Obituaries June 23

June 22, 2013

Geraldine Ann Chaney

Loved spending time with her grandchildren

Geraldine Ann Chaney, 64, of Houston, loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, died Friday, June 21, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by her family.

She was born October 13, 1948, in Robinson Township, a daughter of the late Boyd and Lillian Elder.

Ms. Chaney attended Chartiers-Houston High School.

She was employed by Giant Eagle as a buyer’s assistant to Scott Ackman, whom was like a son to her.

Ms. Chaney loved spending time with her grandchildren and vacationing at the beach.

Surviving are three daughters, Tracey (Mike) Tabron of Cokeburg, Amy (Bruce) Connor of Bethel Park and Deanna (J.D.) Franklin of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren, Chelsea Hardy, Michael and Dalton Tabron and Alexis and Austin Franklin; two sisters, Karen (John) Talerico and Shery (George) Lammay; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Sandy; and a brother, Mark.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, in Christ United Methodist Church, Highland Avenue, Bethel Park, with the Rev. George Lamma officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Anthony M. Musmanno Funeral Home, McKees Rocks, 412-331-0900.

David J. Fidanzato

Enjoyed spending time with his family

David J. “Fido” Fidanzato, 56, of Monongahela, Carroll Township, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in his home after a brief illness.

Born May 25, 1957, in Monongahela, he was a son of the late Patsy and Rose Vignoli Fidanzato.

After graduating in 1975 from Monongahela High School, he began working as an electrician and eventually joined the Local Electricians Union 5.

Mr. Fidanzato was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church, and a member of the Slovak Club in Monongahela.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially boating on the river in the summers.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Popp Fidanzato, who he married August 7, 1982; a son, David J. Fidanzato II of Monongahela; two brothers, Joseph Fidanzato of Monongahela and Patsy Fidanzato of New Bern, N.C.; godmother Ann Todora of New Eagle; father-in-law Joseph J. Popp of Monongahela; and two brothers-in-law, Joseph Popp of Monongahela and Patrick and wife Robin Popp of Bethel Park.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is his stepmother, Antoinette “Netty” Fidanzato.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767, A prayer service will begin in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.

John Clyde Francis

World War II veteran enjoyed farming

John Clyde Francis, 87, of West Alexander, died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Personal Care at Evergreen, Washington.

He was born August 4, 1925, in West Finley Township (Beham), Washington County, a son of the late John Lester and Alda Oretta Wilson Francis. He had resided in the West Alexander area since 1947.

Mr. Francis was a member of West Alexander United Methodist Church, where he had served as a trustee and chairman on the administrative board.

He also was a former member of McGuffey School Board, West Alexander Volunteer Fire Department and had served on the West Alexander Fair Board for more than 30 years.

Mr. Francis was a member and past commander of West Alexander American Legion Post 656 for more than 67 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy as gunner’s mate third class. He served on five different ships in France, Italy, South America, Belgium and Argentina. He was awarded the European and American Theater ribbons and the WW II Victory Medal.

Mr. Francis enjoyed spending time with his family, farming, gardening, traveling, reading, small game and deer hunting and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was employed by the former Columbia Gas Corp. (Mountaineer Gas) in Wheeling, W.Va., as a meter inspector for 44 years before retiring in 1990.

On March 1, 1947, he married Maxine Elizabeth White, who survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Dorothy, wife of Floyd Thomas of West Alexander, Sandra, wife of Thomas Brownlee of Claysville, Carolyn Francis, companion of James Huff of Arlington, Va., Mary Ann, wife of Gary Danley of West Finley and Betty Francis of Canonsburg; two sons, John, husband of Judy Francis of West Alexander and Mark, husband of Carol Francis of Leesburg, Va.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Thomas Bird, Chad Thomas, Jason Francis, Jodi Hildreth, Leeann and Gail Danley, Benjamin, Nathan and Andrew Francis; seven great-grandchildren; a brother George, husband of Connie Francis of Weirton, W.Va.; a sister Joyce Orzolek of Wheeling; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Janet Francis and Clara Pearl Main.

At the request of the deceased and family, there will be no public viewing. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, in West Alexander United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Grimes officiating. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Alexander United Methodist Church, West Alexander American Legion Post 656 or West Alexander VFD. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

John Huha

Carmichaels resident was retired coal miner

John Huha, 88, of Carmichaels, died Friday, June 21, 2013, in his home.

Mr. Huha was born March 6, 1925, in Fredericktown, a son of the late George and Bertha Huha.

On December 8, 1950, he married Lois Cutlip, who survives.

