Obituaries June 5

June 4, 2013

Elizabeth Anna White Banyay

Proud member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

Elizabeth “Becky” Anna White Banyay, 91, of Zelienople, formerly of Evans City, died Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Born October 31, 1921, in Hickory, Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Alvin D. Sr. and Laura Cooper White.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. Banyay, whom she married June 2, 1944; mother of the Rev. Beverly Banyay of Blairsville, Patricia (Richard) Hanf of Marietta, Ohio, Nancy (Gary) Stoehr of Williamsville, N.Y., Wendell (Linda) Banyay of Suffolk, Va., Dan (Joan) Banyay of Cranberry Township and Reid (Emiko) Banyay of Bensalem; sister of Albert White of New Port Richey, Fla., Mary Crozier of Lancaster, John White of Hickory, Marjorie Smith-Peterson of Janesville, Wis., Margaret McCance of Lancaster, Richard White of Hickory and Willard White of Washington; grandmother of Susan Hanf of Chicago, Ill., Rick Hanf of Houston, Katie Stoehr (Ben Johnson) of Brooklyn, N.Y., Laura (John) Kammerer of Columbia, S.C., Christopher (Christine) Jordan of Blacksburg, Va., Elyse (Scott) Vaughan of Chesapeake, Va., Cory (Emma) Jordan of Charlottesville, Va., Greg (Jennifer) Banyay of Ellwood City and Laurie Banyay of Cranberry Township; great-grandmother of Mary, Robbie and Drew Jordan, Samantha and Charlotte Vaughan, Henry Johnson, Owen and Julian Kammerer, Adelaide Jordan and Garrett and Grady Banyay; and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are brothers Alvin D. White Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert White Sr. of Hickory; and a great-grandchild, Ellis Jordan of Charlottesville, Va.

Mrs. Banyay graduated from Pennsylvania State University and retired in 1982 from the Seneca Valley School District, where she taught English for many years.

She was a proud member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Evans City, Evans City Historical Society, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Banyay was an avid reader who enjoyed crossword puzzles, nature, music, playing cards and spending time with family.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Boylan Funeral Home, 324 East Grandview Avenue, Zelienople. Additional visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 202 Van Buren Street, Evans City, preceding the 11 a.m. funeral service in the church. Burial to follow in Evans City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Senior Life Foundation (Passavant Retirement Community benevolent care), 401 Sout Main Street, Zelienople, PA 16063, or Evans City Historical Society, 204 South Jackson Street, Evans City, PA 16033.

The staff members of Passavant Retirement Community took loving, compassionate care of Mrs. Banyay.

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Cheryl Dawn Grilus Bundy

Sports enthusiast was a free spirit

Cheryl Dawn Grilus Bundy, 56, of Troy, Ala., formerly of Washington, passed away peacefully Monday, June 3, 2013, after a long, valiant fight with ovarian cancer.

She was born May 8, 1957, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Richard and Audrey Grilus of Washington. 

Mrs. Bundy graduated from Trinity High School, Class of 1975, and attended Barry College and Tampa University for nursing.

She was a free-spirited person who enjoyed nature and animals. She was an active sports enthusiast.

Mrs. Bundy was always willing to help others especially with her research and knowledge of natural healthy living.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Ronnie Bundy; two daughters, Caroline Russo of North Bethesda, Md., and Janet Russo of Bloomfield, N.J.; a sister, Karen Grilus (Robert) Wentz of Anchorage, Alaska; two brothers, Joseph Grilus and Lee Grilus (Patty Reiter), both of Washington; and a grandchild, Zoey Russo.

Deceased are her grandparents, Joseph and Sadie Grilus of Clarksville and John and Bertha Komlo of Uniontown.

Burial will be in Troy at a private service. A memorial Mass will be held in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, at a future date. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, and Immaculate Conception Church, 119 West Chestnut Street, both in Washington.

Ruth Elizabeth Huston Calhoun

April 4, 1918 – June 1, 2013

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Ruth Elizabeth Huston Calhoun passed peacefully from this life to the next. She had recently celebrated her 95th birthday and was living with a daughter and son-in-law in Maryville, Tenn.

Mrs. Calhoun was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, John C. Calhoun Jr.; a son, John Huston; parents Junius Denniston Huston and Emma Gault Huston; and a brother, Francis.

