Obituaries June 29

June 28, 2013

John Antosh

John “Rick” Antosh, 69, of Houston, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Ethel Marie Best

Canonsburg homemaker enjoyed farming, gardening

Ethel Marie Best, 82, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

She was born December 27, 1930, in Washington, a daughter of Clarence and Viola Plants Armstrong.

Mrs. Best was a homemaker and enjoyed farming, gardening, cooking, spending time with her family and her pets.

Surviving are a son, Robert Newton Best of Ellwood City; a sister, Betty Marie Plants of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Louis) Nunez, Joshua (Lesley) Best, Skylar Peffer, Tami Lynn (James) Palmer and Justin (Erin) Best; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, deceased is her husband, Alexander C. Best.

There will be no public visitation and services are private. Arrangements are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Please visit to view and leave condolences.

John Carlisle

Born in Washington

John “Mike” Carlisle, 70, of Lower Macungie Township, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his home.

He was the husband of Karen L. Fields Carlisle. They were married 48 years.

Born in Washington, he was a son of the late John J. and Marian Allender Carlisle.

He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

A steel sales representative for 25 years, he later worked for Daytimers Inc. for 10 years.

He was an avid Notre Dame Football fan and enjoyed fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Karen; daughters Amy, wife of Tom Alioto of Carlsbad, Calif., Melissa, wife of Jeff Borneman of Perkasie, and Megan, wife of Doug MacGeorge of Emmaus; grandchildren Courtney, Sydney, Haley, Jake, Tyler and Mason; a brother, Joseph of Washington; and a sister, Judy Walz of Washington.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., the time of a memorial service, Saturday, June 29, in Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Road, Breinigsville. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Darlene L. Dryer

Beloved wife, mother and sister

Darlene L. Dryer, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, 70, of Donora, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township.

She was born Saturday, March 13, 1943, in New Eagle, a daughter of the late Sigmond “Jiggs” Lenart and the late Irene and Edward Zukow.

Mrs. Dryer was retired from CC Dance Supply, where she was employed as a seamstress.

Her greatest joy in life was her family.

In addition to her parents, deceased are three brothers, Barry, Charles and James Lenart.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Theodore R. Dyer (Gruby) of Donora; five children, Michele (Richard) Massafra, Marlene Pitschman, Barbara Pitschman, Debra Pitschman and Donna Pitschman; two stepchildren, Theodore Dryer Jr. and Renee Dryer; older brother Donald Lenart; two sisters, Wanda Mutschler and Marlene (James) Elliott; three grandchildren, Nathan (Aimee) Massafra, Dena Massafra and Amanda Pitschman; five great-grandchildren, Logan, Dominic and Abigail Trill and Antonio and Lilliana Martin; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 1, in Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service Inc., 40 Second Street Extension, Donora, 724-379-6900. A funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Dr. George Sloan officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Wayne R. Guyaux

Wayne R. Guyaux, 45, of Sturgeon, died Friday, June 28, 2013.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Cecil.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Lois R. Kowcheck

Loved time with family

Lois R. Kowcheck, 77, of Avella, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in her daughter’s home.

She was born December 16, 1935, in South Woodbury Township, Bedford County, a daughter of the late Ellis Victor and Olive Arvilla Smith Replogle.

Mrs. Kowcheck was a 1953 graduate of Roaring Spring High School. She was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church of Avella, American Legion Post 643 Ladies Auxiliary, West Middletown Garden Club and Homemakers Club of Buffalo. Mrs. Kowcheck had lived in Avella since 1956.

She loved her cats and spending time with her family.

On May 21, 1955, in St. Michael Church of Newry, she married Thomas Joseph Kowcheck, who died November 12, 2010.

Surviving are a daughter, Lori (John) Roadman of Avella; a sister, Helen Kay (Louis) Nufher of East Freedom; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are two sisters, Wanda Winfield and Shirley Morrison; and an infant brother, Kirby Ellis Replogle.

There will be no public visitations. A memorial Mass will be held in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Avella, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice at 275 Meadowlands Boulevard, Washington, PA 15301. All arrangements are being handled by Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., Avella.

Edith Belle Longstreth

Edith Belle Longstreth, 90, of Granville, W.Va., formerly of Aleppo, died at 7:53 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, in Sundale Nursing Home, Morgantown, W.Va.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

James W. Wagner

U.S. Army veteran

James W. “WAGGS” Wagner, 59, of Chartiers Township, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in his home.

He was born August 27, 1953, in Wilkinsburg, a son of William H. and Mary P. Byrns Wagner.

Mr. Wagner was a 1972 graduate of Richland High School.

He worked for Mayview State Hospital and was a member of Local Union 2049 AFSCME. Mr. Wagner was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He loved fishing and enjoyed watching Pittsburgh sports teams.

On June 10, 1983, he married Virginia L. “Lucy” Lyons, who survives. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four brothers, Richard Wagner and David Wagner, both of Delaware, Steven Wagner (Joan) of West Virginia and Jerry Wagner of Arizona; a sister Debra Spiers (Thomas) of Kansas; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his loving dog, Maggie May.

Deceased is a sister, Jacquelyn O’Conner.

Family and friends will be received from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the time of service, Monday, July 1, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Julia Yacoviello

1921 – 2013

Julia Panella Yacoviello, 91, of Harmon Creek, Burgettstown, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday morning, June 28, 2013.

She was born August 8, 1921, in Perrillo, Italy, a daughter of the late Angelo and Catherine Impronto Panella, and immigrated to the United States in 1930, when she was eight years old.

Mrs. Yacoviello retired from Burgettstown Area School District, where she was a head baker and cook at the high school.

Her husband, Patsy Yacoviello, whom she married April 16, 1941, died April 15, 2008.

She was an active member of Burgettstown Senior Citizens Center, where she and her husband delivered Meals on Wheels, and a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown, where she was a member of Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters associations. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

Surviving are four sons, Gerald P. Yacoviello and wife Scarlett of Burgettstown, Richard J. Yacoviello and wife Carla of Frankfort Springs, Michael A. Yacoviello and wife Paulette of Steubenville, Ohio, and John M. Yacoviello and wife Lisa of Weirton, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren, Scott Yacoviello and wife Julie, Richard Yacoviello II and wife Angela, Heather Shaffer and husband Darren, Robert Yacoviello and wife Sarah, Daniel Yacoviello and wife Judy, Jason, Jonathan, Joshua, Mario and Marc Yacoviello; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Panella Crisi of Aliquippa and Margaret Cassiadoro of Weirton; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two brothers, Nick and Armand Panella.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. George Moneck, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Burgettstown Senior Citizens Association, 200 Senior Way, Burgettstown, PA 15021; and/or Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021.



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