Obituaries April 15

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Charles D. Alderson Jr.

Charles D. Alderson Jr., 71, of Canonsburg, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 12, 2013.


He was born April 25, 1941, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Charles and Josephine Malinak Alderson.


On March 31, 1963, he married Margaret Fortunato Alderson, who survives.


Mr. Alderson was a retired assistant superintendent for Port Authority Transit.


He was an avid golfer and loved his two dogs.


Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two children, Rosemarie Tinneville and Vince Alderson; two grandchildren, Addie and Andrew Alderson; two sisters, Faye (Paul) Warchol and Patty (the late Howard) Foltz; a brother, Richard Alderson; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a son, Mark Alderson; a brother, Wesley Alderson; and a sister, Bonnie Bell.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg, with the Rev. John J. Batykefer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Memorials may be made in the memory of his son, Mark, to American Cancer Society. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.


Helen DeStefano

Helen DeStefano, 95, of Washington, died Saturday, April 13, 2013.


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home. Inc., Washington. A funeral Mass will be held at a time to be announced Wednesday, April 17, in St. Hilary Church, Washington.


A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


John C. Felton

John Conway Felton, 82, of Cherry Valley, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, April 13, 2013, in his home.


He was born April 17, 1930, in Grafton, W.Va., a son of the late Floran and Audrey Phillips Felton.


A veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, he served as a helicopter mechanic, He was honorably discharged and received the National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals.


Mr. Felton worked in the coal mines in Morgantown, W.Va., before and after serving in the Air Force. After retiring from J&L Steel in Aliquippa in 1981, he worked for Wright Therapy Products in Hankey Farms, where he designed and assembled medical pumps.


He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown and St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Bulger, where he faithfully served as an usher for Saturday evening Mass.


Mr. Felton loved his family, enjoyed his time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His pastime was sitting on his porch feeding the birds. He will be sadly missed.


He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eileen Harshall Felton; six children, Denise Miller and husband Bill, Bevian Bertovich and husband John, Dan Felton and wife Nancy, Shari Messina and husband Jim, Trina Thomas and husband Ken and Christine Hockenberry and husband Mike; 11 grandchildren, Bryan Miller, Dana Maltony and husband Brandon, Michael Bertovich and wife Kacey, Shaun Felton and wife Amanda, Zachary and Stephen Felton, Michele Thomas and companion Mike Gillingham, Justin Thomas and Nikki, Nina and Marc Hockenberry; three great-grandchildren, Max and Mia Maltony and Michael Gillingham; and two sisters Peggy Bonner and Charlotte Quinn.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters and two brothers.


A memorial blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Inurnment will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.


Raymond C. Gaines

Raymond C. Gaines, 65, of Jackson Township, Greene County, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, in UPMC–Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.


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


Katherine Jane Gedman

Katherine Jane Gedman, 72, of McDonald, Mt. Pleasant Township, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, in her home.


She was born June 30, 1940, a daughter of the late Raymer and Gertrude Fehl Nice.


Mrs. Gedman was a homemaker.


She was a member of Midway United Methodist Church and sang in its choir.


Surviving are a daughter, AnnDee Gedman of Midway; a son, Andrew (Emily) Gedman Jr. of Beaver; grandchildren Vivan and Theodore Gedman; and a brother, Donald (Mary Jane) Nice of Midway.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Gedman, who died July 13, 1998, and brothers Raymer Lee Nice Jr. and Gary Floyd Nice.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway (724-796-3301), where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery, Midway. Please sign a guest book at thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


Andrew Luketich

Andrew “Sonny” Luketich, 71, of Bentleyville, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, in his home, after a brief but difficult battle with cancer.


He was born in Bentleyville September 4, 1941, a son of Andrew and Marth Smith Luketich.


Mr. Luketich was a graduate of Bentleyville High School and Barre School of Memorial Art in Vermont.


For 47 years, he was the owner and operater of Luketich Memorial Co. in Bentleyville.


He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed classic cars.


Mr. Luketich was a member of Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 354, Cokeburg, and a life member of National Rifle Association.


He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Jones Luketich, whom he married July 24, 1976.


Also surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Andrew R. Luketich and Michael D. and Amber Luketich, all of Bentleyville; his cherished grandchildren, Ethan, Benjamin and Delilah Luketich; two nieces whom he helped raise, Patricia Medina of Pittsburgh and Maria Medina Gaso, husband “Buzzy” and children Jeeno and Zyron of Bentleyville; and many other nieces, nephew and extended family that were such a great joy to him during family gatherings and vacations.


There will be no public visitation. Private services will be held Tuesday, April 16. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes Inc., Bentleyville, are in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Gateway Hospice, 9380 McKnight Road, Suite 201 Arcadia Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or to American Cancer Society.


Evelyn Julian Morgan

Evelyn Julian Morgan, 96, of Washington, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Kade’s Nursing Home, Canton Township.


She was born February 8, 1917, in Washington, a daughter of Frank and Rose Julian. 


Mrs. Morgan had attended Washington High School and worked as a nurse’s aide in Washington Hospital for 22 years.


She was an avid crafter and a member of SeniorLife.


On September 21, 1940, she married John Bowen Morgan, who died March 28, 2009.


Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Morgan of Boston, Mass., and Judi (Ed) Ruschell of Washington; four grandchildren, Jamie, Evan, Rose and Matt; five great-grandchildren, Alysia, Mason, Tyler, Haley and Giulia; and two stepgrandchildren, Alice and Karl.


