Obituaries Sept. 19

September 18, 2013

Frances Babish

Beloved wife, loving mother

Frances Babish, 90, formerly of Cuddy, passed away in her God’s grace on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Babish; loving mother of Beverly (William) Van Loon, Robert (Judy) Babish and Melissa (Max) Ramenofsky; caring grandmother of Katherine, Alexis, Christine, Jamie, Robert and Jillian; great-grandmother of Adam and Charlie; and sister-in-law of Betty Siskawicz.

Mrs. Babish was the last surviving sibling of six sisters and four brothers.

Also surviving are many loving nieces and nephews, who knew her fondly as “Aunt Nancy.”

She was a 1941 graduate of Scott Township High School.

Mrs. Babish was employed by Vimco Macaroni Co. and Mayview State Hospital.

She was a member of Holy Child Parish.

Mrs. Babish’s true vocation was her devotion to her husband and children.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m Friday in Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, 430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, 412-221-3800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 21, in Holy Child Church, Bridgeville. Entombment will be held in St. Agatha Cemetery, Bridgeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Child Parish, 212 Station Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Please add or view tributes at

Martha Dean Brown Blain

World traveler with passion for golf

Martha Dean Brown Blain, 90, of Denver Colo., passed way Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in Life Care Center of Aurora, Colo.

She was born October 17, 1922, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Dr. William C. and Sallie Hoge Brown.

Mrs. Blain was also called “Deanie. “

She was a graduate of West Virginia University.

Mrs. Blain was a creative person and very active in music and dance throughout her life. Her passion was golf and she was a world traveler.

She resided in Clearwater, Fla., for many years and moved to Colorado in the 1990s.

Mrs. Blain was the last of her immediate family.

Surviving are cousins in the Waynesburg area and nieces, nephews and many friends in Colorado.

Deceased are her husband, Earle Blain, a highly decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy submarine service, who died in 1995, and a brother, Dr. Charles W. Brown, an orthopedic surgeon in Denver.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Interment will follow in Greene Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg.

Condolences may be offered at

Max Evan Bowser

Served in Air Force, loved hiking

Max Evan Bowser, 68, of LaBelle, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in his home, under the compassionate care of Amedisys Hospice of Masontown and his loving wife, Deborah, after a seven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born June 21, 1945, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Leonard C. and Martha Main Bowser.

Mr. Bowser held an associate degree in business.

He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in communication intelligence and in the Air Force Reserves from 1964 to 1969, when he received an honorable discharge.

Mr. Bowser was employed by USX Corp. Aristech Chemical Corp., and the Greater Uniontown Joint Sewage Plant Authority. Some of the positions he held included operator foreman, general foreman, operational coordinator and plant operator. He retired in 2008.

He was an avid small-game and deer hunter and fisherman. He loved hiking, gardening, going to the Meadows for horse racing and slots, spending time with his family and playing with his cats. He was an avid Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Patricia Michantz; brothers Randy B., Leonard K. and Melvin K. Bowser; father-in-law Harry Randolph Sr.; and beloved nephew Thomas Marshall.

His faithful wife of 41 years, Deborah Bowser, survives.

Also surviving are many special family members, sisters Sherry Shaffer of Roscoe and Micky (Bowser) and husband Charles of Nemacolin; brothers Barry G. Bowser of Virginia and Landon Bowser and wife Michelle of Spraggs; mother-in-law Dolores Randolph of LaBelle; sister-in-law Martha Biddle and husband Willard III; brother-in-law Harry Randolph and wife Melody; special nephews and nieces Willard IV and Angela Biddle, Jodi Biddle and fiancé Rob Nehls, Stacy Shaffer and fiancé John Czuchan and Kelly and Scott Willis; great-nephews and nieces Chasity Holland and fiancé Roger Austin, Paul Holland, Jonah Griedel, Thomas Biddle, Lillian Biddle, Jacob Hixson and Willard Biddle V.; and multiple other loved nephews and nieces.

He leaves behind his precious cats, Socks and Tipper.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, where services will held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21, with the Rev. Lawrence Rush officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 295, 838 and 940.

Ethel Pearl Fox Haines

Member of Claughton Chapel Church

Ethel Pearl Fox Haines, 95, of Mt. Morris, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in the home of her daughter, Martha.

She was born Tuesday, October 30, 1917, in Perry Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late Noah Fox and Ethel Wade Fox.

Mrs. Haines was a 1938 graduate of Mt. Morris High School.

She was a member of Claughton Chapel United Methodist Church and was a Lay Speaker since 1956, having preached in several churches in Greene and Fayette counties.

Mrs. Haines enjoyed quilting, flowers and gardening. She loved to bake, especially salt-rising bread.

She worked for Dr. Brooks in Mt. Morris for several years.

On February 4, 1939, she married Wilmer M. Haines, who died November 16, 1995.

Surviving are two daughters, Ethel Pearl Simmons and Martha Statler (George) Bell, both of Spraggs; three sons, Van (Lorraine) Haines of Mannington, W.Va., W. Harold (Susan) Haines of Spraggs and the Rev. Kenneth A. (Twyla) Haines of Mt. Morris; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a first cousin, Marion Wade of Mt. Morris.

Mrs. Haines was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased are three great-great-grandchildren and a brother, Harold Fox.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Family and friends are asked to meet for a grave side service at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 21, in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris, with Lay Speaker Lawrence Albert Flenniken officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of one’s choice. Information is available at

Ernest J. Mazza

A memorial Mass for Ernest J. Mazza, who died August 5, 2013, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 21, in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands.

