Obituaries May 26

May 25, 2013

David H. Farrer Jr.

50-year member of Crossroads U.P. Church

David H. Farrer Jr., 83, of Washington, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

He was born February 16, 1930, in West Middletown, a son of David H. Sr. and Mary Cunningham Farrer.

He was a 1947 graduate of Trinity High School.

Mr. Farrer was a 50-year member of Chartiers Crossroads United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and youth leader. He was a 50-year member of Claysville American Legion, having served four years in the U.S. Navy.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Farrer served from October 25, 1950, until his honorable discharge August 9, 1954. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

He was owner and operator of Farrer’s Retail Meats in Washington for several years.

Mr. Farrer especially enjoyed playing, coaching and umpiring baseball and was a Cub Scout Pack Leader.

On April 25, 1953, he married Irene C. Cokel, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, David Michael (Christine) Farrer of Elgin, S.C., Dennis J. (Jackie) Farrer of McDonald and Daniel H. (Ann) Farrer of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Darla I. Straw of Cecil; a brother, Larry (Roberta) Farrer of Columbia, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Bonnie, Stacey, Kelly, Nicole, Adam, Jennifer, Jason, Jeffrey, Emily, Madeleine and Fiona; and nine great-grandchildren, Madison, Brice, A.J., Shelby, Nicholas, Adrianna, Aubrey, Christopher and Camryn.

Deceased is a sister, Geraldine Halley.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, with the Rev. Scott Bunting officiating. Burial will follow in West Middletown Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Hunt-Kennedy Post 639. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Amedisys Hospice, 275 Meadowlands Boulevard, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Vincent A. Fazio

Beloved husband, loving father

Vincent A. Fazio, 79, of Peters Township, died Thursday, May 23, 2013.

He was the beloved husband for 58 years to the late Patricia and loving father of Debbie (Jeff), Vickey, Vince (Lisa), Dawn (Bobby) and the late Patty.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Mr. Fazio was an avid baseball fan, coach, scorekeeper and loved being involved in all aspects of the game.

He will be sadly missed by Buddy and Sassy.

Arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauers, 724-941-3211. All are invited to attend a graveside service at 11 a.m Tuesday, May 28, in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Everyone is asked to please meet at the cemetery.

Edward Alfred Heiney

Vietnam War veteran was born in Washington Co.

Edward Alfred Heiney, 64, of North Carolina, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013, in his home.

He was born May 8, 1949, in Washington County, a son of George Edward and Helen Bright Heiney.

Mr. Heiney served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

On September 15, 1973, he married Sharon Reed, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, April Heiney of Charlotte and Valerie Heiney at home; a son, Michael Heiney and wife Shannon of Thomasville, N.C.; a sister, Sherry Coleman of Panama City, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Savannah Heiney and Gracie Heiney.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in J.C. Green and Sons Inc., Thomasville, where services will be held in the chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, with the Rev. Donald Anders, the Rev. William O’Neal and the Rev. Hulon Pait officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in National Cemetery in Salisbury, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292, or to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the Heiney family at

Jeannette R. Kearns

Member of Raccoon Presbyterian Church

Jeannette R. Kearns, 76, of Bulger, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, in her home.

She was born September 11, 1936, in Pulaski, a daughter of the late David and Irma May Bixler Dagan.

Mrs. Kearns was a homemaker and mother and enjoyed gardening and cooking. During her life, at times, she worked as a cook for Tonidale, Cedar House, Town House and Fini’s Restaurant.

She was a longtime member of Raccoon Presbyterian Church, Candor, and more recently attended Robinson Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Kearns was a member of Burgettstown Senior Citizens and was a teacher for 4-H. She volunteered in the community and was a supporter of the American Red Cross.

She is predeceased by her husband, George F. Kearns, who died September 20, 2004.

Surviving are three daughters, Randa Kearns of Oakdale, Penny (John) Zielinski of Castle Shannon and Gwen (John) McCallister of Oakdale; a son, George F. (Charity) Kearns Jr. of Cecil; seven grandchildren, George Aten Jr., Natalie Perko, Leaha Morrida, Jacob and Kelsey McCallister, Iann Kearns and Ryan Fluharty; and a great-grandson, Roman Markovich.

