Obituaries July 17

July 16, 2013

Fred Bradshaw Abbott

Retired dentist served in U.S. Army

Fred Bradshaw Abbott D.D.S., 84, of Salisbury, Md., departed this life and entered his heavenly “home” Monday, June 17, 2013, after a long battle with multiple health problems.

He was born midway of thirteen siblings on July 8, 1928, in Cambridge, Md., a son of the late Clarence J. Abbott and Lola Huffman Abbott.

During his early years, he lived in many locations on the Eastern Shore, in Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania, since his father was a church planter for the Church of God, headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn. He was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Laurel, Del.

After graduating from high school in Chincoteague, Va., he held positions at DuPont in Seaford, Del., and at Glen Martin in Baltimore, Md., as an airplane inspector.

While serving in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War, he was trained to be a dental technician at the Department of Dental Services, Medical Field Service School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Immediately following completion of the program, he was made instructor for the program. Through this program, he was inspired to pursue dentistry. Baccalaureate preparation was later earned from South East Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and professional preparation from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore in 1962. He earned advanced academic preparation and certification as a prosthodontist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977.

Dr. Abbott practiced general dentistry in Federalsburg, Md., but then chose to practice academic dentistry. While associated with a number of dental schools, he had responsibility for teaching, administration, research and publication.

He served at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland in Baltimore, Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., Loyola University in Chicago and Temple University in Philadelphia. Some dentists in the the area had been students of his dental teaching.

In 1987, he opened a specialty practice in Salisbury, which involved full-mouth reconstruction and implant prosthodontics. He retired in 1999.

Organizations of which he was a member are the American Dental Association, American College of Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseo Integration and American College of Dentists.

His personal activities included golf, which was almost a passion. In 1992, he claimed seniors title at Nutters Golf Club. Following retirement, he became involved with crafts, such as model cars, model railroading, metalwork and finally model shipbuilding. He collected stamps from an early age.

Dr. Abbott had several local connections. His wife, Nellie Jewell Kuhtik, is the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Larry C. Jewell, who served many United Methodist charges in Greene County. His wife was a graduate of Waynesburg College. His brother, Lloyd Abbott, served as a pastor of Rolling Meadows Church of God for many years.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are an infant brother, David; a brother, Emerson; and four sisters, Norma Jean Caldwell, Emily Cook, Elizabeth Bowden Tull and Delma Bowden.

Surviving are his wife, Nellie Jewell Kuhtik Abbott; a son, Patrick James Abbott and wife Tina and their two sons, Samuel Bradshaw and Maxwell Lee, all of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; a sister, Etta Hastings in Laurel; and five brothers, Clarence of Crisfield, Md., Samuel and wife Shirley of Cleveland, Lloyd and wife Doris of Bedford, William and wife Jan of Atlantic, Va., and David of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held in Wicomico Presbyterian Church, 829 Broad Street, Salisbury, Md., with the Rev. Donald Rising and the Rev. Stacey Johnson officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date in Greenlawn Cemetery, in Cambridge, Md.

In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make memorial donations in his memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733 or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit

Helen Ely

Member of St. Francis of Assisi Church

Helen Ely, 86, of Finleyville, died Monday, July 15, 2013, in her home.

She was born November 22, 1926, in Finleyville, a daughter of Charles and Mary Bobic Maranich.

Mrs. Ely was a homemaker and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville.

Surviving are her husband, Estel Dale Ely; two daughters, Karen Habel and husband Frederick of Myersdale and Barbara Checque and husband Edward of Finleyville; a grandson, Edward D. Checque; two great-grandsons, Ean and Nolan Checque; a nephew; and three nieces.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, in St. Francis Church, Finleyville, with the Rev. Richard Tusky, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, PA 15332.

Nancy C. Hamilton Forsythe

Member of Hoot Owls Athletic Association

Nancy C. Hamilton Forsythe, 71, of Monongahela, died Monday, July 15, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township.

She was born December 17, 1941, in Gastonville, a daughter of the late Robert and Annabelle Wallace Hamilton.

Mrs. Forsythe was retired as a lab technician with Marathon Ashland Oil Co. in Canton, Ohio.

She was a member of Hoot Owls Athletic Association in New Eagle.

Surviving are a son, Jerry Hock of Monongahela; a daughter, Vicky Rapp and husband Mike of Monongahela; a brother, Robert Hamilton of Louisiana; three sisters, Helen Cushey of Finleyville, Mary Ann Schmieder of Bethel Park and Margie Stanko of Monongahela; two grandchildren, Josie Hock and Cassy Rapp; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19. Private interment will be held in Finleyville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

Dominick Fortunato

Additional information was received for the obituary of Dominick Fortunato, published Tuesday.

