Obituaries Sept. 14

September 13, 2013

Stella Bartusiak

Member of St. Michael Byzantine Church

Stella Bartusiak (Bartusick), 90, of Washington, passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, in Southmont of Presbyterian Senior Care, Washington. She was born August 15, 1923, on her family farm in Canton Township, Washington, a daughter of the late Mykita “Mike” Bartusiak and Martha Sawczak Bartusiak. Miss Bartusick was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Canonsburg. She was a graduate of Trinity High School, class of June 4, 1940. Miss Bartusiak was employed for more than 35 years at Brockway Glass, quality control department, until her retirement.She enjoyed living in the country and continued to live on the small family farm which she shared with her sisters Sophia and Mary, until their deaths. Surviving are five nieces, Janice Bartusick of Encinitas, Calif., Linda Hill of Orange, Calif., Kashka (Dave) Warden of Lakewood, Calif., Debbie (Steve) McGovern of Henderson, Nev., and Cindy (Stuart) Reyburn of Henderson; and two nephews, Michael (Christie) Bartusick of Huntington Beach, Calif., and John (Jinny) Bartusick of Huntington Beach. Deceased are two brothers, John Bartusick and Paul Bartusiak and five sisters, Sophia Bartusiak, Mary Bartusiak and three who died in infancy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, 166 East College Street, Canonsburg, with Father Joseph Jugan, as celebrant. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington. Panachida services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Additional information and guest book are available at

Gene A. Day

Former Center Township employee

Gene A. Day, 76, of Rogersville, died Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.He was born March 20, 1937, in Nineveh, a son of the late Homer L. and Elizabeth Gunn Day. Mr. Day was a graduate of West Greene High School.He worked for the Carnegie Natural Gas Co. in Waynesburg for 29 years. He had also worked seven years for Center Township. He served as a deputy game protector for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for 10 years.Mr. Day was a life member of Waynesburg Elks Lodge BPOE 757.Surviving are a brother, Happy L. Day of Waynesburg; three nieces, Sue Day Stewart of Graysville, Barbara Day of Allentown and Bonnie Day of Brockport, N.Y.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.Deceased are four brothers, Harley, Kermit, Dale and Vance Day.Friends will be received noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, September 15, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Bruce Judy officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Wind Ridge.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Condolences may be offered at

Charles E. Hull Jr.

Charles E. Hull Jr., 94, of Carmichaels, died Friday, September 13, 2013, in the Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., Jefferson. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Mary Y. Nyerges

Former Mt. Morris resident

Mary Y. Nyerges, 89, of Warrenton, Va., formerly of Mt. Morris, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in her home.She was born Friday, January 25, 1924, in Cassville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Andy Yaromey and Eva Stecyk Yaromey.Mrs. Nyerges was Catholic.She had served as special education aide in Maryland and was a homemaker.On April 15, 1961, she married Vince M. Nyerges, who died July 7, 2006.Surviving are a daughter, Christina and Randy Suhrie of Warrenton; a granddaughter, Grace Suhrie of Warrenton; three sisters, Ann Molina of Flint, Mich., Rose Steele of Cleveland, Ohio, and Charlotte Bennett of Morgantown, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased are five brothers, John Roman, Charles Yaromey, Nick Roman, Henry Yaromey and Alec Yaromey.Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 17. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris.Information is available at

Laurie Anne Pecjak


Laurie Anne Pecjak, 32, of Washington, died Thursday, September 12, 2013.She was born July 12, 1981, in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of Jere F. Pecjak and Lois Stewart Pecjak, who survive.Also surviving are two half brothers, Jason Cutter of Douglasville and Christopher Cutter of Wilmington; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.Additional information and guest book are available at

Pauline Porchiran

Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Pauline Porchiran, 96, of Slovan, died Friday, September 13, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.She was born February 15, 1917, in Smith Township, a daughter of the late John and Anna Dobransky Pescho. Having lost her spouse, Michael Porchiran, at a young age on November 12, 1947, she was left with three daughters, and diligently went to work as a waitress, housecleaner or even ironing shirts to support her family. Mrs. Porchiran was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown.She was an avid baker and seamstress. She enjoyed many activities, but what brightened her life most of all, was spending time with her family. Surviving are her two daughters, Marlene (John) Gobleck of Joffre and Joann Testa of Burgettstown; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; two sisters, Mary Denny of Weirton, W.Va., and Dorothy Liptak of Broadview Heights, Ohio. Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a daughter, Dolores Moore; two grandsons, Michael Moore and Teddy Testa; siblings Andy, John, Mike, George and Paul Pescho, Helen Tope, Irene Pradetto and Annie Boulson; and a longtime companion, Guiseppe “Peppino” Cullari. Arrangments are incomplete and entrusted to Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. For further information and condolences, please visit