Surviving are three daughters and spouses, Emily Calhoun and Robert Kerr of Boulder, Colo., Mary Beth and Larry Towles of Maryville and Ruth Ellen and David Whitt of Texarkana, Texas; four granddaughters and spouses, Jenny and Greg Gideon, Erin Henneke, Carlynn and Geoffrey von Oeyen and Emmy and Josh Nesbit; 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Anna, Joshua, Ellis, Jonathon, Elias, Caleb, Truett and John; and two beloved cousins, Jinny Walker and Betty McKnight.

Mrs. Calhoun was born April 4, 1918, in Washington County. Both of her parents’ families had immigrated there from Scotland prior to the Revolutionary War, and she grew up just “one or two farms away” from many of her relatives. Her childhood was spent on her family’s farm, and her early education was received in a small, rural schoolhouse. For high school, she traveled daily to attend Monongahela High School as a “tuition student” and eventually graduated valedictorian of her class.

She attended Pennsylvania State University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree. It was there that she met her future husband, John. They became life partners in raising four children, in travel throughout the world, in intellectual pursuits and in nurturing their family as it grew to include three sons-in-law, four granddaughters and spouses and 10 lively great-grandchildren.

The Calhouns lived in College Station, Texas, for more than 50 years. During that time, while her husband worked with Texas A&M, Mrs. Calhoun devoted herself to providing and supporting her children’s many pursuits, as well as being an active member of the community. She participated in numerous service groups, including the local chapter of PEO and as chapter president of American Association of University Women. She was an avid reader and – before Texas A&M became a co-educational institution – formed fast friendships and a readers’ group with women who shared her love of books, fiction and poetry. For decades, she regularly collaborated with her husband in preparing the many public speeches he was asked to deliver.

In her very busy life, Mrs. Calhoun made time to ensure that all of her children had opportunities to participate in many extracurricular activities. As her nest emptied and the university embraced women, she earned a master of arts degree in English literature from Texas A&M, along with the right to claim that she was the “only true Aggie” in the family. Her thesis on Willa Cather was published in 1968. Restricted from teaching at Texas A&M University, because of her husband’s position, she shared her love of learning over the years as a virtual scholar in residence for the many groups who called on her for speaking engagements.

She played the piano beautifully, and the family cherishes memories of the years of her accompaniments to her husband’s rich baritone and family choruses. She was an excellent seamstress who leaves many treasures of exquisite needlework and lovely dresses and costumes for generations of daughters and granddaughters. From chocolate chip cookies to grandmothering and beyond, everything she did embodied her belief that “any job worth doing is worth doing well.”

Her daughters and their families will remember Mrs. Calhoun as a wonderfully accomplished, brilliant, generous and loving soul, whose devotion to family and sense of fun will be lasting legacies. Although her capacity for short-term memories declined in recent years, she retained to the end her marvelously impish and sharply sophisticated sense of humor that delighted family and friends.

Many wonderful individuals attended graciously to Mrs. Calhoun’s needs during the final months of her life in both Texas and Tennessee.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2901 Texas Avenue South, College Station, and a celebration of Mrs. Calhoun’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in First Presbyterian Church Bryan, 1100 Carter Creek Parkway. Interment will follow in the original College Station Cemetery, 2530 Texas Avenue South. Friends and family are invited to all gatherings. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Ruth Elizabeth Huston Calhoun, to the historic Revolutionary-era Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, 561 Mingo Church Road, Finleyville, PA, 15332. A reception will be held at the funeral home following interment after the service information.

James R. Craig

Vietnam War veteran enjoyed hunting, fishing

James R. Craig, 64, of Mt. Morris, died at 4 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, in his home.

He was born Saturday, June 5, 1948, in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of the late Herbert R. and Betty Linger Craig.

Mr. Craig was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans in Pittsburgh.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Craig was a heavy equipment operator for various companies and had been the owner/operator of Herbs Cafe in McKeesport.

His wife, Diann Lyda Craig, to whom he had been married for more than 30 years, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, MaryJane (Alberto) Rosado of Lumberton, N.J., Cynthia D. (Joseph S. Jr.) Yorio of Mt. Morris and Melissa Coulter of Mt. Morris; a son, Daniel J. Werkmeister of McKeesport; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, David F. Craig and John Hershel Tennant, both of Mt. Morris; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, with the Rev. Jerry Kliner officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Graveside military rites will be accorded by James T. Maxon American Legion Post 992 of Mt. Morris. Information is online at

Amy Lynn Lundy Cruz

California resident

Amy Lynn Lundy Cruz, 36, of California, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 2, 2013.

