Obituaries June 6

June 5, 2013

James M. Beros

Teamster’s Local 585 retiree loved family time

James M. “J.B.” Beros, 86, of Washington, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born September 14, 1926, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Anthony and Mary Kuntz Beros.

Mr. Beros was a member of St. Patrick Church and attended Canonsburg High School.

Prior to his retirement, he was secretary, treasurer and principal officer of Teamster’s Local 585, President Teamster’s Joint Council 40 and one of the founding fathers of Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.

He loved spending time with his family on his farm and watching car races.

On June 21, 1948, he married Cloteel M. Hood, who died August 22, 2010.

Surviving are a son, James Beros (Christine) of Washington; two daughters, Leslie Lazorchak (Ed) of Canonsburg and Marianne Balsama of Canonsburg; and seven grandchildren, Wes Patnesky, Shanan Lazorchak, Kelly Lazorchak, Alexis Beros Corkery (Bryan), Taylor Layne Beros, Kaitlyn Balsama and Blake Balsama.

His lifelong friend and Teamster brother, Billy Johnston, was by his side constantly.

Deceased is a brother, George Beros.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Time of departing prayers and Mass will be held at at time to be announced Saturday, June 8, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Mary Theresa Brown

Member of Burgettstown Senior Citizen Center

Mary Theresa Brown, 80, of Eldersville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Weirton (W.Va.) Medical Center.

She was born October 11, 1932, in Avella, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Roman Orisko.

Prior to retirement, she was employed by Super Dollar IGA in Burgettstown.

Mrs. Brown was a member of Burgettstown Senior Citizen Center.

She was an avid reader, especially books of the Amish, and enjoyed playing bingo and cards.

Surviving are daughters Lynn (Robert) Horvath of Weirton and Roberta (Kevin) Boni of Burgettstown; grandchildren Jessie Frye, Julie Scariot, Jay and Tyson Erlewine, Erica Moss and Eric Erlewine; two sisters, Adeline Pappas of Burgettstown and Frances Gromek of Pittsburgh; brother Rudy Orisko of Cross Creek; and eight great-grandchildren.

Deceased are her husband, George W. Brown; daughter Georgie Bogo; loving companion James Coffman; brother Edward Orisko; and sisters Lillian Kubas, Dorothy Lerby, Helen D’Allesander and Gloria Wojcik.

Friends will be received from 2 to 5:30 p.m., the time of services, Friday, June 7, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Ed Rudiger officiating. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Arthritis Foundation, 1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30309. For further information and condolences, please visit

Stella C. Davis

Homemaker enjoyed time spent with family

Stella C. Davis, 81, of Route Four, Keyser, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Heartland of Keyser, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was born July 16, 1931, in Washington, a daughter of the late Karol and Mary Kolano Bober.

Also deceased are her husband, Orvis Davis Jr. in 1995; a brother, John M. Bober; and three sisters, Wanda V. Casper, Mary Ann Clutter and Katherine Golaski.

Mrs. Davis was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Davis was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and Assumption Ladies Guild.

She enjoyed gardening and time spent with her family.

Surviving are her four children, Kathy Golaski of Sellersville, Janet L. Corley and husband M. Gregg of Keyser, Brian S Davis and wife Mary Jo of Berryville, Va., and Rich Davis and wife Laurel of Charlotte, N.C.; and grandchildren Matthew Golaski, Steven Golaski, Jordan Golaski, Gina Corley, Michael Corley, Josh Davis, Ruby Davis and Ashleigh Millinder.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, 336 Wilson Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Washington. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to Lung Cancer Foundation, 15 South Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN 56073. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser. Condolences may be sent to the family at

William Edgar Frye Sr.

WWII vet, Hickory church member active in UMW

William Edgar Frye Sr., 89, of Hickory, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a brief illness.

He was born November 5, 1923, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a son of the late Albert Floyd Frye and Sarah Viola Sloop Frye.

Mr. Frye was a graduate of Hickory High School and worked as a heavy equipment operator at Aloe Coal Co. for 43 years.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant with Company A, 157th Engineering Battalion. He was involved in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. For his service, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with four bronze battle stars and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and deacon, and was an active life member of UMW International.

Mr. Frye was a former member of Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, founding member and first president of Mt. Pleasant Township Little League Baseball and an umpire and member of Washington County Umpires Association.

He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for 12 years and enjoyed woodworking.

On August 23, 1947, he married Florence Luella Martin, who died June 13, 2011.

