Obituaries June 18

June 17, 2013

Charles E. Abraham

U.S. Army veteran of WWII

Charles E. Abraham, 87, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, in his home.

He was born March 9, 1926, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Elias and Anna Khalil Abraham.

Mr. Abraham enlisted in the U.S. Army during his senior year of high school and received his diploma from Canonsburg High School, while serving.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II in the European Theater.

Mr. Abraham was Protestant.

He was employed at Cooper Industries as an expediter and also worked at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino as an usher. He was passionate about The Meadows racetrack, Pittsburgh Steelers and spending time in discussions with his friends at King’s restaurant.

His wife, Helen Massack, is deceased.

Surviving are two sons, Charles R. (Denise) Abraham of McMurray and Gregory Abraham of Atlantic City, N.J.; a daughter, Troy Ann Abraham of Canonsburg; a sister, Martha Abraham of Canonsburg; three grandchildren, Matthew Abraham, Alexis (Doug) Vitale and Samantha Abraham; a sister-in-law, Gwen Abraham; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are two brothers, Charles Abraham, during early childhood, and John Abraham, and two sisters, Helen Krusienski and Julie Shehab.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

Vince Kelley

Loved riding his motorcycle

Vince “Mystro” Kelley, 46, of Washington, died suddenly Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was born April 7, 1967, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Betty Mae Gilyard Kelley of Youngstown, Ohio, and the late John E. Kelley.

Mr. Kelley was a 1986 graduate of Trinity High School and went on to study at Vale Technical School.

He was a fracking-site supervisor for ATOS and traveled a great deal with his work.

Mr. Kelley loved riding his motorcycle and was an active member of Brothers of the Hammer. He had also volunteered at Pancake Skate ’N’ Whirl roller skating rink since 2007.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a daughter, Sierra “Bean” Kelley of Washington; three brothers, John “Brutus” (Suzanne) Kelley and Mark (Rebecca) Kelley, both of Washington, and Joseph (Rose) Kelley of Houston; a sister, Linda (Matt) Lucas of Washington; a grandson, Romeo Porter; grandmother Dorothy Kelley of Washington; stepmother Diana Margie of Washington; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Deceased is a brother, James Gilyard.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, with the Rev. George Russell officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

Memorial contributions may be directed to and payable to The Romeo Porter College Fund, c/o Piatt and Barnhill, until the fund has been established locally. Please bring any photographs, condolences or other printed remembrances to the funeral home to be uploaded on our system for the family to view in real time. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.

John Lawrence Kopenshek

Longtime BNY Mellon facilities manager

John Lawrence Kopenshek, 66, of Canonsburg, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, following a three-year battle with cancer.

He was born January 29, 1947, in Washington, a son of the late John Joseph and Mary Lawrence Kopenshek.

A 1965 graduate of Trinity High School, he was also a graduate of Robert Morris University.

Mr. Kopenshek worked as a facilities manager for BNY Mellon from 1965 until 2007.

He had served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the 630th Transportation Division.

On September 18, 1971, he married Caroline Kurek, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Bryan Lawrence Kopenshek of North Strabane Township; a sister, Carol (Robert) Brosnahan of South Strabane Township; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Janet Weeks.

At the request of the deceased, there was no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301, or a charity of a donor’s choice. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Steve John Lassan

Member of Kingdom Hall

Steve John Lassan, 94, of Washington, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Evergreen Personal Care, Washington.

He was born September 15, 1918, in Brownsville, a son of the late Joseph Lasson and Julia Ambrose Lassan.

Mr. Lassan worked as an engineer for Pennsylvania Railroad and enjoyed fishing.

He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army with Company A, 255th Combat Engineering Battalion, in the European Theater, where he was involved in battles in Rome-Arno and Po Valley. For his service, he was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

On November 10, 1939, he married Helen Leffler, who died June 29, 1981.

Surviving are a son, Steve John Lassan (Doreen) of Washington; a daughter, Evelyn Manson (Thomas) of Cleveland, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tom, John, Janet and Gregg; and seven great-grandchildren, Jeffry, Jeremy, Hannah, David, Luke, Anna and Leia.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in Kingdom Hall, 70 Cleveland Road, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at

John Edward Mt.Joy

Machinist served in U.S. Navy

John Edward Mt.Joy, 44, of Nemacolin, died suddenly Saturday, June 15, 2013, in his home.

He was born January 21, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of Irvin L. Mt.Joy of Carmichaels and the late Carol Ann Fortley Mt.Joy.

Mr. Mt.Joy attended Carmichaels area schools and graduated from Winston-Salem (N.C.) High School.

He served with the U.S. Navy and was a machinist.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are a son, Logan Mt.Joy; a daughter, Alyssa Mt.Joy; a brother, Irvin Lee Mt.Joy Jr. of North Carolina; paternal grandmother Frances Mt.Joy; an uncle, Richard Mt.Joy; six aunts, Dalene Watson, Joyce Busti, Mary Jo Corcoran, Kim Nath, Shaneen Krebs and Patty Fortley; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.

Mr. Mt.Joy will be sadly missed by all of his immediate family.

