Obituaries Sept. 7

September 6, 2013

Robert A. Davis

Robert A. Davis, 69, of Houston, died Friday, September 6, 2013.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Anastasia M. Godfrey

Loved life and enjoyed hairdressing

Anastasia M. Godfrey, 44, of Cecil Township, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 27, 1968, in Washington, a daughter of Anna Louise O’Hare Marinelli of Muse and the late Mario “Butch” Marinelli, who died Sunday, March 3, 2004.

Mrs. Godfrey lived her life in Cecil and Muse, where she was a member of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church and its Altar Society.

She was a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, attended the Wilma Boyd School and had been employed as a mortgage coordinator at NVB Mortgage in Southpointe.

Mrs. Godfrey loved life and enjoyed hairdressing for her family and friends. She was an avid scrapbooker and was in the process of putting together a book for her son at the time of her death.

On July 22, 1995, she married Gerald D. Godfrey, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and mother, are her beloved son, Ian G. Godfrey, at home; brother Mario J. (Lori) Marinelli of Pleasant Hills; sister Belinda A. Marinelli (fiance George Tayvinsky) of Champion; in-laws, Richard l. and Gloria E. Godfrey of Cecil; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday 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. Tuesday, September 10. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Rosary Church, Muse, with the Rev. George T. DeVille as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery, Cecil. The Christian Mothers and Altar Society of Holy Rosary will recite the rosary at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Marie G. Patti Greskovich

Enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining

Marie G. Patti Greskovich, 91, of Monongahela, died Friday, September 6, 2013, in her home.

Born May 4, 1922, in Monessen, she was a daughter of the late Salvatore and Rosa Catalano Patti.

Mrs. Greskovich grew up in Charleroi and moved to Monongahela, where she raised her family.

A hard worker, she was a retired inspector with the state Department of Labor and Industry, and she also owned and operated the former Patti’s Lounge in New Eagle.

She was very active in the Washington County Democratic Women’s Club, but her greatest joys were cooking, baking and entertaining family and friends.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda R. (John) Volkar of Valencia; daughter-in-law and caregiver, Toni Moffit of Monongahela; four grandchildren, John and Matthew Volkar, Shawn Moffit and Jaimie Moffit Amati; three great-grandchildren, John Alex Volkar, Ariana Lyn Volkar and Aleena Amati; brother Joseph Patti of Alabama; and numerous nieces, nephews and?cousins.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Frank “Grasse” Greskovich; son Michael “Timmy” Moffit; and sister Sadie DiPiazza.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home Inc., 819 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, 724-483-5545,, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, September 9, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, 722 West Main Street, Monongahela, with the Rev. William Terza as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

Theodore W. Hrutkay

Enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing

Theodore W. “Ted” Hrutkay, 76, of Bentleyville, died Thursday morning, September 5, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 22, 1937, in the family home in Bentleyville, a son of the late Leopold and Mary Toshak Hrutkay.

Mr. Hrutkay was a graduate of Bentleyville High School.

A self-employed farmer who worked the family farm, Mr. Hrutkay also worked for Nello L. Teer and Atlas Construction companies.

He was a man of few words and enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, bowling, gardening, playing cards and going to Potter County to his Big Valley Hunting Camp.

Mr. Hrutkay was a member of the U.S. Steel Workers Association, Washington County Cattlemen’s Association and Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association. He received the Conservation Farmer of the Year award in 2007.

Mr. Hrutkay was a stockholder in the Washington County Agricultural Fair.

On June 11, 1966, at the former Ebenezer Methodist Church, he married Becky L. Shultz, who survives.

Also surviving are sons Brian Hrutkay of Bentleyville and Keith Harger (Carolyn) of Yulee, Fla.; grandchildren Kalvin Hrutkay and Matt, Emily, Megan, Abigail and Anna Harger; stepgranddaughters Brook and Jacqueline Wickers; sister-in-law Donna Shultz of Elizabeth; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Deceased are brothers John, Albert and Joseph Hrutkay, Paul Max and Leopold Hrutkay, who died in infancy, and sisters Susan Mascara, Ella Fava, Cecilia Damich and Mary Machaj.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Creek Cemetery, Fallowfield Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Health System Hospice Care, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or Mrs. Claus Club, 56 Lanik Road, Bentleyville, PA 15314. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.

Wesley L. Johnson

WWII veteran was Alltel retiree

Wesley L. “Bud” Johnson, 85, of Waynesburg, died at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013, in his home.

He was born Thursday, March 8, 1928, in Mt. Morris, a son of the late Spencer Wesley Johnson and Eva Coss Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Waynesburg.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in Japan as an auto mechanic. He was a former member of Waynesburg Elks Lodge 757 and a member of Waynesburg Moose Lodge 461. He was a past member of Mt. Morris Sportsman Club.

