Obituaries March 19

March 18, 2013

Norma Jean Stout Adams

Attended West Alexander Presbyterian Church

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

She was born May 16, 1936, in West Alexander, a daughter of the late Kenneth Leland and Loretta Alice Maloy Stout.

Mrs. Adams had resided in the Ft. Myers and Sebring, Fla., areas from 1992 until returning to West Alexander in 2009.

She was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Sebring and had been attending West Alexander Presbyterian Church, since returning to the area.

Mrs. Adams was a 1954 graduate of the former West Alexander High School and a graduate of the former Elliott Business College in Wheeling, W.Va.

She also was a member of West Alexander American Legion Post 656 Auxiliary.

Mrs. Adams was a former swimming instructor in the Erie and Sebring areas. She enjoyed playing the card game 500 with her many friends and always found a reason to laugh.

On December 26, 1968, she married Donald Franklin Adams, who died January 26, 2005.

Surviving are a daughter, Denise Lombardi of Follansbee, W.Va.; a son, Jeffrey, husband of Robin Hankins Adams of Glen Dale, W.Va.; a sister, Nancy Gashel, and a brother, Ronald “Gus,” husband of Donna Stout, both of West Alexander; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in West Alexander Presbyterian Church, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 23, with the Rev. Keith Hornung officiating. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery. West Alexander American Legion Post 656 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday in the church at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Alexander American Legion Post 656 Auxiliary, c/o Ruth Fyre, 987 Old Brick Road, West Alexander. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

Annabelle Caldwell

Member of First Baptist Church

Annabelle Caldwell, 88, of Monongahela, died Monday, March 18, 2013, in The Devonshire of Mt. Lebanon.

She was born October 25, 1924, a daughter of the late Robert and Leora Baughman McAlpine Sr.

Mrs. Caldwell was a 1942 graduate of Monongahela High School.

In her younger years, she was employed at the former First National Bank in Monongahela. After working at the bank, she attended Douglas School of Business in Monessen. She was employed at J.C. Penney’s business office in Castle Shannon and then at Sears, in the cashiers’ department, at South Hills Village.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Monongahela, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a deaconess.

Mrs. Caldwell had a passion for history and was a member of the Monongahela Historical Society. She authored and compiled a leaflet on the Whiskey Rebellion in Monongahela. Along with her husband, Marvin, brother-in-law Wilbur and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, they loved to get dressed up in colonial costumes and ride on floats in many area parades.

She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and sewing.

Surviving are her husband, Marvin Caldwell, with whom she celebrated 70 years of marriage November 21, 2012; two sons, Ronald and wife Carolyn Caldwell of Lewisburg and Richard Caldwell of Boulder, Colo.; a daughter, Janice and husband Ted Schroeder of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren, Anthony, Brian, Matthew, Joshua and Luke Caldwell, Theodore Schroeder and Francine Brady; eight great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Sasha, Ben, Zachary, Ben and Jacob Caldwell, Caitlin and Molly Brady-Bishop; four great-great-grandchildren, Dakota and Wyatt Magee and Tristan and Jackson Caldwell; a brother, David McAlpine of Tampa, Fla.; and a brother-in-law, Domenick Delsignore of Washington.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a brother, Robert McAlpine Jr.; a sister, Jean Delsignore; and a daughter-in-law, Jeanne Caldwell.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Services will be held at noon Friday, March 22, in First Baptist Church, Monongahela, with the Rev. Mark Schollaert officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 601 West Main Street or Monongahela Area Historical Society, 230 West Main Street, both in Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at

Mary Elizabeth Cox

Former Trinity School District employee

Mary Elizabeth Cox of Leland, N.C., passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, in Leland.

She was born September 8, 1931, in Washington County, a daughter of the late George Clark and Marie Wilson Coffee.

Mrs. Cox worked for Trinity School District in housekeeping for 18 years.

On April 11, 1947, she married Kenneth E. Cox, who passed away March 12, 2013.

Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Raymond Coffee.

