Obituaries June 2

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Edith S. Adler

Member of Beth Israel Congregation


Edith S. Adler, 100, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


She was born December 2, 1912, a daughter of the late Bernath and Mollie Roth Schwartz.


Mrs. Adler was a 1930 graduate of Schenley High School in Pittsburgh and attended Margaret Morrison College of Carnegie Tech.


She was a member of Beth Israel Congregation in Washington, where she served on the Board of Sisterhood and was a member of Hadassah. She also was a 78-year member of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh.


Mrs. Adler and Bertram Adler opened a thriving clothing business in 1941, The Adler Co., in Canonsburg. The store was closed in 1967.


She volunteered at Canonsburg Hospital for 52 years and volunteered for the Washington Hospital Foundation.


On June 2, 1935, she married Bertram Adler, who died April 9, 2001.


Surviving are two sons, Dr. Jon S. (Carol) Adler of McMurray and Alan R. (Irene) Adler of Akron, Ohio; three grandchildren, Margie (David) Cohen of Twinsburg, Ohio, Dave (Niki) Adler of Mt. Lebanon and Alyse Adler of Columbus, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren, Lauren and Rachel Cohen and Bobby and Tim Adler.


Friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, June 2, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with Rabbi David Novitsky officiating. Interment will follow in West View Cemetery, Pittsburgh.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Beth Israel Congregation, 265 North Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


Donald Wayne Cox

U.S. Army veteran was retired businessman


Donald Wayne Cox of Van Vleck, Texas, died Monday, May 27, 2013, in Bay Villa Health Care Center, Bay City, Texas.


He was born July 29, 1935, in McDonald, a son of the late Thomas A. and Minnie Katharine Rohde Cox.


After graduation from Cecil Township High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.


Mr. Cox retired from Phillips Petroleum, then attended small engine repair school and created his own business, Slim’s Small Engine Repair and Lawn Service, in Van Vleck, which he enjoyed operating until recent months.


Surviving are three children, Donald L. Cox and Rose Ann Grahek of New Brighton and John C. Cox of Beaver Falls; five grandchildren; three sisters, Katherine Everett of Canonsburg, Wilma Decker of Avella and Mildred Wonderling of Nemacolin; and a longtime companion, Hazel Liberty.


Deceased are three brothers, Charles, Nelson and Glen.


At the request of the deceased, viewing or services were scheduled prior to or after his cremation.


Shirley Joanne Davis

Retired nurse enjoyed sewing


Shirley Joanne Davis, 77, of Washington, died Friday, May 31, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a brief illness.


She was born December 18, 1935, in Washington, a daughter of the late Roy and Opal Elizabeth Riggle Fielder.


Mrs. Davis was a graduate of Trinity High School and St. Joseph School of Nursing.


She worked as a nurse at Western Center for nine years and also at the Washington Hospital. She retired from Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, where she had worked as a nursing supervisor.


Mr. Davis was an active and longtime supporter of Relay for Life as well as the Alzheimer’s Association.


She enjoyed going on cruises, sewing and her dog, Molly Mae.


On December 20, 1957, she married Robert Ralph Davis, who died March 27, 1980.


Surviving are two sons, Robert A. Davis (Dianna) of North Carolina and William M. Davis (Mary) of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; a daughter, Jenny L. Davis (fiancé Corey Sampson) of Washington; a brother, Edward Carr (Becky) of Meadville; a sister, Connie L. Metz of Victor, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Tyler, Nicholas, Emily and Caitlin Davis; a great-grandchild, Colten Patrick Sampson; a cousin, Mary Jo Forrest; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a sister, Bonnie L. McDole.


Friends will be received from 2 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 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, with the Rev. Paul Harrington officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Michael Dire

Michael Dire, 82, of Washington, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013.


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


Evelyn Jeannine Kelly

Active member of St. Paul AME Church


Evelyn Jeannine Kelly, 84, of Remington, Va., a longtime resident of Washington, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, following a brief illness, while visiting her daughter.


