Obituaries April 21

April 20, 2013

John J. Curran

John J. Curran, 84, of Carnegie, died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of 39 years to Hannah; loving father of M. Scot (Ellen), John (Mary Kay), Susan (Lori) Curran, Amy (Winfried) Paul, Arlene (Charlie) Fernandez, LuAnn (Fred) Lozano, Carol Carney, Cyndi (Terry) Divelbliss and the late Kevin; grandfather of Allison and Scot Curran, Kevin Curran, Jason and Joseph Vernon and Jaime (Tim) College, Julian and Zoe Paul, David and Steven Klippelm, Hannah Kuga, Rick DiTommaso and Kimberly Lozano; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Curran was a lifelong avid sports fan and played semi-pro football. He golfed regularly until recent years and enjoyed dining out and attending family events.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the time of memorial service, Thursday, April 25, in Beinhauers, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Inurnment in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at Please add or view tributes at

Lawrence E. Duckworth

Lawrence E. Duckworth of Waynesburg and Ocala, Fla., died Friday, April 19, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville.

Marion L. Fickinger

Marion L. Fickinger, 100, of McMurray, died peacefully Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg, are incomplete and will be announced. A complete obituary will be published in later edition.

John W. Howard

John W. Howard, 74, of Waynesburg, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg, after being ill for several months.

He was born October 21, 1938, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Antoon “Tony” and Elsie Katherine Temple Howard.

Mr. Howard had served in the U.S. Army.

He was a well-known car dealer in the Waynesburg and Morgantown, W.Va., areas for many years.

Surviving are five children, John Howard Jr. of Jefferson, Anthony Howard and wife Roberta of Rices Landing, Cynthia Howard of Waynesburg, Tony Howard and wife Linda of Morgantown and Michelle Howard Trout of Waynesburg; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; seven siblings, Mary Davis and husband Bob of Jefferson, Paul Howard and wife Kay of Waynesburg, Haddie Doney and husband Marty of Waynesburg, Gloria Keener and husband George of Waynesburg, James Howard and wife Sandy of Pitt Gas, Susie Davis and husband Gerald of Jefferson and Bill Howard and wife Donna of Waynesburg; a brother-in-law, Carl “Cutts” Virgin of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, James Hammond; a brother, Gary T. Howard; and a sister, S. Joan Virgin.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., the hour of a memorial service, Wednesday, April 24, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, with the Rev. Joe Weaver officiating. Condolences may be expressed at

Martha Jane Morris

Martha Jane Morris, 82, of Holbrook (Jackson Township), died Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Assisted Living at Evergreen, Waynesburg, after being in failing health since June 2012.

She was born April 19, 1931, in Richhill Township, a daughter of the late Elbin Alvin and Elizabeth Glenola Finnegan Riggle.

Mrs. Morris had been a resident of Jackson Township since 1954 and was a member of Maranantha Baptist Church, Holbrook.

She was a member of the former Aleppo Grange and a member of East Franklin Grange at the time of her death.

Mrs. Morris enjoyed toll painting, quilting and arts and crafts, as long as her health permitted.

She was an employee of the former Berkowitz Pajama Factory and the former Greenway Manufacturing Co., both in Waynesburg, prior to retiring in 1986. Following retirement, she was involved in general house cleaning for neighbors and friends for more than 20 years.

On August 17, 1948, she married Harry Newton Morris, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Linda, wife of Russell McCollum of Sycamore; a son, Ronald, husband of Bonnie Morris of Holbrook; three granddaughters, Stacy Campion, Stephanie McCollum and Michelle Morris; a great-granddaughter, Sean Campion; a brother, Frank, husband of Pat Riggle of Strawsburg, Ohio; a sister, Donna, wife of Wayne Tharp of Midland; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a great-grandson, Liam Campion, who died at birth; a sister, Joan Hunter; and a brother, Robert Riggle.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, with the Rev. Vernon K. Berdine officiating. Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, Jackson Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of choice. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

Charles R. Ream

Dr. Charles R. Ream of Jensen Beach, Fla., formerly of Washington, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013, with his family by his side in Donnell House, Washington.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marian Cover of Jensen Beach; and a daughter, Cynthia Ream Phillips, and a son, Steven Ream, both of Washington.