He had worked as a mechanic for VanDruff Tractor Sales in Waynesburg and later worked as a lineman and installer for South Penn Telephone Co., Mid Penn Telephone Co. and Mid Continent Telephone Co. and retired from Alltel Telephone Co. in March 1988 after 30 years. He was also a farmer and raised livestock.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Shriver Johnson, whom he married January 17, 1949; daughter Sharon (Mark) Kiger of Waynesburg; two sons, Steve (Holly) Johnson and Jay Johnson, both of Waynesburg; daughter-in-law Deborah Johnson of Waynesburg; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leanna Fox of Waynesburg and Virginia Preece of Livonia, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Charles Wesley Johnson; sister Lula Johnson, who died in infancy; and two brothers, Olan L. and Orris L. Johnson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 8, with Pastor James Lewis and the Rev. Kathy Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Whiteley Township. Graveside military rites will be accorded by James Farrell American Legion Post 330 of Waynesburg and representatives of the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Humane Society of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or to a charity of one’s choice. Information is available at

Moynelle V. Kern

WWII veteran enjoyed traveling

Moynelle V. Kern, 93, of Avella, died at 7:38 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born June 27, 1920, in Cross Creek Township, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Moynelle Mathilda Fehl Hollaway.

Mrs. Kern served in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

She was a lifelong resident of Avella, where she was a member of Bert C. Siders American Legion Post 643.

Mrs. Kern enjoyed traveling and visiting her family.

On April 23, 1953, she married Leroy Kern, who died June 17, 1991.

Surviving are five daughters, Hazel Ann Fennych of St. Petersburg, Fla., Karen Ann (Raymond) Lowrey of New Carlisle, Ohio, Patty (Ronald) Laughlin of Beulah, Colo., Carol (William) Strough of Washington and Pauline Ammerman of Buffalo, N.Y.; two sons, Leroy (Mary) Kern of Fredericksburg, Va., and Thomas E. (Nancy) Kern of Avella; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Ruth (Durwood) Murray of Matthew, N.C., Bertha Thellman of Warren, Ohio, Emilie J. (James) Holler of Fairfield, Catherine (William) Griffith of Avella and Sandra (Kenneth) Cauvet of Canton, Mich.; and a brother, William L. Hollaway of Hopedale, Ohio.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a son, John Dean Kern; three brothers, Andrew, Homer and Henry Hollaway; and two sisters, Hazel Ann Hollaway and Mildred Piatt.

Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, with the Rev. Gary Gibson officiating. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, Avella. Full military rites will be accorded graveside by Bert C. Siders American Legion Post 643. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital. Condolences can be expressed at

Martha McNary

Member of First Christian Church

Martha McNary, 80, of Washington, died Friday, September 6, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

She was born December 20, 1932, in West Middletown, a daughter of the late Michael and Rose Litwin Knish.

Mrs. McNary was a member of First Christian Church in Washington.

She was a 1950 graduate of Trinity High School.

Mrs. McNary ran the sweet shop at Presbyterian SeniorCare in Washington.

On September 1, 1950, in Eighty Four, she married Merle A. McNary, who died December 26, 1996.

Surviving are a son, Don McNary of Washington; a daughter, Nancy (Robert) Mathe of Moon; grandchildren Jake (Ashley) McNary, Amanda (James) Prosenjak, Chris McNary, John Mathe and Ali McNary.

Deceased are a son, Sam McNary; three brothers; and four sisters.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, September 9. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute at Condolences may be expressed and photos uploaded at Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director

Ronald D. Mihalko

Ronald D. Mihalko, 70, of Waynesburg, died Friday, September 6, 2013, in his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Dorothy Irene Russell

Dorothy Irene Russell, 76, of Weirton, W.Va., passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Weirton Medical Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.

Peter J. Salansky

Avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan

Peter J. Salansky, 87, of Atlasburg, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born April 4, 1926, in Canonsburg, a son of the late John and Sophie Hudick Salansky.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Salansky was employed by J&L Steel in Aliquippa and later by Jake Schneider, driving a van for students.

He was a member of Hickory United Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Salansky served during World War II as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.

On December 19, 1953, he married Irene Maczko, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Mark (Victoria) Salansky of Atlasburg; brothers Paul Salansky of Chicago, Ill., and Ted Salansky of Morristown, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are five brothers, John, Alec, Mike, Bill and Fred Salansky, and six sisters, Eva Sheridin, Anne Pakulik, Mary Kissock, Julia Salansky, Helen Salansky and Lillian Balescivich.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 9, with Pastor Lou Templeton officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.

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Robert Joel Stansberry

McGraw Edison retiree served in U.S. Army

Robert Joel “Joe” Stansberry passed away Friday, September 6, 2013, in his home in Owensboro, Ky., at the age of 79.

He was born in 1934 in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Stansberry graduated from Washington High School in 1952.

He worked as a mold maker for Hazel Atlas Glass in Washington and later as a tool and die maker for McGraw Edison in Canonsburg for 34 years until he retired.

Mr. Stansberry served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958, where he spent most of his time stationed in Hawaii.

He was a member of the Elks and Moose lodges and the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

Mr. Stansberry enjoyed watching sports, cooking, raising a garden and spending time with his family, especially vacationing together.

His wife of 57 years, Patricia Jamison Stansberry, survives. They were married September 14, 1956, in Winchester, Va.

Also surviving are daughters Traci Chesley (Roger Fetty) of Milton, W.Va., and Tammie (Jim) Roberts of Owensboro; a grandson, Joe Roberts of Morehead, Ky.; and other family and friends.

There are no services planned. Glenn Funeral and Crematory in Owensboro is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathan’s Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301, or to American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at



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