Surviving are two sons, William E. Frye Jr. (Susan) of McDonald and Ronald Frye (Cynthia) of Elizabethtown; five grandchildren, Jesse Frye, Erica Palmer, Rhonda Rodriguez, Richard “Rocky” McGeary and Kimberly Dawson; and 10 great-grandchildren, Rowan Frye, Keaton Frye, Maranda West, Shelby West, Amanda McGeary, Samantha McGeary, Rocky McGeary, Ty McGeary, Sydney Dawson and Broc Dawson.

Deceased are brothers Albert Jr., David L., James M., Harry L. and Leroy Frye, and sisters Elizabeth Sherwood, Mary Rankin, Adeline Sheller, Viola Jean Dorma and Thelma Marquis.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., the time of services, Saturday, June 8, in Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bob Shull officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 Main Street, Hickory, PA 15340. Additional information and guest book are available at

Victoria Maslanka

Loved polka music

Victoria Maslanka, 87, of Rotonda West, Fla., longtime resident of Parma, Ohio, passed away in her husband’s arms Friday, May 31, 2013.

She was born June 17, 1925, in Jefferson.

Deceased are her parents, John Kurtyka and Mary McMinn Kurtyka Polosky, and brothers Thomas Andrew Kurtyka and Dale Reed Polosky.

Surviving are her dearly loved husband Frank Maslanka; cherished daughter Vicki Tatum (Scott); adored granddaughter Dr. Bonny (Hawker) Myers (Robert); dearest sisters Johnetta Battistoni (the late Charles) and Barbara Lee Bierer (Richard); numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Maslanka was retired from the Operating Engineers Local 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was an accomplished executive secretary.

She was an avid lover of polka music and dancing, having attended festivals with her family. She loved her home with her husband and enjoyed their many friends in Rotonda West.

In memoriam, donations may be made in her name to IMPS Inc., P.O. Box 176, Pinellas Park, FL 33789.

James P. Pogonovich

1941 - 2013

James P. “Pogo” Pogonovich, 71, of Slovan, passed away peacefully Monday, June 3, 2013, in the home of his friend Evelyn, surrounded by his close friends.

He was born December 21, 1941, in Primrose, a son of the late Nick and Madeline Kargle Pogonovich.

Mr. Pogonovich was a member of Atlasburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6490 and Burgettstown American Legion Post 698 and a charter member of American Legion Riders.

He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his friends.

Surviving are children James, Stacey and Stephen Pogonovich, all of Texas; a brother, Nick Pogonovich and wife Mildred; two sisters, Nancy Pienkosky and Iris Ransom and husband Ray; and several nieces, nephews and friends, especially Tony Strapazzon.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Dick “Al” Burgoon and Lou Pogonovich.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Friday, June 14, in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Inurnment with military honors and escorted by the American Legion Riders will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Burgettstown American Legion 698, 1526 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021 or Atlasburg Veterans of Foreign Wars 6490, PO Box 328, Atlasburg, PA 15004.

Barbara Marie Turko

Bell Telephone retiree

Barbara Marie Turko, 70, of Finleyville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburgh.

She was born June 19, 1942, in New Eagle, a daughter of the late William and Stella Barkey Hillman.

Mrs. Turko was retired from Bell Telephone, first working in Charleroi as a switchboard operator and then transferring to Warren, retiring as a manager.

She was a former member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church in Monongahela.

Mrs. Turko loved to spend her time outside working with her flowers.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Richard Turko; a son, Jason Turko and wife Kim of Oceanside, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Wolfram and husband William of Finleyville; two brothers, Richard Hillman of New Eagle and Timothy Hillman and wife Lynn of Rising Sun, Ind.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, with the Rev. Patrick Barkey officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Arthritis Foundation of Western PA, Foster Plaza #11, 790 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Condolences may be made to the family at

Sarah Elizabeth Wilson

Additional information was received for the obituary of Sarah Elizabeth Wilson, published Wednesday.

Also surviving are two daughters-in-law, Eleanor Wilson and Kay Wilson and a son-in-law, Nick Radosevich.

Helen D. Ziegler

Member of Brookline United Presbyterian Church

Helen D. Ziegler of Brookline died Friday, May 31, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Clyde; sister of Belva Forster; dear aunt of Ken, Nancy, Linda, Dianne, Robert, Amy and the late Raymond, Hugh and Miriam; and sister-in-law of Earl R. Jaudy.

Linda and Bill Hill were her loving caretakers for the last several years.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Frank F. DeBor Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 1065 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, 412-561-0380. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9, in Brookline Boulevard United Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to the church at 1036 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226. Convenient parking will be available at the funeral home.

She was a longtime member of Brookline United Presbyterian Church and a friend of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.



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