She was born Thursday, April 7, 1977, in Washington, a daughter of Timothy and Rosemary Alfano Lundy.

Deceased are her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Evelyn Alfano.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Rosemary and Tim Lundy; a daughter, Helena Elizabeth Cruz; grandparents James and Sally Lundy; uncle and aunts, Pat and Apryle Alfano and Mary Alfano; and cousins, Bray and Jason Lundy, Joe and Kasia Alfano and Dominic and Isabella Alfano.

Friends will be received for a memorial visitation from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when prayers of translation will be said, Thursday, June 6, in Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, California, with Father Michael Zavage as celebrant.

Elizabeth E. Dusenberry

Former cook from Dilliner

Elizabeth E. Dusenberry, 95, of Dilliner, passed away quietly Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Golden Living Center in Waynesburg. Born January 7, 1918, in Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Effie Carper Stoneking.

A member of Church of Christ in Morgantown, W.Va., she had formerly worked as a cook at West Virginia Hospital and later in the produce department of University Foodland.

Surviving are a son, Ronald A. Dusenberry and wife Jean of Dilliner; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irma Hamilton of Ohio.

Deceased are her husband, Lee Dusenberry, who died August 25, 1989; a stepson, Donald L. Dusenberry; two brothers, James and Minor Stoneking; and two sisters, Evelyn Keeney and Vonnie Donley.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until 11 a.m., the hour of service, Friday, June 7, in Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion. Interment follows in Highland Cemetery, Davistown. Visit

C. Geraldine Gumbert

Active in Ellsworth Presbyterian Church

C. Geraldine Gumbert, 96, of Washington, formerly of Ellsworth, died Monday, June 3, 2013, in her home.

She was born July 28, 1916, in Cokeburg, a daughter of the late Sylvester and Lucinda Anthony Crosby Skiles.

Mrs. Gumbert was a 1934 graduate of Ellsworth High School.

She was a longtime member of Ellsworth Presbyterian Church, where she served as organist and was a member of Daughters of Ruth and Helping Hands.

Mrs. Gumbert was a former vice president and secretary of Bentworth Senior Citizens.

She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, working crossword puzzles, reading and spending time with her family.

Her husband, George C. Gumbert Sr., died in 1991.

Surviving are a son, George C. Gumbert Jr. (Laela) of Washington; a daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Hrutkay (Edward C.) of Daisytown; five grandchildren, Denise Trescott, Lisa Hrutkay-Fledderus, Chris Gumbert, Lynne King and Kim Lehman; six great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Ralph E. Gumbert (Patricia) of Levittown; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two brothers, Clarence Crosby and Clayton Skiles, and six sisters, Jesse Crosby-Frost, Marie McKrittrick, Evelyn Johnson, Elizabeth Mitts, Caroline McBurnie and Clara Della Kotchman.

Mrs. Gumbert was the last of her immediate family.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Catherine Ann Keating

Atlasburg resident enjoyed crafting, family, friends

Catherine Ann Keating, 51, of Atlasburg, formerly of Eldersville, died Monday, June 3, 2013, in Center of Compassionate Care Family Hospice, Pittsburgh.

She was born February 21, 1962, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John J. and Patricia Orga Keating.

Ms. Keating had been employed by Walmart in Weirton, W.Va.

She was a graduate of Avella High School and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Burgettstown.

Ms. Keating enjoyed crafting but mostly spending time with family, friends and her canine companion, Molly.

Surviving are a son, Joseph Keating of Atlasburg; a daughter, Natalie (Thomas) Caniff of Steubenville, Ohio; brothers John (Gwen) Keating of Bulger and Thomas (Lori) Keating of Francis Mine; uncle Anselmo “Sam” “Unc” Orga of Cherry Valley; and two aunts, Mary McDonald of Pittsburgh and Rita Long of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, with the Rev. Bob Staszewski officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence. For further information or to leave a condolence, please visit

Margaret Anne Lee

1926 – 2013

Margaret Anne “Mickey” Lee, 87, of Burgettstown, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday evening, June 3, 2013, in Boyer Personal Care Home, Hanover Township.

