Obituaries Sept. 26

September 25, 2013

Okhui Ahn

Chef, hostess, animal-lover

Okhui Ahn, 41, of McMurray, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, beloved daughter, Kira Scammell; soul mate, John Barney; adored son, Jake Barney; sister Oksun Ahn; nephew José Ahn; mother-in-law, Patricia Barney; sisters-in-law, Molly Cummings and Theresa McCall; treasured friend Ali Biernesser; and many dear friends.

Ms. Ahn also leaves behind her Boston Terrier companion, Harley.

Ms. Ahn had a big heart and touched many lives with her positive and loving personality.

She was a chef and enjoyed being a hostess at gatherings. As an animal lover, she was involved with Washington Area Humane Society.

“Okhui had a gentle, dear spirit,” said Biernesser. “The strength and richness of her heart could be felt in her hugs and was evident on her beautiful face.”

Above all, she was a mother, soul mate and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends are welcome 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 28, the times of service, at Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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Clifford E. Bergmann

Corrected information has been received for the obituary of Clifford E. Bergmann, published Wednesday. The correct address for the church is Washington Ward Chapel, 525 Fairway Street, Washington.

Carmela Rose Compeggie

St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church member

Carmela Rose Compeggie, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in her home.

She was born September 5, 1917, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Melina Scarci.

Mrs. Compeggie was an active member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, where she taught CCD and volunteered in the office.

She was a member of Italian Organization, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Christian Mothers.

Surviving is a daughter, Barbara Lucille Compeggie Coulter; a son, Anthony Lewis Compeggie and wife Susan; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Theresa Martys and Katherine Yesenchak; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband of 67 years, Mario A. Compeggie, and several siblings.

Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. by the Christian Mothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, September 27, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg, with the Rev. John J. Batykefer officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens Cemetery.

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Philomena Margaret Dowdall

Registered Nurse owned Concerned Care Inc.

Philomena Margaret Dowdall, 82, of McMurray, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

She was born in County Monaghan, Ireland.

Mrs. Dowdall was the beloved wife of Peter Dowdall for 49 years; beloved mother of Maureen (Ken) Garner and Peter (Erin) Dowdall; the proud grandmother of Kelsey, Ella, Elise and Aidan; and a sister of five in Ireland and New York.

She was a registered nurse, receiving her education in London, England.

Mrs. Dowdall was the president and owner of Concerned Care Inc.

She was a member of Registered Nurses Association in Southwestern Pennsylvania, on the board of Peters Township Chamber of Commerce and founder of Omega Healthcare Network.

Friends and family are welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in St. Louise de Marillac Church, Upper St. Clair. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

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Earl R. Finley Sr.

U.S. Army veteran had a love for education

Earl R. Finley Sr., 92, of Vestaburg, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in his home, where he resided for 69 years.

He was born October 25, 1920, in Smithton, a son of the late Clayton and Bernice Rhodes Finley.

Mr. Finley was a 1940 graduate of East Bethlehem High School.

A U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, he proudly served his country as a First Lieutenant with the 349th Troop Carrier Group during World War II. Mr. Finley served as a pilot doing tours in the European Theater. While serving there, he flew a special operation to deliver gasoline to General George Smith Patton. He transported wounded troops in the United States and also flew missions to the Canal Zone, South America and Africa.

Upon returning from the service, Mr. Finley was employed by J&L Steel at Vesta 5 Mine and later went on to work at Metropolitan Life Insurance. While with MetLife, he received many awards as their top agent and also received the Veteran Association Field Service pin. He also served as a notary public for many years.

He was an active member of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Fredericktown, where he and his wife taught RCIA classes. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391, Fredericktown, where he was a lifelong member.

Mr. Finley had a love for education and served for over 20 years on the Board of Education for Bethlehem Center School District and the Mon-Valley Vocational Technical School Board. He also served on the Washington County School Board and was instrumental in the establishment of Intermediate Unit I, servicing Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. During his time on these boards, he served as president and member.

Surviving are a daughter, Marianne F. (Charles) Pryor of Washington; granddaughter Chelsey P. (Jason) Burk of Canonsburg; two grandsons, Grant and Drew Finley of Fredericktown; two brothers, John and Gilbert Finley; a sister, Ruth Arnone of Vestaburg; and several nieces and nephews.

On January 18, 1940, he married Helen Shomock, who died October 31, 2011.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a son, Earl R. Finley Jr.; a brother, Clayton Finley; and two sisters, Annetta Ricciuti and Marjorie Chenger.

Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michaels Archangel Catholic Church of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Paul Grunebach and Deacon Thomas Raymond as celebrants. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Full military rites will be accorded graveside by Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391 of Fredericktown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, P.O. Box 638, Fredericktown, PA 15333. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Duane F. Flaherty

Owner of Flaherty Opticians

Duane F. Flaherty, 72, of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Washington Hospital.

He was born September 18, 1941, in Pittsburgh, the son of Francis and Elizabeth Filipiak Flaherty.

Mr. Flaherty is survived by his wife, Linda Flaherty. They were married September 26, 1980, and would have celebrated their 33rd anniversary today.

Also surviving are his children, Karen (Dean) Herzog of Port Lucie, Fla., Sean (Cynthia) Flaherty of Needmore, Eric (Kristen) Flaherty of Cecil and Brian Engott of Houston; six grandchildren, Tiffany, Tyler, Liam, Noah, Matthew and Elizabeth; his sister, Karen Flaherty (Paul Persoff) of New York City, N.Y.; a niece, Lisa; and a nephew, Brandon.