Hugh L. Sebolt

Served in Navy, retired bricklayer

Hugh L. Sebolt, 87, formerly of Eighty Four, Nottingham Township, died Monday, September 9, 2013, in Paramount Senior Living, McMurray.He was born July 22, 1926, in Bethel Park, a son of George and Anna McMonagle Sebolt.Mr. Sebolt was a retired union bricklayer.He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Sebolt was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 764 in McMurray.Surviving are a son, Dennis Sebolt of Mattoon, Ill.; two daughters, Deborah Beech of Bethel Park and Kristen Boehm of South Fayette Township; a stepson, Dale Matorana of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, John Sebolt of Eighty Four and Daniel Sebolt of Mt. Lebanon; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.Deceased are his first wife, Doris Koontz Sebolt; his second wife, Annetta Crouch Sebolt; two sons, Mark and David Sebolt; a brother, George Sebolt; and a sister, Marita Creehan.Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of a blessing service, Monday, September 16, in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.Memorial contributions can be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330.

Marline Wylie Thomas

Beloved wife and mother

Marline Wylie Thomas, of Howard County, Md., passed away September 7, 2013.She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Thomas; mother of Jackie Beitel and husband Leland of Woodbine, Md., Joe Thomas of Columbia, Md., and Sandy Howard of Woodbine; grandmother of Wesley Howard, Ashley Beitel and Joe and Amanda Thomas; and sister of Donna Nixon and husband Roger of Washington.A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 21, in Lisbon United Methodist Church, 15875 Frederick Road, Lisbon, MD 21765. The family wishes for all who attend to please wear casual attire.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to a charity of one’s choice. Please see for condolences and directions.

James Kermit Thompson

Weirton Steel Corp. retiree

James Kermit Thompson, 77, of Burgettstown, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, surrounded by his family, in Canonsburg General Hospital.He was born November 15, 1935, in Cross Creek Township, a son of the late Henry H. and Margaret Amanda McCreary Thompson.Also deceased are his wife, Nancy Sue Wright Thompson; sisters Annie Hause and Mary Riggle; and brothers Louie and Bill Thompson.Mr. Thompson was a member of Tucker United Methodist Church, Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454 F&AM and Weirton Steel 25-year club.He retired from the welding shop of Weirton Steel Corp. Previously, he had been employed for 17 years as a butcher at Bovalina Meat Packing in Slovan.Surviving are a daughter, Terri Klages (Ken); sons James Thompson and Patrick Thompson (Dena), both of Burgettstown; grandchildren Amanda and Abby Thompson and Ken Klages; and sister Patty Majernik (Paul) of Michigan.Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 3721 Main Street, Weirton, W.Va. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 16, in Tucker United Methodist Church, 641 Steubenville Pike, Florence, with Pastor Ken Jacobs presiding. Interment will follow in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Hanover Township. Masonic service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Dorothy Louise Vandegrift


Dorothy Louise Vandegrift, 90, of McMurray, went home to her Lord September 7, 2013.A native of Brentwood, she was born January 16, 1923, a daughter of the late Perry O. Black and Ruth Ann Price.Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Edward M. Vandegrift III; three sons, Ed (Betty Jean) Vandegrift of Washington, John Vandegrift of Pittsburgh and Tom (Tonra) Vandegrift; two grandsons, Lee and Will of Florida; a younger brother, Robert (Ruth) Black of McMurray; and many nieces and nephews. Deceased is her older brother, Perry (Elma) Black. She was devout follower of Jesus Christ, who delighted in church activities, children, pets, sports and baking. Her gentle, unassuming nature, was a blessing to everyone and she was loved by all Interment for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. There will be a celebration of life held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, in Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray, PA 15317.Arrangements by Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211. Please view or add tributes at

Additional information was received for the obituary of John E. Weaver, published Friday.Family and friends will be received from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 14, in William N. Rupert Mortuary Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox, PA 16232. Graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. in Salem Lutheran Cemetery, 2057 Route 208, Knox.



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