Obituaries Aug. 31

August 30, 2013

David F. Clutter

David F. “Zorro” Clutter, 61, of Washington, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd.

William Thomas Conley Jr.

U.S. Navy veteran enjoyed woodworking

William Thomas Conley Jr., 60, of Washington, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Oakland.

He was born November 30, 1952, in Pittsburgh, a son of William Thomas Conley Sr. of Pittsburgh and the late Ann Owens Conley.

Mr. Conley was a graduate of Bethel Park High School and had worked in construction with Laborers Local 373.

He enjoyed woodworking.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during the Vietnam War from June 16, 1970, until his honorable discharge May 29, 1974. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.

On November 18, 2011, he married Patricia Pollock, who survives.

Also surviving are two brothers, John (Michelle) Conley of Peters Township and Michael Conley of Erie, and a sister, Sharon (Rich) Burdelsky of Bethel Park.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with Pastor Jeff Lukacs officiating.

Military rites will be accorded graveside by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.

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Darwin D. DeVitis Sr.

Corrected information has been received for the obituary of Darwin D. DeVitis Sr., published Friday.

Deceased is his father, Charles Carmen DeVitis.

Betty Jane Findling

Member of Eldersville U.M. Church

Betty Jane Findling, 85, of Eldersville, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013, in her home, following a brief bout with cancer.

She was born November 27, 1927, a daughter of the late Kenneth James Sr. and Elsie Mae Arnold Alloway.

Mrs. Findling had been employed by G.C. Murphy Co. in Burgettstown, Bobbie Brooks Co. in Washington and also owned and operated her own beauty shop in her home.

She was a member of Eldersville United Methodist Church and the Christmas in the Village team, volunteering many hours helping to organize the annual, highly successful event in the village of Eldersville.

She was an excellent quilter, making many beautiful quilts throughout the years and an avid dirt track racing fan.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Jean Findling Ford, wife of David of Eldersville; son John L. Findling Jr., husband of Patricia Restanio Findling of Eldersville; grandchildren, Scott Ford, John L. (Renee) Findling III, Jenna (Tim) Zeh and Jared Findling; great-granddaughters, Maryn and Shalyn Findling and Lauren and Layla Zeh.

Deceased are her husband, John L. Findling Sr.; brother Kenneth James Alloway Jr.; and sisters Norma Mae (Charles) Smith and Nancy Yvonne (Edgar Ray) Potts.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, with Pastor Raymond King officiating. Interment will follow in Cross Creek Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington Health System Foundation, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

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Clarence K. Hess Jr.

Enjoyed restoring antique farm tractors

Clarence K. Hess Jr., 82, of Beallsville, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in his home.

He was born August 18, 1931, in Beallsville, a son of the late Clarence King and Elizabeth Barnard Hess.

Mr. Hess was a 1949 graduate of Centerville High School and received an associate’s degree in Tool and Die Design from the Western Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in the Signal Corps.

Mr. Hess was employed as a design draftsman for McGraw Edison Co. in Canonsburg, later known as Cooper Industries, where he received a patent for developing a Power Tap Changer. He retired in 1993 after 30 years of service.

Prior to entering the Army, he worked with his parents to establish the first commercial chicken hatchery in the area. It was known as Sunbeam Hatchery. The farm later became a sheep farm that Mr. Hess continued to operate until his death.

He enjoyed restoring antique farm tractors and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Mr. Hess was a Purple Martin landlord and was a member of the Purple Martin Association. Also, he was a member of Beallsville United Methodist Church, Deemston Grange 1372, National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association and the John Deere Two Cylinder Club. He was a sheep leader of the Pike Run 4H and past director of the Washington Co. Sheep and Wool Growers Association. In addition, Mr. Hess was a drummer for the former Bentleyville Fireman’s Band and participated in the 1960 Orange Bowl Parade in Florida. He was a member of Beallsville Lodge 237 Free and Accepted Masons.

On July 29, 1961, he married Dolores J. Vranges, who survives. They recently celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children, Susan Nickler (Mark) of Beallsville, Todd I. Hess of Beallsville, Dianne Dish (Steve) of Moon Township and Scott M. Hess (Kathy) of Beallsville; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew, Jennie, Luke, Hannah, Sarah and Levi; and two nephews, Craig and Curt Carlson.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Mary Harriett Carlson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 2, with Pastor James Markley officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Hancock-McCure-Horne American Legion Post 705, Centerville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association, Box 181, 255 Conti Road, Brownsville, PA 15417. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Dorothy J. Lienard

Enjoyed traveling and camping

Dorothy J. “Honey” Lienard, 80, of Scenery Hill, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in her home.

She was born March 8, 1933, in Bridgeville, a daughter of the late James and Mabel Jones Godwin.

With 36 years of service, Mrs. Lienard was an administrative clerk for St. Clair Hospital until her retirement in 1995.

She enjoyed traveling and camping.

Surviving are three daughters, Carole Bothum (Gary) of Greenville, Cindy Lukich (Ron) and Wendy Lukich (Tom), both of Scenery Hill; a son, Nick Lienard (Angela) of Scenery Hill; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vi Rennie of Presto and Linda Exler (Tony) of Ohio and two brothers, James Godwin (Suzy) of Mt. Lebanon and Tom Godwin (Diana) of McDonald.