Deceased are two brothers, David and Timothy Dagan, and a sister, Agnes Getty.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29. Burial will follow in Raccoon Cemetery, Candor. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at

Clara Ethel Welling Keenan

Aleppo Brethren Church member enjoyed quilting

Clara Ethel Welling Keenan, 95, of Wind Ridge (McCracken), died at 5:25 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, after being in failing health for the past several years.

She was born February 25, 1918, in Littleton, W.Va., a daughter of the late James Richard and Della Gorby Ward.

Mrs. Keenan was a member of Aleppo Brethren Church and had attended Crabapple Community Church.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening and raising flowers.

In 1934, she married Harry Welling, who died December 12, 1969. She later married Raymond Keenan, who died in September 1989.

Surviving are two daughters, Harriett Welling, with whom she shared her home, and Mary Ann, wife of Bob Postlethwaite, both of Wind Ridge (McCracken); two sons, Ben, husband of Lonna Welling of Cameron, W.Va., and Harold, husband of Phyllis Welling of Graysville; eight grandchildren, Roberta Harrington, Jason, Wayne, Richard and Aaron Welling, Amy Hartman, Bobby Postlethwaite and Tracee Hardbaugh; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Irene Whipkey of Moundsville, W.Va.; and a brother, James Francis Ward of Indiana.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and both husbands, are a son, Kenneth Eugene Welling, and four sisters, Agnes Franty, Betha King, Mary Rohm and Wanda Burgess.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, with Pastor James H. Jarvis officiating. Interment will follow in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

James E. Kittle

U.S. Marine Corp veteran loved sports

James E. Kittle, 79, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Cleveland Clinic. After a terrible ordeal for two-and-a-half months, God called him home to end his suffering.

He was born April 15, 1934, in Vestaburg, the son of James R. and Sadie Kittle.

Mr. Kittle went to Ohio to work at GM Assembly plant as a material handler for 30 years and was a member of Local 1112, Warren, Ohio, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1090 and a life member of American Legion Post 391 in Fredericktown. He was an avid ball player and loved sports. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years.

He is survived by his wife, Rita M. Kittle, whom he married June 28, 1958 – they would have celebrated 55 years of marriage this June; son James Kittle of Warren; grandson James Riley Kittle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, Warren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, in Blessed John Paul II Parish (St. Joseph Church), Warren, with the Rev. James P. Walker officiating.

Burial will be in Meadow Brook Memorial Park, Warren, with full military honors.

Family and friends may visit to view the obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Kittle family.

Veronica Kucinsky

Enjoyed making new friends

Veronica “Ronnie” Kucinsky, 91, of Avella, formerly of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013.

She is survived by a daughter, Toni Kucinsky of Avella; a sister, Ceil Barechio; and a niece, Jeanne Dorr of New Jersey.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She took pleasure in her stay in New Jersey in recent years, enjoying family and making new friends.

Arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 724-745-5810. At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or services. She will be laid to rest in her hometown of Forest City. Contributions can be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or American Heart Association. Please view or add a tribute at

George J. Laskody Jr.

McGraw Edison retiree was U.S. Navy veteran

George J. Laskody Jr., 76, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, in HCR ManorCare, McMurray.

He was born December 20, 1936, in Brownsville, a son of the late George Joseph Sr. and Helen Ethel Wallace Laskody.

Mr. Laskody was a 1954 graduate of Centerville High School.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, having served from 1955 to 1958.

Mr. Laskody was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2026 of Canonsburg, where he held several offices.

He was formerly employed by McGraw Edison, Canonsburg, where he worked in the bushing department.

Mr. Laskody enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and poker. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Penquins and Pirates fan.

On February 8, 1962, he married Betty Jane Balog, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Gina Kraushaar (Chuck) of Muse and Lory Kostas (George) of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Christopher, Michael and Renee Kostas; and a sister, Kathie Burchick (Jack) of LaBelle.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with the Rev. Paul Grunebach officiating. Military rites will be accorded graveside by VFW Post 191, Canonsburg, and American Legion Post 902, Houston. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Joseph M. Massack

Enjoyed hunting, radio-controlled airplanes

Joseph M. Massack, 90, of McMurray, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born September 24, 1922, in Strabane, a son of the late Andrew and Frances Gorshin Massack.

Mr. Massack attended Trinity High School.

