Obituaries Sept. 29

September 28, 2013

James William Ashbaugh

Co-owner of Polymer Grinding Inc.

James William “Mike” Ashbaugh, 64, of Washington, died unexpectedly, in his home, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. He was born December 7, 1948, in Washington, a son of the late William David and Catherine Conti Ashbaugh.A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, he also attended West Virginia University.Mr. Ashbaugh was co-owner of Polymer Grinding Inc. in Houston and had previously worked as an ironworker in Wheeling, W.Va.A member of the Washington Harley Owners Group Chapter, he was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast, Jimmy Buffet and Eagles fan, enjoyed cooking and was extremely meticulous and mechanical. Mr. Ashbaugh was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose 22 and the Arden Club. Surviving are two sons, Michael William Ashbaugh of Washington and Joshua Smith of Castle Shannon; and a cousin, Phyllis Doria.Deceased are his stepfather, Earl E. Voelker; and a brother, William “Sonny” Ashbaugh.There will be a gathering of friends from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 6, in the Moose Lodge, 2021 West Chestnut Street, Washington. Additional information and guest book are available online at

Florel R. Ayres

Florel R. Ayres, 85, of Waynesburg, formerly of Allegheny County, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2013.Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc. of Waynesburg are in charge of arrangements.

Lynn Wayne Bennett

Enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren

Lynn Wayne Bennett was born in Canonsburg July 14, 1951. On September 25, 2013, she was able to receive a personal hug from her God.She was a daughter of Samuel and Almira Terrell, both who were waiting for her in heaven.She was the loving and devoted mother of Elaina, Almira (Bill Smigel), Shannon and Samuel Bennett; dear sister of Marna and Scott Terrell; cherished grandmother of Samantha and Cameron Bennett, Kristopher, Kelly, David and Devia Shield, Citana and Aidan Bennett and Alexis and LaLaisa Wheeler; great-grandmother of Alaina and Nathaniel Shields; great-grandmother of Alaina and Nathaniel Shields; aunt of Kevin, Jason, Troy, Gregory, JaJuan and Tyree Terrell; and aunt of Kia Terrell. Also surviving are two daughters she claimed as her own, Dawn McElhany and Venice Hassan; aunt and uncle Bobby and Bessie Brown; and a host of other aunts, uncles and cousins.Her family believes numerous aunts and uncles are in heaven hugging her. She is now able to kiss her niece who she raised as her daughter, and missed tremendously. She leaves behind a host of friends who deeply loved “Miss Lynn.” She was the rock of her family and focused on making sure her children stayed close. She enjoyed spending time with her children, and especially with her grandchildren. She will be sorely and deeply missed by her children and all who loved her.A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, in Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 15317. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

G. Helen Coss

G. Helen Coss, 80, of New Freeport, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

E. JoAnn Crites-Booth

Enjoyed outings with Red Hat Society

E. JoAnn “Jodi” Crites-Booth, 82, of Berlin, died September 27, 2013, in her home.She was born March 5, 1931, in Spraggs, a daughter of Ernest J. and Wilda Thomas Phillips.Mrs. Crites-Booth was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Mildred J. Phillips; and two husbands, Herbert H. Crites and Floyd W. “Speedy” Booth.Surviving are six children, Larry L. (Kathy) Booth, Rodney C. Crites, Randy J. (Daphne) Crites and Beverly A. Booth, all of Berlin, Stephen E. Crites of Tennessee and Richard B. (Rosalie) Crites of California; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Edye D’Eletto of Waynesburg, Jeannie Phillips of Morgantown, W.Va. and Barbara (Albert) Simpson of Spraggs; and numerous nieces and nephews.She was a homemaker and a member of Pius Spring Women’s Club. She enjoyed the Red Hat Society outings and scrapbooking.Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin, where a service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, with the Rev. Thomas Sprowls officiating. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Phillips Cemetery, Spraggs, Greene County. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to American Cancer Society, 1004 North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. View online at

Bettie J. Ellis

Last employed by Washington City Mission

Bettie J. Ellis, 89, of Washington, died Thursday, September 26, 2013, in Washington Hospital.She was a daughter of the late John and Grace Ellis.After attending Washington High School, she went on to work as a line worker for Brockway Glass, then as a presser for Fi-Del Cleaners. Her last employment was with Washington City Mission.Surviving are three daughters, Gloria Richardson of Canonsburg, Barbara (Ellis) Boone of Lacey, Wash., and Dorinda (Harold) Martin of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.Deceased are two brothers, Charles and James Ellis; and a sister, Helen Logan.Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the hour of service, Tuesday, October 1, in St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Washington, with the Rev. Samuel Ware officiating. All other services will be private. Condolences may be expressed online and photos uploaded to Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director

James Edward Ellis Jr.

