Obituaries July 13

July 12, 2013

James Paul Amos

Services for James Paul Amos, who died June 11, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, in Community of Joy Lutheran Church, 841 Saratago Drive, Rio Rancho, N.M.

David Lee Bissett Sr.

Formerly of Richeyville

David Lee Bissett Sr., 58, of Bolivar, Tenn., formerly of Richeyville, and husband of Shelia Lynn Smith Bissett, departed this life Wednesday morning, July 10, 2013, in Veterans Administration Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn.

He was born October 26, 1954, in Waynesburg, a son of Hubert D. Bissett of Waynesburg and the late Mary Louise Tennant Bissett.

Mr. Bissett grew up in Richeyville and was a 1973 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School. Since then, he resided in the Memphis area and the last 11 years in the Bolivar community.

He was married July 20, 1983, to the former Shelia Lynn Smith, who survives.

Mr. Bissett served his country in the U.S. Navy, in earlier years, and was employed as a long-distance truck operator for TLC Express for 31 years before his recent retirement.

He was Christian and enjoyed fishing and watching sports.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 30 years and his father, are a daughter, Heather Lynn Herman (Billy) of Saulsbury, Tenn.; three sons, Cody Pierce Bissett (Kayla) of Bolivar, David Lee Bissett Jr. (Jessica) of Medon, Tenn., and Jim Earnest(Courtney) of Jackson, Tenn.; a sister, Pam Swain (Mike) of Tyrone, Ga.; a brother, Bobby Bissett (Kim) of Perryopolis; and three grandchildren, Dalton Bissett, Rylee Earnest and Kalin Earnest.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Centennial Cemetery General Fund, Centennial Cemetery Fund, c/o 109 Hedge Road, Jefferson, PA 15344 or charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be left at

Allen L. Dulaney

Navy vet, Accurate Forging retiree played Santa

Allen L. “Smith” Dulaney, 86, of Brave, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in his home.

He was born July 4, 1927, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Furman Dulaney and Pansy Orndorff Dulaney.

Mr. Dulaney was retired from Accurate Forging Corp. in Brave, where he worked as an inspector packer.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Mr. Dulaney played Santa Claus for many years and greatly enjoyed going on his rounds in the area to provide Christmas joy to all of the children that he would visit.

He was a member of Spraggs United Methdoist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary E. DuBreuil Dulaney; three daughters and their spouses, Lou Moore of Brave, Becky and Richard Seaman of Brave and Ola Jean Dulaney of Moundsville, W.Va.; a sister, Margie Russell of Waynesburg; five grandchildren, Angie Haught, Michael Moore, Jamie Sharp, Casey McCord and Melissa Barr; 11 great-grandchildren; and an ex-son-in-law, Norman Barr.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Martha Scritchfield and a sister who died as an infant; a son who died as an infant, Charles William Dulaney; and a son-in-law, Donald Moore.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m Saturday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with Evangelist Steve Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in Blacksville Cemetery.

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Susanne S. Gosiliak

Member of St. Alphonsus R.C. Church

Susanne S. Gosiliak, 86, of McDonald, Robinson Township, died Friday, July 12, 2013, in TownView Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born October 13, 1926, in Washington, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Marish Semko.

Mrs. Gosiliak was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church and McDonald Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda J. Danley (Tom) of McDonald; grandchildren Christina Wasik, Steven (Kimberly) Wasik and Amanda (Mark) Kuglar, Mathew (Deanna) Danley and Stephine Danley; great-grandchildren Connor and Laine Kuglar; and sister Marge Lype of Pleasant Hills.

Deceased are her husband, Steve Gosiliak, in 2008; daughter Laine Wasik in 1988; and brothers and sisters Anna Bordo, Mike Semko, John Semko, Elizabeth Turk, Helen Champ and Mary Giovanucci.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 219 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.

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Kathleen H. Hess

Active St. Benedict the Abbot member was musician

Kathleen H. Hess, 89, of McMurray, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in her home.

She was born October 3, 1923, in Carnegie, a daughter of the late Andrew and Rose Seibel, formerly of Carnegie.

Mrs. Hess loved music and was a piano teacher. She enjoyed traveling with friends in her youth and later with her husband and family.

