Obituaries July 28

July 27, 2013

Ruth Emma Blaker

Loved to work in her flower garden

Ruth Emma Blaker, 79, of Waynesburg, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born June 23, 1934, in Crucible, a daughter of the late Herman and Emma Zablotny Wolff.

Mrs. Blaker was a graduate of Carmichaels High School.

On March 22, 1952, she married the love of her life, Fred D. Blaker, who died June 20, 1998. Together, they owned and operated Blaker Electric and Hillside Self-Storage in Waynesburg.

She loved to work in her flower garden and to host family dinners and parties. She was witty, funny and quick with a wisecrack.

Surviving are four daughters, Debbie (Gary) Milovac, Terri (Don) Ingram and Lori Blaker (Chuck Varner), all of Waynesburg, and Vikki (Virgil) Wise of Hundred, W.Va.; son Wayne Blaker of Waynesburg; sister Gertrude Busti of Crucible; eight grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Ross, Brandon Ingram, Katie Ingram, Alyssa Areford, Amber Kesner, Haley Kesner, Emma Blaker and Kylie Blaker, all of Waynesburg; and a great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Ross of Waynesburg.

Deceased are two sisters, Meta Stacy and Helen Santelle, and three brothers, Hans Wolfe, Leo Wolfe and Thomas Wolff.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Behm Funeral Home Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, with the Rev. Bruce Judy officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Condolences may be expressed at

Lucian Caste

Developed Caste Village in Whitehall

Lucian Caste, 88, of Upper St. Clair, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Family Hospice, Mt. Lebanon, surrounded by his family.

He was a beloved son of the late Felix and Assunta Caste and nephew of the late Tony and Margaret Caste.

Mr. Caste was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Elizabeth Walton; his second wife, Rita Ebner Caste; and sisters Mary Caste Danielson and Philomena Caste Teodori.

He was the proud, devoted father of Cicely Caste and husband Emmett O’Boyle of Salinas, Calif.; loving grandfather of James Lucian McCreight and wife Chappell Marmon of Boulder, Colo.; beloved brother of Felix Caste Jr.; and cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews, and especially Christine Danielson Isham, who was also his goddaughter.

Mr. Caste was an accomplished architect of great renown, as well as a developer, builder, philanthropist, world traveler, art collector, farmer and gardener. He was particularly proud of his Italian heritage and his service in World War II.

At 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was part of the second amphibious wave of the 5th Marine Division, which attacked the Japanese stronghold on Iwo Jima. Along with his fellow soldiers from the 28th Infantry regiment, he fought for 36 days in a ferocious and pivotal battle on the Pacific Front in World War II. In 1985, Caste returned to Iwo Jima for a gathering of American and Japanese survivors who came together to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the battle and dedicate themselves to work for world peace. He wrote a personal journal of that reunion and dedicated it to his grandson, James Lucian McCreight.

Following World War II, he studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Institute of Technology, earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1950.

Raised in a family of craftsmen and builders, he applied his architectural education to work beside and learn from his father, who built homes throughout the South Hills.

After graduation from Carnegie Tech, he joined his father to complete development of Caste Village in Whitehall, which was one of the first community shopping centers in suburban Pittsburgh. Caste Village provided retail shopping stores, bowling alleys, residential apartments, professional office buildings and community gathering places, surrounded by affordable homes for young families.

Mr. Caste’s architectural and engineering designs can be found across Western Pennsylvania and beyond. His most prominent works include St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church and School; the John M. Conroy School for Exceptional Children; the Mercy Hospital Ambulatory Center; Christ United Methodist Church; Reliable Savings Bank; and the Upper St. Clair Post Office.

In the 1990s, he became more involved with Carnegie Mellon University as an eager alumnus. He served on the CMU Board of Trustees and continued as trustee emeritus until the time of his death. He was president of Andrew Carnegie Society, co-founder and president of Academy of Life Long Learning and founding president of Cornerstones: Center for Architecture, Development and Building. Mr. Caste was a vigorous advocate for Carnegie Mellon’s global academic expansion, which began in the Silicon Valley of California and extended to Qatar in the Middle East. He also chaired the university’s design review committee and co-chaired the Carnegie Mellon 2000 Master Plan and the campus design statement committee.

