Served in Army, enjoyed gardening
Nicholas “Mickey” Babiak, 93, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully with his beloved family by his side at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2013, in his home, following an extended illness.
He was born December 1, 1919, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Wasyl and Anna Chikiryla Babiak.
Mr. Babiak lived most of his life in Canonsburg, where he was a member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church.
He was a graduate of Canonsburg High School, Class of 1937 and Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became a cadet.
During World War II, he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a navigator and bombardier in the B17 Flying Fortress.
Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as a construction engineer No. 2 for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways, now known as PennDOT.
Mr. Babiak was a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg.
He enjoyed gardening, painting, singing and most especially, time spent with his grandson.
On August 19, 1951, he married Mary Alice Joseph, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Melanie (Leonard) Spagnolo of Bethel Park; a grandson, Nicholas Joseph Spagnolo; a sister, Ann Howard of Greensburg; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Michael, Pete and Harry Babyak; and three sisters, Mary Horner, Eva Japp and Helen Arnold.
Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where Honor Guard services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Canonsburg, with the Rev. Joseph Jugan, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Full Military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902 will be accorded at graveside. Panahida services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Clifford E. Bergmann
Loved by family and friends
Clifford E. Bergmann, 52, passed away in the evening of September 19, 2013, surrounded by neighbors and friends.
He was born February 2, 1961, in Salt Lake City, Utah, son of the late Eugen and Käthe Bergmann.
Surviving are three children, Clifton, 30, Calvin, 23, and Carina, 12; two grandchildren: Jacen, 3, and Linzie, newborn, children of Clifton and Nicole; a brother, Eugene; two sisters, Irene and Leslie; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bergmann grew up in Erie, and spent his youth working in construction, on cars and playing basketball, even starting on the varsity team as a freshman. He received his Eagle Scout Award, and remained active in the scouting organization throughout his life, assisting both of his boys to each earn their own in 2000 and 2008.
He was a 1979 graduate of McDowell High, served a mission in West Virginia and attended Brigham Young University thereafter.
Mr. Bergmann and his family moved to Pennsylvania in 1988, where he began managing real estate. He bought a home in Peters Township and was a township resident for 25 years. After a period time, he began taking on jobs dealing with home repair and remodeling, and he created his own business, B.I.C. Construction, which he ran until his passing.
He was much loved by family and friends, always spending quality time with those around him, and taking special delight in entertaining his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was always performing service wherever he was needed. He loved to play games, particularly greed, rummy and golf, also favorite pastimes of his parents. He also enjoyed his 1978 Suzuki 550 motorcycle, taking any excuse to go for a ride wearing his trademark aviators and fanny pack. A terrible speller and incessant jokester, he was always ready with a smile and a laugh, brightening the day of everyone he meet. He often spent his evenings in extended conversations with those closest to him. He also was a shining example of German punctuality, organization and efficiency.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, September 27, in Washington Ward Chapel, 525 Fairview Street, Washington, where a service will follow at 5:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 4, in EastLawn Cemetery, Provo, Utah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hummell and Jones Funeral Home Inc., Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Carmela Rose Compeggie
Carmela Rose Compeggie, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Ruth H. Lauffer
Norwin Alliance Church member
Ruth H. Lauffer, 93, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, September 22, 2013, in the home of her daughter in Eighty Four.
Born February 12, 1920, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late James and Anna Schneider Hemminger.
In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Lauffer worked for Gateway School District.
She was a member of Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon, where she was an organizer of the Keen-Agers.
Surviving are daughters Ruth Ann Nicholls and husband Chuck of Eighty Four and Robin Joy Hanig and husband David of Ligonier; a mentored son, Chuckie Marks of Georgia; grandchildren Joy Lynn Van Cleve and husband Frank and Lauren Joy Hanig; great-grandchildren Kayla, Justin and Krista Huffman; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband of 63 years, Woodrow “Woody” Lauffer; a son, Harry Wilson Lauffer; a grandson-in-law, Richie Huffman; and siblings.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, the time of service, in William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main St., Irwin, with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Interment will follow at Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Lauffer’s name to Keen-Agers of Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Fairview Drive, Irwin, PA 15642.
Barbara E. Morrison
Member of Faith United Presbyterian Church
Barbara E. “Betsy” Morrison, 75, of Washington, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in the intensive care unit of UPMC-Montefiore, Pittsburgh. Though in declining health, her death was unexpected.
She was born January 13, 1938, in Washington, a daughter of the late George E. Sr. and Muriel Flur Miles.
Mrs. Morrison was a 1955 graduate of Trinity High School and attended Washington & Jefferson College, from 1972 until 1986, majoring in accounting.
In her teens, she joined the First United Presbyterian Church and later transferred her membership to Faith United Presbyterian Church, both in Washington.
