Obituaries April 11

April 10, 2013

Sara Jane Headley Ahwesh

Surrounded by the love, respect and admiration of all five of her children, Sara Jane Headley Ahwesh, 87, ascended into heaven Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Tidewell Bradenton Hospice House, Bradenton, Fla.

She was born August 23, 1925, in Brock, a daughter of Albert E. and Vada Lemley Headley and sister of Genevieve Headley Murray and James R. Headley, all of whom are deceased.

Her husband of 39 years, Mageed Ahwesh, died June 30, 1990.

Surviving are her greatest joys, her five children, Mrs. Elaine Ahwesh Frank (John Frank) of Springfield, Va., Mrs. Jean Ahwesh (Larry Kuremsky) of Wexford, Ms. Sally Ahwesh Russell of Elkins, W.Va., Mrs. Mary Beth Ahwesh Borroni (Frank Borroni) of College Station, Texas, and Michael Ahwesh (Carol Breeze) of Brandon, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Justin Frank of Springfield, Julie Frank Stowell of Norfolk, Va., William Russell of Elkins, Michael Russell of Wickenburg, Ariz., Andrew Kuremsky of State College, Connor Kuremsky of Palo Alto, Calif., Capt. Philip Borroni of Boston, Mass., Lt. Elizabeth Borroni of Little Rock, Ark., Samuel Borroni of College Station and Khoury and Jacob Ahwesh of Brandon; and a great-granddaughter, Lilly Russell of Wickenburg.

Also surviving are sisters-in-law Ruth and May Ahwesh of McMurray and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ahwesh graduated from Trinity High School in 1944 and Canonsburg Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. As a registered nurse, she practiced compassionately and with gentle strength for RCA in Meadow Lands, Canonsburg High School and South Hills Convalescent Center in McMurray.

She volunteered for the American Red Cross during natural disasters and for Meals on Wheels in Bradenton, helping her peers. She was dispatched anywhere in Manatee County, calming the nerves of the elderly, many of whom were younger than she.

An avid fan of the Tampa Bay Rays, she could quote any number of stats and standings of her favorite baseball team. She also made it a point to see the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKecknie Field every year. She enjoyed playing cards with good friends and family, baking and cooking and enjoyed watching her grandkids play ball.

Mrs. Ahwesh was an active member of Church of the Covenant in Washington for 50 years and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bradenton for 30 years.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, April 13, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238, or Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Clifford E. Amos

Clifford E. Amos, 78, of Jefferson, formerly of Wind Ridge, died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., after a six-week cancer-related illness.

He was born April 13, 1934, in Richhill Township, Enon, Greene County, a son of the late George Wesley “Pete” and Wilma Jessie Toland Amos. He had resided in Richhill Township area most of his life.

Mr. Amos attended the former Richhill Township High School in Wind Ridge.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and had earned the Good Conduct and National Defense Service medals. He was a member of American Legion Post 330 in Waynesburg.

Mr. Amos was the operator of the former Cliff’s Delaware Inn in Amity. He was an employee of the former Galion Iron Works in Galion, Ohio, a butcher for the former State Food Store and a bartender at the former Van’s Hotel and Restaurant both in Cameron, W.Va., and for more than 45 years was a self-employed independent truck driver, prior to his last employment with Burns Drilling, retiring in 2010.

On June 26, 1959 he married Betty Jo “Jodi” McCardle of Waynesburg, who survives.

Also surviving are children Eric, husband of Lorri Amos of Wind Ridge, and Sharon and Leigh Ann Amos and Laura Grim, all of Waynesburg, Regina Amos of Wind Ridge and Ryerson Station and Alexander Amos of Carmichaels; special friend Lucretia Ealy, mother of Alexander, of Carmichaels; four grandchildren, Gina McDiffitt, TravisMcFadden, Clinton Amos and Andrew Grim; two great-grandchildren, Destiny and Haven Statler; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three brothers, Glenn, Wesley Jr. and Carl Amos.

Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, with Pastor Phillip Campbell Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, W.Va. Graveside military rites will be accorded by representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps and American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793 and Disabled American Veterans Post 123, all of Waynesburg. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

Jackie G. Blake

Jackie G. Blake, 56, of Waynesburg, formerly of Mt. Morris, died at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born Tuesday, January 25, 1957, in Waynesburg, a son of the late James E. Sr. and Mae Richmond Blake.

Mr. Blake was a member of Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God.

He enjoyed camping and telling jokes. He was an avid West Virginia Mountaineers fan and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Blake was a self-employed mechanic and had worked in construction.

