Obituaries Aug. 23

August 22, 2013

Laura Bell Anderson

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

Laura Bell “Nanny” Anderson, 87, of Washington, died Sunday, August 18, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born July 13, 1926, in Brave, a daughter of Harry Owen Roupe and Bessie Estelle Wright Roupe.

Mrs. Anderson worked as a housekeeper.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with family. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, flowers and hummingbirds.

Her husband, Delmar Leroy Anderson, is deceased.

Surviving are son David “Sparky” Anderson and fiancee Darlene McHugh of Washington; daughter Kathy Ann Hampton and husband David of Claysville; sister Martha Ellen Gump of New Cumbertown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tony (Rachel) Coffield, Amber (Darrell) Talpas, James Sickles IV and Jason Taylor; five great-grandchildren, Brandon and Isabella Coffield and Izaiah, Brystynn and Diesel Talpas; several nieces and nephews; and great friend and caregiver, Loretta Holland.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are sister Louise Miller and three brothers, James, John and Paul Roupe.

A gathering of friends will be held from noon to 4 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, August 24, in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Josh Brown officiating.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Lewis Paul Blose Jr.

Enjoyed carpentry and time with friends

Lewis Paul Blose Jr., 69, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in his home.

He was born September 26, 1943, in Washington, a son of the late Lewis Paul Blose Sr. and Freda Faye Stollar Blose.

Mr. Blose served in the U.S. Army from December 4, 1961, until his honorable discharge November 23, 1964, with rank of specialist, fourth class. He earned a driver/mechanic badge as well as a sharpshooter badge.

He worked as a welder at Jessop Steel and was a member of the Jessop Club.

Mr. Blose enjoyed carpentry and spending time with friends. He loved his dog, Buddy.

Surviving are his dear friends, Sharon “Shay” Reigh and Tiffany Ryan.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Friday, August 23, in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Pastor Paul Mitchell officiating. A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday, August 24, in Washington Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175. Those attending the burial are to meet at the cemetery.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Helen Boss

Devoted to family

Helen Boss, 94, of Washington, formerly of Upper St. Clair, peacefully passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard J. Boss; loving mother of Molli Magura, Janet (Mike) Weisberg, Len (Carol) Boss and Donna Boss (John “Mitch”) Murgel; grandmother of Mike (Jen) Packer, Lisa (Joe) Montgomery, Mike (Enyi) Magura, Matt (Jen) Magura, Ryan Weisberg, Jen Boss (Ryan) McKigney, Michelle Boss (Mark) Catucci, Brent (Shallary) Boss, Lenny Boss, Clay Boss and Anne (Jim) Kurtanich; and great-grandmother of Molly and Jamie Packer, Natalie and Marcos Magura, Wynne and Maeve Magura and Finn McKigney.

For many years, Mrs. Boss was a bookkeeper at her husband’s business, L.J. Boss Jewelers. She was, above all, very devoted to her family.

Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauers. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 24, in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Interment will be private. Please add or view tributes at

Mary Draucker

Ball Glass retiree

Mary Draucker, 90, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born January 9, 1923, in Imperial, a daughter of Frank Senicher and Mary Sustarich, who are deceased.

She was a selector at Ball Glass, retiring in 1987.

On July 14, 1951, she married Robert Draucker, who died March 31, 1975.

Surviving are a son, Robert Draucker of Washington; a daughter, Patricia Winters of Washington; and two grandchildren, Robert Winters Jr. and Dr. Fawn Draucker.

Deceased are a sister, Sophie Price, and two brothers in infancy.

At the request of the family, all services are private. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Victor Gasbarrini

Fan and owner of standardbred horses

Victor Gasbarrini, 73, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 22, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness.

He was born February 4, 1940, in Muse, a son of the late Giovanni and Maria Filauro Gasbarrini.

Mr. Gasbarrini lived his entire life in Muse and was a member of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church and Muse Independent Club.

He was employed for more than 30 years at the former Forbes Steel Corp. and, prior to his retirement, he worked at St. Clair Hospital and Washington County Health Center.

Mr. Gasbarrini had been a fan and owner of standardbred race horses and enjoyed woodworking with many outdoor projects around his home.

On November 28, 1958, he married the love of his life, Lillian A. “Necca” Tatano, who passed away November 10, 2011.

