Obituaries July 9
Published Jul 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm (Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm)
Robert L. Atkison Sr.
Army vet, longtime Peters Twp. councilman, volunteer
Robert L. Atkison Sr., 81, of McMurray, died suddenly Sunday, July 7, 2013.
He was born May 12, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Clarence Wills and Jennie Sarver Atkison.
Mr. Atkison was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in mechanical engineering and had a 40-year career in the industrial field in engineering, having served in many management positions.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Atkison was a 50-year resident of Peters Township and, at the time of his death, was the longest serving member on Peters Township Council, serving 22 of the last 24 years. As a councilman, he was most proud to have worked on major projects for the community throughout the years, including the expansion of Peterswood Park and Peters Lake Park, Montour Trail and the ambulance garage.
He had been volunteering for Peters Township Ambulance Service for more than 30 years and, at the time of his death, was the assistant director. He was a member of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club since 1963, having served three terms as its president and most recently serving on the board of directors.
He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Ann Wissinger Atkison; loving father of Robert L. (Tricia) Atkison Jr., Judith A. (Dennis) Brimmeier, Tracey A. (Mark) Smith and Amy A. (John) Hamilton; cherished grandfather of Kara and Jacob, Eric and Mark, Joshua and Benjamin and Zachary and Abigail; great-grandfather of Amaya Lynn Smith; and brother of Shirley (George) Foliart.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in his memory to Peters Township Ambulance Service, 300 Municipal Drive, McMurray, PA 15317. Pease add or view tributes at beinhauer.com.
Ilene Nicole Corpora
Ilene Nicole Corpora, 27, of Fredericktown, Deemston Borough, formerly of Palm Bay, Fla., beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and aunt, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, in a car accident. She was taken suddenly to be with the angels waiting to take her under their wings. One of those angels is her father.
She was born June 28, 1986, in North Miami, Fla., a daughter of Helene Shultz Hughes of Fredericktown and the late Dennis Corpora.
Ms. Corpora was a 2003 graduate of Bayside High School in Palm Bay.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her stepfather Bob Hughes of Fredericktown; maternal grandparents Ray and Shirley Shultz of Hollywood, Fla.; sister Christine Corpora; and two stepbrothers, Michael and Justin Hughes, all of Vestaburg; niece Johnnie Pirt of Vestaburg; and many cousins, aunts and uncles and several nieces and nephews.
All services are private and under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Kathleen Dungee, 53, of Washington, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in her home, following a lengthy illness.
She was born January 5, 1960, in Brownsville, a daughter of Clarence and Alberta Frazier Harris.
Mrs. Dungee was a graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School and Penn Commercial.
She had worked as an executive secretary to the vice president of Union Labor Life Insurance Co.
When she was younger, she played guitar in several bands.
On September 29, 1989, she married Eugene L. Dungee, who survives.
Also surviving are three children, Carlton A. Dungee and Chelse C. Dungee, both of Canonsburg, and Shayleen A. Dungee of Washington and two brothers, Thomas and Anthony Harris, both of Alexandria, Va.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, 724-745-2350. At the request of the family, all services will be private.
Arthur S. Ferrell Jr.
Arthur S. “Spunky” Ferrell Jr., 73, of Bridgeville, formerly of Washington, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in his home.
Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, July 13, in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Washington.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Dominick Fortunato, 77, of Canonsburg, died Monday, July 8, 2013, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation.
Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington.
Retired teacher taught at Penn Commercial, CCAC
Eloise “Ellie” Gregg, 66, of Washington, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013, following a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She was born December 25, 1946, in Washington, a daughter of the late William and Faye Lewis Mogentale.
Mrs. Gregg was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and went on to earn a master’s in business administration from Washington & Jefferson College and a bachelor of arts degree from Waynesburg College.
She taught computer and accounting for many years at Penn Commercial, then for Community College of Allegheny County, from where she retired in 2012.
Surviving are a son, Donevan (Jenny) Gregg and two grandchildren, Donte and Aeriahna Gregg, all of Washington.
Mrs. Gregg enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, watching “Star Trek” and movies and loved her cat.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation and all other services will be private. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com.
Memorial contributions may be directed to American Breast Cancer Foundation at www.abcf.org. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director
Gary G. Hayes
Gary G. Hayes, 74, of Mt. Morris, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, in his home.
He was born Sunday, May 21, 1939, in Fairmont, W.Va., a son of the late Gail Hayes and Mary Moore Hayes.
Mr. Hayes was Baptist.
He enjoyed bartering and trading. He had worked as a custodian for West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and later for Robena Mine as a security guard.
Surviving are his longtime companion of 30 years, Shirley Dailey.
