Obituaries April 2

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George Artis Marine Corps vet, carpenter enjoyed woodworking

George “Bill” Artis, 63, of Prosperity, went to be with his Lord Sunday, March 31, 2013, in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Oakland, following a courageous battle with cancer.


He was born on May 13, 1949, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Ernest and Mary Bane Artis.


Mr. Artis was a 1967 grauduate of Bethlehem-Center High School.


He served twice in the U.S. Marine Corps, first as a sergeant, seeing service in Vietnam, followed by a second tour as a chief warrant officer. Following his regular tour of duty, he served for several years in the Marine Reserve.


Mr. Artis belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 927 and American Legion Post 175, both of Washington.


Following his military service, he worked as a truck driver for Summit Lay Down. He also was a self-employed carpenter.


He enjoyed woodworking and playing old country music on the guitar.


Surviving are a son, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher (Krista) Artis of California, Md.; a daughter, Jasi (Gerald) Meade of Pilot, Va.; his companion for 22 years, Laura Castro, with whom he made his home; a brother, Charles (Cindy) Artis of Belton, Mo.; four sisters, Dot (Mike) Marty of Madison, Wis., Jackie (Bobby) Childers of Arkdale, Wis., Beverly (Umit) Basaglu of Fairfax, Va., and Vera Estep of Mt. Morris, Mich.; two grandchildren, Kathryn Artis and Julia Meade; and several nieces and nephews.


He will be missed by Melissa Jo Arthur, Christopher Banco, Sebastian Tortorello; his dogs, Lady and Bear; and friends Barbara Proctor and Cathy “Dink” Shingle.


Deceased is a sister, Lydia Corn.


Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, April 4, in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, with Steve Ramey officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps and American Legion, Post 175, Washington. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.


John Banco Jr.

Services for John Banco Jr., who died March 28, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bluefield, W.Va.


Robert W.C. Barth

Robert W.C. Barth, 74, of Rogersville, died at 8:20 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, in EwingManor West, Rogersville, after being in failing health for the past several years.


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


Joseph E. Bender Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel retiree, Korean War vet

Joseph E. “Snooky” Bender, 79, of Burgettstown, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, in his home.


He was born August 21, 1933, in Langeloth, a son of the late Earl Bender and Helen LaPacz Bender Seaman.


Prior to retirement, he was employed by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp.


Mr. Bender was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War.


He was a member of American Legion in Burgettstown, Raccoon Valley Sportsmen Club and Bur-Lang Fishing Club.


Mr. Bender enjoyed going to the casinos, especially Vegas, but his favorite thing was going to the hunting camp in Clearfield with his two best friends, Bill Huber and Ray Taucher.


Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Shirley Windsheimer Bender; two daughters, Jo Ellen Gorby of Eighty Four and Susan (Robert) Klinsky of Burgettstown; three grandchildren, Erika (Brian) Lewis, Joseph Gorby and Ashlend Stavrakis; five great-grandchildren, Michael, Allison, Alex and Zachary Mounts and Barrett Lewis; four sisters, Anna “Dolly” Egbert of Burgettstown, Jean Boyer of Burgettstown, Helen Haber of Burgettstown and Shirley Spotti of Slovan.


Deceased are four brothers, Frank, Robert, William and Earl Bender; a sister, Loretta Gilbert; and a stepsister, Judy Lauderback.


Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil, with full military rites accorded by Slovan-Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


Timothy Wayne Chiplinski 1958 - 2013

Timothy Wayne Chiplinski, 54, of Windsor Heights, W.Va., died Monday, April 1, 2013, in Acuity Specialty Hospital, Steubenville, Ohio.


He was born December 20, 1958, in Bellaire, Ohio, a son of the late George and Belva Jean Raskey Chiplinski.


Mr. Chiplinski was a retired employee with Eagles Manufacturing.


He was Protestant.


Mr. Chiplinski was a lifelong member of Windsor Heights Fire Department.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a niece, Ashleigh.


Surviving are a brother, George Chiplinski Jr. and wife Judy of Wheeling, W.Va.; three sisters, Bonnie Dunn and husband Donald of Washington, Marsha Merinar and husband Rodney of St. Clairville, Ohio, and Myra Busetti and husband Andy of Wintersville, Ohio; nieces and nephews Jeremy, Janelle, Janeen, Angela, Robbie, MJ, Ron, Ryan, David, Eric and Betsey; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.


Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Thursday, April 4, in Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling. Interment will be in Park View Memorial Gardens, Wheeling. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.


John R. Conklin Jr. WWII vet, 32nd-degree Mason was outdoorsman

John R. Conklin Jr., 91, of Franklin Township, Butler County, passed away at 10:41 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, in his home.


