Obituaries March 28

March 27, 2013

Candace Dugan Batista

Longtime secretary and lover of life and family

Candace “Candy” Dugan Batista, 57, of Houston, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in her home, Golden Living Center, surrounded by her daughter and Golden Living family and friends, after a long and courageous battle with MS.

She was born January 29, 1956, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Reese and Betty Hilderbrand Dugan, who lived in Houston.

Ms. Batista was a 1973 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn Commercial Business School.

She worked as a secretary for Robinson Pipe cleaning and then for Washington Federal as a secretary to Al Cenis for many years.

Ms. Batista will be missed by many. She always had a smile and a wonderful sense of humor, and, although the years of MS ravaged her small frame, she never complained.

Surviving are a daughter, Jennafer (Ralph) Batista Buehl of Ellsworth; two grandchildren, Xavier Batista and Kassiah Buehl; siblings Patty Dugan of Houston and Reese Dugan Jr. and Suzanne Dugan, both of Washington; beloved uncle Robert Spiller Sr. of Houston; dear friends Annabelle Ondrick and family of Houston and Sally Duffy; nieces and nephews Robert Dugan, Jodie Merlina, Max and Kyle Dugan and Dakota, Naomi, Michaela, Chase and Treasure Caldwell; great-nieces and nephews Jake and Alexandra Bowman, Alex and Destiny Dugan, GiGi Ellis and Aidn Caldwell; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Ms. Batista, always the giver, donated her body to science in hopes of contributing to finding a cure for MS. Donations in her memory may be sent to MS Research, Golden Living Activities, 201 Village Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317, or Chartiers-Houston Community Library in Houston. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Helen Zvonkovich Capriotti

Bobtown native devoted to family

Helen Zvonkovich Capriotti, 92, of Fairfax Station, Va., a native of Bobtown, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in the home of her daughter, following an illness of several months.

She was born September 28, 1920, in Allison, and was raised in Bobtown, a daughter of the late John and Kata Humic Zvonkovich.

Mrs. Capriotti was a 1937 graduate of Point Marion High School.

She had worked for a while at Houze Glass in Point Marion. After moving to the Washington, D.C., area, she was employed by the federal government, until her retirement in 1985.

Mrs. Capriotti was devoted to her family and treasured her friends.

She remained active into her 90s and often enjoyed playing bingo and the slot machines.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Borinsky and husband Daniel of Alexandria, Va., and Joan Lamoy of Gaithersburg, Md.; two granddaughters, Marta Borinsky and Jesse Lamoy; two sisters, Pauline Zvonkovich of Fairfax Station and Anna Heney of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and several loving nieces and nephews.

She was beloved and will be missed by all her family, as well as the many people whose lives were made better by knowing her.

Deceased are her husband, Louis D. Capriotti, who died July 23, 2000; two brothers, Stephen and Joseph Zvonkovich; and two sisters, Mary Work and Dorothy Zvonkovich.

Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 30, in Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, with the Rev. Lawrence V. Holpp officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Point Marion.

In lieu of flowers, messages of condolences may be offered to the family at

Carl R. Grove

World War II veteran

Carl R. Grove, 91, of Berkeley County, W.Va., died Monday, March 25, 2013, in his home.

He was born October 24, 1921, in Oak Forrest, a son of the late Ralph and Katherine Thompson Grove.

Mr. Grove was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army Aviation Engineers from 1941 to 1946.

He was station engineer for Equitable Resources.

Surviving are a son, Richard Grove and wife Debbie of Martinsburg, W.Va.; a daughter, Donna Spaziani and husband Barry of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two stepsisters.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is his wife, Nellie Matz Grove.

Service and interment will be private. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Condolences may be offered at

Grace Lucia McGinty Holod

Grace Lucia McGinty Holod, 84, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in her home.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

John E. Kovach

1953 – 2013

John E. “Little John” Kovach, 59, of Marianna, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born on July 19, 1953, in Brownsville, a son of the late John and Virginia Krebs Kovach.

Mr. Kovach was a graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School and had worked in construction.

He was a social member of American Legion Post 744 of Marianna.

Surviving are a sister, Barbara A. (Charles) Hines of Marianna; two nieces, Patti Matthews and Leslie Babirad; a nephew, Charles Ernest Hines; and four great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, PA 15345, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. A guest book may be viewed and signed at

Anna Marie Novak

Anna Marie Novak, 83, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Albert Joseph Sabol

Served in U.S. Coast Guard

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Albert Joseph Sabol, “The Captain,” 64, of Leesburg, Va., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 24, 2013.

He was born July 17, 1948, raised in Marianna, a son of the late Alexander “Cannon” and Helen Zamiska Sabol.

Surviving are three children, Mark (Misty) Sabol of Houston, Texas, Paul Sabol of Slidell, La., and Rebecca (Scott) Stannard of Ashburn, Va.; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Cannon and Eason Sabol; ex-wife Angela Johnson Sabol; two sisters, Maryann (Harry) White of Marianna and Lou Ann (Lenny) Abbadini of Waynesburg; sister-in-law Christine Sabol of York; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Alexander C. Sabol.

