Obituaries Sept. 8

September 7, 2013

Joseph Franklin Allshouse II

Vietnam veteran loved his Boston bull terriers

Joseph Franklin Allshouse II, 60, of Claysville, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, in UPMC–Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh. 

He was born February 5, 1953, in Butler, a son of the late Clarence Allshouse and Arlene Campbell Allshouse McCracken. 

A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Allshouse served in the Army from February 18, 1970, until his honorable discharge March 9, 1972, as a specialist 4th class. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal with device and overseas bar. 

He worked as a service technician for Shearer Heating and Cooling. 

Mr. Allshouse was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Washington, Wounded Warriors in Washington and Disabled American Veterans of Pittsburgh. He also belonged to Claysville Legion and Paralyzed Veterans of America – Keystone in Pittsburgh. 

He loved the wheelchair games and his beloved Boston bull terriers. 

On December 22, 1990, he married Linda Butler, who survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Craig Szygenda of Washington; two daughters, Genie Sumney (Dennis) of Old Town, Fla., and Jodie Dondineau (Nathan) of Jackson, Mich.; three stepdaughters, Terri Janssen and Leigh Douglas (Alan), both of Georgia, and Jonie Gump (Mark) of Amwell Township; a brother, Gene Allshouse (Laura) of Arizona; a sister, Kim Demski (Alan) of Claysville; a stepbrother, Jay McCracken (Patty) of Washington; two stepsisters, Judy Silvers (Bob) of Washington and Sandy Lowther (Jay) of Washington; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a son, Ricky Rood, and his stepfather, John McCracken. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 15, in Claysville American Legion, Main Street, Claysville. Hunt-Kennedy American Legion Post 639 will accord military rites at the private inurnment in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Doris J. Beaver

22-year South Park School District teacher

Doris J. Updegrave Beaver, 96, of Bethel Park, formerly of Library, died Monday, September 2, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Somer C. Beaver; beloved mother of Janice E. Cribbs of Bethel Park and Gary L. Beaver (Diane) of West Alexander; sister of the late Ruth Farr and Mary Heple; and grandmother of Tim Cribbs (Amanda), Ryan (Kristen), Devon (Amy) and Jordan Beaver.

Mrs. Beaver was a member of Peters Creek Baptist Church for more than 73 years. She was an elementary school teacher in South Park School District for 22 years.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, in Peters Creek Baptist Church, South Park Township.

Thomas Crosbie

Took pride in cemetery, funeral home work

Thomas Crosbie of Houston, Texas, died Sunday, August 25, 2013.

He was born August 18, 1955, a son of the late Thomas M. and Mildred J. Crosbie.

Mr. Crosbie spent his entire adult life in Houston, working in cemetery, funeral home and cremation services, a calling in which he took great pride and reverence, carrying on the tradition of the Crosbie family at Washington Cemetery.

He also served as one of the directors of construction and maintenance for Lowen Group, a builder of cemeteries and funeral homes, encompassing seven states, and, in the same capacity, for Earthman’s Cemetery and Funeral Homes.

Surviving are a twin brother, William (Donna) of Washington; a niece, Rachael Anne Crosbie; a cousin, Bonnie (Dick) Siegfried of Denver, Colo., a special friend, Deana of Houston; and a special aunt and uncle, Frank and Edna Gordon of Washington.

Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 13, in Washington Cemetery. Everyone is asked to please meet at the front gate of the cemetery. A guest book may be accessed at

Robert Alexander Davis

Card player liked going to The Meadows

Robert Alexander “Peanuts” Davis, 69, of Houston, died Friday, September 6, 2013, with his family by his side, after a lengthy illness.

He was born November 15, 1943, in Washington, a son of Robert M. and Anabel Hamilton Davis.

Following graduation from Washington High School in 1961, Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1964.

He retired from Precision Marshall as a machinist. He was a member of United Steel Workers of America.

Mr. Davis was an avid card player and liked going to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

He was an avid golfer and the club champion at The Golf Club of Washington in 1979. He was an excellent athlete and, for many years, held the record for most home runs in the Pony League. He was a member of Alpine Club.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Helicke Davis. They enjoyed traveling together.

Also surviving are two daughters, Dawn A. (Patrick Putorti) Predmore of Upper St. Clair and Dana Davis (Colleen Henning) of Crafton; two sisters, Jean Davis (Paul) Risbin of Atlanta, Ga., and Kathy Davis (Dave) Staso of Hollywood, Md.; four grandchildren, Isabella, Sofia, Ian and Luciana Putorti; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Hummell & Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, where funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, with the Rev. Kenneth N. Schott officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Open Door (founded by his daughters), P.O. Box 99243, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Messages of condolence may be left at

Rosalie E. Dips

First Baptist Church Sunday school teacher

Rosalie E. Dips, 90, of Midway, went to be in the heavenly kingdom Saturday, September 7, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, in her home.