He was born October 23, 1921, in Waynesburg, a son of the late John R. Conklin Sr. and Bellva Marie Yost Conklin.


Mr. Conklin was a member of First United Methodist Church.


He was a store manager for National Supply Co. for 30 years, retiring in July 1977.


Mr. Conklin wrestled for Waynesburg High School and Waynesburg College.


He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in World War II.


Mr. Conklin was a member of William H. Miller Lodge 769 F&AM and Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle, where he was a 32nd-degree Mason.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor sports.


Surviving are four sons, Robert J. Conklin and wife Bonnie of Butler, James C. Conklin and wife Denise of Denver, Colo., William “Doug” Conklin and wife Kathy of Butler and Michael B. Conklin and wife Choei of Butler; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a sister, Pat Hrutkay of Coal Center.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Perry Conklin, whom he married June 22, 1942, and who passed away November 5, 2009; two sisters; and two brothers.


There will be no public visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Thompson-Miller Funeral Home Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA 16001. Condolences may be given at www.thompson-miller.com.


Eileen Kerr McCullough Waynesburg homemaker, seamstress

Eileen Kerr McCullough, 93, of Waynesburg, died at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.


She was born Saturday, January 17, 1920, in Greene County, a son of the late John C. Kerr and Clytie Staggers Kerr.


Mrs. McCullough worked as a seamstress at Waynesburg Shirt Factory and was a homemaker.


Her husband, Ralph S. McCullough, died September 7, 1978.


Surviving are a son, Ralph Richard McCullough of Sycamore; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.


Deceased are two brothers, Keith Kerr and Kenneth Kerr.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, is in charge of arangements. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family in West Union Cemetery. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.


R. Gary McLaughlin Air Force vet, St. Benedict the Abbot Church member

R. Gary McLaughlin, 80, of Peters Township, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013.


He was a son of the late Robert J. McLaughlin and Mildred Van Shuren McLaughlin; beloved husband of Phyllis Williams McLaughlin for 60 years; loving father of James, the late Michael “Fireman Mike” (Maureen), Pat (Stacey), Sean (Eve), Kathleen Gasper (Barry) and Brendan; loving grandfather of Michael Jr., Ryan, Kyle and Piper McLaughlin, Lisa and Garrett Dennis and Robert Correiro; missed by Jan McLaughlin; daughter-in-law Flavia Hirt; sister; and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins.


Mr. McLaughlin served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.


He was a member of St. Benedict the Abbot Church, where he was a youth teacher and usher for years. He was a Cub Scout master for Pack 390.


Mr. McLaughlin worked until retirement for Cyclops and AK Steel.


He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 764 in McMurray, serving several positions, including commander. He was a longtime member of Washington County Democratic Committee.


Mr. McLaughlin attended St. Luke’s High School, where he held the record for highest academic scores. He also received the highest recorded scores in NCO School in the Air Force.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 5, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Benedict the Abbot Building Fund, 120 Abington Drive, McMurray, PA 15317. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


Delphine Mae Moss SeniorCare employee active in Golden Living Center

Delphine Mae Moss, 75, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, March 31 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg, following a brief illness.


She was born June 8, 1937, in Washington, a daughter of the late Delfine Bredniak and Mary Sworden Bredniak.


Mrs. Moss was a nursing assistant at Presbyterian SeniorCare for more than 30 years.


She enjoyed music, reading, cooking, taking care of her flowers and time spent with family. She was the social butterfly and resident activist at Golden Living.


On July 15, 1977, she married Richard L. Moss, who died May 11, 2010.


Surviving are a son, William (Kathy) Roberts of Scenery Hill; three daughters, Nanette (Larry) McNeal of Erie, Cathy (Ed) Hartner and Paula (Michael) Heise, both of Washington; a sister, Dianne (Bob) Fleischauer of Washington; 13 grandchildren, Justin (Kim) Truby, Ryan (Tiffany) Truby, Nicole (Dan) Policano, Meghan McNeal, Danelle McNeal Longley, Jeremiah and Joshua Roberts, Dominick and Caleb Valduga and Scott, Steven (Holly), Vernon and Tim (Nicole) Hartner; and seven great-grandchildren, Madison, Alex, Emma, Trevor, Tyler, Nathan and Benton.


Deceased is a brother, Delfine Bredniak.


Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, April 4, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Lillian Margaret Nagode Loved gardening

Lillian Margaret Nagode, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, in TownView Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.


She was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., a daughter of John and Mary Sikole Nagode, who had both immigrated from Slovenia.


