Obituaries Oct. 8

October 7, 2013

John Alan Bober

John Alan Bober, 54, of Washington, died Sunday, October 6, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

F. Earl Bowman

West Finley Volunteer Fire Co. treasurer

F. Earl Bowman, 86, of West Finley, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, with his loving family by his side, after being in failing health for the past several years.

He was born June 4, 1927, in West Finley Township, Washington County, a son of the late Lester Henry and Mary Florence Kennedy Bowman.

Mr. Bowman has resided in the West Finley area all of his life.

He was a 1946 graduate of the former West Alexander High School and attended West Liberty College in W.Va. for two years.

Mr. Bowman was a member of First Christian Church in West Alexander.

He was a member and has served as the treasurer of West Finley Volunteer Fire Co. for the past 24 years.

Mr. Bowman loved farming, gardening, raising flowers, feeding the humming birds, taking care of his dogs and practicing reflexology.

He was employed for 12 years by the former First National Bank in West Alexander, and was later employed by the former Wheeling Machine Products in Elm Grove, W.Va., prior to retiring in 1974, in maintenance and security for seven years. Following retirement, he was last employed by the former Heinrich Funeral Home in Claysville for five years.

On March 29, 1952, he married Kathrine Louise Milliken who died March 12, 2013.

Surviving are two daughters, Martha L., wife of William Beverlin of Dallas, W.Va., and Cathy J., wife of Stephen Emery of West Finley; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, is a sister, Mary Ethel Hughes.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, with Pastor Cindy Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery, Dallas, W.Va. The family request memorial contributions be made to West Finley Volunteer Fire Co., 908 Majorsville Rd., West Finley, PA 15377. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Olga Michalena Curci

Loved animals, cared for stray cats

Olga Michalena Curci, 97, of Washington, died Sunday, October 6, 2013, in Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg.

She was born October 19, 1915, in Foggia, Italy, a daughter of Patsy Leone and Nina Joann Leone.

Ms. Curci was the operator and manager of Normain Hotel for 25 years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

Ms. Curci loved animals and cared for stray cats.

She was a huge Pittsburgh sports fan.

Surviving are a brother, Tony Leone of Washington; a sister, Erma Tumicki of Canonsburg; five grandchildren, Lisa Petro, Richard Hoffman, Michelle Coppetta, Mark Curci and Michele Curci; several great-grandchildren, including Emily, Sarah, Matthew, Nathaniel and Lydia; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Dominic and Anthony.

Deceased are a son, Carmen Curci; a daughter, Ellen Hoffmann; and three sisters, Helen Zullo, Adele Russo and Edith Leone.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Home, 925 Allison Ave., Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 10, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Larry D. Freeman

Coal miner for U.S. Steel

Larry D. Freeman, 66, of Sylvan Springs, Ala., passed away Friday, October 4, 2013, in UAB Hospital, Birmingham, Ala.

He was born July 1, 1947, in Brownsville, a son of the late William and Juanita Freeman.

Mr. Freeman was a retired coal miner having worked 30 years for U.S. Steel in Maple Creek and Oak Grove mines.

He was a loving husband, wonderful dad and a great grandpap. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by his father, William Freeman; mother Juanita Freeman; and a brother, William Freeman Jr.

On January 5, 1968, he married Brenda L. Moon, who survives.

Also surviving are sons, Jason W. Freeman (Lori) of Moody, Ala., and Larry D. Freeman Jr. (Leona) of Waynesburg; two grandchildren, Jason Skylar Freeman and Brittney L. Freeman; a sister, Star Smalley of Scenery Hill; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, October 9, in Peoples Chapel Funeral Home, Ala.

Nancy R. Harry

Nancy R. Harry of Melbourne Beach, Fla. and a former resident of Waynesburg, was born May 20, 1934, and passed away September 19, 2013, in Florida.

Gerold J. Havelka

Avid golfer was Pirates fan

Gerold J. Havelka, 86, of Houston, went to be with his Lord Sunday, October 6, 2013 in his home.

He was born October 21, 1926, in Penowa, a son of Stanley and Elizabeth Pawlowski Havelka.

