Obituaries March 20

March 19, 2013

Gertrude Supler Archer

Gertrude Supler Archer, 80, formerly of West Alexander and West Finley Township, died at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Autumn Grove Care Center, Harrisville, after being in failing health for the past few years.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville.

A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

Harold J. Berdine

X-ray tech, UMWA member enjoyed time with grandkids

Harold J. “Huck” Berdine, 76, of Scenery Hill, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born September 11, 1936, in Herrods Run, a son of the late Patrick and Goldie May DeBolt Berdine.

Mr. Berdine was a 1955 graduate of Washington High School.

For more than 25 years, he was employed as an X-ray technician for Centerville Clinic and Brownsville General Hospital. For more than 10 years, he was employed by Bethlehem Mines Corp. at its Ellsworth and Eighty Four mines.

He was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church of Washington and United Mine Workers of America.

Mr. Berdine enjoyed his grandchildren and was very interested in their schooling and watching their sporting events.

He enjoyed genealogy and was an avid reader and history buff and volunteered at Washington Christian Outreach.

On March 9, 1956, he married Nancy Jean Cancelmi, who died June 22, 2006.

Surviving are a daughter, Diana Lynn Bushmire (Tom) of West Alexander; two sons, Michael A. Berdine (Jennifer) of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Patrick J. Berdine (Jamie) of Moon Township; four grandchildren, Jacquiline Derisio, Leah, Nicholas and Alexis Berdine; three sisters, Betty Thomas of Wilbraham, Mass., Pauline Glover of Mt. Pleasant and Irene Ladis of Shelton, Conn.; a brother, Kenneth Berdine of Burgettstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a sister, Vera Stephenson, and a brother, Loyal Berdine.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of a memorial service, Thursday, March 21, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, with Pastor George A. Garancosky Jr. officiating. Interment will be private. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Everette Berryman

Washington resident

Everette Berryman of Washington died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Surviving are his wife, Delaine Dever Berryman; son Roger (Emily) Furbee of Canonsburg; and four grandchildren, Christian, Aiden, Katie and Reese Furbee.

All arrangements are private.

Sharon R. Demaske

Enjoyed time with her kids, family and friends

Sharon R. Demaske, 28, of Waynesburg, died unexpectedly Monday, March 18, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

She was born December 30, 1984, in Bellaire, Ohio, a daughter of Rose Parker Hodgson of Waynesburg and the late William Hodgson.

On July 28, 2002, she married Nicholas Demaske Jr. of Waynesburg, who survives.

Mrs. Demaske was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her children, family and friends. She loved to go shopping.

She had a beautiful singing voice and had performed at Rain Day and Jacktown Fair Idol.

Surviving, in addition to her mother and husband, are two children, Jasmine Nicole Demaske and Nicholas Joseph Demaske III; sisters and brothers Penny McElroy, Cynthia Crawford, and Billie Jo Greenwood, all of Waynesburg, Heather Hodgson of West Virginia, Steven Hodgson and David Hodgson, both of Waynesburg, Winifred Moats of Crucible, Heidi Thompson of Ohio, Tina Hodgson and Tammy Conaway, both of Blacksville, W.Va., Timothy Hodgson of Waynesburg, James Hodgson of Morgantown, W.Va., Roger Hodgson of Waynesburg, Tammy Hodgson and Penny Klee, both of Ohio; mother–in-law Robin Demaske, and father-in-law Nick Demaske of Waynesburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, in Jefferson Baptist Church, 179 Pine Street, Jefferson, with the Rev. John R. Dorean officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. Condolences may be offered at

Fred Evans Jr.

Enjoyed fishing with friends and family

Fred “Bimbo” Evans Jr., 59, of Washington, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013.

He was born March 13, 1954, a son of the late Fred Evans Sr. and Dora May Molinaro.

He was the loving brother of Sandy (Terry) Wright of Washington, Linda (Ed) Sonson of Washington and Bruce (Kathy) Evans of Washington; cherished uncle of Kim (Clint) Rusilko, Eddie (Andrea) Sonson, Amy (the late Mike) Burk, Terry (Debbie) Wright, Jocelyn Evans and Justin Evans; and great-uncle of Seth, Dakota, Vincent and Olivia.