Ironworker enjoyed reading the Bible

James Edward Ellis Jr., 61, of Washington, died Thursday, September 26, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Oakland.He was born December 5, 1951, in Washington, a son, of the late James Edward Ellis Sr. and Susan Harton Ellis.A graduate of Trinity High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.Mr. Ellis was Episcopalian.He worked for 15 years as an ironworker for Dellovade, and also worked as a miner for Consol.Mr. Ellis enjoyed reading the Bible, westerns, singing, dancing, cooking and golfing, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.Surviving are his longtime companion, Dianna “Dee Dee” Garner; two sons, Jason Ellis of Bentleyville and James (Jacqueline) Ellis III of Ocala, Fla.; four daughters, Jodi Ellis, Kimberly (Jerrick Caldwell) Ellis and Christie Ellis (Eric) Kelley, all of Washington and Racheal Ellis (Nicholas) Martinez of Detroit, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Deceased is a grandchild, Sauldazia Wells.A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, in Pulaski Club, 1180 Summerlea Avenue, Washington.Memorial contributions may be made to CARE Center, Attention: Kellie McKevitt, 75 East Maiden Sreet., Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available online at

Veronica Jo Jones

Veronica Jo Jones, 46, of Waynesburg, died Saturday, September 28, 2013.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5, in Jefferson Baptist Church, Jefferson. Arrangements entrusted to Frank Burkus Funeral Home.

Debbie Kay Landers-Lanik

Washington homemaker enjoyed crossword puzzles

Debbie Kay Landers-Lanik, 57, of Washington, died September 16, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lengthy illness.She was born January 9, 1956, in Glendale, W.Va., a daughter of Patsy Anderson Frye of Washington and the late Everette Lee Moore.Mrs. Landers-Lanik was a homemaker and enjoyed crossword puzzles, coloring RoseArt posters, planting flower gardens and spending time with her family.Surviving are her husband, Ronald Lanik of Washington; two sons, Michael Haskey of Aberdine, Md., and Joseph Haskey of Washington; a brother, Jason Frye of Canonsburg; three sisters, Barbara Landers of Virginia Beach, Va., and Robin Landers and Susan Wise, both of Washington; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.A small graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday October 2, in Upper Ten Mile Cemetery in Prosperity.

Harold Eugene McCutcheon Jr.

Longtime truck driver for Waste Management

Harold Eugene “Junior” McCutcheon Jr., 56, of Claysville, died Friday, September 27, 2013.He was born February 5, 1957, in Washington, a son of Juanita Shuman McCutcheon of Claysville and the late Harold “Whitey” McCutcheon.Mr. McCutcheon attended Washington High School and played 8th Ward football at the Brownson House.Previously, he delivered tires for Discount Tire in Claysville. Then, as a member of the Teamsters, he was a truck driver for Waste Management for 25 years.Mr. McCutcheon coached his son’s baseball and football teams, where his son was always known to his dad as “little man,” and coached his daughter’s softball and basketball teams.He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 22. He participated in the demolition derby for many years. He won the bus derby in 2002. He also enjoyed going to gun and cash bashes.Surviving are a son, Harold E. (Becca Gradert) McCutcheon III of Claysville; a daughter, Tracy (Freddie) Moore of Claysville; seven sisters, Donna (Scott) Brownlee of Claysville, Linda Garner of Washington, Sherry (Jack) Lindner of North Jackson, Ohio, Lisa (Scott) Daniels of North Jackson, Ohio, Nancy (Jim) Fisher of Washington, Brenda (Bill) Miller of Washington and Diane Hilton of Carrolton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Tyler, Ashlyn “Chubbs” and McKinley “Isabella”; two special nephews, Kevin and John Brownlee; two special nieces, Debra Kis and Amanda Ewing; and a longtime friend, Bud Garrett.Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 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 11 a.m., Saturday, October 5. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Additional information and guest book are available online at

