Obituaries Aug. 29

August 28, 2013

Walter R. Bird

Walter R. Bird, 79, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in his daughter’s home.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Betty Lou Clark

June 16, 1924 – ?August 26, 2013

Betty Lou Clark, 89, died Monday, August 26, 2013.

She was born June 16, 1924, in Burgettstown, along with her late sister Gertrude Roberts, was raised by parents the late Edward and Elsie Linn Hamilton.

In 1944, she married the late Joseph Edward Clark of Bulger. Together, they had four daughters, Betty Jo (Dale) Ziegler of San Diego, Calif., Saundra (David) Kosar of Mars, Patricia “Patty” Clark and the late Deborah Linn (Don) Perry.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Kerri, Corey, Brooke, Meghan and Samantha, and two great-grandchildren, Braydon and Emma.

Mrs. Clark loved being a homemaker, a Mom and a “Grammy”.

She filled her home with love, values, care, beauty and good food. All those memories of dancing, singing, reading, drawing, making things “pretty” and caring for others became her legacy.

Her great inner strength carried her with dignity through her difficult path of growing old with severe back pain.

Mrs. Clark is missed and loved and will be in her family’s hearts forever.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 30. Burial will be in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Joan K. Donella

Avid Steelers fan enjoyed time with family

Joan K. Donella, 70, of Washington, passed away peacefully Monday, August 26, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Born April 15, 1943, in Canonsburg, she is a daughter of the late Milford and Edna Hay McElravy.

She is the beloved mother of Gayle Dewolf of Claysville, Teresa (husband Lorne) Emery of Washington and Charles (fiancée Debbie) Donella Jr. of Hermitage; cherished grandmother of Kristie Ledbetter, Matthew Stilwell, Ian Dewolf, Zacari Teagarden, Ryan and Rachel Donella; and great-gradmother of six; and sister of Patricia Young, Marilyn Dixon, Carol Gomski-Whitacre, Cheryl Glass and the late Russ McElravy Jr. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Ms. Donella was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She loved playing bingo and enjoyed reading. She also looked forward to weekly lunches and outings with her sisters. Above all, she was very proud of her children and enjoyed spending her time with her family.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Washington Church of Christ. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 15317, 724-260-5546.

Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Church of Christ, 700 Allison Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, and/or Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA. 15301.

Private inurnment will be held at Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

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Gaylord Willis Haines

Gaylord Willis Haines, 83, of Washington, formerly of Prosperity, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Piatt & Barnhill Funeral Home, Washington.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Jo Ann Kler Harner

Member of Calvary Temple

Jo Ann Kler Harner, 68, of Washington, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born November 1, 1944, in Washington, a daughter of Oliver and Romaine Doman Appleby.

Mrs. Harner was a member of Calvary Temple in Washington.

She was employed as a personal care aide at Candlelight Assisted Living.

On April 16, 1966, she married Robert Kler. Mr. Kler died January 25, 1995. On June 15, 1996, she married David Harner, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Linda (Kenny) Bolosan of Washington, Robin (Jeffrey) Kler-Demchak of Monongahela, Beverly (Michael) Kasavich and Bobbi Jo (Daniel) Wagner, both of Washington; two stepsons, Jeffrey A. and Arthur D. Harner, both of Washington; brother Oliver Appleby; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and her extended family, Cathy Dhanse, Tom and Jo Ann Glunt and John Byers.

Deceased are a stepson and stepdaughter.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 7, in Calvary Temple, 1200 Donnan Avenue, Washington. Messages of condolence may be left at

Joyce Lee Inman

Loved her grandchildren and church

Joyce Lee Inman, 66, of Avella, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in her home, surrounded by family.

She was born February 1, 1947, in Beech Bottom, W.Va., a daughter of the late Evelyn Irene Campbell Inman and Philip Inman of Avella.

Ms. Inman was a 1965 graduate of Avella High School. She received her licensed practical nursing education at Western Area Career & Technology Center of Canonsburg and her nursing degree from the University at Albany.

She was a member of Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church of Wellsburg, W.Va., and American Legion Post 643 Ladies Auxiliary of Avella.

Ms. Inman had lived in Avella since 1973.

She loved her grandchildren and her church.

