Obituaries Oct. 10

October 9, 2013

Barbara D. Fordyce Bunnell

Enjoyed camping, fishing and bingo

Barbara D. Fordyce Bunnell, 48, of Bentleyville, died Monday, October 7, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born September 21, 1965, in Greene County, a daughter of Raymond Fordyce of Brave and Ruth Brown Fordyce Pavlikowski of Bentleyville, who survive.

Mrs. Bunnell worked as a caregiver for Bentleyville Personal Care Home and Colonial Manor for several years. She also worked in housekeeping at Best Western Hotel in Bentleyville and was employed by Comfort Inn, Morgantown, W.Va., at the time of her death.

She enjoyed camping, fishing and bingo.

Surviving are her husband, David Bunnell; four sons, Mark Richards Jr. of Bentleyville, David Richards (Kimberly) of Lancaster, Todd Fordyce of Richeyville and Chad Fordyce of Morgantown; a daughter, Irritta Reese of Cumberland, Md.; nine grandchildren; five brothers, Dale Brown of Morgantown, Gary Fordyce of Waynesburg, Patrick Fordyce of Ellsworth and Kelsie Fordyce and Daniel Fordyce, both of Ellsworth; a sister, Pam Tams of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a sister, Karen Fordyce.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 10, in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville.

A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Chester Hays Byars Jr.

3/6/1936 – 10/5/2013

Chester Hays Byars Jr., 77, formerly of Warren, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Born in Finleyville to the Rev. Dr. Chester H. Byars Sr. and Beulah Briscoe Byars, Mr. Byars, affectionately known as Chet, lived most of his life in Warren, but recently moved to Spring Hill, Tenn.

Talented in many areas, he enjoyed playing the piano and served as a church musician much of his life.

Mr. Byars served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and rose to the rank of sergeant.

He worked for many years at Trumbull Bronze and later retired from Wetzel Plating in Warren. He also served as a deacon at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Warren and was a member of the Masons.

Mr. Byars was also a skilled craftsman and enjoyed gardening. In his spare time, he enjoyed singing gospel music and spending time with his beloved family.

Surviving are his loving wife of 45 years, Frances Byars, and his three daughters and eight grandchildren, of whom he was very proud, Leisa and Del McSpadden of Brentwood, Tenn. (Del Jr., Lauryn), Sonya and Trevor Pryce of Ellicott City, Md. (Khary, Kamryn, Trevor III), and Nicole Byars of Hendersonville, Tenn. (Dante, DeWitt, Ashley). Also surviving are two sisters, Carol Berryman (Richard) and Sue Goodson; two brothers, James Byars (Debbie) and Daniel Byars; several aunts and uncles; and many loving nieces, nephews and close friends.

Deceased are his parents, the Rev. Dr. Chester H. Byars Sr. and Beulah Briscoe Byars; a son, Chester Byars III; two brothers, Reginald and John Byars; and his sister, Joanne Whiting.

Calling hours for friends will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, the time of a homegoing service, Saturday, October 12, in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 3801 Mountain Road, South Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Rev. Dr. C.H. Byars Scholarship Fund by sending to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, P.O. Box 428, South Park, PA 15129, and reference the scholarship name in the memo.

Blair C. Ferguson

Canonsburg resident

Blair C. Ferguson, 25, of San Diego, Calif., and Canonsburg, died Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Friends, family and friends of the band Lou Garou are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 14, in Wm. Slater and Sons Inc., 301 Virginia Avenue and Kearsarge Street, Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, PA 15211.

Peter J. Hayges Sr.

Additional information was received for the obituary of Peter J. “Buck” Hayges Sr., published Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 705, Centerville, and Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391.

Robert B. Murray

Robert B. “Big Dink” Murray, 59, of Bentleyville, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Visitation will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 12, in Frank Burkus Funeral Home, Millsboro.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Gail Virginia Saffel

Calvary Temple member was ARC aide

Gail Virginia Saffel, 69, of Washington, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

She was born April 4, 1944, in Washington, and was raised by Bill and Nettie Varner.

Ms. Saffel worked at ARC as an aide for several years and previously worked at Humbert Lane as a nurse’s aide.

She enjoyed her grandchildren and doing puzzles.

Ms. Saffel was a member of Calvary Temple.

Surviving are three daughters, Lisa (Jay) Baumgardner, Tammy (Joe) Saffel and Glenna Janoski, all of Washington; two sisters, Debbi Saffel of Washington and Donna Kurpil of West Virginia; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and longtime companion Joe Grim.

Deceased are a daughter, Sara Ann Saffel; a sister, Faye Brown; a brother, Larry Varner; and a great-grandchild.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Nellie M. Stotka

Avid bingo player loved cooking

Nellie M. Stotka, 85, of Brownsville, died suddenly Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

She was born April 16, 1928, in Cardale, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna Smizky Suba.

A homemaker, Mrs. Stotka was always active, helping with the family businesses.

She was a lifelong member of St. Michael Archangel Roman Catholic Church and a member of Catholic Daughters of America and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 391.

Mrs. Stotka was an avid bingo player who loved cooking, baking and especially loved taking care of her family.

Surviving are six sons, Charles Stotka (Liz) of North Huntington, Stanley Stotka and Edward Stotka Jr. (Loretta) of Vestaburg, Timothy Stotka and Kevin Stotka, both of Lowhill, and Keith Stotka (Georgia) of Rices Landing; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Edward R. Stotka Sr.; two sisters, Frances Bourdess and Anna Mae Suba, and three brothers, John, Stanley and Edward Suba.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where a prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 11, followed by a 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael R.C. Church, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Paul Grunebach as celebrant. Interment will be in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill.

A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

James R. Waters

1950 – 2013

James R. Waters, 63, of Slovan, was called home by his Lord his Savior Tuesday afternoon, October 8, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 26, 1950, in Wheeling, W.Va.

A 1968 graduate of Union High School, Burgettstown, Mr. Waters was a veteran of the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam conflict. After being honorably discharged and receiving the National Defense Service Medal, he worked for and retired after 35 years from Weirton Steel Corp. Until August 2013, he worked for the American Association for the Blind in Washington, where he drove people to and from their doctor’s appointments.

Mr. Waters attended Hickory U.E. Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bonnie Pirillo Waters; a daughter, Jennifer Harvey of Houston; a son, Jim Waters and wife Rebecca of Florida; and two grandchildren, Jacob and Emily, who were the joys of his life.

He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be tremendously missed by his family and friends as a great man who made many accomplishments in his life.

To honor Mr. Waters’ wishes, there will be no public visitation. Services and interment with military honors will be held in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory. Arrangements are under the direction of Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Association for the Blind, 566 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301; American Heart Association, 10 Duff Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh, PA 15235; and/or American Diabetes Association, Corporate One Office Park, Building 11, Suite 225, 4075 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146.



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