Obituaries March 12

March 11, 2013

Dorothy Ruth Reid Cohen

Member of Apostolic Christian Temple

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

She was born March 25, 1933, in Union, S.C., a daughter of the late Columbus Reid and Elizabeth Porter Reid.

She was a member Apostolic Christian Temple in Washington, where she served on the usher board, head of the kitchen committee and pastor’s aide. She also was a foster grandmother to many children.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a son, Tony Cohen; and siblings Lee Ethel Woods, Milly Gist, Eliza Mae Ruth, Annabelle Sims, Jessie Reid, Charlie Reid, Willie Reid, Leonard Reid, Buster Reid and Johnnie Corethers.

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

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Apostolic Christian Temple, 164 West Wylie Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14. Internment will follow immediately after in Washington Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lantz Funeral Home Inc., 121 Ridge Avenue, Washington.

Jean Delsignore

Chartiers Crossroads Presbyterian Church member

Jean Delsignore, 86, of Washington, died peacefully Sunday, March 3, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 25, 1926, in Marianna, a daughter of the late Robert Sr. and Leora McAlpine.

Mrs. Delsignore graduated at the top of her class from Washington High School in 1945.

After graduation, she was invited and accepted a position as a personal secretary for a high-ranking general at the Pentagon. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, she was employed as an operator for Bell Telephone. After marrying and having children, she was employed by RCA and spent 15 years as a glassware painter for Washington Co. She was last employed by Ball Glass.

She loved taking care of her home and family. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and baking.

Mrs. Delsignore was a member of Chartiers Crossroads Presbyterian Church.

On June 23, 1950, she married Domenick Delsignore, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Larry and Vance Delsignore, both of Washington; a daughter, Kathy Delsignore of Ellicott City, Md.; a brother, David McAlpine of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Annabelle (Marvin) Caldwell of Monongahela; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, Robert McAlpine Jr.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, with the Rev. Scott Bunting officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Chartiers Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 502 Hickory Ridge Road, Washington, PA 15301, or at Condolences may be expressed at or Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.

William DiNardo

Beloved husband, dear father

William “Bill” DiNardo, 99, of Euclid, Ohio, died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

He was born in Ellsworth.

Mr. DiNardo was the beloved husband of the late Josephine; dear father of Ruth (Gene) Turner; grandfather of Diane (Vince) Iosue, David (Christina) Turner, Susan (Robert) DeRue, William (Diane) Turner and Renee Reese; and great-grandfather of 13.

He was the oldest of eight brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Tuesday, March 12, in Jakubs and Son Funeral Home, 936 East 185 Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Western Reserve.

Ruth E. Hill

Beallsville U.M. Church member loved family time

Ruth E. Hill, 71, of Beallsville, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a sudden illness.

She was born March 28, 1941, in Washington, a daughter of the late James Clinton and Elizabeth Christina Noble Horn.

Mrs. Hill was a homemaker and a member of Beallsville United Methodist Church and the Miner’s Club of Richeyville.

She was a very friendly and outgoing person who loved to laugh. She enjoyed dancing and was considered the number one fan of the band Black Dog Hollow. She also enjoyed camping at Big Bear Camp Grounds in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought her much enjoyment.

On August 24, 1957, she married Jack R. Hill Sr., who died August 17, 2009.

Surviving are four children, Jack R. Hill Jr. (Renee) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Christy Rohrer (Mark) of Washington, Mary Zuchowski of Beallsville and Thomas Hill (Jackie) of Richeyville; 11 grandchildren, Justin Hill (Crystal), Shanelle Veteto (Greg), Robin Rohrer, Abby Koss (Dave), Matthew Rohrer (Lindsey), Haley Bowen (John), Jeffrey Zuchowski, Drew Zuchowski, Mary Beth Hill, Alexis Hill and Thomas Hill Jr.; and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, with Pastor Brian Carroll officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Freda W. Howell Imperatore

Wife of bandleader Lee Barrett

Freda W. Howell Imperatore, 94, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

She was a daughter of George and Elizabeth Howell. She was born in Muse July 4, 1918, which explains why she was such a firecracker.

On February 2, 1941, she married bandleader Leon “Lee Barrett” Imperatore, who passed away July 7, 1995. She and her husband owned the Betsy Shop and Lee’s Record Shop, which for more than 25 years was a favorite gathering place in Washington for music lovers of all ages. Porky Chedwick purchased some of his “dusty discs” at Lee’s.

