Obituaries May 15

May 14, 2013

James L. Beall

James L. Beall, 70, of Midway, Utah, formerly of Greensboro, passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, May 9, 2013, after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, with his daughter, Christina, by his side.

He was born August 24, 1942, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Max and Agnes Zabroski Beall.

Mr. Beall attended Mapletown High School and Waynesburg College and served with the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962.

He met the one love of his life, Marita Regrut, and they wed August 17, 1968. Together, the couple raised two children.

Mr. Beall worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for more than 35 years. He began his career as an air traffic controller, became a supervisor, then a district manager and, finally, a special assistant to the director of the FAA in Washington, D.C. After his retirement, Mr. Beall continued to work part time as an aviation consultant in a variety of countries. The most memorable consulting job was in Luanda, Africa.

During his lifetime, he was an avid pilot, runner, golfer, skier, reader, car mechanic, grill and BBQ master and overall “jack of all trades.” He could fix and do just about everything.

Mr. Beall was a loyal husband, father and grandfather and had a multitude of dear friends scattered throughout the United States. He was always up for an adventure and loved nothing more than to enjoy time with his family and friends. His daughter, Christina, shared the sentiment, “It is all ‘pars and birdies’ from here on out, Jim … you will be missed.”

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Marita R. Beall; daughter Christina Sullivan and husband Bob; granddaughter Sammy, who was the apple of his eye; two brothers, Charles and John Beall; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, deceased is a son, Gregory James Beall.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and especially Dr. Hughes took care of Mr. Beall.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Mapletown Methodist Church, 926 Mapletown Road, Greensboro, with the Rev. John W. Hodge officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township, with military honors accorded by Cumberland American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit

Lucien Anthony Celio

Lucien Anthony Celio, 71, of Houston, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, in UPMC-Montefiore hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born January 9, 1942, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Raffaele and Giovinia Teti Celio.

Mr. Celio was Roman Catholic.

He was a 1960 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.

Mr. Celio served in the U.S. Army National Guard of Pennsylvania.

He was a former employee of Imperatore Auto Body Repair Shop in Canonsburg, then worked as a claim supervisor for Allstate Insurance for 35 years, prior to his retirement.

Mr. Celio had a passion for playing golf and was also an avid fan of professional golf and enjoyed watching it. He loved cooking and especially being with his family.

On September 23, 1977, he married Ann Mering, who survives.

Also surviving are sons Ryan Celio and wife Heather of Erie and Ronald Allen of Houston; three brothers, Joseph Celio of Canonsburg, Albert Celio of Strabane and Richard Celio and wife Marilyn of Scott Township; two sisters, Antoinette Liberatore of Canonsburg and Jean Lucas of McMurray; a grandchild, Grayson Lucien Celio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, deceased are a brother, Mario “Rocky” Celio, and a sister, Mary Sacco.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, the time of services, Thursday, May 16, with the Rev. George DeVille, pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Muse, officiating. Burial will be private. Please visit for additional information and to leave condolences.

Willie A. Truss Dates

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

She was born March 22, 1924, in Talladega, Ala., a daughter of the late Olice Sr. and Betty Twyman Truss.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her children, William Dates and Rosie Patterson, and siblings Elizabeth Riggins and Ollie Ruth McGraw.

Ms. Dates was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Washington and a life member of the Western Star Temple 3 IBPOE of W, Alpha Council 1, Grandaughter Ruler’s Council.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Nancy McGruder, Robert Dates and Frederick (Deanna) Dates, all of Washington, and James Dates of St. Petersburg, Fla.; siblings Olice Truss Jr. of Vincent, Ala., and Betty Royal of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Friendship Baptist Church, 17 East Walnut Street, Washington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the church, with Pastor White officiating.

Interment will follow immediately after the service in Washington Cemetery.

Shirley Jean Davidson

Shirley Jean Davidson, 83, of Washington, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, after a 13-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born June 29, 1929, in Washington, a daughter of Osler Dewey and Amanda Hall Gallagher.

Mrs. Davidson was employed by Brockway Glass, in the lab, ware testing for 35 years.

She loved her dogs and cats, gardening, landscape work and canning. She also loved her neighborhood and all who remained supportive to her.

On October 1, 1952, she married Carl Davidson, who died February 15, 1992.

Surviving is a daughter, Dawn (Richard) Moody of Pittsburgh.

Deceased are five sisters, Twilla Gallagher, Kate Aber, Mary Frances Gallagher, Loretta L. Risbon and Eunice K. Ross.

Memorial donations may be made to UPMC Cancer Center Washington Medical Oncology, 470 Johnson Road, Suite 10, Washington, PA 15301, or Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

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

James D. Delaney

James D. Delaney, 72, of Washington, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born August 17, 1940, in Washington, a son of the late Donley and Florence Kintigh Delaney.

Mr. Delaney was a 1958 graduate of Washington High School. He attended Washington & Jefferson College and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972.

He went on to be a sales proposal engineer for Lectromelt, later Electric Metallurgy Co. He was one of the first tellers ever hired by The Meadows racetrack and also was a tax consultant for H&R Block.

Mr. Delaney was a member of the 1955 Pony World Series championship team. He also was an Eagle Scout.

On October 8, 1960, he married MaryEllen Alley, who died September 4, 2012.