She was born September 24, 1928, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late James “Jumbo” and Eva Jane McGant Brown.


Mrs. Kelly accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior at an early age. She was a member of St. Paul AME Church in Washington and had been a member of Payne AME Church in Canonsburg. She served as the church pianist/organist from the age of 12. While residing in Virginia, she attended Silver Hill Baptist Church in Bealeton, Va., where her son, the Rev. James R. Kelly, is a pastor and where she also served as pianist. She was more affectionally known as “Mother Kelly” and served in many other ministries of the churches and affiliate organizations of which she was a member. She often could be recognized in the congregation as standing and praising God during the services. Displaying her love for the Lord, she made friends with all whom she came into contact.


On August 4, 1949, she married Ralph Kelly Jr., who died December 10, 2006.


She was a longtime bus driver for Schweinebraten Bus Co. as well as working for her husband’s trucking and bus companies. She served as an officer in the businesses owned and operated by her husband.


Surviving are a daughter, Phyllis “Patsy” Scott (Robert “Bo”) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; a son, James R. Kelly III of Remington, with whom she made her home; a brother, George Brown (Lillian) of Beaver Falls; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Deceased is a brother, Keith Brown.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, June 5, in St. Paul AME Church, 16 Ridge Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. James Kelly as eulogist. Interment will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


Mary Malyuk

Former Bell Telephone operator


Mary Malyuk, 89, of Finleyville, died Friday, May 31, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.


She was born May 1, 1924, in Fayette County, a daughter of the late Steve and Anna Krasnik.


Mrs. Malyuk graduated from South Huntington High School.


She worked as a Bell Telephone operator in Greensburg and then Monongahela.


Mrs. Malyuk was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Monongahela, where she and her husband, Steve, were married. She sang for years in the church choir and was an active member of the ladies guild. She loved to bake for church bake sales.


She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles. She traveled extensively, having visited Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hawaii, Europe and South Africa. She and her husband were blessed with two children.


Mrs. Malyuk will be sadly missed by her daughter, Linda and husband Phil Fabian of Scottsdale, Ariz., and her son, Steven and wife Casey of Peters Township, and her many friends.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Steve Malyuk, who died May 16, 2009, and a brother, Michael Krasnik.


Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, followed by a service at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Sixth and Marne streets, Monongahela, with the Very Rev. Edward Pehanich as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Panachida services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 314 Sixth Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


Pamela Joy Molinaro

Enjoyed writing, photography


Pamela Joy Molinaro, 65, of Washington, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in her home.


She was born February 15, 1948, in Washington, a daughter of the late Harry and Beverly Chivers Wilson.


Mrs. Molinaro was a graduate of Trinity High School and Penn Commercial.


She was Christian.


Mrs. Molinaro enjoyed writing, old Westerns, photography and her dog, Buddy.


Surviving are three sons, Guy (Leanne) Molinaro of Daisytown and Daniel Molinaro and James (Shastine) Molinaro, both of Washington; a daughter, Julie Whitt of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Michael Anthony Molinaro, Harry Whitt, Gia Rose Molinaro and Gemma Michelle Molinaro and Nadia and Bella Conklin; a sister, Prue Molinaro; two nephews, Jason McCormick and Perry Reihner; and a niece, Jenny Conklin, whom she loved as a daughter.


Deceased are a sister, Penny Reihner, and a son in-law, Joseph Whitt.


Friends will be received from 6 to 7 p.m., the time of service, Monday, June 3, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with Pastor Craig Bellis officiating. All other services will be private. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


Charles G. Pierce

Avid fisherman served in U.S. Marine Corps


Charles G. “Lucky” Pierce, 74, of Mt. Lebanon, died Friday, May 31, 2013.


He was the only surviving triplet born March 3, 1939, in Marianna, a son of the late Hazlett and Lena Shrontz Pierce.