Dr. Ream was the proud grandfather of Ashley, Joseph, Marian and John Phillips; brother of James (Phyllis) Ream of Wisconsin and David (Sibyl) Ream of Washington; and brother-in-law of Edwin P. (Margie) Cover of Ligonier.

Several nephews and nieces also survive.

He was born October 3, 1928, in Johnstown, a son of the late Robert Kimmell and Mary Augusta Schiffhauer Ream.

Dr. Ream better known as “Chuck” or “Coach” to his former athletes, graduated from Johnstown High School. He received his bachelor’s degrees in biology and physical education from the University of Pittsburgh as well as his master’s and doctorate.

He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. While at Pitt, he worked at Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind and coached wrestling and track to the children. His coaching career began at Wilkinsburg High School, where he coached football. Shortly thereafter, he became the football, wrestling and lacrosse coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, where he coached two All-American lacrosse players. He was then hired as head football and track coach at Washington & Jefferson College in 1960, where he brought the first PAC Championship to the college in 1970. He is a member of Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as well as the W&J Sports Hall of Fame.

After a successful career as a coach, he was hired as chairman of the education department at W&J, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. While he was coaching, he researched interval training of equine athletes and, in order to do so, he obtained his trainer’s license with the U.S. Trotting Association while working with horses at the Beinhauer and Cameron stables at The Meadows. He subsequently was published in Hoofbeats magazine for his work. During his tenure at W&J, he served as chairman of Washington County Red Cross. He was also host of a sports talk show on Cable 3 as well as color commentator for the Washington High School football games.

From 1976 until the mid-90s, he and his wife, Dr. Marian Ream, formed Universal Learning Corp. and developed schools in Korea, Philippines and South America, for Westinghouse and Bechtel Corp. He and his wife traveled extensively around the world for several years.

Dr. Ream was a charter member of Allenberry Swim Club in Boiling Springs, where he and his family spent 14 summers. While there, he and his wife earned their private pilot licenses.

He and his wife retired in 1992 to Jensen Beach, where he became a Florida Supreme Court mediator, was past president of the Condo Association at Island Dunes and was a volunteer at Victory Children’s Home in Port St. Lucie.

There will be no public visitation and services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. Condolences may be sent to the family at 67 LeMoyne Avenue, Washington PA 15301. Memorial contributions may be made to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at

Rosalie Smith

Rosalie Smith, 76, of Jefferson, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, in her home, following a lengthy illness.

She was born October 24, 1936, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Harry and Isabelle Morris White.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker who enjoyed bingo and going to the stock sales at the Waynesburg Stock Yard. She was an avid Elvis fan.

She was married to the late Edward Smith, who died November 4, 2011.

Surviving are six children, William Smith of Jefferson, Charles Smith of Nemacolin, Brenda DeLacruz and husband Juan of Jefferson, Roger Smith of Nemacolin, Susan Smith of Jefferson and Priscilla Smith of Waynesburg; a daughter-in-law, Stella Carr of Waynesburg; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two half brothers, James “Jess” Pitcock of Waynesburg and Loye “Butch” Pitcock of Nemacolin; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, James E. Smith; and two brothers, Carl White and William White.

Family and friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the hour of services, Tuesday, April 23, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, with the Rev. James Cherry officiating. Interment will follow in Cumberland Cemetery, Jefferson. Condolences may be expressed at

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, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Temar in 1991, and a sister, Helen Dancheck in 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.

Also surviving are five grandsons, Eddie and Bobby Henley, David and Paul Fusselman and Luke Hixon; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and until 9:15 a.m., the time of a blessing service, Monday, April 22, in Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California. A Mass of Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Brownsville, will follow at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jerome Botsko as celebrant. A Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Amedisys Hospice of PA, Stoops Drive, Monongahela, PA 15063.



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