Obituaries June 25

June 24, 2013

Thelma Mae Bryner

Founding member of Glyde American Legion

Thelma Mae Bryner, 94, of Washington, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Hixenbaugh’s Personal Care Home, Claysville.

She was born March 17, 1919, in Washington, a daughter of Joseph Tipper Perry and Helen Josephine Lindberg Perry. Mrs. Bryner was a homemaker.

She was a founding member of Glyde American Legion and one of the longest residents of Thomas Campbell Apartments, Washington.

Mrs. Bryner was a member of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church, Washington.

On July 14, 1937, she married Orville Ray “Bill” Bryner, who died September 1, 1983.

Surviving are a son, Donald (Marcelene) Bryner of Claysville; a daughter, Patricia (Fred) Gross of Pinellas Park, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Donald, Dan, Dean, Autumn, Marce, Jody, James and William; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased are two sons, James “Peg Leg” Bryner and William Bryner; a brother, Edward Perry; two sisters, Alice Patterson and Helen Jane Bryner; two grandchildren; Tracy and Shelly; and a great-grandchild, Candace.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. View at

Michael Allen D’Alessandro

Enjoyed fishing, sports

Michael Allen D’Alessandro, 46, of Claysville, died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, in his home following a yearlong illness.

He was born September 6, 1966, in Washington, a son of James and Libby D’Alessandro of Washington.

Mr. D’Alessandro was a mechanic for American High Performance Seals, Oakdale.

He enjoyed fishing and was a Pittsburgh sports fan.

On September 12, 1998, he married Beth A. Caster, who survives.

Also surviving are four brothers, David D’Alessandro of Washington, Jimmy D’Alessandro of Muse, Bobby D’Alessandro of Amity and Patrick D’Alessandro of Ohio; and a sister, Lisa Reed of Ohio. Also surviving are several nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday, June 26, in Claysville United Methodist Church, Main Street. Family and friends will be received immediately after the service at 18 School Street, Claysville.

Helen H. Dorazio

Enjoyed family, deep sea fishing, candymaking

Helen H. Dorazio, 92, of Belle Vernon, died Friday, June 21, 2013, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburgh.

She was born July 25, 1920, in Monongahela, a daugter of Joseph and Yustyna Sivie Gregor.

Mrs. Dorazio attended Monongahela High School and lived in Van Voorhis for most of her life.

While residing in West Virginia, she was manager of Eleanor Dress Shop in Morgantown, W.Va. She also lived in Virginia and worked in the customer service department for First Virginia Bank until retiring. She then moved to Thousand Oaks, Calif., where she lived for 20 years before returning to the Mon Valley in 2000. While in California, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially deep sea fishing with her grandchildren. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds, candymaking, golf and bowling.

She was a very active member in Church of St. Anne in Belle Vernon, where she was a member of Confraternity of Christian Mothers, the counting team and served on the funeral luncheon committee. She also volunteered with the community food bank in Rostraver Township.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Dorazio and wife Anna of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Richard Dorazio and wife Sharon of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Dorazio, who died July 23, 2006; three sisters, Stella Herman, Josephine Sanders Stanko and Anna Richardson; and two brothers, Ted Gregor and John Patla.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, in Church of St. Anne with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti, pastor, as celebrant.

Committal and entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Condolences may be made to the family at

Samuel J. Falcon

Loved to spend time with his children

Samuel J. Falcon, 28, of Prosperity, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Allgeheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with his family by his side.

He was born November 19, 1984, in Waynesburg, a son of Robert of Reno, Nev., and Cheryl Lancaster of Prosperity.

Mr. Falcon loved to fish, work and spend time with his children, nieces and nephews.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Kristie Falcon; four children, Eli-Jah, Gage, Issac and Olivia Rice, and an unborn child; two brothers, Francis Falcon and Robert Lancaster Jr., both of Washington County; three sisters, Tiffany (Jamar) Carter of Reno, Deeana Lilienthaln and Angie Lancaster, both of Braddock; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in Calvary Chapel of Fredericktown with Pastor John M. Thomas officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Mr. Falcon’s children. Donations can be sent c/o Frank Burkus Funeral Home to 26 Mill Street, P.O. Box 422, Millsboro, PA 15348. Arrangements are by Frank Burkus Funeral Home.

Kenneth A. Georgetti

“The Legend”

Kenneth A. Georgetti, 61, of Avella, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

He was born November 1, 1951, on the Georgetti farm in Avella, a son of the late Albert J. “Patch” Georgetti and Ruth Wilson Georgetti of Avella.