He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He was part of the 94th Infantry Division, attending Infantry training at Camp Phillips, Kansas. He participated in campaigns in Sicily, North Africa, Naples, Salerno and Anzio Beach Head. He was a two-time Purple Heart recipient.

Mr. Massack returned to Strabane at the end of the war and was employed as the butcher for Alexander Co-op, from where he retired.

He enjoyed hunting at his camp and enjoyed flying radio-controlled airplanes. In his later years, he was a frequent speaker in history classes at Peters Township and South Park school districts, sharing personal stories of his experiences during World War II along with other veterans.

Mr. Massack was a member of St. Benedict the Abbot Church in McMurray, where he served many years as an usher, and was a member of Ben’s Men. He also was a member of KSKJ Lodge of Strabane, American Legion Post 902 of Houston, Canonsburg Elks Lodge and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 746 in McMurray.

On July 7, 1958, he married Edythe Capozzi, who passed away March 19, 2000.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Charles and Denise Abraham and Mark and Paula (Koklich) Koerber of McMurray.

Deceased are three brothers, Rudy (Helen) Massack, Andrew (Ann) Massack and Victor (Caroline) Massack, and a sister, Frances (Joseph “Red”) Koklich.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. VFW Post 764 will hold a service at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Full military honors will be accorded by VFW Post 764 of McMurray. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to VFW Post 764 Charitable Fund or Donnell House, in memory of Mr. Massack. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Nancy R. McMichael

Bridge player active in civic organizations

Nancy R. McMichael, 83, of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Asbury Heights, Mt. Lebanon.

Mrs. McMichael was born March 31, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of George and Helen Rupp.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert N. McMichael; loving mother of Neale (Paula) McMichael, Lynne (Charlie) Lindsey and Susann McMichael; grandmother of Christy (Chris) Brown, Michelle (Caleb) Scott, Burgess (Alisha) Lindsey, Paul McMichael, David McMichael and Zachary Lindsey; great-grandmother of Owen and Claire Brown; and sister of Barbara Murphy.

Mrs. McMichael was active in church and civic organizations in Green Tree and Nottingham Township. She was an avid bridge player.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Beinhauer Funeral Home, 412-531-4000. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Peters Creek Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia, PA 15367, or to Asbury Foundation, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please view and add a tribute at

Esther Miller

Esther Miller, wife of the late Robert Miller, of Mt. Holly, N.C., formerly of McMurray, died Saturday, May 25, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, McMurray.

Martha Jean Provance

Martha Jean “Jeannie” Provance, 74, of Washington, died Friday, May 24, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Mary V. Tucker

A memorial service for Mary V. “Ginny” Tucker, who died Friday, April 26, 2013, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, in Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church, 3111 Route 136, Finleyville.

Ralph Weaver

Enjoyed time with family and grandchildren

Ralph Weaver, 74, of New Freeport (Gilmore Township), died unexpectedly at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, in his home.

He was born March 4, 1939, in Jackson Township, Greene County, a son of the late Ray “Buss” and Anna Katherine Utt Weaver, and had been a resident of Gilmore Township since 1966.

Mr. Weaver was a member and former deacon of Centennial Church of God and had been attending Maranantha Baptist Church in Holbrook at the time of his death.

He was a former member of Centennial Cemetery board of directors.

Mr. Weaver enjoyed his time with his family and grandchildren, traveling and hunting.

He was a former employee of Berdine Custom Hardwoods, Paris Construction Co., Green Ridge Oil, Headlee Brothers Sawmill, Pace Pipeline and last was employed as a supervisor for Gilmore Township for approximately 18 years prior to retiring in 2008.

On August 1, 1964, he married Betty Jean Morris, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, David, husband of Penny Weaver, and a daughter, Lisa Gatrell, companion of Sam Byrne, both of New Freeport; five grandchildren, Kurtis Gatrell, companion of Shana Yanak, Kevin and Keith Gatrell and Lauren and Craig Weaver; a great-grandchild, Bailey Gatrell; three brothers, John Albert and Charles “Bub” Weaver, both of New Freeport, and Donley, husband of Fern Weaver of Holbrook; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Edna Mae “Sis” Main and Betty Lee Cunningham.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, with the Rev. Vernon K. Berdine officiating. Interment will follow in Centennial Cemetery. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at



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