Obituaries Sept. 17

September 16, 2013

Services for Joy Lynn Bombash, who died September 13, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg.

JoAnn Carpenter Bortz

Active member of WWJD Christian Center

JoAnn Carpenter Bortz, 72, of Waynesburg, formerly of Pittsburgh, died at 2:40 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, after being seriously ill for the past four months.She was born February 24, 1941, in Brave, a daughter of Roxanna Pearl Moore Carpenter of Uniontown and the late Joseph Irvin Carpenter.Mrs. Bortz resided in the Pittsburgh area for 55 years prior to returning to Greene County in 2005.She was an active member of WWJD Christian Center in Waynesburg, where she showed her love for her Lord as the church clerk, a former Sunday school teacher and church historian.Mrs. Bortz enjoyed interior designing, genealogy, making jewelry, sewing and knitting.She attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.Mrs. Bortz was last employed as a waitress by the former G.C. Murphy Co. and Rite Aid, both in the Greenfield section of Pittsburgh.On June 12, 1985, she married Ronald Eugene Bortz, who survives.Also surviving are a son, J.D., husband of Kim Trango of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Monica Roz of Burnside, Md.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Jean, wife of Fred Carter of Carmichaels and Linda Carpenter of Pittsburgh; three brothers, Wayne, husband of Wanda Carpenter of Uniontown, James, husband of Cathie Carpenter of Waynesburg, and Joseph, husband of Tammy Carpenter of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased, in addition to her father, is a sister, Roberta Crenshaw.Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, with Pastors James and Cathie Carpenter co-officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences and flowers at

Alice Irene Waychoff Burt

Member of North Buffalo Church

Alice Irene Waychoff Burt, 85, of Canonsburg, formerly of Washington, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, in her home. She was born August 8, 1928, in Washington, a daughter of the late Wilbert Matthew and Mildred Irene Ward Waychoff. Mrs. Burt was a member of North Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Jessop Employees Club and Loyal Order of Moose 22, American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles. She played dartball for the Eagles, American Legion and Jessop Club. She was a housewife and a wonderful mother.Mrs. Burt worked at the Washington Hospital as a server. On March 23, 1946, she married Robert Ronald Burt, who died January 7, 2012. Surviving are three sons, Robert Lee (Rosie) Burt Sr. of Columbus, Ohio, David William (Glenda) Burt Sr. of Washington and Donald Matthew (Marie) Burt of Canonsburg; a daughter, Evelyn (Gerald) Hickman of Richeyville; a daughter-in-law, Shirley (Sam) Burt of Florida; a brother, Earl Wayne (Ruth Ann) Waychoff; a sister-in-law, Hilda Waychoff; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Deceased are a son, James Richard Burt; a brother, John Wilbert Waychoff; and a grandson, Douglas Burt. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20. Burial will follow in North Buffalo Cemetery, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Donald C. Clendaniel

Hall of Fame high school football coach

Donald C. Clendaniel, 79, of Houston, died peacefully Monday, September 16, 2013, in his home, with family by his side.He was born May 2, 1934, in Canonsburg, a son of T. Clyde and Margaret Clark Clendaniel.Mr. Clendaniel was a 1952 graduate of Chartiers High School and 1958 graduate of Waynesburg College. Following his sophomore year at Waynesburg, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky. He completed his education following his two years of service.He began his teaching career in 1959 in Chartiers-Houston School District and retired from Washington School District in 1991. He was a junior high wrestling and golf coach at Chartiers-Houston and was varsity football coach from 1960 until 1973. He compiled a record of 68 wins, 16 losses and three ties. His team won the 1968, 1971 and 1972 WPIAL Class B championships and was the Tri-County Class B Section champions in 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971 and 1972. He was selected Washington County Coach of the Year in 1968, 1970 and 1971. He also coached football for several years at Washington High School, where he won the 1974 Section Championship. In 1994, he was inducted into the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for football coaching.Mr. Clendaniel was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Houston.He was an avid golfer.Mr. Clendaniel was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed the time he spent with his family.On June 11, 1960, he married his wife of 53 years, Garnet Galbraith, who survives.Also surviving are five children, Paige Zanaglio (John) of Houston and Lori Bakaitis (Kenny), Donald C. Clendaniel Jr. (Julie), Bethany Licht and Kurt Clendaniel (Traci), all of Canonsburg; 10 grandchildren, Devan, Courtney and Karlee Zanaglio, Breanna and Rachel Bakaitis, Jack Clendaniel, Olivia and Robbie Licht and Ryan and Sarah Clendaniel; two brothers, T. Eugene Clendaniel (Ann) of Chesterton, Ind., and Clyde Clendaniel (Kay) of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased is a son-in-law, David Licht.Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 19, with the Rev. Clarejean Haury officiating. Interment will be private.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001,, or Amedisys Hospice Care, 275 Meadowlands Boulevard, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Janice Guest

