Obituaries June 13

June 12, 2013

Marcia Jo Eddy Blair

Homemaker loved animals, baking, cooking

Marcia Jo Eddy Blair, 59, of Waynesburg, died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in her home.

She was born Wednesday, June 2, 1954, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Robert C.and Janice Lemley Eddy of Pine Bank.

Ms. Blair was a graduate of West Greene High School Class of 1972.

She enjoyed reading, watching television and dancing. She loved all animals and loved to bake and cook. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Ms. Blair was secretary for resident meetings in Avalon Court in Waynesburg, and she was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, surviving are a daughter, Stacey Blair and Brad Marshall of Washington; three grandchildren, Zacchary, DeShawn and Braelyn; two sisters, Debbie Hull of Waynesburg and Brenda (Bill) Houser of Pine Bank; a brother, Michael Eddy and fiance Dori of Pine Bank; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m., the time of service, Friday, June 14, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, with Pastor Cynthia Deter officiating. Burial will be private in Pine Bank Cemetery, Pine Bank. Information is available at

Hilde Bruckhoff

Owner, operator of Babette’s Formal Wear

Hilde “Babette” Bruckhoff, 77, of Washington, formerly of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of 57 years to Johann Bruckhoff; loving mother of Johann W. Bruckhoff, Christian H. (Nova) Bruckhoff and the late Paul Andrew Bruckhoff; dear sister of Ruth Frey and the late Gerhard Frey; and sister-in-law of Katharina Bruckhoff.

Mrs. Bruckhoff was the owner and operator of Babette’s Formal Wear in Bridgeville.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and traveling. She was very industrious and dedicated to her family.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beinhauers. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in the chapel of Woodruff Memorial Park, 2095 Washington Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317. Everyone please meet at the chapel. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3104 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Please view or add tributes at

James Buono

World War II veteran was all-around handyman

James Buono, 87, of Monongahela, River Hill, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

Born July 1, 1925, in Monongahela, he was the son of the late Samuel and Antoinette (Yaria) Buono.

Mr. Buono retired in 1987 as a crane operator from J&L Steel.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during World War II.

Mr. Buono was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church in Monongahela.

An all-around handyman, he was a member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1409 in Monongahela, East Monongahela Sportsman Club and Monongahela Veterans Council.

He also was a founding member of the Fathers and Son hunting camp in Potter County.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo Spinnenweber Buono, whom he married July 31, 1948; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda and William Hyslop of New Eagle, Debbie and William Howells, Cheryl and James Martis and Pam Kroll and fiancé Bob Anderson, all of Monongahela; a sister, Frances and husband William McDowell of Anchorage, Alaska; eight grandchildren, Tracy and Tory Hyslop, James Rocco (Suzanne) Martis, Rebecca Martis, Michele (Thomas) Fennell, Dennis Kroll, Jamie Kroll and fiancé Justin Zavacky and Joseph Kroll; five great-grandchildren Andrew, Abby and Avery Martis and Thomas and Trevor Fennell; and a sister-in-law, Florence Buono of Monongahela (River Hill).

Preceding him in death were a grandson, Jeffery Martis, who died in 1981; four brothers, Angelo, Patsy, Michael and Samuel Buono; and a sister, Parmelia Buono, who died as an infant.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA, where services will be held at noon Friday, June 14, with Father William Terza officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora, with the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad conducting military honors.

Virginia Lee DeBlasio

Hillside Christian Community member

Virginia Lee “Ginger” DeBlasio of Bridgeville departed this world to be an angel at the Lord’s side, doing his work in another place.

Loved dearly by family and friends, she willingly put needs of others before hers without complaint.

Miss DeBlasio collected antiques, enjoyed swimming and had a keen eye for photography.

She was connected deeply to her sisters and shared five things she was grateful for every day; among these was always family, especially Randy, David and Samantha.

Miss DeBlasio was rooted and grounded in Christ. She nourished her soul daily and believed in spiritual responsibility. She attended Hillside Christian Community in Carnegie.

She loved her work at Children, Youth, and Family Services of Allegheny County and was three days short of retirement when the cancer took over and she left us like a feather on the breath of God.

Miss DeBlasio had a vibrant passion for animals and fed the birds and her deer. She’ll be missed by her kitties, Buddy and Toby. She will be led to the church and cemetery by a horse-drawn hearse.

