Obituaries April 18
Published Apr 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm (Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm)
Caroline Jean Harpula Alonzo
Caroline Jean Harpula Alonzo, 92, of Langeloth, formerly of Burgettstown and Coraopolis, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh.
She was born October 4, 1920, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late Jacob and Nellie Yarosz Harpula.
Mrs. Alonzo was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown.
She worked at Langeloth Post Office and Burgettstown Area School District.
She enjoyed baking and sewing.
On May 20, 1946, she married James Alonzo, who passed away July 14, 2002.
Surviving are a son, James J. Alonzo, M.D., of Australia and formerly of Pittsburgh; a granddaughter, Courtney Alonzo, currently studying law at Seton Hall University in Newark, N.J.; a sister, Jean Enkraft of California; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three brothers, Anthony, John and Joseph Harpula, and three sisters, Vicky Graczk, Mary Galan and Julia Krzeczowski.
Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial for her and her sister, Julia Krzeczowski, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Donald Chortos as celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
Pasqualina “Patty” Augustine, 87, of Washington, formerly of Donora, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.
She was born Sunday, April 4, 1926, in Donora, a daughter of the late Attilio and Rose DePetro Muziani.
Also deceased are her husband, Defendo Augustine, and a sister, Carmella Smith.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Tom) Pienkowski of Washington; a son, David (Vicki) Augustine of Virginia; four grandchildren, Matt Pienkowski, Laura (Jason) Swinchock, Alexandra Augustine and Justina Augustine; a brother, Frank (Rosemary) Muziani of Irwin; a niece, Rosanne (Jim) Tingley of Maryland; and a great-nephew, William Tingley of Maryland.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, April 20, in Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 40 Second Street Extension, Donora, PA 15033, 724-379-6900, with the Rev. Pierre Falkenhan officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Memorials may be made to Citizens Library and Presybterian SeniorCare, both in Washington.
Irene M. Blum
Irene M. Blum, 85, of Bethel Park, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy Opalka; beloved wife of the late Richard Blum; loving sister of Mary Godlewski and William Opalka; and cherished mother of Mark (Kinga), Richard, Jeffrey (Karin), Gregory (Pamela) and Glenn (Lynette).
Also surviving are many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are sisters Dorothy Opalka and Anne Monnin and granddaughter Leah.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in St. Louise de Marillac Church, Upper St. Clair. Interment will be held in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Charles George Dunn Sr.
Charles George Dunn Sr., 78, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center.
He was born June 3, 1934, in Waynesburg, a son of the late George and Catherine Webster Dunn.
Mr. Dunn was a retired owner/operator of Dunn Drilling for 48 years. He graduated from Waynesburg High School in 1953.
Mr. Dunn was a member of Boy Scouts of America for 60 years and a faithful member of Bethlehem (W.Va.) Chapel.
Deceased are brother Roger and sister Catherine Foschia.
Surviving are his wife, Florence Louise Bise Dunn; nine children; brothers Raymond Dunn and wife Shirley of Derry and Howard Dunn and wife Ellen of Washington; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Friday in Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road, Wheeling, 304-232-2732, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, with Mr. Harry Reineke officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Raymond Gaines Sr.
Additional information was received for the obituary of Raymond Gaines Sr., published Tuesday.
Surviving is a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Gaines of Carmichaels.
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 in 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. Remembrances may be made to Schenley Heights Community Development Program, 3171 Ewart Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Edwin D. Hanlin
Edwin D. Hanlin, 67, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in his home, with his family by his side, after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
He was born December 21, 1945, in Steubenville, Ohio, a son of the late Clyde “Kelly” and Roselene M. Fox Hanlin.
Mr. Hanlin was a 1963 graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown, where he was active in football and track. He was a proud member of the undefeated 1958 Burgettstown football team.
He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during Vietnam and was stationed throughout Europe during his military service.
On August 15, 1968, he married Linda L. Lis, who survives.
Mr. Hanlin resided in Avella for more than 20 years, while working as a maintenance supervisor at Weirton Steel Corp. In 1998, he moved to Glen Dale, W.Va. and continued his career in maintenance as a superintendent at Bayer Corp.’s New Martinsville plant. He retired from Bayer in 2007.