Mr. Caste took great joy in nurturing the cooperative agreement between Oxford University in Great Britain and Carnegie Mellon University. He also was responsible for reuniting Andrew Carnegie’s family in Scotland and the Carnegie Mellon “family” in Pittsburgh. He was instrumental in bringing together 22 worldwide Carnegie Institutions, originally established by Andrew Carnegie, for an international conference in Pittsburgh.

He served on the board of Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Advisory Board for Fallingwater and was president of the Art Society of the Duquesne Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Caste traveled extensively to more than 50 countries around the world. He loved returning to his heritage country of Italy, to Japan, to the Scottish Highlands and to Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Mongolia.

Although he put in long days, he always looked forward to returning in the late evening to his Upper St. Clair home, which he called Farmstead. He tended his large garden, taking great pride in raising vegetables, which he shared with neighbors. He enjoyed his belted Galway cows, playing the clarinet and collecting books on art, architecture, history, philosophy and many other subjects. He loved good food and fine wine, and lifted many a toast to family, friends, colleagues and associates. One of his favorite culinary activities was the annual fruitcake cook-off with special friends Art and Sally Schwotzer.

Lucian Caste was a man of great passion, intellect, curiosity and loyalty. He treasured his family and had many good friends from all walks of life in his community and around the world. His family asks friends and colleagues to celebrate his incredible life and treasure happy memories of him.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, Peters Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, in St. Louise de Marillac Church, Upper St. Clair, followed by a gravesite service for family members and invited friends in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Peters Township. The family is requesting no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture or Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

James Coble

Loving husband, father, pappy and uncle

James “Tom” Coble, 78, of Washington, formerly of Cherry Tree, passed away peacefully Friday, July 26, 2013.

He was born June 24, 1935, in Cherry Tree, a son of the late Rhuell and Esther Fletcher Coble.

Mr. Coble was the beloved husband of 50 years to Judy D. Clegg Coble; cherished father of Heather (Bob) Frye and Julie (David) Elling; special father-in-law of Brenda Coble; dear grandfather of Jordan, Delaney, Rylee, Rayne, Jessica, Bob Jr., Summer, Jimmy and Savannah; and brother of Jean (Wayne) Buterbaugh and Jack (Alma) Coble. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Blake T. Coble, a 25-year Pennsylvania State trooper, who was tragically killed October 4, 2012.

He was an active member for more than 30 years at Avery United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He also was a proud board member of Faith In Action.

Mr. Coble enjoyed going on cruises and traveling.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran.

Above all, he was loved and will be dearly missed by his family.

Dr. Megaludis and staff and Family Hospice Center for Compassionate Care provided love and support to Mr. Coble.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, in Avery United Methodist Church, Washington, with Pastor Ruth Simmons officiating. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243; Avery United Methodist Church, 1100 Gabby Avenue, Washington, PA 15301; and in care of Faith In Action, 69 East Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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Christine G. Dougherty

Christine G. Dougherty, 79, of Kingston, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, July 27, 2013, in Sharon Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown, 724-947-9518.

Tammy L. Merkle Ealy

Member of First U.M. Church of Washington

Tammy L. Merkle Ealy, 55, of Washington, died Friday, July 26, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

She was born May 17, 1958, in Grove City, a daughter of William and Nancy Gannon Merkle.

Mrs. Ealy loved her Lord and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Washington.

She graduated from Washington High School, Class of 1976.

Mrs. Ealy was an avid Steelers fan. She enjoyed reading, gardening, photography printing and arts and crafts. She also loved animals and all outdoor activities, such as fishing and camping.

In addition to her parents, surviving are her husband, Ray L. Ealy; daughter Kelly Ealy (Peter) Florian; two brothers, William J. (Sherry) and Todd Merkle; sister Nancy Merkle; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Monday, July 29, in Mrs. Ealy’s church, First United Methodist, 29 North College Street, Washington, with the Rev. Keith Simmons officiating. A luncheon will follow. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to National Kidney Foundation, 3109 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Messages of condolence may be left at

Hope Elkins

Daisytown resident

Hope Elkins, 67, of Daisytown, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the emergency department of Mon Valley Hospital.

