Obituaries March 18

March 17, 2013

Norma Stout Adams

Norma Stout Adams, 76, of West Alexander, died at 6:24 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, after being in failing health for the past several years.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc. Rogersville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Patricia I. Bohling

Visitation for Patricia I. Bohling, 78, of Venice, who died Friday, March 15, 2013, will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Monday, March 18, in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, Cecil.

Thelma Curtis

Christian woman, church retiree enjoyed music

Thelma “Ariel” Curtis passed away peacefully February 25, 2013, of natural causes.

She was born December 29, 1926, in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of Leland and Arbutus Erskine.

Mrs. Curtis was a gracious Christian woman who loved the Lord Jesus and wrote many beautiful spiritual poems. She enjoyed music and learned to play the organ at 80 years old.

She worked as an accountant with her husband in their family business, Curtis Auto Parts, in Carmichaels, many years ago.

Mrs. Curtis retired from her last employment at Christian Center Church in Belle Vernon, as its financial secretary in 2005. She moved to Sun City, Ariz., with her son, David, in 2006 and joined Church on the Green Assembly of God in Sun City West.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Curtis in 1964; a son, Robert Curtis in 2010; and a grandson, Christopher in 2005.

Surviving are a son, Daniel L. (Nette) Curtis of North Little Rock, Ark., with six children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a son, David R. (Kathy) Curtis of Sun City, with seven children and 18 grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Kay Curtis of Ottawa, Kan., with two children and three grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Betty (Richard) Kennedy of Seffner, Fla., with two children; Vickie McCoy of Carmichaels with two children and a grandchild; and Carrie Asushak of Ventura, Calif.; and a cousin, Jane (Tom) McMahon of Gibsonia.

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

Mildred V. Lohr

Personal care home owner enjoyed bingo, casino visits

Mildred V. “Midge” Lohr, 77, of Meadow Lands, formerly of Claysville, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, in the emergency department of Washington Hospital.

She was born March 14, 1936, in Cumberland Township, Greene County, a daughter of Charles and Anna Pierce Rizor.

Mrs. Lohr owned and operated a personal care home.

She was a past member of Claysville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion in Claysville.

Mrs. Lohr loved going to the casino and playing bingo.

On July 25, 1954, in Winchester, Va., she married Glenn W. Lohr Sr., who passed away December 21, 2007.

Surviving are her children, Vicky (Edward) Korowicki of Meadow Lands, Glenn (Shea) Lohr of Whiting, Ind., and David (Sandy) Lohr of Linton, Ind.; grandchildren Joseph (Catherine) Korowicki, Mark Korowicki (fiancé Amber), Garrett and Shelley Lohr, Michael (Maria) Hunter, Jerry Lee (Cinthya) Hunter and Tiffany (Uriah) Resler; great-grandchildren Meranda, Michael, Brandon, Tyler, Allan, Alec, Alexis, Isabella and Kaleb Hunter, Austin, Shayna and Zayden Barnes and Madison Korowicki; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are grandchildren Bryon and Kevin Lohr and brothers Lawrence, Donald, Harold “Red,” Robert and David Rizor.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at noon Wednesday, March 20. Burial will follow in Claysville Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Gloria Jean Moore

Beloved wife, loving mother

Gloria Jean Moore, 74, of Houston, formerly of Avella, passed away peacefully Friday, March 15, 2013, in her daughter’s home.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence “Hump” Moore; loving mother of Richard (Tammy) Moore, Darleta (Jeffrey) Cole, Fred (Dawn) Moore and the late Anita “Gator” Moore and infant April Chris Moore; grandmother of Teela and Jolene (Johnathan) Stokes, Richard and Freddie (Tracey) Moore, P. Sean (Joey), Brandon, Dusty (Alana) and Amanda Clayton and Mark Cole; great-grandmother of Kody, Tatum, Gage and Grant Clayton, Isaiah and Silas Stokes, Ralphie and Trent Bush and Ashlyn Moore; loving daughter of the late Joseph and Evelyn Moore; and sister of Robert L. (Jane) Moore, Beverly J.Moore and Jonquil M. McConnell.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Moore graduated in 1956 from East Washington High School. She went on to marry her husband, Clarence “Hump,” September 24, 1958.

She started her career with mentally challenged individuals in 1966 with PARC and continued on to Western Center for 17 years. In 1985, she moved to Texas and started with Educare and opened their third group home, where she also served as house manager and consultant to train house managers.

In 1991, she opened Texas Special Homes, where she was residential director, and her responsibilities included buying homes, training and staffing for 30 homes. She retired in 1999 and moved back to Pennsylvania, where she resided in Houston.

Friends are welcome from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-5810, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made to Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home. Please add or view tributes at

James K. Moyer

Avid hunter served in U.S. Army

James K. Moyer, 84, of Shady Grove, Lemont Furnace, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, with his loving family by his side.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle, and all who knew him lost a special friend. He touched many lives in many ways throughout his lifetime. He will be missed, but his memory will live on forever in many people’s hearts and will never be forgotten.