From 1967 until 1994, the Imperatores co-owned and managed the Jefferson Room. This well-known restaurant/banquet facility was a popular wedding, dance and meeting venue for area residence and some celebrities. Although Mrs. Imperatore was not Italian, people raved about her spaghetti sauce and aglio e olio.

Mrs. Imperatore was a member of St. Patrick’s Church and Sons of Italy. The only member of her family to graduate from high school, colleges recruited her to be one of the few women to enroll, but due to monetary restraints, she could not attend.

She loved listening to big band music and ’50s and ’60s songs. She had a fondness for sewing, cooking, shopping, watching TV and playing cards. She delighted in traveling and being a lucky winner on slot machines. When watching Pittsburgh sports, she preferred the Pirates over the Penguins. Steelers games were a highlight and she enjoyed the “Monday Night Football guys” being there.

Mrs. Imperatore thrived and remained young at heart by having her family close throughout her lifetime. Family members called her “Grammy,” as did her numerous friends. Lessons learned from “Grammy” include, “Always save room for dessert and an occasional Kahlua and cream,” as she always said, and, “Tomorrow will be a brighter day.” But those who loved her will find that difficult to believe.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are daughters Rose Caffrey and Beverly Imperatore of Canonsburg; stepdaughter Arvella Charlier of Waverly, Ohio; six grandchildren, William Caffrey, Sandra Pleskovich, Bridgette Caffrey, Gloria Thornburg, Donna Price and William Charlier; 10 great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Shanna Pleskovich, Devin Caffrey, Alaia and Amara Levenson, J.T. Thornburg, Shannan and Caroline Charlier and Travis and Ginger Harding; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are two sisters and four brothers, and a grandson, Gregory Caffrey.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday 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 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Canonsburg.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center or Canonsburg Fire Department.

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Margaret Velma Kopsack

Ave Maria Parish, Bentworth Senior Citizens member

Margaret Velma Kopsack, 94, of Cokeburg, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Rochester Manor, Rochester.

She was born June 9, 1918, in Ashley, a daughter of the late Joseph and Kate Hazlinsky.

Mrs. Kopsack was a 1937 graduate of Ellsworth/Cokeburg High School and also a 1937 graduate of Mason Frederick Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh.

She was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Cokeburg and St. Joseph’s Holy Rosary Society. At the time of her death, she was a member of Ave Maria Parish in Bentleyville and the Women’s Guild Society of the church. She also was a member of Bentworth Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Kopsack enjoyed cooking, bingo, sewing and quilting.

On October 28, 1944, she married Adam “Bob” Kopsack, who died May 14, 1979.

Surviving are three sons, William Kopsack of Cokeburg, George Kopsack of Richeyville and Robert Kopsack (Rosemary) of Beaver Falls; five grandchildren, Mara and Kenny Kopsack, Karla Spenser (Brian), Nathan Kopsack and Mark Kopsack (Danielle); seven great-grandchildren, Gavin, Victoria, Elayna and Madison Kopsack and Caroline, Will and Vivienne Spenser; a sister, Betty Hudock of Flemington, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two sisters, Mamie Cousins and Mary Baldon; and a brother, Joseph Hazlinsky.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Ed Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela.

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Paul B. Patterson Sr.

Paul B. Patterson Sr., 54, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lantz Funeral Home, Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Sarah Jane Andrews Smith

Active church member, retired Pa. caseworker

Sarah Jane Andrews Smith, 91, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Sunrise of Upper St. Clair.

She was born August 12, 1921, in Duquesne and raised in West Elizabeth, a daughter of the late Edwin and Lulu Purcival Andrews.

Mrs. Smith was a retired caseworker for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and former reporter for the weekly newspaper, the Elizabeth Herald.

She was a very active member of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth.

Deceased is her husband, John E. Smith.

Surviving are daughters Susan Dressler of Millerstown and Anne (Larry) Myers of McDonald; grandchildren Maressa Duncan, Alesha Kerstetter and Jacob Myers; great-grandchildren Benjamin Duncan and Drake Kerstetter; and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, 411 Third Street, Elizabeth, PA 15037; or Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Condolences are available at

Ralph Walter Soukup

1947 - 2013

Ralph Walter Soukup, 65, of Burgettstown, died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

He was born September 2, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William and Martha Soukup.

