Obituaries Oct. 6
Published Oct 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm (Updated Oct 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm)
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 James Irwin 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 Methodist Church in Garards Fort and an American Legion auxiliary member in Phoenix, Ariz.
On June 2, 1942, she married E. Carl Bails Sr., 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. Interment 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.
A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.
Naomi Keirs Boardley
Dedicated wife, mother, grandmother
Naomi Keirs Boardley, 86, of Thomas Campbell Christian Center, Washington, went to be with her Lord Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.
She was one of 10 children of the late Thom and Lillian Garrett, formerly of Avella. She spent all of her life in Washington.
In her youth, she worked at the Washington Hotel and Herd’s Drug Store.
On December 13, 1958, she married Lawrence “Bud” Keirs, who is deceased. On September 18, 2009, she married Benjamin Boardley, who survives.
Mrs. Boardley was an adventurous and spontaneous woman who enjoyed traveling and sightseeing.
She was a member of Church of Christ and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 109.
A dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, she devoted her life to her family and gave of herself to anyone in need without question.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three children, Sandra (husband Arnold) Nelson of Fredericksburg, Va., and Bert (wife Ilene) Perts and David Keirs, both of Washington; a granddaughter, Tracy (husband Kris) Fuerst of Erie, whom she raised as her own daughter; grandchildren Raymond Nelson and Kelly Leach, both of Fredericksburg, Sgt. Lawrence Perts of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., and Austin Keirs of Washington; and three great-grandchildren, Evan and Emma Leach and Raymond Nelson Jr. of Fredericksburg.
Deceased are brothers and sisters Duane, Earl, Don and Roy Garrett, Juanita Ivancik, Beatrice Demchak, Erma Syracuse, Jeanne Bedillion and Ruth Walters.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her for her witty sense of humor, contagious laugh and soft touch only a mother could have.
The nursing staff of Golden Living Center in Canonsburg showed compassionate care in her time of need.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, with David Deagel officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Gabriel Bernadino “Dino” Brova
U.S. Navy veteran, Behtlehem Mines retiree
Gabriel Bernadino “Dino” Brova, 91, of Scenery Hill, died Friday, October 4, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born February 22, 1922, in Claridge, a son of the late Frank and Catherine Suppo Brova.
Mr. Brova was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Charles Sperry, a destroyer. His service also included serving in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. For his service, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 14 Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Star and the Good Conduct Medal.
In 1984, he retired from Bethlehem Mines Corp. Mine 60 after 45 years of service. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1197. In addition to coal mining, he owned and operated a farm, raising beef cattle for the majority of his life.
Time spent with his grandchildren and other family members, as well as farming, brought him special enjoyment.
Mr. Brova was a lifelong member of Sons of Italy in Cokeburg.
On July 1, 1948, in Winchester, Va., he married Catherine Yurkovich Brova, who died June 28, 2009.
Surviving are a son, George Brova (Paula) of Scenery Hill; a daughter, Linda Brova and companion Jeff Watson of Scenery Hill; three grandchildren, Nathan, Sara and Michael Brova; a sister, Margaret (Rita) Adamsky of Eatontown, N.J.; two brothers, Victor and Louis Brova, both of Scenery Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Michael Brova.
Funeral services will be private. Interment will follow in Scenery Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Hancock-McCune-Horn American Legion Post 705, Centerville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or a charity of one’s choice. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
William T. Hess
Retired coal miner enjoyed the outdoors
William T. “Bill” Hess, 72, of Peters Township, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the beloved husband of Nancy L. Hess for 46 years; loving father of Daniel (Cindie) Bonomi, Timothy Bonomi, Kelly (Keith) Stanton and Billie Musolino; cherished grandfather of Nikkia, Trevor, Danny, Jamie, Kaylee, Meisha, Trista, Mariah, Anthony, Carlena, Tre, Brandon, Nevaeh and Liam; great-grandfather of Jaiden; and brother of Doris Gency and Coyla Kandall.
Mr. Hess enjoyed the outdoors.
He was employed for over 35 years as a coal miner, until his retirement from Consol.
Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Beinahuer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 8. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
Robert William Kelley
Deeply loved his family
Robert William Kelley, 51, of Washington, died Friday, October 4, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital following a short illness.
He was born September 17, 1962, in Washington, a son of Robert Kelley of Washington and the late Shirley Byrd Kelley.
Mr. Kelley was a mechanic at Adams Exxon for many years, and later at Midas for 10 years.
He deeply loved his family and enjoyed traveling and classic cars. He was a very devoted Steelers fan.
On November 7, 1990, he married Lisa Urbany Kelley, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, William Robert Kelley of Washington; a daughter, Samantha (Bo Mann) Kelley of Washington; two brothers, Donald (Lori) Kelley of Washington and David Kelley of Washington; two sisters, Donna Sartori of Washington and Joann Kelley of Cecil; a granddaughter, Kodi Mann; sisters-in-law Janice (Eric) Farkas and Christine (Chris) Wacker; mother-in-law Florence Moffitt; father-in-law David Urbany; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
John A. Lis
Retired ironworker loved horse racing
John A. Lis, 72, of Avella, died at 2:55 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013, in UPMC-Montefiore hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born September 13, 1941, in Washington, a son of the late Mike and Susan Fusarelli Lis.
Mr. Lis was a 1959 graduate of Avella High School.
He was employed as an ironworker, working out of Local 3 of Pittsburgh and retiring in 1982, after becoming disabled from a construction accident.
Mr. Lis was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church of Avella and Ironworkers Local 3 of Pittsburgh.
He loved horse racing, trout fishing and gardening. He was an avid Notre Dame Football fan.
Mr. Lis was a lifelong resident of Avella.
On March 3, 1963, he married Madeline I. Cimarolli, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John Lis and Kathy Loos of Wheeling, W.Va., and Michael (Vicki) Lis of Beverly Hills, Fla.; a sister, Linda Hanlin of Canonsburg; a brother, Larry (Sandy) Lis of Avella; and many nieces and nephews.
Decesaed, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Michael B. “Squinks” Lis.
Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 97 Highland Avenue, Avella, with Father Chortos officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Avella.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association at www.lung.org or St. Michael Church Building Fund. Condolences may be expressed at www.stefkovichfuneralhome.com.
Corrected information was received for the obituary of Josephine Lusk, published Saturday.
She was born in California, and was a member of American Legion Post 175 Auxiliary for four decades.
Michael A. Merichko
Retired coal miner, loved sports
Michael A. “Pikey” Merichko, 81, of Bentleyville and Cokeburg, died Friday, October 4, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born January 25, 1932, in Ellsworth, a son of the late Andrew and Suzanne Matosky Merichko.
Mr. Merichko was a 1950 graduate of Ellsworth High School.
He was a retired underground coal miner, having worked at Bethlehem Mines Corp. Mine 60. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 1197.
Mr. Merichko was a member of the St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Richeyville.
He loved sports of all kinds and was a faithful follower of many high school sporting events and was an avid baseball fan that always followed the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Surviving are a brother, Andrew Merichko of Slaton Texas; a sister, Betty “Bunny” Pordash of Cokeburg; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and his special friend and caregiver, Darlene “Tunie” Error of Cokeburg, with whom he resided.
Friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where prayers will be said at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Richeyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greater Washington County Food Bank, 1020 Route 519, Eighty Four, PA 15330-2812. Guestbook and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
Thomas E. O’Neil
U.S. Army veteran was world traveler
Thomas E. O’Neil, 77, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, died Friday, October 4, 2013.
Born June 19, 1936, in Cecil, he was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret O’Neil.
Mr. O’Neil attended St. Genevieve Elementary and Immaculate Conception and Canonsburg high schools. After serving a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he attended California State College, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Mexico, and obtained a master’s degree from West Virginia University.
After 28 years of employment with McGuffey and Carlynton school districts, he traveled extensively throughout the world.
Mr. O’Neil is survived by his sister, Mary.
Deceased are his brothers, Jack, James and Leroy.