Mr. Moyer was born Tuesday, November 27, 1928, a son of the late Andrew Curtis and Mary Matthews Moyer.

He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed frequent rides to his properties in Greene County. He enjoyed the simple things in life and cherished his family and friends.

Mr. Moyer was a 1946 graduate of North Union High School, where he served as his senior class secretary-treasurer.

While he was in high school, he worked at his father’s hardware and feed store in Hopwood. He bought a dump truck and hauled for Eureka Fire Brick Co.

He served honorably with the U.S. Army in the infantry during the Korean War.

Mr. Moyer was a member of Gen. George C. Marshall AMVETS Post 103 in Hopwood and North Union Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8543.

After his father started A.C. Moyer Co., he worked for the company and then co-owned it with his brother, Bud, until their retirement.

After retirement, he continued to stay active in the business by continuing to buy equipment and keeping a watchful eye on things. He also was a partner in Moyer, Moyer, Mechling Land Co.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are brothers George C. Moyer and wife Phyllis and William “Bud” Moyer; niece Dr. Kim Karschner; and stepmother Erma Bitner Moyer.

Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Althea York Moyer; daughters Zelda Moyer of Lemont Furnace and Mona Collins and husband Jeff of Lemont Furnace; grandson Brian Cobbs of Lemont Furnace; granddaughter Megan Collins of Lemont Furnace; nephews Jeffery Moyer of Wind Ridge and Ben Moyer of Farmington; niece Becky (Moyer) Wilcosky of Uniontown; sister-in-law Frances Moyer; brother-in-law Floyd York; and business partner Russ Mechling.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and until 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, March 19, in Stephen R. Haky Funeral Home Inc., 603 North Gallatin Avenue, Uniontown, with the Rev. Terence Teluch and the Rev. Dan Brant officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at

Marie M. Opatt

Marie M. “TT” Opatt, 87, of Washington, died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Warco-Falvo Funeral Home In., 336 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Melanie Ann Roll

Brownsville resident

Melanie Ann Roll, 41, of Brownsville, died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

She was born June 20, 1971, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the Rev. Donald L. and Barbara A. Bodner Bowers of Brownsville.

Besides her parents, she is survived by husband James Roll; a sister, Kathleen Lemesh and husband Steve of Brownsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Christ Church Anglican, 305 Church Street, Brownsville. Interment in Redstone Cemetery, Brownsville. Visit

Ruth Smith

Longtime school nurse was active in Boy Scouts

Ruth Smith, 84, of Washington, formerly of Rochester, N.Y., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 11, 1928, in Washington, a daughter of the late John and Jenny Munce Mackey.

Mrs. Smith was a 1946 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1950 graduate of Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

She did her nurse’s training in Philadelphia as a surgical nurse and was employed by Mother of Sorrows School in Rochester as a school nurse for many years.

For more than 45 years, Mrs. Smith was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, having received the Silver Beaver Award for her service. She also was interested in genealogy, staying current with her chosen career of nursing, and spending time with family. She was a longtime, active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

On June 9, 1956, she married Clifford Smith, who died October 9, 2000.

Surviving are three sons, Hultz (Barbara) Smith of Springdale, Ariz., Bruce (Audie) Smith of Washington and James A. Smith of Butler; seven grandchildren, Jennie (Jon) Hubbard, Andrew Smith, Meredith (Jeremy) Hornberger, Ephraim (Stacey) Sloan, Meghan (Christopher) Benninghoff, Robert Smith and Steven Smith; and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 525 Fairway Drive, South Strabane Township, with Bishop Matthew North officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Boy Scouts of America at or to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, c/o the Washington Hospital Foundation, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Catherine V. Steinmetz

Gastonville Elementary retiree was avid gardener

Catherine V. “Kay” Steinmetz, 74, of Bethel Park, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in the Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon.

She was born March 9, 1939, in Finleyville, a daughter of Robert P. Sr. and Elizabeth Crum VanVoorhis.

Mrs. Steinmetz was retired, after 39 years of service, as a second-grade teacher in Gastonville Elementary Center of Ringgold School District.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville and St. Francis Book Club.

Mrs. Steinmetz was a person with a wonderful sense of humor who was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing bridge.

Surviving are her husband, Henry “Hank” Steinmetz; a son, Stephen E. Columbus of Clarksville; a stepdaughter, Dawn Broadway (Dennis) of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother, Robert P. VanVoorhis Jr. of Finleyville; two sisters, Betty Amato of Houston and Dottie Bewick of Finleyville; two grandchildren, Sara Pearl and Jacob; a daughter-in-law, Kathi Columbus of Eighty Four; and many nieces and nephews.

She also leaves behind her best friend, Connie Zonca.

Deceased is a son, Robert Bradley Columbus.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville, with the Rev. Richard Tusky as celebrant. Internment will follow in Mingo Cemetery, Finleyville. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



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