Obituaries Aug. 6

August 5, 2013

Aristotle G. Contis

Trisagion services for Aristotle G. Contis, who died Saturday, August 3, 2013, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg.

Jared T. Corbin

Welder loved riding quads, hunting, fishing

Jared T. Corbin, 27, of Washington, died Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born September 1, 1985, in Washington, a son of Thomas C. Corbin of Washington and Karen K. Wagstaff Bodnar (William) of Cochranton.

Mr. Corbin was a 2004 Cochranton High School graduate.

He was a welder for Hartman and Hartman Constructors in Eighty Four.

Mr. Corbin loved working on anything mechanical, riding quads, hunting and fishing, and he took great pride in his work.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Chris Corbin of Washington and Jason Corbin (Amanda) of Livingston, Mont.; a sister, Nicole Corbin of Washington; a stepbrother, Bill Bodnar of Cochranton; two nieces, Jenna and Darian Bodnar; a stepmother, Susan Corbin; three uncles; four aunts; and several cousins.

His grandparents and an uncle are deceased.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday 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. Thursday, August 8, with the Rev. Gary Gibson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Narcotics Anonymous, Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Robert Lloyd Cox

Additional information was received for the obituary of Robert Lloyd Cox, published Sunday. Omitted was a grandson, Alex Martin Cox.

Virginia L. Emerson

Faithful follower of Christ

Virginia L. Emerson of Carmichaels went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, August 4, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of Irvin E. Emerson of 67 years.

Surviving are her husband, Irvin; children Nancy “June” Laucher (Ed) of Medina, Ohio, and William B. Emerson (Diane) of Carmichaels; a brother, Donald R. Johnson (Mary) of Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Albert M and Mabel McCay Johnson; a son, Richard Emerson; brothers Charles, Robert and Nelson Johnson; and a sister, Eleanor Nayward.

Mrs. Emerson loved her family and was a wonderful cook. She was a longtime member of John Corbly Memorial Church in Garards Fort. She was a faithful follower of Christ and a prayer warrior. She will be honored and remembered for being unceasing in prayer for her family and friends.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 2 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, August 7, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, director/supervisor/owner, with the Rev. James R. Sands officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. Visit

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, August 7. 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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John E. Jendry

Wash-Greene ARS member loved music

John E. Jendry, 44, of Washington, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born April 4, 1969, in Washington.

Mr. Jendry belonged to Washington-Greene Alternative Residential Services, where he did adult training.

He loved music and the attention of his friends.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, August 6, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will be private in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

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Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson, 89, of Burgettstown, wife of the elder Mason Johnson, passed away peacefully Monday, August 5, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee and Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.

Harry L. Kelley

WWII vet, chemist was devoted church member

Harry L. Kelley, 89, of Bethel Park, formerly of Washington, died Tuesday, August 5, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

He was born August 10, 1923, in Fairchance, a son of the late James Albert and Marie Elizabeth Koontz Kelley.

Mr. Kelley was a 1941 graduate of South Union High School and a 1949 graduate of Waynesburg College.

He joined the U.S. Navy after high school and served during World War II.

Mr. Kelley was employed as a chemist for Climax-Molybdenum, now Langeloth Metallurgical Co.

He loved bowling and playing golf.

Mr. Kelley was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church, 1793, where he served as deacon, elder and head of ushers.

He was a member of American Legion Post 945, as well as Hickory Lions Club.

On June 1, 1947, in Waynesburg, he married Jean Crayne, who died March 28, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, James L. (Lisa) Kelley of Pittsburgh and Harry L. Kelley Jr. of Rhoadesville, Va.; two daughters, Suzanne K. (Donald) Stewart of Pittsburgh and Barbara K. (Daniel) Motto of Washington; a brother, Ray Kelley of Ohio; two sisters, Vivian Harned of Fairchance and Evelyn Hoak of Uniontown; six grandchildren, Michael Golensky, Erica Farley and Brian, Jessica, Katie and Melissa Kelley; two great-grandchildren, Cayden Skeath and Liam Farley; his in-laws James and Clara Crayne; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a granddaughter, Lauren Kelley; two brothers, James and William Kelley; and a sister, Eileen Pitts.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 8, in First Presbyterian Church, 1793, 100 East Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301, with the Rev. Steven Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Memorial contributions may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, 1793, or to Washington City Mission, 84 Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

James E. Kern

Formerly employed by RCA, McGraw-Edison

James E. “Binx” Kern, 80, of Canonsburg, passed away at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Golden Living of South Hills, following an extended illness.

He was born January 24, 1933, in Strabane, a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Mary Per Kern.

Mr. Kern had been employed at the former RCA plants in both Canonsburg and Meadow Lands and prior to his retirement was employed in the shipping department at the former McGraw-Edison Power Systems in Canonsburg.

He had attended Trinity High School and had been a coach for youth football.

Mr. Kern lived his life in the Strabane and Canonsburg areas, where he was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church.

He enjoyed gardening and was a member of SNPJ Lodge 138 and KSKJ St. Jerome Lodge 153, both of Strabane, and Labor Temple of Canonsburg.

On June 11, 1960, he married Julie Telesko, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James (Alexia) Kern of Perkase and Mark (Dana) Kern of Washington; four grandchildren, Douglas, Claudia, Michael and Avery Kern; a brother, Frank (Helen) Kern of Brookline; a sister, Mary (Andrew) Simko of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Joseph A. and Richard Kern; and a sister, Wilma Jean Kern.

Friends are welcome from 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 a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday August 8, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, with the Very Rev. Joseph Oleynik, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Virginia Robertson

1932 – 2013

Virginia Ann “Dinny Ann” Brunner Robertson, 81, of Harmon Creek, Burgettstown, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born April 22, 1932, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late John Jacob and Violet Riley Brunner.

A 1950 graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown, she was a member of Burgettstown Presbyterian Church and the Junior Women’s Club of Burgettstown.

Mrs. Robertson delivered Meals on Wheels with her daughter, Janet, and enjoyed spending the winters with her husband in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they were avid bicyclists. They also enjoyed their cabin in Elk County.

She enjoyed her many family vacations to Geneva on the Lake and Myrtle Beach with her sister, “Re-Re,” and her sister-in-law, Frances Brunner. She also enjoyed having her nails done every other week with one of her dearest friends, Pauline Meneely.

Her husband, William Allan Robertson, whom she married August 17, 1954, in Langeloth Presbyterian Church, preceded her in death May 2, 2009.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Huthmacher and husband Keith of Mt. Lebanon and Janet Sabo and husband Daniel of Burgettstown; six grandchildren, with whom she loved spending time, Caitlin and Jessica Robertson, Jacob and Kathryn Huthmacher and Jonathan and Jared Sabo; a sister, Alice Marie “Re-Re” Carnali of Burgettstown; daughters-in-law Lisa Robertson and Jennifer Robertson, both of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two children, William W. Robertson and Susan A. Robertson; three brothers William “Giz” Brunner, John L. “Jackie” Brunner and Dickie Brunner, who died in infancy; and a sister, Geraldine “Duddie” Darras.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Grandview Cemetery, Florence. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Tonya Dee Sexton

Tonya Dee Sexton, 52, of Presto, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 4, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

Ms. Sexton was a daughter of Dolores A. Hickerson of Canonsburg.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.



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