Obituaries Aug. 16

August 15, 2013

Opal M. Albert

Opal M. Albert, 93, of Denbo, died Thursday, August 15, 2013, in her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Symaria S. Dagar

Homemaker, Canonsburg Presbyterian Church member

Symaria S. “Sym” Dagar, 96, of Canonsburg, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Golden Living of South Hills.

She was born April 13, 1917, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Samuel and Hannah Corey Abraham Namy.

Mrs. Dagar was a homemaker, who lived her entire married life in Canonsburg.

She had been a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Michael Dagar, died December 27, 1986.

Surviving are three daughters, Donna (Edward) Koman of Houston, Michelle (Douglas) Fulton of Lima, Ohio, and Cynthia Solomon of Charleroi, a son, Ronald M. (Patricia) Dagar of West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Ronald Scott Dagar, Danielle Dagar Caputo, Nicole Koman Whitfield, Douglas Koman, Lisa Picconi Bell, Brett Picconi, Kelly Solomen Todaro and Todd Solomen; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sue Monsour of Mt. Lebanon; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Sam, Eugene and Paul Namy.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 19, with the Rev. Doug Beltzner officiating. Interment will follow in St. George Syrian Cemetery, Bridgeville.

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Sara Jane Fitch


Sara Jane Fitch, 80, of Bentleyville, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

She was born January 11, 1933, in Scenery Hill, a daughter of the late Harry and Mildred Wherry Dague.

Mrs. Fitch was a 1951 graduate of Bentleyville High School.

For many years, she worked at Bon-Ton in Washington.

She was formerly married to the late Don Fitch.

Surviving are four children, Diana Fitch (Darryl Blecher) of Upper St. Clair, Don Fitch Jr. (Antoinette Volkar) of Amity, Jeff Fitch (Toni Rummo) of Ellsworth and Cynthia Winters (Grant Winters) of Mars; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, with Pastor Bob Huber officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery.

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Charles A. Hassler

Beloved husband, loving father

Charles A. Hassler, 92, formerly of Carnegie and Lone Pine, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of the late Jean Sterling Hassler; loving father of Curt C. (Beverly) Hassler and the late Robin J. Smith; and brother of Homer Hassler and the late Elsie Doerflinger.

Also surviving are two grandchildren, Lea S. Hassler and Jacque K. Dalton, and two great-grandchildren, Carson Ryan and Elysia Dalton.

There will be no visitation and services are private. Arrangements are by Henney, Bradwell and Nirella Funeral Home, Carnegie.

Charles E. Hoyle Sr.

Coal miner was UMWA member, outdoorsman

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

He was born November 28, 1949, in Waynesburg, a son of Nora Balsinger Hoyle of Waynesburg and the late George Edward Hoyle.

Mr. Hoyle was a 1968 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School.

On June 20, 1970, he married Brenda Lemasters, who survives.

Mr. Hoyle worked as a coal miner for Alpha Resources at Kirby since 1977. He also worked at Montour No. 4 Mine from 1973 to 1977. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 2300.

He was a lifelong resident of Waynesburg and was Protestant. An avid outdoorsman, he and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren. He was a member of National Rifle Association and received the sharpshooter award.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are a son, Charles E. Hoyle Jr. (Vicki Varner) of Waynesburg; two daughters, Heidi L. Connor (Dan) of Waynesburg and Heather L. Hoyle (Ken Young) of New Hampshire; eight grandchildren, Ashley Hoyle, Timothy Hoyle, Tiffany Hoyle, Kyle Varner, Charli Hoyle, Hailey Hoyle, T.J. Hoyle and Colton Hoyle Connor; a sister, Cynthia Chadwick of Waynesburg; four brothers, Marshall Hoyle of Waynesburg, Terry Hoyle of Waynesburg, George Hoyle of Maryland and Robert Hoyle of Waynesburg; and mother-in-law Aldene Allman of Waynesburg.

Deceased are an infant brother, Dale Hoyle, and father-in-law Roy Lemasters.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, August 18, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Greg Stauffer officiating. Interment will follow Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Gordon Hill. Condolences may be offered at

Robert W. Lemmon

Navy veteran, Waynesburg U. retiree

Robert W. Lemmon, 81, of Rices Landing, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in his home.

He was born July 29, 1932, in Gilmore Township, Greene County, a son of the late Robert Milton Lemmon and Nora May Roupe Lemmon.

Mr. Lemmon retired from the maintenance department of Waynesburg University in 1995. He also worked in the plumbing and heating business with his father.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Lemmon loved spending time with his granddaughters and his pet cat, Smokey. He was an avid NASCAR racing fan.

Surviving are his wife, Leona Herrod Lemmon, whom he married October 20, 1981; a son, Robert W. Lemmon Jr. of McKees Rocks; a daughter, Robin L. Teagarden (Jim) of Waynesburg; two granddaughters, Addyson and Brantlee Teagarden; and a sister, Linda Miller of Jollytown.

Deceased are a grandson, Edward Thomas Lemmon, and a sister, Mary Lou Wamsley.

At Mr. Lemmon’s request, services and interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. Condolences may be offered at

James W. Parkinson

Born in Midway

James W. Parkinson, 95, formerly of Victoria, Texas, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, in Benton Village in Stockbridge, Ga., where he lived since October 2011.

He was born in Midway, a son of James Calvin and Florence Purdy Parkinson.

Mr. Parkinson was a foreman with Trinity Industries in Irving, Texas, at the time of his retirement.

Surviving are his wife, Annie L. Parkinson; three sons, Kenneth and Darrel, both of Stockbridge, and Robin of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, of whom one is deceased; and a stepgreat-grandchild.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., the time of service, Friday, August 16, in Fairview Chapel of Horis A. Ward, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281, 770-474-1231, with Pastor Kevin Hornsby officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

Gregor Peterson

WWII veteran, U.S. Steel mechanic

Gregor Peterson, 89, of Arden, died July 11, 2013.

He was born October 6, 1923, in South Park, a son of Larry H. and Pauline Solaviov Peterson.

Mr. Peterson was husband of 23 years to Marjorie S. Peterson, who died June 11, 2012.

He was a veteran of World War II, a member of International Union of Operating Engineers since 1942, and had worked for American Bridge as a master mechanic and later for U.S. Steel.

Mr. Peterson shot a hole-in-one at Dogwood Hills Golf June 22, 2003.

He was intelligent, passionate in his beliefs, creative and musical, fair and honest, and was a superhero to his daughter.

Surviving are a daughter, Marsha Lee Giebas (Edward) of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; a grandson, Mark Ortega of Harpers Ferry; a sister-in-law, Katherine Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are son Mark Peterson, and brothers Harry L., Thomas, John and David Peterson.

Interment will be next to his son in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.



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