Obituaries April 29

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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 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 the yearly trips in the fall to Emerald Isle, N.C., with her family and friends.


She 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-Deems (Scott) of Marianna, Lynne Cecchine (Frank) of Amity and Stacey 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); seven grandchildren, Paige Antoinette and Joshua Deems, 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, with the Rev. Gary Schneider and David Earnest officiating. Burial will follow in North Ten Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. 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 www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Edna Ruth Filer

Edna Ruth Filer, 88, of Evergreen Personal Care Home, Waynesburg, died Sunday, April 28, 2013.


Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Behm Funeral Home, Waynesburg. A complete obituary and arrangements will be published in a later edition.


Wilma Joyce Hoberek

Wilma Joyce Hoberek, 72, of Washington, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, in her home.


She was born October 20, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of David and Josephine Keating Huber.


Ms. Hoberek was a member of Apostolic Christian Temple of Washington.


She was a homemaker who loved talking to and spending time with her family and friends, shopping, cooking and watching television. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.


Surviving are four sons, Robert (Becky) Hoberek, Edward Hoberek and Scott Hoberek, all of Washington, and Charles Johnson of Ohio; four daughters, Mia (Shawn) Johnson, Linda (Tyrone) Chandler, Margaret “TuTu” (Mark) Jemison and Edwina Hoberek, all of Washington; a brother, William Huber of Slovan; a sister, Margaret Lee Lanham of Slovan; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.


Deceased are her husband, Edward Leroy Kelley; two sons, Jay and Ricky Hoberek; and a brother, Dean Huber.


Friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in Apostolic Christian Temple, 164 West Wylie Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, with the Rev. Myron C. Jones II officiating. Burial will follow in West Middletown Cemetery. William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd. is handling arrangements. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


James William Hull

James William Hull, 80, of Washington, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Humbert Lane, South Strabane Township.


He was born October 12, 1932, in Washington, a son of John Vern and Lula Tau Hull.


A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Hull served during the Korean War aboard the USS Tarawa. For his service, he was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, European Occupation Medal, China Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.


Mr. Hull was an ironworker for 49 years through Local 3. After retiring, he worked as a school bus driver for Schweinebraten for 10 years.


He was known as a prankster and loved and enjoyed being with his grandchildren. In addition, he was a father-like uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews. Mr. Hull enjoyed gardening and especially enjoyed raising daylilies.


On December 19, 1958, he married Patrician Nelree Kelvington, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, James (Jan) Hull of Canonsburg; a daughter, Lesa (Robert) Garove of Washington; a brother, Jack (Louise) Hull of Erie; three sisters, Jane Westerfeld and Mary Ella Hull, both of Washington, and Nancy (Jerry) Kiralfy of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, James Cody Hull, Derek Hull, Morgan Reilly, Jenna Reilly, Tiffany Garove, Robert (Leah) Garove and Michael (Holly) Garove; and three great-grandchildren, Peyton, Harlyn and Camden Garove.


Deceased are four brothers, Ralph, Dan, Wayne and Paul Hull.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, with Pastor Nathan Miller officiating. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Conway Edward Keibler

Conway Edward Keibler, 85, of Brownsville, peacefully passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013.


He was the beloved husband of Betty (Bumgarner) for 58 years; loving father of Charles Calvin (Tracy) and Robin Ann (Joe) Ashley; caring grandfather of Nicholas (Heather), Michael, Julia and Charles Giacobbe and Brandon, Jennifer and Calvin Keibler; a brother of Marilyn (Robert) Clarke; and an uncle of Anita Lawson and Mary Grace (Dan) Griffin.


Mr. Keibler served as a Methodist minister for more than 40 years in Braddock, Clairton, McMurray, Ligonier, Washington and Smithfield United Church of Christ in Pittsburgh.


He was also focused in community development in Ligonier and Brownsville.


Mr. Keibler was very active in the youth program in Jumonville United Methodist Church Camp.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauers, 2828 Washington Road., McMurray, 724-941-3211. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of memorial service, Thursday, May 2, in Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park 15102. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. or Jumonville United Methodist Camp. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


Theresa Shearson Lukan

Theresa Shearson Lukan, 97, of Bulger, died Friday, April 26, 2013, in Humbert Lane Nursing Home, South Strabane Township.


Mrs. Lukan was born March 31, 1916, in Bulger, a daughter of the late John and Helen Poulenko Shearson.


She was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church and a member of Midway SNPJ, where she was one of the “fish ladies.” She was also a member of the ladies auxiliary of SNPJ and St. Ann’s Christian Mothers.


