Obituaries Aug. 5

August 4, 2013

Anita V. Alterio

Additional information was received for the obituary of Anita V. Alterio, published Sunday.

A rosary prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg.

Stanley S. Balazy

Marine Corps veteran enjoyed fishing

Stanley S. Balazy, 77, of Burgettstown, formerly of Houston and Canonsburg, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Weirton Medical Center, W.Va.

He was born February 21, 1936, in Washington, a son of the late Stanley A. and Alice Negle Balazy.

Mr. Balazy served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and received the National Defense Service Medal.

He lived most of his life in the Houston-Canonsburg area, but for the last year-and-a-half lived in Burgettstown. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 553 of Strabane and American Legion Post 902 of Houston.

Mr. Balazy enjoyed fishing, in his earlier years working on and entering stock car races, which he won several of, but what he enjoyed most in later years was spending time with his grandchildren and going to their sporting events.

On November 3, 1984, he married his beloved wife of nearly 30 years, Maxine McAnany, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, David (Amy) Constant of Slovan; two daughters, Jody (Dean) Mazutis of Eighty Four and Jamie (Shawn) Leonard of Slovan; nine grandchildren, Ryan, Paige, Emily, Maddison, Miley, Amanda, Steven, Shawn Jr. and Chyann; three sisters, Patricia Getzik of Pittsburgh, Frances Raspet of Houston and Dorothy Balazy of Houston; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are two brothers-in-law, Edward Getzik and Walter Raspet.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, August 8. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, with the Rev. Carmen D’Amico, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Full military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston.

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Aristotle G. Contis

Retired chef was member of All Saints Church

Aristotle G. “Telly” Contis, 88, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born March 15, 1925, in Vlahokerasia, Greece, a son of George and Dimitra Michalopolis Contis.

Mr. Contis was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, AHEPA Chapter 156 and Manthyrea Education Society.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping people.

Prior to his retirement, his career as a professional chef took him to several different area restaurants, including the Embassy Restaurant in Pittsburgh, the Mona Lisa Restaurant in White Hall, the Chateau Restaurant in Pittsburgh, Ernie’s Esquire in McMurray, Lou Kairys Restaurant in McMurray and Ritter’s Diner in Bloomfield.

On July 19, 1959, he married Evangeline Manolas, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, George Contis and wife Adrianne of Beverly Hills, Mich., and Dimitrios “Jim” Contis and wife Kathryn of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, John Contis and wife Eleni of Dormont; four grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicholas, Aristotle and Audrey Contis; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three brothers, Elias, Dimitrios and Peter Contis, and two sisters, Vasiliki Antonopoulos and Nicoletta Contis.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday, August 7, in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, with Father Sarantos Serviou officiating. Trisagion services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. AHEPA service will be held Wednesday in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Interment will follow. Arrangements are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Aristotle “Telly” Contis’s name to All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, McMurray, and Frank Sarris Public Library, Canonsburg. Please visit for additional information and to leave condolences.

Theresa Dragich

Retired postal worker

Theresa Dragich, 85, of Crucible, died Thursday, August 1, 2013, in Avon, Ohio, after a long illness.

She was born August 28, 1927, in Crucible, a daughter of the late Rock and Anna Kolak Hajduk.

Mrs. Dragich was a retired postal worker and lived all of her life in Crucible.

She was a member of St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels.

On August 30, 1969, she married Melvin Dragich, who died June 2, 2003.

Surviving are a niece, Renee Russian; three nephews, Ron Russian and wife Linda, Rock Russian and wife Donna and Gary Milovac and wife Debbie; two great-nieces, Tori Russian and Whitney Milovac; and two great-nephews, Nicholas Russian and Nathan Russian.

Deceased are two sisters, Mary Milovac and Kay Russian Powell, and two brothers, Walter Hajduk and John Hajduk.

Friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, August 9, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. in St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Cemetery, Carmichaels, with the Rev. Milan Medakovich.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110. Condolences may be expressed at

Virginia Lee Emerson

Virginia Lee Emerson, 85, of Carmichaels, died Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

Arrangments are incomplete and are entrusted to Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Paul C. Harshman

Navy veteran, avid hunter, fisherman

Paul C. Harshman, 90, of Washington, passed from this earthly existence Saturday, August 3, 2013, in his residence, with family and friends by his side.

He was born December 16, 1922, a son of the late John F. and Georgia L. Irwin Harshman, formerly of Buffalo Township, where he resided for his entire life.

In June 1945, Mr. Harshman married Margaret B. Deyell, who passed away in June 2012.

