Obituaries March 27

March 26, 2013

William Nelson Bayles

Columbia Gas retiree

William Nelson Bayles, 64, of Cameron, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Bellaire Hospital.

He was born September 4, 1948, in Cameron, a son of the late George Edward and Laura Jane Cox Bayles.

Mr. Bayles was a member of First Christian Church of Cameron.

He retired from Columbia Gas and was a member of Boilermakers Local 667 and International Chimney.

In addition to his parents, deceased is a grandson, Cory Bayles.

Surviving are his wife, Debra Cain Bayles of Moundsville, W.Va.; daughter Kristina K. (Lonnie) Nicholls of Waynesburg; son Stephen W. Bayles of Cameron; four stepchildren, Deanna Daugherty of Moundsville, Adam Richmond of Dallas, N.C., Brian Richmond of Cameron and Nickolas Richmond of Houston, Texas; a brother, Donald (Nila) Bayles of Okeechobee, Fla.; five grandchildren, Brady and Joshua Nicholls, Cody Bayles, Katelin Bayles and Jack Fox; stepgrandchildren Codi, Lauren and McKayla Daugherty and Tiffany and Jessie Richmond; great-stepgranddaughter Elaina Daugherty; two nephews, Jefferey Nelson (Lynn) Bayles of Okeechobee and Donald Edward (Julie) Bayles Jr. of Wisconsin; and an aunt, Betty Datolli of Wheeling, W.Va.

His memory will be cherished by family, friends and co-workers.

Family will receive friends from 1 until 6 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, March 28, in Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 39 Maple Avenue, Cameron. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Samuel Albert Davis

Tow truck driver, CB radio enthusiast loved to cook

Samuel Albert Davis, 59, of Middle River, Md., died Sunday, March 24, 2013, in his home, following a brief illness.

He was born January 23, 1954, in Washington, a son of Anna Florence Lloyd Davis of Washington and the late Samuel A. Davis.

Mr. Davis had worked as a tow truck driver.

A CB radio enthusiast, he loved to cook.

On June 21, 1971, he married Debra Marie Clouston, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James (Bridget) Davis of York and Samuel Davis of Baltimore, Md.; three daughters, Samantha (Christopher) Durham of Havre De Grace, Md., and Sandra and Victoria Davis, both of Baltimore; a sister, Sandra (Frank) Emerick of Westland; and four grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at

Darlene Griffin

Darlene Griffin, 58, of Florida, formerly of Burgettstown, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Atlantis, Fla.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.

Donna Marleane Harbaugh

Worked at Locust Manner Nursing Home

Donna Marleane Harbaugh, 71, of Washington, died Monday, March 25, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born July 12, 1941, in Washington, a daughter of Robert Roux and Mary Locust Beal.

Mrs. Harbaugh worked at Locust Manner Nursing Home for many years.

Surviving are a son, Robbie Harbaugh of Washington, who cared for his mom during her two-year fight with cancer; a daughter, Kimberly (Donald) Clark of Redman, Ore.; a half brother, Louis (Sandy) Ruscello of Washington; two grandchildren, Faith Noel Harbaugh and Jeremiah Clark; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, Joseph D. Harbaugh, and a brother, Richard Roux.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Pastor Robert Baker officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Harbaugh family, in care of Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home. 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 also may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Karen L. Hornung

Charleroi resident

Dr. Karen L. Hornung, 64, of Charleroi, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 25, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in West Alexander Presbyterian Church, 108 Main Street. At the family’s request, please no flowers.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, McMurray.

Anna Barto Kempa

Member of St. Nicholas Old Believers Church

Anna Barto Kempa, 97, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Wexford House Nursing Center.

She was born September 19, 1915, in Slovan, a daughter of the late Paul and Lukeria Sederoff Barto.

Mrs. Kempa was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Old Believers Russian Church in Marianna.

Surviving are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Deceased are her husband, Peter, and a daughter, Natalie.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 28, in St. Nicholas Old Believers Russian Church, Marianna. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Nichol Funeral Homes of Marianna and Washington.

Guest book may be viewed and signed at

Nancy Freese Knetzer

Active Jehovah’s Witnesses member loved to read, garden

Nancy Freese Knetzer, 66, of Carmichaels, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013.

She was born April 24, 1946, a daughter of Edward P. Freese and Dorothy R. Henderson Freese of Penn Hills.

Deceased is a brother, Paul Freese of Penn Hills.