She was one of the founding members of St. Benedict the Abbot Parish and also played the organ and directed the choir for many years.

On June 3, 1961, she married Leo J. Hess, who died May 6, 1987.

Surviving are three children, Suzanne (Michael) Ravasio of Upper St. Clair, Lori (David) Lyle of McMurray and Martin (Natalie) Hess of McMurray; 15 grandchildren, Christopher, Jenna, Cara, and Nicholas Ravasio, Joseph, Maria, Anna, Ben, Andrew, Theresa, Angela, Elizabeth, John Paul and Clare Lyle and William Hess; three siblings, Bernadette Sentner, Ralph Seibel and Rose Wuenstel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four siblings, Charles Seibel, Dorothy Bauer, Mary Lou Wirth and Leo Seibel.

Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Beinhauer Funeral Homer, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, in St. Benedict the Abbot Parish, McMurray. Entombment will be held in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Benedict the Abbot Building Fund, 120 Abington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Please add or view tributes at

Lawrence B. Hillenbrand

Retired owner of Jerry’s Tire Service

Lawrence B. “Larry” Hillenbrand, 68, of Finleyville, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013.

He was born November 25, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Jerome and Dorothy Boyer Hillenbrand.

Mr. Hillenbrand was retired as owner of the former Jerry’s Tire Service in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

He attended Mingo Presbyterian Church in Finleyville and enjoyed painting, gardening and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Henk Hillenbrand; three daughters, Tracy Greenewald (Ryan) of Pittsburgh, April Frahlich (Jason) of Finleyville and Lori Eckenrode (Robert) of Elizabeth; and four grandchildren, Logan and Jacob Frahlich and Landon and Bailey Eckenrode.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. Services will be held at noon Monday, July 15, in Mingo Presbyterian Church, Finleyville, with Pastor Glen McClelland officiating. Everyone please meet at the church on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mingo Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund, 561 Mingo Church Road, Finleyville, PA 15332, or Adriane R. Aul Foundation, c/o Susan Aul, 1461 Greenbriar Court, South Park, PA 15129.

Georgia Lee Mace

Enjoyed spending time with family

Georgia Lee Mace, 65, of Houston, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Canonsburg Hospital.

She was born October 8, 1947, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Richard and Laura Mawhinney Gray.

Mrs. Mace was a Canon-McMillan High School and Penn Commercial graduate.

She had worked at Lang’s in Washington, and Bank of America and Family Dollar in Canonsburg.

Mrs. Mace enjoyed going to the casino, her dogs and spending time with her family.

On July 7, 1973, she married Blaine K. Mace, who died September 21, 1991.

Surviving are a sister, Katherine “Cassie” Drivas (Nick) of Burbank, Calif.; six nieces, Laurie Agostinelli (Philip), Terri Elliott (Joe), Tammy Gray (Curt), Toni McKinney (Richard), Tori Potock (Dave) and Rhonda McClary (Butch); four nephews, Richard Chuba (Carolyn), Christopher Chuba, Eddie Garrison (Vicky) and Blaine Garrison; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Garrison of Washington; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Edward L. and Norman J. Gray, and two sisters, Pauline Miller and Marjorie Chuba.

Private services 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

Erla Jean Phillips

Washington homemaker enjoyed country, gospel music

Erla Jean Phillips, 80, of Washington, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born January 28, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Sylvester T. King and Vera Llewellyn King.

Mrs. Phillips was a homemaker and enjoyed country and gospel music and was interested in crafts and dolls.

On August 12, 1951, she married Earl Duane Phillips, who died December 18, 1981.

Surviving are two sons, Earl Dale (Tracy) Phillips of Waynesburg and Charles Owen Phillips of Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; two daughters, Kathy Jean (Ed) Phillips Cox of Prosperity and Sharon Elizabeth (Greg) Rush of Waynesburg; two sisters, Elverna M. Ackley of Maryland and Lois E. Stollar of Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Angie Cox, Matt Cox, Tina M. Phillips, Jason D. Phillips, Teja L. Phillips, Cody D. Phillips, Sierra C. Phillips, Amy Jo Kennedy, Kelly Jean Toland, Christopher R. Burt and Erin E. Piatt; and 19 great-grandchildren, Chandler and Alexis Phillips, Coralynn, Alayna, Aaliyah and Brooklyn Phillips, Kyle Caldwell, Tyree and Tashina King, Britaney and Dalton Toland, Breanna, Nicholas, Nathan Seaman, Gauge and Mallory Piatt, Cassedy Bowman, Elaina Trumble and David Voytek.

