Obituaries May 30

May 29, 2013

Anna Marie Baranowski

Member of St. Ignatius of Antoich Church

Anna Marie Baranowski, 96, of Bobtown, died Tuesday morning, May 28, 2013, in Sundale Nursing Home, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born January 13, 1917, in Sharpsburg, a daughter of the late John and Victoria Racis Baranowski.

Miss Baranowski resided in Bobtown most of her life, where she was a member of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church.

She worked at Houze Glass in Point Marion for 10 years, prior to working as a beautician in Bobtown for more than 50 years.

Surviving are a brother, John Baranowski and wife Stella of Parma, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Stanley Baranowski, who died in infancy; two sisters, Sophia Podolinski and Virginia A. Baranowski; and a nephew, Daniel Baranowski.

Family and friends are welcome from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the time of a blessing service, Saturday, June 1, in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Bobtown, with the Rev. Lawrence V. Holpp as celebrant. Interment will follow in Point Marion Endowed Cemetery. The family suggests Mass contributions be made to St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church. For additionalinformation and to sign the guest book, please visit

David Dzikowski

David Dzikowski, 72, of Washington, passed away Wednedsay, May 29, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

Aarrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Lewis Morrison Frye Jr.

Retired funeral directorserved in U.S. Marine Corps

Lewis Morrison Frye Jr., 88, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Monongahela, died Sunday, May 26, 2013.

He was born March 20, 1925, in New Eagle, a son of the late Lewis Morrison and Gladys DeWalt Frye.

Mr. Frye was a 1943 graduate of Monongahela High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and obtained the rank of sergeant, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. After the war, he attended Waynesburg College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, receiving his funeral director license in 1949.

He worked along with his father at their business, L.M. Frye Funeral Home, until his father passed away in 1963. He was an excellent business man and very active in Monongahela civic activities. He retired to Venice in 1990.

Mr. Frye’s memberships include Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice, Henry M. Phillips Lodge 337 Free and Accepted Masons in Monongahela, Syria Shriners, AAONMS of Pittsburgh, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8118 of Florida, former member of the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, life member of BPOE Lodge 455, American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 and the Monongahela Valley Country Club.

He enjoyed playing golf with the guys, hunting and fishing, taking walks on the beach, reading a good book and always being around people. His good-natured spirit was legendary.

Surviving are three sons, Lewis M. Frye III and wife Yvonne of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Robert O. Frye and wife Sandra of Willoughby, Ohio, and Patrick R. Frye of Venice; eight grandchildren, Meesha, Aja, Haley, Kate, Spencer, Leland, Lindsey and Lewis IV; and five great-grandchildren.

Deceased are his wife, Dorothy A. Brownfield Frye, who died February 14, 2012; his mother, Gladys Frye in December 1978; his father, Lewis Frye in November 1963; and a sister, Maxine Morrison in 1958.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 3, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, Monongahela, with the Rev. William Terza as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the grave by the U.S. Marine Veterans.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad will conduct services at 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, and Henry M. Phillips Lodge 337 F&AM will conduct services at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family at

Frances Hamercheck

Longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church

Frances Hamercheck, 94, of Waynesburg, formerly of Richeyville, died peacefully Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born June 1, 1918, a daughter of the late Michael and Frances Sine.

For 20 years, she owned and operated Fran’s Beauty Shop in Daisytown.

Mrs. Hamercheck was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Charleroi and a member of Beth Center Senior Center.

During World War II, she volunteered for the American Red Cross.

She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, bowling, doing puzzles and traveling. She was an avid reader.

Surviving are a daughter, Gail F. Hook (James) of Waynesburg; seven grandchildren, Denise Duncan-McDaniel, Jeanette Murin, John Rucci, Dino M. Rucci, Scott Rucci, John M. Marish and Martin A. Marish; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased is her husband, Martin Hamercheck, who died December 15, 1992.

Also deceased are a son, Dale Hamercheck; a daughter, Jean M. Zahara; a grandson, Dale Hamercheck Jr.; a great-grandson, Jesse Marish; six sisters, Katherine Radnick, Sophie Sine, Rose Hadjcek, Helen Huzway, Anna Popovich and Mary Densmore; and four brothers, George, William, Nicholas and Frank Sine.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, June 1, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, with Pastor Peter Aspin officiating. Interment will be in Phillipsburg Cemetery, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 1789 South Braddock Avenue, Suite 340, Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1835. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Robert Otis Hoskin

Loving, devoted husband was World War II veteran

Robert Otis Hoskin D.M.D., 95, of Mt. Lebanon, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

He was the loving and devoted husband for 66 years of June Miller Hoskin.

Dr. Hoskin was a Christ follower who instilled that faith in his children, Roji Lee, Robert J. and John G. Hoskin.

He worked on the railroad to fund his education, becoming the first Hoskin to earn a college degree, and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, reaching the rank of captain.

Dr. Hoskin operated his dental practice in Mt. Lebanon for more than 50 years.

Friends are welcome from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Family and friends will gather for services at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery mausoleum.

