Obituaries Aug. 10

August 9, 2013

Grant Barkley

A memorial service for Grant Warren Barkley, who died July 23, 2013, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday August 11, in First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, Clear and Second streets, Greensboro.

Ronald Carr

Cement mason served during Vietnam

Ronald Carr, 70, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, died Friday, August 9, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by his family.

He was born November 25, 1942, in Sewickley, a son of the late John Carr and Oma Bowman Ross.

Mr. Carr attended Canon-McMillan schools and served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

He lived in Washington for the past nine years and was a member of Glenn Street Free Methodist Church. 

Prior to retirement, he was a cement mason and member of Cement Mason Local 526. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 553, where he served as an officer. 

Surviving are his wife, Ellen Puchi Carr; two sons, Doug Anthony Carr of Houston and Michael Carr of West Virginia; a daughter; Lisa Marie Schultz (William) of Washington; two brothers, Jack Carr of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Richard Carr of Canonsburg; three sisters, Sonia Beber of McMurray and Dorothy Kouche and Carol Forish, both of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Nicholas Cox and Noah Angel Neil-Carr; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 12, with the Rev. Robert Neal, pastor of Glenn Street Free Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 15, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military rites accorded by the combined honor guards of VFW Post 191 and American Legion Post 902.

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Ludmila P. Oster

Beloved mother and grandmother

Ludmila P. Oster, 93, of Washington, formerly of South Park, died Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

She was born July 4, 1920, in Libuse, La., a daughter of the late Rudolph and Anna Caslavska Prycl.

Mrs. Oster was a homemaker.

On July 1, 1941, she married John G. Oster, who died October 5, 1993.

Surviving are five daughters, Susan (Robert) Whipps of Amity, Trudy (Dennis) Sobotka of Little River, S.C., Janine Abner of Washington, Sally (Russell) Gloeckl of McDonald and Shelley (Jack) Bruce of Pittsburgh; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two daughters, Lisa Beth and Robin Oster; four brothers; and four sisters.

Friends will be received for a memorial gathering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, August 12, with a luncheon to follow at 1 p.m. in Peter’s Place, 1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017. All other services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Salvation Army at or Washington Area Humane Society at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director

Rose Marie Seward

Desmet Lumber kitchen designer

Rose Marie Seward, 85, of South Fayette Township, died Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon.

She was born July 22, 1928, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Oscar and Anna Krakosz Desmet.

Mrs. Seward was a member of St. Mary Parish and McDonald-Cecil Senior Center.

She worked as a kitchen designer for Desmet Lumber in Cecil.

Surviving are three sons, David (Diane) Seward of Pottsville, Daniel (Pamela) Seward of Center Township, Beaver, and Donald Seward of South Fayette Township; a daughter, Diane Gauthier of Scott Township; six grandchildren, Laura (John) Liddle of Jacksonville, Fla., Christina Seward of Quakertown, Nichole (Harrison) Birch of Baltimore, Md., Ashton Seward of Center Township, Beaver, Chad Gauthier of Erie and Chelsia Gauthier of Scott Township; three great-grandchildren, Nora, Sara and Zane; three sisters, Joanne Walker of South Fayette Township, Norma (Tom) Wilkenson of Hookstown and Brenda Knaggs of Michigan.

Deceased are her husband, Peter Seward, who died in 1983, and a sister, in childhood.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 12, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek, officiating. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.

Joseph P. Sienkiel

Avid golfer, sports fan retired from Jessop 

Joseph P. “Joe” Sienkiel, 86, of Washington, died at 12:17 a.m. Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born September 18, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich., a son of the late Albert and Josephine Sienkiel.

Mr. Sienkiel served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1952. After serving in the military, he was employed for 34 years by Jessop Steel as a millwright, until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and was an avid golfer and sports fan.

Mr. Sienkiel was a member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, Pulaski Club, Polish Club and BPOE Elks Lodge 776.

On June 12, 1948, he married Gloria L. King, who died in 2001.

Surviving are sons Steve (Ruth) Sienkiel of McMurray and Joe (Ann) Sienkiel of Georgetown, Texas; a daughter, Karen McHenry of Cranston, R.I., a brother, Norbert Sienkiel of Washington; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very good friend, Glenna McDougal of Washington.

Deceased is a brother, Edward Sienkiel.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday 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 blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, in the funeral home with Father Thomas D. O’Neil officiating. Burial will be private. Condolences may be expressed at

Katherine Douglas Smith

Active member in First U.M. Church of Waynesburg

KatherineDouglas Smith, 96, of Waynesburg, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown W.Va., after a brief illness.

She was born October 29, 1916, in Providence, R.I., a daughter of the late Samuel Tobey Douglas and Helen Kurtz Douglas.

On May 24, 1941, she married David McKenzie Smith, who died January 27, 2011.

