Obituaries Oct. 12

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George Joseph Baumgardner

Washington glassworker served during WWII


George Joseph Baumgardner, 84, of Washington, died Thursday, October 10, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


He was born May 24, 1929, in Washington, a son of Paul W. Baumgardner and Ethel Ida Gray Baumgardner.


Mr. Baumgardner was employed as a layer man at Metro Glass and Ball Glass and was in the U.S. Army during World War II.


He enjoyed gardening and, when he was younger, was involved in carrier pigeon competition races.


On December 30, 1951, he married Eva A. Daugherty, who survives.


Also surviving are daughter Linda (William) Grego of Washington; two grandchildren, Alysa Avolia and Carla Burt; and four great-grandchildren, Julian, Aidan, Brandon and Malia.


Deceased are four brothers, Charles, John, Carl and Earl Baumgardner; four sisters, Ethel Boardley, Margaret Fritchley, Sarah McKinney and Catherine Boardley; and an infant son, Robert.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 15. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.


Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Paul Wayne Hickman

Vietnam War veteran


Paul Wayne Hickman, 70, formerly of California state and Canonsburg, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in Butler Memorial Hospital.


He was born March 20, 1943, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Arthur Lloyd and Vera Rossell Hickman.


Mr. Hickman was a Vietnam War veteran who served with the U.S. Air Force for 20 years until his retirement in 1983.


Surviving are a son, Scott Hickman and wife Kim of Bedford, Va.; a grandson, Trevor Hickman of Bedford; a brother, William Hickman and wife Lorraine of Canonsburg; a niece, Rebecca Zahn and husband Joe of McMurray; and two nephews, Robert Hickman and wife Beverly of Atlanta, Ga., and William Hickman and wife Linda of Atlanta.


Deceased is a son, Dwayne Hickman.


All services and burial will be private in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauer Funeral Home, 724-941-3211.


Please add tributes at beinhauer.com.


Gerald B. Johnson Sr.

Gerald B. Johnson Sr., 84, of Washington, died Thursday, October 10, 2013.


A complete obituary will be published in a later edition. Arrangements are in care of DeAngelo Funeral Home, Washington.


Winnie Louise Knox

North Buffalo Church member


Winnie Louise Knox, 90, of Washington, died Thursday, October 10, 2013, in her home.


She was born February 7, 1923, in Morgantown, W.Va., the daughter of Willard Holden Burnside and Eula Pearl Danley Burnside.


Mrs. Knox was a 1940 graduate of Brownsville High School.


She was a member of and attended North Buffalo Church for 66 years, where she was treasurer of the missionary society and taught Sunday school.


Mrs. Knox was a homemaker and a member of Martha V. Paul Order of the Eastern Star and Buffalo Grange, where she was the lecturer for many years. She was also a volunteer at Washington Hospital for many years and was active at Washington Senior Citizens Center, a Cub Scout den mother and cooked and organized roast beef dinners at the grange and church.


On August 3 1942, she married Lloyd Vincent Knox, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Gerald (Sue) Knox of Warren and the Rev. R. Daniel (Pam) Knox of Ambridge; two daughters, Marilyn (Doug) Ward of Washington and Linda (John) Morgan of Canonsburg; a brother, Harry (Eleanor) Burnside of Beloit, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Jodi Wiler, Tamara Rotunda, Daniel Ward, John Morgan, April Hincy, Sarah Maffet, Dr. James Knox, Jesse Knox and Rachel Payne; 11 great-grandchildren, Blake Montour, Gina, Carl Jr. and Morgan Rotunda, Abigail, Jacob, Lydia and Susanna Maffet, Aiden and Logan Payne and Fiona Hincy; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


Deceased are a brother, Robert Burnside, and a sister, Betty Lengjak.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 14, in North Buffalo Presbyterian Church, Buffalo Township, with Pastor Gary Gibson and the Rev. R. Daniel Knox co-officiating. Burial will follow at North Buffalo Cemetery.


Memorial contributions can be made to Buffalo Grange, 54 Miller Lane, Avella, PA 15312, or North Buffalo Presbyterian Church, c/o Garnet Welling, 175 Carlisle Road, Claysville, PA 15323, or Washington Senior Center, 69 West Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301.


Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Robert L. Loughhead

Former Jessop Steel president


Robert L. Loughhead, 84, of Riva, Md., died September 18, 2013, in Annapolis, Md.


He was born in Beaver.


Mr. Loughhead had a distinguished career in the steel industry. He was president of Jessop Steel Co., president of Copperweld Steel Co. and president, chief executive officer and chairman of Weirton Steel Co., where he oversaw the creation of the largest employee stock ownership plan to be undertaken at the time.


He was also a partner in 3DAdvisors, an institutional equity research firm.


