Obituaries Oct. 5

October 4, 2013

Freda M. Haines Bails

Former Waynesburg Hospital employee

Freda M. Haines Bails, 91, of Scenery Hill, died Friday, October 4, 2013, in McMurray Hills Manor.

She was born September 7, 1922, in Greene County, a daughter of the late E. Carl Sr. and Mary J. Waychoff Bails.

Mrs. Bails was a graduate of Carmichaels High School and Duff’s Business School.

She worked as a caregiver in Waynesburg Hospital.

Mrs. Bails was a member of Fordyce Metts Church in Garards Fort and an American Legion auxiliary member in Phoenix, Ariz.

On June 2, 1942, she married James Irwin Haines, who is deceased.

Surviving are two children, Elinor (Charles) Ross of Scenery Hill and E. Carl Bails Jr. of Arizona; five grandchildren, Lori A. Ross, Melissa L. Allender, Chad W. Ross, Kaycee Bails and Wesley Bails; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a daughter, Sharon K. Bails, who died in infancy; brothers Francis, Donald and Halford Haines; and a sister, Louise Carroll.

Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Monday, October 7, in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, with the Rev. Peter D. Asplin officiating. Internment will follow in Lone Pine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Building Fund, 21 Church Road, Scenery Hill, PA 15360.

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Ryan W. Brawdy

Custom Turf employee loved Pittsburgh sports teams

Ryan W. Brawdy, 40, of Finleyville, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 3, 2013, in his home with his mom, Lenny, Tammy and nurse Michelle at his side.

He was born January 25, 1973, in New Eagle, a son of Ellen Murray Brawdy of Finleyville and William “Chook” Brawdy.

Mr. Brawdy was employed as an irrigation technician with Custom Turf in Finleyville.

He was a 1991 graduate of Ringgold High School and was an avid Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and NASCAR fan.

Mr. Brawdy had the greatest smile and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are an uncle, William “Bones” Murray of West Newton; great-aunts; great-uncles; several cousins; many friends; the special women in his life, Tammy, Nicole and Angie; and his five young ladies, Ashley, Carly, Catie, Ally and Laney.

Deceased are his maternal grandparents, Hugh “Bud” and Reva Murray, and his paternal grandparents, Willard “Jake” and Mary Brawdy.

Friends will be received from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 7, with Pastor Glen McClelland officiating. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Research, P.O. Box 275, 331 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Debra F. Bash-Ford

Co-owner of Denny Ford Auto enjoyed caring for others

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

She was born February 28, 1954, in Elkins, W.Va., a daughter of the late Joseph and Rhonda Finlen Duckworth.

Mrs. Bash-Ford was a 1972 graduate of Trinity High School.

She and her husband, Denny, owned and operated Denny Ford Auto Service for many years, until their retirement in 2011.

She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed mowing grass, gardening and caring for other people.

On February 2, 2012, in North Carolina, she married Denny Ford, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Brian W. (Chalese) Bash of Washington; a daughter, Rhonda (Scott) Craig of North Strabane Township; a stepson, Scott Ford of Washington; six brothers, Keith (Alba) Duckworth of Freedom, Kenny (Sue) Duckworth of Canonsburg, Mark (Donna) Finlen of Greensboro, N.C., Dominic (JoAnn) Waters, Bob (Becky) Waters and Matt (Lisa) Waters, all of Washington; three sisters, Susan Ealy of Washington, Elaine “Lanie” Waters of Monroeville and Joann (Bob) Howanec of Canonsburg; four grandchildren, Morgan Webb, Margo Craig and Eli and Ava Bash; her second mother, Elaine Duckworth of Houston; her first husband, Mark W. Bash; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased is a brother-in-law, Cecil “Ed” Ealy.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 7. Interment will follow in Pigeon Creek Cemetery, Somerset Township.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mrs. Claus Club, 56 Lanik Road, Bentleyville, PA 15314, or to lung cancer research through American Lung Association at

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Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Mary Ellen Lewis Howes

Loved family, holidays

Mary Ellen Lewis Howes, 75, of Fredericktown (Deemston Borough), 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 of Hiller and William (Nora) Howes of Clarksville; daughters Brenda (Michael) Zangla of Marianna, Donna (Joseph) Larkin of Jefferson, Georgetta (Keith) Stotka of Rices Landing and Samantha (Jim) Howes of 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.

