Obituaries March 11

March 10, 2013

Dorothy Ruth Reid Cohen

Dorothy Ruth Reid Cohen, 79, of Washington, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

Surviving are her children, James, Henry, Bobby, Michael, Johnnie and Terry Cohen, Darnella Ganaway, Nicole Ellis and Alexandria Caldwell-King; sister Ethel Wilson; 24 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Lantz Funeral Home Inc., 121 Ridge Avenue, Washington.

James E. Gatten

WWII veteran served in Normandy

James E. “Ernie” Gatten, 90, of Scenery Hill, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, in his home.

He was born May 7, 1922, in Washington, a son of Bert T. and Lucy Liming Gatten.

Mr. Gatten was a member of North Ten Mile Baptist Church and American Legion Post 897.

In 1984, he retired from Brockway 7 after 31 years as a machine operator. He also operated the family sheep farm in North Bethlehem Township for more than 40 years.

During World War II, he served in the major campaigns in Europe. On April 25, 1945, he was serving as a member of a 21-man cavalry escort detachment, a unit which provided escort security for two U.S. Army field generals, U.S. V Corps, 69th Infantry Division and a group of news reporters. They traveled across several miles of central Germany to the city of Torgau, where the ceremony that marked the official historic linkup of the U.S. and Soviet armies was held. On July 9, 2004, in Sainteny, France, he was awarded the 60th Anniversary Medal of Liberation from the government of Normandy. That same week, he revisited Torgau to view the large monument that marks the spot where the two allied armies met in 1945. He was awarded an Honorary Masters of Military Science from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 2012.

He celebrated more than 60 years of marriage with his wife, Betty Grace Fulton Gatten, who died November 30, 2006.

Surviving are daughter Phyllis (Ed) Corgiat of Tennessee; son Ralph (Rhonda) Gatten of Scenery Hill; three grandsons, Edwin Corgiat, Lukas and Noah Gatten; sister Lucille Hillberry of California; brother Chester Gatten of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, John W., Elbert, Norman Gatten, and a granddaughter, Corey Ann Gatten.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, with the Rev. Gary Schneider officiating. Interment will follow in North Ten Mile Cemetery, Amwell Township. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 744 of Marianna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon’s International or a charity of one’s choice. A guest book may be signed at

Robert C. Greenlee

WWII veteran was coal miner

Robert C. “Bobby” Greenlee, 91, of Clarksville, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 9, 2013.

He was born September 9, 1921, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John B. and Flora Weaver Greenlee.

Mr. Greenlee was raised on the family farm in the Castile area, near Marianna. He had attended Barrs Run School and West Bethlehem High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters aboard the USS South Dakota (BB-57) that participated in many air/sea battles in the South Pacific. He was an early member of the American Legion Steele-Lillie Post 744, Marianna.

After he was discharged from military service, he started working as a coal miner in the Chartiers Mine at Clarksville. Later, he worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at the Marianna Mine. After the mine closed, he drove a truck until his retirement.

On January 8, 1946, he married his beloved wife, Betty Arnold, who survives. They took up residence in Clarksville.

Mr. Greenlee was an avid sports fan and enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. He played baseball and church league softball on local teams. He was instrumental in starting youth baseball in the Ten Mile Valley area in the mid- to late 1950s, and, through his efforts, teams were formed in Zollarsville, Marianna, Lone Pine, Lagonda and Sandy Plains. He was a great fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and loved the game of baseball. He also enjoyed high school wrestling and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was an active member of East Bethlehem Baptist Church and played dartball on its team.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, John B. Greenlee of Clarksville and Robert “Bob” Greenlee and wife Natalie of Clarksville; five grandchildren, Anthony Romanowski and wife Stacey of Perrysburg, Ohio, Katherine Marie Youngs and husband Christian of Hastings, Mich., Melissa Lutz of Meadville, Brian Greenlee and wife Michelle of Conway and Rachel Greenlee of Clarksville; and six great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Westley Greenlee.

Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, with the Rev. George Lammay officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Lutheran Cemetery, Marianna. Graveside military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Steele-Lillie Post 744. Condolences may be offered at

Evelyn Byrd Furbee Molisee

Washington resident loved time spent with family

Evelyn Byrd Furbee Molisee, 72, of Washington, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born August 9, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of Russell and Myrtle Edith Grimm Byrd.

