Obituaries June 16

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Joan Lee Stoskel Allen

Loving mother, wife, sister


Joan Lee Stoskel Allen was taken by the hand of Jesus and led to her heavenly home on Saturday, June 15, 2013, surrounded by her children after fighting a long and tiring battle with Alzheimer’s disease.


She was born October 26, 1931, in Marianna, a first born of the late Stella Marie Frameli and Peter Paul Stoskel.


Mrs. Allen lived most of her life in Marianna, until moving with her daughter in 1992 to Houston.


She was a graduate of West Bethlehem High School, where she was a cheerleader. This was a story shared many times by her and her granddaughter, Joanna, who also was a cheerleader.


On March 4, 1949, she married the love of her life, Clement F. Allen Sr. Together, they raised five children, Kathleen M. Allen of Houston, with whom she made her home, Judith A. Penn (Dave) of Taylorstown, Clemmy Allen of Washington, Stella Diane Allen of Houston and George Michael, the baby, (Georgeanna) of Waynesburg.


Mrs. Allen loved baking, growing roses and bowling. She was a loving mother, wife, sister and will be forever missed.


Surviving are five grandchildren, David H. Penn of Pittsburgh, Thomas W. Matiyasic of Canonsburg, Cara L. Nadberazny (Joe) of Washington, Michael F. Allen (Lisa) of Fredericktown and Joanna Marie Allen of Waynesburg; sisters Clara Miller (Chuck) of Marianna, Lucille Kovacich (Frank) of Deemston Borough and Marlene Coughenour (Frank) of Washington; a brother, George Stoskel (Ruth) of Washington; a daughter-in-law, Candy Allen of Washington; several nieces and nephew; and a very special friend Marva Andrevich of Marianna.


She was able to welcome her first great-grandchild, Rosaleigh Nadberazny, in February 2013.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a sister, Dorothy Mancini, and three nephews.


Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, in Sts. Mary and Ann Roman Catholic Church, St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Marianna, with Father Paul Grunebach, as celebrant. Burial will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna.


Mrs. Allen loved her family, baking, decorating cakes, and gardening, all of which she could no longer remember. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 3544 North Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9638, www.alz.org. A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Marie Batic

Member of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church


Dorothy Marie Batic, 85, of Burgettstown, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, with her loving family by her side.


She was born December 22, 1927, in Burgettstown, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Hribar.


Mrs. Batic was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown and SNPJ Lodge in Imperial.


She was an avid baker and enjoyed spending time with family. Her two granddaughters were her heart, as she was a generous and loving grandma.


Surviving are a son, David Batic, with whom she made her home; a daughter, Diane (Frank) Karch of Eldersville; two granddaughters, Ashley and Amberley Karch, both of Eldersville; two sisters, Anne Hayes of Weirton, W.Va., and Martha Macek of Seattle, Wash.; sister-in-law Helen Batic of Moon Township; and many nieces and nephews.


In 1955, she married Adolph Batic, who died June 23, 1982.


Also deceased are three brothers, Stanley, Victor and Martin Marinch, and three sisters, Mildred Capozzoli, Helen Acompora and Louise Kovich.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. Other arrangements will be private and held at the convenience of the family. For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


Amber Rose Danowski Blackhurst

Loving wife


Amber Rose Danowski Blackhurst, 46, of Bethel Park, formerly of Baldwin, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, after a four-year battle with cancer.


She was born September 11, 1966, a daughter of the late Ambrose and Virginia Danowski.


Mrs. Blackhurst was a loving wife of Scott Blackhurst; sister of Bruce (Carlotta) Danowski, Pam (Ray) Panicco and Amy Danowski (Chris Lassak); aunt of Jordan, Preston, Blake, Kelsey, Brady and Brogan; and daughter-in-law of Becky Lee (Dennis) Grim.


Also surviving is her best friend, Tracy Hickly Milton.


She will be deeply missed by all friends who knew and cared for her.


Mrs. Blackhurst was a criminal research specialist for the Secret Service for more than 27 years.


She was a graduate of Baldwin High School.


Mrs. Blackhurst and her husband enjoyed many vacations to Tulum, Mexico, where they were married in May 2009.


Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18.


“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Ask, believe, receive – the journey is the beautiful part” were words she took solace in saying.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, for Appendiceal Cancer Research. www.jeffersonmemorial.biz


Agnes Victoria Zepko Dellorso

Member of St. Patrick Church


Agnes Victoria Zepko Dellorso, 91, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, June 15, 2013.


She was born November 26, 1921, in Filbert, a daughter of the late John and Julia Maletz Zepko.


Mrs. Dellorso was a member of St. Patrick Church and former member of St. Genevieve Parish of Canonsburg.