Mr. Evans enjoyed spending his time fishing with his friends and family. He was an avid softball player and liked to throw darts. He had a great sense of humor and will be truly missed by his family and friends.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of funeral services, Thursday, March 21, in Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. Interment will be in Washington Cemetery. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Rachel M. Deigan Kotula

Lifelong member of St. Damien of Molokai

Rachel M. Deigan Kotula, 97, of New Eagle, passed away peacefully Monday, March 18, 2013, while lovingly surrounded by her family.

She was born February 22, 1916, in New Eagle, a daughter of Thomas and Rachel Cerzeo Deigan.

Mrs. Kotula was a lifelong New Eagle resident and always enjoyed the traffic noise from Main Street.

She graduated from Monongahela High School and was one of three remaining members of her class.

A lifelong member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church in Monongahela, she served her church in many ways. She was a smiling donut lady, “the boss,” and she diligently scrubbed pots and pans for the church festival and often cleaned the church. Mrs. Kotula also was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, in which she enjoyed the friendship of all the other lovely ladies.

She married Andrew Kotula February 20, 1939, in a simple ceremony held on a Monday.

Mrs. Kotula was a woman of tradition and a very hard worker. She washed clothes Mondays, scrubbed the floors on her hands and knees and swept the coal dust from the sidewalks. She baked on Saturdays, made a roast every Sunday and planted and tended to her garden. She was a simple unassuming soul, never one for attention but she loved deeply and unconditionally. She was a role model to her family and to the world as a whole. Never one to seek acknowledgement, she served like Jesus, quietly and with a joyful heart.

She enjoyed being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved the joyous noise of a busy get-together. She was a kind and caring person, always concerned with others. The most important thing to know about Mrs. Kotula was that she was deeply and truly loved by her family and will be terribly missed.

Surviving are her children, Donna Jo Wood and husband Thomas of Harrisburg, Brother Joseph Kotula, Order of Friar Minor of West Clarksville, N.Y., and Andrea Hruby and husband John, with whom she made her home the last few years; five grandchildren, Joe Harrison of Monongahela, Amy Hinton and husband Jack of Harrisburg, Jennifer Brower and husband Todd of Grand Rapids, Mich., Jeff Hruby and wife Melissa of Nottingham Township and Elizabeth Hruby McCabe and husband Justin of Pittsburgh; and 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Harrison, Anneliese, Eliana and Benjamin Brower, Austin, Aliza, and Madison Hruby, and Kyle and Ryan Hinton.

In addition to her parents and 11 siblings, deceased are her husband, Andrew Paul Kotula, who died February 20, 1993, and a daughter, Patty Ann Kotula, who died September 28, 1946.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, Monongahela, with the Rev. William Terza and the Rev. Daniel Riley, OFM, con-celebrating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Mt. Irenaeus - Franciscan Mountain Retreat, P.O. Box 100, West Clarksville, NY 14786. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting

Donald E. McWreath Jr.

Owned and operated Donald McWreath Roofing

Donald E. McWreath Jr., 69, of Washington, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

He was born January 6, 1944, in Washington, a son of Jean Guthrie McWreath of Washington and the late Donald E. McWreath Sr.

Mr. McWreath was a 1962 graduate of Trinity High School and went on to work for Christman Air, as well as McWreath Dairy. He then owned and operated Donald McWreath Roofing.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 22, Alpine Club, Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion and Keystone Club.

Mr. McWreath coached youth baseball and softball for many years and followed football, softball, basketball and wrestling as his children grew.

On February 16, 1985, he married Roxanne Veltri, who survives.

Also surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are three sons, Scott (Debbie) McWreath and Donald Edward McWreath III, both of Washington, and Ryan Patrick McWreath of Washington; two daughters, Beth Shrum of Virginia Beach, Va., and Chelsea A. McWreath of Washington; a brother, Sheridan (Kim) McWreath of Meadow Lands; two sisters, Sharen Humphreys of Marion, Ohio, and Janet (Jim) Perry of Brookline; six grandchildren, Bryan, Kyle, Evan, Donald IV, Aiden and Chase; two stepgrandchildren, Kyle and Malea; his first wife, Sylvia Phillips of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth N. Schott officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society at Please bring any photographs and memories to the funeral home to be uploaded, in real time, for the family to view on the system. Condolences may also be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Nancy A. Miller

Retired Washington Hospital nursing school house mother

Nancy A. Miller, 86, of Washington, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born January 11, 1927, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Frank W. and Anne Jennings Adams.

