Obituaries July 10

July 9, 2013

David Kenneth Allison

Longtime Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels employee

David Kenneth Allison, 72, of Wellington, Colo., formerly of Waynesburg, died in his home Sunday, July 7, 2013, after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born and raised in McKeesport, a son of Harry and Lorraine Allison.

Mr. Allison married his first wife, Betty, in 1960 and together they had four children. She died in 1997. In 2000, he married his longtime friend, Susan, with whom he has shared the past 13 years.

He worked as a quality-control engineer for Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels Division for 36 years. His job had him working in Monroeville and Columbia, S.C. He enjoyed hunting whitetail deer every year with his best friend, Bill Dean. He and Susan moved to Wellington earlier this year because of his declining health.

Surviving are three children, David Allison Jr., Mark (Karen) Allison and Tawnia (Steve) Booth, all in Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a stepdaughter, Nicole (Monte) Medina of Wellington.

In addition to his first wife, Betty, deceased are a son, Matthew; a brother, Paul; and a sister, Linda Allison.

Per his request, no formal service will be held. Please visit to view the online obituary and add condolences, thoughts, memories or photos.

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

Robert Barr

WWII & Korean War veteran

Robert Barr, 87, of Marianna, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

He was born January 8, 1926, in Marianna, a son of the late Wray and Cecil Moore Barr.

Mr. Barr was a graduate of West Bethlehem High School.

He then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he proudly served in World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Barr was selected for pre-aviation cadet training, received an Air Medal with two bronze clusters, WWII Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, European-African Ribbon, three bronze star medals and Good Conduct Medal. He was an aerial gunner in B17s earning his air crew badge, was a senior weapon mechanic and earned the rank of staff sergeant.

Mr. Barr was a member of First Christian Church of Marianna, American Legion Post 744 of Marianna and Sportsman’s Club, he loved to fish, enjoyed country music, following the Pirates even when they lost and was considered a “Mr. Fix-It,” always fixing or building something, and overall a jack-of-all-trades.

On June 3, 1951, he married Rose Virginia Seidel, with whom he shared more than 62 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Rose Barr, are daughter Candace Rae Johnson; three grandchildren, Steve Matiyasic (Susan), Devon Allen Johnson and Jennifer Rose Johnson Schrom (Andrew); four great-granddaughters, Stephanie, Chelsea, Emersen and Drew; two sisters, Jean Ball and Mary Louise Lucatorto; brother Andrew “Jack” Barr; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are daughter Penny Allen Barr and son-in-law John Johnson.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 744 of Marianna.

Judith Lou Bosley


Judith Lou Bosley, 66, of Elm Grove, W.Va., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family Sunday, June 30, 2013. She joins her beloved brother, Eric M. Ripper, who passed away June 3, 2013.

She was born January 30, 1947, in Washington, a daughter of the late Harold J. Ripper and Ruth M Oldham Ripper.

Ms. Bosley graduated from Avella High School. She held a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from West Liberty State College and a Master’s of Arts in rehabilitation counseling from West Virginia University.

She retired from West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services after 20 year of service. As an onsite rehabilitation counselor at both Wheeling Park and John Marshall high schools, she became a tireless advocate or faithful friend to numerous students and faculty. She enjoyed her volunteer time at the ARC of Wheeling and resumed her work with special needs clients at Russell Nesbit Services Inc.

Predating her professional career, Ms. Bosley demonstrated a variety of occupational skills. She was variously employed as a dental assistant, a waitress (Figaretti’s), a printer’s assistant (Pierson & Pierson) and a staff member at West Virginia Northern Community College. Most recently she worked as a tailor and clerk at Suzanne’s Fashion & Bridal Shop.

She was recognized as an accomplished seamstress, designing and altering beautiful clothes for herself, family, friends and clientele.

Ms. Bosley enjoyed matting and framing works of art, cross-stitching, knitting and gardening.

Surviving is her lifelong partner, Douglas K. Hawkins. She also leaves her cockapoo, PJae Mae Barker, the third in the line of “Barkers” (Daisy Mae and Pansy June), highly familiar to Elm Grove residents for their long walks with Ms. Bosley.

Also surviving are siblings David R. Ripper of Everett, Wash., Kevin C. Ripper (Julie) of Washington and Kathryn J. Gerdish (Alan) of Elizabeth; six nephews and nieces, Jason and Jonathan Ripper, Erica Trabbold, Kelly Gerdish, Christie Mansberry and Tony Melenyzer; and several great-nephews and nieces.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m., the time of a memorial service, Saturday, July 13, in Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling, W.Va., 304-242-2311, with Mark A. Conklin officiating.

Ruth M. Brandtonies

Ruth M. Brandtonies, 92, of Vestaburg, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Ralph Sherman Carey Sr.

Ralph Sherman Carey Sr., 62, of Carmichaels, died July 9, 2013.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, in Yoskovich Funeral Home, Carmichaels.

Robert D. Conley

Owner, vice president of Controlled Climate Systems

Robert D. Conley, 52, of Peters Township, formerly of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

He was the beloved son of Dolores and the late John Conley; father of Chad; brother of Jay Conley, Jim (Nicole) Conley and Carrie (Jim) Benedetti; and uncle of Brady, Jillian, Alli, Jamie and Carley.

Mr. Conley was the owner and vice president of Controlled Climate Systems Inc.

He was a member of Rolling Hills Country Club and an avid golfer.

Mr. Conley will be deeply missed.

