Obituaries June 8

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George Andrews

George Andrews, 69, of Joffre, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, June 7, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.


Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lee and Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Mary A. Bell

Member of St. Ann’s R.C. Church


Mary A. Bell, 91, of Midway, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Concordia-South.


She was born December 6, 1921, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Bozycewic Bokulich.


Ms. Bell was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Bulger.


She enjoyed polka music, baking and cooking.


Surviving are a daughter, Linda (late Raleigh) Chaney of Midway; a son, William R. (Janice) Bell of Eldersville; grandchildren Craig Chaney, Jennifer Herbert, William Bell and Christine Boni; great-grandchildren Mason Boni, Gracie Herbert and Charlotte Herbert; sister Rose Stiegel of Bulger; and sisters-in-law Marian Stiak of Beaver, Mary Bokulich of Midway and Barbara Bell of New Castle.


Deceased are sisters Daisy Brletich and Frances DeSantis and brothers Joseph and John Bokulich.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway, 724-796-3301. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, in St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Bulger. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery, Midway.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 967 Grant Street, Bulger, PA 15019. Please sign the guest book at www.thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


Miriam Morrow Leineweber Byrd

Hard worker loved dancing


Miriam Morrow Leineweber Byrd, 91, of Cecil Township, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after a lengthy illness.


She was born October 27, 1921, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late David M. and Sarah Ross Morrow.


Mrs. Byrd resided the last 10 years with her friends, Joann Charles and Daniele Charles Meny.


She was married to the late William J. Leineweber, who died in November 1969. She later married Frank Byrd, who also is deceased.


Mrs. Byrd was a hard worker who loved planting her vegetable garden, dancing and baking.


She was the last of her immediate family.


Surviving are a stepson, Keith E. Byrd; five nieces, Barbara Lewis, Edith Ruffalo, Betty Jean Randolf, Nancy Van Briggle and Ruth Ann Roberts; and great-nieces and great-nephews.


Deceased are a brother, David Morrow, and a sister, Anna Morrow.


Friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, June 8, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Lewis Guidi

Retired Chartiers Valley teacher, wrestling coach


Lewis Guidi died suddenly Wednesday, June 5, 2013.


He was the beloved husband and “best bud” of Sharon Ellis Guidi; loving father of Megan Guidi, Sarah (Casey McCloskey) Guidi, Natalie (Mike) Holmes, Monty Guidi and Lori (Federico) Gialone; brother of Gary Guidi, Alfreda Dulaney and the late Thomas Guidi; brother-in-law of Pat (Tina) Ellis, Mary Jo and Sandy Guidi; uncle of Patrick and Christopher Ellis and Beth, Chris, Freddy and Jaimie; and grandfather of Brittany, Tony, Brandon, Maria, Sam, Julie, Savannah and Gabriella.


Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Szafranski-Eberlein Funeral Home Inc., 101 Third Street, Carnegie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, in Our Lady of Grace Church, Pittsburgh.


Mr. Guidi was a retired teacher and wrestling coach in Chartiers Valley School District, an All-American wrestling champion at West Virginia University and was inducted into the West Virginia University Hall of Fame.


He will be missed by his former students, athletes, friends and members of his monthly breakfast club.


Betty Fordyce Hixon

1921 – 2013


Betty Fordyce Hixon, 91, of Atchison, Kan., died Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Atchison Medicalodge.


Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Atchison, with the Rev. Dina Dutta officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Effingham, Kan. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison.


Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left at www.beckerdyer.com.


She was born August 23, 1921, in Graysville, a daughter of Denny and Martha Ferrell Fordyce.


Mrs. Hixon was a graduate of Wind Ridge High School and Waynesburg Business College.


She worked as a bookkeeper for Ft. Leavenworth and Meyers-Nuzum-Stecher Accounting Firm in Atchison.


Mrs. Hixon was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Atchison, Order of the Eastern Star, Martha Washington Chapter Lodge 215 in Atchison, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society of the Magna Charta Dames and Order of Charlemagne.


She enjoyed sewing, bird-watching, genealogy and especially her grandchildren.


On November 24, 1947, she was married John L. “Les” Hixon in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, who died February 3, 1997.


Surviving are a son, John (Lynn) Hixon of Atchison; three daughters, Deborah J. Hixon of Kansas City, Mo., Liz (Joe) Bogovich of Silver Spring, Md., and Pam Blair of Atchison; a brother, Denny Fordyce Jr. Massillon, Ohio; two grandchildren, Clinton (Brandi) Coyle of Kansas City, Kan., and Katie (Chad) Bilderback of Atchison; and three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Jack and Blair Bilderback of Atchison.


Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, is a sister, Sara Lee Johnson.


Gene Douglas Karch

Enjoyed family time, music


Douglas Karch, 32, of Eldersville, died peacefully Friday, June 7, 2013, in his home.


He was born August 31, 1980, in Washington, a son of Gene Dell and Mary Scouvart Karch of Eldersville.


