Obituaries Oct. 2

October 1, 2013

Sonja H. Berryhill

National City Bank retiree

Sonja H. Berryhill, 76, of Big Run, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born August 17, 1937, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Henry and Violet P. Hoel Horrell.

On February 1, 1964, she married Thomas R. Berryhill, who survives.

She was Protestant.

Mrs. Berryhill was a teller and an assistant manager for National City Bank in Big Run for 23 years and retired June 15, 1994.

She was a member of Big Run Beta, Eastern Star of Somerset for 55 years, and a life member of Penn State University Alumni Association.

Mrs. Berryhill enjoyed attending Penn State University football games for more than 35 years, bingo, bowling, trips to Salamanca, Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, and spending time with her family. She just enjoyed people.

In addition to her husband, surviving are a daughter, Heidi B. Howser and husband Scott of Herndon, Va.; a brother, Henry H. Horrell of Johnstown; and three grandchildren, Jack, Alec and Elyse Howser.

Deceased are her parents and a sister-in-law, Judy Horrell.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 4, with the Rev. David Nagle officiating. Interment will be in McClure Cemetery, Big Run. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made, in memory of Mrs. Berryhill, to Alzheimer’s Association, Christ the King Manor, or DRMC Hospice. Condolences may be made at

George J. Chambers

Vietnam veteran enjoyed hunting and fishing

George J. Chambers, 59, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Monday, September 30, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

He was born May 18, 1954, in New Eagle, a son of the late George James Jr. and Frances A. Podroskey Chambers.

Mr. Chambers was a 1972 graduate of Monongahela High School.

He was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force, special forces in pararescue. After his service in the Air Force, he spent two years in the Air National Guard.

Mr. Chambers was formerly employed by West Penn Power Plant (Mitchell Power Station) and had owned and operated Tri Valley Pressure Washing in Monongahela. He was also a field engineer for IBM in Pittsburgh for many years.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Denise Day Chambers, with whom he celebrated 39 years of marriage January 19, 2013; three sons, Neil and wife Dana Chambers of Fallowfield Township and Stacey Chambers and George “Dub” Chambers, both of Monongahela; seven grandchildren, twins Jacob and Joel, Joshua, Stacey Jr. “Bug,” Jayden, Austyn and Madison; three sisters, Cynthia and husband Larry Lenzi, Kathleen and husband Dennis Korzinski and Carol and husband William Brown, all of Monongahela; a brother, David and wife Alice Chambers of Monongahela; four aunts, Joan Chambers, Dorothy and Liz Podroskey, all of Monongahela, and Shirley Olexa of Oxford, Ga.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 4, with the Rev. Douglas Boyd officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, with full military rights accorded by Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, One Children’s Hospital Drive, Central Plant, Floor 3, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Condolences may be made to the family at

Evelyn Lorraine Gephart

Garards Fort resident

Evelyn Lorraine Gephart, 57, of Garards Fort, became an angel Monday, September 30, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born December 4, 1955, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Robert B. Gephart (deceased May 15, 1965) and Margaret L. Lipscomb Gephart (deceased August 24, 2012).

Surviving are two sons, Robert “Fred” Gephart (Tiffany) and Daniel Conard; a daughter, Autumn Conard Fike (Robert); five grandchildren, Kendra, Robert and Warren Gephart and Emily and Josh Conard; six sisters, Sally Harbarger (James Yoders), Robin Conklin, Dessie Conard, Ellen Higginbotham, Alice Conard (Larry) and Virginia Mosley; two brothers, Bennie Gephart and Ira Brewer (Theresa); and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, William and Robert Gephart, Ward and Richard Brewer, and a sister, Shelby Hetz.

Mrs. Gephart loved her grandchildren dearly. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling to Florida and going to flea markets.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, where a service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 3, in the chapel with the Rev. Harold O. Kelley officiating. Interment will be private at a later date. View the obituary at

Burdetta E. Lint

Burdetta E. Lint, 88, formerly of Carmichaels, died September 30, 2013.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday; service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, W.Va.; burial at noon Friday, October 4, Laurel Point Cemetery.

Elsie L. Myers

Shared many stories and laughs with family

Elsie L. Myers, 78, of Washington, died at 11:12 a.m. Monday, September 30, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born March 31, 1935, in Washington, a daughter of the late Robert S. and Rosabella Davidson Lightner.

Mrs. Myers was employed by Washington Hospital in the housekeeping department for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

She enjoyed her family to the fullest, always spending special time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There were always many stories to tell and many laughs to share with the entire family.

On January 21, 1956, she married Robert J. Myers Sr., who died December 31, 1991.

