sisters, Jeanie (Bernie) Blanco of Cecil, Judy (John) Hall of Toledo, Ohio, and Sandy (David) Dungee of Abbotstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. Condolences may be left at

Mary Louise Cline

Formerly of Washington

Mary Louise Cline, 66, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Sylvan Health Center of Clearwater, from complications of multiple sclerosis.

She was born in Washington and retired to Florida in 2006.

Deceased are her parents, Walter and Lena Giecek, a brother and a sister.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to direct memorials to a charity of their choice. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater, 727-796-1992.

Willis Guy Conklin

Willis Guy “Willie Joe” Conklin, 85, of Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Washington.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Evelyn June Fagg

Formerly of Canonsburg

Evelyn June Fagg, 80, of Waxhaw, N.C., died Monday, March 4, 2013, in White Oak Manor, Waxhaw.

She was born June 21, 1932, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Thomas Henry Jeffries and Dessie Mae Mariner.

Surviving are her husband, Granville Fagg, whom she married in 1979; a daughter, Holly Hatley of Kannapolis, N.C.; three grandchildren, Matthew Hatley of North Carolina, Christopher Huff of Virginia and Jason Hosner of Germany; a stepdaughter, Diane Fagg of North Carolina; three brothers, Ralph and Paul Jeffries, both of Jefferson, and Harold Jeffries of Waynesburg; a sister, Margretta Clark of Waynesburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Beverly Tew; a sister, Erma Jean; and three brothers, Allen, David and Harlon Jeffries.

India Geneva Hall

Washington homemaker enjoyed her grandchildren

India Geneva Hall, 71, of Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Kade Nursing Home, Canton Township, following a lengthy illness.

She was born March 10, 1941, in Glendale, W.Va., a daughter of the late William Russell and Dora Leona Keller Streight.

Mrs. Hall was a homemaker and had worked as an aide in a nursing home.

She enjoyed her grandchildren, cooking and her dog, Bear.

Mrs. Hall was Christian.

Surviving are two sons, Victor (Cookie) Streight of Martins Ferry, Ohio, and Russell (Lynn) Hall of Marianna; a daughter, Mary (Charles Welling) Petrie of West Finley; a brother, Walter Streight of Moundsville, W.Va.; and three sisters, Martha Ray of Lancing, Ohio, Alice (Jim) Lyons of Glendale, W.Va., and Melissa Ott of Cameron, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Deceased are three brothers, Tommy, Tubby and William; four sisters, Jessie, Betty, Margaret and Mary; and her longtime companion, Walter Blake.

Arrangements are private and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

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Kathryn Litwin

Kathryn Litwin, 95, of Crucible, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Evergreen Care Home, Waynesburg.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, in a later edition.

Terri Martin

Member of Friendship Community Church

Terri (Theresa) Martin, 72, of Washington, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.

She was born February 8, 1941, in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, a daughter of Gerard Paulin and Fay Degania Paulin.

Mrs. Martin was a graduate of the Modern School of Practical Nursing and for 33 years worked for Service Master Cleaning.

She was a member of Friendship Community Church.

On June 27, 1992, she married Lawrence Martin, who died August 30, 2009.

Surviving are a son, Michael Parish of Philadelphia; two daughters, Carol Mackin of Tucson and Barbara Yates of Florida; a brother, David Liddicoat of Imperial; two sisters, Linda Price of Imperial and Debbie Simons of Columbia, Md.; grandchildren Stephanie Krieg, Sarah Hartzell, Courtney Boroso, Amanda Yates and Jennifer Parish; and great-grandchildren Lilly, Jack, Alison, Niecia, Joseph and Raymond.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Friendship Community Church, 354 Weirich Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Private burial will be held in Claysville Cemetery at a later date.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Nick Mecannic

1923 - 2013

Nick Mecannic, 90, of Burgettstown, Hanover Township, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in his home.

