Obituaries April 19

April 18, 2013

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.

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Pauline Fritch Borelli

Pauline Fritch Borelli, 93, formerly of Van Voorhis, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville.

Delilace Chivers

Delilace “Lully” Chivers, 92, of Washington, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, following a brief illness.

She was born November 15, 1920, in Washington, a daughter of Clark E. Day and Hazel Marie Johns Day.

Mrs. Chivers was a homemaker and a Bell Telephone operator when she was young.

She volunteered at Washington Hospital for many years, enjoyed playing bridge and liked to cook and bake.

Mrs. Chivers graduated from Washington High School in 1939 and was a member of First Christian Church.

She married Glenn Roy Chivers Jr., who died October 2, 1987.

Surviving are a son, David Chivers of Washington; a daughter, Cheryl Boyer of Quitman, Ga.; four grandchildren, Lelia Long, Justin Chivers, Joel (Shonda) Miller and Heather (Scotty) Renfroe; and five great-grandchildren, Cole, Lexie and Joshua Miller and Lauren and Ryan Renfroe.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, April 20, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Health Center, Physical Therapy Department.

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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.

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.

Arrangements handled by John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Shadyside.

Anthony Law

Anthony “Terry” Law, 71, of Monongahela, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born December 20, 1941, in New Eagle, a son of Anthony T. Jr. and Margaret E. Papak Law.

Mr. Law was a graduate of Monongahela High School, Class of 1960.

He retired with more than 30 years of service with General Motors, Fisher Body Division in West Mifflin.

Mr. Law was an U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, and a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church in Monongahela.

He was a former member of Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard.

Mr. Law loved being outdoors: hunting, fishing, boating and working in his vegetable garden.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Verduci Law, with whom he celebrated 44 years of marriage July 26, 2012; brother Dennis Law and wife Mary of Greensburg; sister Cindy Leavy and husband John of Hunker; three brothers-in-law, Alex Verduci and wife Marlene of Ocean Side, Calif., Joseph Verduci of Imperial and Francis Verduci and wife Joni of Monongahela; five nephews; and a niece.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration Church, Monongahela, with the Rev. William Terza, pastor, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery with military honors accorded by Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Law’s memory to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences can be made to the family at

Ida R. Pecjak

Ida R. Pecjak, 73, of Crucible, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at 1:08 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, in her home.

She was born January 20, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of the late Fred Claude and Agnes Leona Chedester Crouser.

Mrs. Pecjak was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening.

She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren.

On May 11, 1960, she married John “Sonny” Pecjak, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jo Anne Malott and husband Carl of Maidsville, W.Va.; two sons, John “Peck” Pecjak and wife Beth of Waynesburg and Scott Pecjak and fiancee Robin Conklin of Crucible; six grandchildren, Sara Fisher and husband J.R., Sam Malott and wife Megan and Matthew, Anthony, Megan and Evan Pecjak; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Julia Fisher; a brother, William Crouser and wife Linda of Elyria, Ohio; three sisters, Mary Eddy of Washington, Wanita Walsh and husband Carl of Port Orange, Fla., and Nellie McKahan of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Charles and John Crouser, and a sister, Mildred Crouser.

There will be no public viewing and a time to gather and celebrate her life will be announced. Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street, Carmichaels, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Amedisys Hospice, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA 15461. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit

Margaret Temar

Margaret Temar, 88, of Daisytown, died peacefully Thursday, April 18, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born Saturday, July 26, 1924, in Daisytown, a daughter of the late John and Suzanna Durica Duritza.

Mrs. Temar was a member of Rosary Society of Daisytown Assumption Church and a founding member of West Pike Run Women’s Club.

Her loved ones considered her to be the ultimate homemaker, baker and mother.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Alex Temar (1998) and her sister, Helen Dancheck (2005).

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and sons-in-law, Alexis and Bill Fusselman of Southington, Ohio, Debbie and Ronnie Fear of Silsbee, Texas, and Bobbi and Dave Hixon of California; five grandsons, Eddie and Bobby Henley, David and Paul Fusselman and Luke Hixon; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California. Divine Liturgy will be held at a time to be announced Monday, April 22, in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Brownsville, with the Rev. Jerome Botsko officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, California.



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