On November 17, 2007, he married Linda Note, who survives.

Edward C. Hrutkay

Member of Ave Maria Parish

Edward C. “Duff” Hrutkay, 80, of Washington, formerly of Daisytown, died Tuesday morning, July 16, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born May 17, 1933, in Bentleyville, a son of Ferdinand and Grace Groskopf Hrutkay.

Mr. Hrutkay was a 1951 graduate of Bentleyville High School and in 1958 received his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from California State Teacher’s College.

He taught industrial arts at Gladstone Junior High School in Pittsburgh and Fort Cherry High School in McDonald. He was also a draftsman for several engineering companies in Washington and Pittsburgh, designing industrial pipes. He later worked for Bethlehem Mines in the safety department and then was a yard foreman at Mine 60, Somerset Township.

Mr. Hrutkay was a member of Ave Maria Parish, its choir and resurrection choir.

A lifelong gentleman farmer, he also enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He was an avid Notre Dame fan and enjoyed traveling to their football games.

His wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Gumbert Hrutkay, survives. They were married May 30, 1958, in St. Luke Church, Bentleyville.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Hrutkay, wife of Tom Fledderus of Valley Grove, W.Va., and Lynne King, wife of William of Washington; four grandchildren, Kristen and Olivia King and Nic and Lane Fledderus; a sister, Irene Thames of Northville, Mich.; a brother, George “Gus” Hrutkay (Laura) of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers Charles H. “Ty”, John L. “Yonk”, Joseph, Frank and Steve Hrutkay and sisters Margaret Redmerski and infant Julia.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. The Ave Maria Parish Women’s Guild will pray the rosary at 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ave Maria Parish, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314 or Donnell House, c/o Washington Health System Hospice Care, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.

C. Kenneth Mooney


C. Kenneth Mooney, 88, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in his home.

He was born August 11, 1924, in Waynesburg, a son of the late William Stanford Mooney and Ida Rose Mooney.

Mr. Mooney was married to Ruth Ann Mason Mooney, who died June 27, 2004.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator and repairman for Anthony Crane Rental and Maxim Crane. He also worked on the family farm in Waynesburg.

Mr. Mooney served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a longtime resident of the Baldwin-Whitehall area. He was a member of Fairall United Methodist Church in Waynesburg and a former member of the Pittsburgh Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Larry Ray Mooney of Baldwin and Mark G. Mooney of Jefferson Hills; a grandson, Patrick Mooney of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers, John Mooney (Elva) of Washington, Bill Mooney (Jane) of Vermilion, Ohio, and Charles Mooney of Taylor, Mich.; and a sister, Mary Ann Filer of Waynesburg.

Deceased are two brothers, Robert Mooney and James Mooney, and two sisters, Alene Luzadder and Helen Husk.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, with the Rev. Ron Geisler officiating. Interment will follow in Fairall Cemetery, Whiteley Township. Condolences may be offered at

Myra Kelley Patterson

Services for Myra Kelley Patterson, who died July 10, 2013, will be held at noon Friday, July 19, in North Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Washington.

Robert W. Smiddle

U.S. Marine Corps vet enjoyed sports

Robert W. Smiddle, 92, of Avella, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

He was born August 1, 1920, in Houston, a son of William and Josephine Muster Smiddle.

Mrs. Smiddle was a 1939 graduate of East Washington High School.

He had worked as a transportation supervisor at the former Western Center in Canonsburg.

Mr. Smiddle was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 in Canonsburg, and he enjoyed sports.

Married twice, his first wife Sarah Baker Smiddle, died in 1959. On July 7, 1963, he married Cecelia Nakoneczny, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Robert Smiddle Jr. (Donna) of Vernon Hill, Va.; two daughters, Dorothy Zanaglio of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Evelyn Lee O’Malley (John) of Bryan, Ga.; three stepdaughters, Patricia Ann Hullak (Andrew) and Margaret L. Quattro, both of Canonsburg, and JoLin Quidetto (Dan) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a stepson, Joseph Anthony Senkinc of Canonsburg; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, twins William “Bill” and George, James and Frank Smiddle and two sisters, Margaret Vinck and Minerva Bissell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Chartiers Township. Full military honors will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902, Houston, combined honor guard.

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