Janice Guest, 71, of Washington, died Saturday, September 14, 2013.

All services are private. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor.

Joel E. Guthrie

1964 Waynesburg H.S. grad was Navy veteran

Joel E. Guthrie, 66, of South Whitehall Township, died Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.He was the husband of Kathleen S. Stoy Guthrie, to whom he was married for more than 44 years.Mr. Guthrie was born in Waynesburg, a son of the late Kenneth J. and Wilma S. Spitznogle Guthrie.In 1964, he graduated from Waynesburg High School and attended two years at Waynesburg College.He was an independent NDE/NDT inspector.A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served on the USS Canopus and spent 18 months overseas during his three-year enlistment.In Allentown, he was a 32nd-Degree Mason with the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory and also of Waynesburg Lodge 153. He was also a member of the Ferrari Club of America.Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Stephanie S., wife of Jason Hammer of Slatington; a brother, Stephen D., husband of Song Sun of Apex, N.C.; and a grandson, Cade Conall. As per his wishes, there will be no memorial service. Arrangments are being handled by Trexler Funeral Home Inc., Allentown, may be made in his memory to American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017, or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

Mary Margaret Smith Javorsky

Daisytown woman worked at Chuck Wagon

Mary Margaret Smith Javorsky, 83, of Daisytown, died Friday, September 13, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.She was born June 25, 1930, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Hollis Schmitt.For many years, she worked as a server at Chuck Wagon Restaurant and also was employed by Sheehan’s Supermarket, California, where she worked in the deli. Surviving are four daughters, Catherine Tonkavitch of West Newton, Deborah Baughman of Mentor, Ohio, Jacquelyn Spiegel of Belle Vernon and Jonell Serro of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Gray and Teresa Schultz, both of McKeesport; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, John Javorsky Jr., who died February 3, 2003; four brothers, Victor, Alfred, Jim and William Schmitt; and a sister, Catherine Smith.All services are private and under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Robert J. Nemeth

Retired union bricklayer served in Army

Robert J. “Pappy” Nemeth, 79, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, September 14, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.He was born August 4, 1934, in Laboratory, a son of the late Julius “Freckles” and Mary Kosey Nemeth. Mr. Nemeth was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1952.He served his country in the U.S. Army.Mr. Nemeth was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg.On August 10, 1963, he married his loving wife of 50 years, Rita Wozniak Nemeth of Canonsburg, who survives.Prior to his retirement, he was a union bricklayer with Local 9 for 43 years.He was a 4th-degree Knight with Knights of Columbus in Washington. He was the last living charter member of Tomahawk Hunting Lodge of Ridgway.Mr. Nemeth was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Robert Jay Nemeth and wife Linda of Washington and Richard E. Nemeth and wife Ronda of Canonsburg; a brother, Arthur R. Nemeth and wife Linda of Washington; seven grandchildren, Alyssa and Meghan Nemeth, Christopher (Jacinda) Ritenour, Jeffrey (Bobbi Jo) Ritenour, David (Amanda) Ritenour, Jessica M (Justin) Schmitt and Kaitlin Capo; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Cheryl Nemeth and Margot Nemeth Adams; a special cousin, Mary Zylo Baker; and a nephew, Jarrod (Melissa) Nemeth. Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Daniel “Dimpy” Nemeth.Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 19. Interment will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military rites accorded by combined honor guards of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902.Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Stephen F. Ondash Jr.

