Obituaries May 11

May 10, 2013

Blanche Bacon

Blanche Bacon passed away quietly in her sleep Thursday evening, May 9, 2013, in Paramount Senior Assisted Living, Peters Township, of natural causes at the age of 103.

She was born in Trotter (Connellsville) and was married to the late J.G. Brotherton of Ocean City, N.J., and also the late Elliot Bacon of Pompano Beach, Fla., where she spent most of her retirement until she moved back to Pennsylvania in 2008.

Mrs. Bacon worked as a waitress in Ocean City; Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia; and Pompano Beach.

Surviving are a sister, Stella Zabrosky of Washington; brothers Walter and Ed Pleban and wife Esther, both of Uniontown; nephew Frank Gavlak and wife Kathleen of McMurray; nieces Linda Toth and husband George of Carmichaels and Ann Falkosky and Helen Jason of Cleveland, Ohio; and more than 60 other nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of services, and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. She will then be cremated and transported to New Jersey to be buried with her first husband, J.G. Brotherton, per her wishes. All friends and family are welcome. Donations may be made in her memory to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children at

James H. Bowman

James H. “Butch” Bowman, 62, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly in his home Thursday, May 9, 2013.

He was born May 3, 1951, in Canonsburg, a son of Laura Bowman and Melvin Wilson Sr.

Mr. Bowman attended Canon-McMillan High School and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Canonsburg.

He worked at Gordon’s Office Equipment & Furniture for many years before joining the maintenance crew at West Gate Village Apartments, Pittsburgh. He worked for 12 years as an associate in the plumbing department at Home Depot in Washington, where he had many customers ask for him by name.

Mr. Bowman enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and the great outdoors, but most important was the time he spent with his family.

On May 3, 1978, he married Rita Brooks, who passed away December 24, 2009.

Surviving are three daughters, Alicia Long (Benjamin) of Canonsburg, Tina Marie Tyree (Thomas) of Frederick, Md., and Jamie Bowman of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren, Alexis, Paris, Joshua and Maxwell Long, Caleb Brooks and Cameron Tyree; five sisters, Dianna Bowman (Gerald Sims) of Houston, Laura “Tootie” Brown (David) and Traci Johnson of Pittsburgh, Crissy Egerton (Eddie) of Chesterfield, Va., and Wanda Thomas of Youngstown, Ohio; two brothers, Melvin Wilson Jr. of Pittsburgh and Perry Wilson (Romi) of McKees Rocks; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased are a daughter, Fontella Bowman, and a sister, Etta Bowman.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Canonsburg. Interment will be private. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Lorraine M. Brasda

Lorraine M. Brasda, 89, of McDonald, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Westfield, N.Y.

She was born July 18, 1923, in Sturgeon, a daughter of Alfred and Jane Cadick Chauvet.

Mrs. Brasda was a homemaker and was very active in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, McDonald. She was a member of the church’s Altar Society and choir and was a teacher of the church’s CCD classes.

She was a member of the McDonald Women’s Club and the McDonald Garden Club. She volunteered for the McDonald Meals on Wheels program for more than 40 years and worked on the Board of Elections for 56 years.

On June 1, 1946, she married Stephen V. Brasda, who died October 9, 1999.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathryn L. (Robert) Richmond of Westfield and Jane R. (Richard) Steer of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada; a son, Stephen J. (Patti) Brasda of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two sisters, Germaine Bres of Carnegie and Helen Morris of Sturgeon; a brother, Marcel “Mark” Chauvet of Cecil; five grandchildren, Matthew and Leah Richmond and Richie, Chris and Cameron Steer; a stepgreat-grandchild, Mary Hawkins; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, Alfred, Lucien, Louis “Pie” and Frank Chauvet.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, McDonald, with the Rev. Carl J. Gentile as celebrant. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Township. Memorials are suggested to St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church or to the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department.