Also surviving a daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Joseph) Campbell of Dilliner; two sons, Gary L. Hayes of Mt. Morris and Daniel G. Hayes of New Matamoras, Ohio; two foster daughters, Carol Sue Paccona of Waynesburg and Amanda Stoneking of Carmichaels; a foster son, Jason Morris of Crabapple; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson; eight sisters, Dinah Cumberledge of Brave, Patty Rogers of Carmichaels, Mary Hicks of Dry Tavern, Connie Zarilla of Morgantown, Debbie Triplett of Morgantown, Sandra Brown of Carmichaels, Lynn Jaggie of Mt. Morris and Esther Harwood of Carmichaels; two brothers, Harlan Hayes of Steubenville, Ohio, and Sam Hayes of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Mark Hayes and Ronald Lee Hayes, and a great-grandchild.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be annouced. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Claughton Cemetery, Whiteley Township. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.
Ann G. Kereki
Houston, Canonsburg resident, St. Patrick Church member
Ann G. Kereki, 87, of Canonsburg, formerly of Houston, passed away peacefully Monday, July 8, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born September 13, 1925, in Benld, Macoupin County, Ill., a daughter of the late John and Susan Malik Hlbocan.
For the past 10 years, Mrs. Kereki lived in Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Church. Prior to that, she had lived in Houston since 1946.
In addition to being a homemaker, she had been employed in clerical positions at both the Washington City Mission in Canonsburg and Canonsburg Public Library.
On August 2, 1941, she married Joseph J. Kereki, who died June 9, 1994.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Cypher (the late Harold) of North Strabane Township and Valarie (Tony) Gregor of Washington; two sons, Joseph A. (Marian) of Houston and David J. (Nadine) Kereki of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Suzanne Cypher, Harold J. (Annette) Cypher Jr., Jennifer (Eric) McClelland, Stephanie (Adam) Lloyd, Michele (Scott) Miller, Shawn (April) Kereki and Alyssa Kereki; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are her stepfather, Frank Chunderlik; a brother, John Hlbocan; a sister, Agnes Hoffman; and several stepbrothers.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hillman Cancer Center 5115 Center Avenue, #2 Pittsburgh, Shadyside, PA 15232, 412-692-4724, or a charity of the donors choice. To view or extend condolences please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Joseph W. Kosczuk
Member of Holy Family R.C. Church
Joseph W. Kosczuk, 58, of Latrobe, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.
He was born March 18, 1955, in Brownsville, a son of the late Joseph Kosczuk and Genevieve Casto Kosczuk.
Mr. Kosczuk was retired and had worked as a paramedic, licensed funeral director and as a registered nurse for Torrance State Hospital.
He was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Delmont Concert Band and co-owner of Duetrombe.
Mr. Kosczuk loved polkas, his 1967 Camaro and his parrot, Manny. He also enjoyed playing trumpet at his church.
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis A. Gasbarro Kosczuk; two children, Brian Kosczuk and wife Susan and Bethann Trickett and husband Jason; two grandchildren, Joseph Dominic Kosczuk and Nicholas Gross; and a brother, Charles Casto and wife Katherine.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Frederick Funeral Home Inc., 1543 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650. A Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Labrobe. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 1200 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650.
Dawn Michelle Loughman
Loved shopping, music
Dawn Michelle Loughman left this earth unexpectedly Friday, July 5, 2013, and landed softly into the comforting arms of God.
She was born March 21, 1971, in Washington County, a daughter of Kenneth E. Loughman and Janet Adams. She resided near Masontown with her mother and stepfather, James Caton Jr.
Ms. Loughman worked briefly at Mental Health Association in Fayette County and was a member of Oak House Drop in Center.
She loved shopping, music and reading. Her infectious smile brought joy to all who knew her.
Ms. Loughman will be met in heaven by several family members and friends and she will finally be at peace under the protective watchful eyes of her late Grandpap Adams.
She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home Inc., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown. The family suggests memories and condolences to be shared with the family at www.adferguson.com.
Daniel Lewis Sanders
Daniel Lewis Sanders, 44, of Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Washington, died Friday, July 5, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Robert A. Vihlidal
Air Force retiree was UMWA Local 2244, Legion member
Robert A. Vihlidal, 84, of Bentleyville, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.
He was born May 21, 1929, in Richeyville, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Durdines Vihlidal.
Mr. Vihlidal served with the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving from 1953 to 1972. His service included both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served as a flight line supervisor. He received many citations and decorations for his services. Some of those included the Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star, Vietnam Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
After his military service, he worked 26 years for Consol Mathies Mine. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 2244.
He was a member of Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705 in Centerville.
Mr. Vihlidal enjoyed fishing and coin collecting.
Surviving are two sisters, Elizabeth Palyas (Matthew) of Bentleyville and Priscilla Cook (Robert) of Deemston Borough; a brother, William Vihlidal (Mary Ann) of Bentleyville; and nine nieces and nephews, Beth Anne Ulens, Macie Palyas, Barbara Urcho, Bali Cook, Robert Vihlidal, Kayla Palyas, Matt Palyas, Cheryl Connley and Margie Becham.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Mary E. Lynch; a brother, John Vihlidal; and a nephew, Billy Vihlidal.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where a prayer service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, July 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by the American Legion Post 705 and United States Air Force. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Bonnie Ruth Sneddon Williams
Bonnie Ruth Sneddon Williams, 66, of South Fayette, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family Sunday, July 7, 2013.
