Obituaries May 10

May 9, 2013

Sarah Jane Allen

Sarah Jane Allen, 83, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington.

William J. Fargo Jr.

William J. Fargo Jr., 37, of Fredericktown, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in ManorCare, McMurray.

He was born August 27, 1975, in Washington, a son of the late William J. and Annetta Rhodes Fargo.

Mr. Fargo was a 1993 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School and received his bachelor’s degree in finance from California University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

For several years, he worked as a finance manager at the University of Pittsburgh. He then worked as a financial manager in tax accounting for Marriott International, Bethesda, Md., for 10 years.

Mr. Fargo was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He was a movie buff who enjoyed watching the Three Stooges and spending time with friends.

Surviving are a daughter, Grace Geibel of Chicora; two sisters, Virginia White of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kellie Murray (Mark) of Westminster, Md.; his girlfriend, Alethea Rusilko of Ellsworth; and four nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m., the time of service, Monday, May 13, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Interment is private. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Thomas C. George Jr.

Thomas C. “Tink” George Jr., 55, of Morgantown, Pa., formerly of Bentleyville, died Sunday, February 3, 2013, in Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster.

He was born November 27, 1957, in Monongahela, a son of the late Thomas C. George Sr. and Dolores Vonsik George of Bentleyville, who survives.

Mr. George was a 1975 graduate of Bentworth High School. In 1979, he graduated from Washington & Jefferson College, and he later received a master’s degree from Waynesburg University.

At the time of his death, he had been vice president of operations for American Independent Insurance Co. for 14 years.

He was a 13-year member of First Baptist Church of St. Peters, where he served as a trustee. He was a member of Mt. Pickering F&AM Lodge 446, where he served as worshipful master in 2012. Since 2001, he had been a member of Reading Country Club.

In addition to his love of golf, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed attending their games.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Joyce Ann Freeman George, and three children, Zachary Thomas George of Pittsburgh and Michael Thomas George and Sara Rose George, both at home.

Also surviving are his mother, Dolores George of Bentleyville; two brothers, Randy George (Mary) and Scott George, both of Waynesburg; a sister, Debbie Kendra of Monongahela; two nieces, Amber and Alina; three nephews, Jonathan, Cory and Matthew; a great-nephew, Hayden; two great-nieces, Laurel and Morgan; and former wife Joyce Los Riggs of Washington.

Deceased, in addition to his father, are his maternal grandmother, Rose Vonsik Rusilko Pardinas, and paternal grandparents Rocco and Sarah Perkins George.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, with the Rev. James Markley officiating. An online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Mary D. Higgins

Mary D. Higgins, 92, of Washington, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born July 11, 1920, in West Alexander, a daughter of the late Harry and Villa Galentine McDonald.

Mrs. Higgins was a 1938 graduate of Triadelphia (W.Va.) High School.

She worked at the former Kress Box Co. in Washington.

Mrs. Higgins was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church in Washington.

She enjoyed shopping, sewing, watching TV, Notre Dame football and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On September 25, 1942, she married James Higgins, who died December 13, 1996.

Surviving are three children, James L. Higgins (Patty) of Cinnaminson, N.J., Thomas M. Higgins (Cheryl) of Wichita, Kan., and Beverly Kohler (Richard) of Strabane; eight grandchildren, Chris Higgins (Sima), Todd Higgins, Jenny Montgomery (Scott), Jeff Higgins, Sean Higgins, Steve Higgins (Erika), Ray Kohler and Krissy Kuhns (Cody); 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Miller of Wheeling, W.Va., and Dorothy Santee of Belington, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Paul McDonald, and two sisters, Jean Epler and Martha Pile.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Immaculate Conception Church, with the Rev. Donald Chortos, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Hazel Gladys Hughes

Hazel Gladys Hughes, 92, of Cameron, W.Va., formerly of Springhill Township, Greene County, died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va., after being seriously ill for the past three months.

She was born March 3, 1921, in Littleton, W.Va., a daughter of the late Albert Ray and Lettie Ward Isiminger.

Mrs. Hughes had resided in Springhill Township most of her life prior to moving to Cameron in 1985.

She was a former member of Mt. Carmel Church of God. She enjoyed growing flowers and raising a small vegetable garden. She canned everything from vegetables to homemade jelly.

Mrs. Hughes was employed as a seamstress at the former Bucheimer Co. and was last employed as an aide at Anderson Nursing Home, both in Cameron.

Surviving are two sons, James E., husband of Linda Hughes of Prosperity, and Burl D., husband of Nancy Hughes of Aleppo; seven grandchildren, John, husband of Vicky Hughes, Ed and Keith Hughes, Ginger, wife of Lynn Wise, Larry N. Hughes Jr., companion of Theresa (Trish) Whipkey, her caregiver, Jerry, husband of Sondra Hughes, and Lisa, wife of Chuck Kruezer; 11 great-grandchildren; a former daughter-in-law, Sara Lou Hughes Kenny of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a son, Larry N. Hughes Sr., who died in 1999; a sister, Mildred Howard; a brother, Lee Isiminger; and a nephew, Reed Isiminger.

Friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity or church of one’s choice.

Melva Milliken Lohr

Melva “Mae” Milliken Lohr, 76, of West Finley, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Mound View Health Care, Moundsville, W.Va.

She was born in Majorsville, W.Va., August 21, 1936, a daughter of the late Fogle and Beulah Bertha Mae Whiteman Milliken.

Mrs. Lohr was a member of Salem United Methodist Church until it closed and then became a member of Sand Hill (W.Va.) United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Eastern Star, Moundsville, and a life member of the Parent Teachers Association.

She enjoyed spending time with family, baking and helping others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Milliken, and two sisters, Irma Jean Vorhes and Katherine Bowman.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Vance Lohr, whom she married on January 26, 1955; a daughter, Debra Sue (Danny) Dorsey of Dallas, W.Va.; a brother, Glen Milliken of Dallas; two sisters, Mary Ellen Leoni and Ginny Morgan, both of Follansbee, W.Va.; grandchildren Tammy (John) Huff, Carrie (Billy) Riggle, Vince (Alisha) Junkins and Ashley Dorsey, all of Dallas; and great-grandchildren Dalton, Tess, Brianna, Kieremy and George.

Also surviving are stepgrandchildren Connie (Jake) Bloom and Brandon Dorsey and stepgreat-grandchildren Nash and Harlen.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Wheeling, W.Va., 304-242-2311, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, with Pastor Cindy Murphy officiating. Interment in Mt. View Cemetery, Dallas. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at

John E. Roney

John E. Roney, 84, of West Alexander, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

Charles T. Waugh

Charles T. Waugh, 59, of Fredericktown, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital.

He was born January 30, 1954, in Brownsville, a son of the late Charles S. and Kathryn M. Righetti Waugh.

Mr. Waugh was a 1972 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School.

He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Fredericktown, and Owls Club of Fredericktown and a charter member of Binnstown/Lowhill Lions Club. For many years, he was a Democratic committeeman for East Bethlehem Township II.

For several years, Mr. Waugh worked for J&L Steel Corp., Vesta 6 mine, as an underground coal miner. He later owned and operated Devil’s Den, Brownsville, Crazy Charlie’s, Fredericktown, and Jefferson Hotel, Jefferson.

Mr. Waugh enjoyed his nieces and nephews. He was an avid supporter of local youth sports and also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Surviving are a sister, Sara K. Zemba (Pat) of Springfield, Va.; a brother, Joe Waugh (Susan) of Kernersville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Mary Ann Waugh.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 13, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Paul Grunebach as celebrant. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville. An online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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