She was born December 9, 1922, in Beachview, a daughter of the late Lewis and Wreatha Malick Gracie.

Mrs. Dips was a graduate of Midway High School and worked as a sales clerk for the former Hi Gal Shop in McDonald and for Fidel Cleaners in Bridgeville. She retired in 2001.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Midway, where she was a member of the choir and a Sunday school teacher. She sang in the Methodist Church Choir for many years and was head of the Methodist Women.

Mrs. Dips loved horseback riding and was fond of her Sorel, Lucky.

Surviving are a daughter, Sharon Herman of Midway; a granddaughter, Beth M. (John) Hutton of Hampstead, N.C.; and two sisters, Adine (Renee) Freville of Midway and Loretta (Bob) Gilbert of Hartsville, S.C.

Deceased are her husband, Richard R. Dips, and a daughter, Sheila Dips Bednarzik.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, September 10, in First Baptist Church of Midway. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Midway. Condolences, photos and other information are available at

Laura Jean Gault Groomes

January 2, 1928 – September 2, 2013

Laura Jean Gault Groomes passed away Monday, September 2, 2013, after a short illness.

She was a daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Hetherington Gault of Bentleyville.

Prior to retiring to Indiantown, Fla., she raised her family in Guilderland, N.Y., and taught English in South Colonie Central School District.

A graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, she was a member of Theta Sigma Upsilon sorority. She began her teaching career in Albion and received her master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Albany. In her retirement, she lived at Indianwood Golf Community and served on the board of directors of Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown.

Prior to her move nine months ago to Abington, she was an avid golfer, reader, writer, lifelong learner and pie baker.

Deceased are her husband, Donald L. Groomes, a daughter, Jilda C. Palmer; and a sister, Gail Ellis.

Survivors include daughters Lisa Groomes of Philadelphia and Beth Zampol of Schenectady, N.Y.; and granddaughters Stephanie Palmer of Queens, N.Y., Karen Palmer Heil of Burlington, Vt., and Alison Groomes-Klotz and Zoe Groomes-Klotz, both of Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Martin County Library System, Stuart, Fla., or to Abington Memorial Home Care and Hospice.

Alexander M. Kairush Jr.

Enjoyed golf, farming, coaching

Alexander M. Kairush Jr., 77, of Washington, died Monday, September 2, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born February 16, 1936, in Westland, a son of Alexander and Mary Revak Kairush.

Mr. Kairush worked as a mailroom clerk at Bayer Corp. and locker room manager at several country clubs in the area.

He was a 1955 graduate of Hickory High School.

He had served with the National Guard, and he enjoyed golf, farming and coaching baseball and football.

On October 27, 1956, he married Marlene Haye, his wife of 56 years.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Karen Kutschbach (David) of Upper St. Clair and Michael Kairush (Suzy) and Mark Kairush (Beth), both of Canonsburg; and four grandchildren, Ryan Serrino, Melissa Gebhardt and Marcus and Taylor Kairush.

A daughter, Karla M. Tucker, is deceased.

Friends and family will be received from 5 to 7 p.m., the time of service, Tuesday, September 10, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Joy Lynn Krosunger

Compassionate person loved animals, nature

Joy Lynn Krosunger, 44, of Carmichaels, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, where she fought her battle with cancer.

She was born February 22, 1969, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Gerald A. Krosunger and Linda C. Phillips Kovach. Her stepfather is James C. Kovach.

Ms. Krosunger was a 1987 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School. She enjoyed serving as a majorette and silk and also worked as an office aide.

She attended John Cassablanca’s Modeling School in Monroeville during her senior year and enjoyed studying dance. After high school, she attended Waynesburg College and transferred to St. Ambrose University in Iowa. She studied business administration and political science. She moved to Islamorada in the Florida Keys and was employed by Bass Pro Shops. She recently worked for Gentile Security Co. the past two years. She enjoyed living near the ocean, boating, fishing and had visited the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. She also enjoyed traveling to New York City, Las Vegas and her favorite beaches. She had attended First Christian Church of Carmichaels and was baptized there prior to moving to Florida.

Ms. Krosunger was a compassionate person and loved animals and nature. Her favorite painting was “Starry Starry Night,” by Vincent van Gogh, and her favorite song was “Vincent,” which her mom sang to her each night while battling the illness.

