Obituaries Oct. 4

October 3, 2013

Debra F. Bash

Debra F. “Debbie” Bash, 59, of Eighty Four, formerly of Washington, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, in her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Piatt & Barnhill Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Elizabeth Ann Legeza DuBart

Red Cross volunteer

Elizabeth Ann Legeza DuBart of Pompano Beach Fla., passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, after a brief illness, in Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., surrounded by her loving family.

She was born September 15, 1923, in Elco, a daughter of Michael Anna Legeza.

On July 26, 1947, in Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, Charleroi, she was united in marriage to Alexander Anthony DuBart. They resided in Bentleyville and Charleroi.

Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Elaine Beck of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; grandsons, James Alexander Beck (Lori) of McMurray and Michael Jeffery Beck (Tatiane) of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Helen Houston (Bob) of Elco; a brother, Coleman Legeza (Sheri) of Bristol, Tenn.; soon-to-be-born, great-granddaughter, Leha Elizabeth, due February 2014; nieces, Cheryl Boda (Ken) of Charleroi and Cindy Hayes (Jerry) of McDonald; nephews, Robert Houston (Janet) of Elco and Scott Metro Shuback (Stacy) of Charleroi; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband, Alexander Anthony; sons, David Anthony and Jeffery Linn; and a sister, Agnes (Metro) Shuback of Van Voohris.

Mrs. DuBart was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and St. Luke Church, Bentleyville. She was assistant Brownie troop leader 5, Bentleyville, St. Ambrose Church of Deerfield Beach and American Legion Auxiliary of Deerfield Beach. She was a volunteer at Holy Cross Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, North Broward Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and American Red Cross. Libby was fondly known in Pompano Beach as the “cruise queen of Pompano” having been on 40 cruises throughout the Caribbean, South America and Hawaii. She was booked to sail on the New Royal Princess to celebrate her 90th Birthday.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday October 20, in Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Home, 825 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. Internment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela.

LC Greenwood

Beloved Pittsburgh Steelers legend

LC Greenwood was peacefully called home Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Surviving are children, Fernando (Ramona) and L. Chelsea Greenwood; brothers, Moses Jr. (Betty), Henry (Bevely) and Michael (Christine) Greenwood; sisters, Shelly and Annie Greenwood, Goffan Simmons, Katie (Thomas) Young and Janice (Brian) Aderhold; nieces, nephews, other relatives, dear friends and fans.

He was a beloved Pittsburgh Steelers legend, and also owned and operated Greenwood Enterprises Inc., Greenwood McDonald Supply Co. and Greenwood Manufacturing.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 6, in his home church, Bethany Baptist, Homewood. Homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 7, with Dr. William R. Glaze eulogizing in Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, 6300 Liberty Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Final services will be held Saturday, October 12, in Canton, Miss. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, 7745 Tioga St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 or The Clean and Sober Humans Association Inc., 825 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136. Arrangements of care entrusted to House of Law Inc., Penn Hills. View online at

Mary Ellen Lewis Howes

Loved family, holidays

Mary Ellen Lewis Howes, 75, of (Deemston) Fredericktown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in UPMC-Shadyside hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born May 4, 1938, a daughter of the late William M. and Elsie May Bane Lewis.

Mrs. Howes was a graduate of Jefferson High School, Class of 1956.

On March 21, 1958, she married Donald Lee Howes Sr., who passed away July 3, 1981. Together, they had six children, Donald Lee, William, Brenda, Donna, Georgetta and Samantha.

Mrs. Howes was employed for many years as a psychiatric aide in Mayview State Hospital, Bridgeville, a position which she held until her retirement in 1996.

She loved family and holidays. Her greatest pleasure was being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are sons, Donald Lee (Denise) Howes, Hiller and William (Nora) Howes, Clarksville; daughters, Brenda (Michael) Zangla, Marianna, Donna (Joseph) Larkin, Jefferson, Georgetta (Keith) Stotka, Rices Landing and Samantha (Jim) Howes, Millsboro; brothers, George R. Lewis and James D. (Carol) Lewis; sisters, Judy A. Lightner and Kathy (Butch) Conley; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry Jo, William and Thomas Lewis.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, October 5, in Frank Burkus Funeral Home, 26 Mill Street, Millsboro PA 15348, 724-377-2400. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery.

Rama Karamcheti

Citizens Library reference librarian

Rama Karamcheti, 65, of East Washington, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in her home, after battling multiple myeloma for seven years.

She was born February 22, 1948, in her Praturi grandparents’ house in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India, the second daughter of Venkata Ramaniah and Suryakantham Praturi. Her father was a physician and career officer in the army of India and a veteran of World War II, and her mother was a homemaker. Her father died February 28, 2006, and her mother died July 27, 2007, both in their native India.

Mrs. Karamcheti and her siblings were educated in private schools across northern India. The camaraderie and ceremonial life of the Indian army stayed with her all her life.

On January 19, 1969, she was married to Anand Karamcheti, M.D. Their son, Aditya, was born March 18, 1972. Three months later, they emigrated to the United States. They lived in Morristown, N.J., New York, N.Y., and Pittsburgh, and eventually settled in Washington in 1977. Their second child, Deepak, was born in New York City, May 24, 1974.

