Obituaries Aug. 8

August 7, 2013

Grant Warren Barkley

Previously owned Barkley Excavating

Grant Warren Barkley, 57, of Harmony, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, while under the care of UPMC-Passavant hospital in Cranberry Township.

He was born June 24, 1956, in Ellwood City, a son of the late Pierce Edward and Helen Lutz Barkley.

Mr. Barkley previously owned Barkley Excavating.

He was a loving father, brother, fiancé and grandfather who will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

Surviving are his fiancé, Angela “Angie” Dent; a son, Travis Barkley and wife Brianna of Greensboro; a daughter, Tara Bruno and husband Carmen; seven grandchildren, Gianni, Ava and Isabella Bruno, Pierce, Dona Jean, Gunner and Bruce Barkley; and brothers Kenneth and Dale Barkley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Barkley, who passed away in 1965.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 11, in First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, corner of Clear and Second streets, with the Rev. Dr. Bob Randolph officiating. Friends are invited to a meal and refreshments following the service at Greensboro Log Cabin.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Boylan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 324 East Grandview Avenue, Zelienople, PA 16063. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor in support of First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, Attn: The Rev. Dr. Bob Randolph, 536 Old Waynesburg Road, Carmichaels, PA 15320. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

Norma Dillie

Active First Baptist Church member

Norma Dillie, 80, of Washington, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born August 31, 1932, in Deemston, a daughter of Henry Croft and Donna Porter Croft.

Mrs. Dillie graduated from East Bethlehem High School and Penn Commercial.

For 33 years, she worked as the office manager at Family Circle.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk and was a member of the choir and bell choir.

Mrs. Dillie enjoyed flower gardening and watching hummingbirds.

Her first husband, Richard Gregg, died in 1994.

In May 1996, she married Ronald R. Dillie, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Harry Gregg (Mary Beth) of Sea Girt, N.J.; three stepdaughters, Rhonda Grose (Mark) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Stacey Zappi (Ed) of Avella and Jamie Cummins (Earl) of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; two brothers, Charles Croft of Washington and Bob Croft (Dorothy) of Morgantown, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Bryan and Sarah Gregg; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Aiden Gregg.

Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Dwayne Croft; and four sisters, Ruth Croft, Mildred Lawrence, Wilma Muirhead and Mary Ellen Croft.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 9, with the Rev. Steve Dunlap officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 101 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Mary E. Durish

Member of Democrat Women in Houston

Mary E. “Libby” Durish, 91, of Houston, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, in Breese Rest Home, Claysville.

She was born December 5, 1921, in Greensburg, a daughter of James and Kate Hays Lutes.

Mrs. Durish was a 1940 graduate of Trinity High School and had worked at the former Hazel Atlas Glass and RCA.

She was a member of the former United Women, Canonsburg-Houston Chapter and Democrat Women in Houston.

On June 27, 1942, she married Peter Durish, who died August 2, 1991.

Surviving are three daughters, Darlene “Dolly” Congie (William) of Houston, Carol Gump (Alex Jr.) of Canonsburg and Patricia Durish of Houston; eight grandchildren, Tim, Todd and Troy Gump (Stacey), Bill, Rob (Deb) and Joe Congie, Joelle Falcone (Sam) and Jamie Onda (Nathan); 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sara Budzanoski of Cokeburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two daughters, Marlene “Molly” Easingwood and Joyce Zareck; a son, Peter, who died in infancy; a grandson, Jeffrey Congie; a great-granddaughter, Jourdan Burke; two brothers, James and William Lutes; and two sisters, Carolyn Jacobs and Alda Specks.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, with the Rev. Catherine Peternel officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Denise R. Edmonds

Edmonds Trucking co-owner, First Baptist Church member

Denise R. Edmonds, 60, of McDonald, Robinson Township, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013, in her parents’ home.

She was born August 12, 1952, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Floyd and the Rev. M. Marion West Edmonds of McDonald.

She was co-owner of Edmonds Trucking and was a member of First Baptist Church of McDonald, where she was a former member of the church choir.

She received a bachelor of arts degree from Temple University and a master’s in business administration from Waynesburg University.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a son, Kyle Robinette of Pittsburgh; a stepson, Cartrell “Bob” Wright of New Jersey; brothers Floyd F. Edmonds of Hanlin Station and Timothy A. Edmonds of McDonald; nieces Amanda and Darsey Edmonds; and a nephew, Bryce Edmonds.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, in First Baptist Church of McDonald, 141 North McDonald Street, McDonald, where a funeral service will be held at noon. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 55 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. All arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057, 724-926-2800. Please sign the guest book at

Raymond A. Haspel

Weirton Steel retiree

Raymond A. Haspel, 83, of Eldersville, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013, in Weirton (W.Va.) Geriatric Center.