Army veteran, LTV Steel retiree

Stephen F. “Arky” Ondash Jr., 88, of Vestaburg, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, in Lasosky’s Personal Care Home, Clarksville.He was born August 11, 1925, in Gates, a son of the late Stephen and Susan B. Chech Ondash.Mr. Ondash was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Northern France and the Rhineland. For his services, he was awarded the American Theater Defense Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.For 18 years, he was employed by J&L Steel Vesta 5 Mine as a mason. He later worked for and retired from LTV Steel’s South Side Works. He was a 65 years member of Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391 of Fredericktown, where he was named legionnaire for the years 2000 through 2008. He was very active with the post honor guard and was also a life member of Carmichaels Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491.Mr. Ondash was also a lifelong member of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish in Fredericktown and was a former member of United Mine Workers of America and United Steel Workers of America.He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan and enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a member of the V5 Camp in Endeavor.Surviving are two brothers, John W. Ondash of Rochester and Edward F. Ondash (Diana) of Streetsboro, Ohio; a sister, Marjorie Campbell (Alfred) of Vestaburg; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Joseph and Paul S. Ondash.Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael Archangel Church, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Francis Frazer, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Fredericktown Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Fredericktown.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hanson-Cole American Post 391, P.O. Box 517, Fredericktown, PA 15333, or St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, P.O. Box 638, Fredericktown, PA 15333. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Mary B. Pelan Palovich

Member of Cokeburg Presbyterian Church

Mary B. Pelan Palovich, 89, of Cokeburg, died Saturday, September 14, 2013, in her home. She was born August 5, 1924, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Valentine and Karolina Sajn Pelan.Mrs. Palovich was a graduate of Pittsburgh Beauty Academy and, for many years, was employed as a hairstylist for Mary’s Beauty Shop in Canonsburg. For several years, she was employed by Continental Can of Canonsburg.During World War II, she worked as a welder at Neville Island in Pittsburgh. She was a member of Cokeburg Presbyterian Church, former member and past president of Cokeburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a member of St. George Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 354 in Cokeburg and SNPJ Lodge.Mrs. Palovich enjoyed ceramics, polka music and dancing, flower gardening, humming birds, family gatherings and loved her nieces, nephews and neighbors. On July 3, 1965, she married Frank “Sam” Palovich, who died September 9, 2013.Surviving are two sisters, Josephine Berardinelli (Dick) of Cokeburg and Frances Delfine (Michael) of Baden.Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are four sisters, Annie, Mildred and Bertha Pelan and Carolyn Marshall.Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 18. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery.Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Virginia Romaine Ruetschi

Loved spending time with children, grandchildren

Virginia Romaine Ruetschi, 91, of Washington, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, in her home. She was born November 18, 1921, in Washington, a daughter of Dorsey E. and Ethel Mae Jones Strosnider. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and crocheting, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ruetschi volunteered with the Red Cross and American Heart Association and was a Girl Scout leader. She was baptized in Second Christian Church. On May 23, 1940, she married Wilbur Ruetschi, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Wilbur Douglas (JoAnn) Ruetschi of Claysville; three daughters, Carol (George) Basara of Cokeburg, Betsy (Bill) Murner of South Franklin Township and Sue (Chuck) Roup of Washington; a sister, Mary Yohe of Washington; and 10 grandchildren, Amy, Judy, Jill, Phillip, Sandy, Becky, Beth, Jenny, Carrie and Chuck; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a grandson, Douglas Alexander, and two sisters, Doris Grusofski and Betty Murphy. There will be no public visitation. Private entombment will be in Washington Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Washington Health System, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and a guest book are available at



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