In 1982, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library Science. She worked as head of the Reference Department at Ohio County Public Library Wheeling, W.Va., from 1985 to 1995. From 1996, she was reference librarian at Citizens Library Washington.

Surviving are sisters, Patibanda Shanta of India and Aruna Vedula of Westford, Mass.; a brother, Praturi Srinivas of Secunderabad, India.

Survivors also include her husband Anand; sons Adi and daughter-in-law Erenia of Washington and Deepak and daughter-in-law Manjula of Melrose Mass.; and grandchildren, Ramaniah Antonio Karamcheti and Anand David Karamcheti of Washington, Jaya Narismhadevara Karamcheti and Kush Narsimhadevara Karamcheti of Melrose.

At the request of the deceased and family, there will be no public visitation. Cremation services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Reference Dept. of Citizens Library, 55 S. College St., Washington PA, 15301 or to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Clifford Hearold Painter

WWII U.S. Navy veteran was active in church

Clifford Hearold Painter, 87, of Waynesburg, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in Golden Living Center in Waynesburg following a long illness.

He was born in Richwood, W.Va., March 14, 1926, a son of Charles Henry Painter Sr. and Bertha Elizabeth Bayne Painter Alkire.

Mr. Painter’s parents and ancestors were from the Rockbridge County, Virginia area.

After World War II, he lived in several places around the United States including some years in Staunton, Va., and other Rockbridge County areas. He lived in Waynesburg for the last 30 years and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg.

Mr. Painter was a retired construction worker and had also delivered milk.

He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served on active duty from July 2, 1943 to December 13, 1945 and as a member of the U.S. Navy reserve for many years. While on active duty, Painter served aboard the USS Lesuth (AK-125) and the USS Wren (DD568). He served part of his duty in the Aleutian Islands and participated in the Pacific theater of war. After supporting the invasion of Okinawa, he went to Japan and witnessed the signing of the Japanese-American peace treaty while anchored near the USS Missouri. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 stars, WWII Victory Medal and Navy Occupation-Asia Clasp Medal.

Mr. Painter was well known by Waynesburg residents as the man who rode his wheelchair around town during all weather conditions, and subsequently had many adventures in doing so. He loved to sing and participated in his church’s activities, often singing for other organizations and senior homes. He taught himself to play the keyboard to accompany his singing and could often be heard singing and playing throughout the halls of his residence building. Computers caught his interest a few years ago and he taught himself to use one to communicate with his family and friends. He was a member of the Florida Clown Association.

He was one of nine children.

Surviving are sisters, Geraldine Tiller (Leonard) of Danville, Va., and Carolyn Wright of Clarksburg, W.Va.; children, Elizabeth Lohr (Lloyd) of Mt. Morris, Gloria Hodges of Wyaconda, Mo., Darla Hasty (Loren) of Peoria, Ill., Charlene Gilmore (Ronnie) of Pensacola, Fla., Charles Painter II of Camden, S.C., Penny Brown (Larry) of Camden, Linda Springer of Pensacola, Terry Jackson (Daryl) of Macon, Ga.; 22 grandchildren: 38 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, Clifford Hearold “Corkie” Painter Jr.; brothers, Homer, Eugene and Charles; and sisters, Catherin, Frances and Mildred.

Friends will be received from 6 to 7 p.m., the hour of services, Friday, October 4, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg, with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Private interment will be in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, College Fund, P.O. Box 446, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Condolences may be offered at

Ruby Ruth Riggle Richey

Active member in community

Richey, Ruby Ruth Riggle, 94, of Wheeling, W.Va., formerly of Dallas, W.Va., and West Alexander, died October 1, 2013.

She was born May 5, 1919, on No. 2 Ridge, Dallas, a daughter of the late James D. and Minnie P. Scott Riggle.

Mrs. Richey was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a homemaker. She enjoyed baking, entered baked goods in the West Alexander Fair and enjoyed singing. She was a member of The Melodaires, which sang in various places in the 1970’s. She was an active member of her community most of her life. She held offices in several organizations, including Parent Teachers Association, band boosters, Dallas Senior Citizens, Sand Hill Homemakers and a member of West Finley Grange. She was involved in the Democratic Committee for several years and worked with elections and was a census enumerator in 1960 and 1970.

In 1982, she initiated contact with a newspaper in Dallas, Texas, asking for financial assistance for repairs to the community center in Dallas, W.Va. An article in the Texas newspaper resulted in donations, which were used to renovate the Dallas Community Center.

She was a member of Dallas United Methodist Church, West Alexander United Methodist Church and a charter member of Dallas Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for approximately 25 years, sang in choirs and served on several boards and committees of the churches. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Glenn Richey, on May 4, 1991, whom she married May 26, 1937.

The family appreciated many encouraging visits from Donnie Richey.