Surviving, in addition to her parents are, her twins, Dylan and Devan; three stepbrothers, David Kovach, Jeffrey Kovach and Matt Kovach; two half sisters, Ashley and Susan; and her maternal grandmother, Wilma Phillips.

Deceased are her maternal grandfather, A. Lee Phillips, and her paternal grandparents, George and Ruby Krosunger.

She will be remembered and loved by all of her aunts, uncles, cousins, her many friends and her adorable cat, Angie.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of her life at 7 p.m. Monday, September 9, in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, led by the Rev. Reagan Fike. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the family for the college fund for her children. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit

Joseph M. Lucy

November 20, 1954 – August 31, 2013

Joseph M. “Jody” Lucy died August 31, 2013. He was born November 20, 1954.

Celebration of his life: 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, in Bethel Park Community Center.

Arrangements are by Ball Funeral Chapel Inc.

John J. Maslyk

Korean War veteran was West Penn Power retiree

John J. Maslyk, 83, of Charleroi, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, in his home.

He was born December 17, 1929, in Joffre, a son of the late Jan and Mary Maslyk.

Mr. Maslyk retired as a transmission and distribution supervisor from West Penn Power Co. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Surviving are a son, Philip Maslyk of Charleroi; a daughter, Cydnee (Carl) Vozniak of Doylestown; a grandson, Taylor Vozniak of Manayunk; and a granddaughter, Marissa Toof Maslyk of Chadron, Neb.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa “Betty Jane” Maslyk; brothers Theodore and Louis Maslyk; and sisters Wanda Link and Jane Slack.

At the request of Mr. Maslyk, there will be no public visitation.

A memorial service, which will be announced at a later date, will be held in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home Inc., 819 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, 724-483-5545. View at

Charles McClure

Coal miner and carpenter was active in church

Charles “Chuck” McClure, 84, of Mt. Morris, and formerly of Mannington, W.Va., passed away peacefully in his home with loving family near, at 12:15 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born August 5, 1929, in Wheeling, W.Va., the only son of the late Charles Franklin and Beulah P. Collins McClure.

Mr. McClure spent 45 years working as a coal miner, a profession he dearly loved. Most of his career was spent in the maintenance and electrical fields. He worked 37 of those years at Consolidation Coal Co. Four States Mine, where, at one time, sons Richard and Roger also worked with him. After the mine closed, he worked his remaining eight years in Humphrey and Osage mines. He retired in 1993 and enjoyed 20 years of retirement. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Four States Local 4060. He had recently received his gold membership card.

On November 26, 1989, he married Carole Lee Franks, who survives. They made their home in Mt. Morris.

Mr. McClure attended Mt. Morris United Methodist Church, where he served on the pastoral board and was a trustee. He was currently a member of Whiteley Creek Community Church in Waynesburg.

In earlier years, he attended Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and trustee. He helped to build the current church located on Route 250 in Mannington.

He was an excellent carpenter and built four homes for three of his children.

In retirement, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, loved to walk often, walking five miles a day, in Morgantown Mall. He enjoyed his family, his friends, his home and lawn. He loved traveling to Ohio Amish country with his wife, Carole.

Also surviving are a daughter, Sandra “Sandy” McClure-Malcolm and husband Richard of Fairmont, W.Va.; three sons, Richard D. McClure and wife Susan of Fairmont, Gary Douglas and wife Deborah and Roger and wife Renee, all of Mannington; a stepson, Mark W. Watson and wife Melissa of Holly Springs, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, Melanie McClure DeFrance and husband Jason, Lori West Laxton and husband Clint, Clinton David McClure, Chad McClure and wife Amanda, Christopher McClure, Andrew McClure, Alexa McClure, Haley McClure, Colin McClure, Lyra Watson, Samantha Watson and Jacob Watson; seven great-grandchildren, Isabella, Emily, Jackson, Aubrey, Liam, Chelsa and Braelynn; four sisters, Genevieve VanGilder of Weirton, W.Va., Betty Michael and husband Curtis of Mannington, Rose Marie Dulaney and husband Charles of Colliers and Margaret Ann Maraney and husband William of Morgantown; and a very special nephew, Lee Watson of Mapletown.

Also surviving are many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death are a stepson, William Watson; a sister, Carol Sue Heupp and husband Robert; and a brother-in-law Edward “Dick” VanGilder.

There will be no public viewing at the request of the deceased.