Mrs. Knetzer was the beloved wife for 43 years to Kenneth Knetzer, married August 9, 1969. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Knetzer raised four children, Jeffery P. Knetzer (Emily), Jennifer R. Hannaford (Lance), Stephen E. Knetzer (Kelly) and Kathleen E. Knetzer, who passed away June 8, 2011. She was a loving grandmother of seven, Adrielle Knetzer, Addisen Knetzer, Tristan Hannaford, Colin Hannaford, Hallie Hannaford, Ainsley Knetzer and Landry Knetzer. Also surviving are her husband’s family, whom she loved and they loved her, and one whom she called her sister from Utah.

Mrs. Knetzer and her husband’s love of country life moved them to 13 acres in Greene County in 1977.

She loved to read, garden and ride her horses. She was an active member of Carmichaels congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1972. In addition to sharing her knowledge of the Bible with others, she enjoyed working with her husband on Kingdom Hall building projects.

A memorial talk will be given by Gary Proden at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in Carmichaels Kingdom Hall, Route 21, Carmichaels. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Flenniken Library of Carmichaels, PA 15320. Professional services are trusted to the care of Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd., Blawnox.

Edith Lucille Pangburn

50-year OES member enjoyed flowers, animals

Edith Lucille Pangburn, 93, of Washington, formerly of Elrama, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born April 4, 1919, in Sunnyside, a daughter of Floyd and Susan Kelly Bonnell.

Mrs. Pangburn was a 1937 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School.

While residing in Elrama, she attended Elrama United Methodist Church. After her husband George’s death, she moved to and resided in Washington and was a member of Washington United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed tending to her flowers and had a love for animals.

Mrs. Pangburn was a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 418 of Elizabeth.

She was a devoted mother of three sons, Samuel S. Pangburn of Washington and George C. Pangburn and wife Pamela and William L. Pangburn and wife Carole, boh of Midlothian, Va.; two grandchildren, Philip G. Pangburn and wife Jessica and Carolyn E. Freiert and husband Jason; great-granddaughter Zoe T. Pangburn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, George Weldon Pangburn, who died April 8, 1971; three brothers, Floyd, Freeman and Wayne Bonnell; and three sisters, Gladys Smichnick, Marie Pasini and Bonnie Ferry.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, with the Rev. Keith Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at

Bartholomew Barnard Piccardo

Visitation for Bartholomew Bernard Piccardo, who died February 9, 2013, will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, in Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. A funeral procession will follow to National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, where a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. with full military honors.

Jerry L. Reagan

WHS fastpitch assistant coach enjoyed family time

Jerry L. Reagan, 49, of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Washington Hospital, after suffering a heart attack.

He was born January 18, 1964, in Waynesburg, a son of Marjorie Tedrow Reagan of Waynesburg and the late John W. Reagan.

Mr. Reagan was a graduate of West Greene High School.

He was assistant coach of the Washington High School girls fastpitch softball team.

Mr. Reagan enjoyed golf, hunting and spending time with his children and family.

Surviving are his wife, Felicia Reagan and two children, Andy and Katie Reagan; three sisters, Betty (Thurman) Phillips and Nancy (David) Rowe, both of Carmichaels, and Cindy (Kirt) Saulter of Waynesburg; a brother, James (Cindy) Reagan of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers John R., Weldon, Ralph and Clarence (Bill); and sisters Sarah Jane Berdine, Lula D’Asta and Audrey Coppler.

There will be no memorial services. A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Lone Pine Christian Church, 582 Lone Pine Road, Washington, PA 15301.

Dennis S. Rutan Sr.

Vietnam vet, Emerald Mine retiree was coach

Dennis S. Rutan Sr., 65, of Graysville (Morris Township), died at 4:42 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, with his family present, in his home after battling a cancer-related illness since October 2012.

He was born January 9, 1948, in Sycamore (Morris Township), a son of the late Ellsworth Rutan and Aldean Hopkins Rutan Sanders.

Mr. Rutan had resided in Fredericktown, prior to returning to Greene County in 1977.

He was a member and trustee of Beulah Baptist Church (Nineveh) and was a 1966 graduate of West Greene High School.

Mr. Rutan was a Vietnam veteran, having served with the U.S. Army as an SP5 with the 165th Aviation Group and was awarded the Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign and National Defense Service medals.

He was a former employee of REVCO warehouse and Kirkwood Commutators, both in Cleveland, Ohio, the Tri-County Water Co. in Fredericktown and J&L Steel Vesta 5 coal mine. He was last employed by Emerald Mine in Waynesburg, prior to retiring in 1996.

Mr. Rutan was an avid sports fan and was a former coach with Little League baseball and several men’s, women’s and girls’ softball teams.