Mrs. Miller was a 1944 graduate of Cecil High School and went on to work for Canonsburg Milling Co. and DuBois Optical Co. in the Trust Building. After raising her children, she worked for W.T. Grant for 13 years and was a house mother at the Washington Hospital School of Nursing until her retirement in 1980.

On May 3, 1949, in Houston, she married Lloyd B. Miller, who died September 22, 1989.

Surviving are a son, Douglas L. (Maribeth) Miller of Claysville; a daughter, Dora Lee Burkhart of Martins Ferry, Ohio; two grandsons, Ian Miller and Trevor J. Burkhart; three nieces, Leslie (Gino) Fonda, Amy Seraly and Dana (Todd) Patress; two nephews, Jon and Chris Miles; several great-nieces and nephews; and dear friends Sue and Helen.

She also leaves her beloved dog, Morgan.

Deceased are a brother, Frank Adams Jr.; two sisters, Shirley Miles and Martha Alderson; and a nephew, Bill Miles.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the hour of services, Friday, March 22, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Please bring any photographs or memories to the funeral home to be uploaded, in real time, on the system, or condolences may be expressed at Mrs. Miller requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to the Humane Society or any animal rescue league. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Nicholas Melvin Mucho Sr.

U.S. Navy veteran enjoyed golf

Nicholas Melvin Mucho Sr., 71, of Fayetteville, W.Va., died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Born February 19, 1942, in Richeyville, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Barbara Tompos Mucho.

He was a retired maintenance worker for Georgia-Pacific.

Mr. Mucho was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

He enjoyed golf.

Mr. Mucho served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Collins Kelly Mucho; a son, Nicholas Mucho Jr. of Bradley, W.Va.; a daughter, Natasha Mucho of Mount Hope, W.Va.; a sister, Nancy Polacek of Florida; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Entombment will be in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, 123 Elmore Street, Oak Hill WV 25901. Condolences may be sent at Arrangements are by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Marie M. Opatt

Active church member, Bell Telephone retiree

Marie M. “TT” Opatt, 87, of Washington, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Southminster Place, Washington, after a brief illness.

She was born November 19, 1925, in Hazelton, a daughter of the late Lewis and Mary Petruce Maracani.

Mrs. Opatt was a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands and was very active in her church. She volunteered at many activities, one of them being bingo. She was a member of Christian Mothers of the church and was a member of Washington Hospital Auxiliary.

She was a graduate of Hazelton High School and was employed for more than 30 years for Bell Telephone in Pittsburgh, retiring in 1984.

Mrs. Opatt and husband James enjoyed caring for their great-nieces and great-nephew, Tricia, Jacob and Michelle. They never missed a ballgame, concert or play. Their constant love and support were ever present and they will be deeply missed.

On August 20, 1960, she married James W. Opatt, who died March 1, 2003.

Surviving are a sister, Hilda Maracani of Philadelphia; a niece, Cheryl Bunner of Washington; a nephew, Barry Colussi of Washington; two great-nieces, Tricia (Chris) Bryker of Washington and Michelle Bunner of Washington; a great-nephew, Jacob Bunner of Los Angeles, Calif.; a great-great-niece, Avery Mary Bryker; and several other nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces.

Deceased are two brothers, Lewis Maracani and John Maracani, who died in infancy; and sisters Helen Fellin, Frances Ambrose, Catherine Maracani, Martha Ambrose, Doris Colussi and Rita Maracani, who died in childhood.

Friends will be received from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday in 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. Christian Mothers of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. in the funeral home Thursday night. A prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, with Father Carmen D’Amico as celebrant. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, P.O. Box 366, Meadow Lands, PA 15347. Condolences may be expressed at

Helen P. Krusienski Phillips

Formerly of Canonsburg

Helen P. Krusienski Phillips, 92, formerly of Canonsburg, died at 12:46 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born August 16, 1920, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Maryan and Cecelia Klutskowski Krusienski.

She was a lifelong Canonsburg resident. Her husband, Walter Phillips, died November 9, 2000.