Surviving are three daughters, Wendy (Alex) Siget of Avella, Cheri Hoit of Wellsburg and Tori (Don) Hamilton of Avella; seven grandchildren, Alexis, Darian, Kyle, Nikole, Cody, Ciara and D.J.; and a brother, Edward (Lori) Inman of Washington.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 31, with Pastor Bryce J. Grieco.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences can be expressed at

Janice Ray Jenkins

1968 Waynesburg Central H.S. grad

Janice Ray Jenkins, 62, of Marietta, Ga., passed away July 27, 2013, in her home. On the occasion of this, her birthday, her family celebrates her life.

Surviving are her husband, Jim Jenkins of Marietta; daughter Amy McNeely Stone and son-in-law Mike Stone of Smyrna, Ga.; brother Nathan “Chip” Ray and wife Elizabeth Ray of Dallas, Ga.; and many relatives in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Born August 29, 1950, in Morgantown, W. Va., she graduated from Waynesburg Central High School in 1968.

Upon graduation, Mrs. Jenkins embarked on a varied professional career. She was employed by the FBI in Washington, D.C , in education in Pennsylvania, in shopping center management in Roanoke, Va., and in mortgage banking in Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins loved to travel, enjoying a multi-state U.S. trip and many happy vacations on St. George Island, Fla.

Her family will miss her generous heart, fierce sense of humor and agile mind. Always willing to help, Mrs. Jenkins advised family and friends on financial, tax and real estate matters.

She gave her family unconditional love. She and her daughter had a strong and special bond. They were a loving mother and daughter, and also best friends.

Ronald Einer Kesten

Owner of Kesten & Associates Restaurant Equip.

Ronald Einer Kesten, 71, of McMurray, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

Born July 3, 1942, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Einer and Pauline Yuhas Kesten.

He was the beloved husband of 44 years to Sue Ann Klingensmith Kesten; dear father of Lauren (Patrick) Clark, Dana (Jason) Tarap, Dan (Jill) Kesten; cherished grandfather of Sade Kesten, Mitchell Tarap, Emily, Jack and Bridget Kesten; brother of Carolyn (Jack) Craig and Chris (Bill) Case. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kesten was a member of St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church in McMurray.

He was an avid skier and enjoyed going to Seven Springs.

Mr. Kesten was past president of Rostraver Chamber of Commerce.

He was a very hard and dedicated worker as owner of Kesten & Associates Restaurant Equipment.

Above all, he loved spending time with his family. He truly was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, in Cremation & Funeral Care, McMurray. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, McMurray, with Father Adam Verona officiating.

Inurnment will take place in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA. 15317, 724-260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, 120 Abington Drive, McMurray, PA. 15317.

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Donald W. Lank

Wesleyan Mine coal miner enjoyed family time

Donald W. Lank, 64, of Washington, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in his home, after a brief illness.

He was born July 18, 1949, in Washington, a son of the late Herman L. and Betty Stewart Lank.

Mr. Lank was a member of Wesleyan Methodist Church in Washington.

He was employed as a coal miner for Wesleyan Mine for many years.

Mr. Lank was a graduate of Washington High School and Penn Commercial.

He was a certified locksmith, coached baseball for Washington Youth Baseball for more than 30 years, loved old cars and was an avid sports fan. He leaves behind his dogs, Sunny and Calvin, and his cats, Peaches and Tiger, who will miss him a lot.

Mr. Lank was a loving man who enjoyed his family time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by not only his family but by his many friends who loved him.

He was formerly married to Donna Kiskadden, who survives. Also surviving are his children, son Mike Lank (Becky Ankrom) of Washington; three daughters, Stacey (Kevin) Ritz of Georgia, Dawn Marie Saunders (Tyrell Davis) of North Carolina and Shanon Lank (Ray Burgess) of Pittsburgh; sister Debbie Lank of Florida; 14 grandchildren, Mary “Nikki” Mundell, Michael Lank, Grace Lank, Wraygan Lank, Brandon Lank, Brittany “Rose” Orum, Nathan Orum, Shalisa Saunders, Tori Saunders, Darius Saunders, Brook Lynn Lank, Kendall Lank Brown, Journey Lank and Isiah Jack; two great-grandchildren, Jaylnn Holland and Bentley Orum; aunt Norma Poland of Washington; dear friend Norma Package of Ligonier; along with several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is his twin brother, David Lank.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 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 funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31, in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Price officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to Wesleyan Methodist Church in Washington, Washington Youth Baseball or Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Condolences may be expressed at

John Calvin May

John Calvin May, 74, of Washington, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, following a one-year illness.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Sherri Lynnette Miller

Devoted member of Wright Memorial Church

Sherri Lynnette Miller, 52, of Washington, was called home Saturday, August 24, 2013, following a lengthy and heroic fight overcoming many obstacles.