He enjoyed hunting and visiting area flea markets, where he would buy and sell children’s toys.

On November 27, 1969, he married Rebecca Jane Rakoski, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dennis S. Rutan Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., and Jerry, husband of Shannon Rutan of Waynesburg; two daughters, Denise, wife of Heath Mooney of Sycamore and Nicole, wife of George McDonnell of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; five brothers, Harry Rutan of Morris Township, Charles, Jack and James Rutan, all of Waynesburg, and Ray Rutan, companion of June Tustin of Graysville; seven sisters, Martha Larson and Coral Hazel Rutan, both of Ohio, Dorothy Orndoff, Judy Rutan, Penny Arthur-Wright and Dale, wife of Ed Gaskell, all of Waynesburg, and Ethel (Pauline) Caldwell of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, with the Rev. Harry Hill officiating. Interment will be private. Military rites will be accorded at the funeral home by the Second IBCT Color Guard of Washington. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Janet Tucci Schneider

Retired secretary, notary loved the theater

Janet Tucci Schneider, 66, of Washington, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born October 2, 1946, in Washington Hospital, a daughter of Genevieve Parry Tucci and the late Amel Tucci.

Mrs. Schneider was a graduate of Washington High School, Class of 1964, and Point Park College with an associate’s degree in secretarial science. She was a secretary to the student senate and her sorority, Sigma Delta Sigma.

She was recording secretary for the Western Pennsylvania Area Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for six years. She also was past president of Open Doors for the Handicapped, of which she originated and was an active member.

In May 1979, she received the Patricia Thoben award for distinguished service for equal rights for handicapped citizens and also Secretarial Service Award of the Association of Rehabilitation Secretaries. She was a member of Human Relations Commission and former chairperson of the Mayor’s Commission for Handicapped in Washington. In 1978, she was awarded national certification as a certified professional secretary.

Mrs. Schneider was a 1978 graduate of the Dale Carnegie course in effective speaking and human relations. She was a former secretary of Washington County Health and Welfare Council and an administrative secretary for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for 25 years, before retiring in 1994. She also was a notary public.

She loved the theater and movies and enjoyed dining out and cooking.

On August 12, 1988, she married Robert J. Schneider, who died May 29, 2007.

Surviving are her brother, Mark and wife Judy of Mt. Pleasant, and several cousins including Guy and Carol Tucci and Laura Schrock.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, c/o Citizens Bank, 4 West Main St, Carnegie, PA 15106. Additional information and guest book are available at

Arlene Bridget Ware-Howes

Dedicated homemaker, Mt. Zion UM Church member

Arlene Bridget Ware-Howes, 89, of Fredericktown (Deemston Borough), died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in her home.

She was born December 18, 1923, in Berrysburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Isaac Wesley Ware and Lelah Belle Tenney-Ware.

Mrs. Howes was the consummate homemaker and she dedicated her days to providing a warm, comfortable home for her husband, children and grandchildren.

One of her main interests was gardening.

On March 31, 1976, she obtained a certification in flower arranging and floristry. Oil and pastel painting and playing her organ filled many hours.

She was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church on Ridgewood Drive for 62 years.

On October 4, 1941, she married Robert F. Howes, who survives. Together, they celebrated more than 71 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a sister, Emma Jean Ware-Santee of Pennsylvania; two sons, Dr. Robert E. Howes (Joyce) and Ronald G. Howes (Darlene) of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Pastor Darlene J. Howes Mathieson (Neil) of Virginia; nine grandchildren, Melissa Howes-Vitek (Mark) of Maryland, Dr. Amanda Howes-Foulke (Andrew), Meredith Howes-Lauffer (Justin), Michelle Howes-Lint (Justin), and Ronald Howes II (Jenn) of Pennsylvania, Melinda Howes-Pozzuto (Father Keith) of Texas, Dr. Daniel Gallo (Allison) of Kentucky, Chaplain Matthew Gallo (Erica) of Texas and Valerie Gallo-Jenkins (Jeff) of Virginia; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are three siblings, Margaret Ware-Tenney, Gaylord and Ralph Ware.

Many family friends provided prayers, encouraging conversations, delicious meals and other great outpourings of love during this difficult time. Great-grandson Gregory Ritsko III and nephew James “Jimmy” Dale Howes showed support and assistance whenever and wherever needed.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Funeral services will be private and officiated by the Rev. James Markley. Interment will be in Buckingham Cemetery, Deemston Borough. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 392 Ridgewood Drive, Fredericktown, PA 15333. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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