Obituaries July 14

July 13, 2013

Lawrence W. Arnold

WWII veteran

Lawrence W. Arnold, 89, of Washington, formerly of Bethel Park and New Athens, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

He was the father of Jeffrey A., Lauren (Bruce) Marchetti, Lee W. (Lina) and Sandy (Stuart) Anderson; grandfather of Ben (fiancée Kayla), Greg (Dacia) and Christopher Arnold, Brian and Bethany Marchetti, Ian and Wendy Anderson; great-grandfather of Jude Arnold; brother of Evelyn Taylor, Doris Lynn, Betty Jean Bland, the late Marie Strange, Leonard and Donald Arnold. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Arnold was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, in Borkoski Funeral Home, Cadiz, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the National Military Family Association, 2500 N. Van Dorn St., Ste. 102, Alexandria, VA 22302 or Evergreen Employee Holiday Fund, 336 N. Main St., Washington, PA 15301.

Pamela Ann Gries

Enjoyed fun times with husband and family

Pamela Ann Gries, 61 and a half, of West Finley, formerly of Montoursville, died Friday, July 12, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born February 28, 1952, in Montoursville, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Louise Hilsher LeFever.

Mrs. Gries was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.

She was a graduate of Montoursville High School.

In 1971 she was employed as a flight attendant for Allegheny Airlines, along with her identical twin sister, Patti Ann Rossi. She later, along with her sister, became employed as a flight attendant for U.S. Airlines until her retirement.

Mrs. Gries enjoyed all the fun and meaningful times with her husband and family and also loved crafts. She was very artistic.

On November 20, 1983, she married Russell N. Gries, who survives.

Also surviving are brother Charles “Skip” (Fanny) LaFever; two sisters, identical twin Patti Ann (Charles) Rossi and Mary Louise (Michael) Pasnello; two stepdaughters, Suzann (Chris) Nagel and Nicole (Freddy) Rabner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased is brother Randy LaFever.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at E. Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director.

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Martha Jane Jackson

Claysville resident enjoyed traveling

Martha Jane Jackson, 78, of Claysville, died at 10:45 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg, after battling a cancer-related illness for the past two years.

She was born October 10, 1934, in Hazard, Ky., a daughter of the late Joseph and Isabelle Eversole.

Mrs. Jackson was a member of the Church of Christ in Washington.

She was a former member of Claysville American Legion Post 639 Auxiliary and the Claysville Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Jackson enjoyed traveling, the time spent with her family and square dancing, as long as her health permitted.

She was employed as a nurse’s aid at the former Welling Nursing Home and was last employed at a day-care center operated by Becky Hunter, both in Claysville.

On August 16, 1954, she married Herman Franklin Jackson, who survives.

Also surviving are daughter Teresa Wilson of Washington; five grandchildren, Ernest and Tyler Conley, Kayla Conley Yilit, Jamie Jean and Jeremy Franklin Curtis Wilson; four great-grandchildren, Evan Scott and Isaac Artel Conley, Veronica Loar and Nathanial Pettit; two brothers, Harold, husband of Margaret Eversole of Lexington, Ky., and Joseph Eversole of Hazard; sister Virginia Henson of Nicholasville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are five brothers, Brownloe, James, Irvin, Luther and Estill Eversole and three sisters, Gertrude Eversole, Irene Smith and Nora Rakel.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral and committal services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Private interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to SeniorLIFE, 2114 N. Franklin Dr., Washington, Pa. 15301. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Julius Little


Julius Little, 95, of Canonsburg, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013.

He was born September 12, 1917, in Wheelwright, Ky., son of the late William Howard Little and Amanda Jane Hall Little.

Mr. Little was a brother of Bert William Little, the late Lerly Fisher and Mildred Gates; beloved husband of Linda Fink Little; and stepfather of Brandon (Stacey) Wetzel.

He graduated Westmont- Upper Yoder High School in Johnstown, and went on to college at Washington & Jefferson College and Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Little was employed in Management at Koppers Co. Inc. for 36 years.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Peters Creek Church, Southpointe Gold Club, Sunnybrook Trout Club and a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Services and interment are private. Please add or view tributes at

Eugene Ostrander

Enjoyed golfing and fishing

Eugene Ostrander, 65, of Washington, died Friday, July 12, 2012, in his home, following a two-year illness.

He was born August 15, 1947, a son of the late William Ostrander and Martha Charney Ostrander.

Mr. Ostrander graduated from Washington High School in 1965.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator.

Mr. Ostrander was a night supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing cards with his siblings and loved his dog Spike.

On July 13, 1968, he married Belinda E. “Boots” Riethmiller, who died July 3, 2005.

