Obituaries June 12

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Edna Brower McCullough

Avid golfer, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church volunteer


Edna Brower McCullough died peacefully Saturday, June 8, 2013, in her home.


She was born October 24, 1910, in New York City, N.Y., a daughter of the late John Leonard Jr. and Maria Garcia Dudley.


Mrs. McCullough graduated from Spence School in New York City.


She married Burr V. Brower and moved to Pittsburgh in 1947, where they raised their three children. Mr. Brower passed away in 1976.


In Pittsburgh, she was a member of St. Clair Country Club, Duquesne Club and Mt. Lebanon Women’s Club, where she was a founding member. She was active in her community volunteering at her children’s schools, Girl Scouts, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, Red Cross and several hospitals.


Mrs. McCullough moved to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1985 with her second husband, Dr. John L. McCullough, on a full-time basis after wintering there for years.


She continued her passion of helping others by volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Golden Wheel, Humane Society, Indian River Medical Center and Trinity Episcopal Church.


Mrs. McCullough was an avid golfer and bridge player. She was a member of Quail Valley Golf Club.


She will always be remembered for her warm and caring personality, her twinkling eyes, engaging smile and always making time for friends. There isn’t a person who met her who didn’t find her an inspiration. No matter what the difficulty, she was able to find something good in every challenge life handed her.


Surviving are daughters Susan B. Rodgers of Canonsburg and Deborah Brower of Vero Beach; stepdaughter Liz Harrington of Groton, Conn.; grandchildren Bob Rodgers, Wendy Wise, Beckie Duritza and BJ Brower; great-grandchildren Brittany Moyar, RJ Rodgers, Jess Wise and Austin Miles; and daughter-in-law Maureen Brower.


Mrs. McCullough will be terribly missed by her daily companions, Willie and Allie.


Deceased, in addition to her husbands, are a son, William E. Brower; grandson Bill Rodgers Jr.; and brother John Leonard Dudley III.


A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Avenue, Vero Beach.


Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, 6230 77th Street, P.O. Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 32961. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.


Ralph Vincent Pallesco

‘Toy Man’ dies at 73


Ralph Vincent Pallesco, 73, of Washington, died Monday, June 10, 2013, in UPMC hospital, Pittsburgh.


He was born October 20, 1939, in Washington, a son of the late Marco and Lucinda Donfrancesco Pallesco.


Mr. Pallesco attended Washington High School and Triangle Tech.


He was a foreman at Findley Refractories and later was an outside contractor.


Mr. Pallesco enjoyed racing cars, boating, fishing, cooking and his grandchildren.


Having been the founder and coordinator, Washington-Greene County Toys for Tots fulfilled his life. Giving to needy children at Christmas gave him great joy. He was known as the “Toy Man.”


He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 to 1965. He was a member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 and Marine Corp League 1138. He started the Marine Corps League of Washington County.


Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Sally Thompson Pallesco; two sons, Mike (Tracy) Pallesco of Washington and Tim (Kandi) Harrison of Claysville; four grandchildren, Aubriena “his princess,” Tayden Pallesco and Deven and Cameron Harrison; a sister, Elvira Bieda, wife of the late Carl Bieda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Deceased are four sisters, Virge (Jim) Tocci, Lucy (Dave) Moore, Gerry (John) Sorice and Mary (Tony) Desmond.


Friends will be received from 2 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, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, with the Rev. John Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. The Marine Corps League of Washington County will render a memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Full military rites will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps League of Washington County. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Washington County “Toys for Tots,” 1791 The Circle, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


Claudia Pesco

Member of St. Patrick Church


Claudia “Dolly” Pesco, 56, of Baldwin, formerly of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, in Verland CLA, surrounded by her friends and staff who loved her.


She was born December 30, 1956, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late John and Claudia Joan Pugar Pesco.


Miss Pesco lived most of her life in Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Church.


Friends are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of blessing service, Thursday, June 13, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. To view or extend condolences please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


Edgar B. Wise Jr.

Cheese’s House of Barbecue owner was sports enthusiast


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


He was born May 16, 1939, in Washington, a son of the late Edgar B. Sr. and Martha B. Motley Wise.


Mr. Wise was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School, where he played football and basketball.


He was an avid sports fan.


Mr. Wise was the owner/operator of Highland Bar-Grill for more than 30 years and most recently, along with his family, owned Cheese’s House of Barbecue on East Maiden Street. He was formerly employed by Washington Bottling and later Drakenfield.


Mr. Wise loved going to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino for horseracing and, most of all, enjoyed all of the sports that his children and grandchildren played.


On September 6, 1958, he married Sallie Elizabeth Pace, who died April 13, 2008.


Surviving are children Thomas (Jamie) Wise of Harrisburg, Karen (Jerry) Wilson of Washington, Paula Wise of California, Tanya Wise of Charlotte, N.C., and Mark (Anna) Wise of Washington; two brothers, John (Evelyn) Wise of Dayton, Ohio, and James (Mary) Thomas of Washington; a sister, Macilee Woods of Washington; seven grandchildren, Lindsay Wise, Brent (Kimberly) Wise, Brooke Wise, Mark Wise Jr., Joshua Wise, Alex Wise and Zachary Wise; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a brother, Paul, who died in infancy, and three sisters, Betty Wheeler, Mabel Wise and Minnie Ann Wise.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday 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, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


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