Obituaries July 1

June 30, 2013

Charles Francis Brown

Charles Francis Brown, 76, of Holbrook, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 30, 2013, in his home.

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

Ann P. Cowden

Social worker graduated from Trinity

Ann P. Cowden, 61, of Elyria, Ohio, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake, Ohio.

She was born September 9, 1951, in Washington, a daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Cunningham Cowden.

Ms. Cowden graduated from Trinity High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum University and a master’s degree from Ohio State University.

She had worked as a social worker for St. Joseph and Mercy hospitals.

Surviving are a brother, Robert M. “Don” (Darla) Cowden of Hickory; a niece, Danielle Cowden of New York; and two nephews, Drew and Dillion Cowden of Hickory.

Deceased is a sister, Beth Tustin.

Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342.

John W. Fryer

Retired truck driver, supervisor

John W. “Fritzi” Fryer, 81, of Enon Valley, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 18, 1931, in Cross Creek, a son of the late William F. and Margaret Melvin Fryer.

Mr. Fryer was a truck driver for 25 years, having worked for Dutch Blum Trucking in Darlington and worked for Koppers Co. for 25 years, retiring as a supervisor.

His interests included working on cars, mowing the grass and reading.

Mr. Fryer was an active member of LIFE Lawrence County.

Surviving are five children, two daughters-in-law and two sons-in-law, Chess Fryer of Beaver Falls, Gary Fryer and wife Lisa of Enon Valley, daughter-in-law Sue Cupp Fryer of Columbiana, Ohio, Melanie Stanyard and husband Terry of Enon Valley, Barbara Rowe and husband Bert of Darlington and Susan Fryer of Enon Valley; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and another on the way; a sister and brother-in-law, Bertie Lou and Owen Long of Broad Top; a dear friend whom he considered a daughter, Sue Fadse of Follansbee, W.Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

LIFE Lawrence County and Jameson Hospice had cared for him.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Shirley “Popcorn” Caldwell Fryer, and a son, Randy Fryer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Campbell’s Chippewa Funeral Home, 2618 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, with the Rev. Dave Sutton of Bible Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Duane Herron of Enon Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Little Beaver Cemetery, Enon Valley.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LIFE Lawrence County, 2911 West State Street, New Castle, PA 16101.

Loretta Marie Kessler Hunsinger

Devoted to family and avid sports fan

Loretta Marie Kessler Hunsinger, 96, of Oakdale, North Fayette Township, passed away peacefully Friday, June 28, 2013, in Washington Commons, Bridgeville.

She was born March 4, 1917, in Sturgeon, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Fernanda Bouchon Kessler.

Mrs. Hunsinger was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Hunsinger for more than 60 years; loving mother of Robert M. (Carol) Hunsinger; cherished grandmother of Kara (Brian) Herbinko, Kristen (Kurt) Miller and Ryan (Seena) Hunsinger; dear great-grandmother of Bradley and Brook Hunsinger and Carson and Ginna Miller; and a sister of Melvin (Marje) Kessler. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her brothers, Norbert, Marcel and James Kessler; and a sister, Elizabeth Young.

She was known for her devotion to her family, as an avid fan of the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates, and for her cooking and pie making. She leaves a legacy of love.

Mrs. Hunsinger was a member of Oakdale United Presbyterian Church.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, 724-693-2800, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, with the Rev. Mark Simonds officiating. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Rock Family and Youth Center, 150 West State Street, Oakdale, PA 15071. Please sign a guest book at

Helen Martha Kinkopf

Retired nurse enjoyed helping others

Helen Martha Kinkopf passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013.

She lived a good life of 87 years. She resided with her husband, Charles, and daughter Claudia and son-in-law Joe in Benton, Ill. She was previously a longtime resident of Claysville.

Mrs. Kinkopf was born in East Pittsburgh October 15, 1925, a daughter of Paul and Clara Dzamba Wanczak.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alex, Andrew and Mike Wanczak, and a sister, Mildred Graham.

Mrs. Kinkopf was a retired nurse. She enjoyed helping others and was involved with many charitable organizations. She spent much of her time with family and friends. She documented all family events through meticulous photography. She adored gardening, painting and masterfully playing Scrabble.

