Obituaries May 1

April 30, 2013

Arthur Harold Graham Sr.

Arthur Harold Graham Sr., 94, of Washington, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in his home.

He was born February 11, 1919, in Reese’s Mill (Greene County), a son of the late William F. “Frank” Graham and Lizzie Orphanette Nelson Graham.

Mr. Graham served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he received a World War II Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon.

He worked for Jessop Steel as a crane operator for 39 years and served on the union committee.

Mr. Graham was Methodist and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a 43 year member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, where he served on the firing squad for 18 years, and was a member of the Jessop Club.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan, enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sports games and enjoyed hunting when he was younger.

On May 29, 1940, he married Nellie Huffman, who died May 31, 1980.

Also surviving are a son, Arthur H. (Alice) Graham Jr. of Amity; a daughter, Shirley Korpus of Washington; five grandchildren, Michael (Jodie) Korpus, Kurt (Renae) Korpus, Kay (Michael) Locy, Tim Hatfield and Jeanne (Jim) Stolfer; and 12 great-grandchildren, Colton, Courtney, Garrett, Kelly and Sam Korpus, Chet and Brooke Locy, Ashley, Anber and Jarrett Hatfield and Abigaile and R.J. Stolfer.

Deceased are five brothers, Charles, Raymond, Frederick, Scott and Kermit Graham; a sister, Sarah; son-in-law Charles M. Korpus; and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Holland Graham.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Ave, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Lorraine Hall Gressly

Lorraine Hall Gressly, 82, of Mercer, formerly of Waynesburg, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Avalon Springs Nursing Center, Mercer.

She was born Thursday, February 26, 1931, in Pittgas, a daughter of the late Harold Hall and Gladys Jackson Hall.

Mrs. Gressly was a long time active member of First Baptist Church in Waynesburg, having been a member for more than 35 years.

She enjoyed traveling all over the country and gardening. She also enjoyed singing.

Mrs. Gressly worked as a nurse in the Greene County Memorial Hospital emergency room until her retirement in 1993.

Her husband, Francis L. Gressly, whom she married December 13, 1952, died March 18, 2010.

Surviving are two daughters and husbands, Pam (Philip) Erdos of Mercer and Bobbie (Greg) Perkins of Sweetser, Ind.; a son and wife, B. Keith (Molly) Gressly of Lebanon, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Faye George and Jean Shultz, both of Uniontown; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Betty Eck.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, where services will be conducted at 7 p.m. with Dr. Edward Peirce officiating. Burial will be in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Information is online at

Patrick Michael Hellmann

Patrick Michael Hellmann, 27, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, after a brief illness.

He was born January 4, 1986, in Hershey.

Mr. Hellmann was a 2004 graduate of Hempfield High School and a 2009 graduate of Millersville University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in communication/public relations. While at Hempfield, he was a two-time Lancaster-Lebanon League football all-star. He was a four-year letterman in wrestling and a state medalist at 189 pounds. He accepted a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown after entertaining numerous offers for both football and wrestling.

Mr. Hellmann was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, attending games annually, braving the coldest weather Pittsburgh could offer. It was his hope to live in Pittsburgh one day. He had an infectious smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was a true friend to many and was once described as a foxhole buddy because he was the guy who would always have your back.

Mr. Hellmann loved road trips and was ready at the drop of a hat, always having a bag packed for just such an occasion. Having participated in several wrestling clubs in high school and college, he was always ready for an adventure and enjoyed sharing stories about his exploits. He had recently accepted a job in Wilkes-Barre and was preparing to move on to a new adventure in his life.

He previously donated time to the Hempfield Wrestling program and was currently involved in PAK, a charitable organization aimed at helping the Lancaster community. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to The PAK, who has established a site in his memory at

Mr. Hellmann enjoyed the outdoors and life in general. He loved his family and friends and was especially proud of his godsons, Logan and Carter.

He will be forever missed by his parents, Mike and Lynne Spence Hellmann, and his brothers, Matthew and Zachary. Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Evelyn Spence, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased is a brother, Andrew, who died in infancy.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A service will be held immediately afterwards with burial at Washington Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be determined in Lancaster. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Alexander Herrnberger

Alexander Herrnberger, 94, of Canonsburg, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Mr. Herrnberger was born May 13, 1918, in Moon Run, Allegheny County, a son of the late John Ofsanka and Eva Pierce Ofsanka Herrnberger. Also deceased is his stepfather, Anthony Herrnberger, who raised him from birth.

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II with the 283 Engineer Combat Battalion as a technician fifth grade and received a Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and an EAME Campaign Medal.

Mr. Herrnberger lived most of his life in Canonsburg, where he worked for 39 years for Fort Pitt Bridge Works, retiring in 1980 as a foreman.

He was Protestant and a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston, former GBU of Canonsburg and Labor Temple of Canonsburg and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg.

