Obituaries March 9
Published Mar 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm (Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm)
William Jerra Broad Jr.
U.S. Army veteran was Steelers fan
William Jerra Broad Jr., 87, of Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a short illness.
He was born December 22, 1925, In North Fayette, Allegheny County, a son of William J. Sr. and Stella Gursk Broad.
Mr. Broad served in the U.S. Army from July 1948 to June 1950.
Mr. Broad worked for Russell Industries in Bridgeville for more than 25 years.
He was a Steelers fan and enjoyed NASCAR.
On May 14, 1955, he married Sarah Ann Conn, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Dennis Broad of Washington; a brother, Ben Broad of Kentucky; and two sisters, Mary Clemens and Isabel Hughes, both of Washington.
Deceased are two sisters, Stella Mae Plance and Katherine Morgan, and a brother, John Broad.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, in Forest Lawn Gardens Cemetery, McMurray, with the Rev. Michael Roach officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Antoinette Falce Checca
Antoinette “Toni” “Belle” Falce Checca died Friday, November 9, 2012.
Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2242 West Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030-2008.
Marcella Pearl Cooper
Worked for Presbyterian SeniorCare, Bell Telephone
Marcella Pearl Cooper, 87, of Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in her home.
She was born August 6, 1925, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Frank and Mary Raipe Jones.
Mrs. Cooper was a homemaker and worked in housekeeping in Presbyterian SeniorCare for 13 years and Bell Telephone as an operator for four years.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
On June 10, 1947, she married Lawrence William Cooper, who died June 18, 2001.
She is survived by a brother, Frank Jones; a niece, Virginia Swaggard, with whom she made her home; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Deceased are two sons, Lawrence D. Cooper and Timmy Cooper; and a brother, Robert Jones.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, in West Union Cemetery, West Union, with Pastor Virginia Swaggard officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Thomas J. Dulaney
U.S. Army National Guard vet, Greene County native
Thomas J. Dulaney, 76, of Waynesburg, died at 1 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg.
He was born Wednesday, December 2, 1936, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Fred and Madge Wright Dulaney.
With the exception of 7 years in Ridgway, Mr. Dulaney spent his entire life in Greene County.
Mr. Dulaney was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 Free and Accepted Masons. He also was a member of James Farrell American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793 and Waynesburg Moose Lodge 461. He was a former member of Isaac Walton League and Waynesburg Lions Club.
When his health permitted, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He served 20 years with the U.S. Army National Guard.
Mr. Dulaney worked for Penn Line Telephone, South Penn Telephone Co., Mid Continent Telephone Co. and later, Alltel Telephone Co., retiring as outside plant manager in December 1985, after 36 years.
His second wife, Grace Mitchell Dulaney, whom he married October 31, 1978, died January 23, 1994.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Steven D. (Brenda) Dulaney of Waynesburg and Daniel L. (Malinda) Dulaney of Blairsville; two grandchildren, Jennifer Dulaney and Thomas D. Dulaney; two great-grandchildren, Nikita Rodeheaver and Jackson Dulaney; his companion of 19 years, Betty Phillips; three stepdaughters, Linda Barney of Waynesburg and Sherry Kelly and Chay Lewis, both of Ridgway; two stepsons, Michael Katchmark of Rogersville and Gregory Katchmark of Rices Landing; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Cindy Brewer of Waynesburg; two brothers, Fred Dulaney Jr. of Virginia and Dave Dulaney of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a sister, Suzanne Gilbert, and a brother, John Dulaney.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, with Pastor Cathie Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery, Waynesburg. Graveside military rites will be accorded by James Farrell American Legion and representatives of the U.S. Army. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to American Cancer Society, Pa. Division Inc., S/W Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620, or a hospice of one’s choice. Information is at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.
Kathryn R. Litwin
Active in St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Crucible
Kathryn R. “Kay” Litwin, 95, of Crucible, died March 6, 2013, in Evergreen Care Home, Waynesburg.
Mrs. Litwin was born November 25, 1917, in Keisterville, a daughter of the late John and Amelia Bukielski Frydrych.
On June 14, 1941, she married Emil W. Litwin.
Mrs. Litwin was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Crucible; St. Mary’s Rosary Society; St. Hugh Senior Activity Group; Carmichaels Senior Center; Crucible Ladies Aide; and CCC Card Club.
She was the beloved mother of William E. Litwin (Diane) of Lynwood, Ill., Paul John Litwin (Nancy) of Dale, Wis., Emil J. Litwin (Victoria) of Sussex, N.J., Kathleen L. Hirst of Vienna Va., and Patricia A. Gideon (David) of Poway, Calif.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Deceased, in addition to her husband, are three brothers, Frank, Stanley and John Frederick; two sisters, Stella Koller and Helen Brajdic; and a great-granddaughter, Carly Litwin.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Crucible, with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The obituary is available at www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.