Surviving are two children, a son, Kenneth E. Cox (Cecilia) of Leland, and a daughter, Robin Haines of Angleton, Texas; four grandsons; a granddaughter; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Mrs. Glenda (David) Burt of Washington.

Evelyn June DeRose

Beloved mother, loving grandmother

Evelyn June “Juney” DeRose, 81, of Washington, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 15, 2013.

She was born November 6, 1931, in Lone Pine, a daughter of the late James and Florence Gregg.

Mrs. DeRose was the beloved wife of 56 years to the late Louis DeRose; beloved mother of Dan DeRose of New Orleans, La., and Jill (Phil) Romano of Washington; loving grandmother of Tina Kay, Sarah DeRose and Dominick DeRose; and cherished great-grandmother of Logan, Brialya, Landon, Cheyenne, Karah, Jasmine and Seaira.

Also surviving are siblings James Franklin (Sue) Gregg and Cledda Lynn (Lenny) Deloia, both of Washington.

She loved and adored spending time with her family. She was an excellent cook and liked to play Rummikub with her girlfriends.

After retirement, she enjoyed her time living in Port Richey, Fla. She will be dearly missed by all who had the fortune of knowing her.

At the family’s request, all services will be held privately. Arrangements are entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. Inurnment will be privately held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a veterans organization of one’s choice. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Vincent J. DiPiazza

NASA retiree loved working with hands

Vincent J. DiPiazza, 92, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born August 9, 1920, in Sicily, Italy, a son of the late Temistocles and Rose Zappala DiPiazza.

At the age of four, he, along with his family, immigrated to America and resided in Greensburg and eventually settled in Canonsburg. During his youth, he enjoyed building models and carving wooden ships. Throughout his life, he always loved working with his hands.

Mr. DiPiazza was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in Belgium and Holland. He was wounded in action and was awarded the Purple Heart. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves and subsequently served for an additional 40 years.

He was employed by NASA as an engineer in Berea, Ohio, for 40 years.

Following his retirement from NASA, he returned to Canonsburg and has lived there ever since.

Mr. DiPiazza was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg, where he served as an usher.

Surviving are a sister, Antoinette Bracale of Boyton Beach, Fla.; a brother, Angelo P. (Evelyn) DiPiazza of Monroeville; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Connie Adamo, and two brothers-in-law, Tony Adamo and John Bracale.

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. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Thursday, March 21, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in the church cemtery. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston. A guest book is available at

Sara M. Milligan

Enjoyed crocheting and playing the piano

Sara M. Milligan, 93, of Washington, formerly of Westland, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Home, Washington.

She was born February 12, 1920, in Sturgeon, a daughter of the late Samuel and Alice Fenwick Milligan.

Mrs. Milligan lived most of her life in Westland and was Presbyterian.

Prior to her retirement, she had been employed for many years as office manager of the former Washington Grocers Association.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Milligan was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting and playing the piano.

Surviving are a granddaughter, Alice M. (Mitchell) Wimert of Washington; three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua and Emily Wimert; two brothers, Thomas R. Milligan of Washington and William T. Milligan of Texas; a son-in-law, Richard Herceg of Westland; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Donna (Darlene) Herceg, who died October 26, 2011; a brother, Samuel Robert Milligan, who died March 11, 1993; and a husband, William Lewis, who died in action during World War II.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation and services. Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Mary Peterson

Devoted member of Russian Orthodox Church

Mary Peterson, 95, of Erie, died peacefully Monday, March 18, 2013, in St. Mary’s Home East.

She was born April 14, 1917, in Vestaburg, a daughter of the late Fred and Annie Zarrot Peterson. She was the only daughter in a family of seven brothers. She grew up and lived in Canonsburg, until her retirement.

Although she had only a sixth grade education, she eventually became a quality control inspector at U.S. Steel and retired in 1972.

Though she had many friends and loving relationships with her brothers, nieces and nephews, she remained unmarried, choosing to live with her mother, Annie, until her death in 1970.

Upon retirement in 1979, she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to live near her brother, Gregory and his family. In 1990, she moved to Erie to be near her family and her church.

