Obituaries April 28

April 27, 2013

June Barskite

June “June Bug” Barskite, 51, of Finleyville, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 26, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Regis A. Brozier

Regis A. Brozier, 82, of Avella, died Friday, April 26, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born January 28, 1931, in Avella, a son of the late Phil and Jean Tompsic Brozier.

Mr. Brozier was a graduate of Avella High School and attended California University of Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English and mathematics.

After receiving his degree, he took a position teaching for one term until he was inducted into the U.S. Army.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Avella.

Following his military service, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an English teacher at Burgettstown High School.

Mr. Brozier enjoyed singing, acting in plays at Washington Park Theater and traveling.

He belonged to the American Legion in Avella and Cross Creek Valley Senior Citizens Center. He was a member and treasurer of Avella Volunteer Fire Department and Cross Creek Valley Senior Citizens Center for many years.

Surviving are a sister, Virginia Boucher of the Alexandria, Va., area, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers Ernest Brozier, Lawrence Brozier and Phil Brozier and a sister, Marianne McDermott.

At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Avella. Interment will be held in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Avella. A luncheon will follow in the church social hall. Donations may be made to Cross Creek Valley Senior Citizens Center, 28 Clark Avenue, Avella, PA 15312. Condolences may be left at

Patricia Antoinette Earnest

Patricia Antoinette Earnest, 71, of Marianna, died Friday, April 26, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born June 12, 1941, in Lone Pine, a daughter of the late Charles Warren Sowers and Clara Louise Swart Sowers.

Mrs. Earnest worked as a lab technician at Washington Hospital for more than 40 years.

She enjoyed reading, lighthouses, flowers and dancing as well as collecting leaves and coins with her grandchildren. She especially loved yearly trips in the fall to Emerald Isle with her family and friends.

Mrs. Earnest was a member of North Ten Mile Baptist Church for more than 50 years.

On August 11, 1967, she married Richard Earnest, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Kristen Earnest-Deens (Scott) of Marianna, Lynne Cecchine (Frank) of Amity and Stacey L. Coon (Jim) of Washington; Julie Earnest-Morris (John) of Marianna, who was like a daughter to her; three brothers, Gary Sowers (Geri), Rick Sowers (Wendy) and Brad Sowers (Shelley); eight grandchildren, Paige Antoinette and Joshua Deens, Gino, Dante and Angelina Cecchine, and Gracey, Louise and Tyler Coon; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Tuesday, April 30, in North Ten Mile Baptist Church, Amity, with the Rev. Gary Schneider and David Earnest officiating. Burial will follow in North Ten Mile Cemetery, Amity. Memorial contributions may be made to North Ten Mile Baptist Church Missions Circle, 312 Ridge Church Road, Amity, PA 15311. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Juliet Vecchiotti Gonano

Juliet Vecchiotti Gonano of Washington died Friday, April 26, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 20, 1950, in Rochester, N.Y., a daughter of the late Anthony V. and Julia M. DiCesare Vecchiotti.

Mrs. Gonano was a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester and Nazareth College.

From 2000 to 2013, she worked as a senior services coordinator for Presbyterian SeniorCare.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and its Ladies of Charity as well as a former board member of Catholic Charities.

Mrs. Gonano enjoyed cooking and traveling; Italy and Hilton Head were two of her favorite destinations.

On June 15, 1974, in Rochester, she married Max A. Gonano Sr., who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Max A. Gonano Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Christina A. Gonano of Savannah, Ga.; a brother, Anthony (Leslie) Vecchiotti of Honeoye, N.Y.; three sisters, Barbara (Scott) McNeil and Marilynn (Robert) Varrenti, both of Webster, N.Y., and Virginia (Claude) David of Pittsford, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Natalie (Thomas) Sandretto of Monroeville; aunts Lucy Francolino and Edith Francolino, both of Pittsburgh, and Mary Spinell of Plano, Texas; an uncle, Mario DiCesare of Asheville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 6507 Wilkins Avenue, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, or Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Robert Holbert Sr.

Robert “Carroll” Holbert Sr., 78, of Mt. Morris, died at 3:55 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Wednesday, February 27, 1935, in Mt. Morris, a son of the late Cecil Holbert and Evelyn Snyder Holbert.

Mr. Holbert was a lifelong resident of Greene County. He was an active member of Taylortown United Methodist Church.

He was the owner/operator of Mt. Morris Tire Service Inc. and High Point Raceway.

Mr. Holbert’s true passions were gardening and operating heavy equipment (bulldozers). After his retirement, he and his wife, Barb, spent their winters in St. Augustine, Fla.

On May 7, 1955, he married Barbara Hendershot, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Tina Holbert of Mt. Morris and Marsha and husband Junior Strosnider of West Virginia; three sons, Robert and wife Leona Holbert Jr. of Mt. Morris, Michael and wife Melissa Holbert of Mt. Morris and Thomas Holbert of Bobtown; 10 grandchildren, Carole Ann Holbert, Ashley Swestyn, Becky Holbert, JR Strosnider, Justin Holbert, Nicole Strosnider, Ana Holbert, Jeremy Holbert, Alex Holbert and Zachary Holbert; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Hughes of Maidsville, W.Va.; a brother, Jack A. Holbert of Mt. Morris; and several nieces and nephews.