Mr. Karch was a member of Eldersville United Methodist Church.


He went to school through UCP and the Intermediate Unit, receiving his diploma from Burgettstown School District.


Mr. Karch was a lifelong resident of Eldersville and enjoyed family time, music and going for rides.


Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Rachel (Bobby) Puskarich of Eldersville and Rebecca Karch of Los Angeles, Calif.; paternal grandparents Gene and Mary Ellen Karch of Eldersville; two uncles, Frank (Diane) Karch of Eldersville and Ken (Mary Jo) Scouvart of Washington; two aunts, Patricia (Bob) McAllister of Louisville, Ky., and Barbara (Frank) Korpos of Weirton, W.Va.; and many cousins.


Deceased are his maternal grandparents, Frank and Martha Scouvart.


Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where services for family and close friends will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, with Pastor Larry Garrison officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Avella.


Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Township Fire Department, 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.


Dolores Marlene Marsh

Enjoyed walking outdoors


Dolores Marlene Marsh, 77, of Washington, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


She was born April 2, 1936, in Banetown, a daughter of the late Harry and Hester Moore Maze.


Ms. Marsh was a greeter at Walmart for 12 years, and she also worked at Western Center and Service Master.


She enjoyed walking outdoors and sheltering homeless cats.


She married Joe Naras, who died in 1986.


Surviving are a son, Gary Marsh of Washington; two grandchildren, Dana Maze and Michelle (Jared) Heymann; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Allen Maze; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are two sons, Allen Maze and Terry Marsh, and two brothers, Albert “Bud” Maze and Harry “Sonny” Maze.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, with the Rev. Keith Hornung officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in care of the funeral home or at www.FuneralBill.com. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Zelda Mae Sweger

Trinity H.S. grad loved to travel


Zelda Mae Sweger passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Willow Glen, Calif., at the age of 87.


She was born June 9, 1925, in Washington, a daughter of the late Ross and Jeanette Watson.


Mrs. Sweger was a graduate of Trinity High School.


After high school, she worked for the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover in Washington, D.C., from 1944 to 1945.


She married William J. Sweger of Washington in 1946. They moved to California in 1966, but returned to Washington in 1970 for two more years, until making Sunnyvale, Calif., their permanent home in 1972.


Mrs. Sweger retired from Mervyn’s in 1987 and volunteered for many years at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church.


She loved to travel and spend time with her children and grandchildren.


Her husband, William, passed away March 30, 1989.


Surviving are five children, Karen Lanning, Howard Sweger, Deborah Ter Keurst, Cheryl Volesky and Alan Sweger; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Sweger wished to be cremated and her ashes taken back to Washington to be placed in her family’s gravesite. A gravesite service will be held at Washington Cemetery at a later date with family members. Remembrances may be made in her name to hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Ruth L. Tyrrell

Former RN enjoyed swimming


Ruth L. Tyrrell, 88, passed away at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


She was born July 1, 1924, in Pond Eddy, N.Y., a daughter of the late Lewis and Leanore Edwards.


Mrs. Tyrrell was a 1941 graduate of Eldred High School and a graduate of the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.


She was employed as a registered nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany, N.Y., for many years.


Mrs. Tyrrell was a member of McKownville United Methodist Church.


She enjoyed swimming, horses and playing the piano.


Mrs. Tyrrell moved to McMurray in 2007.


She married F. Bray Tyrrell, who passed away October 26, 1993.


Surviving are a son, Martin Tyrrell of McMurray; a brother, Richard (Pauline) Edwards of Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, is a son, James Tyrrell.


Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, N.Y. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Chateaugay, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.NewcomerAlbany.com.


Mack H. Williams Jr.

Loving father enjoyed fishing


Mack H. “Sugar” Williams Jr., 73, of Canonsburg, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


He was born July 2, 1939, in Houston, a son of the late Mack H. and Frances Cole Williams.


Mr. Williams was an industrial construction worker, working out of Laborers Local 286 in Brownsville.


He enjoyed fishing, cooking, hunting and grilling.


Mr. Williams was married to Mable Hurd Williams, who survives.


He was the loving father of six children, Amy Adams (Clinton) and Teresa Williams (Ron), both of Houston, Randy Williams (Mary Ellen), Mark Williams (Scharyl) and Wanda Williams, all of Canonsburg, and Allen Williams (Baya) of Falls Church, Va., and stepson Bernard Edmonds of Canonsburg; and brother of Joseph Williams of Beaver Falls, Yvonne Johnson (Rubin) of Bedford Heights, Ohio, and Toni Thomas of Las Vegas, Nev.


Also surviving are a special friend, Leon Cornell; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Mary Frances Williams and Lorraine Roberson, and the mother of his children, Mildred Edwards Williams.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, where services will be held at noon Tuesday, June 11. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


Edgar B. Wise Jr.

Edgar B. “Cheese” Wise Jr., 74, of Washington, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


Arrangments are incomplete and are entrusted to Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Washington.


A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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