Obituaries Aug. 15

August 14, 2013

Robert J. Abbadini

WWII vet, Labella Coal retiree owned Abbadini’s Bar

Robert J. Abbadini, 90, of Waynesburg, formerly of Fredericktown, Deemston Boro, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.

He was born January 5, 1923, in Vestaburg, a son of the late Joseph and Rita Retini Abbadini.

Mr. Abbadini was a 1941 graduate of East Bethlehem High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a member of Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Fredericktown.

Mr. Abbadini co-owned and operated Abbadini’s Bar and Restaurant in Bentleyville for 25 years. He had been employed by Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp. and later A.T. Massey Corp. at Vesta 5 Coal Mine. He later worked as supervisor of Labelle Coal Preparation Plant with more than 43 years of service, retiring in 1985. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 762, having served in the past as president, secretary and treasurer. He was the UMWA District 5 official in charge of black lung cases.

He was a lifelong member and former usher at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Fredericktown, and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 5826 of Bentleyville, 4th Degree. He was also a member of the Binnstown-Lowhill Lions Club.

He enjoyed painting, drawing and woodworking and especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On June 28, 1947, he married Gladys Platter Abbadini who died November 26, 2012.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph Abbadini (Donna) of Cokeburg and Leonard Abbadini (Lou Ann) of Waynesburg; a daughter, Theresa (Teri) Hoyle (Jim) of Clarksville; 11 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jerred, Lenny and Lowell Abbadini, Linda Donley, Lindsay Kozlowski, Lucas, Leah and Lauren Abbadini, Jimmy Hoyle and Jamie Carter; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orlando “Lundo” J. Abbadini of Richeyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a daughter, Linda Abbadini, who died January 5, 1960, and a brother, Jerry Abbadini.

Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Paul Grunebach, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.

Full military rites will be accorded graveside by Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Fredericktown. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Box 517, Fredericktown, PA 15333; or Golden Living Activities Department, 300 Center Avenue, Waynesburg, PA 15370; or Via Quest Hospice, 610 Park Avenue, Monongahela, PA 15063.

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Symaria S. Dagar

Symaria S. “Sym” Dagar, 96, of Canonsburg, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Golden LivingCenter of South Hills.

Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Steve Davidovich

WWII vet, J&L Vesta 5 Mine retiree

Steve Davidovich, 91, formerly of Denbo, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Baldock Manor, North Huntingdon.

Mr. Davidovich was born December 12, 1921, in Lynn, Fayette County, a son of the late Ted and Mildred Vukovich Davidovich.

He was a 1941 graduate of Centerville High School.

Mr. Davidovich was a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II. He served with the eleventh mobile repair and reclamation squadron. While stationed in the European Theater of Operations, he served as an interpreter for Queen (Mother) Marie of Yugoslavia and her conversation with General Donald R. Goodrich, commanding general of the Eighth Army Air Force Service Command. For his services, he was awarded ribbons for the American Theater; European-African-Middle Eastern, Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operation; the Good Conduct Medal; and WWII Victory Medal.

Mr. Davidovich was employed as a precision machinest for J&L Vesta 5 Mine. He retired after 38 years of service and was a member of United Mine Workers Local 762. He also was a charter member of Denbo-Vesta 6 Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and especially enjoyed attending soccer games to watch his grandchildren.

On January 26, 1951, he married Emily Dorazio, who died August 25, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, Steve A. Davidovich (Ruthann) of Vestaburg and Ted E. Davidovich (Camille) of Gilbert, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Kristin Wyant (Matthew) of Bradenville, Danielle Fawcett (Jesse) of North Huntingdon, Steven M. Davidovich of Pittsburgh, Tara, Ted E. and Tessa Davidovich, all of Gilbert, and Kyrie McConnell (Chad), also of Gilbert; six great-grandchildren, Joshua, Madison and Natalie Wyant, Evyn and Samuel Fawcett and Celena McConnell; a brother, Swetko Davidovich of Denbo; a sister, Ann Elliott of Stockdale; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17, with Deacon Tom Raymond officiating. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery, Brownsville. Full military honors will be accorded graveside by Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705, Centerville. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

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Troy A. Fields

Local Union 66 retiree was outdoorsman, Steelers fan

Troy A. Fields, 66, of the Devonshire of Mt. Lebanon Facility, formerly of Washington, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 12:05 p.m., in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, after a lengthy illness.

He was born January 11, 1947, in Washington, a son of the late Elliot and Thelma Kelley Fields.

He was employed in earlier years for Black Top Paving and later was employed by the International Union of Operative Engineers Local Union 66 out of Pittsburgh, for 35 years, until his retirement.

Mr. Fields enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid Steelers fan, but most of all enjoyed time with his friends and family. He also belonged to his Local Union 66.

Mr. Fields was formerly married to Elaine Fields, who is deceased.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Lucree M. Fleming Fields, of 25 years. Also surviving are five brothers and one sister, Raymond Beatty of Sweden, Eugene (Girthalee) Fields of Washington, Joseph (Sandy) Fields of Washington, Robert (Rebecca) Fields of Washington, Paul Fields of Washington and Stella Fields of Washington. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Mr. Fields was preceded in death by not only his parents and wife, but two brothers, Lowell Beatty and William Fields, and one sister, Anna Spencer.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 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 homegoing service will be held at noon Saturday, August 17, in the funeral home, with the Rev. William Burgess officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

Martha Jane Morris Salsberry Funk

Retired caregiver was active church member

Martha Jane “Beckie” Morris Salsberry Funk, 88, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013, in her home with family.

She was a daughter of Perry E. and Sarah Jane Gump Morris, born July 17, 1925, in Brave.

