Obituaries June 19

June 18, 2013

Betty Lee Chasteen

Known for her baking and cooking

Betty Lee Chasteen, 86, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.

She was born September 30, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Clarence and Bertha Boyce Sharp.

Mrs. Chasteen served in the U.S. Navy as a registered nurse from July 1948 to June 1949. She met her future husband, Otis, while both were serving at the naval hospital in Houston, Texas. After marriage, she left the service to become a Navy wife. She raised their two children and changed homes several times during the next 23 years before settling in Fort Worth.

She was known for her baking and cooking and shared her recipes with anyone who asked.

Mrs. Chasteen was a loving sister, aunt and friend to many and had a special place in her heart for children and animals.

Surviving are her husband, Otis; daughter Nancy Chasteen; son Vincent Chasteen and wife Gina and their son Clay; grandsons Ben Ehrich and Jared Chasteen and wife Adeana; great-grandsons Andrew and Noah; and sister Shirley Zedicker and husband Johnny of Eighty Four.

Kenneth G. Chickie

Korean War veteran was retired USPS truck driver

Kenneth G. Chickie, 79, of McDonald, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in his home.

He was born May 26, 1934, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Albert and Marian Reiner Chickie.

Mr. Chickie served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He was a truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service at the downtown office and retired in 1991.

Mr. Chickie enjoyed gambling trips to the casinos and his beloved dog, Coco.

On September 15, 1962, he married Diana M. Descamps, who died November 16, 2011.

Surviving are two daughters, Joanne Griffin of McDonald and Claudine (Jeff) McDonald of McKees Rocks; and three grandchildren, Ian Griffin, Jordan Griffin and Rachelle Chickie.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, under the direction of Nation Funeral Home Inc., with Father Benedetto Vaghetto, pastor of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, McDonald, officiating. A memorial gathering will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in McDonald Veterans of Foreign Wars., East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at

George Ronald Crosson

Vietnam War veteran was avid Steelers fan

George Ronald Crosson, 71, of Waleska, Ga., passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, in Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, Ga.

He was born September 1, 1941, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Earl and Violet Deakin Crosson.

Mr. Crosson served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He was a retired corporate pilot who spent his career working exclusively for gas and oil companies. He spent his last years working for Lake Arrowhead Security, where he was able to fulfill his need to interact and touch the lives of many people.

Mr. Crosson enjoyed motivational reading, watching TV and NASCAR and golf. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He enjoyed spending free time with his family and his beloved dogs, Greta, Delilah and Alex. He dedicated his life to serving others through the AA program.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving are his loving wife of 23 years, Geraldine Rose Crosson; four daughters, Sheila Crosson (Kirk) of Tidioute, Stefany Cotter (Joe) of Vienna, Va., Connie Bennett (Clint) of Buckhannon, W.Va., and Christine Brown (Tim “Brownie”) of Alpharetta, Ga.; sister Charlotte Sroka (Charles) of Canonsburg; eight grandchildren of whom he was especially proud, Gavin Cotter, Colin Cotter, Derrick Lyons (Becky), Gerren Simms (Megan), Caitlyn Brown, Jeremy Brown, Jeffrey Brown and Carson Brown; several nieces and nephews; and close friend Nick Fosson.

In addition to his parents, deceased are brother Robert Crosson; granddaughter Carly Crosson; sister, Shirley Engel; and brother Richard Crosson.

Family and friends will be invited to celebrate Mr. Crosson’s life in Canonsburg at a later date. Details will follow on the Sosebee Funeral Home website noted below.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society by visiting or by calling 1-800-227-2345. Please visit to view and leave condolences or call 1-770-479-2131 for additional information.

Francesco Ferrera

Proud of his Italian heritage

Francesco “Frank” Ferrera, 79, of Peters Township, died unexpectedly Monday, June 17, 2013.

He was born April 1, 1934, in Alvito, Italy, a son of the late Carlo and Tonina Brusca Ferrera.

Mr. Ferrera was a member of St. Benedict the Abbot Church and was proud of his Italian heritage.

