Obituaries Aug. 22

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M. Richard Brezinski

Henderson Avenue Foodland meat cutter


M. Richard Brezinski, 82, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


He was born January 16, 1931, in Mount Pleasant Township, a son of the late John and Laura Dombrowski Brezinski.


Mr. Brezinski was a 1950 graduate of Trinity High School.


He was employed as a meat cutter in the family business at Henderson Avenue Foodland in Washington. Prior to that, he was formerly employed at Paper Mill in Wellsburg, W.Va.


Mr. Brezinski was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Washington and a longtime member of the Pulaski Club.


His wife of 48 years, Patricia Patalan, died December 21, 2000.


Surviving are a daughter, Debra Brezinski of Washington; a son, Kevin Brezinski of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.


He was the last of his immediate family.


Deceased are brothers Frank, Joseph, Charles, Stephen, Henry, Zigmund, Robert and James Brezinski, and sisters Teresa Wiegman and Irene Magon.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 1290 Jefferson Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, in St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas D. O’Neil, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Dorothy C. Smith Cassidy

Beloved wife, loving mother


Dorothy C. Smith Cassidy, 85, of Canonsburg, peacefully passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.


She was a beloved wife of Paul V. Cassidy for 65 years; loving mother of Madeleine (G. Robert) Sipp, Michele (James) Tanner, Maureen (Keith) Kull and Mimi (Jeffrey) Sobek; caring grandmother of Nathan (Jennifer) Sipp, Ashley Tanner, Abbey (Robert) Wash, Kyle (Lauren) Kull, Cassidy (Dale) Checketts, Kristopher Kull and Lundy Sobek; great-grandmother of Asher Sipp; and sister of Madeline Miller, Miriam Parrish, Lois Watkins, Pat Mead, the late Rosemary Szymanski, Kay O’Keefe, Richard Smith and Edward Smith.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24. Interment will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


Russell W. Grim

PennDOT retiree active in Fairview Methodist Church


Russell W. Grim, 81, of Wind Ridge, died at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in his home, after battling a cancer-related illness.


He was born June 6, 1932, in Gray Township, Greene County, a son of the late Robert Lincoln and Josie Olive Barnhart Grim. He had resided in Richhill Township most of his life.


Mr. Grim was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, where he formerly served as vice president of the church board and, at the time of his death, was serving as vice president of the Fairview Cemetery Association.


He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army, receiving the Republic of Korea Presidential Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star and United Nations Service Medal.


Mr. Grim was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of Senior Bowling League and a member of Pennsylvania State Retired Employees Association.


He enjoyed motorcycling, camping, shooting clay birds, hunting and bowling.


Mr. Grim and his late father co-owned and operated a sawmill and tree trimming business for several years. He was an employee of the former Husky Garage in Wind Ridge, a former employee of Steel Casting Pipe Cleaners in Massillon, Ohio, and was a truck driver for Carnation Milk. He was last employed for 28 years as an equipment operator for PennDOT, prior to retiring in December of 1991.


On December 22, 1962, he married Martha Lavonna Tharp, who survives.


Also surviving are a son, Roger Lee, husband of Lorianne Grim of Wind Ridge; a daughter, Christina Lynn, wife of Wesley McClimans of Jamestown; five grandchildren, Michele, Zachary and Jeremy Grim and Logan and Kaylee McClimans; a great-grandchild, Faith Moore; two brothers, Jerry Lee Grim of Graysville and Lanny Grim of Taylorstown; and a sister, Carol Stein of Wind Ridge.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Kenneth Grim.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a public memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, in Fairview United Methodist Church, Graysville, with Pastor Nelson Boone officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date in Fairview Cemetery.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fairview United Methodist Women, c/o Kathy Grim, 331 Poland Run Road, Graysville, PA 15337 or Amedisys Hospice, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA 15461.


Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.


Betty Jean Snyder Hudson

1929-2013


Betty Jean Snyder Hudson, 84, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Carmichaels, died at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013, in Marian Manor, Pittsburgh.


She was born April 22, 1929, in Cumberland Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late Elmer Clinton and Lulu Daniels Snyder.


Mrs. Hudson was baptized in First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels.


Surviving are a son, David R. Hudson and wife Denise of Virginia, and seven nieces and nephews, along with Sandy Sluganski and her children of Pittsburgh.


Deceased are five brothers, Elmer Carl Snyder, Edward L. Snyder, William Snyder, James W. Snyder and John William Snyder, and five sisters, Ada Reagan, Della Sluganski, Ethel Johnson, Mary S. Coutry and Edna R. Sluganski.


Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside committal of her cremains at 11 a.m. Monday, August 26, in Greene County Memorial Park, 1003 Jefferson Road, Morgan Township, with the Rev. Bruce R. Judy officiating.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a local humane society in the name of Betty Hudson. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.


Tyler M. Hulse

Tyler M. Hulse, 20, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Monday, August 19, 2013.


Arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Robert L. Johnson Jr.

Loving husband, father, grandfather


Robert L. Johnson Jr., 64, of Warren, Ohio, formerly of Carmichaels, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in his home.


He was born August 21, 1948, in Carmichaels, a son of the late Robert L. Johnson Sr. and Agnes G. Dugan Johnson.


Mr. Johnson served with the U.S. Navy with the Seabees and enjoyed fishing, hunting and collecting model diecast cars.


He retired as the groundskeeper supervisor for Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Fla.


Mr. Johnson always helped others and cherished his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.


On June 1, 1980, he married Bonnie M. McCormick, who survives.


Also surviving are three sons, Robert D. Mayle and wife Leann of Girard, Ohio, Steven M. Mayle and wife Shelley of Warren and Scott A. Mayle and fiancée Paula of Newton Falls, Ohio; five daughters, Dreama J. Shipman and husband Derrick of Umatilla, Fla., Ann M. Johnson and companion Keith of Sycamore, Doris E. Roach and companion Bill of Jefferson, Georginia Clayton and Robin C. King, both of Waynesburg; 41 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four brothers, James C. Johnson and wife Rose of Holbrook, Charles W. Johnson of Carmichaels, Carl E. Johnson and wife Shirley of Bobtown and John R. Johnson and fiancée Delilah of Smithfield; three sisters, Susan M. Sanders and husband Roland of Carmichaels, Virginia C. Helmick and husband Raymond of Navarre, Ohio, and Janet L. Anderson and husband Joe of Bobtown; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased are a sister and her husband, Sally and Robert Becker.


Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500,), Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, with the Rev. Bruce R. Judy officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Mapletown, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491.


The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to All Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Building B, Suite 101, Canfield, OH 44406-8180. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.


John Murray McCracken

John Murray McCracken of Panama City Beach, Fla., died Monday, August 19, 2013, in Gulf Coast Medical Center.


He was a 1953 graduate of Washington High School.


A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


John William Misko

Retired Bentworth math teacher, PSEA member


John William Misko, 81, of Bentleyville, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.


He was born April 8, 1932, in Bentleyville, a son of the late John and Mary Jacko Misko.


Mr. Misko was a 1950 graduate of Bentleyville High School and a 1954 graduate of California State Teachers College.


For 31 years, he taught in Bentleyville High School, Ellsworth High School and later Bentworth High School, retiring in 1991. He taught algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and statistics. He was considered an excellent math teacher.


He was a lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish in Bentleyville. He was a member of National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and Math Association of America.


Surviving are a sister, Margaret Tomiko of Midland, Mich.; 10 nieces and nephews, Danelle Misko and William Misko (Ann), both of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Michael J. Misko (Denise) of North Port, Ala., Daniel Misko of Tuscaloosa, Diane Vulevich of Theodore, Ala., Carol Horning of Mogadore, Ohio, Deborah Misko of Mogadore, Mark Tomiko (Raechel) of Midland, Mich., Lori Caruso (Paul) of Rose Point Park, Mich., and Joyce Kanack (David) of Deltona, Fla.; cousin and caregiver Loretta Antanovich (John) of Scenery Hill; friend and caregiver Barbara Wheatley of Charleroi; many great-nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Daniel and Emil Misko.


Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 24, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Luke Church Cemetery, Bentleyville. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Kenneth Orville Paxton

1944-2013


Kenneth Orville Paxton, 69, of Washington, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, with his wife and brother by his side.


He was born January 31, 1944, in Washington, a son of the late Orville Charles Paxton and Marian Ellen Dayton Paxton.


Mr. Paxton served in the U.S Army, stationed at Fort Hood.


He was an independent truck driver for Box US and International Paper for 35 years. At the time of his death, he was employed at GG&C as a van driver.


He was captain of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Canton, for 12 years. He enjoyed Pittsburgh sports.


On November 23, 1998, he married Mary Louise Dulick, who survives.