Surviving are mother Marjorie DeBlasio of Cecil; brother Samuel DeBlasio of Galveston, Texas; two sisters, Sharon Lynn Stankas of Houston, Texas, and Jennifer Joan (Randy) Conway of Cecil; aunts Dorothy Harshman and Jan Gordon; many nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

She had special prayers of thanks for her friends forever, Joan, Irene and Vicky.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil, PA.

The celebration of her life will start at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in the funeral home, followed by a service at 11 a.m. in Venice Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Fred Soberg officiating. Interment will follow in Venice Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions be made to Washington Area Humane Society, Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330.

Esther Irene Hassinger

Homemaker enjoyed time with grandchildren

Esther Irene Hassinger, 82, of Washington, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Country Meadows, Bridgeville.

She was born August 5, 1930, in Washington, a daughter of Albert and Grace McDonald Hatfield.

Mrs. Hassinger graduated from Trinity High School and was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, needlework, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of First Christian Church.

On June 20, 1954, she married Raymond De Hassinger, who died May 23, 2007.

Surviving are a son, Alan (Valerie) Hassinger of Washington; a daughter, Barbara (James) Benson of Canonsburg; a brother, James (Barb) Hatfield; two sisters, Marie (Dick) Naser and Evelyn McKahn; and four grandchildren, Nelson (Crystal) Hassinger, JoRae Hassinger, Bradley Benson and Justin Benson.

Deceased are a brother, Robert Hatfield, and a grandchild.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, with the Rev. Stephen Smythers officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 190 Bilmar Drive, #200, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

William Howard Miller

Original founder, owner of Miller Centrifugal Casting

William Howard Miller, 82, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

He was the beloved husband for 58 years of Anne Mosites Miller; father of William R. Miller (Diana), Mark G. Miller (Kimberley) and Nancy Snyder (David); grandfather of Russell H. Miller, Randall W. Miller, Chelsey M. Stallard (Larry), Jessica L. Dymond (Christopher), Christian Miller, Alena King (Ben), Alyse Lyons, William R. Miller, Kristina W. Miller, Lukas M. Miller, Talin Cooper, Brittany Hunsberger (Alan), David Snyder and Lauren Feldbauer (Michael); and great-grandfather of Grace Miller, Braylon Stallard, Kellan Stallard and Gavin Hunsberger.

Mr. Miller was born in 1931 and raised in Whitewater, Wis., a son of Dr. Russell H. and Lucille King Miller and brother of Marian Miller Cook.

He graduated in 1953 from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering.

He started on offense and defense and was the place kicker for the Wisconsin Badgers football team. In 1999, the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin awarded Mr. Miller its Distinguished Service Citation for his pioneering work in the field of centrifugal casting.

After college, Mr. Miller served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

In 1955, Mr. Miller married the love of his life, Anne Mosites, and moved to her hometown, Pittsburgh.

In 1958, he started Miller Centrifugal Casting Co. in Cecil Township. He began the company as a one-man operation and grew it to be a world leader in centrifugally cast products. His company produced highly engineered components for military jets, nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers, mine sweepers, hydroelectric dams, large electric motors, cranes, elevators and steel mill rolling equipment. He sold his company in 1998, and it continues to operate under the name of Miller Centrifugal.

Mr. Miller loved the game of golf and infused his passion into the next two generations of his family. He was a member of Valleybrook Country Club from its inception. Mr. Miller competed in club championships and on the club’s traveling team.

He also served on Upper St. Clair School Board and coached Little League football in Upper St. Clair.

Since 1973, he lived in Mt. Lebanon and, after selling his business, spent the winter months in West Palm Beach, Fla.

He positively influenced and improved the lives of many people during his 82 years.

His family loves him, misses him and is comforted by the outpouring of support.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, in Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Donations in his memory may be made to American Lung Association, 3001 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Please send tributes to

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 was a charter member of the 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.

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, P.O. Box 328, Atlasburg, PA 15004.

Christian P. Quinn

Christian P. Quinn, 37, of Clarksville, died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., Jefferson. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Kevin Smith

Chemical engineer was amateur radio operator

Kevin Smith, 59, of Carroll Township, died Monday, June 10, 2013, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills.

He was born Sunday, February 21, 1954, in Circleville, Ohio, a son of the late Robert W. and Teresa Karnbauer Smith.

Mr. Smith was a chemical engineer employed with Carmeuse Lime and Stone on Neville Island.

