Obituaries July 6

July 5, 2013

Sandra Darlene Amos

Lived life to the fullest

Sandra Darlene Amos, 62, of Washington, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born August 21, 1950, in Washington, a daughter of the late George William Amos and Helen Mae Whiteman.

Ms. Amos was a homemaker who lived life to the fullest and enjoyed time with her grandkids.

Surviving are three sons, David Lucy Jr., Harry David and Brandon (Kellie) Lucy, all of Washington; three daughters, Rhonda, Pamela and Bobbie David, all of Washington; a brother, William James (Frankie) Amos of Washington; three sisters, Mildred (Jim) Amos of Washington and Linda (Kevin) Meritt and Donna Dropko, both of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, July 6, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Donnell House, in care of Washington Health System Hospice Care, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Elizabeth Piechnik Dutko

Elizabeth “Liz” Piechnik Dutko, 76, of Staunton, Va., formerly of Marianna and Scenery Hill, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Staunton.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Edgar A. Garrison

Vietnam Era veteran

Edgar A. “Eddie” Garrison, 66, a disabled Vietnam Era veteran of Canonsburg, died Thursday, July 4, 2013.

For the past two years, he resided at H.J. Heinz Progressive Center in the Veterans Administration medical facility, Aspinwall.

Mr. Garrison was born January 7, 1947.

He was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged after having served one tour of duty.

Mr. Garrison was affectionately know as “Eddie” by all of his friends and was respected and loved by all who cared for him throughout the years.

Prayers of Commendation will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, followed by a full military ceremony, accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston.

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Janel M. Harvey

Nursing aide enjoyed the Steelers and wrestling

Janel M. “Ginger” Harvey, 63, of Prosperity, formerly of Washington, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born December 17, 1949, in Connellsville, a daughter of Deloris Hall.

Mrs. Harvey had worked at Strabane Woods of Washington as a certified nursing aide.

She liked the Steelers, wrestling, going to the beach and, most importantly, the time she spent with her family.

Surviving are three sons, John Duchi (Priscilla) of Washington, James Duchi (Angie) of Prosperity and Michael Jackson of Washington; 10 grandchildren, John Jr., Faith, Nicholas, Citana, James Jr. and Erica Duchi and Isaiah, Nate, Mike and Tarahja Jackson; three great-grandchildren; brother John Hall (Judy) of Toledo, Ohio; sister Mary Hall of Washington; best friend Vicki Chandler; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Kenneth A. Linton

Boilermakers Local 154 retiree was fire police officer

Kenneth A. Linton, 63, of Eighty Four, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born November 27, 1949, in Charleroi, a son of the late Arthur and Ada Thompson Linton.

Mr. Linton was a 1968 graduate of Bentworth High School.

In 2002, after 33 years of service, he retired from Boilermakers Local 154.

Mr. Linton was a member of Somerset Township Volunteer Fire Department and a fire police officer. He was also a member of Boilermakers Retirees Club.

He enjoyed bingo, fishing, hunting, cooking and riding his tractor.

Surviving are three children, Stacy Rush (Raymond) of Eighty Four, Shannon Knox (Teddy) of Bentleyville and Marshall Linton of Lewisville, Texas; five grandchildren, Makayla Linton-Rush, Arastasia Linton-Rush, Gavin Linton-Rush, Tanner Knox and Tyson Knox; sister Sharon Hamilton (Terry) of Niles, Ohio; three brothers, Richard Linton (Cyndi) of Beallsville, Wayne Linton of Yukon and James Linton (Jackie) of Youngstown, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

His wife, Elaine Motichak Linton, died March 13, 2001.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, is brother Arthur Linton Jr.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Linton family, in care of Greenlee Funeral Home. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Joseph Lee Piper

IBM, Wachovia Bank retiree born in Millsboro

Joseph Lee “Joe” Piper, 69, of Harrisburg, N.C., passed away Friday, July 5, 2013.

He was born January 20, 1944, in Millsboro, a son of the late Elmer Lee and Pearl Hager Piper. Also deceased is daughter Michele Lynn Stovall.

