Obituaries June 24

June 23, 2013

Stephen Joseph Bistarkey

Served in Air Force, enjoyed fishing

Stephen Joseph Bistarkey, 79, of Clearwater, Fla., died Friday, June 21, 2013, in Woodside Hospice House.

He was born May 27, 1934, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Stephen J. Bistarkey Sr. and the late Alberta Neihaus.

Mr. Bistarkey served in the U.S. Air Force.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and had a hobby of collecting stuff.

Mr. Bistarkey worked as a ramp supervisor for Northwest Airlines in Tampa, Fla.

Surviving are his wife, Ila Marie Bistarkey of Clearwater; two sons, Steve Bistarkey of McDonald and Dale (Barbara) Bistarkey of Oakdale; five grandchildren, Steve, Ryan, Dale Jr., Carolyn and Nicholas and wife Ashley; and a sister, Shirley Darras of Hickory.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, with Father Stan Gregorek officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Albert Michael Gallik

Member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Albert Michael Gallik, 84, of Marianna, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Strabane Woods of Washington.

He was born September 11, 1928, in California, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Petrick Gallik. Mr. Gallik was a 1947 graduate of East Pike Run Township High School.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served until his retirement in 1978, with the rank of torpedo man first class.

He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church of Glyde, where he served as a councilman.

On April 14, 1956, he married Shirley Jean Friend, with whom he had shared more than 56 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Cheryl Rockovich (Stanley) of Canonsburg and Paula (Eric) Hall of Nokesville, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Tamara Gallik of Virginia; a sister, Josephine Zavatchen of Richeyville; 10 grandchildren, Jenifer Mayes, Elizabeth Austin, Randall Baughman, Johnathan Balsalmo and Christian, Hannah, Kadi, Olivia, Sophia and Issac Gallik; a stepgrandson, David Rockovich; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sons, Eugene Michael Gallik and Douglas Paul Gallik; a sister, Elizabeth Palgutta; and three brothers, Leonard Gallik, John Gallik and William Gallik.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday, June 26, in Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church, Glyde, with Pastor Peter D. Asplin officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Lucy Guarino

Member of St. Benedict the Abbot Church

Lucy Guarino, 85, of North Strabane Township, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

She was born January 15, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Nicola and Maria Michele “Micheline” Buonopane Guarino.

Mrs. Guarino was a member of St. Benedict the Abbot Roman Catholic Church in McMurray.

She enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing, but most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Guarino, along with her husband, owned and operated Village Italian Store in Caste Village in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

On May 25, 1948, she married Samuel S. Guarino, who is deceased.

Surviving are a son, Samuel A. (Nancy) Guarino of North Strabane Township; four grandchildren, Samuel N. (Amy) Guarino, Talli Guarino (Eric), Toni A. (Rich) Yates and Nick Guarino (Jackie); two great-grandsons, Brayden Guarino and Luca Yates; a sister, Congetta (James) Mongelluzzo of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Michael J. Guarino; two sisters, Melina LaBounty and Antoinette Peluso; and three brothers, Pat, Joe and Nick Redondo.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, in St. Benedict the Abbot Roman Catholic Church, McMurray. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington-Green County Blind Association, 566 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be posted at

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

Paul W. Miller Sr.

Founder of Paul W. Miller Roofing Co.

Paul W. “Pappy” Miller Sr., 78, of North Franklin Township, died Saturday afternoon, June 22, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born November 15, 1934, in Washington, a son of the late the Rev. J. L. and Bessie P. Meeks Miller.

Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army in the armored division during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956.

He had previously been employed by S.B. McWreath Dairy, West Penn and Howes Leather Co. in Mt. Jewett.

Mr. Miller founded Paul W. Miller Roofing Co. in 1963.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Washington, Masonic Lodge 164 F&AM and American Legion Post 175.

For 30 years, he was a basketball official in the Washington-Greene chapter. He also supported Trinity High School sports, especially the soccer program.

His wife of 55 years, Dolores “Penny” Miller, survives.

Also surviving are three children, Jodi (August) Capiola, Paul (Lisa) Miller Jr. and Dr. Steven (Carolyn) Miller, all of Washington; five grandchildren, August Capiola III and Miranda, Monica, Sage and Jade Miller, whom he dearly loved and they loved in return; a brother, John L. Miller Jr.; two sisters, Opal Pierson and Evelyn Spriggs; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Lawrence W. “Bruz” Miller and Edward B. Miller.