He was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He also was a member of Catholic Men’s Fellowship and was very active in all church functions.

Mr. Smith was an amateur radio operator and was a member of Washington Amateur Communications and WASH, with whom he frequently volunteered as a participant in emergency communication drills and special events such as the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Surviving are his wife, Peg Cantini Smith; a son, Michael (Kimberly) Smith of Wexford; a daughter, Jen (Michael) Borne of Finleyville; a sister, Kristine (Gary) Epright of Arkansas; and two brothers, Keith Smith and Robert (Donna) Smith, both of Washington.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, 722 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063, with the Rev. Father William Terza officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, MDS Foundation or Be the Match. Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 40 Second Street Extension, Carroll Township, Donora PA 15033, 724-379-6900, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Gerald A. Starinsky

Lifelong Avella resident enjoyed working on family farm

Gerald A. Starinsky, 58, of Avella, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

He was born July 8, 1954, in Washington, son of the late Joseph and Julia C. Kuchtik Starinsky.

Mr. Starinsky was a 1972 graduate of Avella High School.

He was employed by Alex E. Paris Contracting Co. Inc. of Atlasburg as an operator for more than 30 years, retiring in 2012, when he became disabled.

He was a lifelong resident of Avella and enjoyed working on the family farm.

Mr. Starinsky was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church of Avella.

Surviving are two brothers, Vincent (Faye) Starinsky of Avella and David (Jackie) Starinsky of Courtland, N.Y.; a sister, Francine Mixon of Valdosta, Ga.; four nieces, Rebecca Starinsky, Christine Rice, Melissa Ware and Rebecca Bryson; a nephew, Andrew Starinsky; four great-nieces, Erin, Emerson, Emily and Josie; three great-nephews, Travis, Wyatt and Waylan; and two great-great-nephews, Adam and Jason.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Rose Anne Bryson.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, 95 Highland Avenue, Avella, PA 15312.

All arrangements are being handled by Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., Avella.

Robert W. Stumpf

Retired from Allegheny Ludlum

Robert W. Stumpf passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2013, in Boynton Beach, Fla.

He was born in Latrobe in 1934.

Mr. Stumpf was a 1953 graduate of Trinity High School in Washington, where he was a popular baseball and basketball player.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He then married his bride of 56 years, Kay Aber Stumpf, in Washington.

For his entire career of 45 years, he worked for Allegheny Ludlum, formerly Jessop Steel, in production and sales, and most recently as national sales manager of the Midwest region. He also served as president of Washington Jaycees.

Mr. Stumpf was a beloved friend to many in Washington, Marlborough, Mass., Naperville, Ill., Delray Beach, Fla., Wells, Maine, and Quail Ridge in Boynton Beach, his homes throughout his wonderful life. To say he will be terribly missed would be an understatement. One could not ask for a better husband, father, grandfather or friend. He was always ready with a warm smile, a hug and a laugh. Happy memories are his legacy. No one loved more deeply than Mr. Stumpf, nor has anyone been more truly loved by so many.

In addition to his wife, Kay, surviving are his children, Diane Pelcastre (Hector), Colleen Stumpf and Bill Stumpf (Susan); a brother, Ronald Stumpf; sisters Patricia D’Andrea and Jeannine Dhayer; and granddaughters Itzayana and Adaliz.

A private family memorial service will be held Friday, June 14, in Boynton Memorial Chapel. He will be laid to rest in South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in his memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at

Robert Joseph Varner

Served in Army National Guard, Finleyville

Robert Joseph Varner, 56, of Clarksville, formerly of Finleyville, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born October 13, 1956, in Canonsburg, a son of the late William Donald and Rachel Ankrom Varner.

Mr. Varner was a 1975 graduate of Ringgold High School.

He had served in the Army National Guard formerly stationed in Finleyville.

Surviving are a son, Robert Anthony Varner of Clarksville; a daughter, Jessica Varner of Finleyville; a stepson, David Garrity of Finleyville; a brother, James Matthew Varner (Gloria) of Redding, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind a close friend, Lesa Carter of Finleyville.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, William Andrew Varner, and a sister, Donna Rae Garris.

There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, Finleyville, with Deacon Vic Satter of St. Francis of Assisi Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Kegel Funeral Home Inc., 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332.

Robert W. Yeager Sr.

Robert W. Yeager Sr., 62, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Greene County, died unexpectedly in his home Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

All services are private. Arrangements are being handled by Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville.



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