She married Charles Kinkopf June 26, 1948, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage to him, which they celebrated June 26, 2013.

Mrs. Kinkopf was a loving and devoted mother.

Surviving are her husband, Charles, and three children, Susan Kinkopf Smith (David), Claudia Kinkopf Rizor (Joseph) and Charles “Timothy” Kinkopf.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Scott Rizor (Susan), Joshua Bird (Jennifer), David Smith Jr., Michele Pinto, Robb Rizor, James Smith (Tammy), Justin Bird (Tina), Clover Kinkopf and Tim Kinkopf; and 17 great-grandchildren, Jeremy Smith, Reagan Hall, Alexandrea Johnson, Kassidy Rizor, Kenzie Rizor, Grace Pinto, Wyatt Johnson, Felicity Bird, Jack Hall, Ella Pinto, Hayley Rizor, Jessica Smith, Preston Bird, Marcella Williams, Virginia Smith, Mason Williams and Jimmy Tunstall.

Deceased are her youngest daughter, Martha Kinkopf Blair, and a great-grandson, Marquinn Williams.

Hospice of Southern Illinois and Michelle Williams cared for her.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benton, with Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Benton is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign a memorial guest register, visit

Since Mrs. Kinkopf was a devoted animal lover, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Franklin County Humane Society in Illinois or Washington Area Humane Society. Condolences can be sent by email to the family at

Edith B. Longstreth

Retired nurse was Aleppo H.S. graduate

Edith B. Longstreth, 90, of Granville, W.Va., formerly of Aleppo, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in Sundale Nursing Home, Morgantown, W.Va., after being in failing health for the past two years.

She was born July 29, 1922, in Aleppo, a daughter of the late James Garfield and Lutie Myrtle McCracken Jones and had resided in Granville since 1961.

Mrs. Longstreth was a member of Aleppo Brethren Church.

She enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles, playing bingo and watching television game shows as long as her health permitted.

Mrs. Longstreth was a graduate of the former Aleppo High School and earned her licensed practical nurse certification from Monongalia County (W.Va.) Vo-Tech.

She was employed as an LPN by West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown for about 18 years, prior to retiring in 1985.

On June 19, 1940, she married Paul Edward Longstreth, who died February 19, 1967.

Surviving are a daughter, Martha Jane Longstreth, with whom she shared a home in Granville; two sons, Edward L., husband of Mary Longstreth of Morgantown, and Ted L., husband of Letha Longstreth of Waynesburg; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a sister, Helen Simms; and six brothers, Harry, Howard, Clyde, Charles, Robert and Carl Jones.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. All arrangements will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Alice V. Lutes

Wonderful cook enjoyed shopping

Alice V. Lutes, 98, of Monroeville, formerly of Mather, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, in ManorCare of Monroeville.

She was born May 27, 1915, a daughter of the late George and Mary Miller McKinney.

Mrs. Lutes graduated from Jefferson High School.

On May 12, 1934, she married John M. Belford, who died December 23, 1957. On October 17, 1963, she married John H. Lutes, who died October 6, 2001.

She held various jobs in the area.

Mrs. Lutes was a member of Mather Christian Church and had attended First Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg and Verona Presbyterian Church.

She enjoyed shopping and was a wonderful cook.

Surviving are a daughter, Marilee B. Sabo (Jerry) of Pittsburgh; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, Charlotte and Ruth Filby.

Deceased are two sons, Jack Belford and Randy Belford; a brother, Mendell McKinney; two sisters, Arlene King and Joan Vavrek; and two stepsons, Robert and James Lutes.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, with the Rev. John M. Poling officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Condolences may be offered at

Daniel M. Premro

Canonsburg resident enjoyed gardening

Daniel M. Premro, 54, of Canonsburg, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born October 22, 1958, in Washington, a son of Helen Vehar Premro, with whom he made his home, and John Matthew Premro, who died December 7, 1984.

Mr. Premro lived in Canonsburg his entire life.

He enjoyed gardening and had been employed at A&S Landscaping and Sherwood Nursery. He leaves behind his dog, Bubba.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a brother, J. Michael Premro (Paula Polochak) of Canonsburg; four sisters, Michele (Kenneth) Kosem and Pamela (Randy) Ashley, both of Canonsburg, Tracey (Tim) France of Eighty Four and Donna (James) Strennen of Canonsburg; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3. Private interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Vicki Lynn Smith

Eighty Four resident enjoyed cooking, baking, camping

Vicki Lynn Smith, 44, of Eighty Four, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Center for Compassionate Care, Pittsburgh.