Before marriage, she was employed full time at National Bank. While raising her children, she held many part-time positions, including teacher’s aid for McGuffey School District and office assistant for Black Top Paving Co. For the last 20 years of her professional life, she worked as business manager for Citizens Library and Washington County Library System.
She served within numerous organizations within the community, including Business and Professional Women’s Club, where she was treasurer for two years, Friends of the Citizens Library treasurer for eight years, Current Events Club member for 11 years, Washington Area Literacy Council treasurer for seven years and Washington County Historical Society member for 20 years. She was the first treasurer of the Washington Literacy Council. She supported a variety of local and national charities.
Coming from a family who loved to sing hymns and standard old songs as part of get-togethers, she often sang these songs by heart as she worked around the house or traveled on vacation. Before she returned to work full time, she taught piano lessons to beginners.
Mrs. Morrison was artistic. She handmade her daughter’s school clothes and taught them how to knit and sew. She particularly enjoyed coloring, drawing and reading to her grandchildren, making for many happy stay overs. She made certain her daughters were prepared for piano lessons. She enjoyed yearly vacations, mostly to beaches, with her family and grandchildren. She was a collector of dolls, mostly from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, including Dolls of the World and Barbies. Her liking for dolls, as well as an appreciation of antiques and collectibles, resulted in her business called Betsy’s Doll Rooms, which she managed with her husband during the last 10 years of retirement. She housed her business at Route 19 Antiques and Collectibles and Black Rose Antiques. Throughout life, she was an avid reader, especially of the daily newspaper, magazines of many interests, and biographies. She loved flowers and trees and planted them wherever she lived, leaving space for her favorite wildflowers. Her home decor reflected wonderfully on the outdoors, flowers, dolls and her family.
In all of her endeavors, familial and professional, she was reserved, dedicated, caring and competent. Her husband, especially, as well as her daughters, grandchildren and those who knew her best will long delight in the recollection of her well timed and very sharp wit.
On October 29, 1956, with the Rev. Charles Graham officiating in the First United Presbyterian Church in Washington, she married Donald H. “Howard” Morrison, who survives.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Melissa Morrison of Washington and Susan Morrison and Barbara (Wesley) Blumfeldt, both of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Linda (Gilmore) Stough of Washington and Jeanette (Ray) Davis of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren, George Raynovich III, Nathan Calvert, Ellen (Ben) Aul, Miranda Calvert and Madelyn Blumfeldt, and a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Aul.
Deceased are a granddaughter, Megan E. Calvert; a brother, George E. Miles Jr.; and a sister, Virginia R. Dougherty.
All services were private. Interment will be held in Washington Cemetery. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor and Lawrence K. Donovan, director
Bradly Alan Nicka
Served as aviator in Army
Capt. Bradly Alan Nicka, 29, of Arizona, formerly of Burgettstown, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013, in the University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz.
He was born May 8, 1984, in Painesville, Ohio, a son of Peter R. and Julie Cornell Nicka of Burgettstown.
Deceased are paternal grandfather Ernest Nicka Jr. and maternal grandmother June Cornell.
After his 2002 graduation from Weirton Madonna High School, he graduated from West Point in 2006, with his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and received his masters degree in business administration from Webster University in 2012.
Capt. Nicka was a member of the 160th Division of the Special Operations Aviation and just finished his second tour in Afghanistan. A Bronze Star recipient, he served as an aviator in the U.S. Army, where he received Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Army Parachutist Badge.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Anna Velto Nicka of Arizona, whom he married in 2007; daughter Addison Leigh Nicka; sisters Caitlin Marie Nicka of Hershey and Jennifer Elizabeth Nicka of Ft. Collins, Colo.; paternal grandmother Maureen Nicka of Geneva, Ohio; and maternal grandfather Lee Cornell of Madison, Ohio.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, W.Va. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 229 California Avenue, Weirton, with the Rev. Father Manuel Gelido officiating. The Ft. Knox Military Honor Guard will conduct full military honors at the church immediately following the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com.
Services for Dennis “The Doctor” Roskowski, who died September 17, 2013, will be held at noon Sunday, September 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, Canonsburg.
Wilmer Henning Schweitzer Jr.
Beloved husband, loving father
Wilmer Henning Schweitzer Jr., 79, of Hickory, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of Linda G. Schweitzer; loving father of Sheri (Jay) Stoltenberg, Sandra (Henry) Fredrich, Lt. Col. Gail (Greg) Dreitzler and last but not least, by eight minutes, Thomas Schweitzer; caring grandfather of Stephen, Leah, Christian, Carter, Mark and Christine; and brother of Marilyn (Robert) Maytum and the late Verna Miller.
Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Schweitzer was a 1951 graduate of Baldwin High School and went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
He was longtime owner of St. Clair Pharmacy and Algeo Pharmacy in the South Hills. He resided in Bethel Park for most of his adult life, working as a registered pharmacist. He lived in Hickory for the past 15 years.
