Obituaries Sept. 23

September 22, 2013

Wesley J. Beam

Army veteran, avid sports fan

Wesley J. “Wes” Beam, 64, of Canonsburg, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born August 15, 1949, in McKeesport, a son of the late Donald W. and Margy A. Zimmerman Beam.

Mr. Beam lived most of his life in McKeesport, where he was a graduate of McKeesport Area High School.

He was Methodist.

Mr. Beam had been employed for many years at U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was last employed in security for Verizon.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, who received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement for his service in the Republic of Viet Nam.

An avid sports fan, he loved music, crossword puzzles and enjoyed reading.

Surviving are a sister, Sheri (Mike) Mitchell of Canonsburg; a brother, Gary (Carol) Beam of North Strabane Township; and nieces and nephews, Brittany and Chad Mitchell and Caitlin, Allyson and Patrick Beam.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, with pastor Max Miller officiating. Interment will follow at 10 a.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Arthritis Foundation, 790 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Clifford E. Bergmann

Clifford E. Bergmann, 52, of McMurray, died Thursday, September 19, 2013.

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

Mabel Elizabeth Garrett

Homemaker enjoyed traveling

Mabel Elizabeth Garrett, 94, of Washington, went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 21, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

She was born November 5, 1918, in Graysville, a daughter of Charles and Mary Myers Loughman.

Mrs. Garrett was a homemaker, who enjoyed baking pies and traveling.

She was Methodist.

On October 24, 1938, she married Samuel Demas Garrett, who died August 4, 1978.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Garrett and Carl “Butch” (Evelyn) Garrett, both of Washington; a daughter, Bonita “Bonnie” (Tom) McGowan of Scenery Hill; four grandchildren, Sheryl McGowan Baker, Carl Garrett Jr., Steven Garrett and Jennifer Garrett; a stepgranddaughter, Tamara Johns; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Debra Garrett; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a granddaughter, Michelle McGowan Hoye; three sisters, Mae Clutter, Pearl Gratz and Mildred Loughman; three brothers, Harry, Charles and Dick Loughman; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Wheeler; and a brother-in-law, Samuel Garrett.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, with the Rev. Kenneth Schott officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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Barbara A. Scharding

Good-hearted, caring, fun-loving

Barbara A. Scharding, 68, of Finleyville, died Friday, September 20, 2013, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills.

She was born October 31, 1944, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John and Opal Kelly Gabauer.

Mrs. Scharding was employed in the housekeeping department at Overlook Green Personal Care Home, Whitehall.

She was good-hearted, caring and fun-loving and enjoyed her job and making people laugh.

Mrs. Scharding was Catholic.

Surviving are her husband, Ronald Scharding; a daughter, Dana Adametz of Finleyville; four sisters, Shirley Zaya of Glassport, Linda McKeever of Finleyville, Emily Gabauer of Library and Leona Knisley of Eighty Four; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a son, Dennis Scharding, and two brothers, Elmer “Bucky” and Robert Gabauer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where a blessing service will be held at noon Wednesday, September 25, with the Rev. Richard Tusky of St. Francis of Assisi Church officiating. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery.



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