Deceased is her husband, Nicholas L. “Buddy” Lienard, who died September 18, 2003.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a grandson, Jarrod Buzatto, and a sister, Marylou Bertus.

Funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Wanda Lee Lynch

Wanda Lee Lynch, 86, of Hanover, Md., formerly of Washington, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in Morningside House of Friendship, Hanover.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Ave., Washington, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 4.

Additional information and a complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Beulah O’Donnell McCormick

Had unwavering faith in the Lord

Beulah “Boots” O’Donnell McCormick was born February 8, 1933, in Hendersonville and entered heavens gates Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the age of 80. She was a daughter of the late Daniel Byrd O’Donnell and Hazel Triner O’Donnell of Waynesburg.

Mrs. McCormick had an unwavering faith in her Lord, Jesus Christ. She attended Soul’s Harbor Lighthouse, Central Assembly of God and Lakewood Church. She also was active in the Beam of Hope radio program. She enjoyed Psalm 46:10, “Be Still and Know that I am God!”

She was a resident of Washington County for the majority of her life, later moving to Houston, Texas. She was a Cecil High School graduate.

Deceased are her husband of 37 years, Arthur H. McCormick of Canonsburg, who died in 1992; sister Esther June Kratt; and brother Larry O’Donnell.

Surviving are daughters Eileen McCormick Walker, Colleen McCormick Lambert and Maureen McCormick Bogard, all residing in Texas; granddaughters Brooke Ferguson, Erin Lambert, Jordan McCormick and Kirstie Lambert; brother-in-law Dr. M. Patrick McCormick and wife Judy of Virginia; sister-in-law Carol Shores McCormick; and many nieces and nephews. She also will be missed by sisters Mary Lou O’Donnell of Bethel Park, Faith Chaudry of Washington and brothers David O’Donnell of Waynesburg and Donald O’Donnell of Canonsburg.

A private memorial service will be conducted by Carnes Funeral Home,, where tributes can be posted on the website.

In lieu of flowers, donations to be made for the research of Lewy Body Dementia. Baylor College of Medicine/Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, 1977 Butler Boulevard E5 101, Houston, TX, 77030, 713-798-4734. A secure, online credit card payment may also be made at

Mary Jane Osso

Member of St. Ann Catholic Church

Mary Jane Osso, 77, of Waynesburg, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

She was born November 6, 1935, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Carmina Guglielmo Osso.

Ms. Osso was a 1953 graduate of Waynesburg High School. Following graduation, she was employed by the Opera House Theater and Observer-Reporter in Waynesburg.

In 1962, she moved to Pittsburgh and was employed as an executive secretary by Reynolds Metals Corp., Dravo Corp. and Copperweld Corp.

In 1972, she moved to Pompano, Fla., and was employed by Farber & Co., a developer of shopping malls, as Pompano Square Mall was being developed.

Due to failing health, she returned to Waynesburg in 1989. She had been a resident of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home for the past seven years.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Waynesburg.

Surviving are a sister, Elaine O. Puglia; three sons and their families, son Paul Puglia and wife Cynthia of Davidson, N.C., and their two children, Kathleen and Zachary; son Larry Puglia and wife Sandra of Lutherville, Md., and their two children, John and Elizabeth; son Joe Puglia and wife Marijon of Birmingham, Ala., and their three children, Frances, Joseph and Camilla. Also surviving are a brother, Herman Osso and wife Jean of Waynesburg and their two children, Jonathon Osso of Pittsburgh and Amy Julius and husband Christopher of Fairfax, Va., and daughter, Sophia.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church, 232 East High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. John M. Bauer celebrant. Private interment will be in St. Ann Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Condolences may be offered at

Edward L. Ritzer

Lifelong member of Mary, Mother of the Church

Edward L. “Bud” Ritzer, 89, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

He was born May 7, 1924, in Charleroi, a son of Edward E. and Catherine Lee Ritzer.

While at Charleroi High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 28, 1943, and served as an infantry staff sergeant during World War II with the 104th Timberwolf Division, Company B. He saw combat in the Central Europe and Northern France campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other awards.

Mr. Ritzer received his industrial engineering degree from Kent State University and worked for Corning Glass Works in Charleroi for more than 40 years.

He was married for 62 years to Dolores “Do” DeHainaut Ritzer, who died March 6, 2011.

Mr. Ritzer was a lifelong member of Mary, Mother of the Church parish in Charleroi, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, parish council member and lector. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mon Valley chapter, and the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are daughter, Karin “Susie” Cooley of Fallowfield; five sons, Kevin Lee Ritzer and wife Janice of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Daniel Joseph Ritzer of Fallowfield, Edward Michael Ritzer and wife Linda of Scenery Hill, Jerry Ritzer and wife Linda of Fallowfield and J. Brennan Ritzer and wife Kathleen of Ruffsdale and 11 grandchildren, Kelly Hopkins (Terry), Brian McCathren, Rachel Marko (John), Aimee Ballard, Samantha, Erin, Katie Lee, Rachel, Zachary, Alex and Lee Edward Ritzer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pa. Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110, ( or a charity of one’s choice. For those unable to attend, condolences may be sent to the family at



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