Funeral arrangements are private at the direction of Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street, Carmichaels. The family request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society or to Whiteley Creek Community Church, P.O. Box 808, Waynesburg, PA 15370. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit

Ronald D. Mihalko

Retired Emerald Mine foreman enjoyed horseshoes

­­Ronald D. “Frosty” Mihalko, 70, of Waynesburg, passed away in his home, Friday, September 6, 2013, to be with the Lord.

He was born January 10, 1943, in Lowber, a son of the late George Mihalko and Mary Zowanda Mihalko Steadman.

Mr. Mihalko was a graduate of Sewickley High School in Herminie.

On September 12, 1964, he married his wife of 49 years, Janet Lynn Mihalko, who survives.

Mr. Mihalko was a shift foreman in Emerald Mine in Waynesburg from 1976 until his retirement in 1994. He had also worked for Consolidation Coal Co. in Montour Mine 10.

He lived in Waynesburg since 1990 and was a former resident of Hundred, W.Va., and Lowber.

Mr. Mihalko was a member of Landmark Baptist Church in Waynesburg, where he served as a deacon.

He loved spending time with his wife and family and serving his church. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and traveling. He had a special talent for cooking and baking.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Ronald R. Mihalko, and daughter-in-law Christine of Forst, Germany; a daughter, Lori L. Settle, and son-in-law Christopher of Merrillville, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Jasmin and Ryan C. Mihalko and Theresa, Houston, Brandon, Clifton, Rebekah and Preston Settle; a sister, Cynthia Mihalko Ciarolla of North Huntingdon; a brother, John Mihalko of Washington; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, Edward, Robert and Gene Mihalko.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, September 10, in Landmark Baptist Church, 176 North Porter Street, Waynesburg, with Pastor Arnold Watts officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Condolences may be offered at

Genevieve K. Nayduch

Former owner-operator of Ideal Cleaners in McDonald

Genevieve K. “Jennie” Nayduch, 90, of McDonald, died Friday, September 6, 2013.

She was born November 14, 1922, a daughter of Frank and Catherine Brodzak Kotfis.

On May 24, 1945, she married Stephen J. Nayduch, who died December 25, 2009.

Mrs. Nayduch and her husband were owners and operators of Ideal Cleaners in McDonald for more than 40 years, both retiring in 1992. After retiring, she enjoyed reading and camping.

She was the mother of Robert D. Nayduch of McDonald and Richard S. Nayduch of Richmond, Va.; cherished sister of Ann Heinlein and the late Tony and John Kotfis; and grandmother of Tiffany Nayduch.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 8, in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057. All services will be private. Interment will take place in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald, at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Salvation Army.

William Orndoff

Longtime South Strabane supervisor

When South Strabane police Chief Donald Zofchak thinks about the township, Bill Orndoff’s name is one of the first to come to his mind.

Orndoff spent years in various leadership roles in South Strabane Township, serving time as a part-time police, supervisor, fire chief and public works roadmaster.

“When you mention Bill Orndoff, you think of South Strabane Township. That’s how ingrained he was with the community,” Zofchak said. “His heart was totally with that township. Between the fire, the roads and the township, he devoted his life to it all.”

William Harvey Orndoff died Friday night, September 6, 2013, after battling cancer. He was 87.

Orndoff was born February 27, 1926, in Rogersville, to William Woodrow and Nell Pearl Day Orndoff. He attended Washington High School before leaving early to join the Army Air Corps, where he spent his service time in Texas. He returned to graduate from Washington.

Orndoff drove buses for Blue Ridge and Greyhound and was a founder of Suburban Lines Bus Co., where he served as president. He later formed the A&W Bus Lines. After his retirement, he drove the shuttle van for Budd Baer car dealership.

But it was his work in the township that Zofchak says set him apart. Zofchak credited Orndoff with helping to change South Strabane from a rural farming community into a growing township with bustling business districts. He said Orndoff became a township supervisor in the mid 1960s right when development began and continued in that role until the early 2000s.

“It’s a tremendous loss. It’s a great loss,” Zofchak said. “South Strabane came from a very rural area. You go back to the early 1960s, it was rural and agriculture. Then the retail started coming in and Bill was there all of those years. He saw the township develop, and he was there developing it.”

Orndoff also was a charter member of the South Strabane Fire Department’s Station No. 2 and served as fire chief there for a decade. South Strabane fire Chief Scott Reese said he continued to volunteer his time helping with bingo fundraisers. He received an award in December from the Pennsylvania State Senate for 50 years of service to the fire department.

“Bill was a committed person,” Reese said. “He helped out with everything and always kept involved with every facet of the fire department, whether it was purchasing equipment or (volunteering) on the social side.”

Even as Orndoff began backing off his township duties, Zofchak fondly remembers him stopping by to say hello and staying connected with municipal workers and volunteers.