He was born March 3, 1923, a son of the late Alec and Catherine Schrockman Mecannic.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II in Japan and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He retired from Starvaggi Coal Co. and was a member of the Laborers Union.

His wife, Grace Eileen Cook Mecannic, whom he married April 5, 1951, passed away August 5, 2004.

Surviving are a brother, Harry Mecannic of Frankfort Springs, and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are four brothers, Mike, Steve, Pete and Robert Mecannic; and four sisters, Ann Andrews, Mary Brooks, Rose Duni and Steffie Watson.

To honor Mr. Mecannic’s wishes, there will be no public visitation and interment with military honors in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Burgettstown, will be held privately under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.

Sheryl Ann Adamson Puryear

1947 - 2013

Sheryl Ann Adamson Puryear, 65, of Langeloth, passed away Wednesday evening, March 6, 2013, in the Donnell House, Washington, after a courageous two-and-a-half-month battle with cancer.

She was born September 27, 1947, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late John and Alta Diamond Adamson.

Mrs. Puryear enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her grandson, Jacob.

Her husband, Julian E. Puryear, whom she married July 17, 1976, survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her daughter, Jennifer Lynn Ziegler and husband Fred of Langeloth; a grandson, Jacob Ziegler; a brother, John Adamson III and wife Mary of Alaska; a sister, Sandy Kokoskie and husband Andy of Clinton; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a sister, Sonia Cain.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Burgettstown. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620.

Charles A. Robison

Charles A. Robison, 83, of Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hummell & Jones Funeral Home.

A complete obiturary will be published in a later edition.

Edward Jacob Soltis

WWII vet, US Steel retiree was polka enthusiast

Edward Jacob Soltis, 93, of New Eagle, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital.

He was born February 1, 1920, in Hackett, a son of the late Jacob and Stella Barnes Soltis.

Mr. Soltis was a member of True Vine Anglican Church in Monongahela, and its vestry and men’s club.

He retired from US Steel Irvin Works, where he had worked for more than 30 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II.

Mr. Soltis loved listening to polkas, watching cowboy movies and was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds.

Surviving are his daughter, Judy and husband Bill Thomas of Monongahela; two granddaughters, Jennifer and husband Frank Somerfield and Tami Thomas; a great-granddaughter, Zadryanna Somerfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, deceased are his wife, Eileen Anders Soltis, and a daughter, Sandy Soltis. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in True Vine Anglican Church, 700 E. Main Street, Monongahela, with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military rights accorded by the Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to True Vine Anglican Church, P.O. Box 151, Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at

Patricia B. Swaney

Lifelong Waynesburg resident enjoyed time with grandkids

Patricia B. Swaney, 71, of Waynesburg, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

She was born January 27, 1942, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Franklin Thomas Beck and Mary Nell Adamson Beck.

Mrs. Swaney was a lifelong resident of Waynesburg, where she worked for several years at the Respicenter and Triangle Hotel.

She loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking and making candy.

Surviving are three daughters, Christy Phillips and Belinda Miller, both of Waynesburg, and Zoe Lyn DeCaro (Fred) of Pottstown; a son, Ronald Rice of Bridgeville; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Jones of Warrenton, Ga., and Mary Jane Beck of Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Richard L. Beck and Thomas Beck, and her former husband, Robin Swaney.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the hour of services, Sunday, March 10, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Nick Bardo officiating. Condolences may be offered at

Norman Gary Tournay

Korean War veteran was retired coal miner

Norman Gary Tournay, 67, of McDonald, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon.

He was born July 14, 1945, in Cecil, a son of the late Norman Gregory and Louise Blanche Hartzel Tournay.

Mr. Tournay served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He retired from coal mining in 2008 and was a member of United Mine Workers of America.

Surviving are a daughter, Theresa L. (Patrick) Messner of McDonald; a son, Gregory L. (Maria) Tournay of Oakdale; five sisters, Norma Tournay Buck and Helen Tournay Weaver, both of McDonald, Joyce Tournay-Tucker of The Villages, Fla., Bonnie Tournay Anderson of Washington and Denise Tournay Pfeiffer of Bloomington, Ill.; four brothers, Donald Tournay of Midway, Howard Tournay of Weirton, W.Va., Edward Tournay of Monaca and Robert Tournay of Hagerstown, Md.; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Chelsea, Alessandra and Conner.

