Obituaries April 10

April 9, 2013

Carole Abercrombie

Carole Abercrombie, 72, of Hundred, W.Va., died Monday, April 8, 2013, in her home.

She was born August 1, 1940, in Hundred, a daughter of the late Ray Tustin and Aline Postlethwait Tustin.

Mrs. Abercrombie was a retired certified nursing assistant in Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital, retiring from the oncology unit.

Mrs. Abercrombie loved bluegrass music and worked with the bluegrass festival in Hundred. She was a member of Wetzel County Democratic Women and Earl Kiger American Legion Post 120 Ladies Auxillary.

Surviving are children Deborah Grimes and husband Larry of Pinckney, Mich., James Carter and wife Darla of Holbrook, Pamela Blaker and husband Jake of Carmichaels and Greg Carter and wife Danielle of Monterey, Va.; six grandchildren, Craig, Tanya, Kari, Jessi, Greg Jr. and Nissa; eight stepgrandchildren, Jake, Meagan, Greg, David, Sarah, Chris, Rick and Tracy; six great-grandchildren, Carter, Essence, Asher, Vanessa, Mathew and Baylee; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Emily, Abbey, Hillary, Jake, Isabella and Drew; nine brothers and sisters, Vincent Tustin, Delmus Tustin, Dale Tustin, Terry Tustin, John Tustin, Roger Tustin and Susie Tennant, all of Hundred, Janet Carter of Folsom, W.Va., and Micheal Tustin of Woodruff, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.V. “Bud” Abercrombie; a stepson, David Abercrombie; and a brother, Vernon Tustin.

Respecting the wishes of the deceased, in lieu of flowers or contributions, the deceased has requested that everyone do an act of kindness for a stranger. All services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Tennant Funeral Home in Hundred is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Clifford E. Amos

Clifford E. Amos, 78, of Jefferson, died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospitals Inc., Morgantown, W.Va.

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

Ralph E. Blaker Jr.

Ralph E. Blaker Jr., 77, of Carmichaels, died at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation, Waynesburg.

He was born March 9, 1936, in Cumberland Township. He was a son of the late Ralph Eaton Blaker Sr. and Garnet Elizabeth Dugan Buckingham and a stepson of the late Sherman Buckingham.

Mr. Blaker was a U.S. Army veteran and a 1957 graduate of Cumberland Township High School in Carmichaels. He resided in Cumberland Township most of his life.

He was a member of Carmichaels Grange 1389 and had worked as a top man in coal mine construction for R.G. Johnson Co.

Mr. Blaker enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, yard work, caring for horses and listening to polka music.

He showed unconditional love for his wife, children and grandchildren.

On August 17, 1963, he married Dolores J. Yoders, who died March 14, 2004.

Surviving are a son, Mark E. Blaker and wife Hope of Dilliner; two daughters, Lisa B. Mitchell and husband Greg of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Lori A. Webster of Carmichaels; six grandchildren, Kristie Tramel and husband Pat, Michael Bizub and wife Amanda, Kaitlin and Garrett Mitchell and Emily and Madison Blaker; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Brooklyn; several nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Joan Fuller and husband Bill, Helen Yoders and Emma Schubert and husband Duke.

Deceased are a son-in-law, Ronald Webster, and a brother-in-law, J.R. Yoders.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12. The Rev. Harold O. Kelley will officiate. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, with military honors accorded by Cumberland American Legion Post 400, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 and the U.S. Army. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit

Jacqueline D. Bouchard

Jacqueline “Jackie” D. Bouchard, 49, of McMurray, passed away after a long battle with leukemia and complications.

Born April 13, 1963, in Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of Dolores Loparco and the late Arthur Bouchard.

She was the loving sister of Cynthia T. Bouchard, Jean M. (Dave) Curran, Thomas A. (Bonnie) Bouchard, Michael A. (Monica) Bouchard and Richard P. Bouchard; cherished godmother of Brandon A. (Rachel) Bouchard; and dear aunt of Beau Bouchard, Nick Curran and Nicole Curran. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She also leaves her beloved dog, Bianca.

Ms. Bouchard was a 1981 graduate of Peters Township High School and a 1985 graduate of Slippery Rock University.

She was a life member of American Legion Auxiliary, Illini Girls State, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 764 Ladies Auxiliary and SNPJ in Lawrence.

Ms. Bouchard was the proud owner of several businesses: Pizza Works (Monaca), Bandanas (Carnegie) and Hollywood Deli (Robinson). A former employee of Verizon, she accepted a position in management at Little Ceasars prior to her illness.

She was a scholar athlete in soccer, softball and volleyball. She also played soccer for Slippery Rock University.

Ms. Bouchard enjoyed karaoke and singing, cooking, playing the piano and the guitar, bingo and following her niece and nephews in many sporting events.

Her generous heart helped out many in her lifetime, and her laugh will be missed by many.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, in St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, 120 Abington Drive, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Jacqueline Bouchard Leukemia Fund, Citizens Bank, 4007 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Robert B. Brownlee

Robert B. Brownlee, 71, of Oswego, N.Y., and formerly of Claysville, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 7, 2013, in his home.

He was born October 29, 1941, in Washington, a son of Opal Whiteman Brownlee of Claysville and the late Kenneth Blair Brownlee. He had resided in Rochester, N.Y., for several years prior to moving to Oswego.

Mr. Brownlee was a 1960 graduate of the former Claysville High School and a 1962 graduate of the former Western Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, with a certification in drafting and design.

He was a peacetime veteran with U.S. Air Force Reserve in Pittsburgh.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a sister, Carol L. Brownlee, and a brother, Thomas, husband of Sandra Brownlee, both of Claysville.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or funeral service. All services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Local arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Richard W. Castagna

Richard W. Castagna, 64, of Washington County, formerly of Jefferson Hills, died Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Born July 7, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Dominick and Genevieve Dolfi Castagna.