Mr. Pierce was the beloved husband of Nancy Balint Pierce for 31 years; loving father of Joseph (Rachel) Pierce; grandfather of Matthew and Lindsay; and brother of Raymond (Elaine) Pierce of Fortville, Ind., and Elsie (Ed) Gray of Amity.


Also survivnig are numerous nieces and nephews.


Deceased are two infant brothers; a sister, Carrie Lee Reilly; and a brother, Hazlett “Dude” Pierce.


He was truly a good man and will be missed by everyone who knew him.


Mr. Pierce was employed as a food service supervisor at the former Woodville State Hospital.


He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed gardening and cooking.


Mr. Pierce proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal from 1956 to 1958.


He was a member of the Bridgeville American Legion, Bridgeville Italian Club and Chartiers Valley Beagle Club.


All services are private, at the request of the family. Burial will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Arrangements are being handled by Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. View and add condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.


John H. Riggle

Retired professor served in WWII


John H. Riggle, 87, of Houston, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born May 28, 1926, near Avella, a son of Walter Weaver “Tek” and Thelma Figley Riggle.


Mr. Riggle was a 1944 graduate of Chartiers High School and a 1950 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College. He received his master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Central Michigan and did graduate work at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and North Carolina University.


He taught for 40 years, 14 years at Chartiers-Houston High School and 26 years at California University of Pennsylvania, retiring as an associate professor of mathematics.


During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. His ship, the USS Duluth (CL-87), received two battle stars.


Mr. Riggle was a member of American Legion Post 902 in Houston, Washington-Greene County Sports Hall of Fame as a wrestling official and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He coached Chartiers PONY baseball for several years and was an avid follower of Chartiers-Houston sports, especially the girl’s softball team.


On December 21, 1951, he married Doris Paxton, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, Jay Riggle (Cathy) of Erie; a daughter, Lynn Riggle of Mercer; four grandchildren, Amy, Emily and Mark (Jessica), all of Erie, and Eli of Mercer; a great-grandson, Griffin Potts of Erie; and a sister, Gwendolyn Koski (Bill) of Lancaster.


Deceased is a brother, Bertrand “Beeb” Riggle.


Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, June 4, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, with the Rev. Clare Jean Haury officiating. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


Shirley E. Lynn Sebek

Active member of Landmark Baptist Church


Shirley E. Lynn Sebek, 79, formerly of Evanstown, passed away peacefully Friday, May 31, 2013.


She was born June 17, 1933, in Gallitzin, a daughter of the late Roxy Lansbury and Wayne Lynn.


Mrs. Sebek’s husband of 62 years, James Edward Sebek of Greensboro, survives.


She was an active member of Landmark Baptist Church in Waynesburg.


Mrs. Sebek was retired with 18 years of service at International Paper Company in Waltz Mill. She and her husband, Jim, ran a ceramic shop for many years at home in Waltz Mills.


She had completed a practical nursing degree from the Post Secondary Graduate School of Nursing in Chicago, Ill., in November 1960.


Recently, she had enjoyed the company of friends she spent lunches with at Carmichaels Senior Center.


She will be sadly missed by her two sons, William G. Sebek and wife Sharon of Greensboro and James R. Sebek and wife Cindy of Waynesburg.


Also surviving are grandchildren Shane and wife Jodie Sebek of Yukon, Melissa and husband Jason Smith of Waynesburg, Michael and wife Yvonne Sebek of Hope Mills, N.C., Tina and husband Shawn Orndoff of Waynesburg and Shelly and husband Josh McCartney of Waynesburg; stepgrandchildren Carrie Moore of Greensboro and Shane Moore of Carmichaels; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Janet Lynn Milhalko; and brothers Gary Lynn, Wayne Lynn, Elery Lynn, Glenn Lynn and Dave Lynn and their families.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, with Pastor Arnold Watts officiating. Burial will follow in Sewickley Presbyterian Cemetery, Milbel. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.


Patricia Marie Sobolewski

Patricia Marie Sobolewski of Strabane passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013.


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


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