She was born December 2, 1968, in McKeesport. She was a daughter of Linda Koteles Fisher and husband Jeffrey of Finleyville and Dale Smith of South Park.

Ms. Smith was a loving and generous person who enjoyed spending her time planting flowers, cooking, baking, camping and listening to music.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her special friend, Bill Russell, with whom she spent several years of her life; daughters Miranda Smith and Timothy Marmie and Renee Smith and Gary Fine, all of Finleyville; a sister, Tracy Stiefvater and husband Dave of Bethel Park; brothers Dale “Doug” Smith and Linda of Overbrook and Jeffrey Fisher of Finleyville; a special aunt, Joanie Ranft and husband John of Finleyville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, with the Rev. Matthew Azzolina officiating. Interment will follow in Mingo Cemetery, Finleyville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Ms. Smith’s memory be made to Frye Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at

Elsie Mary Stevenson

Former dietary worker enjoyed family, friends

Elsie Mary Stevenson, 87, of Midway, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in her home.

She was born March 11, 1926, in Presto, a daughter of the late Anton and Katherine Cadez Hafner.

Mrs. Stevenson worked as a dietary worker in the former Woodville State Hospital for 18 years before retiring in 1981.

Mrs. Stevenson was a member of Mariners Sunday school class, Center Presbyterian Church, Midway.

She enjoyed baking and spending time with family and friends.

On February 5, 1949, she married James D. Stevenson, who died July 3, 2001.

Surviving are two daughters, Terry Lynn (Ed) Boris of Avella and Sherry Lou Stevenson of Bulger; two sons, James D. Stevenson Jr. of Midway and Gary Lee Stevenson of McDonald; two grandchildren, William and Cheri Boris; and three great-grandchildren, Tylar Stroop and Vincent and Dominic Boris.

Deceased are five sisters, Margaret Kaucic, Rose Rolley, Katie Subic, Hilda Balak and Mildred Green; and a brother, Anthony Subic.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, with the Rev. Brian Kilbert, pastor of Center Presbyterian Church, Midway, officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. Memorials are suggested to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, or Burgettstown Meals on Wheels program. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at

Mary Elizabeth Kosovec Zahransky

Proudly worked in a wartime factory

Mary Elizabeth Kosovec Zahransky, 90, of State College, formerly of Burgettstown, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in State College.

She was born February 26, 1923, in Burgettstown, a daughter of John and Teresa Kosovec.

Mrs. Zahransky grew up during the Depression years and graduated from Union High School in 1939 at the age of 16. She studied English for a brief time at Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh, but did not finish her degree because of the difficulties of World War II. She proudly worked in a wartime factory in Wellsburg, W.Va., where she met her husband, Andrew “Whitey” Zahransky. They were married April 15, 1944. After the war, they settled in Burgettstown, where they became the proprietors of Burgettstown Pepsi-Cola Distributorship, which they owned until their retirement in 1973. In July 2007, they relocated to State College.

During her life, she worked a variety of jobs as a truck driver, factory worker, grocery store clerk, restaurant chef and homemaker. Her favorite work, though, was that of mother and later grandmother to her three granddaughters.

She enjoyed collecting coins, completing crossword puzzles, listening to and playing Croatian tamburitza music, reading current events, playing tennis and baking. A master seamstress, she sewed for her entire family and extended family, delighting them with clothes and costumes from her creative hands. Throughout her life, her quick wit and easy smile brought joy to all who knew her.

She was the dear mother of Lou Ann Shafer (Tim) of State College and devoted grandmother “Gaga” of Sarah, Elisabeth and Grace Shafer of State College.

Also surviving is a sister, Dorothy Vukotich of Bridgeville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Whitey Zahransky; sisters Louise Waltl, Ann Marsilio and Helen Savage; and a brother, John Kosovec Jr.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, July 2, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Jeremiah Montgomery officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Nittany Valley Children’s Choir, 1426 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801. For further information and condolences, please visit



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