She was born January 23, 1926, in Midway, a daughter of the late John B. and Margaret Cochran Darras.

After graduating from Union High School in Burgettstown, she graduated from Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing and worked at Shadyside Hospital from 1946 until 1953.

After raising her three children, she returned to work as a registered nurse at the Community Medical Center of Northwest Washington County (now Cornerstone Care) in Burgettstown and Atlasburg from July 1976 until her retirement in June 1991. 

Among the many pastimes, she enjoyed were traveling, hunting and working with her many dogs. Golf was a special joy that she shared with her husband and many friends, and she filled her house with trophies. After retirement, she participated in many activities at Burgettstown Senior Citizens Center. 

Her husband, Thomas V. Lee, whom she married June 6, 1953, died September 10, 1996.

Surviving are three children, Kathleen Lee of Indianapolis, Ind., Thomas Lee and wife Roberta of Lebanon and Patrick Lee of Burgettstown; two grandchildren, Dakota and Rachael Lee; a brother, John Darras of Leola; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, is a brother, Robert Darras.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. The Rev. Clarejean Haury, pastor of the former Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Kenneth Mark LeMasters

Loving father and husband

Kenneth Mark LeMasters, 32, of Waynesburg, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, in Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Ky.

He was born May 3, 1981, in Waynesburg, a son of the late George LeMasters and Barbara Lee Kanyuh LeMasters of Waynesburg, who survives.

Mr. LeMasters graduated from Waynesburg Central High School and graduated with a degree in retail management and business from Waynesburg University.

He worked as a manager at Walmart in Morgantown, W.Va.

His hobbies included going to auctions, flower gardening and collecting glassware and antiques.

The highlight of his life was his love for his wife, Tiffany, and son Markus.

In addition to his mother, Barbara, beloved wife Tiffany Curry LeMasters and beloved son Markus LeMasters, surviving are brothers George, John (Annie), James (Marie) and Dave LeMasters; sisters Michelle Kaczmark, Linda (Bill) Crouser and Debbie (Alf) Blake; mother-in-law Helen Browning Curry (Keith Southill); father–in-law Calvin (Michelle) Curry; and several nieces and nephews.

Lois D. Huffman Lindley

Pigeon Creek U.P. Church member enjoyed traveling

Lois D. Huffman Lindley, 101, of Eighty Four, Nottingham Township, died Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born April 28, 1912, in Monongahela, a daughter of Bernard and Lulu Sampson Huffman.

A 1929 graduate of Bentleyville High School, Mrs. Lindley attended California Teachers College, now California University of Pennsylvania, for two years.

She was a member of Pigeon Creek United Presbyterian Church and a former member of Nottingham Township Farm Women.

Mrs. Lindley enjoyed gardening, flowers and traveling.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald A. Lindley (JoAnn), Raymond Lindley (Nancy) and Robert Lindley (Ethel), all of Eighty Four; two daughters, Jacqueline Fronzaglio (Louis) of New Eagle and Audra Ross of Raleigh, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Huffman of Lorain, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, Jess B. Lindley; three sons, Dennis, William Barry and Jess B. Lindley Jr.; and two sisters, Inez Huffman and Dorothy Berry.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Interment will follow in Scenery Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.

Raymond R. McConaghy

United Airlines retiree from Mt. Pleasant Township

Raymond R. McConaghy of Cherry Valley Lakeview Estates, Mt. Pleasant Township, was eased into his Heavenly Father’s arms by his loving family Monday, June 3, 2013.

He and his wife, Julia Talerico McConaghy, were married for 55 years. They are the parents of nine children, Ray Jr., Karen Rush, Diane Kelly, Sandra Calhoun, Gary McConaghy, Anthony McConaghy, Blaise McConaghy and Christian McConaghy. Their son, Matthew, is deceased. They are awaiting the arrival of their 19th grandchild and have two great-grandchildren.

Mr. McConaghy was a son of the late Alex and Anna J. Voskuhl McConaghy.

Surviving, in addition to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is a brother, Charles from Scott Township.

Deceased, in addition to his son, are three brothers, John Regis, William and Bernard.

He was a graduate of Crafton High School, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and attended classes at the University of North Carolina while in the U.S. Marine Corps. He held a private pilot license with an instrument rating.

