Obituaries Oct. 1

September 30, 2013

Ronald E. Clapp

Pa. State Police officer

Ronald Edward Clapp, 47, of Lykens, passed away with family by his side Sunday, September 29, 2013, in Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

He was born Tuesday, August 2, 1966, in Washington, to David Clapp and Patricia Bainer Hoek.

Mr. Clapp is survived by his loving wife, Martha Ann Molchen Clapp.

He is a graduate of Washington High School, Class of 1984, and went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Air Force. After the military, he continued to serve and protect as a corporal in the Pennsylvania State Police.

Mr. Clapp was a member of Fraternal Order of Police Keystone Lodge 41, Pennsylvania State Police hockey team, Road Dawgs motorcycle club and a faithful member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father and friend who will be dearly missed.

Also surviving are two sons, David Clapp and wife Lauren and Daniel Clapp; and a brother, Scott Clapp.

Family and friends are invited for viewing 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday in Rothermel Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 25 W. Pine Street, Palmyra.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 359 W. Areba Avenue, Hershey, with the Rev. Pius Tukura Michael and the Rev. Darius G.C. Moss as celebrants. Burial with full military honors will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Troopers Helping Troopers, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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G. Helen Coss

Additional information was received for the obituary of G. Helen Coss, published Monday.

She was a graduate of the former Waynesburg High School.

Charles Gashel

U.S. Army veteran

Charles “Lou” Gashel, 90, formerly of St. Pauls, N.C., passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, N.C.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Gashel was born July 3, 1923, in Claysville, a son of the late Charles Lee and Lillian Montgomery Gashel.

He was a longtime member of St. Pauls Masonic Lodge No. 474, St. Pauls Shrine Club and the Loyal Order of the Moose.

Left to cherish his memories are wife, Vivian Gashel; a grandson, Joseph Matthews; a granddaughter, Laquita Jean Matthews; four great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; brothers Wilbur, Fred and Ray Gashel; a niece, Abbie Blake; and son-in-law Bob Matthews.

Deceased are a brother, Kenneth Gashel; and a sister, Lucille Gashel.

Services were held in Hope Mills, N.C, with interment following in Oakridge Cemetery, St. Pauls.

George Pleta

Beloved father and dear husband

George Pleta, 88, of Ingram, died Saturday, September 28, 2013.

He was the dear husband of the late Olga; and the beloved father of Cynthia (David) Koontz, Timothy (Robin) Pleta and Jeffrey (Marsha) Pleta.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hershberger-Stover Inc. Funeral Home, 170 Noble Avenue, Crafton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, in Ascension Roman Catholic Church, Berry Street, Ingram.

If desired, memorials may be made to Ingram Community Emergency Ambulance Service Inc., 40 West Prospect Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15205.

Cynthia L. Vallone

Crafter loved spending time with grandson

Cynthia L. Vallone, 61, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 29, 2013, in Village of Pennwood Assisted Living Center, Pittsburgh.

She was born February 4, 1952, in Washington, a daughter of Dominick and Naomi Cunningham Vallone.

Ms. Vallone was a member of Sixth Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, and was a longtime member of Friendship Community Church while living in Washington.

She was employed by Humbert Lane Personal Care Home, where she was an activities assistant. Later, she worked for many years in McDonald’s restaurant in Meadow Lands.

Ms. Vallone was skilled at crocheting and knitting, including afghans, and enjoyed numerous crafts. She liked to read and especially loved spending time with her grandson, Dante.

She is survived by a daughter, Heather L. Vallone, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, Dante Shelley; and an aunt, uncle and cousins.

Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home Inc., Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, with the Rev. Rick Bruckner officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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