He was the beloved husband for 53 years of Marinette “Mary” Ferrera; loving father of AnneMarie Blythe and Toni (David) Wolfe; cherished grandfather of Stacy, Rachel, David, Tommy (Lindsey), Antonio and Rebecca; great-grandfather of Wyatt; brother of Anthony (Madeline) Ferrera; and father-in-law of David Blythe.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauer Funeral Home. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, Peters Township, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, Peters Township. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please add tributes at

Bonnie Muscavitch Harbaugh

Devoted wife, mother and grandmother

Bonnie Muscavitch Harbaugh, 66, wife of Dr. Mark Dell Harbaugh, died Friday, June 14, 2013, in her home on St. Helena Island, S.C.

Mrs. Harbaugh was born March 29, 1947, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Lee Stanley and Hazel Welling Muscavitch.

She retired from Sangamon County Schools in Springfield, Ill. She taught elementary and special education classes for more than 25 years. In addition to public school teaching, she also operated a preschool in Virginia, was a U.S. mail carrier in Pennsylvania as well as a clothes designer and model.

Mrs. Harbaugh was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid quilter.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Illinois State University, Bloomington, Ill.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Mark Dell Harbaugh of St. Helena Island; two daughters, Laura Lee Kneebone and Heidi Mills Baxter, both of Beaufort, S.C.; two brothers, Danny and Donnie Muscavitch, both of Rices Landing; four sisters, Melissa Whitehead of Houston, Texas, Marlee Roberts of Boxbourgh, Mass., Jennifer McClung of Spartanburg, S.C., and Amanda Davis of Rices Landing; and two grandchildren, Olivia Lee Kneebone and Sheaffer Lee Baxter.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Anderson Funeral Home, Beaufort. Memorial services will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday in Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel.

The family suggests that donations be made to American Cancer Society, 11 Mallett Way, Suite 301, Bluffton, SC 29910. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving 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 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,

Lonny G. Stilley

Finleyville resident

Lonny G. Stilley, 73, of Finleyville, died peacefully Monday, June 17, 2013, in his home, surrounded by family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Paula; loving father of Wendy Schuster and Racheal Stilley; brother of Dennis (Gail) and the late William Stilley; brother-in-law of Joyce Stilley; and grandfather of Andrew and Samuel.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 21. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 6810 Hilldale Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

Zoe Mae Cokeley Tarr

Loving mother, sister and aunt

Zoe Mae Cokeley Tarr, daughter of Harry Ray and Willa A. Ross Cokeley, was born June 15, 1925, in Cairo, W.Va. She departed this life Thursday, May 2, 2013, at her farm near Fordland, Mo., at the age of 87.

Raised in Washington with her brothers and sisters, she loved the outdoors.

Mrs. Tarr was a long distance operator for Bell Telephone Co.

She met the love of her life, Charles Chester Tarr Jr., at a church function, and on February 7, 1949, the couple was united in marriage. To this union, one daughter and son were born. The couple moved to California in 1963, where they lived until Mr. Tarr retired. In November 1979, they moved to a farm in the Seymour, Mo., area.

Deceased are her parents; her husband of 57 years Charles; and a brother-in-law Paul Sams.

Surviving are her children, Dennis Tarr and Lola Tarr, both of Seymour; and two brothers, Holland Cokeley and wife Alice and Calvin Cokeley and wife Margaret, and sister Annebell Cokeley Sams, all of Washington.

A member of the Christian Missionary Alliance, she humbly served her Lord by caring for her family and reaching out to her community by volunteering for the Salvation Army. She held the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, shinning his love and peace with her kind heart. She never let her hands be idle and loved to crochet things for others. The outdoors brought her such joy as she watched the birds and the animals that came to visit her in her backyard. Mrs. Tarr was a loving mother, sister, aunt and a caring neighbor and friend. Her family celebrates her life and accomplishments and will cherish the wonderful memories she left for them to share. She will be missed and forever loved by her family.

Services were handled by Holman Howe Funeral Home of Seymour. Condolences may be made at

Joyce Ann Traub

Joyce Ann Traub, 55, of Muse, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, after a three-year battle with cancer.

Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Kyung Ro Watson

Kyung Ro Watson, 80, of Prosperity, Washington Township, Greene County, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., Jefferson.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.



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