Obituaries Oct. 7

October 6, 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 James Irwin and Mary J. Waychoff Haines.

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; sisters Esther Minerd of Jefferson, Patricia Young of Monongahela and Glenda Hall of New Jersey; 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.

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F. Earl Bowman

F. Earl Bowman, 86, of West Finley, died at 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

Leslie Robert Bradburn

Former Union Electric employee

Leslie Robert Bradburn, 57, of Bulger, died Saturday, October 5, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 26, 1956, in Canonsburg, a son of Elmer John and Josephine Krezanosky Bradburn of McDonald.

Mr. Bradburn was employed by Union Electric Steel in Burgettstown for 38 years.

He was a member of the SNPJ No. 39 in Midway and its hook team, a member of Burgettstown Italian Club and its bocce team, and the Cherry Valley Sportmens Club.

Mr. Bradburn was an avid deer hunter and made deer jerky.

On May 23, 1975, he married Susan Lazzini, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Bradburn of McDonald and Allison (Joe) Stevens of Bulger; three grandchildren, Logan and Dylan Bradburn and Cassidy Stevens; two brothers, Johnny Bradburn of Muse and Brian (Christine) Bradburn of Jonestown; and a sister, Linda (Dave Kobert) Bradburn of McMurray.

Also surviving is his canine companion, Simba.

Deceased is a sister, Anna Lynn Bradburn.

Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, with the Rev. Charles Puff officiating. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family.

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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 and under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, PA. 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

Clarence E. Burghy Sr.

Korean War veteran enjoyed sports

Clarence E. Burghy Sr., 80, of Waynesburg, died Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born November 7, 1932, in Bannock, Ohio, a son of the late Ralph and Gertrude Elrick Burghy.

Mr. Burghy was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, during which he received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

After his career in the Army, he worked as a crane operator with Timken Roller Bearing in Canton, Ohio.

He enjoyed going to auctions, football, wrestling, fishing and feeding his squirrels.

Mr. Burghy was a member of the American Legion Post 330, the D.A.V. No. 123 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 4793, all of Waynesburg.

On December 28, 1981, he married Shirley Whipkey, who survives.

Also surviving are 11 children, Clarence E. and Michelle Burghy Jr. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Timothy Burghy of Waynesburg, Katherine and Matthew Hayburn of Markleysburg, William and Ceda Burghy of Morgantown, Eric and Deborah Ritthaler of Alpena, Mich., Sharon McGilton of Waynesburg, Christine and Michael Cox of Canton, John Burghy of Waynesburg, Ronda and William Cain of Waynesburg, Rosemary and Timothy Bird of Waynesburg and Carla Lemley of Crucible; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles E. and Terri Burghy of Cadiz, Ohio, and Kenneth Burghy and Cheryl Burr of Barnesville, Ohio; two sisters, Sara Lyons and Rosela Lowder, both of Canton.

Deceased are two sons, Ronald Burghy and Ralph Burghy; a brother, Ralph Burghy Jr. and two sisters, Penny Bennett and Mary Burghy.

Friends and family will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Behm Funeral Home, 182 W. High Street, Waynesburg, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 10. Interment to follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Military Rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the American Legion Post No. 330, Waynesburg.

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Gerold J. Havelka

Gerold J. Havelka, 86, of Houston, died Sunday, October 6, 2013, in his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston. A full obituary will appear in a later edition and at

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 more than 35 years as a coal miner, until his retirement from Consol.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Beinhauer 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

Marianne Adele Koellner

McMurray Art League board member

Marianne Adele Koellner, 82, of Peters Township, died Friday, October 4, 2013.

She was born March 8, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late John and Adele Stark Wilson.

Mrs. Koellner was a member and longtime board member of McMurray Art League. She was also a member of South Hills Art League and enjoyed painting, art, music and playing with her dog, Terra.

Surviving are a son, Paul J. Koellner and his wife, Andrea, of Omaha, Neb.; daughter Carol Anne Koellner of Oak Hill, W.Va.; stepson Charles D. Koellner and his wife, Patricia, of Columbus, Ohio; sister Joan Phillips and her husband, Robert, of Glen Cove, N.Y.; grandchildren Brittany and Julia Koellner; a stepgrandchild, Douglas Koellner; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Charles R. Koellner; her sister, Janet Calabria; and her stepgrandchild, Christopher.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. A blessing service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the funeral home, followed by burial in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

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Bruno Mancinelli

World War II veteran

Bruno Mancinelli, 90, of Victory Hill in Monongahela, died Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

He was born July 15, 1923, in Monongah, W.Va., the son of Joseph and Mary Biordi Mancinelli.

Upon the death of his mother at an early age, Mr. Mancinelli lived with his uncle, John, and aunt, Mary Mancinelli, in Slovan.