He was the loving father of Richard Michael Castagna; and brother of Susan (Lenny) Kees, Dominick (Roslyn) Castagna, Robert (Dana) Castagna, Karen Carper and Diane (Ken) Suss.

Also surviving are six nephews, two nieces, seven great-nephews, two great-nieces, several aunts and cousins.

He was the loving companion of Nadine Hammond, with whom his love made a home with Dillon Hammond and McKenna Hammond.

Mr. Castagna was a 1966 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.

He was co-owner of Cast and Baker Corp., which began in 1985.

Mr. Castagna served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He loved riding motorcycles and supported the Wounded Warriors Project. He was a huge Penguins and Steelers fan and loved the beach.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project. Please add or view tributes at

Joyce Clelland

Joyce Clelland, 56, of Jefferson, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 7, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born September 14, 1956, in Uniontown, a daughter of the late William and Goldie Timms Hixon.

Mrs. Clelland was a 1974 graduate of Carmichaels Area High School.

She was a homemaker and worked as a caregiver for the elderly.

Mrs. Clelland attended Jefferson Baptist Church.

Her hobbies were reading, gardening and shopping at yard sales. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy.

Surviving are her husband, Kevin Clelland, whom she married July 19, 1986; a daughter, Natalie David of Rices Landing; two grandchildren, Elijah David and McKaidan “Kadie” David; a sister, Janet; four brothers, Robert, William, Barry and David; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, James.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, with the Rev. John R. Dorean officiating, followed by burial in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Condolences may be offered at

Randall L. Dusha

Friends and relatives of Randall L. Dusha, who died Friday, April 5, 2013, are invited to attend a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Clarksville Fire Hall, hosted by his sisters and brother.

Freda M. Gill

Freda M. Gill of Washington passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

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

John Harter

In the obituary of John Harter, published Tuesday, the last name of three of his great-grandchildren, Rylie, Aaron and Lily Armstrong, was incorrect. Also, the husband of his granddaughter, Misty McMasters, is Chuckie Jr.

Mildred L. Hodgson

Mildred L. Hodgson, 87, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

She was born April 14, 1925, a daughter of John and Virginia McDermott.

Mrs. Hodgson, along with her husband, Lawrence, formerly owned and operated Hodgson’s Lawn Mower Repair Service in Monongahela. She enjoyed being with people and making new friends. She gave of herself and her time to help others, always putting them before herself. She loved spending time with her family. She was a bargain hunter at yard sales, enjoyed rebating, planting flowers, watching movies, working on crossword puzzles, reading, playing cards, cooking, canning and especially loved eating desserts.

She is survived by three sons, George A. Hodgson and wife Linda of Belle Vernon, the Rev. Lawrence Hodgson Jr. and wife Ethel of Columbia and John R. Hodgson and wife Sun of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Priscilla Hodgson of Charleroi; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Hodgson, who died May 10, 1996; a daughter, Gloria Keith; a brother, John; and a sister, Gloria.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made to the family at

Kenneth H. Koppitz

Kenneth H. Koppitz, 89, of Finleyville, died Monday, April 8, 2013, in his home.

He was born December 29, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a son of John and Bertha Zwilcher Koppitz.

Mr. Koppitz was retired as a clerk with the U.S. Postal Service in Pittsburgh.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 613 in Finleyville and Jefferson Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hills.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Simone and husband Albert of Finleyville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His wife, Florence Koppitz, died in March 2011.

There will be no public visitation. Private interment will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, Finleyville.

Carl Krenzelak

Carl Krenzelak (Koruyielak), 88, of Washington, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Consulate Care of McMurray.

He was born December 28, 1924, in Washington, a son of the late Joseph and Frances Nieduszewski Krenzelak.

Mr. Krenzelak was a bottle blower for the various glass producers in the Washington area.

He was a member of the U.S. Army and served in World War II in the European Theater. He was present at the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Germany.

Surviving are a son, Carlo (Kathleen) Krenzelak Sr. of Prosperity; a brother, John Krenzelak of Washington; a sister, Judy Norkus of Ohio; a grandson, Carlo Krenzelak Jr. of Wheeling, W.Va.; and two great-grandsons, Trevor and Justin Krenzelak.

Deceased are a son, David Krenzelak; a daughter, Brenda Ann Krenzelak; a granddaughter, Jamie Beth Krenzelak; five brothers, Stephen, Walter, Joe, Chester and William Krenzelak; and two sisters, Helen Stanton and Violet Krenzelak.

All services were private. Inurnment took place in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to Washington Area Humane Society at Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

John M. Sfikas

John M. Sfikas, 79, of Canonsburg, died Monday, April 8, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born January 25, 1934, in Canonsburg, a son of Michael and Aphrodite Scouloukas Sfikas.

Mr. Sfikas was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg.

He served his country in the U.S. Army.

Prior to his retirement, he sold insurance for Prudential Insurance Co.

Mr. Sfikas loved to dance and spend time with his family and friends.

Surviving are daughters Nancy Lynn Karafilis and husband Gus of Bridgeville and Cary Lee Sfikas and companion Tori Sandler of Minneapolis, Minn.; a sister, Rae Heon of Boca Raton, Fla.; four grandchildren, Elisa, Nicholas, Elaina and Karina; three nieces, Denise, Maria and Rosanna; and a nephew, Steven “Taso.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Freida Manolakis.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Trisagion services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Additional visitation will be held from 8 to 9 a.m., the time of services, Friday, April 12, in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, McMurray, with Father George Livanos officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.



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