Obituaries April 17

April 16, 2013

Caroline Harpula Alonzo

Caroline Harpula Alonzo, 92, of Burgettstown, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2013, in Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements for her and her sister, Julia Harpula Krzeczowski, who passed away Monday, April 15, will be announced in a later edition by Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.

Paul P. Antol

Paul P. Antol, 86, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born June 29, 1926, in Meadow Lands, a son of the late George and Anna Rapka Antol.

Mr. Antol lived most of his life in the Canonsburg area and, prior to his retirement in 1990, he had been employed as an airplane engine mechanic for United Airlines.

He had served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Mr. Antol was a member of the International Association of Mechanics and Aerospace workers, SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane and American Legion Post 902 of Houston and was a trustee of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation.

He enjoyed model airplane building and flying, gardening and landscaping and playing the button box. Mr. Antol loved dancing, particularly with his wife, and attending all Slovenian events.

On April 26, 1962, he married Martha Lesnik, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Nancy Anton-Sartori of East Granby, Conn., and Mary Ann (Mark) Shanks of McKinney, Texas; a sister, Mary Pomykala of Washington; four grandchildren, Jerry III and Gabrielle Sartori and Mark and James Shanks; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son-in-law, Jerry Sartori, who passed away December 17, 2011; three brothers, John, Steve and Joe Antol; and four sisters, Anna Mazzi, Margaret Antol, Katherine Merski and Helen Orlosky.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, with the Rev. Catherine Peternel officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn, McMurray. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and the American Legion Post 902 of Houston combined honor guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Slovenian Radio Hour or Hospice. To view or extend condolences, please visit

James Davoli Jr.

James “Jeep” Davoli Jr., 86, of Shinnston, W.Va., died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in his home.

He was born January 29, 1927, in Worthington, W.Va., a son of the late James Sr. and Annetta Desist Davoli.

Deceased is his first wife, Eva Leota Scott Davoli.

Surviving are his wife, Brenda K. Smith Davoli; two sons, Danny James Davoli and companion Cindy Guseman and her son Jordan of Akron, Ohio, and Brian James Davoli and wife Mitzi of Bethel Park; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Wilson and husband Ricky of Shinnston; two grandchildren, James Davoli and wife Elizabeth of Columbus, Ohio, and Lauren Davoli of Bethel Park; a great-grandson, Dominick W. Davoli of Columbus; four stepgrandchildren, Sierra Holcomb, Skylar Holcomb, Max Michalski and McKenzie Michalski; two sisters, Catherine Woods of Shinnston and Louise Salvatore of Williamstown, W.Va.; an aunt, Jenny Condo of Patterson, N.J.; an uncle, Sam Desist and wife Treasa of Forrest City; and several nieces and nephews.

He also leaves his favorite dog, Baby.

Deceased, in addition to his first wife, are two brothers, Dominick and Michael Davoli.

He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army Air Forces stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Mr. Davoli retired from Consol Energy in 1984 with 40 years service, including work in the Owings, Williams, Robinson Run and Loveridge mines. He was a member of UMWA Local 9909, Fairview, and American Legion Post 31, Shinnston.

He loved to hunt, fish, garden and be in the outdoors.

Mr. Davoli was Methodist.

Friends may call from 1 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Perine Funeral Home, Route 19 South, Shinnston, where funeral services will be held at noon Friday, April 19, with the Rev. Austin Burroughs officiating. Full military honors will be accorded at the funeral home. At Mr. Davoli’s request, cremation will follow the services. Interment will be in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be extended to the family at Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Davoli family.

John Jeffrey Eisiminger

John Jeffrey Eisiminger, 42, of Waynesburg, died Monday, April 15, 2013, in Washington Hospital, from injuries suffered in a traffic accident.

He was born December 6, 1970, in Waynesburg, a son of Gary Pete Eisiminger and Dietta Scritchfield Eisiminger of Waynesburg.

Mr. Eisiminger was a 1988 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War.

He worked as a building contractor.

Mr. Eisiminger resided most of his life in Waynesburg, where he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching NASCAR races.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Perry Ewing Eisiminger of Waynesburg; five children, Jacob, Caleb, Allison, Dereck and Christopher; and his fiancée, Erian Tennant of Waynesburg.

Deceased are his grandparents, Jack and Ruth Eisiminger and Arthur and Ruby Kathleen Scritchfield.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, with the Rev. Larry A. Douglas officiating, followed by burial in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 330 and the U.S. Army. Condolences may be offered at

Nancy Scott Gilkes

Nancy Scott Gilkes, beloved wife of Arthur Gwyer Gilkes, died Friday, April 12, 2013.

She was the mother of Arthur Scott Gilkes (Rebecca Donaghue) and John Gwyer Gilkes (Lindsey Gilkes); daughter of the Rev. John Mark Scott and the late Elizabeth Mackey Scott; and sister of John Mark Scott Jr., Sarah Christine Scott and the late Amy Scott Stokes. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Isaac N. Lewis Sr.

Isaac N. “Ike” Lewis Sr., 84, of Garards Fort, died at 5:07 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in his home.

He was born March 26, 1929, in Haydentown, Fayette County, a son of the late Adam Harry and Bessie Myrtle Ritenour Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was a 1946 graduate of Mapletown High School and resided in Greene County for most of his life.

He drove a truck for several companies, including Accurate Brass in Brave. In the early 1970s, Mr. Lewis began working at the East Dunkard Water Association in Dilliner and later retired as the association’s manager.

He was a faithful member and deacon of John Corbly Memorial Baptist Church of Garards Fort and served as the superintendent of Garards Fort Cemetery for many years.

Mr. Lewis enjoyed gardening and operating heavy equipment.