Also surviving are two children, Mark Huha (Diana) of Oceanside, Calif., and Sharon Thistlethwaite (Raymond) of Waynesburg; three grandchildren, Jessica Mooney (Dave), Raymond Thistlethwaite (Sharon) and Caleb Huha (Lauren); a great-granddaughter, Mikayla Thistlethwaite; three brothers, Paul Huha (Velma), Steve Huha and Joseph Huha (Janet); and two sisters, Irene Soojian and Rose Rodarte, all of the state of California.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Stacy Huha, who died in infancy; three brothers, George Huha Jr., Charles Huha and Andrew Huha; and a sister, Margaret Huha.

Mr. Huha was an active member of Carmichaels Congregation Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 65 years. He served as an assembly overseer and elder.

He was a retired coal miner from Duquesne Light Co., Warwick Mine in Greensboro and a member of the UMWA.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in Kingdom Hall, Carmichaels.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako funeral director/supervisor/owner.

Lawrence J. Krakower

Passionate about horses

Lawrence J. Krakower died peacefully June 12, 2013, in his home, with his loving wife, Judy Thompson Krakower, at his side.

He was born August 18, 1923, in New York City, a son of Abe and Rose Krakower.

Mr. Krakower chose to serve his country during World War II as a battlefield medic throughout Europe. He served from 1942 until his discharge in 1946.

He married and raised three children in the suburbs of New York City.

Mr. Krakower and his brother, Stan, introduced Weight Watchers to Western Pennsylvania in 1968. They ran a very successful franchise and helped countless people improve their health and self-esteem.

Throughout his life, his real passion was horses. His pride and joy was a thoroughbred mare named Geechee Lou, who won the San Gabriel Handicap, setting a new American record, and the San Luis Obispo Handicap in 1961. He owned many other winning thoroughbreds over the years, but none were as special as Geechee.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; three children, Glenn of Milwaukee, Michele Heiner of Walkersville, Md., and Linda Greene of New York; and three grandchildren, Aaron Heiner, Amanda Heiner Cody and Chas Basler.

Dear friends Evelyn Wolins Krakower and Ellen D. Kemman, also will miss him.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Equine Angels Rescue, c/o Fox Run Equine Center, 798 Fox Run Road, Apollo, PA 15613. Please send condolences to

Edward A. Krizay

February 21, 1918 - June 16, 2013

Edward A. Krizay, 95, of McLean, Va., a gentle soul, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, soon after his family had gathered to celebrate Father’s Day. With him were many of the children and grandchildren he left behind, and whose lives he enriched through his quiet example: Judith Ann Grumbly (Tom), Thomas N. Krizay (Pam), Stephen Jay Krizay (Stephenie), Barbara Krizay Barlow (George), and Erin, Brynne, Kate, Kyle, Maureen, Natalie and Paul.

Deceased are Margaret Evelyn Krizay, his wife of 61 years, partner in love and life; a sister, Stella Turk; and two brothers, John Krizay and Ludwig Krizay.

He was born February 21, 1918, in Washington, a son of the late Stephen Krizay and Theresa Gruden Krizay.

Mr. Krizay was a member of the 28th Infantry Division (“Keystone”), 110th Regiment during World War II, from 1941 to 1945, and was part of the division that landed in Normandy, France, following D-Day. He fought near St. Lo in the Battle of the Bulge during the winter of 1945, for which he received the Bronze Star. After the war, he served as a civilian in the American occupation of Japan.

In addition to his career as an accountant, he was involved in local politics, pursued his love of gardening through volunteer work with Fairfax County Park Service and volunteered with the Fairfax County Agency on Aging, helping the elderly with taxes.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, in Washington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to AMVETS National Service Foundation, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Carol J. Longwell

Enjoyed cooking?and baking

Carol J. Longwell, 62, of Cameron, W.Va., died unexpectedly at 1:28 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va.

She was born December 25, 1950, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of the late Raymond Edmund and Esther Mae West Stoops. She had resided in the Cameron area all of her life.

Mrs. Longwell enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, cooking, baking and raising a flower garden.

She attended Cameron area schools.

Mrs. Longwell was formerly employed as a dietary aide at Mound View Health Care in Moundsville, W.Va., a certified nursing assistant at Cameron Nursing Home and a waitress at the former Brown’s Restaurant in Cameron. At the time of her death, she had been employed for five years as a home health aide with Marshall County Senior Center in Moundsville.