Taylor Martine Parkman


Taylor Martine Parkman, 23, of Washington, died Monday, September 16, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born April 27, 1990, in Washington, a daughter of Charles Henry Parkman and Marcia Moye Parkman, both of Washington.

Ms. Parkman was a graduate of Washington High School.

She loved music and played the clarinet in the Washington High School Band and the Washington & Jefferson Orchestra.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a daughter, Ny-Anah Martine Moye-Parkman of Washington; a brother, Patrick Lewis Parkman of Washington; maternal grandparents Patricia A. Moye of Washington and Milton L. Moye Sr. of Seminary, Miss.; paternal grandparents Erma Lee Cole and Cedell Cole of Chicago, Ill.; maternal aunts Michele L. Lipscomb, Melinda A. Jones, Martine T. Moye and Milea D. Moye; maternal uncles Milton L. Moye Jr., Michael J. Moye and Martin A. Moye; paternal aunt Michelle Cole; and paternal uncles Ricky Lee Parkman, Larry Durr, Steven Durr, Chris Cole and Danny Cole.

Deceased is an uncle, Marvin S. Moye.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, September 21, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Pastor Debra Mason officiating.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Charles Pigeon Sr.

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel retiree was Army veteran

Charles Pigeon Sr., 85, of Charleroi, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in Kenric Manor, Donora.

He was born July 3, 1930, in Bentleyville, a son of Joseph and Helen Lanco Pigeon.

Mr. Pigeon was a member of First United Methodist Church in Charleroi and a member of the “McDonald’s Club.”

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.

Mr. Pigeon was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel in Monessen.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Lawrence Maraldo of Monongahela; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas and Kim McGavitt of Clearwater, Fla.; and Charles Pigeon Jr.; two brothers, Joseph Pigeon of Bentleyville and Walter Pigeon of Monessen; five sisters, Diane Luketich, Fran Hohn and Lucille Weis, all of Bentleyville, Evelyn Basel of Belle Vernon and Irene Gunderman of North Versailles; seven grandchildren, Regina Kula, Joseph and Charlene Maraldo, Sonja and Shayla Friedland and Devin and Kira Brown; and a great-grandson, Christopher Kula.

Deceased are his wife, Mary McGavitt Pigeon, who died December 25, 2009, and a daughter, Charlene Pigeon.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes Inc., 235 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 21. Internment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.

Althea Levina Vance Sands

Member of Jefferson Church of the Nazarene

Althea Levina Vance Sands, 89, of Waynesburg, formerly of Jefferson, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

She was born in 1924 in Washington, a daughter of the late Clarence “Red” and Dora Campbell Vance.

Mrs. Sands was a 1943 graduate of Cumberland Township High School.

In 1944, she married the late William Howard Sands, who had been a prisoner of war. They were married for 63 years and resided in Jefferson.

Surviving are two children, Jeffrey Lynn Sands (Deborah) and Althea L. Sands Barcome; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a step great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are two children, Kenneth Robert Sands and Kathleen Joyce Sands, who died at age five; two brothers, Clarence “Milton” Vance and Harry Vance; and a sister, Elvira Zink.

She loved music, and played the guitar and clarinet in her youth.

Mrs. Sands loved Jesus and was a longtime member of Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, where she treasurer for 14 years. She was also affiliated with the East View Assembly of God Church.

She was devoted to her family and hospitable to all who visited her home. She was a caregiver to her young daughter, husband, brother, mother and others who came into her home.

Mrs. Sands resided the last four years of her life with her daughter, Althea, prior to going to Rolling Meadows.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, September 21, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, director/supervisor, with the Rev. Carl Kibler, officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.

Peter Sergakis

Member of Holy Trinity Church

Peter Sergakis, 81, of Wintersville, Ohio, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born August 30, 1932, in Burgettstown, a son of the late Gus and Christina Blazakis Sergakis.

Also deceased are a brother, Emanuel “Mike” Sergakis, and a sister, Helen Stephens.

Surviving are his wife, Gloria Thomas Sergakis, whom he married August 18, 1956; three sons, Christopher Sergakis, Gus Sergakis and Peter (Tracy) Sergakis, all of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Lisa Sommers of Columbus; a sister, Ann Skulas of Wintersville; six grandchildren, James, Brent, Nicholas, Brian, Elani and Peter T.; and a great-grandchild, Lilly.

Mr. Sergakis was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Wintersville American Legion and the Cretan Club of Pittsburgh.

Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to noon, the time of service, Friday, September 20, in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 South 4th Street, Steubenville, with Father Nicholas Halkias, officiating. Entombment in Union Cemetery, Steubenville, will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Offer condolences at

Dolores M. Szczotka

Former Washington resident

Dolores M. Szczotka, 82, formerly of Washington, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla., after a year of declining health.She was born June 13, 1931, in Washington, a daughter of Frank and Anna Senkoski.

Mrs. Szczotka was a homemaker and worked for several years in environmental services at the Washington Trust Building.

On July 9, 1949, she married Walter Szczotka, who died in October 2009.

Surviving are a daughter, Donna Sitka Lester M.D. of Saint Cloud; two sons, Walter Dennis (Penny) and Michael Allen (Cynthia); and grandchildren Walter Szczotka, Kelly Szczotka, Ashley Lester, Rachel Lester Battaglini, Adam Sitka and Aaron Sitka.

She was blessed to live long enough to see the birth of her first great-grandchild, Harper Rose Battaglini.

Deceased are a son, John who died at birth; a brother, Frank; and a sister, Stella.

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in Washington Cemetery mausoleum.



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