Obituaries March 24

March 23, 2013

Henry P. Bills

Henry P. Bills, 62, of Washington, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

Arrangements are being handled by Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Washington.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Frances A. Cushma

Frances A. Cushma, 77, of Canonsburg, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Consulate Health Care.

Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc, 724-745-8120.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Ann Barbara Golden

Member of St. Mary’s Church

Ann Barbara Golden, 91, of Cecil, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in ManorCare, Green Tree.

She was born August 22, 1921, in Bridgeville, a daughter of the late John and Ann Harde Ratti.

Mrs. Golden was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Cecil, and the Hilltoppers Group.

She worked as a cook for Fatigati restaurant.

Surviving are a daughter, Joanne M. (George A.) Russi of Oakdale; a son, John A. Golden Sr. of Cecil; six grandchildren, Cheryl (Jason) Brown of Carnegie, George J. (Melanie) Russi of North Fayette Township, Carolyn (Greg) Naman of Sturgeon, John A. (Lori Mickle) Golden Jr. of Morgan, Tracy (Tim) Cooper of Scott Township and Joe (Sheena) Golden of Carnegie; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Eden of Eugene, Ore., Catherine (Alex) Romanus of Richeyville and Lucille (Robert) Scott of Glendale; and a brother, Ed (Grace) Ratti of Gladden.

Deceased are her husband, Andrew Golden, who died in 1993; two brothers, John and George Ratti; and three sisters, Louise Lane, Grace Popich and Marie Emerick.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where parting prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, followed by a 10 a.m. Christian Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cecil.

Gary T. Howard

Jefferson resident was avid golfer

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

He was born May 30, 1959, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Antoon “Tony” and Elsie Katherine Temple Howard.

In 1978, he married Valerie Fairman, who died February 19, 2005.

Mr. Howard was a longtime car salesman in the Waynesburg area.

He was an avid golfer, when his health permitted, and a past member of Greene County Country Club.

Surviving are three children, Jennifer Howard of Hastings, David Howard of Jefferson and Suzanna Howard of Rachel, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Dylan Howard and Blaze McCombie; siblings John Howard of Waynesburg, Mary David and husband Bob of Jefferson, Paul Howard and wife Kay of Waynesburg, Haddie Doney and husband Marty of Waynesburg, Gloria Keener and husband George of Waynesburg, James Howard and wife Sandy of Pitt Gas, Susie Davis and husband Gerald of Jefferson, and Bill Howard and wife Donna of Waynesburg; a brother-in-law, Carl “Cutts” Virgin of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a sister, S. Joan Virgin, and his father- and mother-in-law, Wayne and Theresa Stranak Fairman.

Private services are being held in Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to one’s favorite charity.

Larry G. Kiger

Vietnam veteran received two Purple Hearts

Larry G. Kiger, 65, of Mt. Morris, died at 5:42 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born Saturday, March 13, 1948, in Kirby, a son of the late Charles E. Kiger and Texa C. Myers Kiger.

Mr. Kiger had lived in Greene County all of his life.

He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he received two Purple Hearts.

Mr. Kiger was also a former member of Mt. Morris Volunteer Fire Department and had served as assistant chief for many years.

He loved spending time with his four grandsons and family.

His wife, Patricia Fumich Kiger, whom he married August 22, 1970, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Stefanie and Jay Morris of Waynesburg and Leslie and Ben Parker of Fairmont, W.Va.; four grandsons, Isaac and Luke Morris and Jaxon and Spencer Parker; three sisters, Sharon S. and Bill Bennett, Darlene K. and Gary Wade and Marsha A. and David McIntire, all of Mt. Morris; a brother, Allen N. and Doris Kiger of Madison, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Monday, March 25, in Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God with the Rev. Fred Tomlinson officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Graveside military rites will be accorded by James T. Maxon American Legion Post 992. Information is online at

Gerhard H. Roberts

WWII vet was Columbia grad

Gerhard H. Roberts, 98, of Washington, formerly of Strafford, Vt., died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in his home.

He was born May 21, 1914, in Berlin, Germany, a son of Carl Roberts and Gertrude Halle.

Mr. Roberts was a graduate of Columbia University School of General Studies and received his master’s and doctorate in education from the Teachers College of Columbia University.

He was a mathematics educator and administrator for the Brentwood and Herricks school districts in Long Island, N.Y., for many years.

Mr. Roberts served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

On August 8, 1942, in Havre de Grace, Md., he married Ingeborg F. Sussmann. Mrs. Roberts died January 15, 2010.

Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn B. Roberts of Eastchester, N.Y., and Marilyn (Kenneth Mason) Roberts of Washington, and a grandson, Alexander R. Mason.

Deceased are a son, Michael H. Roberts, and a sister, Hilda Roberts.

There will be no services for Mr. Roberts. Interment will take place this summer in Strafford. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Upper Valley Land Trust at

McKinley Anne Shultz

McKinley Anne Shultz of Waynesburg died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Morgantown, a daughter of Robert L. and Elizabeth R. Lemley Shultz.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are maternal great-grandparents Ethel and Harry Plishka Jr. of Maidsville, W.Va.; maternal grandparents Wendy Levanduski of Cadillac, Mich., and Rodger D. Lemley of Mt. Morris; paternal grandparents Ed and Judy Shultz of Waynesburg; two sisters, Reiley and Reagan Shultz, at home; several aunts and uncles, Amber and Ralph Jarrell of Mt. Morris, Ashley and Mark Strosnider of Waynesburg, Amy Lemley of Mt. Morris, Pam and Josh Chambers of Waynesburg and Jim and Crystal Shultz of Waynesburg; and several cousins.

Services and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Information is online at

William P. Skarupa Sr.

Army vet worked for J&L Steel

William P. “Bill” Skarupa Sr., 79, of McDonald, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

He was born June 13, 1933, in Imperial, a son of Stephen Sr. and Cecelia Maga Skarupa.

Mr. Skarupa was a West Allegheny graduate and served in the U.S. Army.

He worked for J&L Steel in Aliquippa for 30 years, retiring in 1984. He also was a part-time McDonald policeman for 20 years.

Mr. Skarupa was a life member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

On August 25, 1955, he married Mary Gensler, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, William “Bill” (Judi) P. Skarupa Jr. of Oakdale; two daughters, Diane K. Barley of Pittsburgh and Patricia A. (Jon) Cable of McDonald; a brother, Stephen Skarupa Jr. of McDonald; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Deceased is a sister, Velma Slota.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

Margaret Sonnenberg


Margaret Sonnenberg, 106, formerly of Langeloth and Haveloch Commons, McDonald, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, in Paramount Senior Living Center, McMurray.

She was born in the North Side of Pittsburgh March 3, 1907, a daughter of the late Albert and Regina Metz Blind.

A graduate of Langely High School in Sheridan, she modeled at Joseph Hornes after high school and ice danced with a partner at Duquesne Gardens and in Canada.

Before being a homemaker, Mrs. Sonnenberg was a crane operator for Coraopolis Steel during World War II.

Her husband, Edward E. Sonnenberg, died January 29, 1970.

A member of Langeloth Community Presbyterian Church, she played the organ and traveled all over the country.

Surviving are a daughter, Myrna Sonnenberg Bettinger of Alpharetta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Kim Shay, Lisa Woody and Charles Bettinger; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 10 until the time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, officiated by the Rev. Dan Ekas. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Langeloth Community Presbyterian Church.

James Ramsay Stewart

Former Pennsylvania resident

James Ramsay Stewart, M.D., 55, of Palmhurst, Texas, died peacefully Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Valley Baptist Hospital, Harlingen, Texas.

He was born March 4, 1958, in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Dr. Stewart graduated Pennsylvania State University magna cum laude in 1980, receiving the Eisenhower Award for academic excellence. He was a graduate of Southwestern Medical School at the University of Texas, graduating with honors in 1984. He performed his residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was board certified in internal medicine.

He practiced medicine in the Public Health Service in New Mexico followed by several years in practice in Henderson, Nev., before settling in the McAllen, Texas, area. He was named Top Doctor based on peer nomination from U.S. News and World Report. He was a physician at McAllen Primary Care for several years and operated his own practice until his demise.

Dr. Stewart was devoted to his patients and served as president of the Hidalgo Star Medical Society for two years.

His hobbies included travel, cooking, gardening, music and motorcycling.

Surviving are his father, Kenneth H. Stewart, and brothers Kenneth E. Stewart and John M. Stewart, all of Lexington, Ky., as well as his sister, Leslie A. Scott of Spotsylvania, Va.

His mother, Donna C. Carroll Stewart, is deceased.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon until 2 p.m., the hour of services, Wednesday, March 27, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Chad Bogdewic officiating, followed by burial at Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. Condolences may be offered at

Arveda A. Inghram Lemley Throckmorton

Arveda A. Inghram Lemley Throckmorton, 95, of Washington, formerly of Waynesburg, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Stella A. Zalom

Stella A. Zalom, 82, of Clarksville, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., Jefferson.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.



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