She was born July 16, 1946, in New Eagle, a daughter of Martha Wright Kozaczka of Daisytown and the late Alphonse Kozaczka.

Mrs. Elkins was a 1964 graduate of California High School.

She was a floral manager at Pathmark in Linden, N.J.

Mrs. Elkins enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, bowling, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers and WWE Wrestling. She especially loved shopping on QVC.

Surviving are daughter Kimberly Yost (Edward) of Morgantown, W.Va.; granddaughter Ashley Stubbe (Chris) of Morgantown; two grandsons, Casey McManus of Uniontown and Christopher Paugh of Morgantown; two great-grandsons, Colin Stubbe and Leo Stubbe, both of Morgantown; brother Robin Kozaczka (Gerri) of Yeagertown; four nieces, Michelle Kozaczka (Roshon) of Edison, N.J., Adrienne Gawron (Thomas) of Monroe Township, N.J., Danielle Small (Tony) of Roselle, N.J., and Robin Jill Kozaczka of Linden; nephew Edward Kozaczka of Canton; great-niece, Kristin Small; great-nephew, Perry “T.J.” Small; and a host of other great nieces.

Her husband, Stanley Elkins, died in May 1998.

Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, with Pastor Bob Williams officiating. Interment is private.

John William Ely

Truck driver enjoyed all Pittsburgh sports

John William Ely, 60, of Washington, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born May 1, 1953, in Washington, a son of James Walter and Helen Lawrence Ely.

Mr. Ely was a graduate of McGuffey High School and attended Bowling Green University.

He was an owner-operator, having once worked for Sorice Trucking and later for Estees and Regional Trucking. He had currently been working for Veltri Trucking.

Mr. Ely loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed all Pittsburgh sports and NASCAR.

Surviving are two sons, Jace (Meghan) Ely of Pittsburgh and Drew Ely of Washington; daughter Amber (Chad) Bentz of Wheeling, W.Va.; sister Doris (Charles) Fairchild of Taylorstown; four grandchildren, Isaac, Elsie, Bridget and Jude; his companion, Donna Pettit; and his former wife, Debbie Ely.

Deceased is a brother, Lawrence W. Ely.

Private services were held followed by burial in Washington Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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Jeffrey A. Hoffman

Outdoorsman was hunter safety instructor

Jeffrey A. Hoffman died unexpectedly Friday, July 26, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of Marge Hoffman; son of the late Raymond and Marilyn Hoffman; loving father of Christopher and Joseph (Courtney) Hoffman; brother of Peter (Kristin) Hoffman, Virginia (Matt) Kotok, Mary Lou Hoffman and Karen (Rich) Viggiano; and beloved brother-in-law of Christine Jaroszynski (John) and Henry (Marcella) Jaroszynski. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hoffman was an avid outdoorsman, Eagle Scout, hunter safety instructor and green thumb gardener. He had a true love for the outdoors.

He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

On a nice day, Mr. Hoffman could be seen cruising down the road in his fire-engine red 1969 Camaro convertible.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday in Szafranski-Eberlein Funeral Home Inc., 101 Third Street, Carnegie, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Carnegie.

Peggy J. Sziminski Large

Former Langeloth resident loved music

Peggy J. Sziminski Large, 71, of Marion, Ohio, formerly of Langeloth, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, in her home.

She was born August 22, 1941, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late Sergie Sr. and Adella Mermon Sziminski.

On May 17, 1977, she married Bill C. Large in Marion.

When she was a resident of Langeloth, she worked at what is now known as Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

Mrs. Large loved music and was a concertgoer. She was a member of Marion Palace Theater and loved bowling.

In addition to her husband and parents, deceased is a twin.

Surviving are brother Sergie (Linda) Sziminski of Burgettstown; nephews Timothy (Mary Jo) Sziminski and Thomas (Samantha) Sziminski; niece Tammy (Shawn) Bobbert; and a few lifelong friends.