Ms. Molisee was a personal caregiver.

She loved the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking walks and shopping.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis A. Furbee of Bentleyville and Jason Stewart of Washington; five daughters, Susan D. Furbee Mutich of Washington, Brenda Furbee Baggus of Claysville, Sharon Furbee Partozoti of Washington, Tracy Furbee Silver of Eighty Four and Kimberly Furbee Cox of Washington; three brothers, Russell, Howard and Ricky Byrd, all of Washington; three sisters, Sarah Byers, Carol Byrd and Janet Jenkins, all of Washington; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three sisters, Esther and Shirley Kelly and Betty Byers, two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, with Pastor Mike Singo officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be left at

John Nicolas

U.S. Army and National Guard veteran

John Nicolas died Sunday, March 10, 2013, after courageously battling a long illness.

He was born February 18, 1940, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Gust and Evelyn Wallie Nicolas. He was educated in local schools.

A loyal and enthusiastic Boy Scout, he reached the rank of Eagle Scout.

Following graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, attaining the rank of sergeant. He earned a degree in commercial refrigeration from Darlington Technical College.

He married Ronda Hulon of Dillon, S.C., on his 21st birthday, February 18, 1961.

Mr. Nicolas spent his life devoted to his family, work, church and sports.

He had a long career working in maintenance and refrigeration. A talented craftsman, he could build or repair anything. He retired from Carowinds and later from Home Depot.

Mr. Nicolas will always be remembered as a hardworking, honest man of integrity.

Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas enjoyed spending time together at the Carolina beaches where they could enjoy their children, nature and God’s wondrous creation.

A memorable road trip occurred last year when he and his son visited his family in Pennsylvania and the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He enjoyed special breakfasts or lunches with his daughter every Saturday. He loved the time that he spent with his grandchildren.

He loved sports and initiated the pee-wee football program in Dillon. He was an assistant coach for Ebinport’s pee-wee football team. While he was the head coach, the team won the city championship. He also officiated high school football games.

A man of strong faith, he was a loyal member of Oakland Baptist Church for many years.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Bessie, and a sister-in-law, Emily Nicolas.

Surviving is his devoted wife of 52 years, Ronda.

He also leaves to cherish his memory a son, Gust (Tracy); a daughter, Sheila Snipes (Mike); three grandchildren, Blake, Bailey and Bekah, all of Rock Hill, S.C.; siblings Katherine Grant (Oscar) of Canton, Albert Nicolas of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Kleo Nicolas (Jerri) of Pittsburgh, Sarah Andree (Russ) of Bridgeville, Martha Bell (Don) of Scenery Hill and Stacy West (Sam) of Orlando, Fla.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He also leaves his constant canine companions, Sadie and Sophie.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, Rock Hill. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Grandview Memorial Park, 401 Hollis Lakes Road, Rock Hill. A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Robert Shrum will follow the burial at 2 p.m. in Oakland Baptist Church, Rock Hill. Condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Oakland Baptist Church Ministry Center, 1067 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

Agnes M. Parillo

Agnes M. Parillo, 78, of Strabane, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in LifeCare Hosptial, Bellevue.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Jonathan Joseph Talpas

Graphic designer was Steelers, Miami Heat fan

Jonathan Joseph “JJ” Talpas, 27, of Canonsburg, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Health Park Memorial Center, Fort Meyers, Fla., with his family by his side.

He was born June 8, 1985, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, a son of Kevin J. and Lynette G. O’Hare Talpas, with whom he made his home.

Mr. Talpas had lived his entire life in the Eighty Four and Canonsburg areas and was a member of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Muse.

He was a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School Class of 2004 and earned a degree in graphic design from Pittsburgh Technical Institute in 2006. He was a freelance graphic designer.

An avid Steelers and Miami Heat fan, he enjoyed his computer, video games and watching movies with his family and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Shelley Talpas of Canonsburg; paternal grandfather Joseph Talpas of Canonsburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Deceased are his paternal grandmother, Marie Slavonic Talpas, and his maternal grandparents, John and Grace Christy O’Hare.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 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 14. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Rosary Church, Muse, with Father George DeVille as celebrant. Interment will follow in Woodruff Memorial Park, North Strabane Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association or Make-A-Wish Foundation. To view or extend condolences, please visit



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