Surviving are four sons, Edward (Anna) Lightner of Washington, Robert J. (Sylvia) Myers Jr. of Apex, N.C., Brian (Suzanne) Myers of Washington and David (Darlene) Myers of Washington; a daughter, Carol Danley of Washington; brother Clarence (Nena) Miller of Washington; sister Dolores Kirsch of Michigan; nine grandchildren, Tammy (Mike) Fewster, Greg Lightner, Christina (B.J.) Bunner, Jeremy Danley, Lexi Myers, Jennifer Myers, Amanda Myers, Robert J. Myers III and Amber Myers; three great-grandchildren, John Robert Bunner, Hayden Fewster and Gavin Fewster; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Arthur Lightner and Richard Davidson, and a sister, Joann Kettle.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, and S. Timothy Warco II, director. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 4, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Sue Kidder Petritis officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

Mary Frances Thomas

Church of Christ member in Washington and Ohio

Mary Frances Thomas, 81, of Prosperity, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born May 26, 1932, in Claysville, a daughter of Ray Halsey Taylor and Bertha Opal Pattison Taylor.

Mrs. Thomas attended Lagonda School and was a homemaker.

She was a member of Church of Christ in Washington as well as a Church of Christ in Ohio.

In addition, she was involved with Sage Brush Round Up in Fairmont, W.Va.

On April 11, 1953, she married William P. Thomas, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, William (Debbie) Thomas of West Alexander, Jeffrey (Trudy) Thomas of Prosperity and James (Josey) Thomas of Zanesville, Ohio; two sisters, Ann Mundy (companion Jay Workman) and Betty (Kurt) McDaid; 11 loving grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a brother, Ray Franklin (Barbara) Taylor.

Friends will be received from 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 at 11 a.m. Friday, October 4, with David Deagel officiating. Burial will follow in Prosperity Cemetery. Additional information and guestbook are available at

Adella Vincenti

Adella Vincenti, 88, of Burgettstown, formerly of Washington, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 30, 2013, in her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a later edition by Lee & Martin Funeral Home, Burgettstown.

William Wesley Walters

Master mechanic owned Mandy’s Garage

William Wesley “Mandy” Walters, 84, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

He was born October 9, 1928, in Monongahela, a son of Charles E. and Gertrude J. Baxter Walters.

Mr. Walters was a retired maintenance supervisor for Mon Valley Sewage Authority in Donora. He was well-known for being a master mechanic throughout the Mon Valley and surrounding areas. He owned and operated Mandy’s Garage for more than 60 years, until health problems caused him to close his doors but was still open for consultations. A true Ford man, his specialty was transmissions, but everyone who was acquainted with him knew that he could work on and fix anything that was put in front of him. For many years, he worked on police cars, fire trucks and ambulances in Monongahela and surrounding communities. He was a master at welding and took his portable welder everywhere. Even while he was working, he made time to stop and fix a child’s bike that had a problem. There wasn’t a job too big or small for him to put his heart and soul into.

He was an active member of Gallatin Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department and Valley Inn Sportsman’s Club, a social member of Carroll Legion Post 949 in Dunkirk and a member of Good Sam’s Club camping organization. He was one of the original members of Fourth Street Boat Dock Club at Monongahela Aquatorium. He was a past member of Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department and Ginger Hill Grange. He enjoyed vacationing in Myrtle Beach and going to his camps in Emporium and Greene County. His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobile and quad riding. He was quite the family man, enjoyed being around people, telling stories and lifting everyone’s spirits. He was a man loved and respected by all who knew him.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Loutitt Walters, with whom he celebrated 47 years of marriage August 28, 2013; a daughter, Gloria Rocco of Irwin; a son, Robert Walters Sr. and wife Penny of Monongahela; a daughter, Joyce Protz and husband Jim of Dunlevy; five grandchildren, Robert Walters Jr. and wife Laurie, William Walters III and wife Staci, Nicole Moyer and husband Ben and twins Josie and Jamie Protz; two great-grandchildren, John Walters and Olivia Moyer; a sister, Betty Sutherland and husband Clyde of Monongahela; a brother-in-law, Charles Loutitt of Van Voorhis; three sisters-in-law, Gloria Burgoyne and Frances Loutitt, both of Monongahela, and Betty Marynchak of New Eagle; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Wesley Walters Jr., who died February 20, 1974; a brother, Charles Walters; a son-in-law, Fred Rocco; and a brother-in-law, Richard Loutitt.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at noon Friday, October 4, with the Rev. Larry G. Dunn officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gallatin-Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department, 3325 Rainbow Run Road, Monongahela, PA 15063. Condolences may be made to the family at

Richard W. Wenta

Living Stone Community Church member

Richard W. Wenta, 77, of Houston, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in Humbert Lane Health Care Centre, South Strabane Township.

He was born November 26, 1935, in Pittsburgh, a son of Richard W. and Augusta Fauth Wenta.

Mr. Wenta was a Korean-era veteran of the Army, serving from October 1, 1954, until his honorable discharge September 5, 1957, with a rank of specialist, third class.  He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal.

For 25 years, he worked as a food broker for McClay Foods.

Mr. Wenta was a member of Living Stone Community Church, Washington, and enjoyed planting flowers, gardening and dogs.

His wife, Patricia Kopp Waugh Wenta, whom he married March 9, 2002, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Richard Wenta of Carver, Minn., and James Wenta of Munhall; a daughter, Susan Orsino of Upper St. Clair; and five grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, with the Rev. Paul Harrington officiating. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Additional information and a guest book are available at



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