In 2012, he relocated with his wife to Canonsburg to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. He was elated to be living in a brand-new townhome and was looking forward to living closer to his family.
He was a devoted family man and an avid hunter. He enjoyed riding his collection of four-wheelers and spending time at the Ohio farm with his family. He especially looked forward to his annual bear hunting trip to Grand Lakes Stream, Maine. He was able to enjoy his last trip to Maine in September 2012 with his grandson, Zack Dandurand, where his grandson became a proud member of the Maine A-Team.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 44 years, are two daughters, Kelly (Eric) Smith and Kim (Doug) Dandurand, both of South Fayette Township; four cherished grandchildren, Kasey and Camryn Smith and Davis and Zack Dandurand; two brothers, Gary (Jean) Hanlin of Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Jim (Pam) Hanlin of Cary, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends who will miss him dearly.
Relatives and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, with the Rev. Robert M. Staszewski officiating. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643 of Avella.
Wheeling Hospital, especially Dr. Jondavid Pollock, and Allegheny General Hospital, especially Dr. Moses Raj, Dr. Alexander Kirechenko and Dr. Paul Kiproff and Ron and Greg at Forbes Hospice, showed great care for him.
Memorial contributions are welcome at Meg’s Smile Foundation, a charitable organization that provides gifts to children affected by serious illnesses. www.megssmile.org.
John W. Howard
John W. Howard, 74, of Waynesburg, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.
Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., Jefferson. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Bess E. Irey
Bess E. Irey, 89, of Washington, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Home, South Strabane Township.
She was born December 22, 1923, in Morris Township, a daughter of the late Wilbur Lincoln and Leona Pauline Blake Carey.
Mrs. Irey attended Morris Township schools.
She was a homemaker.
On September 16, 1941, in Catlettsburg, Ky., she married Fred W. Irey, who died in March 1976.
Surviving are two sons, William F. (Jan) Irey of Jacksonville, Fla., and Daniel W. (Linda) Irey of Amity; two grandchildren, Kurt (Ashley) Irey and Amy J. (Matthew) Abrew; four great-grandsons, Marley, Brodie, Cale and Perry Abrew; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Cinda Dran; a brother, John Carey; two sisters, Mildred “Midge” Woods and Jean Mellott; and a grandson, Marcus E. Dran.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Interment will follow in North Ten Mile Cemetery, Amity.
Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to Washington Health System, Hospice Care, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301. Please bring any pictures, memories, condolences or stories to the funeral home to be uploaded for the family to view in real time on our www.familyremembers.com system. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director
Nancy L. Johnson
Nancy L. Johnson, 56, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.
She was born May 23, 1956, in Washington, a daughter of the late Donald and Gloria Jackson Johnson.
Miss Johnson was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Canonsburg.
Prior to her retirement, she worked as a teacher’s aide for the Headstart program.
She enjoyed painting and graduated from the Art Institute.
Surviving are a son, Martell Johnson of Canonsburg; three brothers, Marlous Johnson Sr. of Donora, Antquan Johnson of Washington and Clarence Johnson of Maryland; a sister, Antoinette Carter of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are three brothers, Anthony Johnson, Glenn Johnson and Donald Johnson.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, April 20, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.
Julia Harpula Krzeczowski
Julia Harpula Krzeczowski, 94, of Burgettstown, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, in her home.
She was born December 31, 1918, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late Jacob and Nellie Yarosz Harpula.
Mrs. Krzeczowski was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown.
She worked for RCA in Washington and Cleveland, Ohio, and Ace Reconditioning in Langeloth.
She enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing and spending time with her family.
In 1966, she married Edward H. Krzeczowski, who passed away January 12, 2003.
Surviving are three stepchildren, Ronald Krzeczowski of Langeloth, Joe Krzeczowski of West Virginia and Mary Lou Thomas of Burgettstown; three stepgrandchildren, Kevin and Scott Krzeczowski and Keith Thomas; a sister, Jean Enkraft of the state of California; and several stepgreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three brothers, Anthony, John and Joseph Harpula; three sisters, Vicky Graczk, Mary Galan and Caroline Alonzo; and a stepson, Edward Krzeczowski.
Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial for her and her sister, Caroline Alonzo, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Donald Chortos as celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301, and/or Hickory Home Health LLC, 120 Perry Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Nancy Louise Bradley Mason
Nancy Louise Bradley Mason, 77, of Morgantown, W.Va., formerly of Brave, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in her home.
She was born May 23, 1935, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Clarence F. Sr. and Virginia Vanmeter Bradley.
Also deceased are her husband of 51 years, Gerral Marvin Mason, who passed away in 2006.
Mrs. Mason was a 1953 graduate of the former Monongah High School in West Virginia.
She previously attended Kent’s Chapel in Brave and formerly worked for Mon Power in Fairmont, W.Va.
Surviving are three children, Rebecca Mason Pestun of Morgantown, Bryan Eugene Mason and wife Susan Dalton Mason of Gaithersburg, Md., and Cheryl Mason Lawrence and husband David Wayne Lawrence of Morgantown; grandchildren Erin Mason Shultze and husband Steven, Kelly Mason and Morgan Lawrence; and a brother, Clarence F. Bradley Jr.
Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a son-in-law, Daniel R. Pestun Jr., and a brother, Kenneth Eugene Bradley.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of servivce, Saturday, April 20, in Hastings Funeral Home, 215 Spruce Street, Morgantown, with Apostle Joseph Perozich officiating. Graveside services will follow in Shinnston (W.Va.) Masonic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in her name to Morgantown Hospice, P.O. Box 4222, Morgantown, WV 26504. Send condolences at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.
Dolly Maxine McFadden Ottena
Dolly Maxine McFadden Ottena, 81, of Washington, died Friday, April 12, 2013, in Country Meadows Nursing Home, South Fayette Township, following a lengthy illness.
She was born October 26, 1931, in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Richard Charles Sr. and Mabel Kelley McFadden.
Mrs. Ottena was a member of St. Hilary Church and was previously an altar society member at St. Mary and Ann’s Church, Marianna.
She was a licensed practical nurse at Western Center for more than 20 years, retiring in 1993.
Mrs. Ottena was very active in Cameron Wellness Center Aquacise. She was a huge Steelers fan and loved her cat, Trixie.
On January 6, 1950, she married John Joseph Ottena Sr., who died March 9, 2011.
Surviving are a son, Barry (Margaret) Ottena of Houston; two daughters, Rebecca (Doug) Burig and Regina (Jerry) Coleman, both of Washington; three brothers, Richard Charles McFadden Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, Walter W. (Sherlee) McFadden of Goldsboro, N.C., and Robert E. (Edie) McFadden of Canton, Ohio; a sister, Sherley (Gil) Gilfedder of Washington; eight grandchildren, John and Christopher Ottena, Erica Jestat Garrison, Ashley Jestat, Linsley Burig, Gene Orlandi, Christin Orlandi Brown and Alexa Ferrari; and four great-grandchildren, Karly, Mya, Geno and Carter.
Deceased is a son, John J. Ottena Jr.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, in St. Hilary Church, Washington. Internment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to any Alzheimer’s Research Program. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
William F. Pape Sr.
William F. Pape Sr., 81, of Washington, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in his home.
He was born October 12, 1931, in Imperial, a son of the late Henry and Ann Hughes Pape.
Mr. Pape was a coal miner, having worked for 84 Mining Co. for 29 years, retiring in July 1994.
He enjoyed spending time with his family.
On July 31, 1951, he married Eleanor Gudac, who died January 28, 2006.
Surviving are four sons, William Pape Jr. and Dave Pape, both of Canonsburg, John Pape (Marilyn) of Washington and Rob Pape (Roberta) of Marianna; two daughters, Joann Pape of Lawrence and Barb McGinnis (Ron) of Washington; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers; and a sister.
Deceased are two brothers and two sisters.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, with Pastor Ruth Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
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 and 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 his wife, 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.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 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, Upper St. Clair. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.