Per Mrs. Large’s wishes, there will be no services. Burial will take place at a later date. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Edwin Constant Magdich

U.S. Army veteran

Edwin Constant Magdich, 68, of Canonsburg, died Friday, July 26, 2013, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon, after a brief, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born September 12, 1944, in Cuddy, a son of Anthony Martin and Anna Rose Papaeka Magdich.

On May 25, 1968, he married Donna “MaryDonna” Pietroboni, who survives.

Mr. Magdich was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Washington American Legion Post 0897.

At the time of his death, he was employed at Loutsion’s Catering and formerly employed at Analytical Services Inc., Ross Industries, formerly Penn Mould, McGraw Edison and Cellone’s Bakery, as a driver.

Mr. Magdich served as Boy Scout assistant troop leader and coached Canonsburg youth soccer.

He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and had a strong work ethic in whatever he did.

Mr. Magdich was adored by his grandchildren and people loved him.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Maryanne (August) Pape of Huntersville, N.C., Christine (Don) Kaecher of Baldwin and Edwin “Tyke” (Susan) Magdich of Bentonville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, Annie, Abbie and Allie Pape, Hannah Gray, Donovan Kaecher, Ethan, Noah, Caleb, Joshua, Jonah, Micah and Hope Magdich; and a brother, Anthony Magdich.

Deceased are a brother, Dennis Magdich, and a sister, Bernadette Williams.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, in St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg, with full military honors.

Louvima G. Roth

1922 – 2013

Louvima G. “Honey” Roth, 90, of Houston, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born December 23, 1922, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Sherman and Ann Cartwright Adams.

Mrs. Roth worked at Mayview Hospital as a psychiatric aide for 12 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, reading mystery novels and solving crossword puzzles.

On June 23, 1940, she married Harold Kerr Roth, who survives.

Also surviving are son Joseph Wayne Roth (Marie) of Washington; two daughters, Faith Elaine Cubbage (Glenn) of Houston and Cheryl Ann Tarolli of McMurray; six grandchildren, Todd Tarolli, Greg (Bonnie) Tarolli, Jason (Sarah) Tarolli, Lisa Ann (Joel) Congie, Glenn (Bonnie) Cubbage and Juliann (Rob) Wheeler; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased are son Harold Kerr Roth Jr.; two sisters, Elaine Ravovich and Heloise Fabins; and three brothers, William, Clarence and Cornelius S. Adams.

There will be no public viewing or service. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, is handling arrangements.

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Stella Stazetski Soliani

Ginger Hill woman worked at Pa. liquor stores

Stella Stazetski Soliani, 92, of Monongahela, Ginger Hill, died Saturday morning, July 27, 2013, in her home.

She was born February 26, 1921, in Bentleyville, a daughter of Samuel and Julia Wojtko Stazetski.

Mrs. Soliani was a 1939 graduate of Bentleyville High School.

She worked at the former Bane’s Drug Store and Timo’s Drug Store in Bentleyville and later for Pennsylvania liquor stores in Charleroi and Bentleyville.

Mrs. Soliani was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Monessen.

On September 13, 1947, she married Frank Soliani, who died October 21, 2004.

Surviving are two brothers, Paul Stazetski (Sharon) and Joseph Stazetski, both of Bentleyville, and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers Anthony, Michael, Samuel and George Stazetski and sisters Helen M. Soliani and Mary Schnupp.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a service will be held at a time to be announced Tuesday, July 30. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

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Sherry Lynn Meloy Terrant

Belle Vernon resident

Sherry Lynn Meloy Terrant, 51, of Belle Vernon, passed peacefully after a courageous battle Saturday, July 27, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of William Anthony “Tony” Terrant for 24 years; daughter of Dorothy and the late Kenneth Meloy; granddaughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Barati; sister of Joe Meloy, Deb Meloy and Peggy Lloyd; and friend of Dom DiClaudio.

Mrs. Terrant was a licensed barber, who went on to manage a beauty supply store. At the time of her death, she was employed as an assistant manager of a Goodwill store.

She leaves an uncle and three aunts; many cousins; a niece; two nephews; and a great-niece and two great-nephews.

Mrs. Terrant loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and riding a dirt bike.

Her loved ones will certainly miss her.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30. A graveside service will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park.



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