Obituaries March 13

March 12, 2013

Carole Jean McClenathan Becker

Retired National City branch manager

Carole Jean McClenathan Becker, 72, of Winder, Ga., died Sunday, March 10, 2013, in her home with her family.

She was born November 24, 1940, in Houston, a daughter of James and Cynthia Marra McClenathan.

Mrs. Becker graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School in 1958.

She retired as a branch manager of National City Bank, giving 40 years of dedicated service.

During her retirement years, she enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and spending time with her grandchildren and pets.

In 1960, she married Albert Becker, who survives. They lived in Dormont until 2006, when they relocated to Winder.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Dayna Becker (Bill Turner) of Huntington Beach, Calif., Pamela Hazlett (Mike) of Washington and Kimberly Lane (Ronnie) of Lawrenceville, Ga.: a sister, Marianne Blough (Bob) of Houston; and four grandchildren, Sarah Hazlett of Pittsburgh, Michael Hazlett of Youngstown, Ohio, and Nichole and Katie Lane of Lawrenceville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Smith Funeral Home, Winder. A local memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced in April in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, 724-745-2350. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,

Dale W. Carson

Aircraft mechanic was motorcycle enthusiast

Dale W. Carson, 50, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Mountain Vista Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz., of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born December 13, 1962, in Washington, a son of the late Roland W. “Bud” Carson and Mary Laverne “Vernie” Ashmore Carson of Claysville.

Mr. Carson was a 1980 graduate of McGuffey High School and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. He was an aircraft mechanic for US Airways at Sky Harbor Airport, located in Phoenix, Ariz., for 23 years.

He was a member of Taylorstown Presbyterian Church, Sons of Taylorstown American Legion Post 907 and was president of the Home Owners Association in his community.

Mr. Carson was a member of Grey Widows, with whom he made several cross-country motorcycle trips.

He enjoyed watching NHRA drag racing, John Force being his favorite, and also enjoyed his collection of Chevy cars and trucks and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

On December 31, 1993, he married Carla L. Mach, who survives.

Also surviving are a sister, Kandice M. Harrison, a brother-in-law, Timothy E. Harrison, and two nephews, Deven A. and Cameron R. Harrison, all of Claysville.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in Taylorstown Presbyterian Church. A service will be held at 11 a.m. in the church with Pastor Patricia Lutz officiating. Burial will follow in Claysville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Taylorstown Presbyterian Church, 31 Main Street, Taylorstown, PA 15365; or Sons of the American Legion, Post 907 Taylorstown, 84 Main Street, Taylorstown, PA 15365.

Arrangements are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Willis Guy Conklin

Army vet worked for the George Washington hotel

Willis Guy “Willie Joe” Conklin, 85, of Washington, died at 6:06 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Washington Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was born October 20, 1927, in Sparta, a son of Guy and Jessie Curry Conklin.

Mr. Conklin was employed at the George Washington hotel in the maintenance department. He also was employed for Al Metzner’s and Snowy White Laundry Apartment Building as the manager and also worked in maintenance at Western Center in the water filtration department.

He attended Sparta Pennsylvania schools and Amity schools and was a graduate of Trinity High School in 1946.

Mr. Conklin served in the U.S. Army stationed in Japan from 1946 to 1951.

On January 10, 1955, he married Edna Mae Pettit, who died June 12, 2002.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandy (Howard) Conklin Bowman of Washington; a granddaughter, Susan V. Parkinson of Houston; four stepdaughters, Wilma (Arnold) Schulte of Ashtabula, Ohio, Nancy Carter of Washington, Grace Hawkins of Canonsburg and Bonnie Neely (Don Lachman) of Claysville; two stepsons, Herbert E. “Skip” Hawkins (Mary Bodecker) of Ashtabula and Lowe “Michael” Hawkins Sr. of Houston; a nephew, Gene Conklin of California; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased are two stepsons, Charles Hawkins and Harold L. “Butch” Hawkins; two great-grandsons, Lowe Hawkins III and Dustin J. Gregg; four brothers, Harry, Eugene, Lloyd and Walter Conklin; and a niece, Virginia “Sis” Gillogly.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. Burial will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of 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. Condolences may be expressed at

Catherine Foringer

LPN, Jefferson Avenue Methodist Church member

Catherine Foringer, 92, of Washington, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington, following a one-year illness.

She was born August 12, 1920, in Washington, a daughter of Florian “Frank” and Catherine Rossini Sakerka.

Mrs. Foringer graduated from Franklin School of Nursing and worked as a licensed practical nurse.

She enjoyed spending time with family and shopping.