Antoinette Maffio

Member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church

Antoinette “Nettie” Maffio, 97, of Canonsburg, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, in ManorCare, McMurray.

She was born December 22, 1915, in Manifold, a daughter of the late Henri and Emilie Balmes Durand.

Mrs. Maffio lived most of her life in Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.

She had been employed at Dravo Corp. during World War II, and prior to her retirement in 1978, she was employed at the former RCA plants in both Canonsburg and Meadow Lands.

Mrs. Maffio had been a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Canonsburg 1211 and Canonsburg Senior Citizens and was a volunteer with the Canonsburg Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

She enjoyed playing cards, baking, crocheting and, most of all, being with her family.

On January 7, 1933, she married Lorenz A. Maffio, who passed away November 5, 1982.

Surviving are a daughter, Regina A. Mahramas of Canonsburg; three grandsons, James W. (Jody) Mahramas Jr. of Eighty Four, Dale L. Mahramas of Venetia and Craig P. Mahramas of Taylor, S.C.; a great-grandson, Justin J. Mahramas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased are a son-in-law, James W. “Jamo” Mahramas, who passed away March 19, 2005; four brothers, Henry, August, Emil and Julian Durand; and three sisters, Augustine “Gustine” Rocco, Harriet Bondi and Isabelle McCartney.

Friends are welcome from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be recited at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Leota G. Ross

1924 – 2013

Leota G. Ross, 89, formerly of Waynesburg, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Nursing Care Unit of Messiah Village, Mechanicsburg.

She was born April 2, 1924, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Lafy and Margaret Chess Hughes.

Surviving are five children, Ronald Ross of Gloucester, Mass., Richard Ross of Mechanicsburg, William Ross of Hagerstown, Md., Catherine (Ross) Rahter of Lancaster, Ohio, and Timothy Ross of Thornton, Colo.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was active in church life from her childhood and was well known for her many beautiful and spiritually gifted solo presentations.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Greene County Memorial Cemetery, Morgan Township. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home and Crematory, 501 North Baltimore Avenue, Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, or the magazine “Israel My Glory,” Westville, NJ.

Bryan A. Stein

Dedicated employee of General Electric

Bryan A. Stein, 59, of Scenery Hill, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013.

Mr. Stein was born November 10, 1953, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Adrian and Marion Stein.

He was the husband of Mary Jo Sarmir Stein; cherished father of Bryan J. Stein of Scenery Hill and Allison R. Stein of Scenery Hill; and loving brother of Adrienne (Frank) Czaniecki of Matthews, N.C., and Carol (Bob Sr.) Ference of South Park Township.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Stein was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Ave Maria Parish.

For 24 years, he was a dedicated and conscientious employee who worked for General Electric.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, in Ave Maria Parish, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314, followed by private interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ave Maria Parish, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314, 724-239-3591.

Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

Margaret Rose Watkins

Member of Jefferson Avenue U.M. Church

Margaret Rose Watkins, 88, of Washington, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born January 8, 1925, in Grafton, W.Va., a daughter of the late Richard G. and Josephine Bailey Watkins.

Ms. Watkins was a 1945 graduate of Washington High School.

She was a beautician and caregiver all her life.

Ms. Watkins was a member of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher.

Surviving are four nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and nephews; and 15 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a sister, Virginia (Watkins) Direhorst, and a brother, Ernest Charles Watkins.

Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, May 30, in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. A guest book may be signed at In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the American Heart Association.

Donald L. Williams

Former resident of McDonald

Donald L. “Don” Williams, born in Pittsburgh, passed away March 17, 2013, in Mountain View, Calif., at the age of 84. Although he had medical issues over the last few years, his death was unexpected.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children Debby Williams, Donna Williams-Cyr, Tammy Glaser (Chris), Toni Wolfe and John Doebler; granddaughters Katie and Rebecca; great-grandson Ethan; former son-in-law Ric Cyr; and many stepsiblings, nieces and nephews.

His family and friends will miss him.

Deceased are several family members, Helen and Tom Williams, Mary Cowden, Tommy Williams, Tracy Jean Williams, Nada Williams and Dona Wolfe.

Mr. Williams served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. After his discharge, he completed his education at Waynesburg College with a degree in organic chemistry. He began his career as a salesman in the east, working for Perking Elmer, Fisher Scientific and F&M Corp. After Hewlett-Packard Co. acquired F&M in the early 1960s, he returned to California, settling in the Los Angeles area, to help establish an analytical chemistry sales force for Hewlett-Packard on the west coast. In 1973, he was asked to manage one of Hewlett-Packard’s first consumer product “stores,” coinciding with the introduction of the HP80 handheld financial calculator. He left Hewlett-Packard in 1975, and until his retirement in 1993, he held various positions at Exxon Mobil and Apple.

His first and greatest love was his family. The other joys in his life were watching the Steelers and the USC Trojans, golf, coin collecting and cruising.

A celebration of his life with a reception will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, June 1, in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. According to his wishes, he will be laid to rest with his family in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in honor of his great-grandson, Ethan Heitner, to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460. Gifts should be specified for the Tampa Hospital.



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