Obituaries April 3

April 3, 2013

Emma K. Danley

Emma K. Danley, 56, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Monday, April 1, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident in Washington.

Arrangements will be announced in a later edition by Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington.

Sherdel T. Everly Army vet was dedicated church member

Sherdel T. Everly, 83, of Garards Fort (Headlee Heights), passed away quietly Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, in his home, with his loving family at his side.

Born September 8, 1929, in Garards Fort, he was a son of the late Guy E. and Lillian Titus Everly.

A 1947 graduate of Mapletown High School, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He also graduated from Waynesburg College with his bachelor of science degree and from West Virginia University with his master’s degree in education and continued there to pursue his doctorate.

For more than 33 years, Mr. Everly taught a countless number of students in history and social studies at Mapletown High School in the Southeastern Greene School District.

He was an active outdoorsman and dedicated member of Greensboro Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, trustee and treasurer for more than 30 years.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou Miller Everly, whom he married July 12, 1951; two children, Dr. Vicki Everly and husband Dr. Lee Smith of Morgantown, W.Va., and Kevin Everly and wife Scarlett of Shinnston, W.Va.; two granddaughters, Jodi Hartley, married to Curtis Hartley, and Cassandra Everly; a great-granddaughter and “best buddy,” Prudence Hartley; and a brother, Eugene Everly of Carmichaels. He also appreciated the company of his close and longtime friend, Jerry Michaels of Dilliner. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews he greatly enjoyed. His family was the world to him, and he will be dearly missed.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no services. Cremation arrangements are in the care of Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to Greensboro Baptist Church, in care of Charles Mallory, Treasurer, P.O. Box 302, Greensboro, PA 15338.

Alex Jon Gentile Jr. Youth hockey, soccer coach formerly of Peters Township

Alex Jon Gentile Jr., 48, formerly of Peters Township, currently of Sewickley, passed peacefully Sunday, March 31, 2013, in his home with his loving family, following a brief illness.

In addition to his mother Kathryne, father Alex Sr. and brother Aaron Judd (42), surviving are son Jeffery Allen (28), daughter Jennifer Ashley (22), son Justin Andrew (19) and grandson (son of Jeffery) Colton John (2).

Beyond his immediate family, he brought joy to all whose path he crossed, especially aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, friends, co-workers, neighbors and fellow board members at his homeowners association.

He spent his adult life in the transportation field.

An excellent athlete at Peters Township High School and a scholarship athlete in college, he retained his interest in sports, coaching peewee hockey and soccer.

He was an avid sports fan his entire life, but his greatest joy came from being a special father to his children, a loyal brother and loving son to his parents.

In compliance with his wishes, burial arrangements will be private and under the care of Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett Street, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15243.

Robert Friel Howes Mount Zion U.M. Church member enjoyed carpentry

Robert Friel Howes, 89, of Fredericktown (Deemston Borough), died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in his home.

He was born August 29, 1923, in Sago, W.Va., a son of the late Roy Andrew Howes and Minnie May Tenney-Howes.

Mr. Howes served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He spent five years with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio; two years at Hazel Atlas Glass Factory in Washington; two years with Jessop Steel in Washington; and labored for four years in Richeyville-Vesta 4 Mine. Afterwards, he worked for 10 years in the Chartiers Shaft Mine near Lippencott, Greene County. For 32 years, he was a lineman and warehouseman for Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., based in Brownsville.

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

He enjoyed tackling carpentry projects, refurbishing old cars and tractors, crafting music instruments such as violins and mandolins, singing and playing bluegrass, gospel and old hymns and spending time in his vegetable garden.

On October 4, 1941, he married Arlene Bridget Ware, who passed away March 26, 2013. They were married nearly 72 years.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Robert E. Howes (Joyce) and Ronald G. Howes (Darlene) of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Pastor Darlene J. Howes Mathieson (Neil) of Virginia; a brother, Roy Alfred Howes (Katie) of West Virginia; nine grandchildren, Melissa Howes-Vitek (Mark) of Maryland, Dr. Amanda Howes-Foulke (Andrew), Meredith Howes-Lauffer (Justin), Michelle Howes-Lint (Justin), 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 his wife, Arlene Bridget Ware-Howes, and siblings Hartzell, Hobart, Forman, Paul, Henry, Charles, John, Jesse and Ida Macel Howes-Lee.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to all who provided prayers, encouraging conversations, delicious meals and other great outpourings of love during this difficult time. A note of gratitude is extended to great-grandson Gregory Ritsko and nephew James Dale “Jimmy” Howes for their support and assistance whenever and wherever needed.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church at 392 Ridgewood Drive, Fredericktown, PA 15333. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

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; and will be missed by daughter-in-law Jan McLaughlin; sister Flavia Hirt; 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

Leslie E. Powell Enjoyed reading and antiques

Leslie E. Powell, 62, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Friday, March 29, 2013.