At 17, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. in 1941 and went to Arizona until honorably discharged. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Mancinelli was stationed on the USS Griswold DE-7 during its entire commissioned time at war, where he served as a Gunners Mate 2nd Class. After the war, he returned to school and received his diploma from Monongahela High School in 1952.

He worked as a welder at the former Detroit Steel in Elizabeth until its closing. He then worked, until his retirement in 1988, in the maintenance department at Akzo Chemical, formerly Stauffer Chemical, in Monongahela.

He was a charter member of the Victory Hill Social Club and a member of the Carroll Township American Legion Post 949.

After his retirement, he spent time organizing the USS Griswold DE-7 shipmate reunions for 19 years. He was also involved with organizing the Memorial Day services at the Victory Hill Honor Roll. These activities were dear to his heart.

Surviving are his wife, Martha Jane Tomlinson Mancinelli, who he married June 27, 1947; a daughter, Mary E. Mancinelli of Victory Hill in Monongahela; and a son Charles L. Mancinelli (Frances Sines) of Brandonville, W.Va.; a brother, Spartico “Sparky” and Ida Mancinelli of Victory Hill in Monongahela; and a sister, Enis Lundy of Upper St. Clair; along with several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and the children of John and Mary Mancinelli, with whom he grew up.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767,, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, with the Rev. Thomas Harding officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, where the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad will conduct military honors.

Memorial contributions can be made to either the Victory Hill Social Center, 25 Jones Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063, or Amedisys Hospice Care, 100 Stoops Avenue, Suite 300, Monongahela, PA 15063.

Caroline Faith Murray

Loving mother and grandmother

Caroline Faith Murray, 61, of Washington, died Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born October 14, 1951, in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Harry Edward Reynolds and Phyllis Arietta Wilson Reynolds.

Ms. Murray was a graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School in 1969 and Washington Hospital School of Nursing in 1971. She was a registered nurse at Washington Hospital for 23 years and previously worked at Western Center.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed drawing and painting.

Surviving is a son, Adam Richard Murray of Ambridge; a daughter, Vicki Lorraine Murray of Washington; a brother, Jonathan Edward (Elizabeth) Reynolds of Mt. Jackson, Va.; five sisters, Hope E. (Fred) Loper of Pensacola, Fla,, Diana L. Perry of Front Royal, Va., Gail R. (Drexel) Dodd of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Lou Reynolds of Frederick, Md., Crystal R. Husk of Akron, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Sadi M. Thomas, Jordan E. Thomas, MacKenzie A. Burch and Morgan E. Burch.

Also deceased are two brothers, Timothy V. Reynolds and James C. Reynolds.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m., the time of service, on Tuesday, October 8, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Memorial contributions can be made to Washington Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 503, Washington, PA 15301.

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Charles D. Rutan

Purple Heart recipient enjoyed time with grandsons

Charles D. Rutan, 67, of Waynesburg, died Friday, October 4, 2013, at his daughter’s home with his family by his side.

He was born September 21, 1946, in Sycamore, a son of the late Ellsworth Rutan and Aldean Hopkins Rutan Sanders.

Mr. Rutan was a 1964 graduate of West Greene High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, Germany, Alaska and Texas. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Rutan worked as a cook in the Waynesburg area and also as an orderly at the former Greene County Memorial Hospital.

He enjoyed going to his grandsons’ football games and spending time with them. He also enjoyed collecting movies and baseball cards and playing with his dog, Chewy.

In 1968, he married Esther Harris Rigby.

Surviving are a daughter, Erica Rutan of Waynesburg; brothers and sisters, Harry Paul Rutan and Ray Rutan, both of Graysville, Martha Rawson and Coral Hazel Rutan, both of Ohio, and Dorothy Orndoff, Judy Orndoff, Jack Rutan, Dale Gaskill and Jimmy Rutan, all of Waynesburg, Ethel Pauline Caldwell of North Carolina and Penny (Arthur) Wright of Waynesburg.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Dennis Rutan.

Services are private and under the direction of Behm Funeral Home, 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced.

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Ruth Ann Walch

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister

Ruth Ann Walch, 75, of Houston, formerly of Washington, died Sunday, October 6, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late Val; loving mother of Valorie (Michael) Taylor and Charles (Melissa) Walch; grandmother of Carley, Abigail, Nicole and Maria; and sister of Pat Wroblewski.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Beinhauer Family Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

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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, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 17, 1949, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Vincent J. and Naomi R. Weyers 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; two grandsons, Damian and Maximus White; two brothers, Stig Bea (Elizabeth) White of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Arnold “AJ” (Patty) White, of Cecil; a sister, Iris Larkin of Georgetown, Colo.; a half-brother, Gene Valentine; and former wife, Linda White Groom 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 Parish, Bridgeville, with Father Robert Meyers officiating.

Interment will be private.

Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM will hold a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

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




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