Obituaries July 7

July 6, 2013

C. Hayden Buckley

Former football coach served in U.S. Army

C. Hayden Buckley, 83, died June 29, 2013, in Martin Memorial Medical Center, Stuart, Fla.

He was born in Berlin Heights, Ohio, and lived in Stuart since 1996.

Mr. Buckley was a 1952 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the sports hall of fame. He played baseball and football. He received his master of arts degree from Kent State University.

Mr. Buckley spent the next two years serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla., during the Korean War.

He began his coaching career in East Liverpool and Martins Ferry, Ohio, coaching football and baseball.

In 1960, he joined the college ranks and coached at George Washington University, University of Virginia and West Virginia University. Later, he became the athletic director and head football coach at Waynesburg University for 10 years.

Since moving to Florida, he worked at Florida Club Golf Course.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Davis; two sisters, Karen Althaus and Lesley Ludlam; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, in Stuart Congregational Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Give a Smile to a Child Foundation, P.O. Box 32021, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420, or Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 Leighton Farms Road, Palm City, FL 34990.

Crosson services

Services for George Ronald Crosson, who died June 14, 2013, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in Sollon Funeral Home, Canonsburg.

Elizabeth Piechnik Dutko

Washington Hospital retiree enjoyed cooking

Elizabeth “Liz” Piechnik Dutko, 76, of Staunton, Va., formerly of Marianna and Scenery Hill, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 3, 2013, with her loving family by her bedside.

She was born September 25, 1936, in Washington, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Ann Sensky Piechnik.

Mrs. Dutko retired from the housekeeping department of Washington Hospital, after 10 years of service.

She was a member of Sts. Mary and Ann Roman Catholic Church of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, prior to moving to Scenery Hill, where she became a member of Ave Maria Parish in Bentleyville.

Full of life, she enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, camping and sitting on the deck with her daughter. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she considered “the light of her life.”

On June 11, 1955, she married Alex “Rip” Dutko, who died January 12, 1975.

Surviving are a daughter, Tina Jenkins (Thomas) of Staunton, Va., with whom she made her home; three grandchildren, Danielle Jenkins, Brandon Jenkins and Amber Jenkins (Josh), all of Virginia; two great-grandchildren, Mason Earlywine and Skyler Shifflett; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three sisters, Frances Christy, Andrea Chapman and Patricia Williams, all who died in 2012.

Mrs. Dutko was the last of her immediate family.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Ave Maria Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Augusta Health, Hospice of the Shenandoah, Dr. Stephanie Pitsilos and Staunton Medical Associated expressed loving care for her. Coffman Funeral Services of Virginia and Greenlee Funeral Home of Beallsville handled arrangements.

Frank J. Farkas

August 6, 1924 – July 6, 2013

Frank J. Farkas went home with his Lord and to join his wife, Mary Ellen, Saturday, July 6, 2013. He passed very peacefully from heart and lung disease in his daughter’s loving home with family by his side.

He was born August 6, 1924, a son of Frank and Elizabeth Vince Farkas.

Mr. Farkas was an avid fishermen and hunter. He was a true essence of a father, a real family man and a good, loving person.

He was very proud to serve in the Merchant Marines in the Pacific during World War II.

For more than 40 years, he worked as a master mason in the steel mills of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He retired as a bricklayer foreman at Washington Steel Plant, Melt Shop, of Houston. He always enjoyed working with other workers and friends. He was proud of his technological ideas that improved output in his division, saving the company money. He was blessed with the skills of cutting brick by tool in hand.

Mr. Farkas was a generous man, who built many brick homes near his, for family and friends, usually for little or no compensation. He designed a fake stone design for the facing of his own home. He was so very proud of it. He told his family that God talked to him, and he did it. Then, he taught his oldest son, Gabe, this gift.

As a young father, he spent most weekends with his wife, six kids and friends, camping and fishing along the Allegheny River and at Pymatuming Lake in Linesville. His fishing saved his life, and he relayed to all about how the doctor told him that his pursuit of this fish saved his life at a time when he was having a stroke. He caught the biggest trout he had ever seen.

In June 1946, he married Mary Ellen Cvitkovic, the love of his life, who died in 1986.

Surviving are six children, Gabe Farkas of Texas, Deborah Farkas-Bass (Gerald Stephen) of Florida, Amy Lee Farkas (Barbara Callihan) of Virginia, Georgianna Farkas, Russell F. Farkas (Von Harmon) and Frankie Farkas (Kimmie), all of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Donna Farkas-Hayes and children Gregory and Scot Hayes, Robert, Vern and Penny Griffith, Jaime Kelly-Beamon (Joe) and children Maryeva “Meme” and Olivia, Jay Kelly (Marsha Rhudd) and children Cheyanne, JJ and Jeannine “Julz” Kelly, Russal Miniotas (Ray) and children Graig, Billy, Blayze, Bailey, Bryce, Mark Farkas, Christopher Farkas, Shawn Farkas (Tiffany) and children Chad, Dillion and Karissa, Russell “Buddy” Farkas Jr. and son Aeron; a sister, Elizabeth “Liz” Monaci; daughter-in-law Jeannie Purvis, mother of Donna; extended family Gayle (Alexis), Gerri, Darlene and Donna Rea; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are siblings Mary Marich, Evie Zebich, Ralph Farkas and Gabriel Farkas, who died during World War II.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. A celebration of his life will be celebrated at Community Friendship Church, where white V-neck T-shirt attire is requested. His request was “Take a child and go fishing. Have fun and enjoy life … I did!”

Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Barbara Lee Miller

Member of First Church of the Nazarene

Barbara Lee Miller, 80, of Washington, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Hawthorne Woods Assisted Living, South Strabane Township.

She was born August 3, 1932, in Washington, a daughter of the late Darcy and Romaine Jeffries Davis.

A graduate of Washington High School, she was a member of First Church of the Nazarene for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.

On June 17, 1950, she married Edward B. Miller, who died August 25, 2003.

Surviving are three sons, Edward B. (Julie) Miller Jr., Ronald W. Miller and Lawrence H. (Eleanor Sue) Miller, all of Washington; two sisters, Patricia Hamm and Beverly Must; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a son, John L. Miller.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Rafter survivors

Additional information was received for the obituary of Eugene Joseph Rafter, published Saturday.

Surviving are two daughters, Stacie Lee (Brian) Noble of Burgettstown and Karina King of Raleigh, N.C.

William R. Smoke

Lifelong Canonsburg resident

William R. Smoke, 96, of Canonsburg, died Friday, July 5, 2013, in Consulate Health Care, North Strabane Township.

He was born June 19, 1917, in Canonsburg, a son of Joseph and Josephine Mancini Smoke.

Prior to his retirement, he worked as an auditor for Alcoa Corp.

Mr. Smoke was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, where he was a member and past secretary of Canonsburg Sportsman’s Club.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Mandus Smoke of North Strabane; a son, Joseph Smoke and wife Susan of New York; three daughters, Dolores Brincko of Upper St. Clair, Debra Bruner and husband Kurt of Peters Township and Evonne Somsky and husband John of Canonsburg; a stepson, Clayton McCabe and wife Carol of Mechanicsburg; a brother, Mario Smoke of Canonsburg; four grandchildren, Terri, Tammy, Kimberly and Clayton; four stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, Patsy Smoke.

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

Leonoor Mastboom Zehner

Beloved wife, cherished mother

Leonoor Mastboom Zehner, 64, of McMurray, formerly of Churchill, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

She was born June 29, 1949, in Velp, the Netherlands, a daughter of the late Marie-Jose and Paul Mastboom.

Mrs. Zehner was the beloved wife of Lisle Zehner III; cherished mother of Isabel Mastboom Zehner; and loving sister of Harriet Mastboom (Henk Spaan), Peter Paul Mastboom (Marieke) and Marie-Jose Mastboom (Luuk Salomons), all of the Netherlands, and Joyce Mastboom (Peter Meiksins) of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She spent years traveling outside the Netherlands to the United States and to North Africa. Between destinations, she cruised across the Atlantic on the Holland America line, where she met her future husband of 42 years. After marrying in the Netherlands, she landed in Pittsburgh.

Once settled, she took the opportunity to enroll in the first class of Chatham University’s Gateway program. She graduated with honors in 1980 with a bachelor of arts in studio arts. Lori Hornell, her art adviser at Chatham, spoke highly of her talent, calling her “flamboyantly pragmatic.”

“That’s how I will always remember Leonoor,” Hornell said. “She could go from recklessly, vividly, impulsive to coolly disciplined. From well beyond cutting-edge fashion design to incisive marketing strategies for her retail stores. A painting I did of Leonoor 15 years ago, now hanging on my kitchen wall, captures Leonoor’s spirit with spangles, sequins and glitter. And what takes it to another level is the mischief you see in her eyes.”

Mrs. Zehner had a passion for her career as an artist. She was an active member and past president of the FiberArts Guild, and she sat on the board of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She was also a board member of the Society for Contemporary Craft. She was a longtime member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. She exhibited in many juried shows and received numerous awards for her fiber art.

Outside the art scene, she dedicated her time to her family and to organizations that supported the families of others. She served on the boards of Family Health Council, Family Adoption Center and the Jane Holmes Residence. Despite all of her successes as a well-known Pittsburgh artist, her greatest pride was being the mother of her daughter, Isabel.

Something about Mrs. Zehner made her successful in everything she did. Nancy Smith, a nationally renowned ceramist described it, saying, “Leonoor was daunting. Direct, intense, perhaps strident and, at the same time, capable of surprising intimacy. She was a woman full of enthusiasm, energy and joie de vivre; innocent in her wide-eyed enjoyment of the circus. At the same time, there was an Old World sense of the dark and gritty in life – something of the conspirator. The two gave her depth and complexity in her outlook and her contacts with everyone.”

In recent years, she switched gears and put her creativity to work in a new way when she started and grew a successful small business with her husband, Lisle. As freelance writer and public relations professional, Colleen McKay Dingo put it, “She combined the flair of an artist with keen business savvy. Her taste was exquisite – in everything. With her flowing blond hair, bright pink lipstick and whimsical fashions, she made an upbeat statement everyday.”

The family welcomes you to celebrate her life with a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, 412-361-1370, or Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at



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