Surviving are her companion of the past 10 years, Richard Mace; three daughters, Billie Jo Newman of Wheeling, Becky Longwell of Wind Ridge and Betsy Longwell, companion of Jeremiah Cain of New Freeport; five grandchildren, Julie Longwell, Taylor Newman, Wyatt Whitlatch, Mackenzie Miller and Andrew Michael Cain; two brothers, James, husband of Shannon Stoops and Michael Stoops, both of Charleston, W.Va.; three sisters, Martha Lee Geho of New Martinsville, W.Va., Jackie Jobes and Sue Stoops, both of Cameron; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a son, Michael David Baker.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, with Pastor Phillip Campbell Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Rice Ridge Cemetery, Marshall County, W.Va. Family and friends may view the obituary, send condolences and flowers at

Margaret G. Morgan Measic

East Berlin resident

Margaret G. Morgan Measic, 70, of East Berlin, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in her residence. She was the wife of John Measic.

She was born January 23, 1943, in Finleyville, a daughter of the late Roy and Ann Chernuta Morgan.

In addition to her husband, John, surviving are a daughter, Deborah Fingerlow and husband Kurt of Camp Hill; a son, Davin J. Measic and wife Vicki of Thomasville; three grandchildren, Delenn Fingerlow, Torin Fingerlow of Camp Hill and Lawson Measic of Thomasville; and a brother, George Morgan of Churchville, N.Y.

Deceased are a brother, John Morgan; and a sister, Delores Kuhn.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Feiser Funeral Home Inc., 36 Harrisburg St., East Berlin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 6084 W. Canal Road, Abbottstown, with the Rev. Kenneth G. Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society, York Chapter, 924 N. Colonial Ave., York, PA. 17403. Memories may be shared at

Dell St. Clair Miller II

Oakdale resident

Dell St. Clair Miller II, 41, of Oakdale, died Thursday, June 20, 2013.

He was born June 15, 1972, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Donald W. Miller Sr. and Anna Mae Heiber Miller.

Mr. Miller was the beloved husband of Debra L. Hayden Miller, beloved father of Audrianna L. Miller and Dell S. Miller and brother of Cynthia Ziemba and the late Donald W. Miller Jr.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 7:30 p.m., the time of a blessing service, Monday, June 24, in Wharton-Herrick Funeral Home, Edward M. Herrick, funeral director/owner, 951 Cliff Mine Road, North Fayette Township, Imperial, 724-695-7332. It is respectfully requested that memorial donations be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235,; or Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222,

Sara Naylor

Sara Naylor, 73, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.

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

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

David Rizzo Sr.

December 7, 1917 - June 19, 2013

David Rizzo Sr., 95, of Washington, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Hawthorne Woods, Washington.

He was born December 7, 1917, in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, a son of Louis Rizzo and Mary Compelongo Rizzo.

Mr. Rizzo was born and raised in New Jersey and spent 25 years in Fort Pierce, Fla., and lived the last three years in Washington.

He was a lifetime member of NE Regional Council of Carpenters Local 254.

Mr. Rizzo was a longtime boating enthusiast who enjoyed sailing.

On July 2, 1940, he married Mary J. Muscle, who died November 21, 1968.

Surviving are a son, David Rizzo Jr. of Sayreville, N.J.; three daughters, Charlene Zygler of Washington, Joanne Radtke of Flagstaff, Ariz., Janice Wieland of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Deceased are a daughter, Candice House; a grandchild, Alfred Radtke; and all of his brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, in Our Lady of Victories Parish, 42 Main St., Sayreville. Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Sayreville.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Dorothy J. Yeager

Shined brightly as a devoted and generous mom

Dorothy J. Yeager, 87, of Markleysburg, went home to be with her savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, June 20, 2013, in her home.

She was born December 5, 1925, in Richeyville, a daughter of the late John and Anna Sustrick Veverka.

Ms. Yeager shined most brightly as a devoted and most generous mom.

Surviving are a son, Richard A. Yeager and wife Barbara G. of Waynesburg and their daughter Tricia Hatton and two great-grandsons; a daughter, Terri Yeager Fell and husband Howard “Rip” Fell of Parkersburg, W.Va., and their son, Christopher Fell and wife Tammie; and three great-grandchildren of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nicknamed “The Lady on the Tractor,” she ridiculously tended to her flowers and manicured her lawn, for which she was known. She became a member of the Great Meadows Garden Club in 1989, and earned the love and respect of all, serving as president.

She served on the PGA Tour planning committee at Nemacolin Woodlands. She planned social events and won numerous awards.

Ms. Yeager was a charter member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. A Christian, she was so loving and gave generously to all.

She was a graduate of Centerville High School and Washington School of Nursing. She was born to be a nurse and became a registered nurse. She worked at Washington Hospital. She was a nurse for Dr. Harold Kamons, West Virginia University department of oncology, and tended to the medical needs of all who knocked on her back door for years.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, in Donald R. Crawford Funeral Home, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in her name.



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