Obituaries March 31

March 30, 2013

Martin W. Gavlak 1959–2013

Martin W. Gavlak, 53, of Charleroi, formerly of Carmichaels, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, in his home.

He was born July 25, 1959, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Frank Gavlak Sr. and Stella Pleban Gavlak Zabrosky, who survives.

Also surviving are a brother, Frank J. Gavlak and wife Kathleen of McMurray; a sister, Linda S. Toth and husband George of Carmichaels; a nephew, Adam; and a niece, Jaclyn Gavlak.

Mr. Gavlak worked as an auto mechanic.

Friends will be received from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 1, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, Paul M. Lesako, owner/funeral director/supervisor, when a prayer service will be held in the funeral home chapel. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John Bauer, celebrant.

Max Chester Mermon Fan of Burgettstown sporting events

Max Chester Mermon, 75, of Burgettstown, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

He was born September 23, 1937, in Langeloth, a son of the late Jiggs C. and Marie Sziminski Mermon.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Mermon was employed by Weirton Steel Corp.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War.

Mr. Mermon was a member of the Polish Club in Slovan, American Legion in Avella, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Burgettstown and Avella Sportsmen Club and a life member of the Eldersville Fire Department.

He liked to follow and was an avid fan of Burgettstown sporting events.

On December 11, 1968, he married Marge Velegdon Stanish, who survives.

Also surviving are his three children, Emil (Connie) Stanish of Wilmington, N.C., Judith (Alan) Forman of Uniontown and Kristine Kinder of Wickford, R.I.; five grandchildren, Kiley Shafer, Karissa Stanish, Jonathan Forman and Abby and Sarah Kinder; three great-granddaughters, Briley, Bristol and Brinley Shafer; two sisters, Maxine (Martin) Kisla of Burgettstown and Rendell (Dale) Brown of Avella; five brothers, Jeffrey (the late Barbara) of Meadville, Brady (Paulette) of Avella, Boley (Diana) of Burgettstown, Mel (Betty Jo) of Avella and Larry (Barbara) of Avella; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Dale Albert Mermon, who died in infancy.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, with the Rev. Jim Sands officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military rites accorded by Avella American Legion. For further information and online condolences, please visit

Anna Marie Novak Canonsburg resident

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

She was born June 14, 1929, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Andrew and Anna Micik Mondik.

Mrs. Novak and her late husband, Frank, owned and operated The Book Shop in Canonsburg and Frank’s News in Washington. She will be fondly missed by many of those who received her holiday cards.

Surviving are several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Novak.

Friends will be received from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the time of departing prayers, Monday, April 1, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave online condolences.

Shelia Bernell Pallett Enjoyed time with grandson

Shelia Bernell Pallett, 83, of Washington, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born October 26, 1929, in Scenery Hill, a daughter of Charles C. and Wilkie Townsend Williams.

Mrs. Pallett was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall.

She was a homemaker who at one time worked at Brockway. She enjoyed spending time with her grandson.

On June 27, 1958, she married Melvin L. Pallett, who died July 21, 2003.

Surviving are a son, Daniel L. (Melissa) Pallett of Carolton, Ohio; a daughter, Shirley J. Pallet of Washington; a brother, Charles (Leah) Williams of Amity; two sisters, Erma Stowinsky of Scenery Hill and Linda (Larry) Bowman of Washington; and a grandson, Benjaman Pallett of Carlton.

Deceased are a daughter, Nancy Pallett; three brothers, Franklin Delano, Denver G. and John Rex Williams; and two sisters, Madeline Craig and Helen Saffle.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A service will be held Saturday, April 6, at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Additional information and a guest book are available online at

Josephine Renko

Josephine Renko, 93, of Strabane, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in later edition.



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