Deceased are two brothers, Orville B. King and Theodore D. King.

There will be no public visitation. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in Washington Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

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Fred Harold Spencer III


Fred Harold Spencer III, 32, of Carmichaels, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 11, 2013.

He was born July 11, 1981, in Waynesburg, a son of Sandra P. Martin Spencer of Greensboro and Fred H. Spencer Jr. of Jefferson.

Mr. Spencer was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School and last worked as a welder for Allied Mechanical in Belle Vernon.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are five brothers, Michael Stewart of Greensboro, Gregory Stewart of Austin, Texas, Chad Spencer and wife Amanda of Waynesburg, and Brendan Spencer and Travis Spencer, both of Jefferson; three stepbrothers, Lawrence Plavi of Nemacolin, Benjamin Plavi of Jefferson and B.J. Plavi of Uniontown; his companion, Thelma Friday of Carmichaels; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome from 5 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, July 14, in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, with Pastor Charles H. Sowden officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit

Kathryn M. Stefka

Longtime member of the National Slovak Society

Kathryn M. Stefka, 89, formerly of Avella, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Washington, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 8, 1923, in Slovan, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Eva Bosanac Vujanich.

Mrs. Stefka was a graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown and a graduate of Grace Martin Business School.

She worked for several businesses in the Burgettstown area as a bookkeeper, including Penowa Coal Co. and American Zinc and Chemical Co.

Mrs. Stefka was a longtime member of the National Slovak Society, where her late husband served as the national president.

She enjoyed bowling and was an avid supporter of all Pittsburgh sports teams. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband and once attended a reception at the White House for Pope John Paul II. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters, who were the loves of her life.

On July 1, 1951, she married Joseph Stefka, who died November 3, 1993.

Surviving are a son, Joseph (Annette) Stefka of Slovan; a daughter, Patricia Jo (Nick Mavromatis) of Toronto, Ohio; two granddaughters, Ashley Stefka (Brett) Bernardo of Wexford and Kayla Jo (fiance Dan Whitlatch) Graham of Toronto; two precious great-grandchildren, Carson and Bella Bernardo; a son-in-law, John Schwab of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Milan (Carol) Vijanich of Seffner, Fla.; and a sister, JoAnne (Gary) Stump of Tamarac, Fla.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a daughter, Deborah Kay Schwab; a son, David Alan Stefka; a brother, Ivan Vujanich; and a sister, Dorothy Vujanich.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. Interment will follow in West Pointe Cemetery, Avella.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to PVR Scholarship Fund c/o The National Slovak Society, 351 Valley Brook Road, McMurray, PA 15317.

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John Anthony Veltri Sr.

Navy vet, UAW officer was Canton supervisor

John Anthony Veltri Sr., 85, of Washington, died Friday, July 12, 2013.

He was born September 26, 1927, in Washington, a son of the late Antonio and Anna Magnione Veltri.

Mr. Veltri was a Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

For 47 years, he worked at Fischer Body Co., during which time he was a member of United Auto Workers and served as a union officer.

He was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church and the Alpine Club, where he was a former officer. In addition, he was a founding member of Canton Township Volunteer Fire Department and was a former supervisor for Canton Township.

On November 10, 1955, he married Angelina Mary Ianni, who died September 11, 1989.

Surviving are a son, John A. Veltri Jr. (Tami) of Washington; a daughter, Roxanne Veltri-McWreath of Washington; two grandchildren, Ryand Patrick McWreath and Chelsea Angelina McWreath; a great-grandchild, Aiden Patrick McWreath; two stepgrandchildren, Trey William Larson and Travis Nick Larson; and a stepgreat-grandchild, Jeremiah Joseph Larson.

Deceased are a brother, Andrew Veltri, and three sisters, Rose Runco, Micolina Magnone and Angie Clark.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church, Washington, with Father Thomas O’Neil, as celebrant. Burial will follow Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Canton Township Volunteer Fire Department, 700 Weirich Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

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