Deceased is a sister, Jean Tournay Mainwairing.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, with the Rev. John Goebel officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. The family suggests memorials be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, Center for Compassionate Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Online condolences, photos and additional information are available at

David L. White Jr.

Retired Nemacolin coal miner

David L. “Porky” White Jr., 86, of Nemacolin, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.

Mr. White was born May 10, 1926, in Nemacolin, a son of the late David L. Sr. and Mary Violet Ringer White.

He was married to Katherine Jane Burns White, who died January 22, 1996.

Mr. White was a retired coal miner from Nemacolin Mine, and a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 6290 and Nemacolin Citizens Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Lisa Quesada and husband Rick of Nemacolin and Mary Jane White of Crucible; a son, Michael White and wife Cathy of Carmichaels; a stepson, Thomas G. Burns of Newton Falls, Ohio; four grandchildren, with whom he enjoyed spending time, Richard L. Quesada III, Anthony D. Quesada and Jaime and Jordan White; and a niece he was very close to, Mary Jo Lucha and husband Jim of Painesville, Ohio.

A sister, Doris White, and brother, Robert White, are deceased.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, 724-066-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Frank Vucic officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan TOwship. View the obituary at

JoAnn Williams

Loving, active grandmother

JoAnn Williams, 73, of Monongahela, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born March 20, 1939, in Ginger Hill, a daughter of the late Gomer Robert and Clara Shaffer Williams.

Mrs. Williams was a 1958 graduate of Monongahela High School.

For a number of years, she did house cleaning for many families throughout the Mon Valley and also was a caregiver to many. Until a few years ago, she helped in preparing ravioli, gnocchi and steak bites for Ponce’s Place in Monongahela.

She enjoyed trips to the Outer Banks, N.C., with her husband, Bob, who may have gone fishing, but Mrs. Williams got to lounge on the beach.

Mrs. Williams loved spending time with her grandchildren including dance recitals with the girls, going to Cody’s football games and watching him wrestle on television, watching Caitlyn and Nicole cheer and attending twirling competitions with Sami, in which she was always there to lend a hand.

She had a passion for gardening, especially tending to her roses. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling with her friend, Van Burnworth.

Surviving are two daughters, Jody Burnworth and husband Thomas of Monongahela and Bobbie Wiercioch and husband Edward of Muse; four grandchildren, Sami Jo Burnworth, Cody, Nicole and Caitlyn Wiercioch; and a sister, Ruby Daugherty and husband Clem of Finleyville.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Claude F. “Bob” Williams, who died January 23, 2006; three sisters, Mary Ann, who died in infancy, Thelma, who died in childhood, and Doris DuCarme; and a brother, Gomer Williams.

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 funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 11. Interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Association, Tarrs. Condolences may be made to the family at

Karen L. Zofchak

Washington homemaker

Karen L. Zofchak, 62, of Washington, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital’s emergency room.

She was born June 2, 1950, in Washington, a daughter of William J. and Vera L. Irwin Anderson of Washington.

Mrs. Zofchak was a graduate of Trinity High School.

She was a homemaker who loved to visit Disney World and will be sadly missed by not only her friends and family but also by her loving dogs Highway, Precious, Max and Dizzy, who was the love of her life.

Mrs. Zofchak was formerly a member of Washington Soccer Association.

On March 4, 1978, she married Gary Zofchak, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Jason (Janell) Zofchak of Monongahela; a daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” (Frank) Gladysz of Washington; and eight grandchildren, Kala and Ty Zofchak, Ashlee and Emilee Gladysz, Anna Stewart, Allen Gunia, Gracie and Grady Zofchak.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday 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 funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at



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