She was born July 18, 1950, in Syracuse, N.Y.

Ms. Powell graduated from Waynesburg College with a registered nursing degree and was employed at Western Center in administration.

She enjoyed reading, antiques, festivals and working out at Curves.

She was Episcopalian.

Surviving are two stepdaughters, Treasa (Terry) Wrubleski of Washington and Rhonda Anderson of Altoona; two grandchildren, Cassandra and Tausha; a great-grandson, Christopher; and niece and nephew Christian F. and Katherine H. Henel.

Deceased is a brother.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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Josephine Marie Renko Homemaker, retired C-M cafeteria manager

Josephine Renko, 93, of Strabane, passed away unexpectedly in her home Saturday, March 30, 2013. Remarkably, she lived independently until her passing.

Mrs. Renko was born January 6, 1920, in Strabane, a daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Sedmack Delost, formerly of Strabane.

She was a 1939 graduate of Trinity High School.

Mrs. Renko was a life member of KSKJ Lodge, SNPJ Lodge 138, both of Strabane, and AFU Lodge.

She was employed by Canon-McMillan School District for 10 years as manager of Wylandville Elementary School cafeteria, in addition to being a homemaker.

During her retirement years, she enjoyed many family gatherings, baby-sitting her grandchildren, trips to Atlantic City, N.J., and Wheeling, W.Va., and caring for homeless and injured cats and animals with saintly kindness and unflinching dedication.

On October 7, 1942, she married Eugene Renko Sr. of Meadow Lands, her loving husband of 69 years, who passed away one year ago on March 28.

Surviving are a son, William (Catherine Katrencik) Renko Jr. of Chartiers Township; a daughter, Janice (Dennis) Martin of Peters Township; three grandchildren, Anne (Don) Cross, Matthew Martin and Michael (Robin) Martin; and three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Allison and Leia Cross.

Also surviving are Chessica and Sissy, her beloved house cats.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are brothers Joe and Carl Delost and sisters Margaret Guadagni, Mary Fisher and Olga Florgancic.

At the request of Mrs. Renko, there will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg, with the Rev. Jack Batykefer as celebrant. Please meet the family at church at 9:15 a.m. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to FIX UR CAT, 186 Hill Place Road, Venetia, PA 15367, in memory of Mrs. Renko. Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Visitation for Albert Joseph Sabol, who died March 24, 2013, will be held for friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Road North East, Leesburg, Va., where a memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

Shirley Ann Swartzfeger Former Washington resident enjoyed reading

Shirley Ann Swartzfeger, 89, of Butler, formerly of Washington, died Monday, April 1, 2013, in Butler Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 8, 1923, in Houston, Texas, a daughter of William A. McKinney and Elise C. McFarland McKinney.

Mrs. Swartzfeger graduated from high School in Louisiana and worked as a sales clerk at Sears.

She was Presbyterian and enjoyed reading.

On May 20, 1944, she married Donald E. Swartzfeger, who died April 11, 1994.

Surviving are a son, Donald E. Swartzfeger II and wife Connie of Butler; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a niece, Beverly Swartzfeger, and her daughters, Donnann Swartzfeger and Tracey (Ric) Mar.

Deceased are a daughter, Sharman Sue Swartzfeger, and a son, Harry Swartzfeger.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Friday, April 5, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or a local humane society.

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William Carol VanDruff Korean War veteran loved fishing

William Carol VanDruff, 79, of Mt. Morris, died at 1:57 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, in his home, from an apparent heart attack.

He was born Saturday, April 8, 1933, in Spraggs, a son of the late Ralph F. VanDruff and Edith Knotts VanDruff.

Mr. VanDruff was a member of Claughton Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War with the 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.”

Mr. VanDruff was also a member of Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM, Pittsburgh Scottish Rite, Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh and Fort Jackson Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and was an avid NASCAR fan. He also loved hunting, fishing, collecting marbles and doing geneological research.

Mr. VanDruff worked for local auto dealerships as a mechanic and body repairman. He also worked at the Uniontown and Washington airports in aviation repair. He was a foreman at Sterling Faucet in Morgantown, W.Va., and a mechanic for Consolidation Coal at Blacksville 2 Mine. He retired in 1994 from U.S. Steel Cyprus Cumberland Mine in Kirby with 25 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Adamson VanDruff, whom he married July 10, 1956; two daughters and their husbands, Pamela (John) Keller of Waynesburg and Darlene (Steve) Cogar of Waynesburg; a grandson, John Paul (Jennifer) Keller; three great-grandchildren, Hope Keller, Mackenzie Joyce and Maddison Joyce; a brother, Harold F. VanDruff of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Eleanor VanDruff.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, with Pastor Cristy Wise officiating. Burial will be in Fairview-Kiger Cemetery, Whiteley Township. Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM will hold a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Information is online at



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