She was a homemaker.


Her husband, Samuel Dellorso, died September 12, 1967.


Surviving are four daughters, Rose Ann Lorenzo of Tampa, Fla., Julianne Wimer of Coraopolis, Janice Orta of Houston, Texas, and Suzanne Chytil of Franklin; four sons, Samuel Dellorso of Summerville, S.C., Edward Dellorso of Cecil, Michael Dellorso of Elk Grove, Calif., and Philip Dellorso of Belgium; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Dellorso was the last of her immediate family.


Deceased are four brothers, John, William and Marion Koziel and Stanley Zepko, and two sisters, Sophia Sepelak and Mary Lipski.


Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where departing prayers will be said at a time to be announced Tuesday, June 18, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Theodore C. Dempe

Retired airline mechanic served in Army


Theodore C. Dempe, 81, of Coraopolis, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.


He was born June 24, 1931, in North Bessemer, a son of the late Joseph and Lucille McGinnis Dempe.


Mr. Dempe served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.


For 40 years, he was an airline mechanic with TWA and worked at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport, the majority of time, before retiring in 1996.


He was a member of the International Association of Machinists.


Mr. Dempe enjoyed hunting and fishing and tinkering with cars. He loved fixing things and helping people.


Surviving are three sons, C. Michael (Joanne) Dempe of Mt. Lebanon, David Joseph (Amy) Dempe of Dayton, Ohio, and Keith Alan Dempe of Coraopolis; former wife Clara Ann Dempe of Oakdale; sister Viola Jean “Porky” Hampson of McDonald; two brothers, John Donald “Jack” Dempe of McDonald and Robert Evan “Bud” Dempe of Sturgeon; and six grandchildren, Benjamin, Danie, Nicole, Jeremy, Christopher and Joshua Dempe.


Deceased are three brothers, Hinton Alvin “Skeets,” Joseph Ralph and William Eugene “Bill” Dempe and two sisters, Bertha Laverne Foglio and Betty Hampson.


A memorial gathering of close friends and family will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., the time of a celebration of life service, Saturday, June 29, in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at www.nationfuneralhome.com.


William Falappi

USAir retiree


William “Bill” Falappi, 80, of Monongahela, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in his home.He was born July 5, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Faustino “Pete” and Pierina Belleri Falappi.


Mr. Falappi graduated in 1950 from Monongahela High School.


He was employed at Irwin Works in Dravosburg, Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela, Ragnar-Benson Construction in Avella and Allegheny Airlines (which later became USAir) in West Mifflin. He retired after a 35-year career as an instrument mechanic for USAir at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport.


Mr. Falappi was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, in Monongahela. He enjoyed traveling with his friends from USAir. His travels took him to at least 20 states and Canada. He belonged to Charleroi Fishing Club and Rotolo’s golf league at Chippewa. He enjoyed Friday night golfing at Rolling Green and in the winter played on Rotolo’s bowling league at Belle Vernon Lanes.


On November 24, 1956, he married Joan Aglio of Charleroi, and was happily married for 57 years.


Surviving are two sons, William “Will” Falappi and wife Cheryl of Monongahela and Mark Alan Falappi and wife Dana of Venetia; grandchildren Stephanie Cook and Marci and Michael “Mickey” Falappi; nephews and nieces Richard Grandy and wife Rita, Donna Pieraccioli Sivie and husband Terry and children Neal, Nicole and Todd, Don Falappi and wife Barbara Jean and children Natalie and Dana, Janice Falappi, Tamira Jankowski and husband Blair and children Tamira, Christina, Lisa and B.J., Michele Falbo and husband Scott and daughter Bailey; and several great-great-nephews and nieces.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Ada Falappi, and a sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Geno Pieraccioli.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, with Rev. William Terza, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Catholic Regional School, 731 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


Anita F. Kalb

Enjoyed baking, fishing


Anita F. Kalb, 76, of McDonald, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.


She was born April 29, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Elsie Westerwick Kalb.


Ms. Kalb enjoyed baking and fishing.


Surviving are a son, Joe (Janice) Daltorio of Ohio; a brother, Charles Kalb of Midway; a sister, Judith Schzure of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Tuesday, June 18, in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. Interment will follow in Uniondale Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Please sign the guest book at www.thomas-littlefuneralservice.com.


Beatrice J. Kramer

Beatrice J. Kramer, 79, of Waynesburg, formerly of Mather, died Saturday, June 15, 2013.


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


Eva Jane Kruty

General Motors retiree


Eva Jane Kruty, 81, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Fallingwater Health care Center, Cleveland.


She was born March 24, 1932, in Denbeau Heights, a daughter of the late John and Mary Andrusky Kruty.