Surviving are a son, Walter J. Phillips of Canonsburg; a daughter, Patricia Bruno of Canonsburg; a granddaughter, Shannon L. Bruno; a great-granddaughter, Elaina Josephine Bruno; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Phillips was the last of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marion and Anthony Krusienski; two sisters, Ann Yamka and Mary Ann Sutton; and her son-in-law, Joseph Bruno.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Private services are scheduled for Thursday, March 21. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Please visit to view and leave condolences.

Lucille F. Redd

Member of Laboratory Church

Lucille F. Redd, 61, of Washington, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born August 25, 1951, a daughter of John H. and the late Faye R. Redd.

Miss Redd was a lifelong resident of Redd Run Road.

She was raised on a dairy farm, the second of five siblings, Linda Joyce (Higgins) of Washington, John Douglas, Barbara Kay and Richard Wade. Her sister, Linda, is her sole surviving sibling.

After graduating from Trinity Senior High School in June 1969, she spent her life working in professional roles that gave her the opportunity to serve, care for and inspire the people of Washington.

Miss Redd was a member of Laboratory Presbyterian Church and Martha Washington Garden Club. She was an avid bingo player and frequent winner on Friday nights at North Franklin Township Volunteer fire hall.

Surviving, in addition to her father and sister, are two children, Kimberly Redd-O’Brien (Patrick) of Washington and Timothy Redd of Silver Spring, Md., and several loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. All are invited to join her children for a memorial service at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Laboratory Presbyterian Church, 23 Manse Street, Washington. Luncheon and refreshments will be served immediately following. A toast to her life will follow later that evening at 7:30 p.m. in Kopper Kettle, Route 40, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Martha Washington Garden Club. Please call Joyce Streater, 724-225-2858, to arrange a contribution.

Please visit, where one can share memories and upload pictures of her to celebrate her life and memory. A guest book may also be viewed and signed at

Nelda B. Tennant

McCracken Pharmacy clerk, First U.M. Church member

Nelda B. Tennant, 93, of Waynesburg, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in RespiCenter West, Waynesburg.

She was born Friday, April 11, 1919, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Albert B. Berryhill and Alice Robinson Berryhill.

Mrs. Tennant was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was a life member of the Women’s Society of the Church.

She was a member of Emerald Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star 135.

Mrs. Tennant worked for McCracken Pharmacy for 20 years as a clerk, retiring in 1983.

Her husband, Lloyd Tennant, whom she married Friday, March 31, 1939, died September 19, 2003.

Surviving are a granddaughter, Daneen and husband Ed Ellis of Troy, Mo.; grandson Curtis and wife Karen Lindstrom of Englewood, Ohio; three great-granddaughters and two great-great-grandsons; daughter-in-law Patricia Lindstrom of Bridgeton, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased are a son, Richard Albert Tennant; three sisters, Stella Hatfield, Mary May and Margaret B. Porter; and three brothers, Charles, Samuel and George Berryhill.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the hour of service, Friday, March 22, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, with Pastor Gary Grau officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Information is available at

Samuel J. Tylus

Graphic artist was avid sports fan

Samuel J. Tylus, 57, was taken peacefully up to the Lord following a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis Monday, March 18, 2013.

He was born October 5, 1955, in Washington, a son of the late Edmund Tylus and Patricia Cooper Pattison of Washington, who survives.

Mr. Tylus was a 1973 graduate of Bentworth High School and a graduate of the Ivy School of Art, Pittsburgh.

He was a lifelong member of Cokeburg Presbyterian Church and Cokeburg Moose.

A graphic artist, he was employed by Mancuso Printing in Washington, Channel Craft in Charleroi and Renaissance Glass Works in Canonsburg, where he designed and manufactured stained and leaded glass.

He played on several dartball leagues throughout the local area.

Mr. Tylus was an avid sports fan who loved art and music and also his dachshund, Pixie.

On August 13, 1983, he married Patty Hager, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his mother and wife, are a son, Dylan Tylus (Elaine) of South Park; three grandchildren, Riley, Cole and Chase Tylus; four sisters, Carla Tylus of Washington, Andrea West of Nonak, Conn., Monica Goblesky of Brick, N.J., and Tyra Savarese of Charleroi; a brother-in-law, Richard Hager of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, with Pastor Fran Skariot officiating. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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