She was the beloved wife of Don Williams for 46 years; loving mother of Donnie Williams (Kara), Jen Lenhart (Todd) and Jessica Williams; proud grandmother of Gabe, Alec and Kathryn Williams and Ty, Livy, Ellie and Halle Lenhart; sister of James Sneddon (Noreen); daughter of the late Ruth (Jordan) and E. James Sneddon; joyful aunt to nieces and nephews; cherished foster mother to precious children and special friend to many.
Mrs. Williams was born December 1, 1946, and grew up in Midway.
She graduated from Fort Cherry High School in 1964 and the Washington Hospital School of Nursing in 1967.
After marrying Don April 29, 1967, she was a nurse for many years before giving her undivided attention to her children as a homemaker.
She had a unique gift in loving people from the moment she met them. She touched the lives of many – her Providence Presbyterian Church family, Boxwood and Pinewood Drive neighbors and anyone she came in contact with. “You only need one Bonnie in your life!” said a friend recently. The love she showed toward many reflected the personal relationship she had with Jesus Christ and His love for her.
Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A service of worship celebrating Mrs. William’s life will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, in Providence Presbyterian Church, McKees Rocks. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery, Midway. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations to the Providence Presbyterian Church Building Fund. View and send condolences at www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Ann Williams
Retired McKeesport Hospital RN, active church member
Ruth Ann Williams, 56, of Eighty Four, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in McKeesport Hospital, after a battle with breast cancer.
She was born June 29, 1957, in Eighty Four, a daughter of the late Hazel Wessel Miller.
Mrs. Williams was a 1975 graduate of Ringgold High School and a 1977 graduate of the Washington School of Nursing.
She was employed as a registered nurse at McKeesport Hospital for 36 years.
Mrs. Williams was a very active member of Thomas Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four, where she was a deacon and a founding member of its Knit Wits Club.
Surviving are her husband, Guy Edward Williams, with whom she celebrated 35 years of marriage February 10, 2013; son Timothy Guy Williams of Eighty Four; daughter Julie Lynn Sommer and husband Matthew Choi of Brentwood; grandchildren Juin, Hanna, Zoe and Jack Sommer; two sisters, Martha McCubbin and husband Frank of Selma, Ohio, and Linda Misanik and husband James of New Eagle; two brothers, Russell Miller and wife Glenda and Harry Miller, all of Eighty Four; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her mother, are four sisters, Mary Burkle, Thelma Burnworth Lucas, Doris Cunningham and Bertha Boyd.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas Presbyterian Church Deacon Fund, 1068 Linden Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330 or McKeesport Hospital Foundation, 1500 Fifth Avenue, McKeesport, PA 15132.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
Mabel L. Yanosky
Homemaker enjoyed family, baking and cooking
Mabel L. Yanosky, 82, of Richeyville, formerly of Scenery Hill, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.
She was born November 24, 1930, in Centerville, a daughter of the late William and Grace Lash Ford.
A homemaker, she enjoyed her family, grandchildren and the outdoors. She also enjoyed picking berries, cooking and baking, especially making cabbage rolls and Easter breads.
Deceased is her husband, John Yanosky Sr., who died May 25, 1973.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara M. Ruffa (Thomas) of Washington and Anne Beall (James) of Marianna; a son, John Yanosky Jr. (Deborah) of Uniontown; two brothers, Bill Ford (Nancy) of Twinsburg, Ohio, and Lloyd Ford (Ellen) of Richeyville; two sisters, Violet “Dolly” Meyers of Richeyville and Anne DeLeonardo of Utica, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a daughter, Shirley Bice, and three sisters, Agnes Troyan, Grace McWilliams and Virginia Fowkes.
Arrangements are private and are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Steve J. Yucha
Retired coal miner served during WWII
Steve J. “Cateye” “Booze” Yucha, 85, of Spraggs, formerly of Mt. Morris, died at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, in his home.
He was born Monday, December 26, 1927, in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of the late Paul Yucha and Kathryn Krcha Yucha.
Mr. Yucha was Catholic.
He was a veteran, having served during World War II with the U.S. Army.
Mr. Yucha was a member of Mt. Morris Sportsmen’s Club and United Mine Workers Association Local 2122.
When his health permitted, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. Years ago, he enjoyed golf.
He worked for 44 3/4 years as a coal miner, retiring from Pursglove 15 coal mine in 1989.
On July 3, 1952, he married Ruth Logan, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Cathy (John) Steve of Waynesburg and Mary (Dennis) Greathouse of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Paul Yucha, at home, and John (Trina) Yucha of Morgantown; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the last of his immediate family.
Deceased are a son, Thomas J. Yucha, and two sisters, Helen Duranti and Mary “Meck” Fumich.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, with the Rev. Raymond Morris officiating. Burial will be in Fairview-Kiger Cemetery, Whiteley Township. Graveside military honors will be accorded by James Farrell American Legion 330 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793, both of Waynesburg, and representatives of the U.S. Army. Information is available at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.