Mr. Havelka was a 1944 graduate of Cecil High School.

He worked for McGraw-Edison in Canonsburg from 1947 until he retired in 1988.

Mr. Havelka was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 in Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 in Houston.

Mr. Havelka was an avid golfer, Pittsburgh Pirates fan and had been a local area baseball player, having played on the Pennsylvania Transformer and the Houston Merchant teams.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands.

On October 25, 1947, he married Dorothy J. Borza, his wife of 66 years.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children, Jerry Havelka and Chris Havelka (Maggie) both of Houston, Cheryl Dick of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Kathy Puhr (Rich) of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Roene Severyn of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, Stan, Ray, Regis and Al Havelka; and a grandson, John Mullins III.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, with the Rev. Carmen D’Amico as celebrant. The family asks that everyone meet at the church. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902, Houston, combined honor guard. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Horizon Hospice, 2549 Mosside Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146, Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Deborah Ann Skidmore Maryland

Family loves her & hopes she rests peacefully

Deborah Ann Skidmore Maryland, 58, of Washington, was called home to be with her Lord Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in Elkins, W.Va.

She, along with her brother, James Skidmore, also of Washington, were the children of the late Shirley Ann Lewis Skidmore and Nelson Skidmore of Florida.

Mrs. Maryland had been married twice, first to William Catlin and then to Walter Maryland.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, peacemaker and friend, usually all at the same time.

Mrs. Maryland had a very large extended and blended family. She was the aunt of Lisa and Erik Skidmore, both of Washington; mother of Shirley, William N., Denise, Deborah, Kevin, Duane, William F. and the late Johnny. Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Taneisha, Steffen, Jerica, Tyler, Marissa, William Jr., Nikkita, Devon, Mercedes, Shelby, Fantasia, Darchelle, Shronda, Jessica, Ona, Lakeisha, Noelle and Vincent; and great-grandchildren, Taujh-ay, Tevin, Ayden, Cecillia, Jayceon, Shayla, Danyelle, Treysaun, Donald, Darius, Dylan, Dane, Amaiyah, Karma, Jerrod and Vincent.

Her family loves her and hopes she rests peacefully until they see each other again.

A memorial gathering will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, October 9, in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and guest book are available at

Frank Pecjak Sr.

U.S. Army veteran

Frank “Fritz” Pecjak Sr., 87, of Uniontown, formerly of Carmichaels, died at 3:55 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.

He was born July 25, 1926, in Greensboro, a son of the late John and Johanna Vicic Pecjak.

Mr. Pecjak was a 1945 graduate of Mapletown High School and a 1960 graduate of IBM.

He served with the U.S. Army in the Italian occupation after World War II.

In 1989, Mr. Pecjak retired from Duquesne Light Warwick Mine in Greensboro.

He was a member of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels, United Mine Workers of America Warwick Local 6310, Cumberland American Legion Post 400, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491, the Slovene National Benefit Society Lodge 101 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 819.

On June 10, 1961, he married Juanita “Bonnie” Krause, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Frank William Pecjak and wife Terry of Carmichaels; a daughter, Pamela Ruth Russell and husband Robert of Carmichaels; two sisters, Angela Yasek of Greensboro and Albina Swanciger of Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are four brothers, John, Louis, Joseph and Anthony Pecjak; and two sisters, Eustina Watona and Frances Hampsten.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, Funeral Director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 10, in the mausoleum chapel at Greene County Memorial Park, 1003 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg. The Rev. Harold O. Kelley will officiate. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum. Military honors will be accorded by Carmichaels Honor Guard, composed of members of Cumberland American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to either the memorial fund of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 or to Cumberland American Legion Post 400. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit

Stephanie Povirk

Co-owner of Clover Farm Store

Stephanie Povirk, 100, of Bridgeville, formerly of Cecil, died Friday, October 4, 2013, in Broadmore Assisted Living at Lakemont Farms, Bridgeville.

She was born December 15, 1912, in Colnisce, Stajerske, Slovenia, a daughter of the late August and Antonija Kokole Steban.

At the age of 13 months, she came to America with her mother to reunite with her father in West Newton.