Mr. McConaghy was a former member and past president of Fort Cherry School Board and Boosters Club. He was a member of Robinson Township Municipal Authority and McDonald Lions Club. As a parishioner of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in McDonald, he was a Eucharistic minister and former member of the parish council. Along with his wife, he taught CCD classes for a number of years.

He was proprietor of Precast Specialties at Midway Block for 10 years.

Mr. McConaghy retired in 1994, after serving 36 years with United Airlines at Pittsburgh International Airport. He went on to serve in a consulting role and helped with construction development for Renda Broadcasting and its 27 radio stations throughout the country.

He was a co-founder and retired president of Aero Cartage Express, a Cleveland-based trucking company.

During the past three years, he volunteered in the demolition and reconstruction of the former Primrose School. Upon completion of the restoration, the facility will be turned into a historic landmark housing a museum.

Mr. McConaghy loved his Lord, his family, sports and his fellow man. He was generous with his time and money and tried to help those in need. He will be so greatly missed.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 219 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057.

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Mary Ann Naser

Register of Wills retiree enjoyed family to the fullest

Mary Ann Naser, 62, of Washington, died Monday, June 3, 2013, after a brief illness, in her home, with her family at her side. 

She was born June 23, 1950, in Washington, a daughter of the late Theodore A. “Ted” Trapuzzano, who died on the same day of her death, June 3, and the late Mary J. Komec Trapuzzano.  

Mrs. Naser was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.  

She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and Duffs Business School.  

Mrs. Naser had been employed by First National Bank, H&R Block, Washington County District Attorney’s Office and Washington County Register of Wills, from where she retired. She was a member of ISDA, TPA, Democratic Women, Keystone Club and BPOE Elks Lodge 776.  

Mrs. Naser enjoyed playing racquetball at the YMCA, loved to travel, especially to the beach, and enjoyed The Meadows casino. She enjoyed her family to the fullest. She loved all the good times, along with her husband, being with their grandchildren and great-grandchild. She always had a cute story about at least one of them when having a social conversation.

On July 22, 1972, she married Sean W. Naser, who survives.  

Also surviving are her children, Theodore A. “Ted” (Maria) Naser of Las Vegas, Nev., Shannon (Chad) Collins of Washington and Amy Naser of Las Vegas; sisters, Toni (Roger) Wood of Washington and Annabelle Trapuzzano of Washington; eight grandchildren, Priscilla Lopez, Shauni Collins, Ethan Collins, Sarai Carmona, Sonny Carmona, Xochilt Carmona, Cooper Collins and Bella Naser; a great-grandchild, Brooklyn Matta; nieces; and nephews. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with the Rev. Michael A. Ruffalo as celebrant. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Mary Ann Naser Benefit Fund, in care of Community Bank, Chestnut Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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Eric Malcolm Ripper

Member of North Buffalo Presbyterian Church

Eric Malcolm Ripper, 62, of Washington, died Monday, June 3, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born May 29, 1951, in Washington, a son of the late Harold J. Ripper and Ruth Margaret Oldham Ripper.

Mr. Ripper worked at the Holiday Inn, Meadow Lands for six years as a dishwasher. He was a graduate of the inaugural special school program in Clark School and attended the Opportunity Program in East Washington School.

He was a member of North Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Ripper was proud to exercise his right to vote in a presidential election and enjoyed listening to the Pirates and hockey on the radio.

Surviving are two sisters, Judith Ripper-Bosley (Douglas Hawkins) of Wheeling, W.Va., and Kathryn “Kitty” (Alan) Gerdish of Elizabeth; two brothers, Kevin (Julie) Ripper of Washington and David Ripper of Everett, Wash.; six nephews and nieces, Jason and Jonathan Ripper, Erica and Kelly Gerdish, Christie Mansberry and Tony Melenyzer; and several great-nephews and nieces.

Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Harrington officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Donnell House, c/o of Washington Health Care Systems Hospice Care, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. A funeral will be at the family’s convenience in North Buffalo Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Patricia Marie Sobolewski

1938 – 2013

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

She was born August 11, 1938, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late John L. and Anne M. Pecharka Sobolewski.

Ms. Sobolewski was a graduate of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy and received both her bachelor of education degree and master of education degree from Duquesne University.

She taught in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese and Canon-McMillan School District before her retirement in 1999.