Mr. Georgetti attended Avella High School and was a resident of Washington and Avella for the past 20 years. He was known as “The Legend” by family and friends.

He had been employed as a coal miner at Crescent Hills Mine of Daisytown and as the farm foreman at Breezy Heights of Avella.

Mr. Georgetti loved farming and tending to his cattle, spending time with family and friends and his two dogs, Trouble and Jovan.

On July 22, 1993, he married April Marie Baggus, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Christopher Kenneth Georgetti of Tampa, Fla.; a stepson, Jason Keenan and Millie Glaze of Hickory; a sister, Cindy Georgetti of Canal Fulton, Ohio; five brothers, Thomas (Cynde) Georgetti of Avella, Sam (Judy) Georgetti of Avella, Jody Georgetti and Juanita Hamilton of Avella, and Dude (Tammy) Georgetti and Rowdy (Myrna) Georgetti, both of Wellsburg, W.Va.; two grandsons, Huntr Christopher Georgetti and Austn Tyler Georgetti, both of Tampa; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He also will be missed by a special friend, Rosemary Rush.

Deceased, in addition to his father, are a nephew, Jimmy Bauduin; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Fawcett.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Avella. Immediately after the burial, friends and family are invited to a gathering at 419 Washington Pike, Avella, the home of his mother, Ruth Georgetti. Memorial contributions can be made to April Georgetti at 523 Country Road, Avella. A Facebook page was created in his memory to celebrate his life and share photos and stories about this special man at

Betty Jane Miller

Betty Jane Miller, 87, formerly of Taylorstown, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, following four years of declining health.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Catherine R. Stanley

Member of First Church of the Nazerene

Catherine R. Stanley, 89, of Canonsburg, died Monday, June 24, 2013, in Greenery Specialty Care Center of Canonsburg.

She was born October 6, 1923, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Robert and Laura Shaffer Stewart.

Mrs. Stanley was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Washington.

On October 19, 1962, she married William Stanley, who died March 18, 2003.

Surviving are a son, William Stanley (Debbie) of Upper St. Clair; two daughters, Nancy O’Bryan of Canonsburg and Ilene Brown of Washington; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She also leaves behind Nytro, her beloved “baby” dog.

Mrs. Stanley was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Ruth O’Rourke; a brother, Charles Stewart; two sisters, Flora Pitcock and Edna Binder; and three grandchildren, Joyce, Earl and George.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, in First Church of the Nazarene, Washington, with the Rev. Douglas Kearns officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

James F. Tuman III

Retired president of Lanier Clothes

Mr. James F. “Jim” Tuman III, 65, of Peachtree City, Ga., passed away from complications of lung cancer Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy Tuman of Peachtree City; two sons, Peter Hogan and wife Kimberley of Knoxville, Tenn., and James F. Tuman IV of Savannah, Ga.; his mother and stepfather, Virginia and Bryan Lash of West Newton; two grandchildren, Peter Hogan Jr. and Jacob Hogan, both of Knoxville; a sister, Judith Backus of West Newton; a stepsister, June Tuman of Baltimore, Md.; an uncle, Ray Victor and wife Sylvia of Amissville, Va.; a cousin, Leslie Dawson of Centerville, Va.; a niece, Kimberly Chilzer; and a nephew, Robert Byrne of West Newton.

He was preceded in death by his father, James F. Tuman II.

He retired as president of Lanier Clothes, Oxford Industries, Atlanta. During his 32 years with Lanier, he served in several key positions. He was the company’s first expatriate employee in 1988, serving as general manager of operations in Merida, Mexico.

He became Lanier’s vice president of manufacturing in 1995. In 2006, he was selected as president of Lanier Clothes, where he served until his retirement in 2010. In all of these roles and through the many changes over the years, his keen business acumen, exceptional leadership and tireless dedication to the company and its employees and customers were constants.

Mr. Tuman was devoted to his wife, sons, family, friends and company. He was a compassionate man who lived to serve others and didn’t rest until he knew their needs were met. He was a servant leader throughout his life and career. He taught his sons and grandsons that one measure of a man is how he treats other people.

His care and compassion showed every day of his life. He enjoyed all the beauty life has to offer, from travel throughout the world and hiking the Appalachian Trail, to the music of Rod Stewart, sports and playing pranks with his grandchildren. He is missed and forever loved by many.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the time of a celebration of life service, Saturday, June 29, in Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn Ga., 770-964-4800.

There is a guest book at In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to any lung cancer research foundation.



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