Mr. Soukup was employed by the Board of Education of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Surviving are a son, Ralph William Soukup of Sewickley; three daughters, Michelle (Beau) Dixon of Pittsburgh, Linda (Bill) Evans of Carnegie and Christina (Steve) Hall of Burgettstown; a sister, Shirl Soukup of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren, Markie and Shawn Laquatra, Kristen Dixon, Jessica Pendzich, Cyara Soukup and Cheyenne Hall; and three great-grandchildren, Jazzmynn Evans, William Evans and Harmoney Laquatra.

Deceased is his wife, Suzanne Smith Soukup.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family. For further information and condolences, please visit

Derrick B. Stubrich

Jefferson resident, formerly of Kittanning

Derrick B. Stubrich, 29, of Jefferson, formerly of Kittanning, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born July 22, 1983, in Kittanning, a son of the late Dennis W. and Shirley Farster Stubrich.

Mr. Stubrich had attended Elderton High School and was a 2002 graduate of Lenape Vo-Tech.

He was employed as a coalminer for Consol Energy-BMX Mine and was proud of his job.

Since his childhood years, he was a member of 4-H, where he showed pigs and did variety projects. Later, he gamed horses at Circle D Saddle Club and the Dayton Fair. His passion for 4-H led him to volunteer as a camp counselor and he attended all of the team leader retreats and camps. He had the honor to attend State Capital Days and the Buckeye Event in Ohio.

Mr. Stubrich met the love of his life, Ashlie, through his involvement in 4-H. He enjoyed working on cars by restoring engines and bodywork. He was an avid outdoorsman who liked to hunt and attend gun bashes and gun shoots. His greatest joy came from spending time with his kids, his wife, Ashlie, and his dog, Bentley.

He will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father, son and brother who will truly be missed.

His memory will be cherished by his wife, Ashlie Crofutt Stubrich, whom he married July 14, 2007; his parents, Dennis and Shirley Stubrich; a daughter, Elizabeth Jane Marie Stubrich; a son, Ethan Bradley Stubrich; a brother, Denten Stubrich; a sister, Corissa Stubrich and fiancé Jake Roup of Kittanning; paternal grandfather Ralph Stubrich; maternal grandparents Harold F. and Lois Jane (Anderson) Farster; father-in-law Richard Crofutt of Apollo; and mother-in-law Jean Crofutt and Greg Troutman of Ford City.

Deceased are infant brother Denver Stubrich and paternal grandmother Bette (Meglich) Stubrich.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Friday, March 15, in Bauer Funeral Home Inc., Clark Chapel, 238 South Main Street, Elderton. Contributions may be made in his honor to Armstrong County 4-H, Penn State Extension, 124 Armsdale Road, Suite 112, Kittanning, PA 16201. Arrangements are being handled by Clark Chapel of Bauer Funeral Home Inc. To leave condolences or view a tribute honoring his life, visit

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 Myers, 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 Ringgold 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 Eighty Four; 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.

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Adam R. Thomas

WWII, Korean War vet, GM worker trained horses

Adam R. Thomas, 87, of Peters Township, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born August 27, 1925, in East End in Canonsburg, where he grew up a son of Joseph and Edna Albert Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a graduate of Canonsburg High School.

He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In 1955, he moved to Peters Township with his wife, Josephine Urso Thomas, who died in 1991.

For more than 30 years, he worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant in McKeesport, as a master tool and dies man.

Mr. Thomas enjoyed harness racing and co-owned and trained horses. He also enjoyed golf, was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved all sports.

Surviving are two sons, Matthew (Christine) Thomas and Daniel (Lynn) Thomas of Peters Township; four grandchildren, Ashlyn, Alex, Elizabeth and Amber; a brother, Anthony Thomas of Washington; a sister, Ruth Reda of McMurray; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers Samuel, Kelly, Joseph, Tommy, Philip and Melvin, and a sister, Lillian Dell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, with the Rev. Donald Austin officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston. Condolences may be left at

Sarah Louise Jolley Mercer Whitten

1915 – 2013

Sarah Louise Jolley Mercer Whitten went to be with her Lord February 14, 2013.

She was born May 15, 1915, in Buffalo Township, a daughter of the late Charles Brownlee Jolley and Fannie Porter Jolley.

Mrs. Whitten was the last of her immediate family.

She was married to Joe Mercer, formerly of Washington, who died May 1, 1954. She later married Joseph Whitten in Florida, who died March 25, 1999.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, Gaylord, Harry, William and John Jolley; and sisters Bertha Buckingham, Velma Sprowls, Mary Fordyce, Bettie Rose Dillie and Helen, Virginia and Edna Jolley.

Interment will be with her second husband in Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida.



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