Ms. Kruty was a 1950 graduate of Centerville High School.


She retired from General Motors Chevrolet Plant in Brookpark, Ohio.


Deceased are infant sister Marie; sister Mary Ann; and brother Walter.


Surviving are sister Katherine Molek (Alexander) of Dublin, Ohio; brother Michael Kruty (Annette) of Strongsville, Ohio; sister Helen Kreyer of San Francisco, Calif.; sister Rose Wozniak (Stephen) of West Brownsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


The Rev. Jerome Botsko of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church will have a parastas service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17. Interment will be Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fayette Friends of Animals, P.O. Box 1282, Uniontown, PA 15401. www.skirpanfuneralhome.com


Norman McIe

Enjoyed horse shows, working on cars


Norman McIe, 71, of Bobtown, died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, in his home.


He was born Thursday, November 20, 1941, in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of the late Otto McIe and Dora Mae Fisher McIe.


Mr. McIe was a graduate of University High School.


He enjoyed working on cars, hunting, NASCAR and going to horse shows.


Mr. McIe had worked for Wilson Chevrolet and later for University Motors in Morgantown. He owned and operated NEMCO Auto Body in Morgantown, retiring in 2005.


On April 1, 1961, he married Peggy Fox, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Dave (Corinne) McIe and Bryan K. (Stacie) McIe, of Mt. Morris; someone special Tedi (Craig) Brewer of Mt. Morris, whom he considered a daughter; seven grandchildren, Bailey Brewer, Blake Brewer, Troy McIe, Tyler McIe, Cameron McIe, Evan McIe and Chase McIe; three sisters, Patty Byard of Clearwater, Fla., Sandra Stoneking of Morgantown and Susan Siverling of Bobtown; two brothers, Robert McIe of Westover, W.Va., and Richard McIe of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a daughter-in-law, Shellee McIe; a sister, Jerry Barb; and a brother, Otto “Junior” McIe.


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, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, with Pastor David Crowe officiating. Burial will be private. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.


William Anthony Platt

Member of First Lutheran Church


William Anthony Platt, 60, of Washington, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, following a brief battle with cancer.


He was born August 3, 1952, in Washington, a son of the late John “Shine” and Mary Capo Platt.


Mr. Platt was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he was very active in earlier years.


He was a graduate of Washington Institute of Technology.


Mr. Platt worked at Brockway 11, Kelley Industries and Penn Mould Industries, and also at the Observer-Reporter. Most recently, he had worked in electrical assembly department at Caterpillar Inc..


He was a South Franklin volunteer fireman.


Mr. Platt enjoyed fishing.


On February 18, 1978, he married Linda Beagle, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, Gavin Platt of Oakland, Calif.; a daughter, Falyn Platt of Wheeling, W.Va.; sister-in-law Carol Platt of Bloomingdale, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.


He had been eagerly awaiting the birth of his first grandchild in December.


Deceased is a brother, John Robert “Bob” Platt.


Friends will be received from noon to 2 and 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, in First Lutheran Church, 92 West Walnut Street, Washington, with the Rev. Kenneth Schott officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.


Family requests memorial contributions be made to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, or South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, 101 Jolly School Road, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Gerald E. Spinnenweber Jr.

1947 - 2013


Gerald E. Spinnenweber Jr., 66, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 15, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.


He was born February 5, 1947, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Gerald E. Sr. and Margaret Maccahia Spinnenweber.


Mr. Spinnenweber was Roman Catholic and attended St. Genevieve Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg, until its closing.


He was a graduate of Canon-McMillan Senior High School, Class of 1965.


Mr. Spinnenweber was employed by Shop ’n Save grocery store in Canonsburg, for more than 25 years.


He loved his dogs and cat.


Mr. Spinnenweber was a longtime Canonsburg Fourth of July Parade Committee volunteer, since its inception in 1962. He also was a member of the Polish National Union and UFWC Local 23.


On September 7, 1968, in St. Genevieve Church, he married Phyllis Ann Surich, who survives.


Surviving are a daughter, Tela and husband Steven Sousa of Canonsburg; a son, Kyle Spinnenweber (fiancée Nichole Rubis) of Morgantown, W.Va.; a grandson, Richard S. Ritenour; a sister, Irene (Bernard) Price of Canonsburg; a sister-in-law, Margaret Spinnenweber of Canonsburg; a niece, Ashley Lynn Price; niece and nephew Louis and Ava Spinnenweber; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Keith and Melody Surich and Walter and Betsy (Penny Lane) Surich.


Deceased is a brother, Louis Spinnenweber.


Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg. A blessing service will be held privately at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, Canonsburg police dog fund or Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences may be posted at www.deangelofuneralhome.com.


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