Willie A. Truss Dates

Willie A. Truss Dates, 89, of Washington, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Lantz Funeral Home Inc., 121 Ridge Ave., Washington, Aaron S. Lantz, supervisor.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Donna Kraushaar

Donna Kraushaar, 71, of Muse, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, in her home, with family by her side.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 724-745-8120.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

John Edwin Roney

John Edwin Roney, 84, of West Alexander, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, after being in failing health for the past two years.

He was born December 9, 1928, in Wheeling, W.Va., a son of the late Charles George and Rosa Margaret Dunlap Roney. He had resided in the Monroeville area most of his adult life prior to moving to West Alexander in 1992.

Mr. Roney was a former member of First Baptist Church in Monroeville, where he had served as a deacon and chairperson for the building and finance committee, and was a member of Claysville Christian Church at the time of his death.

He was a 1947 graduate of the former Claysville High School, a 1951 graduate of Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University) and had taken graduate-level courses at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Roney was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army.

He was a former employee of MSHA and Calgon Corp. in Coraopolis and was last employed as an instrumentation control engineer with J&L Steel Corp. (LTV Steel) in West Mifflin for 25 years prior to retiring in 1989.

Mr. Roney was a member of Washington County Historical Society and the Optical Society, where he held several instrumentation patents.

He enjoyed golf, bowling, bird-watching, local history and geneology.

On November 24, 1955, he married Margaret Lenora Algeo, who died August 30, 1992.

Surviving are two sons, Charles, husband of Paula Roney of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert, husband of Margaret Roney of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Nancy, wife of Martin Pandolph of Bethel Park, and Janet Roney of Gaithersburg, Md.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a brother, David Roney, and a sister, Dorothy Curtis.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until noon, the time of services, Monday, May 13, 2013, in Claysville Christian Church, with the Rev. Meade Lacock officiating. Interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Claysville Christian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Adam Wayne Simpson

Adam Wayne Simpson, 32, of McDonald, died unexpectedly Thursday, May 9, 2013, in his home.

He was born February 2, 1981, in Washington, a son of William R. and Paula M. Parkin Simpson of McDonald.

Mr. Simpson attended Fort Cherry High School and, after earning his GED, attended WyoTech Institute in Daytona, Fla., where he studied motorcycle repairs. His passion in life was motorcycles.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Karen Ann (Stephen) Moore of McDonald, and a nephew, Michael Moore.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. Private services will be held at a time and place at the family’s discretion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 55, Rural Ridge, PA 15075, Condolences, photos and additional information are available at

Dorothy Mae Stewart

Dorothy Mae Stewart, 88, made her transition from Earth to glory Thursday, April 25, 2013, to be with all those who have gone on before her.

Born January 15, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Brown and Marie Smith-Brown of Washington.

Deceased is her husband, Richard A. Stewart.

She was educated in the Washington school system.

Mrs. Stewart was a faithful member of Wayman AME Church in Monessen, where she served until moving to Lithonia, Ga., in 2006.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, but most of all, loving and caring for all of her children.

Mrs. Stewart leaves to cherish loving memories a very loving and devoted son and daughter-in-law, Walter (Freddie) Burgess; two sisters, Gertrude Bailey of Washington and Gloria Holmes of Monessen; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Tuesday, April 30, at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga.

Sarah J. Thome

Sarah J. “Joann” Thome, 80, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon.

She was born September 21, 1932, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Kenneth and Mary Lydia Westcoat Green.

Mrs. Thome had worked as a Giant Eagle cashier and as a psychiatric aide at Mayview State Hospital.

She enjoyed crocheting, bingo and the casino.

On June 5, 1953, she married Charles J. Thome, who died May 25, 2002.

Surviving are three sons, Karl A. Thome (Kandy) of Washington, James C. Thome (Ann) of Somerset and Terry L. Thome of Canonsburg; two grandchildren, James “Buck” Thome Jr. and Amy Lynn Thome (Adam Reel); three sisters, Mary Jacobs of Cameron, N.C., and twins Martha Tabordan of Casco, Wis., and Marva Stassi (Tony) of Newton; a brother, John Green (Sue) of Spooner, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two sisters, Ethel Killmeyer and Bertha “Dolly” Rodgers.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at



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