Obituaries March 22

March 21, 2013

Helen Bukovinsky Brandenburg

Avella resident

Helen “Patsy” Bukovinsky Brandenburg of Avella passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Alleghany General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born March 20, 1942, in Avella, a daughter of the late Midge and John Bukovinsky.

Mrs. Brandenburg was a 1960 graduate of Avella High School.

After having three children, a daughter, Jody Kern, and two sons, Ron and Nancy Brandenburg and John and Mary Ann Brandenburg, she went to cosmetology school and had a shop in her home for 39 years.

She had six grandchildren, Bethanie and Courtney Kern, Renee Brandenburg and fiancé Ben, Ron (Stacy) Brandenburg and Trish and Alex Brandenburg.

On June 25, 1960, she and her husband, Ronald Brandenburg, were married in St. Michael’s Church. They would have been married for 52 years.

Mrs. Brandenburg was past president of St. Michael’s Christian Mothers, member of Cross Creek Senior Citizens, Avella fire hall auxiliary and Avella Sportsmen’s Club. She enjoyed cooking with her friends. They had fish fries for Avella fire hall and made a lot of spaghetti sauce for Avella American Legion and St. Michael’s Church.

There will be no visitation. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, in St. Michael’s Church, Avella, with Father Bob Staszewski and Father Alvin Gutierrez as celebrants. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Avella. Arrangements are being handled by Reasner Funeral Home, Wellsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Avella Volunteer Fire Department, or St. Michael’s Church, Avella. Condolences may be made to

William Thomas Freeman Sr.

Coal miner, truck driver formerly of Clarksville

William Thomas “Bill” Freeman Sr., 66, formerly of Clarksville and Carmichaels, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, in a truck accident in DeLand, Fla.

He was born March 6, 1946, in Brownsville.

Mr. Freeman and his family moved to St. Augustine, Fla., in 1983. He was a former coal miner and was employed by DeLand Truck Center at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Freeman of Adah; a sister, Patsy Bodnar; and a brother, Darwin Freeman.

Surviving are his wife, Paula Freeman of Zephyrhills, Fla.; a son, William Thomas Freeman Jr. of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; a daughter, Terri Freeman Borchardt and husband Marc of Rome, Ga.; his mother, Phyllis Freeman of Adah; a brother, Charles Freeman of Clinton; a sister, Mary Scandrol of Fredericktown; and several nieces and nephew.

He also leaves behind his faithful animal companion, Muffy.

Volusia County Cremation society is in charge of arrangements. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, in First Christian Church, Republic. A Catholic memorial Mass was previously said for him in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome, Ga. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Cancer Navigators, 3 Central Plaza, Suite 415, Rome, GA 30161, or

Norman Wade Gorby

Steelworker for Jones and Laughlin

Norman Wade Gorby, 81, of Washington, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in his home.

He was born March 21, 1931, in Washington, a son of Guy and Anna E. Carroll Gorby.

Mr. Gorby was Protestant.

During the Korean war, he served from 1950 to 1953 as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Following his service, he first worked at Hazel Atlas Glass Plant No. 2 and later became a steelworker, employed by Jones and Laughlin Steel Co.

He was a member of American Legion Post 639, Claysville, for more than 50 years.

Mr. Gorby is survived by three sisters, Edna V. Maiello and Emma Jean Dorsey, both of Washington, and Aileen Lauther of Claysville, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, George P. and Ronald Lee Gorby, and a sister, Mary E. Burt.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 23, in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director. The Rev. Larry Wiltrout will officiate. Interment in Washington Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family. Military honors will be offered at the funeral home by American Legion Post 639, Claysville. Memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 275 Meadowlands Boulevard, Washington, or to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Messages of condolence may be left at

Beverlyn L. Johnson

Beverlyn L. Johnson, 61, of Pittsburgh, died March 19, 2013.

Wife of the late George; mother of six with 13 grandchildren.

Service at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Fountain of Life Church, 147 Johnston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Georgetta Childs Kozy

Great cook and baker

Georgetta Childs Kozy, 69, of Masontown, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born April 17, 1943, in Martin, a daughter of the late Paul and Nellie Trout Childs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Anthony Kozy Jr.; sisters Betty Macky, Lucy Dillow and Mary Jane Hostetler; and brothers Harry Childs and Art Childs.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Michael Anthony Kozy III and wife Kimberly, Rodney Paul Kozy and wife Lori and James Francis Kozy, all of Masontown; beloved grandchildren Michael Anthony Kozy IV, Kathryn Marie Kozy, Trisha Lynn Kozy, Tyler James Kozy and Alexis Grace Elizabeth Kozy; and a wonderful sister-in-law, Margaret Childs and her family.

Mrs. Kozy also leaves behind her loving pet, Casper.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Leckrone.

Mrs. Kozy enjoyed taking care of her home and her family and was a great cook and baker. She was very much loved and will be deeply missed.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Haky Funeral Home Inc., 515 North Main Street, Masontown, and until 10 a.m., the time of a blessing service, Saturday, March 23, with the Rev. Father John M. Butler officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Mary Cemetery, Leckrone. Personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at

Charles T. O’Brien Sr.

Worked for Sears & Roebuck for 50 years

Charles T. O’Brien Sr., 90, formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., and a Washington native, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Noblesville, Ind.

He retired from Sears & Roebuck after 50 years of service.

Mr. O’Brien was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eve, in 1999.

Surviving are his children, Kathy Roberts of Indianapolis, Ind., Patricia Parsons and Anita Sery, both of Fort Wayne, Charles T. Jr. of Fishers, Ind., Sean of Carmel, Ind., and Mark of Bradenton, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Roxanne, Tracy, Terresa and Clarence of Alliance Home Care and the staff of Prairie Lakes of Noblesville all took good care of Mr. O’Brien.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, the time of memorial Mass, in St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, 11441 Hague Road, Fishers. Burial will follow in Locust Hill Cemetery, Chester, W.Va. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indianapolis Chapter. Condolences can be given at

William E. Reese

Longtime O-R reporter, outdoors editor

William E. Reese, 82, of Washington, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Cranberry Place, Cranberry.

He was born in Cambria County June 10, 1930, a son of the late Stanley G. and Caroline Servis Reese.

Mr. Reese was a 1956 graduate of Penn State University. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea with the 31st infantry 3rd battalion and was a longtime member of American Legion Post 175 of Washington. He worked for the Observer-Reporter as a reporter and outdoors editor for 36 years from 1956 until his retirement in 1992.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Marianna, where he served as deacon, was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing, taught hunter safety education for 35 years and was a member of the Arms Club of Washington.

On August 25, 1979, he married Linda Frederick, with whom he had shared more than 33 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Diane Reese of Harrisburg and Beth Burgard of Harrisburg; a son, Matthew (Danielle) Reese of West Finley; a brother, Robert Reese of Holidaysburg; two sisters, Jean (Louis) Bertoletti of Ebensburg and Eleanor Benko of Ebensburg; five grandchildren, Richard (Jennifer) Liddick, Tim (Nichole) Liddick, Wyatt Burgard, Marlee Reese and Ainsley Reese; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, March 24, in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, with Pastor Betty Riecks and Pastor Michael Lehman officiating. A military service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of Washington. A guest book may be signed at In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Marianna Community Library.

Ruth P. Travaglini

Ruth P. Travaglini, 87, a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Golden Living Center, South Hills.

Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 734-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in later edition.



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