He received the Future Farmers of America Keystone State Degree for his youthful agricultural education experiences. He was a rural mail carrier during his senior year at Trinity High School in 1942.

Naval service took him above the Arctic Circle, to the Mediterranean Sea, and to the Normandy Invasion aboard the USS Augusta. Upon discharge, he farmed and worked in the Pennsylvania and West Virginia gas/oil fields, as well as in light manufacturing/stainless steel supply. He retired in 1987, to fishing, hunting, gardening and woodworking, and later taking care of his wife of 67 years during her long stay in Washington County Health Center.

Surviving are two sons, William C. (Anna Marie) of Tyrone and Kenneth P. (Maria) of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren, Becky Maurio, Jason Harshman, Sarah Harshman, Rachel Harshman Wiggins, Nathan Harshman and Kelsey Harshman; and four great-grandchildren, Georgia, Levi, Dakota and James.

Deceased are a grandson, William Paul Harshman, and a brother, John I. Harshman.

Also surviving are a sister, Ruth E. Newman of Columbus, Ohio; a special niece, Janet Rhodes; a special nephew, John Harshman; and most helpful and adoring neighbors, John and Sue McGary.

Mr. Harshman constantly spoke of dear friends he made during his daily visits to Washington County Health Center.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home Inc., 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, with the Rev. Thomas Funka officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington County Health Center Activities Account, 36 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Washington, PA 15301. Messages of condolence may be left at

Dorothy Marie Hentosz

Best known for her afghans

Dorothy Marie Hentosz passed away peacefully in her home Friday morning, August 2, 2013, surrounded by family. She was 90.

Known as “Dot” and “Angel,” Mrs. Hentosz was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Her heart knew no boundaries, and, through her skilled hands, she worked to serve and bring joy to countess others. It was only fitting that this earthly angel called each of us “Angel,” a term of endearment that many cherished.

She was perhaps best known for her afghans. She spent a million hours stringing together thousands of miles of yarn and, in many ways, worked to bind us all together in love. Her afghans covered countless individuals from those in need at St. Thomas More and Center Presbyterian churches, to her family, her friends and people that simply offered her a kind word or deed. These afghans even earned a few blue ribbons at the Washington County Fair over the years.

She spent more than 15 years volunteering for the Peters Township Meals on Wheels program as a cook after she retired from DePaul Institute for Hearing and Speech, as well as Oliver Tyrone Corp. and IBM Co. in Pittsburgh.

Every Christmas, all DePaul students took home one of her handmade crafts to their families.

She was born in Pittsburgh’s North Side, October 10, 1922, to the late Lawrence Simon and Alma Strauser. She was married for 26 years to Anthony Hentosz, who is deceased. She moved to Peters Township with her daughter Michele’s family in 1987 from Beechview.

Surviving are her three daughters, Carol (E. James) Horney of Bethel Park, Michele (William) Blosel of Venetia and Denise (Rodney) Shipe of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; her sister, Loretta Coronado, and her brother, Lawrence “Bud” Simon, both of Pittsburgh; nine grandchildren, James Horney, Daniel Horney, Jeannette (Bradly) Boner, Christopher (Kristin) Blosel, Thomas Blosel, Danielle (Jonathan) Sheffler, Melissa (Chris) Owens, Michael Shipe and Kevin Shipe; and eight great-grandchildren, including one expected in December. She will also be remembered by nieces, nephews, countless friends and family members.

Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauers, 724-941-3211. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

The family suggests memorials be made in her name to Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301, or Peters Township Meals on Wheels, 245 East McMurray Road, Suite 1, McMurray, PA 15317.

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Howard L. Jones

Avid archer had great love for the outdoors

Howard L. “Pappy” Jones, 86, of Coal Center, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, in his home, surrounded by family.

He was born February 13, 1927, in Somerset Township.

Mr. Jones was employed as a machinist for many years at Industrial Gasket and Shim in Meadow Lands, before retiring in 1991.

He possessed a great love for the outdoors and was a charter and longtime member of Washington County Buck Skinners Association, where he was affectionately referred to as “Hawkeye.”

Mr. Howard was an avid archer and long bowman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

On April 8, 1982, he married Rita M. Chase, who survives.

Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Debbie McGavitt and husband Rick of Charleroi, Linda Orndoff and Millie Shook and husband Aaron, both of Coal Center; three stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Deceased are his father, William L. Jones; mother May Goodman Jones; and stepbrother Thayer D. Holmes.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 7. Interment will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.

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Anna D. LaSalvia

Brockway retiree

Anna D. LaSalvia, 88, of Washington, died Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Evergreen Personal Care Home, Washington.

She was born December 4, 1924, in Washington, a daughter of the late Gabriel and Concetta Catanese Insana.