He leaves behind Jake, his African grey bird.

Deceased is a granddaughter, Ava Naomi Holbert.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349. Additional viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, April 30, in Mt. Morris United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gale Cobb and the Rev. Ronald Geisler officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Davistown. Information is available at

G. Robert Jacobs Jr.

G. Robert “Bob” Jacobs Jr., 90, of McMurray, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013.

He was born April 12, 1923, in Harrisburg, a son of the late G. Robert and Charlotte Kister Jacobs.

Mr. Jacobs was the beloved husband of Jane Page Jacobs; loving father of Judith Jacobs of Greenville, R.I., Linda Baumiller of McMurray and Robert Jacobs of York Haven; cherished grandfather of Rod Jacobs, Rolana Hoffman, and Joshua, Jacob and Grace Baumiller; and great-grandfather of Colton, Cason and Charlotte Hoffman.

After serving in World War II, he earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State.

He worked as a process control/instrument engineer and gave freely of his spare time.

Mr. Jacobs’ lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts began as a young man. He served on various state councils and as a troop leader to many, and was the recipient of the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. He encouraged the boys to strive for excellence and to always do their best and believed his purpose was to make the world a better place.

He served on the board of the Peters Township Sanitary Authority for 19 years and was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Trinity United Methodist Church, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette Street, Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401, or Arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Ludwig Charles Krizay

Ludwig Charles Krizay, 91, of Washington, died Friday, April 26, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, following a brief illness.

He was born July 14, 1921, in Washington, a son of the late Stephen and Theresa Gruden Krizay.

Mr. Krizay was a graduate of Penn Commercial and worked as a union carpenter with United Brotherhood of Carpenters for more than 30 years.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Krizay was a member of Avery United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

On July 31, 1950, he married Laura Gerkin, who died in 1992.

Surviving are a son, Michael A. (Joan) Krizay of Washington; a daughter, Theresa Serniak of McDonald; a brother, Edward Krizay of McLean, Va.; and a grandson, Michael A. (Andrea) Krizay.

Deceased are a sister, Stella Turk, and a brother, John Krizay.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the mausoleum at Washington Cemetery, with the Rev. Ruth Simmons officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 60 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301, or Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Lois E. Riffle

Lois E. Riffle, 84, of Houston, formerly of South Strabane and Aleppo, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, after being in failing health since October.

She was born January 16, 1929, in Butler, a daughter of the late Mildred Wendell Wallace.

Mrs. Riffle had resided in the South Strabane area for 58 years, prior to moving to Houston in 2009.

She was a former member of Grace Brethren Church and, at the time of her death, was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church, both in Washington.

Mrs. Riffle was a 1947 graduate of the former Richhill Township High School in Wind Ridge.

She enjoyed playing dartball, flower gardening and the time she was able to spend with her family.

On August 6, 1951, she married Robert Luther Riffle, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Barbara, wife of Warren Harkness of Triadelphia, W.Va., and Wendy, wife of William Kudaroski of Washington; two sons, Perry, husband of Jean Riffle, and Stephen, husband of Lynn Riffle, both of Washington; 12 grandchildren, Scott, Chris and Ryan Harkness, Julie Harkness Hastings, Jessie Riffle Simpson, Lori, Daniel, Stephen and Eric Riffle, Bethany Riffle Bailey, and Lindsey and Leah Kudaroski; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joan Hollingsworth of Huntsville, Ala., and Ramona Tharp of Warwood, W.Va.; and her only surviving uncle, James (Bun), husband of Violet (Jake) Wendell of Waynesburg.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, with Pastor Jeff Deidrich officiating. Interment will follow in Centennial Cemetery, Aleppo Township, Greene County. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Ethel Marie Sanders

Ethel Marie Sanders, 53, of Davistown, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in her home.

She was born December 15, 1959, a daughter of Gladys Hughes Sanders and the late Rolland Sanders.

Deceased, in addition to her father, are sisters Catherine Strickler and Gladys Mae Grim.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her common-law husband, Hodge Hanlan; four daughters, Amanda Casner and husband Michael, Catherine Whipkey and husband Michael, Charlotte Hanlan and David Carey and Vanessa Hanlan and Michael Presher; three sons, Shane Hanlan, Waylon Hanlan and Clinton Hanlan; 14 grandchildren; brothers and sisters Rolland Sanders, Debra Strickler, Lois Hanlan, Michael Sanders, Jacqueline Sanders, Mary Jane Grim, Valerie Davis, Jasper Sanders, Glenn Sanders and Lisa Sanders; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, May 2, in Louis E. Rudolph Funeral Home, Thomas B. Rudolph, director and supervisor, 15 Main Street, Point Marion, 724-725-5256, with the Rev. Fred Tomlinson officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Greensboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.



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