A 1966 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School in Fredericktown, he was voted most athletic, excelling in football, baseball, basketball, golf and track. He was then appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. “Uncle Al,” as he was known there, became the most versatile “multi-position” man on the varsity football team and was co-captain of the golf team.

After graduating in 1970 with a bachelor of science in oceanography, he served his country in the Coast Guard for 27 years, retiring in July 1997 as a captain. During his tenure as a Coast Guard officer, he obtained a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina College. He was awarded numerous medals and commendations during his service, among them the Coast Guard Special Operations Medal with Bronze Star and National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.

Throughout his life, he was passionate about his family, his country and golf. As a member of River Creek Country Club in Leesburg, he could almost always be found on the course, competing and often winning a tournament, or driving his beloved grandchildren around on a golf cart. On October 5, 2011, he finally achieved his lifelong goal of a hole-in-one.

Visitation for friends and family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Road North East, Leesburg, where a memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Burial services will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Coast Guard Morale Fund, payable to the U.S. Coast Guard. A guest book may accessed at

Norma Jean Silvers

Member of Faith U.P. Church

Norma Jean Silvers, 81, of Washington, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in her home.

She was born August 16, 1931, in Prosperity, a daughter of the late Harry Guy and Lorena Warrell Ross.

Mrs. Silver was a 1949 graduate of Trinity High School and a homemaker.

She was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star 187 of Claysville and past worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star, Lincoln Chapter. She was past officer of the White Shrine and member of the Arms Club, Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 and Loyal of Order of Moose Lodge 22.

On September 16, 1950, she married George Edward Silvers, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, George E. Silvers Jr. of Washington, David T. (Cindy) Silvers of Grafton, W.Va., and Robert B. (Judy) Silvers of Prosperity; a daughter, Melody J. (Thomas) Butterfield of Washington; a sister, Freda Szotkowski; five grandchildren, Jessica Butterfield, Devin Silvers, Kara Silvers, Kimberly Desmond and Brett Haskitt; and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Maya Desmond.

Deceased are a brother, Delmer “Red” Ross; a sister, Lucy Ewing; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Fenton Silvers.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Syria Shrine, Shriners Hospital Fund, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024. Additional information and a guest book are available at

John Wiley

Steelers player coached at Waynesburg, Pitt

John “Jack” Wiley, 92, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, in Hospice and Community Care in Rock Hill, S.C.

He was born April 18, 1920, in Wind Ridge.

Mr. Wiley grew up on the family farm in Greene County and attended and graduated, with honors, from Waynesburg College in 1941. As a member of the Waynesburg football team, he played in the first televised American football game on NBC on September 30, 1939, versus Fordham at Triboro Stadium in Randall’s Island, N.Y. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during his senior year, graduated from Officer Candidate School and served during World War II, after which he was honorably discharged at the rank of captain.

In 1945, he married the former Helen Grace McColgin of Apollo. In summer 1946, he received an invitation to attend the preseason camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent and played five seasons. After retiring from the Steelers, after the 1950 season, he was hired as head football coach at his alma mater, Waynesburg College. During his four years at Waynesburg, his teams posted winning seasons with an overall record of 22-9-1. In 1955, he joined the football staff at Pitt, where he served as assistant coach until 1961. Coach Wiley recruited and coached numerous All-American players, including future NFL players and later head coaches Mike Ditka and Marty Schottenheimer.

Athletic honor awards include the Waynesburg College Sports Hall Of Fame, Western and Washington/Greene County Chapters of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall Of Fame and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for Football Coaching.

He served as both elder and deacon at Pleasant Hill United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and later held those same positions at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, Fla. He also served many years on the board of trustees at Waynesburg University. During those years, he was awarded an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, as well as having the university’s football stadium renamed in 1998 as John F. Wiley Stadium.

In 1962, he joined LG Balfour Jewelry and Taylor Publishing as a salesman and later became regional manager. He and his wife retired to Clearwater, Fla., in 1983, where they lived until 2008 when they moved to Rock Hill.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Grace of Rock Hill; a sister, Peggy Morgan of Waynesburg; children John F. II and Karen Wiley of Rock Hill, Dr. David and Bonnie Graft of Edina, Minn., and Alan and Lynda Wiley of Las Vegas, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A family memorial service will be held at noon Friday, March 29, in Hospice and Community Care, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to “The East Gateway to Wiley Stadium Fund,” Waynesburg University, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370.

William J. Williams

Enjoyed spending time with grandchildren

William J. “Jess” Williams, 67, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born April 21, 1945, in Washington, a son of the late Andrew and Veronica Mass Williams.

With more than 30 years of service, he worked in maintenance for West Agro Inc. in Eighty Four until his retirement.

Mr. Williams enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing and playing bingo.

On December 24, 1967, he married Jo Etta Agostoni Williams, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Joe Agostoni (Penny) of Bentleyville; two daughters, Billie Jo Williams (Steve) of Roscoe and Jessie West (Brandon) of Ellsworth; four grandchildren, Chelsea and Shelby Agostoni, Travis Pergola and Michael Wamsley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, Butch, Charlie, Danny and George Williams, and two sisters, Mary Presto and Alice Marshman.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 1. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ginger Hill. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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