Mary Alice Wydo
Member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church
Mary Alice Wydo, 84, of Footedale, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Hillside Manor, Uniontown.
She was born November 27, 1928, in Crucible, a daughter of the late Fred and Emma Schifko Olschesky.
Mrs. Wydo was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in New Salem.
Surviving are a daughter, Carol Ann Wilson of Smithfield; a son, James Wydo of Crucible; three granddaughters, Stephanie Chester and fiance Mark Bartok, Brandi Streit and husband Ed and Jamie Childs and husband Dennis Sr.; nine great-grandchildren, Payton and Maci Chester, Ryan Christopher, Baylee Wydo, Nick and Noah Streit and Dennis Jr., Dylan and Emma Childs; brother Robert Olschesky of Wilmington, N.C.; sister-in-law and caregiver Marion Furlong of Balsinger; and sister-in-law Evelyn Baird of Uniontown.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are husband Steve Wydo; brother Leonard Olschesky; son-in-law Sylvester Wilson Jr.; and daughter-in-law Joyce Wydo.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Dearth Funeral Home, New Salem, and until 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, when Parastas will be said in the funeral home followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in New Salem, with the Rev. Father Jerome G. Botsko officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Saint Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown.
A Panachida Service will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Mary Louise Cline
Additional information was received for the obituary of Mary Louise Cline published Friday.
Surviving are a brother and sister.
Mary Louise Cline
Additional information was received for the obituary of Mary Louise Cline, published Friday.
Surviving are a brother and a sister.
Christopher J. McHenry
2006 West Greene High School graduate
Lance Cpl. Christopher J. McHenry of the U.S. Marine Corp., 24, of Sycamore, formerly Brownsville, died unexpectedly Monday, March 4, 2013, in Okinawa, Japan.
He was born July 18, 1988, in Monongahela, a son of Gary J. and Bobbie J. McHenry of Sycamore.
Mr. McHenry had resided in Brownsville until moving to Sycamore in 1999.
He graduated from West Greene High School in 2006.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Cole and Zachary McHenry of Sycamore; a stepsister, Amy Martin of Paxton, Mass.; paternal grandmother Muriel McHenry; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Unity Presbyterian Church, Graysville. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in Graysville Volunteer Fire Department. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Barbara S. Moore
Barbara S. Moore, 75, of Waynesburg, died at 1:55 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home in Waynesburg.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary and arrangements will be published in a later edition.
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.
Loretta Lucille Gallagher Risbin
First Lutheran Church member of Irish heritage
Loretta Lucille Gallagher Risbin, 85, of Washington, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born April 19, 1927, in Washington, a daughter of Osler Dewey and Amanda Hall Gallagher.
Mrs. Risbin attended Trinity High School. She worked at Tygart Valley Glass for ten years and at Metro Glass for 20 years, and was co-owner of Risbin’s Bar and Grill for nine years.
Mrs. Risbin was a member of First Lutheran Church and a longtime member of Ladies of the Moose 22.
She was very interested in her Irish heritage and even traveled to Ireland.
On April 18, 1964, she married Robert A. “Red” Risbin, who died May 16, 2003.
Surviving are a son, Albert D. White, a daughter, Elizabeth Debra Bloom, and a sister, Shirley J. Davidson, all of Washington; two grandchildren, Jodi Astorina and Jennifer Hawk; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, O.D. Gallagher, and four sisters, Eunice Kay Ross, Twilla Gallagher, Kate Aber and Mary Frances Gallagher, who died as an infant.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, in Washington Cemetery, 498 Park Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Kenneth Schott officiating. Those attending are to meet at the cemetery office at 2:15 p.m.
Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Charles Amos Robison
Worked for Albert’s and Green Valley Packing
Charles Amos Robison, 83, of Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Rolling Meadows, Waynesburg.
He was born June 21, 1929, in Morris Township, Greene County, a son of Henry Sr. and Inez Ullom Robison.
Mr. Robison worked for more than 40 years, first for Albert’s Packing and later Green Valley Packing.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Moose Lodge 22, Washington, where he enjoyed playing darts. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 927 of Washington.
Mr. Robison loved to work in his garden and also on his cars.
He was married to Shirley Ann Gump. Mrs. Robison died September 1, 2010.
Mr. Robison is survived by a son, Raymond Rex (Karen) Robison of Hayes, Va.; a daughter, JoAnn L. Pratt of Washington; a niece whom he raised, Pauline Kirby of Hollywood, Fla.; three sisters, Estella Morris and Margaret Rice, both of Waynesburg, and Betty Daughtery of Washington; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles A. Robison Jr., and five brothers, Henry Jr., Jess, John Joseph, Harley and James Russell Robison.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, with the Rev. James York officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Frances E. Schulte
1923 – 2013; member of Cross Creek U.P. Church
Frances E. Schulte, 89, a lifelong resident of Cross Creek, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
She was born May 6, 1923, in Washington, the only child of the late Walter and Ethel Marquis Porter.
