Obituaries June 10

June 9, 2013

Lydia L. DiNardo Battistone

Member of Ave Maria Parish

Lydia L. DiNardo Battistone, 90, formerly of Bentleyville, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born February 24, 1923, in Cokeburg, a daughter of the late Dominick Sr. and Pauline Zaricki DiNardo.

Mrs. Battistone was a graduate of Ellsworth High School.

She was a member of Ave Maria Parish and its choir.

Surviving are two children, Dr. Lorena M. Surber of Charleston, W.Va., and Arthur J. Battistone (Sharon) of Washington; grandchildren Dr. Claire Marie Surber, Charles McKinley Surber III, Thomas Jonathan Surber, Dr. Sarah Nelson, Joshua Battistone and Jared Battistone; great-grandchildren Charles M. Surber IV, Evelyn Surber, Eleanor Surber, Joseph Nail and Elyse Nelson; brothers Nore DiNardo and Alex Berardinelli (Shirley), all of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, Arthur A. Battistone, who died June 13, 2002; sisters Anne Infanti, Gilda Greco, Sylvia Magone and Clara Jackson; and brothers Dominick, James, Danny and Joseph DiNardo and Billy Berardinelli.

Mrs. Battistone was cared for by the staff at Washington County Health Center.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Luke Cemetery of Ave Maria Parish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Washington County Health Center, 36 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Washington, PA 15301, or Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.

Sarah Margaret Varner Closser

Retired nurse loved to travel

Sarah Margaret Varner Closser, 88, of Sycamore, departed this life peacefully Friday, June 7, 2013, surrounded by family, in Donnell House, Washington. She had experienced declining health in the last few months, but prior to that was very active in the pursuits of her many hobbies and family endeavors.

She was the widow of the late Ernest R. “Ernie” Closser Jr., whom she married July 2, 1949, in Waynesburg. He passed away September 3, 1976. Seven children were born to this marriage, all of whom survive, three daughters, Marlys (William) Greenhalgh of Freedom, Wis., Dianne (Glenn) Toothman of Waynesburg and Sarah “Sally” Suzanne (Kevin) Maxwell of Waynesburg; and four sons, Douglas (Debbie) of Waynesburg, Jay (Patricia) of Orange, Mass., Ernest “Bucky” III (Rosemary) of Newtown and Arleigh (Jennifer) of Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Closser was a daughter of the late Arleigh Ray and Lida Smith Varner.

Also surviving are two brothers, Allan Varner of South Bend, Ind., and Donald Varner of Cary, N.C.; two sisters, Christine Varner, who died in infancy, and Ellen Phillips; and 18 grandchildren.

Also deceased are two brothers, Harold and Raymond.

A dedicated student, she won several academic honors including the 8th-grade Greene County Math Award. After graduating from Waynesburg High School in 1942, she went on to receive her nursing degree from Mt. Pleasant Nursing School.

She married a World War II Navy veteran, who was a teacher and a wrestling coach. She raised Angus beef cattle. She preferred merino wool yarn. She canned corn, tomatoes, beans and peaches. She could drive a pickup truck and a tractor and, if need be, deal with the groundhog that was eating the peas. Between 1968 and 1995, at least one of her children was attending a higher educational institution.

Mrs. Closser knew the difference between a half nelson and a half hitch, a halter and some twine, a hoe and scythe and a peck and a bushel. She liked bonfires, cookouts and going for walks at night to look at the stars. She would always say that she never felt so wealthy as on the day when she got a new cord of stacked hardwood firewood to burn in the big stone fireplace in the living room.

A master country cook, for her there wasn’t a recipe that couldn’t use zucchini when it was available in the garden. Her Thanksgiving meals, and the pumpkin and berry pies that followed, were legendary. She made the most out of what she had available in the meat freezer and the garden, leading to the common complaint from some of her children when they saw what was for dinner “Mom, we’re not having steak and corn on the cob again are we?” If you hoped to get to the event on time and her hair wasn’t quite right or the makeup not yet done, well, you might as well sit down and relax because you weren’t going anywhere for a while.

In 1992, she retired from nursing after 20 years of dedicated service and generous love attending to the physical needs and emotional well-being of mothers and newborns in the obstetrics wing of the former Greene County Memorial Hospital. Most of her career, she spent as a night-shift nurse so she could attend her children’s school activities during the day.

In her retirement, she enjoyed trips to family weddings and to visit grandchildren. She loved to travel and see the world; her destinations included Alaska, Europe, Ireland, Hawaii and Australia.

Pictures weren’t the only things she would try to bring home with her, as some of the exotic plants and rocks in her house will attest. She also collected tree saplings from far and wide and replanted and nurtured them on the Sycamore property, deer or no deer. An avid sports fan, she played softball in her youth and then attended decades of wrestling matches, football, baseball, basketball, softball and soccer games to cheer on her children and grandchildren.

She shared her love of reading, cooking, gardening, sewing and knitting with friends and family. She was recognized for the quilts, sweaters, scarves, handbags and hats she made with several blue ribbons from the Greene County Fair over the years.

She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, June 11, in First Presbyterian Church, 169 West College Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Burial will be in Fairall Cemetery, Whiteley Township.

The family suggests memorials be made to Donnell House, in care of Washington Health System Hospice Care, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Information is available at

Alberta G. Shagas Hans

Enjoyed polka music, dancing

Alberta G. Shagas Hans, 87, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born March 3, 1926, a daughter of the late John and Barbara Slepowicz Shagas.

Ms. Hans was a retired waitress for the Holiday Inn in Robinson.

She enjoyed polka music and dancing, baking, vacationing to Erie with her family and her dog, Peaches.

Her husband, William Hans, died in 1982.

Surviving are children John (Gloria) Hans of Sturgeon, Barb (the late Ed) Craft of Langeloth, Billy Hans of McDonald, Debby (Tom) Morrison of Oakdale and Stanley (Tina) Hans of Oakdale.

She was the sister of Fran Shagas of Carnegie and Jean (Bill) Walter of Carnegie; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of 20; and great-great-grandmother of two.

Deceased is a brother, Leonard Shagas.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, June 11, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. Friends may sign a guest book at

Sean R. Jordan

Canonsburg resident

Sean R. Jordan, 42, of Canonsburg, formerly of Carnegie, died Friday, June 7, 2013.

Surviving are two sons, Sean R. Jordan Jr. and Dan Jordan, and their mother, Tammy Jordan.

He was a son of the late Fuzzy and Madeline Jordan; brother of William R., James E., Robert M. and the late Scott and Daniel Jordan; and uncle of Rachel, Billy, Scott and Cassidy Jordan.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Henney, Bradwell and Nirella Funeral Home, 524 Washington Avenue, Carnegie, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Carol Berry Lindberg

Member of North Ten Mile Baptist Church

Carol Berry Lindberg, 69, of Amity, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born September 15, 1943, in Washington, a daughter of Georgetta Berry of Georgia and the late John Berry.

Mrs. Lindberg was a 1961 graduate of Washington High School.

She worked as a secretary most of her life until retiring from Clover Hill Foods in 2005.

Mrs. Lindberg was a member of North Ten Mile Baptist Church, where she was assistant missionary advocate.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Herbert H. Lindberg of Amity; a daughter, Rachel Lindberg of Amity; a sister, Susan Fowler of Kokomo, Ind.; a brother, John Berry of Avonworth, Ga.; and several nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Allow the Children, P.O. Box 15039, Lynchburg, VA 24502-9004. A guest book may be signed at



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