Mrs. LaSalvia was employed by Brockway Glass, Plant 11, until her retirement in 1979.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington.

Mrs. LaSalvia enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

On July 26, 1944, she married Carmon LaSalvia, who died in 1990.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda (Michael) Hardoby of Canonsburg; a son, Carmon (Sandie) LaSalvia Jr. of Washington; two brothers, Tony (Georgette) Insana of Canonsburg and Frank (Jean) Insana of Washington; a sister, Nancy Fish Podboy of Washington; four grandchildren, Chad Underkoffler Jr. of Alexandria, Va., Dana (Michael) Ledger and Adele (Michael) Barton, both of Washington, and Sara LaSalvia of Bethel Park; three great-grandchildren, Mikayla DeMarino, Emma Ledger and Tein Barton, all of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Mary Ann Roux, and a nephew, Robert Roux.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with the Rev. William P. Feeney as celebrant. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director

George W. Nixon Jr.

Served in Army Air Forces

George W. Nixon Jr., 88, of Washington, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

He was born February 19, 1925, in Washington, a son of George W. and Sarah Kerr Nixon.

Mr. Nixon was Roman Catholic and attended St. Hilary’s Church.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces.

Prior to his retirement, he was the owner and operator of the automotive business, A.J. Parson’s Jeep.

Surviving are two sons, Martin G. Nixon of Atlanta, Ga., and Gary D. (Anita) Nixon of Pittsburgh; two brothers, James and Donald Nixon, both of Washington; a sister, Ellen Cape of Washington; four grandchildren, George, Heather, Joshua and Phoebe Nixon; four great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Evelyn Kramzer.

Deceased are his wife, Juanita, and three sisters, Marie Zack, Alice Aver and Lilly McIntosh.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, and Douglas M. Jones, director, where a blessing service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, with Father Thomas O’Neil officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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Floyd Dale Petrel

Weirton Steel retiree born in Eldersville

Floyd Dale “Bud” Petrel, 79, of Colliers, W.Va., passed away peacefully Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Brightwood Center, Follansbee, W.Va.

He was born June 23, 1934, in Eldersville, a son of the late James Mark and Veda Dale Myers Petrel.

Also deceased are three brothers, James, Edward and Robert Petrel, and four sisters, June Lee, Betty Stefkovich, Juanita Ignac and Mary Petrel.

Mr. Petrel was a 1952 graduate of Burgettstown High School.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

After 36 years, he retired from Weirton Steel Corp., where he worked as a supervisor in labor relations.

Mr. Petrel was a member of Open Door Baptist Church.

He was an avid softball player, pitching into his 64th year. He was a car enthusiast having a love for antique cars, sports cars and a love for manicuring his lawn.

Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Nancy Lee Hunter Petrel, whom he married August 21, 1954; two children, David (Jill) Petrel of Columbus, Ohio, and Lisa (David) Wert of Pittsburgh; and five grandchildren, Lindsey and Joshua Petrel and Abby, Ava and Alek Wert.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Mullenbach Funeral Home, 669 Main Street, Follansbee, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 8, with the Rev. Larry Garrison officiating. Interment will follow in St. Johns Cemetery, Colliers. Full military honors will be conducted by Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

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Evelyn Righetti

Formerly of Fredericktown

Evelyn Righetti, 84, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Fredericktown, died Friday, August 2, 2013, in her home.

She was born October 23, 1928, in Revere, a daughter of the late Henry Beck and Mary Jane Keller Livingston.

A homemaker, she was a 1947 graduate of East Bethlehem High School.

Mrs. Righetti was a member and former elder of Friends Community Evangelical Church in Cleveland.

For many years, she delivered Meals on Wheels in the Cleveland area.

She loved old movies, music of the 1940s and 1950s and spending time with her family as well as her dogs.

On March 5, 1949, she married the love of her life, Joseph Righetti Sr., who died July 12, 1989. They celebrated 40 years of marriage.

Surviving are three children, Joseph Righetti Jr. (Debra), Holly Righetti and Mary Jane Righetti, all of Cleveland, and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are four brothers, Robert, Henry, Raymond and Harry Livingston, and seven sisters, Lillian Thornton, Ruth Kennedy, Ruby Weaver, Beatrice Fulton, Mary Lou Jolly, Stella Mae Livingston and Wilma Corfont.

Mrs. Righetti was the last of her immediate family.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, August 8, in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Mark Scotton officiating. Interment will follow in Fredericktown Cemetery. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Virginia Brunner Robertson

Virginia Brunner Robertson, 81, of Burgettstown, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Lee and Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.



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