Surviving are two daughters, Carla (James) Adams of Canonsburg and Dawn Marie (Joseph) Preteroti of Muse; two sons, Victor J. Gasbarrini at home and Dante (Carole Adams) Gasbarrini of Muse; grandchildren Heather (Spencer) Anderson, Brandon Sharer, Shelby Adams, Mekala and Dante Jr. Gasbarrini and Selina and Jordon Preteroti; three great-grandchildren; faithful brothers and sisters-in-law; two brothers, Joseph (Nancy) Gasbarrini and John (Ann) Gasbarrini, both of Canonsburg; two sisters, Antoniette (Steve) Vavrek of Strabane and Lola (Alan) Laskosky of Muse; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, is sister Clara Leichty.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be recited at 9:20 a.m. followed at 10 a.m. Monday, August 26, by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Muse, with the Rev. George DeVille, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Clinton William Griffith

Fallowfield educator, civic leader, Army veteran

Clinton William Griffith, 95, of Fallowfield Township, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

He was born April 23, 1918, in Comanche County, Kan., a son of Clarence Richard and Pearl Jayne Behanna Griffith.

His family moved to North Carolina and then back to Monongahela when he was about 10 years old.

A graduate of Monongahela High School in 1937, he worked for Donora Nail Mill and later for People’s Gas Co. as a line walker patrolman in the mountains between Cresson and Altoona, prior to entering the U.S. Army in March 1942. He served in the European Theater with the 369th Tank Destroyers and saw action during the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated with the African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and remained in Europe as part of the Occupying Army until June 1946.

Upon his return, he rejoined People’s Gas Co. while completing college preparatory courses at Johnstown High School. He then married Dorothy Mae Harper of Monongahela. Driving taxi in Monongahela at night, he attended California Teachers College and earned a degree in education. He continued on to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a master’s degree and ABD (All But Dissertation) in education.

He began his career teaching in Monongahela at Old Main, was later promoted to assistant principal at Monongahela Junior High School and, in 1960, accepted the position of supervising principal for Fallowfield Township. With the merger of Fallowfield Township schools with Charleroi, he was named director of elementary education. He retired in 1980 after many years of dedicated service to the education of children.

With faith and family as his foundation, Mr. Griffith dedicated his working life to the education of children and community service. He was a member of the Journey by Grace Church of Belle Vernon. He also served in various civic capacities, first as Monongahela City Controller in the early 1950s and as a member of a Monongahela Civic Association, where he was instrumental in the founding of local Boys and Girls Clubs. He served as member and president of Fallowfield Township Lions Club. He was a member and president of Fallowfield Township Civic Association. Under his leadership, chairmen were appointed who started the Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire and Police departments.

When a name was being sought for the newly formed Ringgold School District, Mr. Griffith submitted the name selected, using one letter from each of the communities that comprised the new district with the extra “G” in Ringgold, which was added to reference the historical name of the Ringgold Cavalry that was formed with volunteers from the area during the Civil War.

He provided artwork and cartoons for numerous political campaigns, has written several children’s stories and had numerous articles published in Reminisce Magazine.

Deceased are his wife, Dorothy Mae Harper Griffith; brothers Meredith, Kenneth, William, Dale and Duane; and sisters Rebecca Griffith and Shirley Christopher.

Surviving are brother Joseph (Paulette) of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister June (Harold) Myers of Donora; sons Thomas (Sharon) of Fallowfield Township, Mark (Sue) of Washington and James (Natalie) of Hartford, Ala.; daughters Cathy Paterra, Robin (Craig) Meny, Wendy (Don) Zippay, all of Fallowfield Township, and Merri Beth (Harry) Allen of Bridgeville; 17 grandchildren, Melanie Griffith, Michelle Grias, Malinda Crowe, Matthew Paterra, Megan Paterra, Lauren Lamb, Kip Griffith, Chapin Meny, Anthony Griffith, Seth Griffith, Shannon Linn, Amy Sanders, Danielle O’Bryan, Shannon O’Bryan, Heather Galeza, Clinton Griffith II and Haley Griffith; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Additional visitations will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, at which time the funeral service will begin, Saturday, August 24, in Journey By Grace Church, Belle Vernon, with the Rev. William Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Journey By Grace Church, 4803 State Route 51 North, Belle Vernon, PA 15012.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Tyler M. Hulse

Enjoyed his car, fishing and hunting

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

He was born April 23, 1993, in Princeton, N.J., a son of George and Laurie Maybury Hulse, with whom he made his home.

Formerly of New Jersey, he lived the past 10 years in Canonsburg, where he had been employed at Auto Zone.