Josephine Ann Lusk

Trinity Area School District worker loved polka

Josephine Ann Lusk, 75, of Washington, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, following a lengthy illness.

She was born March 28, 1938, in Washington, a daughter of John Voytek and Anna Bednar Voytek.

Mrs. Lusk worked in the cafeteria at Trinity Area School District for 21 years and attended St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church.

She enjoyed polka, square dancing and big band music. She also enjoyed being a Trinity band parent.

On June 18, 1955, she married John S. “Jack” Lusk Sr., who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, J. Scott (Beth Ann) Lusk Jr. of Washington and David Michael Lusk of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Deanna Lynn (Ken) Nuzum of Washington; two sisters, Virginia McCormick of Washington and Lorraine Antal of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Lucas and Joel Nuzum.

Deceased are three brothers, Gene Voytek, John D. Voytek and Albert Voytek.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where a blessing service will be held at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, with Father Thomas O’Neil officiating. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Washington County Health Center, Alzheimer’s Unit, 36 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Washington, PA 15301.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

John Joseph McNansky

World War II veteran

John Joseph McNansky, 89, of Washington, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, in Humbert Lane, South Strabane Township, following a brief illness.

He was born May 7, 1924, in Adah, a son of Mary Kotarsky.

Mr. McNansky worked as an electrician for 35 years at RCA Corp., where he also served as president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local. He then worked as a caretaker at Immaculate Conception Church for 18 years and had also owned a television repair shop in Marianna.

A self-taught guitarist, he was an avid gardener.

Mr. McNansky was a member of Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from May 21, 1943, until his honorable discharge March 28, 1946.

On November 28, 1944, he married Dorothy Jane Safko, who died February 13, 2011.

Surviving are a son, Jack (Mary Lou) McNansky of Lone Pine; a daughter, Barb (Bruce) Metz of Crucible; three grandchildren, Heather (Bob) Lloyd, Tricia (Jason) Ball and Stefanie McNansky; four great-grandchildren, Rylie and Jocelyn Ball and Brayden and Ayceton Lloyd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Also left is his dog, Daisy.

Deceased are several brothers and sisters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, South Strabane Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 119 West Chestnut Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Adella Vettori Vincenti

1925 – 2013

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

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

On February 21, 1950, she married Raymond Jeno Vincenti, who passed away November 2, 2011.

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

To honor her wishes, there will be no public visitation.

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 Avenue, Burgettstown. Private interment will be held in 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 Street, Washington, PA 15301.

Vincent J. White Jr.

Holy Child Parish member was car enthusiast

Vincent J. White Jr., 64, of Cecil, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 17, 1949, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Vincent J. and Naomi R. Wagner White.

Mr. White was a member of Holy Child Parish, Washington Lodge 164 F&AM and Carroll Shelby Car Club. He was the owner of a 1968 Shelby GT500.

He especially loved spending time with his grandsons at motocross races.

Mr. White was a Teamster with Local 341 and a self-employed auto recycler in New Eagle. He was a landlord and owned Muse Cafe Bar and Restaurant.

Surviving are a son, Justin (Billie Jo) White of Cecil; grandsons Damian and Maximus White; two brothers, Stig (Bea) White of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Arnold “AJ” (Patty) White, of Cecil; a sister, Iris Larkin of Georgetown, Colo.; and former wife, Linda White of Punta Gorda, Fla.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Child Church, Bridgeville, with Father Robert Meyers officiating.

Interment will be private.

Washington Lodge 164 F&AM will hold a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, or


Anna D. Wilkerson

Anna D. Wilkerson, 55, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in Mt. Carmel West Hospital, Columbus.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.



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