Mr. Piper graduated from Bethlehem-Center High School in Millsboro and then proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967.

After his military service, he attended Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

He retired from IBM and Wachovia Bank in Charlotte, N.C.

Mr. Piper was a member of Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church and American Legion Post and Auxiliary 523 in Harrisburg.

His hobbies included fishing, gardening, woodworking, cars, reading and watching Westerns. He lived an unselfish life and always put others before himself. He loved his family and will truly be missed by those who loved him.

Surviving are his loving wife of 26 years, Sharon Zuver Piper; son John Lynn Jr. and wife Amy of Statesville, N.C.; his loving and precious granddaughter, McKenna Renee Stovall; brother James Piper and wife Sara of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Wilkinson Funeral Home, 100 Branchview Drive NE, P.O. Box 344, Concord, N.C. A funeral will be held at noon Monday, July 8, in Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, Concord, with the Rev. Bob Pallison and the Rev. John Muse officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027, Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081, American Legion Post and Auxiliary 523, 6200 Roberta Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075 or to United Service Organizations at USO of NC, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Center, 5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway, P.O. Box 21, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Condolences may be sent to Wilkinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eugene Joseph Rafter

Machinist enjoyed guns, shooting and music

Eugene Joseph Rafter, 65, of Washington, died Friday, July 5, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, following a nine-month battle with cancer.

He was born June 26, 1948, in Butler, a son of the late John Rafter and Eleanor Bowser Rafter Jeffers.

Mr. Rafter was employed as a machinist at DACO Machine and Greenetech Machine for almost 30 years.

He was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church, Washington.

Mr. Rafter was a member of Canonsburg Sportsman Association. He enjoyed guns, shooting and music.

On December 16, 1967, he married Sharon Burk, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Eugene (Denise) Rafter II of Claysville; two daughters, Stacie Lee (Brian) of Burgettstown and Karin King of Raleigh, N.C.; four grandchildren, Jesse Dague, Shannen Dague, Jacob Noble and Amanda King; and a great-grandchild, Zeno Eugene Mack Abbas.

Deceased is a brother, John Curtis Rafter.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Leukemia Foundation, River Walk Corporate Centre, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Dottie Lynn Miller Rhome

Wonderful wife, mother and sister

Dottie Lynn Miller Rhome, 39, of Charleroi, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in her home.

She was born March 13, 1974, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late David Barton and Bertha Jane Miller.

Surviving are her husband, Claude Daniel Rhome; three children, Fford, Denzel and Jimmy Rhome; three sisters, her twin Dorothy Miller Laster of Bentleyville, Deena Tarr (Robert) of Brownsville and Kathy Marton (Chris) of Bentleyville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A son, Claude David Rhome, is deceased.

Mrs. Rhome was a wonderful wife, mother and sister. She loved to cook and enjoyed needlepoint.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, funeral director/supervisor/owner. A service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lesako Funeral Home. View an obituary at

Margaret Elizabeth Saxon Selestow

Enjoyed baking, cooking and traveling to Florida

Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Saxon Selestow, 85, of Fredericktown, Centerville Borough, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburgh.

She was born March 22, 1928, in Richeyville, a daughter of the late John and Margaret Bartowick Basey Saxon.

A homemaker, Mrs. Selestow enjoyed baking, cooking and traveling to Florida.

She was Catholic.

On June 28, 1947, she married Paul Selestow, who died November 7, 1991.