Mrs. Foringer was a member of Jefferson Avenue Methodist Church.

On April 16, 1938, she married Albert Merle Foringer, who died September 9, 1989.

Surviving are two sons, Donald (Joyce) Foringer and Eugene (Nancy) Foringer, both of Washington; three daughters, Mary Ellen McCloskey, Barbara (Bernard) Desmond and Ruthann Coughenour, all of Washington; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are five brothers, Emery, Charles, Theodore, Joe and John Sakerka; and two sisters, Helen Noble and Anna Kulla.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial will be held in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington, is handling arrangements.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

James Richard Garrett

U.S. Air Force vet, union carpenter was contractor

James Richard Garrett, 83, of Amwell Township, died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born April 29, 1929, in Washington, a son of Joseph and Julia Langenbacher Garrett.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Garrett served nine years on active duty and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged February 6, 1957, with a rank of staff sergeant.

Mr. Garrett was a union carpenter since 1969 and also worked as a self-employed contractor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, lawn work and home improvement projects. He also enjoyed horses, country music and watching old Westerns and WWF on television.

Mr. Garrett was Catholic and a member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

On August 8, 1949, he married Patricia J. Knoll, who died December 14, 2008.

Surviving are two sons, Jimmy Garrett (Deb Jochynek) and John Garrett, both of Washington; a daughter, Mary Lynn (Will) Dickey of Topeka, Kansas; a sister, Mildred “Mitzi” LeVato; five grandchildren, Scott Dickey, Kristen Little, Shannon Dickey, Devon Garrett and Cole Garrett; and six great-grandchildren.

Deceased are four brothers, Bill, Bob, Raymond and Ronald “Happy”; and two sisters, Virginia and Mary Jane.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175. Additional information and a guest book are available at

John W. Glover

John W. Glover, 96, of Holbrook, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., Waynesburg.

A complete obituary and arrangements will appear in a later edition.

James L. Holleran Jr.

U.S. Navy veteran, Naval Center retiree

James L. Holleran Jr. passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Diego, Calif.

He was born September 23, 1932, a son of Ruth E. McKee Holleran of Canonsburg and the late James L. Holleran Sr.

Mr. Holleran graduated from Cecil High School in 1950, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Ingersol from 1950 to 1954 as machinist mate. After discharge from the Navy in January 1954, he attended Penn Technical Institute and Washington & Jefferson College. He then worked for Curtis Wright Corp. as an engineer on flight simulators and other training devices. In 1964, he began his career at the Naval Training and Equipment Center, where he was an electronic technician with a specialty in quality assurance and re-evaluation on flight simulators. Mr. Holleran retired in 1993.

Among his many hobbies were his boat and fishing while in the Florida Keys, flying his own Taylorcraft airplane and his love for computers and electronics. He had multiple book dedications and acknowledgements for his writer assistance in technical fields. He also was proficient in medical knowledge and mechanics.

In addition to his mother, he leaves behind his partner of 40 years, Richard Stark; a sister, Judy Howell and husband Welling of New Jersey; Richard’s parents, Lois and Charles Stark of Pittsburgh; and several cousins and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his father, are sisters Helen McKeever and Marilyn Kerin; nephew Robert Carey Jr.; and niece Bonnie McCoy.

Mr. Holleran will be missed by a host of friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a favorite charity.

Beverly Jean Lane

Secretary at Fayette Adjustment Co.

Beverly Jean Lane, 83, of Washington, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born March 28, 1929, in East Arlington, Vt., a daughter of the late Ralph P. and Leah Hermance Mittler.

Mrs. Lane was a graduate of Kiser High School in Dayton, Ohio, and was a secretary at Fayette Adjustment Co. in Lexington, Ky., for many years.

On September 28, 1952, in Dayton, she married Harry C. Lane, who died August 4, 2004.

Surviving are two sons, Robin (Dirce) Lane and Barry (Judy) Lane of Bolivar, Ohio; two daughters, Karen (Walt) Zelek of Johnstown and Cheryl Kelley of Washington; a brother, Bob (Mary) Mittler of Destin, Fla.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a sister, Marilyn Sawmiller.

Services will be private. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, Ky. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Thomas Starzl Transplant Fund at Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director

Nathyn Edward Pappas

Nathyn Edward Pappas passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2013, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, in the arms of his parents.

He was born October 1, 2012, a son of Anthony Mark and Kearsten Nickle Pappas.

During his short time in this world, his family surrounded him with devout love, as he spent every day with his mom and dad while he fought his battle. Some of his favorite things to do were sitting in his swing and being cuddled. Furthermore, he taught those around him the gift of hope, perseverance and strength.