Surviving are a daughter, Norma (Ronald) Lira of Bulger; a son-in-law, John Bacu of McDonald; grandchildren Nancy Wingertsahn, Pamela (Scott) Plance and David and Kevin Lira; great-grandchildren Philip Wingertsahn, Maria (David) Kelly and David, Meagen, Tyler and Cal Lira; and a great-great-grandson, Laine Kelly.


Preceding her in death are her husband, Frank Lukan in 1991; a son, Richard Lukan; and a daughter, Linda Bacu; brothers and sisters, John, Mike, Andy, Steve and Charles Shearson, Helen Taptich, Anna Taptich, Mary Prebeg and Julia Holden.


All arrangements are private and entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway, 724-796-3301. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please sign a guest book at thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


Vivian Ellice Thierry Peter

Vivian Ellice Thierry Peter died Sunday, April 28, 2013, after a lengthy illness.


Surviving are her husband, Joseph F.; a son, Jordan; a daughter, Laurie; a brother, Roger; and an uncle, Charles.


Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in Beinhauers, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to South Hills Family Hospice, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


Ernest Spotti

Ernest Spotti, 89, Gilmore, Cecil Township, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Veterans Administration Hospital, Aspinwall.


He was born May 14, 1923, in Cuddy, South Fayette, a son of the late Rinaldo and Josephine Cukryznski Spotti.


Mr. Spotti served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II on the USS Birmingham. He was wounded in action twice, receiving two Purple Hearts.


He was a member of Cecil American Legion, Muse Independent Club and Westland Sportsman Club.


Mr. Spotti enjoyed gardening, trapping, socializing with friends at Muse Italian Club and spending time with family.


He was a truck driver for National Mining at Sygan before the war and worked as a shearman for Universal Cyclops until retirement in 1988.


Surviving are three daughters, Joann (James) Rohm of Cecil, Janet (Larry) Jones of Cecil and Theresa (Steve) Birk of Elkins, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Ephraim Jones of South Fayette Township, Justin (April) Jones of Cecil, Jenna (Chris) Lee of Morgantown, W.Va., Lauren Birk of Fairmont, W.Va., and Ashley (Mike) Oravitz of Rahway, N.J.; a great-grandchild, Tayton Lee of West Virginia; two sisters, Diane (Stanley “Stush”) Sadowsky of Lawrence and Regina Spotti of Robinson; and three brothers, Ray Spotti of Midway, Roland (Kathy) Spotti of Carnegie and Rinaldo (Linda) Spotti of Carnegie.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucy Spotti, in 2005; a daughter, Erlene Dowd, in 2005; a brother, John Spotti; and a sister, Blanche Tkach.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil, where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, with Pastor Fred Soberg officiating.


Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, where military honors will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars 191 and American Legion Post 902 honor guard.


George P. Ward

George P. Ward, 75, of Avella, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


He was born July 21, 1937, in Burgettstown (Smith Township), a son of the late George H. and Bertha A. Freshwater Ward.


Mr. Ward was employed by Sutherland Lumber Co. of Burgettstown for about 20 years.


He was a member of Avella Presbyterian Church, Sons of American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643 of Avella and Moose Lodge 22 of Washington.


Mr. Ward enjoyed riding his motorcycle, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and keeping everyone entertained with his jokes.


On May 3, 1969, he married Ruth A. Robl, who died December 16, 2005.


Surviving are his fiancee, Ann Prevost of Avella; three daughters, Cynthia (Allen) Richard of Burgettstown, Flossie Dick of Spears and Kathy Robl of Cecil; three sons, Charles (April) Harrington of Sydney, Ohio, and Lloyd Ward and Roy Ward, both of Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; seven brothers, Jim (Emma) Ward of McDonald, Bill (Janet) Ward of Avella, Kenny Ward of Washington, Henry (Mary) Ward of Washington, Dave Ward of Burgettstown, Tom (Beth) Ward of Falling Water, W.Va., and Fred Ward of Washington; two sisters, Shirley (Jim) Piatt of Avella and Cleo (John) Crothers of Carnegie; and a sister-in-law, Carol Ward of Avella.


Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife and parents, are two sons, Bernard Ward and George Ward Jr.; three daughters, Angie Ward, Bertha Ward and Wanda Logan; and two brothers, Gerry and Wayne Ward.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, with the Rev. Rich Narus officiating. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Avella.


Carmella A. Washlack

Carmella A. Washlack, 92, of Charleroi, formerly of Cokeburg, died Sunday, April 28, 2013.


Arrangements are entrusted to Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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