Mr. Flaherty served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge, a board member of Arc of Washington, a board member of Kelso Beach Property Owners Association and a member of First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg, where he served as a trustee.

Mr. Flaherty was the owner/operator of Flaherty Opticians in Oakland for 42 years.

He enjoyed building street rods and woodworking.

Friends are welcome 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, 164 West Pike Street, Canonsburg. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in First United Methodist Church, Canonsburg, followed by interment in Oak Spring Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

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Evelyn E. Hellier


Evelyn E. Hellier, 84, of Finleyville, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born September 10, 1929, in Finleyville, a daughter of Harry and Ellen Carney Castor.

Mrs. Hellier was retired from the laundry department of the former Mayview State Hospital.

She was Methodist.

Surviving are two daughters, Anita Schock and husband Adolph of Finleyville and Crystal Gergorsky and husband Andy of Chillicothe, Ohio; a brother, William Castor of Finleyville; two sisters, Mae George of Canonsburg and Donna Puglisi of Bethel Park; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, Hugh Hellier, who died in 1994, and a son, Hugh Hellier Jr.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m., the time of services, Friday, September 27, in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue in Finleyville. Private interment will be held in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

Karter Blake Hilderbrand

Karter Blake Hilderbrand died Thursday, September 19, 2013, the day of his birth.

He was a son of Kyle Matthew Hilderbrand and Ashley Nichole Barrows of Washington.

Surviving are a brother, Kyler Blaze Hilderbrand; maternal grandmother, Angel (Edward) Thomas of Washington; paternal grandparents, Sandra Smith of Myersdale and Kenneth J. Hilderbrand Jr. of Washington.

At the request of the family, all services were private. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Ave, Washington.

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Oda Moninger Horn

Washington resident was avid bowler

Oda Moninger Horn, 89, of Washington, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born November 9, 1923, in Amwell Township, a daughter of Arnet Moninger and Helen G. Webb Patterson Moninger.

Mrs. Horn graduated from Washington High School in 1942, and worked for Bell Telephone for 42 years.

She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bell Telephone 10 Year Club and Bell Telephone Pioneers of America.

An avid bowler for more than 60 years, Mrs. Horn enjoyed bowling Tuesday nights and Thursday mornings. She also enjoyed computers, solving crossword and word search puzzles, spending time with her grandchildren and vacationing, as well as shopping with her daughter, Nadine, and niece, Linda Vivian.

On September 2, 1949, she married Harold Herbert Horn, who died February 8, 2009.

Surviving are a son, Ronald D. (Bobbi) Horn; a daughter, Nadine R. Hammond; a brother, John Moninger, all of Washington; and four grandchildren, Jason M. Horn, Brenan D. Horn, Dillon C. Hammond and McKenna R. Hammond.

Deceased are her first husband, Harry E. Powell, who was killed in action in World War II; and two sisters, Lois Norgarr and Mildred Bently.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available at

Joseph Kime

Joseph Kime, 76, of Richeyville, died Wednesday September 25, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street Beallsville. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Ruth H. Lauffer

In the obituary of Ruth H. Lauffer, published Wednesday, viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, the time of service at Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Fairview Drive, Irwin.

Patric Mazza

World War II POW

Patric Mazza, a World War II prisoner of war, died peacefully at home in Vero Beach, Fla., September 22, 2013.

He was born January 3, 1918, the son of John and Mary Oliver Mazza, in Houston.

At 26, then Staff Sgt. Mazza landed at Utah Beach, crossed France and Germany before being injured and captured near Aachen, Germany. After five months in a POW camp, female Russian tank drivers freed the prisoners. Tired, hungry and dirty, wearing the same clothes that he was wearing when captured, Mr. Mazza and his fellow soldiers made their way to a military base in Odessa, Russia, and eventually home.

He received the Purple Heart.

Mr. Mazza moved to Vero Beach in 1952.

He married Sally Irwin in 1960.

Surviving is his brother, Victor Mazza (Jean) of Washington, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Also surviving are two step-sons, Dennis King (Ronny) and Thomas King (Gay).

Deceased are his wife, Sally; three brothers, Sam, Peter and Ernest; and his sister, Rose.

Sarah Virginia Elliott Rodgers

Nurses’ aide loved her grandchildren, animals

Sarah Virginia Elliott Rodgers, 73, of West Finley, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born May 25, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of Clarence Furgeson Knight and Estella Virginia Reese Knight.

Mrs. Rodgers was a graduate of Trinity High School. For 25 years, she worked as a nurses’ aide in various personal care homes and Washington Hospital. She also worked as a cashier at Sunoco in Washington.

She had an interest in all Native American history and culture. She also loved her grandchildren and was an animal lover.

Mrs. Rodgers was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

She was Baptist.

On January 9, 1960, she married William David Elliott, who died October 1973.

On November 27, 1989, she married Robert Edward Rodgers, who died October 4, 1995.

Surviving are two sons, William Elliott Jr. of West Finley and Michael Elliott (Reda) of Prosperity; a daughter, Jenny Zeszutek (Mark) of Beallsville; a stepson; a stepdaughter; a sister, Vicki Lee Knight Crawford of Washington; five grandchildren, Michael, Bailey, Logan, Cassie and Billy; and several step-grandchildren.

Deceased are two brothers, Clarence F. Knight Jr. and Thomas L. Knight.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, with Pastor Rudy Plants officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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