Surviving are his wife, Peggy Sue Whipkey Blake, whom he married November 22, 1975; three daughters and their husbands, Amy (Joseph E.) Miller of Mt. Morris, Jackie Sue (Tim) McClintock of Mt. Morris and Candy (Wayne) Ackley of Waynesburg; 10 grandchildren; five sisters, Violet Simms of Aleppo, Doris Archbold of Moundsville, W.Va., Ruby Witherow of Wellsville, Ohio, Peggy Hughes of Carmichaels and Sandy Whipkey of Waynesburg; a brother, Fred Blake of Mt. Morris; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Michael G. Blake; two sisters, Helen Able and Ethel Rivers; and three brothers, George Blake, James “Buddy” Blake and Woody Blake.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349. There will be additional visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, April 13, in Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God, 103 School Road, Mt. Morris, with Pastor John Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Information is available at

Samuel Joseph Dolinar

Samuel Joseph Dolinar, 95, of Salem Township, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland, Greensburg.

He was born September 15, 1917, in Avella, a son of the late Simon and Anna Dolinar.

Deceased is his beloved wife of 47 years, Rita Valerie Downs Dolinar.

Prior to his retirement, he worked for decades as an office manager at Jamison Coal Co. and later at Consolidation Coal Co.

Mr. Dolinar was a longtime member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church in Delmont and the Delmont Lions Club.

His family fondly remembers that gardening was one of his passions, especially raising and harvesting his fruits and vegetables.

Survivng are his loving family, three sons, Samuel Joseph Dolinar Jr. of Sunland, Calif., Randell Keith Dolinar of Spring, Texas, and Kevin David Dolinar and wife Carolyn of Venetia; two grandchildren, Sean Jeffrey Dolinar of Pittsburgh and Brian Scott Dolinar and wife Mary Clare of Madison, Wis.; and seven nieces and nephews, Edmund Paul Likar, Ronald James Likar and William Anthony Likar, all of Houston, Sandra Ann Dougherty of Wimauma, Fla., Joanne Marie Dolinar of Akron, Ohio, Louis Anthony Dolinar Jr. of Ocean Beach, N.Y., and Maryann Pinsky of Lenexa, Kansas.

Also deceased are three siblings, Mary Agnes Likar, Louis Anthony Dolinar and Anna Cecelia Debelak, and a nephew, Norman Francis Debelak.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Bash-Nied Funeral Home, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, April 13, in St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Delmont, with Father Joseph Bonafed as celebrant. Interment services will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

Nellie Ottenga Donelli

Nellie Ottenga Donelli, 91, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

She was born December 25, 1921, in Avella.

In August 1947, she married Raymond J. Donelli, who died October 24, 2011.

Mrs. Donelli was a graduate of Avella High School and enjoyed knitting and needlepoint.

Surviving are a son, Terrance Donelli of Allison Park; a daughter, Christina (Peter) Petousis of South Fayette; and a granddaughter, Katy Petousis.

Deceased are a sister, Dena Fioroni, and a brother, Ed Ottenga.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Friday, April 12, in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333, with the Rev. George Deville officiating. Interment will follow in St. Agatha Cemetery, South Fayette Township. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Church, P.O. Box 447, Muse, PA 15350. View and add condolences

Oakley A. Grimm

Oakley A. Grimm, 97, of Washington, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Home, Washington.

He was born November 16, 1915, in Sparta, Prosperity, a son of the late James A. and Elizabeth Russell Grimm.

Mr. Grimm was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church, where he was a trustee for many years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II.

For 31 years, he worked as a machine operator for Hazel Atlas Glass Co. He also was employed for 16 years by Fairmont Supply Co.

Mr. Grimm was a charter member of South Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department.

On December 10, 1942, he married Lotus Virginia Jarvis, who died December 13, 1991.

Surviving are a brother, James D. Grimm of Aliquippa; his longtime companion, Audrey Watt; a niece, Lisa Gnagey; and two nephews, Dennis and Nicky Zullo.

Deceased, in addition to his wife, are a brother, Lloyd R. Grimm, and a sister, Margaret Batson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, with Lay Pastor Linda Webster officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 639, Claysville. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Faith United Presbyterian Church, Washington. Messages of condolence may be left at

John H. Harter

John H. “Smokey” Harter, 79, of Washington, died Monday, April 8, 2013, in his home.

He was born December 17, 1933, in Washington, a son of the late George William and Frances “Rachel” Anderson Harter.

Mr. Harter attended a one-room school in Lincoln Hill and in the 1950s was the Pennsylvania State Marble Champion.

For 33 years, he worked as a laborer for American Bridge and US Steel Corp. in Ambridge and for 17 years at X-Mark Industries in Washington.

He enjoyed playing cards, horse racing, gambling and going to the casinos.

On July 23, 1955, he married his wife of 55 years, Lily May Naylor, who died August 31, 2010.