Mr. Herrnberger was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to dance.

In 1950, he married Patricia F. Kessler, who passed away September 6, 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Patricia A. (Joseph) Cheverine of Canonsburg; four sons, Phillip (Darla) Herrnberger of Fombell, Ronald (Kathryn) Herrnberger of Eighty Four and Richard A. (Nicole) and Paul A. (Carla) Herrnberger, both of Washington; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

At the request of Mr. Herrnberger, there will be no public visitation, and services and burial are private. Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Raymond W. McCartney

Raymond W. McCartney, 85, of Washington, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Veterans Administration Medical Center, Highland Drive, Pittsburgh.

He was born March 14, 1928, in Munntown, a son of the late Walter and Irene Hemelrick McCartney.

Mr. McCartney served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was honorably discharged with a rank of private first class and was awarded a World War II Victory Medal.

He worked for McGraw-Edison in Canonsburg and also for All Metzner and Pluto’s Auto Sales.

On December 24, 1960, he married Thelma Louise Ellis, who died November 10, 2001.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Walden of Washington and Nancy McGruder of Uniontown; two sisters, Donetta Hainbaugh of Confluence and Helen Adrian of Pompano Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a brother, Walter McCartney, and a sister, Catherine Ingraham.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Washington Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at

John Henry Nelson

John Henry Nelson, 85, of Washington, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Humbert Lane Health Care Centre, South Strabane Township, following a two-year illness.

He was born January 16, 1928, in Opelika, Ala., a son of the late Thomas Nelson and Ozell Williams Pruitt.

Mr. Nelson was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a steward’s mate first class aboard the USS Dauphin and the USS Shangri La. He received a World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and American Campaign Medal.

He worked for I. Richman as a crane operator and a torch man for 40 years.

Mr. Nelson was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, a chairman of the Deacon Board and a member of Bachelors of Benedict and Senior Citizens Bowling League.

He was an avid sports fan and loved the Baltimore Ravens.

A man of few words, he will be greatly missed by those who appreciated his sense of humor and quiet and gentle ways.

On July 31, 1975, he married Fredda Lewis, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Clinton Nelson of Detroit, Mich., and John H. Nelson Jr. of Dallas, Ga.; three daughters, Arlene McFadden of Tennessee, Lynn Dampier and Frances Smith, both of Detroit; a stepson, Scott Ivery of Washington; four stepdaughters, Sharon Kelley and Renae Brock, both of Washington, Jacqueline Kelley and Angela Booker, both of Maryland; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a stepdaughter, Kimberly Ivery, and a sister who died as an infant.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Saturday, May 4, in Friendship Baptist Church, 17 West Walnut Street, Washington, with the Rev. Richard White officiating. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Kenneth W. Plants

Kenneth W. Plants, 83, of Claysville, formerly of East Finley Township, died at 8:10 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, after being in failing health for the past several years.

He was born September 19, 1929, in East Finley Township, a son of the late Clyde Swaine Sr. and Grace Farine Allum Plants. He had been a resident of Claysville since 2008.

Mr. Plants was a member of Claysville United Methodist Church, Claysville American Legion Post 639 and McGuffey Senior Citizens.

He was a 1947 graduate of the former Claysville High School.

Mr. Plants was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal in the U.S. Army with Headquarters H & S Company, 23rd AEB, 3rd AD.

He was employed by the former Hazel Atlas Glass Factory and McAnallen Brothers Construction, both in Washington, and Wilkie Construction Co. in Claysville and was last employed as a welder by the former Jessop Steel Corp. in Washington for 37 years, prior to retiring in 1993.

Mr. Plants enjoyed spending time with his family, farming, game bird and coon hunting and listening to country music.

On June 14, 1958, he married Shirley Margaret Clutter, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Rhonda, wife of Nick Fratto of Bridgeville; a son, Todd K. Plants of Wheeling, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Rocco and Sophia Fratto; a sister, Dorothy Stewart of Claysville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Clyde S. Plants Jr., who was killed in action during World War II, and Donald Plants; and a niece, Donna Plants Parsley.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Claysville United Methodist Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, with the Rev. Rico Vespa and the Rev. Meade Lacock co-officiating. Interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by representatives of the U.S. Army and Claysville American Legion Post 639. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either Claysville American Legion Post 639 or Claysville United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Jim Sheehan

On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the age of 58, Jim Sheehan fell into an eternal sleep with his wife Sabra’s hands in his.

He leaves behind his wife, Sabra, and the children that were the joy of his life, Corey Sheehan, Katera Luzadder and husband Chad with granddaughter Ella James and Cullen Sheehan. Also surviving are his mother, Betty Canary Sheehan, wife of the late Lou Sheehan, and his seven sisters and their husbands, Kathy and Rich Valentino, Patty and Rob Guerriere, May Anne Thompson, Beth and Joe Gibson, Eileen Rush, Joni and Ed Hundzienski and Peggy and Randy Trefnoff; as well as Sabra’s brothers and sisters and their wives, Robin and Roberta Shoop, Charlie and Linda Murphy and Tim and Julie Sheehan; and a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Sheehan traveled across the country after graduating high school. After his travels, he spent his life building things, helping friends and family and genuinely bringing happiness to the people that he touched.