She attended Jackson Township Grade School and Center Township High School. After graduating from Mason-Frederick Beauty Culture in 1945, she continued as a teacher in cosmetology.

She worked as a waitress then as a housekeeper for Dr. and Mrs. Calvin Rush, First National Bank, Waynesburg Borough Police Station and numerous other families in Waynesburg. She moved to Port Charlotte in 1987 and worked as a caregiver until she retired in 1998.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Waynesburg, Friendship United Methodist Church, Punta Gordo, Fla., and the Sewing Club of Methodist Church, that made lap robes for the nursing home residents in the area.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Vicki L. (Frank Higgins) Funk of Waynesburg, Gary R. (Brenda) Funk of Vermillion, Ohio, Mark W. (Maryann) Funk of Amherst, Ohio, and Melody L. (Bobby) Deter of Waynesburg and Punta Gordo, Fla.; sister Jean Scott of Niles, Ohio; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 16, in Friendship United Methodist Church.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to a church or hospice of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

Charles E. Hoyle

Charles E. Hoyle, 63, of Waynesburg, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in a traffic accident.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Katherine Johnston

Longtime Brockway Glass worker enjoyed reading

Katherine “Ruth” Johnston, 90, of Washington, died Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, in the Donnell House, Washington.

She was born October 11, 1922, in Washington, a daughter of Boyd M. and Frances Richey Herschell.

She was a glass packer for more than 25 years at the former Brockway Glass Plant 7.

Mrs. Johnston was a Baptist and attended Abundant Life Church of Washington.

She enjoyed family gatherings, shopping, word searches and reading.

She was married to Ross L. Johnston, who died September 27, 1980.

Surviving are a son, David R. (Shirley M.) Johnston of Washington; a brother, James Clifford Herschell of Washington; a sister, Nancy M. (Don) Casto of Washington; two grandchildren, Joy (Dan) Adams and David R. Johnston II; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Joy Adams and Aubrey Danielle Adams; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Pansy Lewis; and two brothers, Glenn Vernon Herschell and Paul Herschell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, where a celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, with Donald Herschell as celebrant. Interment will follow at Washington Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be left at

Edward Muggar

Coal miner, St. Patrick Church member

Edward Muggar, 94, of Sturgeon, South Fayette Township, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Ohio Valley Hospital.

He was born January 19, 1919, in Sturgeon, a son of the late Constant and Eva Muggar.

Mr. Muggar was a coal miner with North Star Coal Co. and was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed woodworking (especially making birdhouses) and raising and racing homing pigeons.

Surviving are his wife of 14 years, Edith Vettorel Muggar; children Janet (Kenneth) Oelschlager of McMurray and Edward (Jan) Muggar of South Fayette Township; grandchildren Keven Oelschlager, Tracy Stieglitz and Paula Archinaco; great-grandchildren Kamron and Ashley Oelschlager and Alyssa and Corey Stieglitz; brother and sister Victor (Ruth) Muggar of Cecil and Della Pierce of Carnegie; nephew Steve Bertolino; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Orelia Muggar (1989), three sisters and one brother.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, 724-693-2800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, August 17, in St. Patrick R.C. Church, 7322 Noblestown Road, Oakdale. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery.

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Casmeria Porfeli

Enjoyed cooking, baking, time with family

Casmeria “Kate” Porfeli, 95, of Washington, formerly of Avella, died at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born April 10, 1918, in Collinsville, Conn., a daughter of the late Louis and Catherine Pencek Malinky.

Mrs. Porfeli enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and spending time with her family.

She was married to Joseph Porfeli, who died April 8, 1986.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Frank) Zrimm of Avella; three grandchildren, Bradley Zrimm, Bryan (Cheryl) Zrimm and Amy Zrimm; three great-grandchildren, Fred Moore Jr., Caitlin and Savanna Zrimm; and two great-great grandchildren, Ashlyn and McKinley.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband and parents, are six brothers, Thomas, Stanley, Walter, Michael, Steve and Alex Malinky; and three sisters, Frances Doman, Marcella Kleinotas and Blanche Deco.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Friday, August 16, in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312, with the Rev. Fred Helmick officiating.

Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella. Condolences may be expressed at

Roberta J. Samson

Proud member of Chartiers Chapter of OES

Roberta J. Samson, 77, of McMurray, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

She was the wife of Chester Samson.

She was born September 10, 1935, in Pittsburgh.

She was the mother of Brian (Alison) McConnell of Peters Township and sister of Barbara Wills. Also surviving are grandchildren Graham and Andrew McConnell.

She was a proud member of Chartiers Chapter 97, Order of the Eastern Star. She was treasurer of Keystone Eagles Club, a statewide fraternal organization. Also, she was associated with Food and Friends and Peters Township Food Pantry.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from noon until 1 p.m., the time of services, Saturday, August 17, Cremation and Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, 412-572-8810.

Glenda H. Sweeney

Mapletown Methodist Church member

Glenda H. Sweeney, 89, of Greensboro, died at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2013, in her home.

She was born January 16, 1924, in Monongahela Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late George and Bertha Mae Hamilton Pringle.

Mrs. Sweeney was a graduate of Mapletown High School and resided in the Greensboro area all of her life. She was a member of Mapletown Methodist Church and served as treasurer for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Greensboro and Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Mrs. Sweeney enjoyed bowling, watching birds and playing bingo.

On May 2, 1945, she married Cliff Sweeney, who survives.

Also surviving are a brother, Jack Pringle and wife Rose of Greensboro, and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, in the funeral home. Entombment will follow at the mausoleum at Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mapletown Methodist Church, 928 Mapletown Road, Greensboro, PA 15338.

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