Mr. Schweitzer loved antique sports cars and was a charter member of the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association, where he held many offices throughout the years. Contributing to the community was important to him, and he did so in numerous ways. He served as the chairman of British Car Day at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for three years, was a member of the Hickory Lions Club and Hickory Apple Festival and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Friends and family are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, 430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017, 412-221-3800. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in Ruthfred Lutheran Church, Bethel Park. Everyone is asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ruthfred Lutheran Church Pastor’s Fund, 3401 South Park Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 or Meals on Wheels Fund, in care of Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 97, Hickory, PA 15340. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Paul Richard Templin Sr.
Paul Richard Templin Sr., 68, of Triadelphia, W.Va., died Monday, September 23, 2013, in his home.
He was born March 31, 1945, in Wheeling, W.Va., a son of the late Frederick and Goldie Stewart Templin.
Mr. Templin was graduate of the former McKinley High School in Wheeling.
He was Protestant.
Mr. Templin retired from Valley Camp Coal Co. Mine 3 after 17 and a half years, and retired as owner/operator of Bulk Milk Hauler after 36 years.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, is his best friend, Ed McGrath.
Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Carol Clark Templin; two sons, Jeffery, at home, and Paul Richard Jr. and wife Maria of Rushville, Ohio; a granddaughter, Brooke Templin; a grandson, Tyler Templin both of Rushville, Ohio; a brother and sister; three aunts, Helen Boeshansc and Clara Dixon of Columbus, Ohio, and Virginia Georgi of Paramount, Calif.; several cousins who meant so much to him; goddaughters Lindsey Bise, Haylie Hunter and Payton Hunter, all of Triadelphia; godsons Noah Crow and Bobbie Crow III, both of Triadelphia. So many young people have called his house a home, and they were like his own children, including Terry Lewis, Kenneth and Linda Craig, Mary McGrath Stone, Dallas and Aggie Hall, Bob and Patsy Crow, Brad Stewart, Bill Lipscomb, Stacie and John Hunter, Michelle and Bill Heath, and his special cousin and mechanic, Gary and Nancy Stewart Hoskinson.
He was a member of Wheeling Reelers and Ohio Valley Promanaders. He loved to travel, but best of all, he loved to talk. He never met a stranger. He loved trains, but most of all, he loved his wife.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Wheeling, 304-242-2311, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28, with the Rev. Dennis Arnold officiating. Interment in West Alexander Cemetery. Personal condolences may be offered at www.kepnerfuneral.com.
George F. Tibbens
George F. Tibbens, M.D., of Washington, passed away September 16, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
He was born on October 19, 1921, in Washington, a son of Clyde E. Tibbens, M.D., and Nina Whitehill Tibbens, and raised in East Washington.
Dr. Tibbens was a 1940 East Washington High School graduate and attended Washington & Jefferson College, followed by basic training under the U.S. Army ASTP at Camp Grant, Ill. He then transferred to Jefferson Medical College and graduated in 1947. Internship was served at Bryn Mawr Hospital and he graduated from Graduate School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania in Ophthalmology in 1949. After a two-year residency at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, he joined the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He was stationed in Japan for a year and then spent a year at Clark Air Force Base Hospital in the Phillipines.
He met Nancy Kostenbauder, a nurse from Hazleton, while a resident at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. They married in Hazleton June 5, 1952.
In 1953, Dr. Tibbens was discharged from the U.S. Air Force as a captain. He joined his father in the practice of medicine in 1954 in Washington. He was a member of the staff of Washington Hospital, American Medical Association, Washington County Medical Society and other medical organizations. Dr. Tibbens was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Washington.
At age 70, he retired from the practice of medicine and continued to reside in North Franklin Township. He was a member of American Legion Post 175, the Bradford House, a founding member of Pittsburgh Chapter of Trout Unlimited and a charter member of the Ruffed Grouse Society. His passions encompassed hunting, fishing, gardening, farming and woodworking.
Dr. Tibbens was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nancy, and a sister, Martha Olshock.
Surviving are four children, Pamela (Robert) Bowser of Hudson, Ohio, William (Marti) Tibbens of Midlothian, Va., Susan Tibbens of Washington and Martha (Douglas) Miller of Mooresville, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Amanda (Rob) Ellinger of Charlotte, N.C., Andrew Bowser of Kent, Ohio, Abigail Bowser of Hudson, Hilary Tibbens of Midlothian, Emily Tibbens of Midlothian, Lee Miller of Columbia, S.C. and Marla Miller of Cornelius, N.C.; a niece; two nephews; a great-grandson, Aaron Jacob Ellinger, who was born September 17, 2013.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 27, in Piatt Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where the Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Roger Fischer. Graveside interment following the service will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to either Washington Hospital Foundation, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, 724-223-3875, or ALS Association, The Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount Street, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601, 877-568-4347.