Also surviving are four sons, Brandon Fields of Orlando, Fla., Brett Fields of Palm City, Fla., Brad Fields of Fairbanks and Kenneth Paxton Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Tracy Emph of Washington; a brother, Robert Paxton of Washington; and two grandchildren, Austin Joseph and Piper Leigh Fields.


Deceased is a sister, Patricia Martin.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.


Information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Ray Shipe

Member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church


Ray Shipe, 57, of Washington, formerly of Amity, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013, in Washington Hospital’s critical care unit.


He was born December 9, 1955, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Albert P. and Mildred Kinkle Shipe.


Mr. Shipe attended Trinity High School and vocational-tech school in Canonsburg, where he attained a certificate in welding.


He was employed by Blacktop Paving in Washington and T.A. Robinson Asphalt of Bridgeville.


Mr. Shipe was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church of Amity and a life member of Annawana Sports Club.


On December 20, 1985, he married Rebecca Wright Porter Shipe, who survives.


Also surviving are a stepson, James (Lynette) Porter Jr. of Washington; five stepdaughters, Brenda Porter of Amity, Rhonda (Victor) Whitfield of Claysville, Julee (Bob) Efaw of Washington, Nicole Porter Whipkey of Washington and Angela Porter of Washington; two brothers, Paul (Veronica) Shipe of Indiana and Ross Shipe of Maryland; two sisters, Joan Marasco of Africa and Susan (Rob) Robbins of Ohio; nine stepgrandchildren, Daniel Porter, Ryan Porter, Amber Porter, James Porter III, Zachary Whitfield, Erik Whitfield, Emily Efaw, Justin Ritter and Jace Ritter; and several nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Release Time Bible Program, Banetown Road, Washington, PA 15301.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. Burial will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to 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. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


Edwin L. Smith

Retired crane operator, Army vet was outdoorsman


Edwin L. Smith, 71, of McDonald, died Saturday, August 17, 2013, in Heartland Medical Center, Sebring, Fla.


He was born September 11, 1941, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edward L. and Doris Wright Smith.


Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army as military police from 1960 until 1962.


He retired from Local 66 of the Operating Engineers as a crane operator in 2001.


Mr. Smith was a member of Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM in Canonsburg. He was past master of the former Garfield Lodge 604 F&AM, in McDonald. He was a member of Gourgas Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh, American Legion Post 485 in McDonald, BPOE in Sebring, Moose Club in Sebring, Harter Hall Country Club in Sebring and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Marionville.


He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, golf and snowmobiling.


On December 27, 1960, he married Emma J. “Emmy” Gallo, who died January 28, 2003.


Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Renee (Anthony) Duryea of Port Orchard, Wash., and Kimberly Louise (John) Smith-Aloe; a son, Daniel Brian (Charlene) Smith of Lower Burrell; a companion, Rose Klimas of McDonald; a sister, Patricia (Dave) Bryce of McDonald; a brother, William T. (Donna) Smith of McDonald; seven grandchildren, Megan, Brian, Anthony, Jonathan, Joshua, Madison and Madelyn; and five great-grandchildren.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24. Burial will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.


The family suggests memorials be made to American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Condolences, photos and additional information are available at www.nationfuneralhome.com.


Katherine Douglas Smith

Services for Katherine Douglas Smith, who died August 3, 2013, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, in First United Methodist Church, Waynesburg.


Joseph I. Wise

Army vet, 50-year Wayne Twp. VFD member


Joseph I. Wise, 76, of Brave, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in his home.


He was born December 1, 1936, in Pine Bank, a son of the late Ira “Buss” Wise and Verda Jane Phillips Wise.


Mr. Wise was a retired foreman from Accurate Brass. He worked for the company for more than 35 years. He was the first man hired when the plant opened.


He was a 50-year member of Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department.


Mr. Wise was a 1956 graduate of Waynesburg High School. He attended California State Teachers College and served on the Brave School Reunion Committee.


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


Mr. Wise was a member of Kents Chapel United Methodist Church.


Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Nila Mae Ellks Wise; two daughters and their spouses, Vicki Lou Smith and husband David of Winchester, Va., and Heidi Jo Wise of Brave; a brother and sister-in-law, Albert Jack Wise and wife Barbara of Waynesburg; two sisters and their spouses, Clara Lea Gaston of Waynesburg and Linda Jane Hall and husband Russell of Waynesburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Louie Mae Wise.


Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, 5894 Mason Dixon Highway, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 23, with the Rev. Rose Saunders officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.


You may send condolences to the family at www.tennantfuneralhome.com.


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