Surviving are three children, Raymond Glenn (Patty Allum) of Canton, Ohio, Marjorie Elizabeth Richey of Wheeling, W.Va., and James David Richey (Jeannie Rogers) of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren, Debra Grosschmidt (Andrew), Kevin Richey, Heather Stonecipher (Stephen), Heidi Duckwall (Michael), Holli Richey, J.D. Richey (Stephanie); nine great-grandchildren, Ryan Grosschmidt (Jena), Zachary Grosschmidt (Anna), Laurel Mishkin, Adam, Jack and Kyle Duckwall, Sarah Ann Stonecipher, Lucas and Sophie Richey; cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, October 5, in Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St., Elm Grove, Wheeling, W.Va., 304-242-2311, with Pastor Larry Lewis officiating. Interment will be in West Alexander Cemetery, West Alexander. Memorial contributions may be made to West Alexander United Methodist Church, Dallas United Methodist Church or Dallas Pike Baptist Church.

Norman F. Strimel

Co-owner of Strimel Brothers Homes

Norman F. Strimel, 91, of Chartiers Township, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by his family.

He was born August 5, 1922, in Cecil, a son of Adlin Joseph and Marie DeBruxelles Strimel.

Mr. Strimel served with the U.S. Army Engineers in the Philippines during World War II.

He and his brothers started Strimel Brothers Homes, building custom homes in the area, and Strimel Apartments.

Mr. Strimel enjoyed gardening, bowling, golfing, fishing, traveling and spending several winters in Bonita Springs, Fla.

He married Evelyn Yarkosky November 27, 1947 and she died May 3, 1992. He then married Norma Jean McCartney Mullins August 27, 1994, and she survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife are, a daughter, Linda Metts (Tony McMurray) of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a son, Norman J. Strimel (Valerie) of Washington.; four grandchildren, Michelle Herring (Jeffrey), Jamie Mullins (Heath), Norman Strimel (M.J.) and Gregg Strimel (Krista); five great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Emily Herring, Anika Mullins and Lucas and Landon Strimel; a sister, Armelia Beyer of Denham Springs, La.; a brother, Irwin Strimel (Penny) of Houston; four stepchildren, Sharon Anderson (Bill) of Washington, John Mullins Jr. of Avella, Terry Mersino (Bill) of Marshall, Texas, and LuAnn Morris of Cokeburg; seven stepgrandchildren, Dennis Korzinski, David Korzinski (Amy), Stacey Wiley (Brian), Chad Mersino (Debbie), Heath Mersino (Ruth), Clint Mersino (Melaina) and Jessica Morris; and many nieces, nephews and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Deceased are three sisters, Leona Walborn, Mercene Swinamer Kersten and Almaretta Shober; two brothers, Rosier Strimel and Adlin Donald Strimel; and two stepgrandchildren, John Mullins, III and Sheila Korzinski Dugan.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Sunday, October 6, in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Ave., Houston, PA 15342, with the Rev. Clare Jean Haury officiating. Interment will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Ave., Washington, PA 15301 or First United Presbyterian Church of Houston, 102 North Main St., Houston, PA 15342. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Robert W. Thomas

Beloved husband, father, ?grandfather and brother

Robert “Bob” W. Thomas, 81, of Gates, N.Y., went peacefully to his Lord Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

He was born December 5, 1931, in Canton, a son of the late Perle and Susan Thomas and stepson of the late Grant Rockwell.

Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Dolores M. Thomas; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sherry Thomas; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Craig, Connor Robert and Jessica Thomas. Rob or Tom, as he was fondly called by his family, is also survived by sisters, Margaret Fisher and Catherine Rinker; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ginny Thomas; brothers-in-law, Charlie Buckholtz and Robert (Sonny) Cherokee; a sister-in-law, Aggie Cherokee; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, deceased are a brother, Paul Thomas; and sisters, Helen Harding and Ethel Buckholtz, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Mr. Thomas retired in 1986 from Eastman Kodak, where he was employed as a machinist.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly having served his country during the Korean War.

Mr. Thomas loved to hunt and fish and was an excellent outdoorsman. In 1965, he was New York state archery champion.

He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke with his family and friends. But, most of all, he was a truly fantastic husband, father and grandfather.

His family cherished the time that was spent together and take comfort in knowing he is at peace in the presence of his Lord and that one day the family will be with him again for eternity.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, (Rt.50) Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 2, followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars 191 and American Legion Post 902 Honor Guard. Please add or view tributes at and

Adella Vettori Vincenti


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

She was born on February 6, 1925, a daughter of the late Isdore and Anita Cichinelli Vettori.

On February 21, 1950, she married Raymond Jeno Vincenti, whom preceded her in death on November 2, 2011.

Surviving are a daughter, Catherine Havelka and husband Kenneth Jr. of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Jamielyn Knox and husband Charles of South Carolina and Lt. Brett Havelka stationed in China Lake Air Station, Calif.; a great-grandson, Hudson Sylvio Knox; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a sister, Mary Reynolds and a brother, John Vettori, who died in infancy. 

A Blessing Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 6, with the Rev. George Moneck officiating in Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Ave., Burgettstown. Private interment will be held in the Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown. If so desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 East Beau St., Washington, PA 15301.



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