Mr. O’Neil’s estate was left to various charities.
There will be no visitation or services. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pa. Inc.
Joseph D. Pagliaro
August 29, 1923 - October 5, 2013
Joseph D. Pagliaro, 90, formerly of Johnstown, Altoona and McMurray, died Saturday morning October 5, 2013, in UPMC-Altoona hospital.
He was born in Johnstown, a son of the late Michael and Isabella DeFazio Pagliaro.
On August 10, 1944, in Johnstown, he married Frances Kravetz, who survives.
Also surviving are children Lorraine (Robert) Beck, Patricia (Richard) Layton, Isabelle (Dennis) Gerber and Michael (Deena) Pagliaro; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings Nellie Aiello and Betty (Frank) Oxen.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday in Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204-17th Street, Altoona. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, in Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1 Cathedral Square, Altoona. Committal will be in Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the family for the charities that they can choose.
Enjoyed spending time with family
Fredrick “Freddie” Reihner, 79, of Canton Township, Washington, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Humbert Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, and was cared for by Gentiva Hospice during a brief battle with melanoma cancer.
He was born May 18, 1934, in Washington, a son of John and Katherine Friend Reihner.
Mr. Reihner worked at Brockway Glass Co. Plant 7 for 35 years, and Napa Auto Parts.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Reihner enjoyed spending time with his family, going to grandchildren’s sporting events, his pets, gardening, making model cars and listening to his oldies.
On February 14, 1959, he married JoAnn Huffman, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Frederick “Jack” Reihner of Washington; a daughter, Janis (Thomas) Alrutz of Washington; grandsons Cody and Caleb Reihner of Claysville; a granddaughter, Nichole Reihner of Washington; three sisters, Evelyn (Jimmy) Gallo, Jean (Angelo) Comfort and Mary Toward, all of New Mexico; a brother, John Reihner of Washington; several nieces and nephews; and special friends he made and who cared for him at Humbert Lane.
Deceased are a sister, Sally; and a brother, Jack.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in Claysville United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Charles D. Rutan
Charles D. Rutan, 67, of Waynesburg, died Friday, October 4, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Roberta Jean Thornton Sutherland
Beloved wife, loving mother
Roberta Jean Thornton Sutherland, 82, of West Alexander, peacefully passed away Monday, September 30, 2013.
She was the beloved wife of the late James Robert Sutherland; loving mother of Leigh Ann (Randy) Quinlan of Venetia, Nancy (Brian) Bentley of Reston, Va., and Becky (Derrick) Isackson of Redmond, Wash.; caring grandmother of Kevin and Megan Quinlan, Sarah, Aaron and Morgan Bentley and Axel and Henry Isackson; sister of James C. Thornton of Proctorville, Ohio, and the late Robert F. Thornton Jr.; and daughter of the late Robert F. and Ada S. Neimeyer Thornton Sr.
Mrs. Sutherland resided in West Alexander for over 50 years. She enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and all sports.
She was a member of West Alexander Presbyterian Church, Golden Age Club and the Rebekahs.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 2, in West Alexander Presbyterian Church, 108 Main Street, West Alexander, PA 15376. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
John Paul Thompson Jr.
Loving husband, father and son
John Paul Thompson Jr., 51, of Canonsburg, died Friday October 4, 2013, of cholangiocarcinoma.
He was born August 12, 1962, in Canonsburg, a son of Karen and John Thompson of Canonsburg.
Mr. Thompson was a 1980 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.
He married Lisa Shaw on June 27, 1987, who survives
Mr. Thompson was employed by Pittsburgh Tank Corporation in Monongahela, as a project manager.
He was an active member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg. He coached basketball for St. Patrick School for several years. He also coached for Lil Mac football and was a scout leader when his children were very young.
Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife, are children Johnny, Luke, Molly and Tad and brother Joe Thompson.
Mr. Thompson was the best husband, father and son in the world.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick School. Condolences may be posted at www.deangelofuneralhome.com.
John E. Weaver
A memorial service for John E. Weaver, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 775 North Main Street, Washington. Friends and loved ones are welcome.