On November 5, 1949, he married Patricia J. Pollock, who survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Randy P. Lewis and wife Noreen of Irmo, S.C., Barrett K. Lewis of Carmichaels, Isaac N. Lewis Jr. and wife Vee of Garards Fort, Mark E. Lewis and wife Jennette of Carmichaels and Michael A. Lewis and wife Mary of Carmichaels; five daughters, Joyce L. Lund and husband John of Carmichaels, Donna R. Rodavich and husband Dave of Garards Fort, Michelle A. Popernack and husband George of Bobtown, Diane Ewart and husband Ralph of Carmichaels and Connie Sherman and husband Frank of Greensburg; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a grandson, John Paul Lund; three brothers, Harry Lewis, who died in infancy, Ellis H. Lewis and Samuel Lewis; and three sisters, Edna Phillips, Gladys I. Phillips and Meryl Smith.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 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. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, in John Corbly Memorial Baptist Church, 107 John Corbly Lane, Garards Fort, with the Rev. Gary Whipkey officiating. Interment will follow at Garards Fort Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to John Corbly Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 43, Garards Fort, PA 15334. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit

William W. Nourigat

William W. “Bill” Nourigat, 79, of Linesville, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013.

He was born February 5, 1934, in Midway, a son of the late Albert and Margaret Cummins Nourigat.

Mr. Nourigat served in the U.S. Marines.

He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a self-taught and extremely gifted artist and gardener.

To say that he was loved by many and will be dearly missed is an understatement. His passing has deeply saddened relatives and dear friends alike.

Mr. Nourigat was the beloved husband of Marlene Cherry Nourigat; loving father of Thomas “Billy” Nourigat of Linesville, Joseph Nourigat and wife Silke of Germany and Cherrie’ Neice of Pittsburgh; loving grandfather of Christopher and Dominic Nourigat of Germany, and James, Amber, Ashley and Isabella Neice of Pittsburgh; and dear brother of the late Fred Nourigat and Wilma Scott.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the time of memorial service, Friday, April 19, in Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville, with Pastor Philip A. Torre of First Assembly of God in Meadville officiating. The family suggests memorials be sent to Arc of Crawford County, 222 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335. Please share a condolence at

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The rest of the pricing structure remains the same: Obituaries of up to 35 words will be printed free of charge; over 200 words, 25 cents per word; symbols, $7.50 each. Estimates will be provided for photos larger than thumbnails.

If an obituary is published more than once, the fee will be charged for each day published.

John Smagner

John Smagner of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Washington, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013.

He was born in Washington, a son of the late Mike and Teresa Smagner.

Mr. Smagner was the husband of Shirley for 58 years; father of John (Terri), Joan and Michael (Tracie); grandfather of Heather, Kelly (Mike), Michael, Kyle and Brandon; great-grandfather of Tyler, Mya and Kaylee; and brother of Betty (Bob) Hildebrand and the late Matt, Mike, Honey, Jessie, Bede, Sonny and Teresa. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in the Pacific during World War II on the USS Downes.

He retired from Washington Steel after working at both the Washington and Michigan plants.

Mr. and Mrs. Smagner moved to Ocala in 2005.

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, from complications of leukemia.

She was born January 6, 1930, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of the late Hubert Henry and Carolyn Gamage McLain Cooper.

Mrs. Tinkey was a resident of Buffalo Township for most of her adult life.

She was a member and former Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Claysville.

Mrs. Tinkey was a 1947 graduate of the former West Liberty High School, West Liberty, W.Va. She was employed from 1952 to 1980 by the former Claysville Recorder.

Mrs. Tinkey was also a member of the Claysville Homemakers Club and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and traveling with her late husband.

On November 4, 1955, she married Jesse Earl Tinkey, a Pearl Harbor survivor, who died January 8, 2002.

Surviving are a sister, Martha, wife of Howard (Eddie) Brownlee of Washington; two nephews, Michael, husband of Shari Brownlee and Robert, husband of Helga Clark; four great-nephews, Larry, husband of Theresa Clark and Wayne E., husband of Martha Clark, Travis and Jacob Brownlee; and a great-niece, Amber Brownlee.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church, Claysville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, with Pastor David Coleman officiating and Pastor James R. Sevon Jr. assisting. Interment will follow in West Alexander Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 26, Claysville, PA 15323. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

John A. Tomich

John A. Tomich, 88, of Upper St. Clair, recently of Providence Point, died peacefully on the morning of Monday, April 15, 2013.

He was a dear son of the late Peter Michael and Neda Tomich and brother of the late Peter; husband of Mary P. Tomich; devoted father of Karen (the late Frank) Jeffe, Deborah (Robert) Lohman, Pamela (Bradley) Blumfeldt, Dean (Alene) Nancy and Marybeth; loving grandfather of Dean (Jill) Jeffe, Kristin (Phil Atlas), Keira (Mike Nowak), Jonathan, Amanda and Haley Lohman, Julia, Drew, Bradley and Emily Tomich; great-grandfather of Amara Nowak; and uncle of Larry, Lynn, Craig, Debra Jean and Tommy.

Mr. Tomich was born December 30, 1924, in Donora.

He was a former officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he was a transportation manager at U.S. Steel for 35 years and served 15 years as president of KST Industries.

Mr. Tomich spent three years at a very young age in his parent’s native country of Croatia. He became fluent in other languages and a quick study of European cultures.

He was a longtime member and usher at St. Louise de Marillac Parish and was committed to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other charitable organizations.

Mr. Tomich enjoyed playing golf with Mary at Rolling Hills Country Club and was an avid bridge player.

He never met a stranger he didn’t like and enjoyed knowing and being known to everyone he met. He will be missed dearly.

Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauer Funeral Home. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, in St. Louise de Marillac Church, Pittsburgh. Please add or view tributes at



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