Deceased are an infant brother, Irvin Lee Mt.Joy, who died at birth; maternal grandparents Charles and Helen Fortley; paternal grandfather Ralph Edwin Mt.Joy; and an aunt, Paula Huff.

There will be no public viewing or service and all arrangements are under the direction of Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit

Scott E. Novak

Scott E. Novak, 49, of Washington, died unexpectedly Monday, June 17, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

John P. Pasquale

Retired barber

John P. Pasquale, 79, of Pine Log Road, Warrenville, S.C., died Friday, June 14, 2013.

Deceased are two sisters and three brothers.

He was born in Burgettstown, a son of the late Joseph and Marianna Loveratta Pasquale.

Mr. Pasquale and his family moved to Warrenville in 2000.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Pasquale was a retired barber with Pasquale’s Barber Shop in Burgettstown.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and enjoyed watching wrestling.

Surviving are the mother of his children, Virginia B. Pasquale of Warrenville; three children, Johnna Gregory (Keith Sr.) and Janet Murphy, all of Warrenville, and Frank Pasquale (Fonzell) of Hampshire, Ill.; and five grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service, U.S. Highway No. 1, Langley, S.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.

James J. Puglisi Sr.

Loving husband, beloved father

James J. “Pug” Puglisi Sr., 77, of Bethel Park, died suddenly Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was the loving husband of 56 years to Yvonne “Bonnie” Risch; beloved father of Laura “Pinky” (Byron) Santee, James J. Puglisi Jr. and Jack (Lois) Puglisi; cherished grandfather of Angela, Frank and James J. Santee; cherished great-grandfather of Lacey; and brother of Josey Veltre, Mary “Bill” (Sal) Lytle, Mike, Loretta (Frank) Benigni, Al “Sonny” and the late Ben, Paul “Butch,” John, Sam “Leak” and Carlo Puglisi.

Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, dear friends and extended family.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in South Hills Church of the Nazarene, Bethel Park, (across from the funeral home). Everyone is to please meet at the church.

Mr. Puglisi was an Air Force veteran.

He played football for Bethel Park High School, and he coached football for many years at Bethel Park High School and Recreation League in Bethel Park.

Mr. Puglisi retired from Nordic Fishery (Benkovitz). At the time of his death, he was working at Giant Eagle Seafood Department in Bethel Park.

He was an avid golfer. He was very proud of being born and raised in Coverdale (Bethel Park) and also very proud of his Sicilian Italian Heritage.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to The First Tee of Pittsburgh, 5370 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217,

George R. Sewak

Attorney, avid golfer

George R. Sewak, 83, an attorney, of Canonsburg, formerly of Johnstown, died Sunday, June 16, 2013.

He was born October 19, 1929, a son of the late Michael A. and Helen M. Moncilovich Sewak.

Mr. Sewak attended Franklin Borough School through 10th grade and St. Francis Preparatory School in Spring Grove through 12th grade, graduating in 1947. He graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of arts degress from St. Francis College in Loretto, where he was a member of its baseball and basketball teams.

He attended Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 1951; however, he was inducted into the Army in 1951 and served in Korea with the 196th Field Artillery, Headquarters Company, receiving two Battle Stars, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty and entered Georgetown Law School and graduated receiving his law degree June 10, 1956. He was admitted to the District of Columbia in 1956. He was admitted to the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas in Johnstown in 1957 and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1957. He was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1957. In 1960, he served as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a field office in the District of Columbia and in Los Angeles, Calif. He left the FBI in 1962 to begin his law practice in Washington, with a law firm now known as Pizzi and Sewak. He confined his practice to serve as claimant’s attorney in workmen’s compensation, negligence, real estate and municipal law. He was most proud when his daughter, Stephanie M. Sewak, joined him in the practice of law in 1994. He was a member of the Washington Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Sewak was a life member of the Elks, Fraternal Order of the Bears, Veteran Foreign Wars, American Legion, Arms Club and Loyal Order of the Moose.

He was an avid golfer and former member of Washington Country Club and Lone Pine Golf Club and participated in Bears Golf and Elks Golf Leagues. He enjoyed annual trips to the University of Virginia for football weekends with his close friends.

On January 30, 1959, he married Dolores J. “Tommy” Morascyzk of Canonsburg, in Winchester, Va., who survives.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Dr. Michael Sewak.

Surviving are sons George R. (Lynn) Sewak Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Thomas J. (Kathi) Sewak of Dublin, Ohio; daughters Carol Jean (Kevin) Fay of Mint Hill, N.C., Stephanie M. (Kenneth) Sewak Ruffner of Canonsburg and Amy L. (Justin) Ruta Sr. of Haddon Township, N.J.; sisters Helen Carol (George) Batchelor of Sewickley and Candy (Ted) Roman of Wexford; sisters-in-law Vi Sewak of Johnstown, Agnes Wicks of Johnstown and Flo “Bobbi” Fisher of Carson City, Nev.; brothers-in-law Ed Morascyzk of Washington and John Morascyzk of Johnstown; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. All services will be private. Interment will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 275 Meadowlands Boulevard, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements are in the care of Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home in Canonsburg. Condolences may be posted at



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