Friends and family are welcome to a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 29 North College Street, Washington, with the Rev. Keith Simmons and Pastor Johnny Wray Miller, leading the service. To those attending the service, be aware that the church sanctuary is not air-conditioned. Please wear lightweight and comfortable clothing. Immediately after the memorial service, the family will receive friends and share a meal at Jeremiah’s, 2111 North Franklin Drive, North Franklin Township.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Bronson House. Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, Washington, is assisting the family. Condolences may be left at

Sara Naylor

Member of Mather Christian Church

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

She was born January 24, 1940, in Superior, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Ray D. and Grace Burwell Seese.

Mrs. Naylor was a member of Mather Christian Church.

She and her husband were longtime caretakers of Jefferson Cemetery. She also served as the secretary of the cemetery board for many years.

On June 7, 1958, she married George R. Naylor, who died March 8, 2005.

Surviving are two children, George R. Naylor Jr. and Debbie Neel and husband Earl, both of Jefferson; two grandchildren, Jason Neel and Beth Neel and fiancé Dave Keil; two sisters, Ruby Knestrick of Jefferson and Bernice Fox of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Dale Seese; and three sisters, Emma Ritchey, Jean Seese and Mildred Seese, who died in infancy.

Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Services will be held there at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, with the Rev. Donald P. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at

Judith Ann Samples

Member of Washington Alliance Church

“I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live. Whoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

Judith Ann Samples, 56, of Washington, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, after battling cancer since 1996.

She was born October 24, 1955, in Washington, a daughter of Bryan Thomas and Helen Jerry Livingood Thomas.

Mrs. Samples was a graduate of McGuffey School and received an associate’s degree from Penn Commercial.

She was an admitting clerk at Washington Hospital for many years.

Mrs. Samples was a member of Washington Alliance Church, where she was a member of the Awania Club and a co-leader of the LIFE group.

She enjoyed gardening.

On November 9, 1991, she married Leland Samples, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Joshua (Alicia) Edwards of Marianna and Leland Samples Jr. of Hickory; two daughters, Laura Lea Samples of Harmerville and Holly Sue Samples of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Nancy Simonelli of Bradenton, Fla., and Paula Thomas of Wales, United Kingdom; a mother-in-law, Mary Evelyn Samples; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a daughter, Jennifer Anne Edwards; and a brother, James Bryan Thomas.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 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 26, in Washington Alliance Church, Washington, with Brian Greenleaf officiating. Please meet at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Alliance Church, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Frank J. Shoaf Jr.

Retired mine inspector served in U.S. Army

Frank J. Shoaf Jr., 89, of Carmichaels, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in his home.

He was born August 9, 1923, in Masontown, a son of the late Frank J. Sr. and Margaret Morgan Shoaf.

On July 5, 1948, he married Lucy “Sue” Marucci Shoaf, who survives.

Also surviving are five children, Kathleen Dyer (Jeffrey) of Morgantown, W.Va., Frank J. Shoaf III (Connie) of Carmichaels, Rebecca Brockey (James) of Flowerland, Texas, Nancy Coll (Thomas) of Stafford, Va., and Thomas J. Shoaf (Denise) of Carmichaels; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dolores Wolfe of Uniontown.

Deceased are three sisters, Anna Mary Sparks, Camilla Patton and Aileen Patton; and a brother, Theodore Shoaf.

Mr. Shoaf was a graduate of All Saints High School in Masontown and attended Penn State University for mining.

His mining career began at U.S. Steel in 1941. From 1943 to 1946, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 bomber. He flew 35 missions over Germany with the 716th Squadron, 449th Bomb Group. He received the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and four bronze stars.

Mr. Shoaf resumed working in the mines, and became a foreman at Robena Mine. From 1972 until his retirement in 1988, he was a Pennsylvania state mine inspector.

He was active in organizations that supported coal mine safety. He belonged to the National Mine Rescue Association, Mine Rescue Veterans Association as secretary/treasurer, Holmes Safety Association and Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America.

Mr. Shoaf was a devout Catholic. He was a member of St. Hugh Church in Carmichaels, the men’s choir of St. Hugh, Senior Activity Group, Holy Name Society and church council. He also was a member of Carmichaels Knights of Columbus.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, director/supervisor/owner. A prayer service will be held there at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, followed by a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 of Carmichaels in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints School, 100 S. Washington St., Masontown, or Amedysis Hospice, 2181 McClellandtown Road, Masontown.

Terry B. Ward

1956 - 2013

Terry B. Ward, 57, of Paris, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his home, of natural causes.

He was born April 8, 1956, in Steubenville, Ohio, a son of Rosa Mae Anderson Ward of Paris and the late Donald E. Ward.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are brothers Ted Ward of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Kelly Ward of Burgettstown and Gary Ward (Tracey) of Burgettstown.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton, W.Va., where services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, with the Rev. Christina Hosler presiding. Burial will be in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Florence.



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