Mr. Hulse enjoyed his car, fishing, hunting and camping.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Andrew G. and Devin C. Hulse; paternal grandmother Mildred Hulse of Allentown, N.J.; maternal grandmother Joan Maybury of Lawrenceville, N.J.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24. Mr. Hulse’s family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Washington City Mission. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Diana Lynn Remaley Johnson

Enjoyed ceramics and needlepoint

Diana Lynn Remaley Johnson, 55, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley.

She was born May 13, 1958, in North Fayette Township, Allegheny County, a daughter of Robert G. and Joy Cass Remaley.

Mrs. Johnson was a 1976 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and a graduate of Penn Commercial with an associate’s degree in accounting.

She worked in sales at Hills, Hess’ and Kaufmann’s department stores.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of Friendship Community Church.

She enjoyed ceramics and needlepoint and was a very caring person.

On July 30, 1977, in Friendship Community Church, she married Jon W. “Duster” Johnson, with whom she shared more than 36 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are brother-in-law Mark Johnson of Scenery Hill; three uncles, William (June) Cass of Washington, Edward (Alice) Cass of Monroeville and Merle Remaley of Washington; two aunts, Catherine Sweany of Fredericktown and Margaret Dicks of Washington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her two dogs, who were like her sons, Hunter and Peppy.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, with Pastor Rick Bruckner officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery. A guest book may be signed at

Thomas William Lanz

Avid Pittsburgh sports fan enjoyed golf

Thomas William Lanz, 57, of Houston, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in his home.

He was born December 1, 1955, in Pittsburgh, a son of Robert Lanz and Garnet Feldman Lanz Beech.

Mr. Lanz was a graduate of Peters Township High School.

He did woodworking and remodeling as a self-employed carpenter.

Mr. Lanz enjoyed golf, fishing and softball and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

Surviving are his companion of 13 years, Dawn Mavrich; four sisters, Barbara Lanz of Brandon, Fla., Mary Beth Kerr of Columbus, Ohio, Patty Shepley (Dave) of Venetia and Joan Angus (Mark) of Columbus; four brothers, Robert Lanz (Michelle) of Houston, Texas, Chris Lanz of Eighty Four, Jay Lanz of Abingdon, Va., and Joel Lanz (Pamela) of Apalachin, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m., the time of memorial service, Monday, August 26, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Kenneth Orville Paxton

Corrected information was received for the obituary of Kenneth Orville Paxton, published Thursday.

He was captain of Canton Township Fire Department for 12 years.

Katherine Douglas Smith

A memorial service for Katherine Douglas Smith, who passed away August 3, 2013, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, in First United Methodist Church, 112 North Richhill Street, Waynesburg.

Walter Stephen Walker

U.S. Army veteran loved to fish and hunt

Walter Stephen Walker, 72, of Washington, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013, in his home, with his family by his side, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born October 23, 1940, in Prosperity, a son of Walter William Walker and Margaret Pearl Krugel Walker.

Mr. Walker served in the U.S. Army from November 18, 1958, until his honorable discharge February 15, 1962. He earned the rank of specialist, fourth class, and received a Good Conduct Medal.

He worked as a welder for Tri-State for many years and retired from Walmart, where he worked in maintenance.

Mr. Walker loved to fish and hunt.

On April 14, 1967, he married Joyce Salisbury, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Walter (Mandy) Walker Jr. and William Walker, both of Washington; daughter Donna (Randy) Heckman of Washington; and four grandchildren, Brandon and Chad Heckman and Ella and Calven Walker.

Deceased are two sisters, Elma Hart and Mona Trussell.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Hospice Patient Care Fund, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Carolyn Theresa Walter

November 6, 1930 – August 22, 2013

Carolyn Theresa Walter, 82, of Burgettstown, died Thursday, August 22, 2013.

She was born November 6, 1930.

She was the beloved wife of the late Albert M. Walter; daughter of the late Edward and Armella Guckert Miller; loving mother of Sean and Albert Walter III, both of Burgettstown, Dawn (Ralph) Bartoletti of Burgettstown, Karen (Charles) Byrnes of Fort Myers, Fla., and Cheryl Chesnic; sister of Russell Walter of South Carolina, Virginia Kinzer of Pittsburgh, the late Marian Sergi and the late Shirley Cropper; grandmother of John Bulevich, Gregory (Melissa) Bulevich, Justin (Emily) Chesnic, Kayla (Tim) Simmons and Spencer, Kelsey and Ryann Bartoletti; and great-grandmother of Sophia, Caroline and Elliott Chesnic and Taylor and Peyton Bulevich.

Friends are welcome from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 25, in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 724-947-9518, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home.



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