Terry Lynn Pasqualla McCutcheon

Nurse enjoyed attending live shows, theater

Terry Lynn Pasqualla McCutcheon, 52, of Washington, died Friday, September 27, 2013.She was born December 14, 1960, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mildred Fryer Pasqualla.A 1978 graduate of Bentworth High School, she received her licensed practical nurse license from Western Area Career & Technology Center in 1980, then went on to receive her registered nurse degree from Belmont Technical College.Ms. McCutcheon previously worked as a registered nurse in Washington Hospital for 20 years, and more recently for Tri-State Surgical.She enjoyed attending live shows and theater, visiting the casino, cash bashes, vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., dancing and attending her children’s sports, where her son was always known to his mom as “little man”.Surviving are a son, Harold E. (Becca Gradert) McCutcheon III of Claysville; a daughter, Tracy (Freddie) Moore of Claysville; sisters, Sandy (Larry) Roberts of Washington and Betty Bauer of Washington; three grandchildren, Tyler, Ashlyn and McKinley; a special niece, Tammy (Jimmy) Johnson; nephews, Shane (Megan) Pasqualla and Domingo Pasqualla; several great-nieces and nephews; and two lifelong friends, Bernadette and Jeanette.Deceased are two brothers, Bud and Gene.Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of services, Wednesday, October 2, in William G Neal Funeral Homes Ltd. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Glyde. Additional information and guest book are available online at

Taylor Ann Louise Stout

Had a love for music and enjoyed singing

Taylor Ann Louise Stout, 5, of West Finley Township, formerly of Coshocton, Ohio, went to be with Jesus on Friday, September 13, 2013.She was a free-spirited and beautiful little girl who loved her ladybugs and butterflies.Born on September 27, 2007, she was the cherished daughter of Latasha Ann Stout and Shawn Beveridge; dear sister of Trace and Tanner Stout; loving granddaughter of Michael Hughes and Larry (Mary) Hughes; niece of Cheryl (Bo Buckmaster) Hughes, Robert (Gina) Hughes and Scott Hughes; and great-niece of Rodger Phillips.She was also a beloved companion of Phillips’ dog, Ruggles.Also surviving are many cousins and remembered by Lonnie, Michelle, Justin and Ashley Beveridge.A kindergarten student in Claysville Elementary School, she had a love for music, a great voice and enjoyed singing.Above all, she loved her brothers and was her mother’s best friend.Family and friends are welcome from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, September 30, to celebrate her life in Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Taylor Ann Louise Stout Memorial Fund, in care of Citizens Bank, 4 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA. 15106. Please view and sign the family’s guest book at

James G. Wilson

Bethlehem Mine employee was U.S. Navy veteran

James G. Wilson, 86, of Bentleyville, died Saturday, September 28, 2013, in his home.He was born March 9, 1927, in Bentleyville, a son of the late John and Eunice Greenlee Wilson.During World War II, he interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Navy and serve in the Pacific Theater. Upon completing his military service, he completed his high school education and graduated with the Class of 1948 from the former Ellsworth High School, where he was elected class president.For most of his adult life he was employed by Bethlehem Mines Corp., first as an outside surveyor and prior to his retirement in 1987 as the outside foreman in Ellsworth Mine 51 and Marianna Mine 58. He was employed a total of 39 ½ years with Bethlehem.Mr. Wilson became a member of Bentleyville Lions Club in 1960, served in many different offices throughout his membership and became a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was also a long and devoted volunteer for Meals on Wheels program and continued to deliver meals as recently as August 2013. He was best known in the tri-state area as an accomplished amateur golfer, competing in and winning many tournaments. Over the course of his golfing career, he had nine holes-in-one. He also volunteered as a golf instructor for Allegheny Community College and gave instructions for several years in Washington County.He was a gentle soft-spoken man who befriended many, and would help anyone, especially his extended family.On October 10, 1953, he married the late Pauline Pivovarnik of Charleroi, who passed away July 24, 1974. Two sons were born to their marriage, James Joseph Wilson (Pam) of Scenery Hill and Dennis Keith Wilson (Edna) of Chesapeake, Va. In March 1986, Mr. Wilson married the late Jean Gregor Dziak who died November 11, 2010.Surviving are five grandchildren, James Ryan Wilson (Natalie) of Washington, Rachel Martin (Ryan) of Gettysburg, Hayley Wilson of Scenery Hill, Tanya and Tara Wilson of Chesapeake; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Grace E. Wilson of Ellsworth; and two brothers, Lawrence Wilson of Irwin and Arthur Wilson of Amity.Also surviving is a friend, Ida Zoldak, with whom he spent many happy moments and several nieces and nephews.Deceased, in addition to his parents and wives, are a sister, Margaret Zarak; and three brothers, Charles, Herbert and John Wilson.Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. The Bentleyville Lions Club will hold a service at 6 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bentleyville Lions Club, P.O. Box 55, Bentleyville, PA 15314. Online guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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