Surviving are three children, Paul D. Selestow (Terry Lee) of Daisytown, Renee Mayer and Gary R. Selestow (Nancy), both of Fredericktown; four grandchildren, Valerie Selestow, Marcella Criswell (Joshua), Kathryn Selestow and Garett Selestow (Beth); great-grandson Grayson Selestow; two sisters, Helen Sakach of Twinsburg, Ohio, and Jeanette Martin (Joseph) of Clermont, Fla.; two brothers, Tom Bartowick (Hessy) of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, and Pete Bartowick (Roseann) of Punta Gorda, Fla.; sister-in-law Albina Saxon of Brownsville; brother-in-law Anthony Selestow Sr. (Lil) of Milwaukee, Wis.; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend Julia Relovski of Ohio.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, is a devoted brother, John Saxon Sr., and brother-in-law Joe Sakach.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

William R. Smoke

William R. Smoke, 96, of Canonsburg, died Friday, July 5, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Terrell B. Tyler

1944 – 2013

Terrell B. Tyler, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, friend, family man, motivator and comedian, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Orange Park (Fla.) Medical Center. As a cancer survivor, fighter, protector, champion, light, lover and romantic, he shared his wisdom, compassion and humor with family, friends and strangers.

Born November 15, 1944, in Washington, he was a son of Betty J. Brown and the late Albert Tyler.

He graduated from Trinity High School and then served honorably in the U.S. Army for three years.

Mr. Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville (Fla.) University.

He worked for Brockway Glass (Owens-Illinois) and moved from Brockway to Jacksonville in 1985.

In 2004, Mr. Tyler retired from JEA, where he held the positions of corporate buyer, manager of procurement services, manager of auditing services, computer projects manager and website developer.

He served his professional and local community through membership in numerous organizations including Purchasing Management Association of Florida First Coast, United Way of Northeast Florida, Kiwanis Club of Arlington, Jacksonville, and St. Luke Catholic Church in Middleburg, Fla.

Mr. Tyler was an avid golfer who enjoyed the sports of bowling, softball and weight lifting. His hobbies also included computer technology.

Surviving are his mother, Betty Tyler; wife Christine Weilacher Tyler of Middleburg; four sons, Derrick Carlo, Akeli Tyler and Iniko Tyler of Phoenix, Ariz., and Patrick Morgan-Tyler of Jacksonville; daughter Melissa Morgan of Riverside, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas D. O’Neil officiating. A late afternoon interment will be held Tuesday in St. Catherine of Sienna Cemetery, DuBois. To send a condolence, please visit Memorial contributions may be made at or call daughter Melissa at 562-773-4619 for mailing address. Condolences may also be expressed at

Samuel V. Vignoli

WWII veteran was passionate about family

Samuel V. Vignoli, 87, of New Eagle, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 4, 2013.

He was born January 28, 1926, in Van Voorhis, a son of Guy and Carmella Mariana Vignoli.

Mr. Vignoli was formerly employed at Farnham and Pfile in Belle Vernon and Irey Industries in Monongahela. He was retired from VWS Inc. in New Eagle.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during World War II.

Mr. Vignoli enjoyed working. He rebuilt Mack trucks and liked to work on heavy equipment.

He was a man who knew something about everything. He and his wife, Violet, looked forward to driving to Florida to visit their daughter. He also enjoyed trips to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Mr. Vignoli was Catholic.

His passion was his family. All of his grandchildren adored him and loved to be around his trucks. Pap Noli was their hero.

Surviving are his wife, Violet Hayes Vignoli, with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage October 9, 2012; three daughters, Sandra Jimirro and husband James of New Eagle, Donna McGrew and Bob Poroda of Fallowfield Township and Debbie Vignoli and Gardner Jenkins of St. Petersburg, Fla.; son Sam Vignoli and wife Kathy of New Eagle; four grandchildren, Gus McGrew, Laurie Wehner, Jimmy Jimirro and Tiffany Pattison; 12 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Brittany, Eli, Jared, Jonathan, Nicholas, Drake, Emma, Corey, Skyler, Braden and Cade; great-great-grandson Layne; brother Justine Vignoli and wife Cici of New Eagle; sister Lena Ballein of New Eagle; brother-in-law John Hayes and wife Kay of River Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, deceased are four sisters, Rose Fidanzato, Mary Merolillo, Louise Frankowic and Angeline Rose, and two brothers, Philip and Patsy Vignoli.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, with Deacon Alexander Poroda officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to East Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company Dive Team, P.O. Box 445, Fredericktown, PA 15333. Condolences may be made to the family at



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