He was born February 26, 1930, in Powhatan, Ohio, a son of the late William and Martha Ritchie Haspel.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Haspel was employed by Weirton Steel Corp. in the tin mill. He enjoyed bowling, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and followed all sports, especially watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Surviving are his children, Raymond, Jr. (Tammy) Haspel of Follansbee, W.Va., Robert (Barbara) Haspel of Colliers, W.Va., Tim Haspel of Weirton, Greg (Nicole) Langston of Bulger, Linda Link of Eldersville and Janet (Greg) Schultz of Grove City; a brother, Clifford Haspel of Weirton; a sister, Dorothy Howard of Burgettstown; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are his wife, Virginia Haspel; four brothers, John, Bill, Ernest and Kenneth Haspel; and a sister, Lucille Haspel.

Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 9, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family. For further information and condolences, please visit

Harry E. Lambert Jr.

Vietnam veteran

Harry “Doddie” E. Lambert Jr., 66, of McDonald, Mt. Pleasant Township, died Friday, August 2, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born November 1, 1946, in Newburg, W.Va., a son of Frances J. Wilt Lambert of Bulger and the late Harry E. Lambert Sr.

Mr. Lambert was a machine operator with Park Ohio of Aliquippa.

He was a Vietnam veteran. He was commander of Midway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 520 and was chosen for parade and guard duty at the White House, while serving in the military.

Mr. Lambert enjoyed his dog, Scooter, and the outdoors.

Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Margaret “Peggy” Lander Lambert; sisters Mary Raab of Harrisburg and Loretta (Donald V.) Donaldson of Bulger; several nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law and father-in-law Francis and Faye Lander.

Deceased, in addition to his father, are a sister, Dorothy Griffith; a brother, Robert Lambert; and mother-in-law Margaret Lander.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 9, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by Canonsburg Post 191 and Houston American Legion Post 902. A wake will be held following at the Midway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 520

All arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 106 St. John Street, Midway, 724-796-3301. Please sign the guest book at

Edwin Maltony

Coach, humble servant gave his time and talent

Edwin Maltony, 80, of Cuero, Texas, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

He was born October 28, 1932, in Joffe, a son of the late Louis and Erma Maltony.

Mr. Maltony graduated from Union High School, Burgettstown, in 1950 and went to college at Waynesburg on a wrestling scholarship where he was selected NCAA All-American heavyweight wrestler. His college career was cut short when he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served as a military policeman at Fort Knox, Ky., from 1953 to 1955.

After the military, he returned to college and received his bachelor of science degree in education from North Texas State. He then met and married his wife, Diana Meadows.

Mr. Maltony was a coach of all sports at Cuero High School from 1958 to 1960. He stayed in Cuero School District by substitute teaching for 44 years, teaching drivers education for 35 years and only missed one football game in the last 44 years – that was because his daughter, Vickie, was getting married.

He jumped on the bandwagon with Rudy Evers, who organized the first Booster Club at the Doll House to watch film and get scout reports. He was instrumental in helping build the practice field, assemble the new stadium, construct a new track and help with the new gymnasium. He was the first person to receive CISD Continuing Service Award.

Mr. Maltony was a humble servant who gave his time, talent and money to the kids of Cuero ISD, from money for lunches, rides to practice, counseling to keep them in college or just that plain old caring attitude that said, “I care.”

Surviving are his wife, Diana Maltony; children Vickie Arrell (Rocky) and David Maltony (Lisa); grandchildren Eric Arrell, Lisa Budarf, Marlayna McKinley, Ryan McKinley, Tyler McKinley, Marlin Maltony (fiancé Leah Soefje) and Reed Maltony; great-grandchildren Eli, Ean and Eliza Arrell and Trey and Jackson Budarf; brothers Bob (Carol) Maltony, Ron Maltony, Rich (Lois) Maltony and Tom Maltony; and a sister, Carol (Larry) Keating.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, JoAnn Spiotta.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 9, in First Presbyterian Church, Cuero, with Pastor Bill Cotman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Cuero Education Foundation.

Terrance A. McClain Sr.


Terrance A. McClain Sr., 73, of Burgettstown, passed away Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 28, 1940, in Burgettstown, a son of the late John and Maude Ellington McClain.

Mr. McClain served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in 1963 and was a recipient of the Navy Expeditionary Medal.

He worked as a millwright for Universal Cement in Universal and enjoyed fishing and camping with his family and grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Vikki Harmon McClain, whom he married June 23, 1984; three sons, Terrance A. McClain Jr. of Freeport, Curtis W. McClain (Cindy) of New Kensington and Donald E. McClain (Martha Heberling) of Avella; two daughters, Virginia L. Crabtree (John) of New Kensington and Cristy Bearden (Rob Kubacka) of Burgettstown; a sister, Madge Staley of Washington; former wife Betty Molina (John) of New Kensington; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Ronald and Martin McClain.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 9, with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. Interment with full military honors accorded by Slovan and Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion Honor Guard will follow in Bethel Ridge Cemetery, Eldersville.