Mr. Loughhead was a graduate of Geneva College, a certified public accountant and a Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award judge.


He was a world traveler, avid sailor and accomplished marine navigator.


Mr. Loughhead was active in multiple service organizations.


Surviving are a son, Charles Loughhead of New York, N.Y.; a daughter, Cynthia Lopata of Wynnewood; a grandson, Willis Loughhead of New York, N.Y.; and a granddaughter, Ada Gillis of St. Charles, Ill.


His wife, Genevieve Vlasic, died in 2006.


No memorial is planned.


Geraldine G. Ogrodowski

Air Force captain was registered nurse


Geraldine G. Ogrodowski, 77, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, October 10, 2013, in McMurray Hills Manor.


She was born June 27, 1936, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Frank and Genevieve Topka Ogrodowski.


Ms. Ogrodowski served her country in the Air Force as a captain during the Vietnam War.


She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish, Canonsburg.


Prior to her retirement, Ms. Ogrodowski worked as a registered nurse. She was a graduate of Canonsburg Hospital School of Nursing and then went on to graduate study at John Hopkins University, where she also worked.


She also worked at Allegheny General Hospital with Dr. George McGovern, performing heart transplants. During her nursing career, Ms. Ogrodowski worked at Mercy and Allegheny General hospitals, St. Francis as a nurse perfusionist and at Presbyterian SeniorCare.


She enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles and doing word search puzzles.


Surviving are her sisters, Phyllis Loughry and husband William of Cecil, Thomasina Vallejo and husband,Dr. Manuel of Canonsburg and Rose Marie Lewicki and husband Joseph of North Strabane Township; nephews William (Deyka) Loughry, Luis (Lucho) Vallejo, Dr. Manuel C. (Susan) Vallejo, Rodrigo Vallejo, Joseph Lewicki, Frank Lewicki, John Lewicki and Jason Lewicki; great-nieces and great-nephews Alexander Vallejo, Anna Vallejo, Haley Vallejo, Desiree Belleno, Antonio Vallejo, Mariah Johnson, William Loughry Jr., Destiny Hayman, Heather Loughry, Austin Loughry and Shane Loughry; and her dear friend, Sandy Craig.


She also leaves her loved dog, Allie.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, is her brother, Frank Ogrodowski.


Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 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 at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, in the funeral home. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military rites accorded by the combined honor guards of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902.


Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Harold Kerr Roth

Harold Kerr Roth, 93, of Chartiers, formerly of Canonsburg, died Friday, October 11, 2013.


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


Gail Virginia Saffel

Additional information was received for the obituary of Gail Virginia Saffel, 69, of Washington, who died Tuesday, October 8, 2013.


She was a daughter of the late Virginia Lee Demont George and Willard Varner.


Ms. Saffel is survived by nine grandchildren, Sean Saffel, Cheri Varner, Bobbie Jo Prosser, Glenn Fink, Heather Saffel, Terry Ann Daugherty, Earl Saffel, Nicholas Saffel and Virginia Smith; seven great-grandchildren, David Daugherty, Amber Wagner, Alexia Baumgardner, Cody McKee, Jim Prosser, Colton Smith and Samantha Saffel; and siblings Debbie Saffel, Donna Kurpil, Bobby George and Gary George.


Deceased are a granddaughter, Kloe Saffel, and siblings Marlene Grant, Faye Brown, Larry Varner and Bonnie George.


Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


George Sarapa

World War II Army veteran


George Sarapa, 85, of Dilliner (Taylortown), died quietly Friday, October 11, 2013, in the home of his son, following a lengthy illness.


Born in Burgettstown January 31, 1928, he was a son of the late Stephen Sarapa and Opal Mathews Sarapa Arrizano.


A lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Dunkard in Taylortown, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.


In 1988, after 45 years in the coal mines, Mr. Sarapa retired from Duquesne Light’s Warwick Mine in Greensboro.


Surviving are his five children and their spouses, Gary and Alice Sarapa of Greensboro, Michael and Rosemary Sarapa of Taylortown, Paulette and Walter Donley of Dilliner, Mary Annette and Stewart Jones of Wake Forest, N.C., and Susan and Doug Malone of Greensboro; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Laura Ann Stewart of Ohio.


Deceased are his wife of 58 years, JoAnne Hoover Sarapa, who died August 4, 2010; two brothers, Adam and Steve Sarapa Jr.; and his stepfather, Paul Arrizano.


Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Richard R. Herod Funeral Home, Point Marion, and from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Monday, October 14, in First Baptist Church of Dunkard, Taylortown, with the Rev. Daniel Hennessey officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Taylortown.


Visit www.herod-rishel.com.


James R. Walker Jr.

Avid hunter, fisherman


James R. Walker Jr., 71, of Washington, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


He was born August 20, 1942, in Washington, the son of the late James R. “Shorty” Sr. and Catherine Knestrick Walker.