Surviving are three daughters, Janell Lynn Ostrander, Melanie Rae Ostrander and Ashley Marie Ostrander, all of Washington; two brothers, Kenneth Ostrander of Mesa, Ariz., and Ray Ostrander of Lake Station, Ind.; six sisters, Dorothy Weaver of Levittown, Barbara Ward of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Mary Jane Wheeler of Lake Station, Ind., Laverna Drabeck of Washington, Martha Baker of Hyattsville, Md., and Darlene Dicks of Claysville; niece Bridgett Riethmiller of Monongahela.

Deceased are two brothers, Albert and Donald Ostrander.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 395 E. Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Schott officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be made to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Suite 1B, 5150 Center Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Jason Eric Paugh

Carpenter enjoyed football & gardening

Jason Eric “Bub” Paugh, 36, of Avella, died Friday, July 12, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born May 23, 1977, in Wheeling, W.Va., a son of Dolores Richards Miller of Athens, Ohio, and the late James Miller.

Mr. Paugh was a carpenter by trade and a regular handy man, even volunteering his skills with the renovation of the old bank building in Avella.

He was a member of Avella Athletics and enjoyed football, gardening, mowing his grass and taking care of his two dogs, Yukon and Sassy, whom he loved dearly.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his fiancée Nicole McClain of Avella; aunt and uncle Karen and Larry Richards of Avella; sister Julie (Rick) Miller of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters-in-law Gerri and Michelle McClain, both of Avella; nieces Lycricia Miller, Jessie Billeter and Makayla Romanetti; nephews Austin and Steven Miller; cousins Darrell, Michael and Melissa Prunty and Bonnie Stevens.

Deceased, in addition to his father, are maternal grandparents Francis “Bud” and Elva Boots Richards and aunts Carolyn Woodburn and Loretta Mitchell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 15, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, with a service immediately following with the Rev. Chuck Weiss officiating. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home. For further information and condolences, please visit

Wilma V. Plants

Wilma V. Plants, 81, of Washington, died Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Helen E. Cincinnati Sibert

Avid bridge player

Helen E. Cincinnati Sibert, 88, formerly of Washington, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Brevillier Village, Erie.

She was born April 12, 1925, in Washington, a daughter of the late Henry J. and Rose M. Tocci Cincinnati.

Mrs. Sibert was a 1943 graduate of Washington High School.

She retired in 1994 from Jessop Steel/Allegheny Ludlum with 32 years of service as a secretary to the traffic manager, executive secretary to the director of metallurgy and executive secretary to the sales manager.

Mrs. Sibert was an avid bridge player, attaining the rank of Life Master in 1987 at the age of 62. The camaraderie and competition of competitive bridge gave her great pleasure. She also enjoyed flowers, cooking and spice jellybeans.

In addition to her parents, deceased is her husband Walter L. Sibert on May 13, 1991. They were married for 49 years. Also deceased are two brothers, James in 1923 and Frank Cincinnati in 1949 and sister Mary Reihner in 1991.

Surviving are daughter Sharon O. Shaffer and husband Russell of North East and their three children, Christopher of North East, Stephen and wife Lisa of Plano, Texas, and Leslie Shaffer Chamberlain and husband Nathan of Chicago, Ill.; six great-grandchildren, Harrison, Parker and Karsen of Wayne and Ethan, Noah and Mateo of Plano, Texas; sister Rose M. Maleski; and brother Henry J. Cincinnati of Washington.

The nurses and staff of Ball Pavilion and Brevillier Village dedicated their care and service to Mrs. Sibert.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or visitation. Loved ones and friends are asked to remember Mrs. Sibert in private thoughts and prayers. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 30 N. Lake St., North East, PA 16428 or to a charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home, 92 S. Lake St., North East. To send condolences, 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) Graham 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) Vujanich 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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Anne Eleanor Yolch Testa

October 27, 1925 – July 13, 2013

Anne Eleanor Yolch Testa, 87, of Slovan, was taken home by her Lord Saturday, July 13, 2013, in the home of her daughter Valerie of Slovan.

Mrs. Testa was born October 27, 1925, in Moundsville, W.Va., a daughter of Alex and Mary Fatok Yolch.

She had attended Avella schools.

In the 1940s, she served as a Rosie the Riveter in Ambridge, where she helped make LSTs. Later in life, she worked as an occupational therapy aid at John J. Kane Regional centers.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Burgettstown, where she participated in the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Italian Ladies Lodge of Slovan.

Mrs. Testa enjoyed spending time with her family, especially on vacations. She also enjoyed taking care of her pets.

Surviving are daughter Valerie of Slovan; sister Julia Yolch of Cherry Valley; numerous nieces and nephews; and good friend Cynthia McWreath.

Deceased are her husband Ernest Testa; brothers Andrew, John and Michael Yolch; and sisters Helen Mente and Mary Slomski.

Mrs. Testa had been in declining health for the past six years, the last three of which were spent with her loving daughter. She was also under the highly competent care of Washington Hospital Hospice and the loving care of friends Jackie Batson and Ann Wolanski.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, immediately followed by a blessing service with the Rev. George Moneck officiating. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests donations may be made in her name to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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