Obituaries March 23

March 22, 2013

Helen Bukovinsky Brandenburg

Avella resident

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

She was born March 30, 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, in St. Michael’s Church, she married Ronald Brandenburg, who survives. They were 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 11 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

Gary T. Howard

Gary T. Howard, 53, of Jefferson, died unexpectedly Friday, March 22, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

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

Sarah Margaret Inghram

Washington homemaker

Sarah Margaret Inghram, 71, of Washington, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

She was born June 9, 1941, in Washington, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Mabel Hillberry Toland. She was raised by Elmer and Mable Gray.

Mrs. Inghram was a homemaker and a member of the Slovak Club, Polish Club and Eagles.

Her companion of 35 years, Wilbert “Piggy” Hutter, is deceased.

Surviving are three daughters, Tammy (Richard) Cox, Jamie Inghram and Chrystal Inghram, all of Washington; four brothers, Elmer Samuel “Sonny” Gray, Paul Gray and Roger “Tick” Gray, all of Washington, and Clarence “Butch” Gray of Greene County; four sisters, Erma Yater, Linda Gray, Donna (Bill) Wasnik and Kathy (Rick) Garrett, all of Washington; four grandchildren, Billy Ray Sr., Angel Marie Cox, Katrina Marie Post and Ronald “Butterballs” Post; and two great-grandsons, Billy Ray Cox Jr. and Nicklaus Michael Wilhoft.

Deceased are a brother, Rick Allen Gray, and a sister, Freda Toland.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Alfred Ellsworth Plance Jr.

U.S. Navy veteran

Alfred Ellsworth Plance Jr., 70, of Burgettstown, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born October 22, 1942, a son of the late Alfred E. and Mary Stevenson Plance Sr.

Prior to retirement, he was employed as a medical equipment technician for Sybron-Castle in Rochester, N.Y.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Mr. Plance enjoyed farming, woodworking and the outdoors.

His first wife, Judy Tennant Plance, died in 1990.

Surviving are his current wife, Joy Stanley Plance; three sons, Chris Plance of Des Moines, Iowa, Tim (Shawnna) Plance of Burgettstown and Steven Plance of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Cole, Adrian and Jake Plance; and a sister, Ann Marie (Lou) Gamber of Gibsonia.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence. For further information and condolences, please visit

Margaret Sonnenberg

Margaret Sonnenberg, 106, formerly of Havelock Commons, McDonald, passed away Firday, March 22, 2013, in Paramount Senior Living, McMurray.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lee and Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Irene Saunders Taylder

Devoted member of Clarksville Christian Church

Irene Saunders Taylder, beloved wife and mother, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in her home.

She was born October 31, 1923, in South Shields, England, a daughter of the late John Thomas and Lillian Anscomb Saunders.

During World War II, she worked in a munitions factory making howitzers in Stanley, England.

Mrs. Taylder was devoted to her church, Clarksville Christian Church, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher for the adult class, a deaconess and a board member. She was elected deaconess emeritus by the church board in 1993.

On December 27, 1947, she married George Taylder, in Stanley, England. The two of them immigrated to Clarksville in December 1949 and lived in Braden Plan, until her husband’s death in 2002, when she moved to Hickory.

Surviving are two daughters, Doris Grimm and husband Larry of Hickory and Janis Komula and husband Mark of Somerset; four grandsons, Thomas (Kristen) Grimm of Mt. Lebanon, Matthew (Allisha) Grimm of Rustburg, Va., Leonard (Megan) Komula of Somerset and Andrew Komula of Somerset; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Cary and Elly Komula; a sister, Muriel Vance of Front Royal, Va.; a brother, David Saunders of Mather; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her stepmother, Jane Bell Saunders, and a brother, Gilbert Saunders.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, with the Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Condolences may be offered at

John Teslovich Jr.

Self-employed farmer

John Teslovich Jr., 84, of Brownsville, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in his home.

He was born February 10, 1929, in Brownsville, a son of the late John Sr. and Mary Staso Teslovich.

Mr. Teslovich was a self-employed farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Hrsak Teslovich; four children, Lucille Elias and husband Afif, John R. Teslovich and wife Debra, David Teslovich and Brian Teslovich and wife Cara; nine grandchildren, Kathy, Mark and Christina Elias, Tyler Teslovich and wife JoAnna and Brittany, Ashley, Hannah, Eli and Elizabeth Teslovich; a great-grandson, John Owen; three brothers, George, Frank and James Teslovich; and a sister, Mary Celestine.

Deceased are two brothers, Michael and Charles Teslovich.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, where a Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, followed by divine liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Brownsville, with the Rev. Jerome Botsko as celebrant. Entombment will be held in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Ruth P. Travaglini

Member of St. Patrick Parish

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

She was born February 13, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Zigmond and Anna Smigels Polosky.

Mrs. Travaglini spent her entire life in the Canonsburg area. She was a 1941 graduate of Canonsburg High School, where she was the salutatorian.

She was a member of St. Genevieve Worship Site of St. Patrick Parish her entire life.

Prior to her marriage, she worked for eight years as a cost accountant for Continental Can Co. in Canonsburg. She also worked at the book shop in Canonsburg for 17 years, until her retirement in 1992.

On July 5, 1950, she married Daniel Travaglini, who passed away April 18, 1958. She never remarried, saying, “I lost the love of my life; I will never be able to find a better man.”

Surviving are a son, Daniel (Rebecca) Travaglini, and a granddaughter, Julia Ann, whom she cherished her time with, saying was the greatest joy in her life, both of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Travaglini was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased are three brothers, Joseph Pruce and Walter and Edward Polosky, and a sister, Jane Reynier.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. To view or extend condolences, please visit



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