Mrs. Schulte was a lifelong and active member of Cross Creek United Presbyterian Church, Burgettstown, where she taught Sunday school for more than 50 years, served as an elder for several terms and was the treasurer of the Ladies Aide. She also was an active member of Burgettstown Senior Citizens Association.
Her husband, Charles R. Schulte, whom she married June 26, 1941, survives.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, Roy W. Schulte and wife Judith of Burgettstown; two daughters, Ruth Ann Sentipal and husband James of Cross Creek and Ethel I. Sentipal and husband Joseph of Burgettstown; seven grandchildren, Billie, Patricia, Janet, Tracy, Georgia, Sandy and Joseph; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, in Cross Creek United Presbyterian Church. Everyone is kindly asked to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Cross Creek Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made in her memory to Cross Creek United Presbyterian Church, 1154 Eldersville Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Debra Lynn Strong
Avid supporter of animal rescue
Debra Lynn Strong, 57, of Burgettown, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born May 15, 1955, a daughter of Clyde W. and Lillian Shiel Chappell of Langeloth.
Ms. Strong was employed by Service Master in Robinson Township.
She was a 1973 graduate of Burgettstown High School.
Ms. Strong enjoyed her pets and avidly supported various animal rescue organizations.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a son, Thor Strong of Greensburg; a brother, Clyde Chappell Jr.; a sister, Denise (Byron) Rumbaugh; and a granddaughter, Scarlett Strong.
Ms, Strong made her home with her companion, Stan Reisdorf.
Deceased is a son, Eugene Strong Jr.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 11. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.
Gloria Jean Thomas
Active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church
Gloria Jean “Gag” Thomas, 80, of Washington, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 8:39 a.m., in her home.
She was born April 10, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James W. and Naomi Cornelia Brown.
Mrs. Thomas was employed as a nurse’s aide in Washington Hospital for 32 years, until her retirement.
She attended Washington schools. She was an active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, where she served on the stewardess board, the missionary society, Lay Organization and Sunday school. She also performed clerical duties at the church.
Her love for her Lord, her church, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was extraordinary. On any given Sunday, rain, sleet or snow, she would stand in the church foyer to greet everyone with a big smile and warm embrace. She was an avid cheerleader and supporter of both the scholastic and extra-curricular activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having attended practically every softball, football, basketball and baseball game, track meet, plus dance recitals, they participated in. Their various accomplishments brought much joy into her life.
During her journey with her Lord, she accumulated a host of friends, acquaintances, “adopted” children and families. Her smile was contagious, her love for others unconditional. Her most important objective was to teach others about the importance of being obedient to her Lord. Her role as a messenger for her Lord exemplified itself in every aspect of her life, including the frequent pleasure trips she liked to take on the city bus lines with her many friends.
Surviving are a daughter, Connie (John) Thomas of Washington; a stepson, Ashton Thomas of Waldorf, Md.; three grandchildren, John III (Idella) Thomas, Rodney (Katrina) Thomas and Randy (Ciarra) Thomas, all of Washington; eight great-grandchildren, John IV, Jamey, Rodney II, Randi, Jacquelyn, Xxavier, Karis and Phenix Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, Gary Thomas; two sisters, Virginia Johnson and Betty Brown; and two brothers, William and James Brown.
She was a blessing to many generations and will be truly missed.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in St. Paul A.M.E Church, Washington, where additional visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, March 12, with the Rev. Samuel Ware officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 16 Ridge Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. All floral arrangements should be delivered to the church Monday. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
Doris B. Wagener
Doris B. Wagener, 86, of Waynesburg, died Friday, March 8, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg.
Arrangements are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., Waynesburg.
A complete obituary will be published in later edition.
Paul John Washinski
Former Washington resident
Paul John Washinski, 62, of Marietta, Ga., died Thursday, March 7, 2013, after complications from brain cancer.
He originally was from Washington and still has family in the surrounding areas.
Mr. Washinski is survived by a daughter, Laura (David) Martin, and two sons, Jeffery (Casey) Washinski and Michael Washinski, all of Marietta; two grandchildren, Delaney Martin and Jakob Martin; three brothers, Michael, Harry and Joe; and two sisters, Therese Moore and Kathy Borkowski.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m., the time of memorial service, Sunday, March 10, in Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory, Marietta, Ga. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, One Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Karen L. Zofchak
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.
Deceased are a son, Brian Zofchak; a brother, William Anderson Jr.; and a sister-in-law, Missy Anderson.
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 www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.