She was born June 21, 1961, in Washington, a daughter of Joseph Miller Sr. and the late Janet Adrienne Miller.

Ms. Miller was a devoted member of Wright Memorial Church in Washington.

She attended Chaney State College, majoring in journalism.

Ms. Miller worked many years at Chicken Charlies in Washington.

Throughout everything, Beverly Thomas was Ms. Miller’s biggest supporter, and for this, the family is forever grateful.

She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino, spending time with her family and lived solely for her two sons.

Surviving are her two sons, Jordan Miller of Washington and Jared Miller of Canonsburg; three grandchildren, Peyton, Jordanlynn and Zaiden; and brothers Joseph of Washington, Eric (Trishia) of Canonsburg and Micheal (Joy) of Brookline. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends are welcomed for a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 31, in LeMoyne Center, 200 Forrest Avenue, Washington. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

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Wendy Milovac


Wendy Milovac, 66, of Waynesburg, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, in her home.

She was born May 10, 1947, in Wilkes Barre, a daughter of the late Stewart and Phyllis Gay Edwards.

Ms. Milovac had worked as a licensed practical nurse at Greenery Specialty Care Center in Canonsburg.

Surviving are a daughter, Whitney Milovac of Waynesburg, and a sister, Elizabeth Calvert of Maryland.

At the request of the deceased, services will be private. Contributions may be made to the family c/o Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Condolences may be offered at

Karen Sue Jones Sotak

Founding member of BCR Lioness Club

Karen Sue Jones Sotak, 70, of Centerville Borough, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 20, 1943, in Shirestown, a daughter of the late Carroll and Madge Marteney Jones.

Mrs. Sotak was a 1961 graduate of California Area High School and received an associate’s degree in accounting and bookkeeping from Penn Commercial.

In 1996, she retired from Bethlehem-Center School District, where she had been an administrative secretary with more than 30 years of service to the district. She had also worked in California Area School District and Kentucky Central Insurance Corp.’s office in California.

She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church of Charleroi and was a founding member of BCR Lioness Club.

On October 7, 1961, she married Michael J. Sotak, who survives. They celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are son Mark Alan Sotak and fiancée Nenamosha King of Jefferson; daughter Amy Urani (Silvio “Butch”) of Uniontown; four grandchildren, Britney Sue-Ellen Sotak Kino (Kory), Mark Andrew Sotak, Silvio Urani IV and Lyndsi Urani; great-grandson Emmit Xane Kino; sister Marlene Metzner Flenniken of Stow, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is her beloved brother, Bob Jones, who was a very dedicated Marine.

Family and friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m., the hour of a memorial service, Friday, August 30, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Bethlehem-Center Community Education Foundation, P.O. Box 371, Fredericktown, PA 15333; or BCR Lions Club, Box 190, Richeyville, PA 15358; or California Area School District Foundation, P.O. Box 531, California, PA 15419; or Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Gilda Beverly Metz Wennin

Lived a life of many endeavors

Gilda Beverly Metz Wennin passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, surrounded by her family, after bravely dealing with cancer. The memory of her beauty, grace and love could never be dimmed by any disease.

Surviving are her loving husband, Paul; children Randy, Linda, Cindy and Kevin; grandchildren Jarod, Randy, Phillip, Lawrence and Savannah; great-grandchildren Ryder, Shelby, Lily, Jake and Rose; sisters Gloria Hoppe and Dorothy Jackson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wennin lived a life of many endeavors, a shining light of her time. She was a mother to many with the deepest of love that extended to all those around her. All could feel her warmth and uncommon strength. Like a lighthouse, her beauty has drawn people around her to see the sights and her beacon guided the way for their enhancement. Never turning from what is right, she stood as so few could for so many. She now joins her parents, Addie and Owen, and her two brothers, Gene and John.

Visitation was Tuesday in J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, N.Y. A funeral was held Wednesday, August, 28, in the funeral home, with Pastor Stan Scoville presiding. Burial was in Genesee Cemetery.

Mrs. Wennin was a mom, grandma, great-grandma, wife and friend who will be forever loved and missed but never forgotten. May she live on in the hearts of her family and her wisdom carry on in generations to come. Heaven now has a grand lady and a firecracker.

The family suggests memorial donations to Fountain of Life Church, 2101 Old National Pike, Washington, PA 15301, 724-239-2974. To leave condolences, please visit



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