Her family moved several times and ended up owning a small apple orchid on Ash Street in Canonsburg, where she lived most of her life.


She was the head checker for the former A&P in Washington, until its closing. She was a member of SNPJ in Strabane.


She loved gardening and maintaining her house and yard.


She will be sadly missed by a sister, Nives Ruetschi; three nieces, Sue Kelley of Norristown, Linda Jones of Eighty Four and Robin Matyas of Houston; four nephews, Carl Nagode of Carlilse, Vernon Smith of Indian Head, Md., and Robert Ruetschi and Randy Ruetschi of Houston; and several grand nephews and nieces.


Deceased are a brother, John Nagode, and two sisters, Mary Smith and Nellie Nagode.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, with the Rev. Debra Rogosky officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


Katherine V. Pastovich Member of Chartiers Hill Presbyterian Church

Katherine V. Pastovich, 80, of Canonsburg, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Washington Hospital, with her loving family by her side.


Known by many as “Kush,” she was born March 4, 1933, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late William and Viola Modlinski Laskowski.


Mrs. Pastovich lived most of her life in Canonsburg, where she was a 50-year member of Chartiers Hill Presbyterian Church. It was fitting that she went to be with Jesus on Easter Sunday morning.


She loved all animals, reading and doing crossword and wordsearch puzzles. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and golf on television.


A graduate of Trinity High School and Penn Commercial, she held many positions during her lifetime. She had worked at Canonsburg Pottery Co. for 25 years, RCA plant in Meadow Lands and, prior to her retirement, she had been employed in the dietary department of The Greenery in Canonsburg.


On June 7, 1958, she married Gordon L. Pastovich, who survives.


Also surviving are a daughter, Cindy Pastovich of Canonsburg, and several nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Pastovich was the last of her immediate family.


She leaves behind her “almost grandchildren,” Nicholas, her loving cat, and Mason, her black Labrador granddog.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are four brothers, Edward, Albert, Herman and Theodore Laskowski; and six sisters, Eleanor and Elizabeth Todderdale, Dorothy and Florence Laskowski, Gertrude Rogers and Dolores “Babe” Cienoski.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


Gladys Virginia Skariot Washington homemaker

Gladys Virginia Skariot, 94, of Washington, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 1, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


She was born October 25, 1918, in Scenery Hill, a daughter of the late William Wesley Rodgers and Hannah Gatts Rodgers.


Mrs. Skariot attended Wylie Avenue and Trinity schools and was a homemaker.


She attended Meadow Lands Methodist Church and North Buffalo Presbyterian Church.


Mrs. Skariot was a member of Washington Senior Citizens Center and Democratic Women and was a life member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 22.


She enjoyed baking, working in her garden, playing bingo and cards and watching the Steelers and Pirates.


Surviving are two sons, Steve (Louie) Skariot Jr. and John (Margaret) Skariot, both of Washington; a daughter, Shirley Snyder of Washington; eight grandchildren, Arthur Jay (Sandy) Snyder, Brian Snyder, Cheryl (Ken) Gasparovich, Alan (Leica) Snyder, Michael (Tracy) Skariot, Cindy (Mike) Keelon, Jennifer (Brandt) Bowman and Lisa Skariot; 15 great-grandchildren, William, Owen, Nicolas and Alexas Skariot, Steven and Stephanie Keelon, Alaina and Cole Gasparovich, Katy, Shane, Sierra, Joshua, Brittany and A.J. Sndyer and Mia Bowman; and a great-great-grandson, Levi Snyder.


Also surviving is a niece, who also was her caregiver, Jean Cunningham.


Deceased are her husband, Steve Skariot Sr., who died May 14, 1986; six sisters, Myrtle and Della Rodgers, who died as infants, Goldie Demster, Olive Obney, Dorothy Virtue and Dessie Yeager; and four brothers, Clarence, Everett (Bob), John and Archie Rodgers.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 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, April 4. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


William Carol VanDruff

William Carol VanDruff, 79, of Mt. Morris, died Monday, April 1, 2013, in his home, of an apparent heart attack.


Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc. Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Walter Michael Was Avella resident

Walter Michael Was, 87, of Avella, formerly of Ft. Pitt, died Saturday, March 30, 2013.


He was the husband of Julia; father of Dorothy Long, Walter M. Was Jr., Mary Jane Nice, Joseph Was, Kathleen Talmonti and David Was and the late Richard Was; and brother of Joseph Was. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.


Deceased are a brother and three sisters.


Friends are invited to call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Leo J. Henney Funeral Home, 323 Second Avenue, Carnegie. Services, with military honors, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made directly to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. www.leohenneyfuneralhome.com.


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