Ms. Sobolewski was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, where she had taught in the CCD program. She organized and led a Bible study at home for many years.

Surviving are three sisters, Joanne (David) Bier, Judith (Dennis) Danko and Mary Margaret (Alfred) Falleroni; several nieces and nephews; and two aunts, Sophie Kern and Nancy Sobolewski.

At Ms. Sobolewski’s request, there will be no public visitation. Friends are asked to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Please meet the family at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Canonsburg. Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Theodore A. Trapuzzano

Custom tailor enjoyed his family, friends

Theodore A. “Ted” Trapuzzano, 85, of Washington, formerly of Grant Street, died unexpectedly Monday, June 3, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 6, 1927, in Washington, a son of the late Annibale and Marie Falvo Trapuzzano. After high school, in 1949, he graduated from Cybick School of Gourmet Cutting and Design in New York with a degree in “Mens Pattern Designing.” He went into business with his father on Main Street, Washington, in 1949. In 1966, with his father and brother, the business was moved to West Chestnut Street and was called Trapuzzano Tailors, which then became known as Trapuzzano Tuxedos. He eventually went on his own in 1984 with the business on Chestnut Street which became known as Trapuzzano’s Custom Tailors.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Immaculate Conception Dartball Team, ISDA, American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, BPOE Elks Lodge 776, the Item Club and was on the board of directors of Care Inc. He was very involved at the YMCA with the sports program and loved to play and compete in handball.

Mr. Trapuzzano looked forward to every Monday morning when he and a group of friends met at Denny’s Restaurant for breakfast. Most of all, he enjoyed his family. His life, along with his wife, was dedicated to their family. It was not unusual to see his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all at the house having fun and enjoying those special spaghetti dinners. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of his life.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 receiving the Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.

On February 27, 1949, he married Mary J. Komec Trapuzzano, who died April 10, 2012.

Surviving are two daughters, Toni (Roger) Wood of Washington and Annabelle Trapuzzano, Washington, with whom he made his home; a son-in-law, Sean Naser of Washington; a brother, Amon Trapuzzano of Washington; a sister-in-law, Frannie Trapuzzano of Morgantown, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Theodore “Ted” (Maria) Naser of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael (Caurice) Wood of Salisbury, Md., Shannon (Chad) Collins of Washington, Amy Naser of Las Vegas, Abby (Michael) Dill of Houston, Del., Josh (Rebekkah) Wood of Oklahoma and Jonah Trapuzzano of Clarion; 11 great-grandchildren, Priscilla Lopez, Bella Naser, Aiden Wood, Shauni, Ethan and Cooper Collins, Sarai, Sonny and Xochilt Carmona, Adalyn and Gage Dill; a great-great-grandchild, Brooklyn Matta; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife, is a sister, Carmella Trapuzzano; a brother, Modesto “Mod” Trapuzzano; and a daughter, Mary Ann Naser, who died on the same day of his death, June 3, 2013.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc, Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with the Rev. Michael A. Ruffalo as celebrant. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 and the U.S. Navy. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Ann Naser Benefit Fund, c/o Community Bank, Chestnut Street, Washington PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at

Sarah Elizabeth Wilson

4-H leader was Grove U.P. Church member

Sarah Elizabeth Wilson, 96, of Independence Township, died Monday, June 3, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born November 14, 1916, in Prosperity, a daughter of Forest III and Ellen Elizabeth Dodd Craft.

Mrs. Wilson graduated from Washington High School in 1936 and attended California State Teachers College.

She was a life member of Grove United Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Grove United Presbyterian kitchen band. She was also a 4-H leader for many years.

On May 25, 1938, she married James Charles Wilson, who died December 30, 2002.

Surviving are two sons, Charles Wilson of McDonald and Samuel Wilson of Imperial; a daughter, Margaret Radosevich of McCormick, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Debbie, Donald, David, Timothy, Beth, Terri, Sherri, Matthew and John; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a daughter, Mary Griffith; two brothers, Kenneth and Fred Craft; and a sister, Mary Louise Boone.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, in Grove United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jack Emerick officiating. Burial will follow in West Middletown Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Grove United Presbyterian Church, 125 East Main Street, P.O. Box 88, West Middletown, PA 15379; or Gideon International, 321 Pennwood Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Additional information and a guest book are available at



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