He was a union carpenter and a devoted husband, father, loving grandfather and a genuine friend to all that knew him. Mr. Sheehan taught everyone who knew him about patience and kindness. He took control of what was in his power and accepted life’s challenges as they came. Last summer, he learned of his biggest challenge, inoperable lung cancer. He was determined to battle cancer with the same resilience that he demonstrated during his life. He fought his last battle bravely and without complaint. He will certainly be missed here on Earth, but his friends and family know that he is now in a much better place with the Lord.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. All those wishing to follow in the procession may meet by 10:30 a.m. at Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. A guest book may be signed at

John A. Shoemaker

John A. “Buddy” Shoemaker, 64, of Finleyville, died Sunday, April 28, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of Carol Bercik Shoemaker; father of Lori (Bobby) and John C. Shoemaker; son of Florence Caster Shoemaker and the late John Shoemaker; and brother of Cheryl Charles (Andy) and Lisa Wood (“Woody”). Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Also surviving are his faithful companions Buzzy and Harley.

Mr. Shoemaker was a member of Haymakers and National Rifle Association.

He enjoyed NASCAR, bluegrass music and hunting at his camp in Huntingdon.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., the time of services, Thursday, May 2, in David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library.

Louise C. Delegram Sindrich

Louise C. Delegram Sindrich, 84, of Ellsworth, died Monday afternoon, April 29, 2013, in Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg.

She was born January 28, 1929, in Wehrum, Indiana County, a daughter of John and Mary Gigliotti Delegram.

Mrs. Sindrich was a graduate of Ellsworth High School.

She worked for 30 years as a bookkeeper for the former Bell Motor Co. in Bentleyville.

Mrs. Sindrich was a member of Ave Maria Parish, Croatian Fraternal Union St. George Lodge 354, Cokeburg and Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Dolores 1675, Bentleyville.

On August 12, 1961, in St. Luke Church, Bentleyville, she married Joseph M. Sindrich, who survives.

Also surviving are a sister, Vera Bronson of Florida; a brother, John Delegram Jr. (Anita) of Ellsworth; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Frank and Joseph Delegram, and four sisters, Rose Belcastro, Angeline Costa, Madeline Bright and Mary Ross.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Fund, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Arrangements are in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Bentleyville. Visit to leave a condolence message.

Raymond Charles Stephens

Raymond Charles Stephens, 85, of Burgettstown, Hanover Township, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Weirton (W.Va.) Medical Center.

He was born November 3, 1927, in Coraopolis, a son of the late Charles and Birdie A. Cain Stephens.

Mr. Stephens was a coal miner, having worked for Harmon Creek Coal Co. starting in 1944 and then Starvaggi Industries, where he operated the Angeline, until retiring in 1989.

He was the last remaining member of his immediate family.

On June 4, 1947, in McDonald, he married Julia L. Melvin, who died in 1982.

Surviving are his sons, Larry Stephens of Burgettstown, where he resided at the time of his death, and Richard Stephens of Hookstown; his grandchildren, Randy (Billi Jo) Stephens and Michael Stephens; and his great-grandchildren, Garrett and Gretchen Stephens.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his brothers, Carl, Roy, James and Clarence Stephens, and his sisters, Elsie Roach, Grace Scott Baker and Mae Brockman Long.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, with the Rev. Allison Bauer officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence.

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Martha G. Sweet

Martha G. Sweet, 85, formerly of Washington, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Tampa, Fla., where she had lived since 1984.

She was a daughter of the late George Ralph and Inez Gossard.

Mrs. Sweet was the mother of Troy George Breese of Washington and Meredith Artis Anthony of New York City. Also surviving are two stepchildren, David Sweet of Harrisburg and Barbara G. Sweet of Washington, D.C.; and a grandson, Ryan Breese of Washington.

She was an executive with McGraw-Edison, serving as one of the company’s first woman executives.

A longtime championship bridge player, she achieved the rank of life master.

In 1966, she married the Honorable Charles G. Sweet, the president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

In 1984, Judge Sweet retired from the bench, and they moved to Tampa, where they founded Paralegal Careers Inc., a school for paralegals. Mrs. Sweet handled the management and staff issues while her husband served as president and dean.

Together, they traveled the world, spending time in more than 50 countries. They also traveled widely in the United States and visited almost every state.

Mrs. Sweet was featured in the 2008 book “A Place Called Canterbury,” written by her close friend, Dudley Clendinen.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Citizens Library, 55 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at

Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director



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