“He would still stop by and check in on things and stayed active with the fire department,” Zofchak said. “We’re going to miss him. He fought until the end.”

One of his favorite pastimes was meeting with friends at Eat’n Park and Al an’ Ruben’s restaurants. He enjoyed jazz music and would travel all around the area to hear his favorite bands. He was well-known for always having candy to distribute.

On August 26, 1950, he married his beloved wife, Virginia Larkin, who passed away December 10, 2007.

Surviving are two sons, Robert (Barbara) Orndoff and David (Kimberly) Orndoff, both of Washington; a daughter, Judy (the late Fred “Buddy”) Boone of Washington; four granddaughters, Carrie (Will) Nabors, Michelle Orndoff and Bobbi Orndoff, all of Washington; and Olivia Orndoff of Nashville, Tenn.; a grandson, Joshua Orndoff of Nashville; three stepgranddaughters, Sheila Bonus, Kayla Bonus and Alicia Bonus, all of Washington.

Deceased is a sister, Nora (Robert) Pthtel.

His family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, with Pastor C.D. Croscutt officiating. A fireman’s service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, where military rites will be accorded graveside by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to South Strabane Fire Department, 172 Oak Springs Road, Washington, PA 15301, or Washington Alliance Church, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, PA 15301.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Gloria A. McCall Paterson

Longtime Monongahela Foodland cashier

Gloria A. McCall Paterson, 71, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Monongahela, died Friday, September 6, 2013, in Southwestern Nursing Center, Pleasant Hills. 

He was born November 11, 1941, in Monongahela, a daughter of William and Frances McCall. 

Mrs. Paterson had worked for more than 25 years as a cashier for Monongahela Foodland until her retirement in 2004.

She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony Church, in Monongahela and Carroll Township American Legion Post 949.

Surviving are her husband, William G. Paterson; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Joyce McCall of Uniontown; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a sister, Sandra McCall.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767,, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, with Father William Terza officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

Warren G. Piatt

WWII veteran, retired rural mail carrier

Warren G. Piatt, 92, of Washington, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington. 

He was born February 4, 1921, in West Bethlehem Township, Marianna, a son of the late William and Ida Grable Piatt. 

Mr. Piatt was a graduate of West Bethlehem Township High School and a 1939 graduate of Penn State Commercial Business School with a degree in accounting. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he enlisted in October 1942 and served with the 80th Division 314th Field Artillery Battalion. During his three years and three months of service, he was in the European Theater for 18 months. He was honorably discharged December 14, 1945. 

He was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. 

After returning from the service, he worked for Manrow and Nevin Sheet Metal, Heating and Roofing for 12 years, carried mail on rural delivery No. 4 in Washington for 23 years and later drove a special education van for Trinity Area School District for 10 years. 

On May 11, 1946, he married Jane Baker, who survives.   

Also surviving are three sons, Kenneth, John and Bill Piatt, all of Washington; a brother, John Piatt of Butler; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Deceased are two brothers, William Piatt and Joseph Piatt. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 395 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 10. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Marianna. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Wayne L. Watson

U.S. Marines vet served in Vietnam War

Wayne L. Watson, 57, of Bethel Park, died Friday, September 6, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of Roseann Hudak; loving father of Catrina; and brother of James, Melvin, Lisa Myers, Theresa Dohse and the late Wilda “Sissy” Graham.

Mr. Watson served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 11. Interment with full military honors will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

Mildred Zibert

1923 – 2013

Mildred Zibert, 90, of Burgettstown, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013, in Asbury Heights, Mt. Lebanon. 

She was born August 2, 1923, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Bistarkey Kavchak. 

A member of Cross Creek Presbyterian Church and Burgettstown Senior Citizens Center, she enjoyed knitting, baking and, especially, spending time with her grandchildren. 

In 1945, she married John Zibert Sr., who passed away January 16, 2006. 

Surviving are four sons, John Zibert Jr.and wife Shirley of Canonsburg, Ronald Zibert of Burgettstown, Michael Zibert and wife Donna of Saxonburg and James Zibert and wife Cheryl Jean of McDonald; five grandchildren, Kiley Ann, Laina Joyce, Katlyn, Hannah and James Micheal Zibert; and a sister, Matilda Olshinsky. 

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a daughter-in-law, Joyce Ann Zibert; and several brothers and sisters. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, officiated by the Rev. William Rhomer. Interment will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Asbury Heights, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, and/or Burgettstown Senior Citizens Association, 200 Senior Way, Burgettstown, PA 15021.



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