Surviving are four daughters, Vickie Bedillion (Don) of Washington, Franny Pieper (David) of Marianna and Tracy Huffman (Zach Martin) and Jody Startare (Joseph), both of Washington; grandchildren Stacy Armstrong (Rob), Misty McMasters (Chuckie Jr.), Tammy Bedillion, Nicole Pieper, Taylor Pieper, Morgan Pieper, Melissa Andreone (Rodger), Amanda Huffman, Savannah Startare and Jeremiah Startare; and great-grandchildren Rylie Armstrong, Aaron Armstrong, Lily Armstrong, Lucas Andreone, Alyssa Garner and Zane Garner.

Also surviving are his best friends, Jim and Margaret Howard.

Deceased are a sister, Shirley Kauffman, and a brother, Billy Harter.

Friends were received Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Betty J. Areford Osso

Betty J. Areford Osso, 80, of Evergreen, Colo., formerly of Greene County, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Life Care Center of Evergreen.

She was born Tuesday, August 9, 1932, in Wadestown, W.Va., a daughter of the late Frank and Della Clovis Areford.

Mrs. Osso was Roman Catholic.

She had worked in management within retail industries.

On June 5, 1952, she married Nicholas A. Osso, who died April 16, 1995.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Thomas N. (Diane) Osso of Golden, Colo.; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters, Linda Hess and Willa Jo Neely; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Waynesburg, with Father Richard J. Thompson as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Ann Catholic Cemetery, Waynesburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Mt. Evans Hospice, 3081 Bergan Park Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439. Information is available at

Rosie Lee Dates Patterson

Rosie Lee Dates Patterson, 68, of Washington, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born June 6, 1944, in Sylacauga, Ala., a daughter of Willie Augusta Truss Dates of Washington and the late William Henry Dates.

Ms. Patterson was a 1962 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1970 graduate of the Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

She was employed by Washington Hospital as a registered nurse for 18 years and was a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. For the last several years, she worked in home and hospice care including for Medi Home Hospice.

Ms. Patterson enjoyed watching all sports on television, her grandchildren’s sports games and watching her children growing up.

She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she was an usher and a member of the Missionary Society. She also was a member of Western-Star Temple 3 and Alpha Council 1.

Surviving are a son, Joseph L. (Edele) Henderson Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Rhonda (Richard) Barnes of Washington, with whom she made her home; three brothers, Robert Dates and Frederick Dates, both of Washington, and James “Dino” Dates of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Nancy McGruder of Washington; seven grandchildren, Richard, Shayne, Zachary, Celina, Keara, Joe-lea and Marquesha; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a brother, William Dates.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Friendship Baptist Church, 17 West Walnut Street, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, with the Rev. Richard White officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Baptist Church. Arrangements are being handled by William. G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd. Additional information and a guest book are available at

George L. Rice

George L. Rice, 86, of Wilmington, Del., went to be with his Lord Monday, April 8, 2013, in his home.

He was born October 13, 1926, in Ellsworth, a son of the late Ralph and Sarah Baker Rice.

Mr. Rice retired from General Motors.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre. He also served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Rice was a member of Armstrong Lodge 26 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Newport, Del., and the Delaware Consistory.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 53 years, MaryAnn Basey Rice; three children, Victoria Rice, Virginia Powell and George Thomas Rice, his “special buddy,” who was always by his side; three brothers, James Rice (Betty) of California, Elmer Rice of Daisytown and David Rice of Roscoe; a sister, Alice Gedman of Roscoe; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, William and Ralph Rice; a sister, Marian Stasko; and a granddaughter.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. Monongahela Valley Lodge 461 F&AM will conduct services at 7:15 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Special Olympics Delaware, 619 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Dorothy Julia Itzel Scears

Dorothy Julia Itzel Scears, 72, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.

She was born July 31, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of the late John and Julia Lyons Itzel.

Mrs. Scears was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting, shopping, reading the Bible, movies and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Frank L. Scears Jr. of Canonsburg and Johnathan L. Scears of Connellsville; a daughter, Juliana Baumgardner (David) of Canonsburg; 11 grandchildren, Jaqueline Andrews, Amy and Chelsea Baumgardner and Emily, Ainsley, Austin, Amanda, Madison, Cameron, Tyler and Brandon Scears; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews..

Deceased are her husband, Frank A. Scears, and a brother, John Itzel.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, with Pastor Deb Byrum officiating. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Charles Sutton Jr.

Charles Sutton Jr., 69, of Washington, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born September 3, 1943, in Piper, Ala., a son of the late Charles Sr. and Ruby Henson Sutton.

Also deceased are his brothers, Lenelle Sutton and William Sutton.

Surviving are daughters Francine Sutton-Brooks of Stubenville, Ohio, Taygawanna Wall of Pittsburgh and Shantell Pope of State College; siblings Lorraine Johnson of Washington, Evon Williams of Fort Washington, Md., Debra Tucker of Forrestville, Md., Willie Sutton of District Heights, Md., and Robert Sutton of Washington; five grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Lantz Funeral Home, 121 Ridge Avenue, Washington, Aaron S. Lantz, supervisor. A private family service is scheduled for later in the week.



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