On February 20, 1930, she married Andrew Povirk and they shared 45 happy years together, before his passing in 1975. The following years were lonely, but she kept busy tending her home, cleaning, cooking her meals, doing yard work and even cutting her grass until she was 90.

Mrs. Povirk was a member of St. Mary Parish, SNPJ Bratsvo Lodge 6 in Sygan, Hill Toppers and South Fayette and McDonald-Cecil Senior Citizens, where she enjoyed playing cards with friends.

She worked with her husband as co-owners of the Clover Farm Store in Cecil.

Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew M. Povirk; three brothers, Rudolph Dernosek, August and John Steban; and a sister, Rose Steban Povirk.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the time of service, Thursday, October 10, in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Rt. 50), Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said, followed by a Christian Funeral Mass in St. Mary Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in West Newton Cemetery, West Newton. Contributions are suggested to the Community Meals on Wheels, 119 Station Street, McDonald, PA 15057.

M. Catherine Good Remington

Loyal bingo player and sports fan

M. Catherine Good Remington, 94, of Clarksville, died Monday, October 7, 2013, in her home.

She was born March 1, 1919, in Bell, Somerset County, a daughter of the late John Henry and Minnie Rexrode Good.

Mrs. Remington was a 1938 graduate from Jefferson High School and was a homemaker.

She was a longtime den mother with the Clarksville Cub Scouts and a member of Rebekah’s Lodge in Clarksville.

Mrs. Remington was a loyal bingo player and sports fan.

She was a member of Clarksville Christian Church.

On September 27, 1941, she married Porter L. (Duke) Remington, who died May 8, 2004.

Surviving are three sons, David L. Remington and wife Peggy of Strongsville, Ohio, Melvin E. Remington and wife Janis of Fort Hill and Roy A. Remington and wife Marsha of Jefferson; 10 grandchildren, Shawn (Janice) Remington, Shellie (David) Rose, Chris (Tamara) Remington, Brett (Tina) Remington, Jason (Barb) Remington, Mike (Ann) Remington, Brian (Keisha) Remington, Patrick (Heidi) Turner, Renee (Tim) Basiorka and Ryan (Lobna) Remington; 19 great-grandchildren, Kaylee Remington, Erin Remington, Zachary Remington, Morgan Mattern, Brooke Remington, Hayden Remington, Mikayla Remington, Marissa Remington, Taylor Breehl, Jackson Remington, Allison Remington, Breanna Remington, Tyler Remington, Travis Helsley, Brandon Remington, Catherine Remington, Eli Turner, Eric Basiorka and Addison Basiorka; and sisters-in-law Gertrude Good, Betty Colbert, Virginia Remington, Norma Wines, Janet Atkins and Anna Mae Remington.

Deceased are a brother, Herbert (Bud) Good; and sisters, Alice Makel and Betty Anderson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Behm Funeral Home Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 11, with the Rev. James D. Lewis Sr. officiating. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Condolences may be expressed at

Hazel Lonich Smolec

November 30, 1921 – October 4, 2013

Hazel Lonich Smolec passed away October 4, 2013.

She was a loving wife and partner to husband Joe Smolec, helping him build a successful auto body business while raising two daughters.

She encouraged her daughters to become independent professionals and taught them to be good mothers to her grandchildren. She was a great cook and made holiday gatherings at her home joyous occasions for family and friends.

Mrs. Smolec was artistic, and enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts from ceramics to the many Halloween costumes she made for her four young grandsons, each one showing the great patience, skill and creativity that characterized all her work, and which earned for her the love and admiration from those she loved most.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Joe; brothers, Alec and Dave; and a sister, Dorothy.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Smolec, M.D. of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jo Marie Smolec Olson, Ph.D. (Ted Olson) of San Diego, Calif.; and four grandsons, Aaron and Jay Angotti and Logan and Blade Olson.

Mrs. Smolec led a full and productive life. She would say, “Death is nothing at all; I have only slipped away into the next room.”

There will be no visitation or services. Visit to leave a condolence message. Arrangements in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Bentleyville.

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. A 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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