Mr. Walker was a 1960 graduate of Trinity High School, and, early on, worked for Canon Tool. He later worked as a machinist for West Penn Wire and retired in 2001.


He was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church, South Strabane Township.


Mr. Walker was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a fan of the Steelers and NASCAR.


He was a 50-year-plus member of Claysville Lodge 447 F&AM.


On November 18, 1989, at Faith United Presbyterian Church, he married Nancy M. Hayes, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Douglas Walker of Dallas, W.Va., and John J. (Donna) Walker of Fairfax, Va.; a daughter, Christy Turocy of Washington; a stepson, Scott (Pamela) Stein of Avella; a stepdaughter, Susan of Dallas; six grandchildren, Janelle Jonnet, Seth Turocy, Brennan Turocy, Tanner Walker, Jack Walker and Tyler Stein; and several nieces and nephews.


He also leaves two furry friends, Codi and Tucker.


Deceased is a son, David Walker.


Friends will be received from 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 14, with the Rev. Jason Hefner officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


Memorial contributions may be directed to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or at www.washingtonpashelter.org.


Condolences may be expressed and photos uploaded to www.familyremembers.com.


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


Robert J. Watson

Telephone lineman enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling


Robert J. “R.J.” Watson, 43, of Daisytown, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013.


He was born June 9, 1970, in Washington, a son of the late Robert S. and Carmelita Greco Watson.


Mr. Watson was a 1988 graduate of Mon Valley Catholic High School.


For several years, he was employed by the former Bentleyville Telephone Co. as a lineman.


An outdoorsman, Mr. Watson enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and playing pool.


Surviving are a son, Nathan Watson of Monongahela; a stepson, Colton Sowers of Monongahela; two sisters, Babette Johnson and Stephanie (Randy) Adamson, both of Bentleyville; three nieces, Allyson Johnson, Cody Lynn Adamson and Sarah Jane Adamson; and a great-nephew, Logan E. Milligan.


Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, with the Rev. Paul Peternel officiating. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1207.


A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Bettymae L. Wilcox

Member of Carmichaels First U.M. Church


Bettymae L. Wilcox, 81, of Carmichaels, went to be with her Lord at 1:30 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Center and Rehabilitation, Waynesburg, following a lengthy illness.


She was born September 4, 1932, in Jefferson Township, Greene County, a daughter of the late William Forest Rogers and Jessie Sethman Rogers Bircher.


Mrs. Wilcox lived most of her life in Carmichaels and was a member of Carmichaels First United Methodist Church.


She enjoyed bowling, gardening and attending church.


Surviving are two sons, Dennis E. Wilcox Jr. and W. Joseph Wilcox and wife Melissa, both of Mt. Pleasant; three daughters, Linda R. Hustava and husband Harry of Clarksville, Denise Y. Lemmon of Uniontown and Brenda Jasinski and husband Paul of West Mifflin; eight grandchildren, Brandy Szejk and husband Joe, Nichole Pfaff and husband Mike, Christina Loney and husband Shane, Andrew J. Wilcox, Paul Jasinski, Eric Jasinski, Christopher Snyder and Elizabeth Snyder; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Joanne Younghans of Pittsburgh; and a special friend, Cheryl Lawrence and family.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a sister, Lorma Grace Dickey.


Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 14, with the Rev. Bruce R. Judy officiating. Interment will follow in Horn Cemetery, Marianna.


For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.


Lawrence Andrew Williams

Lawrence Andrew Williams, 61, of Canonsburg, made his journey home Thursday, October 10, 2013.


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


Jonathan David Wise

White Eagles Society member loved to cook


Jonathan David Wise, 48, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in his home.


He was born November 12, 1964, in Canonsburg, a son of David and Donna McElhaney Wise.


Mr. Wise was a member of First Baptist Church of Canonsburg.


He worked for Jeffrey’s Drug Store, was a meat manager at Giant Eagle grocery stores and loved to cook. He was a cook at King’s Restaurant, the American Legion Post 902 and Independent Club of Houston.


He enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle.


Mr. Wise was a member of White Eagles Society of Canonsburg, Labor Temple of Canonsburg, Independent Club of Houston, Bears Club in Meadow Lands, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, American Legion Post 902 and Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Syria Shriners and served as a third vice president of the Washington-Greene County Caravan.


Surviving are father David E. Wise of Canonsburg; brother Albert Darren Wise and wife Tina of Canonsburg; sister Shelley Renee Wise of Canonsburg; niece Mollie; and nephew Jason.


Deceased is his mother, Donna C. McElhaney Wise.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Syria Shriners Transportation Fund, 1877 Shiners Way, Cheswick, PA 15204-1075, www.syriashriners.org, in his name.


Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


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