Surviving are two sons, James “Scott” (Anne Cashman) Delaney of Weirton, W.Va., and Master Sgt. Sean (Kim) Delaney of Washington; two daughters, Kim (Dan) Hoffman and Michelle (Tony) Ellis, both of Washington; and 10 grandchildren, Bret and Nikki Hoffman, Brittany, Taylor and Haylea Ellis, Ashtan Farmer and Megan, Nathan, Jillian and Shannan Delaney.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Donnell House, c/o Hospice of Washington Health System, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301. Please bring any photos, memories or other printed materials to the funeral home to be uploaded for the family to see, in real time, on our system. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Jean C. Haught

Jean C. Haught, 79, of Washington, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born June 3, 1933, in Washington, a daughter of August and Grace Capo Caltuna.

Mrs. Haught was a secretary for a local insurance company for more than 25 years and was Baptist.

Her greatest pleasure was her family. She enjoyed reading, bowling, Yahtzee, a good cup of coffee and long lunches with her friends. Anyone who knew Mrs. Haught described her as having a spirit of generosity.

She was married June 12, 1954, to Frank C. Haught, who died April 2, 2003.

Surviving are three sons, Randy A. (Michelle) Haught of Vienna, Va., Jeffrey L. Haught of Washington and Miles V. Haught of Pittsburgh; a brother, Nick Caltuna of Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren, Adrienne, Kyle, Duncan and Ian; and former daughter-in-law Julie Haught of Dormont, who had been her longtime caregiver.

Deceased is a sister, Rose Marie Caltuna.

At the request of the deceased, no public services will be held. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Donations should be made in Mrs. Haught’s memory to Books for the Blind, Carnegie Library, 4724 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or Washington/Greene County Blind Association, 566 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Donna Kraushaar

Donna Kraushaar, 70, of Muse, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, in her home.

She was born November 29, 1942, in Midway, a daughter of the late John and Antoinette George Greer.

Mrs. Kraushaar was a homemaker and previously had been a singer with the Stan Vinton Orchestra and had performed with the Skyliners.

She was a graduate of Fort Cherry High School and had been a member of Holy Rosary Church in Muse. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren very much.

On September 18, 1964, she married Francis “Reddog” Kraushaar, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Deborah Turner of Muse and Stacy Lebrija of Miami, Fla.; a brother, William Greer of Palm Harbor, Fla.; five grandchildren, Arielle Kraushaar, Dayton and Maleea Turner and Christian and Nicholas Lebrija; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Holy Rosary Church, Muse, with the Rev. George DeVille, pastor, as celebrant. Please meet at the church. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Ann M. Livi Martini

Ann M. Livi Martini, 96, of Bower Hill, Scott Township, died Monday, May 13, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Martin A. Martini; mother of Donald M. Martini; grandmother of Stacey (Anthony) Rosello and Mark (Rhonda) Martini; great-grandmother of Grace Ann Rosello, Kate Rosello, Andrew Rosello, Winston Martini and Marina Isabella Martini; and mother-in-law of Joanne Martini.

Deceased are brothers Fred, Bill and Carl Livi.

Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Leo J. Henney Funeral Home, 323 Second Avenue, Carnegie. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, in Holy Child Church, 212 Station Street, Bridgeville.

Rose Evelyn Pizzi

Rose Evelyn Pizzi, 90, passed from this life Monday, May 13, 2013.

Born Rose DeRose in Canonsburg, she moved to Washington, where she met the love of her life, Joseph Pizzi Sr.

She had lived all over the world, as Mr. Pizzi served in the U.S. Army for 41 years.

Surviving are three sons, Lawrence (Wendy), Joseph (Carol) and Mark (Maria) Pizzi; four grandchildren, Christopher Pizzi, Allison (Alex) Tan, Amanda Pizzi and Anthony (Ashley) Pizzi; and a great-grandson, Avery Tan.

Deceased are her husband, Col. Joseph Pizzi Sr., and a grandson, Timothy Pizzi.

She will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery, where a private family service will be held.

Arrangements are being handled by Hill Funeral Home, Westerville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions to support local charities may be made to the Col. Joseph E. Pizzi Foundation, c/o The Columbus Foundation, 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205.

Violet W. Wendell

Violet W. “Jake” Wendell, 87, of Waynesburg (Eastview), formerly of Wind Ridge, died at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Ewing Manor-West Personal Care Home, Rogersville.

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.

Raymond Leo Zaney

Raymond Leo Zaney, 93, of Cecil, died Monday, May 13, 2013, in his home.

He was born February 13, 1920, in Treveskyn, a son of the late Adam Sr. and Elizabeth Bowen Zaney.

Mr. Zaney was an automotive mechanic and wrecker operator during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and Utah Beach on D-Day. He enjoyed dancing, playing chess, reading, watching John Wayne movies and farming. Mr. Zaney had a unique way of feeding the cats.

He was a member of St. Mary Parish, where he was a former lector and sang in the choir, American Legion in Cecil, where he was past commander and held other offices, and McDonald, where he served for many years. He was a Scout leader in both McDonald and Cecil.

He worked as a self-employed dairy farmer and also worked at RCA in Meadow Lands as a wireman and machinist for more than 20 years.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth McQuillan Zaney; son Raymond Lawrence (Sarita) Zaney; three grandchildren, Raymond Thomas (Danielle Latoza Pope) Zaney, Sarita Ann (Scott Zeszetek) Zaney and Elizabeth Marie (Abram Soldati) Zaney; and four great-grandchildren, Maria, Morgan Leo, Riley Rae and James Zaney, all of Cecil.

Deceased are four brothers, Earl, Adam, Edgar and Norman Zaney, and a sister, Dorothy Waz.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek officiating.

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

The family suggests donations be made to St. Mary Parish, 10 St. Mary Lane, Cecil, PA 15321.



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