Obituaries Aug. 18

August 17, 2013

Joseph C. Batove

Army veteran was 40-year ironworker

Joseph C. Batove, 90, of Washington, died Friday, August 16, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

He was born February 17, 1923, in Jerome, a son of Joseph and Flora Rice Batove.

Mr. Batove worked as an ironworker for Ironworkers Local 3 for 40 years.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served from September 18, 1943, until his honorable discharge February 3, 1946.

He was Presbyterian.

On September 3, 1943, he married Lois Cheesbrough, who died October 8, 2009.

Surviving are a son, Charles (Barbara) Batove of Hickory; two daughters, Lois Jo (Alan) Wood and Rebecca (Dennis Trimmer) Wotring; four grandchildren, Bill and Mark Wotring, Leslie (Gabriel) Markle and Christopher Batove; and three great-grandchildren, Cheyene, Monica and Brice Wotring.

Deceased are a daughter, Twila Batove; a brother, James Batove; and a granddaughter, Holli Batove.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 20. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Avella.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at

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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 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 a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, August 19, in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 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 Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 785717, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Allen Gardner

Allen Gardner, 73, of Indiana, formerly of Hill Station, died Saturday, August 17, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are entrusted to Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 724-745-9510. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Mary Gardner

Amazing cook had huge love of animals

Mary Gardner, 81, of Canonsburg, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in McMurray.

She was born February 16, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Grace and William Franz.

Mrs. Gardner went to school in Mt. Lebanon.

On November 26, 1965, she married Herbert Gardner, who is deceased.

Deceased, in addition to her loving husband, are a brother, William Franz, and two sisters, Annabel Mills and Jerri Hobbs.

Surviving are children Thomas (Bette) Vanzin, Robert Vanzin, William (Janet) Vanzin, Sharon (Tony) Cammeron, Stephen (Doris) Vanzin and Mary (Jason) Grimmer; grandchildren Stephanie Thornton, Jessica DiFore, Jeremy Vanzin, Jennifer Vanzin, Jason Vanzin, Sean Carrigan, Bernadette Doss, Stephen Vanzin, Melissa Diamond, Lisa Vanzin and Jacob Grimmer; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gardner worked as a caregiver to others for many years.

She was an avid card player and an amazing cook. She had a huge love of animals. Her favorite time was spending days with her family.

Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, with the Rev. Stewart E. Bair officiating. Interment will be held in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

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Anne Handra

Attended North Ten Mile Baptist Church

Anne Handra, 88, of Amity, formerly of Glassport, died Friday, August 16, 2013.

She was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Prokopchak Pacerucha and wife of the late Michael Handra Jr.

Surviving are children Dennis (Tede) Handra, Michael (Linda) Handra III and Mary Lynn (Glenn) Porter; brother John Pacerucha; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Handra attended North Ten Mile Baptist Church. She was a former member of Ladies Auxillary Citizens Hose Company 1 and Beth-Center Senior Citizens in Vestaburg.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, with the Rev. Gary Schneider. Interment will follow in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.

Richard Michael Knizner

Loving husband and father

Richard Michael Knizner, 77, of Canonsburg, died Friday, August 16, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born May 6, 1936, in Marianna, a son of Michael Matthew and Jennie Malinsky Knizner.

Mr. Knizner was a 1954 graduate of Bethlehem Joint High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Robert Morris College and was a 1960 graduate of Penn Commercial.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Muse, where he served as a Sunday school teacher.

Mr. Knizner was an officer and director of corporate tax for Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving at Randolf Air Force Base in Texas.

Mr. Knizner was a member of American Legion Post 744 of Marianna.

He was an avid outdoorsman, loved sports and was a Little League baseball coach.

On June 8, 1957, he married his beloved wife of 56 years, Joanne Shimborske.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children, Linda King (Tully) of Stapleton, Ala., Sharon Rice (John Jr.) of Marianna, Deanne Knizner of Wexford and Richard Knizner (Stephanie) of Augusta, Ga.; six grandchildren, Daniel Rusin, Wesley Hurless, Geoffrey Knizner, Kaylee Knizner, Katelyn Hall and R.J. Knizner; two brothers, Thomas “Doc” Knizner (Mae) and Michael Knizner (Virginia), both of Marianna, and Carolyn Noska (Robert) of Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private. Arrangements are entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Laverne C. McLaughlin

Loved spending time with her grandchildren

Laverne C. McLaughlin, 83, of Washington, died Friday, August 16, 2013, in McMurray Hills Manor.

She was born August 31, 1929, in Carnegie, a daughter of Adam and Stella Suchoski Golinski.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a graduate of Scott High School.

She was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Washington for many years.

Mrs. McLaughlin was employed as a secretary by A.C. Pipe and later as a cashier by Shop ’n Save grocery store.

Dancing, playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren brought her great joy in her life.

Her husband, Harry E. McLaughlin, died in 1983.

Surviving are two daughters, Helen (Patrick) Rodgers of Pittsburgh and Freda (Ron) Vickless of Washington; five grandchildren, Joseph, Christopher and Amy Vickless and Brian and Alexis Rodgers; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Estelle Ankrum.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 1290 Jefferson Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, August 19, in St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church, 320 Henderson Avenue, Washington. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Condolences may be posted at

William J. Temple

Known as ‘Bill 95’

William J. Temple, 25, of Crucible, died unexpectedly at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born August 16, 1987, in South Bend, Ind., a son of Kathryn R. Cox Temple, with whom he made his home, and the late William W. Temple.

Mr. Temple was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School and resided in Crucible, nearly all of his life.

He enjoyed collecting safety helmets and working with his computer and was known locally as the “Weatherman from Crucible” and “Bill 95.”

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are three sisters, Janet K. Temple, Cora J. Temple and Anna M. Temple Jaggie and husband David, all of Crucible; a brother, Michael J. Temple and wife Sandy of Kirby; two half brothers, Nick Wilson of the state of Indiana and Brenddon Drew of Carmichaels; three half sisters, Nicole Wilson, Ashley Wilson and Codi-Autumn Erhardt, all of the state of Indiana; three nieces, Amanda K. Garet, Brittany Nicole Temple and Katelyn L. Temple; a nephew, David F. Jaggie Jr.; and a great-nephew, Damian M. Mayle.

Deceased is a niece, Ruth-Ann Jaggie.

There will be no public viewing, and all arrangements are private under the direction of Yoskovich Funeral Home, Carmichaels. Please visit

Betty E. Thomas

Services for Betty E. Thomas, who died July 28, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, in First Christian Church, Washington.

Joseph Wesley Warne

Joseph Wesley Warne, 44, of Washington, died unexpectedly Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Patricia B. Weston

Washington resident

Patricia B. Weston, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, in Washington Cemetery, with the Rev. Stuart Broberg officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Gordon Allen Wilson Jr.

Lifelong member of Church of the Covenant

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.

He 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, he graduated from Washington High School in 1942, Washington & Jefferson College in 1946 and Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1947.

Mr. Wilson served 44 years as a mechanical engineer, retiring from McGraw Edison/Cooper Power Systems. Among Mr. Wilson’s professional accomplishments are nine U.S. patents in switch gear technology.

A lifelong member of Church of the Covenant, he faithfully served the congregation through active membership and leadership positions as deacon, elder, trustee and leader of 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 Fort 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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