She was a devoted member of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity throughout her life. She had donated beautiful Russian icons to the church, which had been brought to this country by her father.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are seven brothers, Harry, Humphrey, Vern, John, Mitch, Gregory and Alfay Peterson.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity, 251 East Front Street, Erie, where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20. Burial will be in St. John the Divine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church’s endowment fund. Arrangements are being handled by John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th and Liberty Street, Erie, PA.

Larry Prince

Proud veteran, loving husband and father

Charles Larry Prince, 64, of Morgantown, W.Va., formerly of Washington, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in his home, after a lengthy fight with cancer.

He was born October 29, 1948, in Morgantown, a son of the late Walter N. Prince and June B. Coombs.

Mr. Prince was a proud veteran. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and continued his postwar service in the Army National Guard, retiring in 2001. He holds the distinguished record for reeling in one of the largest muskies caught in West Virginia. He earned many honors as a military marksman including positions on the National Guard All-Guard Rifle Team, Governor’s 20 and President’s 50.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed living in West Virginia. He also was an avid reader.

Mr. Prince was a dedicated member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, actively attending the Morgantown 1st Ward.

His most cherished achievements were those earned as a loving husband, father and a grandfather, which he considered his highest accomplishment.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Donna Hornbeck Prince of Morgantown and five daughters and their spouses, Jessica L. and Todd Smith of Fishers, Ind., Rebecca B. and Michael Hansen of Washington, D.C., Katie L. Prince and Mike Spooner of Cassville, W.Va., Sara L. and Kimball Arritt of St. Louis, Mo., and Ann Alise and David Kirkpatrick of Westfield, Mass.

His legacy will live on in his 10 grandchildren: Adam Messenbrink, Zachery Bitz, Sydney DeMotte, Joven and Elijah Smith, Hart, Brooks and Windsor Hansen, Emberly Spoone and granddaughter Arritt, expected in July.

Also surviving are a sister and her husband, Stan and Rebecca Glenn of McMurray and their family; stepfather William Coombs of Morgantown; and stepmother Catherine Prince of Delmont.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, March 21, in Dering-Henson Funeral Home, 156 Foundry Street, Morgantown, with Bishop Gary Insch officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to Clinton District Public Library, 2005 Grafton Road, Morgantown, WV 26508, or Morgantown 1st Ward Mission Fund of the LDS Church, in care of Bishop Insch, 66 Starling Estates, Morgantown, WV 26508.

Frank Razzano

U.S. Navy veteran, Pittsburgh Gear Co. retiree

Frank Razzano, 90, of McMurray, formerly of Monongahela, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Paramount Senior Living, Peters Township.

He was born October 16, 1922, in Manown, a son of the late Frank and Elena Morra Razzano.

In 1984, he retired from the Pittsburgh Gear Co. in Neville Island, after 43 years of employment.

Mr. Razzano was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church in Monongahela.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Razzano was a member of American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 and a former member and treasurer of the Italian Citizens Club, both in Monongahela.

He was well known for his excellence in golf, loved stamp collecting and was formerly a notary public.

Surviving are a son, David Razzano and wife Kathy of Felton, Del.; a daughter, Karen Kohler and husband Randall of Washington; four grandchildren, David “Paul” Razzano and wife Necia, Mark Daniel Razzano and wife Erin, Jared Randall Kohler and wife Brittany and Rayna Lynn Ankrom and husband Jared; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Angelo Razzano of Monessen and Louis Razzano and wife Virginia of Grove City; and two sisters, Rose Smith of Sarasota, Fla., and Helen Worry of Arnold City.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is his wife, Helen Downer Razzano, who died October 17, 2012.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, March 21, in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, with the Rev. William Terza officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded graveside by Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Condolences may be made to the family at

Additional information was received for the obituary of Ruth Smith, published Monday.

Surviving is brother, Hutz (Barbara) Smith of Spingdale, Ark.

Services will be held at noon Thursday, March 21, in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington.



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