Obituaries May 6

May 5, 2013

Dawn Lynn Allison

Dawn Lynn Allison, 35, of Avella, died unexpectedly at 12:17 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the emergency room of Washington Hospital.

She was born March 26, 1978, in Washington, a daughter of the late Donald “Red” Allison, who died February 28, 2012, and Roberta Stacko Allison of Avella.

Ms. Allison was formerly employed by Falcon Plastics for several years.

She enjoyed following in her father’s footsteps by cleaning abandoned houses and hauling scrap metal.

Ms. Allison was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and a jack-of-all-trades, as there was nothing she could not do. People knew her for her sense of humor and for being a very social person. She will be sadly missed.

In addition to her mother, she leaves behind a brother, Donald Duncan (Jodie) Allison Jr. of New York; a sister, Stephanie (Ronald) Kubacki of Avella; three nephews, Stephen and Shane Kubacki of Avella and Donald Allison of New York; a niece, Piper Jo Allison of New York; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be a celebration of Ms. Allison’s life for friends and family from 1 to 2 p.m. immediately followed by a memorial service Wednesday, May 8, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence, please visit

Frank T. Galicic

Frank T. “Buster” Galicic, 88, of Cecil, died Thursday, May 2, 2013.

He was born February 6, 1925, in Cuddy, a son of the late Frank J. and Amelia Kraus Galicic.

On August 11, 1951, he married Eileen Miller, who survives.

Mr. Galicic was a decorated veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Cecil American Legion, SNPJ Sygan 6 and McDonald-Cecil Senior Center.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Ron (Karen) Galicic of Rostraver Township, Dave (Kim) Galicic of Cecil and Lisa (Rich) Pustovrh of Cuddy; two grandchildren, Katie Galicic and Richie Pustovrh; four brothers, Joe (the late Doris) Galicic, Ray (Ida) Galicic, Bill (Rita) Galicic and Ed (Carolyn) Galicic; and four sisters-in-law, Naomi Sloka, Mamie Papeaka, Eva Tabone and Ruth Miller. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a son, Frank Louis Galicic.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held, Thursday, May 9, in the funeral home. Interment to follow in Melrose Cemetery, South Fayette Township, with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. View and add condolences at

Kathleen Noel Hunter

Kathleen Noel “Katie” Hunter, 33, of Franklin Township/Waynesburg, died unexpectedly Friday, May 3, 2013, of an unknown cause.

She was born September 22, 1979, in Waynesburg, a loving and loved daughter of Franklin “Frank” and Judi Hunter.

Ms. Hunter was a 1997 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School and a 2001 graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. She was an avid and interested student of life in general for all of her life.

A few of her many special interests included the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colonial Williamsburg, reading, American and English history, Sunset Beach, N.C., experimenting with plants in her yard and flower gardens and online fan-fiction role-playing.

She was a member of the Waynesburg Central High School volleyball team and, for 14 years, enjoyed participating in all forms of dance, from ballet to tap.

In addition to her parents, surviving are her grandmother, Maryanne F. Evans of Waynesburg; appreciated aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and a very special, dear-to-her-heart group of young second cousins, Mari, Kiera, Amber and John Logan Evans, whose activities she always took great interest and satisfaction in.

Also, her clowder of kitties brought her much joy and were the object of her faithful attention and care. In that vein, anyone wishing to honor Ms. Hunter’s memory might make a donation to Greene County Humane Society, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Her family knows she would be grateful, as will the cats and dogs at the shelter.

Deceased are her grandparents, J. Ray Evans, Dorothy Hunter and Frank Hunter Sr.

Ms. Hunter exemplified a kind, never mean or hurtful, oh-so-patient facilitator in her dealings with friends and family.

She was the troubleshooter and problem-solver who balanced differed points of view without forcing her own opinions of others.

She was a good listener, a shoulder to cry on, a source for much wisdom and the supplier of practical solutions to the crazy vagaries of life. She had a keen, clever, subtle sense of humor and a twinkle in her eye for inside jokes.

Arrangements are being made by Behm Funeral Home in Waynesburg. The family appreciates the love and support shown by the community, but no service or memorial event has been planned at this time. Condolences may be offered at

She enjoyed the traditional Irish ballad “The Parting Glass,” including lyrics, “But since it falls unto my lot, that I should rise and you should not, I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call, ‘Good night, and joy be to you all.’ So fill to me the parting glass; good night and joy be to you all.”

James A. Riggen

James A. Riggen, 86, of Carmichaels, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 4, 2013, in the emergency room at Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

He was born December 21, 1926, in Greensboro, a son of the late John Winfield and Gladys Geneva Gallatin Riggen.

Mr. Riggen was a 1944 graduate of Mapletown High School and resided in Carmichaels since 1958.

He served as a radio operator with the U.S. Navy aboard submarines during World War II and worked as a sales representative for Simpson Towel Supply in Uniontown from 1948 until 1957. Afterward, Mr. Riggen worked as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Co. of America until his retirement in 1984.

Mr. Riggen was a member of Cumberland American Legion Post 400, Carmichaels, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6303, Greensboro, and enjoyed playing golf.

On August 7, 1948, he married Betty Jean LaRue, who died February 19, 2011.

Surviving are four sons, Michael K. Riggen and wife Marilyn of Carmichaels, Ralph R. Riggen of Palm Coast, Fla., Terry K. Riggen and wife Donna of Hollidaysburg and Joel A. Riggen, at home; four grandchildren, Kevin K., Ryan A., Sara Jean and Benjamin K. Riggen; a great-grandson, Tatum; four sisters, Eileen Haney of Boston, Mass., Monalee Swift of Uniontown, Nancy Jane Soom of Uniontown and Patricia Ann Markeweitz of Loraine, Ohio; two half brothers, William Harding of Rome, N.Y., and John Riggen of Fullerton, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Constance Hunter.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8. Sister Marie Eileen (Cathy) Luxner will officiate. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit



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