Deceased are four brothers, Patsy, Joseph, Tony and Angelo Julian; and a sister, Elizabeth Julian Comfort.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Augusto Pleil

Augusto Pleil, 86, of Washington, died Friday, April 12, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


He was born August 3, 1926, in Chubut, Argentina, a son of Heinrich Otto and Marta Dora Schubert Pleil.


Mr. Pleil had worked in construction as a carpenter.


He attended Free Methodist Church in Washington.


Mr. Pleil ran a lawn and garden business on the side, enjoyed nature and gardening and had a deep love for his eight children.


On October 5, 1952, he married Nadine Moonje, who survives.


Also surviving are four sons, Amadeus (Charlotte) Pleil of Canada, Alvin Pleil of San Francisco, Calif., Raymond Pleil of North Carolina and Franklin (Nicolle) Pleil of Eighty Four; four daughters, Helga (Ted) Chapman of Clinton; Vijaya (Bill) Milam of Florida, Andrea (Kerry) DuBac of Carnegie and Else (Robert) Trautwein of Indianapolis; six brothers; a sister; and 16 grandchildren.


Deceased is a sister, Juanita Pleil.


Friends will be received from 10 to noon, the time of services, Monday, April 15, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Ted Chapman officiating. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Clinton Wesleyan Church. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Yvonne Brechbill Rameas

Yvonne “Brecky” Brechbill Rameas, 75, of Venetia, died Friday, April 12, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.


She was born February, 27, 1938, in Midland, a daughter of the late Samuel G. and Dorothy Suica Brechbill.


A graduate of Sewickley Nursing School, she received her bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University and her master’s degree from California University.


Mrs. Rameas was a dedicated registered nurse for 55 years and served as an educator, counselor, nurse patient advocate and sight-seeing tour planner.


She was a deacon at Thomas Presbyterian Church and a member of Peters Creek Historical Society.


Mrs. Rameas was the beloved wife for 40 years to the late Samuel Rameas; loving mother of Stacie Rameas-Michael (Richard Michael) and Samuel B. (Susan) Rameas; “Baba” of Chloe, Noah, Caitlin and Natalie; and sister of Juanita, Sam, Ivan and the late Dorothy.


Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Thomas Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four, with the Rev. Peggy Shannon officiating. Interment will be held in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Thomas Presbyterian Church or Peters Township Historical Society. Please add tributes at beinhauer.com.


Sarah L. Tinkey

Sarah L. Tinkey, 83, of Claysville, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, in TownView Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg, because of complications from leukemia.


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


P. Terry Zaken

P. Terry Zaken, 64, of Washington, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, in Veterans Administration Hospital, Oakland.


He was born July 11, 1948, in Hendersonville, a son the late Stephen and Julia Lazor Zaken.


Mr. Zaken served as lance corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart.


He worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for many years.


Mr. Zaken was Russian Orthodox.


He lived most of his life in Hendersonville and Washington. He was a former member of Bears Club in Meadow Lands, a member of White Eagles in Canonsburg, American Legion Post 902 of Houston and life member and former commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg from 1994 to 1995 and 2010 to 2011. He was a life member of VFW Honor Guard and Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors.


Mr. Zaken was an avid golfer, hunter and a loyal St. Louis Cardinals and Steelers fan. He was manager of his grandson’s Pinto Youth baseball team, who won the 2012 championship. His happiest times were spent with his grandchildren, who always called him “DiDi.”


On June 20, 1981, he married his beloved wife, Marlane Svitek, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Christopher Paul Terry (Heather Jenkins) Zaken of Houston and Todd Patrick (Jennifer) Zaken of Washington; three grandchildren, Camden, Hannah and Colin Zaken; three sisters, Valeria (Michael) Kelleher of Wilton, Maine, Bernadette (George) Halley of Lawrence and Stephanie Teatino of Hendersonville; an aunt and uncle; a niece, Jamie Svitek, who considered him a second father; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, with the Rev. Joseph Oleynik officiating. Interment will follow at 10 a.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guard VFW Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston. To view or send condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


Helen T. Zuraw

Helen T. Zuraw, 93, formerly of Donora, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, where she was a resident since December 2005.


She was born October 15, 1919, in Donora, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Kocis Majoris.


Mrs. Zuraw was a member of St. Dominic Woman’s Guild, First Catholic Slovak Union and Jednota.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Zuraw in 1975; a daughter, Donna Minor on April 20, 2012; siblings Joseph, Louis, John, Margaret and Agnes Majoris, Elizabeth Lutheran, Anne Kopanic, Mary Repasky and Veronica Datovech; and infant grandson Lon Allen Minor.


Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Laraine and Ronald McGinnis of Washington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Wendy Zuraw of North Charleroi and Daniel and Terri Zuraw of Belle Vernon; grandchildren Timothy Minor, Kristin Eckenrode, Marci Zelinski, Samantha Chain, Brandon Zuraw, Steffani Zuraw and Kathi Zuraw; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 40 Second Street Extension, Donora 15033 (724-379-6900). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Our Lady of the Valley Church, Donora, with the Rev. Pierre Falkenhan celebrating. Interment will follow in St. Dominic Cemetery, Donora. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Church or Washington County Health Center Activities Department.


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