Lyle B. Strawn

WWII vet, retired steelworker enjoyed family time

Lyle B. Strawn, 95, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 5:30 a.m., in his home.

He was born February 16, 1918, in West Alexander, a son of the late Frank and Estee VanSyoc Strawn.

Mr. Strawn had been employed in earlier years as a steelworker for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, retiring in 1980.

He was a graduate of West Alexander High School and was a member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

Mr. Strawn enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars.

On June 16, 1955, he married Rose M. Presto, who died March 30, 1995.

Surviving are a daughter, Annette (Punky) Hower of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Richard “Rick” Sensky of Las Vegas, Nev., and Laura (Tom) Austin of Canonsburg; three great-grandchildren, Jessica, Andrew and Stephanie; and a nephew, Richard (Kathy) Strawn of Meadeville.

Mr. Strawn was preceded in death by a brother, Willis Strawn, and a sister, Ruth Hancher.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor, director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director, followed by entombment in Forest Lawn Garden Mausoleum, McMurray. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 and the U.S. Army. Condolences may be expressed at

Betty E. Thomas

Hairdresser and rose gardener

Betty Evelyn Thomas, 91, formerly of Washington, passed away July 28, 2013, in Wingate Nursing Home, Hampden, Mass.

She was born May 21, 1922, a daughter of Patrick and Goldie Berdine.

Mrs. Thomas was a hairdresser for 44 years and owned and operated her own shop for 36 years.

She was an active member of First Christian Church, Washington, for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Thomas enjoyed cooking, canning and taking care of her beautiful rose garden. She loved her children and grandchildren, who were the joys of her life.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra K. Belcastro of Wilbraham, Mass.; a son, Lowell P. Thomas (Roselyn Nicolella) of McMurray; four grandchildren, Rachel and John Belcastro, Jennifer (Vincent) Trapanotto and Matthew (Julia Broderick) Thomas; and three great-grandchildren, Chloe, Sophia and Lucia Trapanotto.

Also surviving are a brother, Kenneth L. Berdine; sisters, Pauline Glover and Irene Laddis; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Loyal and Harold Berdine; and a sister, Vera Stephenson.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, in First Christian Church, Washington. At the request of the family, burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 615 Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Catherine Susan Toth

Owned Toth’s Dairy Queen & Sizzle Kitchen for 37 years

Catherine Susan Toth, 84, of North Franklin Township, Washington, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 3:40 a.m., in Washington Hospital.

She was born August 12, 1928, in Muse, a daughter of the late William and Rose Ann Boar Smith.

Mrs. Toth was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington.

In previous years, Mrs.Toth was employed by Continental Can in Canonsburg and attended beauty school in Washington, where she received her beautician license. Mrs. Toth, along with her husband, owned and operated their business, Toth’s Dairy Queen & Sizzle Kitchen, for 37 years on West Chestnut Street in Washington, retiring in 1990. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, cooking, baking and going dancing with her husband on Saturday nights, enjoying the big band music. She also had a hobby of searching for four leaf clovers on the many trips she enjoyed with her husband.

On June 23, 1951, she married Joseph William Toth, who survives, enjoying 62 years of a wonderful marriage.

Also surviving are three daughters, Beverly (Ronald O.) Lewis, Diane (Mike) McKay and Kimberly Toth, all of Washington; two grandchildren, Jennifer Charles and Justine (Geno) Piscottano; and a great-grandchild, Jazmyn Charles.

Mrs. Toth was the last of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Julia (Edward) Bizzack; brothers John (Helen) Smith, Joseph (Ann) Smith, Steve (Blanche) Smith and William Smith, who died at the age of seven; sisters Elizabeth (Bruno) Rematt, Rose (Tony) Ambrose and Mary Jane (Vince) Ranone; and a brother; Charles (Alice) Smith.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 10, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Washington, with Father Don Chortos as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at

Willa D. Williams

Former employee of Precision-Marshall

Willa D. “Patty” Williams, 69, of Washington, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, after her lengthy battle with cancer.

Deceased are her parents, Josie Kelley, Ulysses “Cee” Williams and father Walter L. Williams.

A graduate of Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf, she was once employed with Precision-Marshall in Washington.

Surviving are siblings Timmy Williams, Keith Williams and Donnie Williams, all of Uniontown, Raymond Williams (Charlene) of Connelsville, Rosemarie Williams (Charles) of Pittsburgh, Lorraine Boylan (Stan) of Hagerstown, Md., Elaine Farr (Jimmy) of Hanover, Md., Jesse Williams of Mobile, Ala., Annie Herdon (Billy) of Baltimore, Md., Rena Thompson of Rochester, N.Y., Grady Williams (Indy) and Eddie Glover (Louise), both of New York, N.Y., and adopted sister Lucille Beaton of Masontown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m., the hour of service, Saturday, August 10, in Lantz Funeral Home Inc., 297 East Main Street, Uniontown. Private interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, McMurray.

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