Surviving are four siblings, Zakkary, Alexzander, Krystopher and Jakob; maternal grandmother “Nana” Penny Leathrum; maternal great-grandmother “Mom Mom” Doris Nickle; paternal grandfather “Grandpap” Charles Pappas Jr.; paternal great-grandmother “Gram” Jean Castellino; and “Aunt Marissa and Uncle Ronnie” Kotouch and their son, Liam.

Deceased are paternal grandmother “Me Mom” Michele Pappas; paternal great-grandfather “Papa” Bill Castellino; and maternal grandfather Ralph Nickle and “Papa” Ed Collison.

Friends and family were received Monday, March 11, in Taylor and Modeen Funeral Home, Jupiter, Fla., for viewing and services.

Agnes M. Pirillo

Lifelong Strabane resident devoted to family

Agnes M. Pirillo, 78, of Strabane, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Life Care Hospital, Bellevue.

She was born June 29, 1934, in Strabane, a daughter of the late Louise and Ann Progar Moze.

Mrs. Pirillo lived her entire life in Strabane where she was a member of SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane and a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church of Canonsburg.

She was a devoted wife and mother to her family, remembered for her cooking and baking.

For nearly 55 years, she was married to her beloved husband, Patsy Pirillo, who survives. They celebrated their anniversary January 14.

Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia “Penny” Roden of Duquesne, and several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are seven sisters, Ann Holcomb, Katherine Fall, Rose Marie Barney, Betty Moze, Pauline Stevens, Dorothy “Dolly” Celio and Josephine Benny; and four brothers, John, Louis, Joseph and Frank Moze.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday 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 10 a.m. Friday, March 15. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Canonsburg. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Mary G. Tarullo

Member of First Congregational Church

Mary G. Tarullo, 98, of Wolcott, Conn., and Carnegie, died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

She was born Monday, March 8, 1915, in Lawrence, Mass., a daughter of the late Sebastian and Santa Infante Gentile.

Mrs. Tarullo was a member of First Congregational Church of Waterbury, Conn.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Pasquale Tarullo, in 2002, and a brother, Anthony Gentile.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Dr. Pasty Ronald Tarullo and wife Katherine of Carnegie and daughter Joyce Beauchamp of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Concetta Coria; a brother, Frank Gentile and wife Jean; brother-in-law Alexander Tarullo; six grandchildren, Amy Luzader and husband Gary, Lisa Osman and husband T.J., Elizabeth Jones and husband John, Daniel Beauchamp, Rebecca Beauchamp and Christina Beauchamp; six great-grandchildren, Noah and Christopher Luzader, Ryan and Kasey Osman and Alexis and Jack Jones; and some very special nieces and nephews, Karen Coria-Moore, Thomas Gentile, David Gentile, Barbara Gentile-Ross, Anthony Gentile, Louis Tarullo, Lewis Tarullo, Vincent Tarullo, Sandra Jacobs Tarullo and Laura Spanuletti.

Friends will be received for a 10 a.m. service of remembrance Friday, March 15, in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 55 Forsythe Road, Pittsburgh. Services have been entrusted to Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, Supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Pasquale & Mary Tarullo Music Fund, c/o Dr. Yugo Ikach, Dept. of Music Box 53, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA 15419.

Doris Louise Shriver Walker

Washington resident

Doris Louise Shriver Walker, 87, of Washington, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born October 31, 1925, in Wayne Township, Greene County, a daughter of Elza Lee and Audie Opal Hamilton Shriver.

Mrs. Walker was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was married to Stephen Weir Walker, who died April 25, 1991.

Surviving are a son, Larry Simmons and his family; a daughter, Linda Kay Simmons Michlik and her family; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews and their families.

In addition to her husband, deceased are a sister, Donnis E. Shriver, and five brothers, Chester W. Shriver, Daniel Burl Shriver, Elza Arnette Shriver, Francis Richard Shriver and Herbert Shriver, who died in infancy.

In keeping with Mrs. Walker’s wishes, all visitation and funeral services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director. She will be interred at a later date beside her husband in Washington Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be left at

David W. Young

1960 Trinity H.S. grad

David W. Young, 70, of Sahuarita, Ariz., died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

He was born April 14, 1942, in Amity, a son of George W. and Lillian McClellan Young.

Mr. Young graduated from Trinity High School, Class of 1960.

He had lived in Arizona for 45 years and still had many family and friends living in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Young enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, while his health allowed.

He will be missed by his mother, brother, sister, sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. They consider themselves lucky to have had him in their lives.

A memorial service will be held in Arizona at a later date.



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