Friends are wellcome from from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer-Connell, 5120 West Library Avenue, Bethel Park, 412-835-7940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, in St. Valentine Church, Bethel Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please add or view tributes online at

Robert D. Cowell Sr.

Active supporter of the Greene County 4-H

Robert D. Cowell Sr., 77, of Waynesburg, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Respicenter West, Waynesburg, after a long battle with frontotemporal degeneration (Pick’s disease).

He was born September 28, 1935, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Donald B. and Kathryn F. Russell Cowell.

Mr. Cowell was a 1953 graduate of Waynesburg High School.

On April 28, 1956, he married C. Sue Wilson, who survives.

Mr. Cowell‘s career spanned 50 years. He was a self-employed building contractor and founder of Robert Cowell & Sons. He built several homes in the Waynesburg area, maintained several rental properties and purchased and developed Colonial Plan. He had also worked as a carpenter for Wayne Lumber Company, in bridge construction and at the Hatfield Ferry Power Station. He had previously worked for Kidle’s Cleaners, the Bischoff Creamery and as a dairy farmer.

He was a former member of First Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg, where he served as a board member, Sunday school teacher, missionary president, building committee member, song leader, choir member and speaker. He was currently a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg, where he was an elder, member of the mission commission and the building committee and sang in the choir.

Mr. Cowell was an active supporter of the Greene County 4-H Cattle Club and the FFA.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 57, years C. Sue Cowell, are five children, Debra Lynn Scott, Pamela Sue Homrock and Robert Dale Cowell Jr., all of Waynesburg, Christa Ann Matheou and husband John of Tampa, Fla., and Brandon Lee Cowell and wife Lindsay of Carnegie; nine grandchildren, Jason Garber (Gretchen), Katelyn Matheou, John Michael Matheou, Douglas R. Homrock, Ashley Haas (Colin), Andrew, Dustin, Dylan and Devon Cowell; two great-grandchildren, Bella and Maddox Haas; sister JoAnn Throckmorton of Waynesburg; five brothers, Charles Cowell of Bay Village, Ohio, Donald Cowell of Waynesburg, Gary Cowell of Kernersville, N.C., Ronald Cowell of Port Orange, Fla., and Keith Cowell of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, James A. and Russell Cowell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, in First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg, 169 West College St., Waynesburg, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at Condolences may be offered at

George Edward Crouse Jr.

George Edward Crouse Jr., 83, of Washington, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Southmont Presbyterian SeniorCare, following a lengthy illness.

Arrangement are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Shirley A. Dunfee

Enjoyed her grandkids and great-grandkids

Shirley A. Dunfee, 78, of Deerfield, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna, Ohio.

She was born June 7, 1935, in Burgettstown, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Steckler Hawkins.

Mrs. Dunfee had lived in Deerfield for the past 28 years and was formerly of Ravenna.

She retired from the Loving Care in Lake Milton, Ohio, and after retirement she enjoyed her grandkids and great-grandkids.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband William Dunfee Sr.; grandchildren Donnie Krebs, Eric Dunfee and stepfather Darrell White.

Surviving are her children, Cheryl (Fred) Hayes of Ravenna, William (Lynda) Dunfee Jr. of Diamond, Ohio, Dan (Judy) Dunfee of Aubrey, Texas, Jeff (Dinah) Dunfee of Mantua, Ohio, Gary (Joan) Dunfee of Rootstown, Ohio, and Darrel (Kelly) Dunfee of Deerfield; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Doris Giacometti; and brothers Charles “Buddy” Hawkins and John White.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, with Pastor Jason Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Palmyra West Cemetery, Ohio. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Lavon Holder Jr.

Enjoyed hunting, woodworking

Lavon “Cliff” Holder Jr., 70, of Magnet Cove, Ark., was surrounded by his loving family as he entered into God’s kingdom Monday, July 8, 2013, in Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs, Ark.

He was born May 17, 1943, in Marked Tree, Ark., a son of the late Lavon Clifton Sr. and Cloma Mackea Simon.

Mr. Holder enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

He was a member of Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, whom he married April 5, 1973, Janice Johnson Holder; sons Barry Holder (Kathy) of Arkadelphia, Jason Fulton (Susan) of Washington and Robert Fulton (Patty) of Magnet Cove; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers Dennis Holder and Grady Holder; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Regency Funeral Home in Malvern, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, with Brother Todd Bray officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the doctors and nurses of Malvern Dialysis and Mercy Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center. Memorials can be made to Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 2382 Reyburn Road, Malvern, AR 72104. Arrangements by Regency Funeral Home. A guest book is available online at

Bonnie L. Lynn


Bonnie L. Lynn, 60, of Brownsville, Centerville Boro, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born October 3, 1952, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Howard and Emma Gontko Baringer.

Mrs. Lynn was a 1970 graduate of Beth Center High School.

On April 19, 1980, she married Larry Lynn, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are son Jeremy Lynn (Emily) of Millvale; two stepsons, David Lynn (Chrissy) of Charlotte, N.C., and Greg Lynn (Julia) of Plantation, Fla.; six grandchildren, Brendan, Dakota, Colin, Xavier, Alexis and Olivia Lynn; brother Joseph Baringer of Fredericktown; and several nieces and nephews.

All funeral 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

David Rizzo Sr.

A memorial service for David Rizzo Sr., who died June 19, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, in Our Lady of Victories Parish, 42 Main Street, Sayreville, N.J. Burial will follow in New Calvary Cemetery, Sayreville.

Jennifer Thorne

Jennifer Thorne, 39, of Fairview, W.Va., died unexpectedly in her home Monday, July 8, 2013.

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.



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