Obituaries Aug. 17

August 16, 2013

Opal M. Albert

Longtime member of Bible Baptist Church

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

She was born August 10, 1920, in Blainesburg, a daughter of the late George and Ethel M. Rice Porter.

A homemaker, Mrs. Albert was a longtime member of Bible Baptist Church in Hiller.

She enjoyed building puzzles with her family, collecting red birds, word puzzles, swimming and shopping at Walmart. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her dogs, Mickey and Mikey.

Deceased is her husband, Andrew E. Albert Jr., who died October 20, 1992.

Surviving are three daughters, Priscilla L. “Patty” Wright (Ronnie) of Appomattox, Va., Sandrea L. “Sandi” Baumgardner of California, who was her caregiver and was by her side when she died, and Shirley J. Kovach (Kenneth) of Vesta #6; two sons, Andrew E. Albert III (Vickie) of Pennsboro, W.Va., and Joseph J. Albert (Ginny) of Hagerstown, Md.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Porter (Gertrude) of Vesta #6; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Porter of East Millsboro and Nancy Porter of Lowhill; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are infant daughter Andrea Albert, and four brothers, Robert J. “R.J.,” Walter “Beanie,” Alvin Porter and George Porter who was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. when he was killed in action in Saipan during World War II.

Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 19. Interment will be in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Mary A. Bailey

Longtime Hickson’s Office Supplies bookkeeper

Mary A. Bailey, 88, of Washington, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, South Strabane Township.

She was born September 28, 1924, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Fredrick A. and Elizabeth G. Bailey.

Miss Bailey was employed for many years as a bookkeeper and clerk for Hickson’s Office Supplies in Washington. She also had been employed at Montgomery Ward in the parts department and at Blue Ridge Bus Lines.

She was a graduate of Washington High School in 1943 and a graduate of Washington Seminary in 1945.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She is the last of her immediate family.

Deceased are two brothers, Fred A. and Frank A. Bailey, and a sister, Joanne Conrad.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 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 prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with the Rev. William P. Feeney as celebrant. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Condolences may be expressed at

Dennis Michael Bonato

West End Bottle Shop bartender

Dennis Michael “Mac” Bonato, 52, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born July 28, 1961, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of Anne Norquist Bonato of Washington and the late Robert Bonato Sr.

Mr. Bonato tended bar at West End Bottle Shop and was a fan of Pittsburgh sports.

Surviving are a son, Zachary Bonato and fiancée Jessica Bell of Washington; daughter Shellie Henderson of Washington; three brothers, Richard, Robert and Jeff; two sisters, Carol Ashmore and Patty Paradise; grandchildren Aydeen Bonato and Zander Henderson; stepfather Henry Popp; and his companion, Jean.

There will be no public viewing or service. William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington, is handling arrangements.

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Symaria S. Dagar

Corrected information was received for the obituary of Symaria S. Dagar, published Friday.

Surviving are grandchildren Kelly Solomon Todaro and Todd Solomon.

Carl Eugene DuBois

WWII vet, Consol retiree was UMWA member

Carl Eugene DuBois, 92, of Morgantown, W.Va., passed away Friday, August 16, 2013.

He was born June 12, 1921, in Star City, W.Va., a son of the late Carl and Lottie Brewer DuBois.

Mr. DuBois was a World War II veteran, having served in the 922 Field Artillery, 97th Infantry Division. His tour of duty included the European Theater and post-war occupation of Japan.

On February 20, 1943, he married Kathryn Becilla, who died October 9, 2007. Together they had three children, Carolyn Galli of Ellicott City, Md., David DuBois (Kay) of Hershey and Gary DuBois (Deborah) of Waynesburg.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jennifer Galli, Christina Maggard (Christopher), David DuBois (Jodi), Justin DuBois (Penelope) and Andrea DuBois and two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Jacob DuBois.

Mr. DuBois retired in 1985 from Consol Energy after 30 years of service in the coal industry. He worked at Bunker, Humphrey 7 and Osage mines and was a proud member of the UMWA, District 31, Local 4043.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Star City, where he served as a lector and usher.