She attended Wheelock School, now Wheelock College, from 1934 to 1937, and received a degree in early childhood education. She was a member of one of the first Brownie troops, remained a Girl Scout into adulthood and was awarded Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Girl Scout Gold award. She later became a Boy Scout leader as she raised her sons.

While living in Pittsburgh, she volunteered at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for nine years and as a tutor at Miller Elementary School in Pittsburgh. She was a frequent blood donor.

Mrs. Smith and her husband retired to a small farm in Carmichaels, where they resided for several years before moving to Waynesburg.

She was a member and officer of AARP and Warrior Trail Association. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesburg and a former Sunday school teacher. She loved sewing, gardening and baking.

Surviving are three sons, Douglas Kent Smith (Kathleen Stratton Smith) of Canonsburg, Donald McKenzie Smith of Cuenca, Ecuador, and Malcolm Blake Smith (Clemmie Hannigan Smith) of Carmichaels; three granddaughters, Lauren Katherine Smith Farah (Michael), Samantha Smith Carter (Mike) and Jennifer Smith Ross (Jared); six great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Katherine Farah, Trenton, Sophia and Joselyn Carter and Jameson Ross; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, John Kurtz Douglas, Samuel Tobey Douglas Jr. and Stewart Nicholas Douglas.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, in First United Methodist Church in Waynesburg, with Pastor Gary Grau presiding. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 112 North Richhill Street, Waynesburg PA 15370, or Warrior Trail Association, P.O. Box 103, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Condolences may be offered at

Mary Ann Stephens 

Mary Ann Stephens, 78, of Washington, died Friday, August 9, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington.

Mary Tallarico

Homemaker enjoyed crossword puzzles, shopping

Mary Tallarico, 90, of Washington, formerly of Marianna, died Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

Born in Bescoe February 27, 1923, she was a daughter of Frank and Clara Greco Tallarico.

She attended Wylie Elementary and Trinity area schools and was a homemaker and Roman Catholic.

Enjoyment came from crossword puzzles, shopping, reading and watching her soaps.

Surviving are three sisters, Lena Hanna, Antoinette Madosky and Edith Jarvis.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are three brothers, Seirfine, Frank and Anthony Tallarico; and a sister, Jenny Mikrut.

Family and friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of services, Monday, August 12, in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna. A guest book may be signed at In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimers Association.

John E. Titus

Former Pa. department commander of American Legion

John E. Titus, 91, of Carmichaels, formerly of Jefferson, died Friday, August 9, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

He was born November 2, 1921, in Jefferson, a son of the late Dr. Scott J. and Maud Dulany Titus.

Mr. Titus was a 1940 graduate of Jefferson High School, 1949 graduate of Waynesburg College and a 1969 graduate of West Virginia University.

He had first worked for American Viscose Corp. in Meadville as a textile worker.

Mr. Titus began a long career in education in 1950 in Jefferson-Morgan School District, where he was a classroom teacher for 14 years and a guidance counselor for 20 years, before retiring in 1984. He was also active in school activities as a basketball coach, baseball coach, student council sponsor and the State Student Council Leadership Workshop instructor. He was a member of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and Greene County Retired Teachers Association.

He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was very active in the American Legion. Mr. Titus joined the Legion in 1945 and continued as a life member. He helped form Filer-Sadlek Post 954 in Jefferson in 1946 and served as post commander from 1956 to 1957. He served as American Legion 25th district commander from 1959 to 1961, western vice commander from 1970 to 1971 and elected Pennsylvania department commander from 1975 to 1976 at the 57th Convention of American Legion in Pittsburgh. He also served on the Pennsylvania War Veterans Council and as president from 1975 to 1976. He was a member of the board of trustees of Scotland School for Veterans’ Children and was president from 1986 for several years. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Pennsylvania Department of the American Legion for his many years of service.

He was also a life member of Disabled American Veterans, a member of Greene County Voiture 10-20 of the 40-8, and an honorary life member of the Army Navy and Air Force veterans in Canada.

His community activities included Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company, Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority, Southwestern Pennsylvania Sewage Authority and Greene County Planning Commission.

Mr. Titus enjoyed belonging to Jefferson Football Club, which traveled around the country to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play.

On December 27, 1952, he married Helen Stagon Titus, who died August 18, 2004.

Surviving are two daughters, Cyndee Scott and husband Ken of Mars and Jeanne Hockenberry and husband David of Carmichaels, with whom he made his home; two granddaughters, Tori Scott and Rachel Hockenberry; and two great-grandchildren, Jayden Kerley and Ava Hockenberry.

Deceased are a brother, Robert E. Titus, and three sisters, Ruth Titus, C. Jane Titus and Margarette Titus Brewer.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, with the Rev. Donald P. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Graveside military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 954, Jefferson. The 25th District of the American Legion will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to American Legion Scholarship Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 2324, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2324.Condolences may be expressed at



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