Robin St Clair and Terrie Cottrell took loving and dedicated care of Mr. DuBois.

Family and friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce Street, Morgantown. A scriptural wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to conclude the evening visitation. Visitation will continue from 9 until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, August 19, in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Star City, with Father John V. DiBacco as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Union Cemetery. Military honors will be provided at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 785717, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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Tresa Ann Hewitt

Enjoyed camping with her family

Tresa Ann Hewitt, 40, of Nemacolin, died Thursday, August 15, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born April 26, 1973, in Morgantown, a daughter of Patricia A. Wilson Hewitt and the late Paul Hewitt Jr.

Ms. Hewitt was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, Class of 1994.

She was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, McClellandtown.

Though Ms. Hewitt struggled with a lifelong disability, she had a sparkling personality. She enjoyed camping and campfires with her family, gospel music and going shopping. Sunday dinners were special to her.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a brother, Paul A. Hewitt (Judy) of Nemacolin; four sisters, Angela Baker (Derek), Joanne Uphold (Bob), all of Nemacolin, Susan Lewis (Tim) of Millsboro and Tina Toth (Mike) of Vestaburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, funeral director/supervisor. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Tim Tanner officiating.

Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. Visit

Nancy Ann Deduch McCombs


Nancy Ann Deduch McCombs, 88, of Carmichaels, died Friday, August 9, 2013, in Braun’s Personal Care Home, Waynesburg.

Mrs. McCombs was born September 9, 1924, in Rices Landing, a daughter of the late Charles and Helen Beban Deduch.

She graduated from Jefferson-Morgan High School, Class of 1942.

Mrs. McCombs worked at Honsaker’s Clover Farm and Foodland store for many years.

She was married to the late George W. McCombs for 63 years. She worked with her husband, a volunteer fireman, on many fundraisers to benefit the Carmichaels-Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Mrs. McCombs was a member of Carmichaels Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Surviving are her sister, Pauline Hupp; several nieces and nephews; her friends and staff at Braun’s Personal Care Home and the compassionate nurses from Amedysis; and her neighbors who kept in touch with her during her illness.

Her sisters Helen, Mary and Cecilia are deceased.

At Mrs. McCombs’ request, there is no public visitation. All services are private, at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are under the direction of Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels. Visit the obituary at

Ronald Simpson

Ronald Simpson, 61, of Washington, died Friday, August 16, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Gordon Allen Wilson Jr.

Church of the Covenant life member

Gordon Allen Wilson Jr., 89, formerly of Washington, died at 1:21 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in his home in Cary, N.C.

Mr. Wilson was born February 3, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, the eldest child of the late Gordon Allen and Maude Bauer Wilson.

A Washington resident from 1926 to 2010, Mr. Wilson graduated from Washington High School in 1942, Washington & Jefferson College in 1946 and Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1947.

He served 44 years as a mechanical engineer. Among Mr. Wilson’s professional accomplishments are nine U.S. patents in switch gear technology.

A life member of Church of the Covenant, Mr. Wilson faithfully served the congregation through active membership and leadership positions as deacon, elder, trustee and led the youth confirmation class.

An active life member and leader in Boy Scouts, Mr. Wilson was an Eagle Scout and a Silver Beaver Award recipient. He also was active in United Way and Junior Achievement.

An avid collector in many areas, he also enjoyed golf and woodworking. He was frequently called upon for assistance and freely gave of his time and expertise. A devoted husband and father, he loved spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ellen Beam Wilson of Cary; daughters Anne Wilson Hemingway of Gurnee, Ill., Janet Wilson of Holly Springs, N.C., and Joan Wilson Bentley of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren Katherine and Karin Hemingway of Gurnee and Alex Bentley of Raleigh; a brother, John Wilson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Mary Wilson Ferguson of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Alfred Glenn, Robert (Pete) and Charles (Chuck) Wilson.

Family and friends are welcome and will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, in Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in Washington Cemetery. Donations to a favorite charity or Church of the Covenant are requested, in lieu of flowers.



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