Obituaries Oct. 15

October 14, 2013

Manuel Alvarez

Economy resident

Manuel Alvarez, 68, of Economy, died Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy Egidi Alvarez; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Amanda Alvarez of Center Township; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Matthew Trimble of Erie; three grandchildren, Colton Matthew Trimble, Brayden Manuel Trimble and Makayla Lowe; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Alice Alvarez of Langeloth and Mary and Fred Beszki of Weirton, W.Va.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Bohn-Matich Funeral Home Inc., 1099 Maplewood Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003, where a services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Good Samaritan Church, Ambridge. Interment will follow at Economy Cemetery.

William A. Andrachick

Army vet, Ave Maria Parish member

William A. “Fiki” Andrachick, 94, of Bentleyville, died peacefully Saturday evening, October 12, 2013, in Thorpe’s Personal Care Home, Charleroi.

He was born January 18, 1919, in Ellsworth, a son of Joseph and Mary Zmuda Andrachick.

Mr. Andrachick attended Ellsworth schools.

He was a veteran, serving with the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in battles in the Philippines and Okinawa with the 57th Field Artillery.

Mr. Andrachick was a member of Ave Maria Parish, where he was the cheese cutter for the pierogie makers. He also dug graves by hand for the parish cemetery.

He retired from Bethlehem Mining Corp. Mine 51 in Ellsworth.

Mr. Andrachick was an avid golfer at Chippewa Golf Course in Bentleyville and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He played baseball through the local Vikings team. A man of many talents, he built the family home, built bird houses for family and friends and for 30 years shot fireworks for Zambelli’s. He was a member of the Lithuanian Club and a former bowler at Tan-O-Bell Lanes, both in Bentleyville.

On July 13, 1946, in St. Luke Church of Bentleyville, he married Stella Evanosky , who died July 5, 2012.

Surviving are daughters Mary Jo Harris (Robert T.) of California, Joanne M. Tonin (Frank) of Greensburg and Valerie Silva of Edinboro; grandchildren Monica Van Court (Ron), Frank W. Tonin (Linda), Jason M. Tonin and Elizabeth Sinchak; four great-grandchildren, Robbie and Jessica Van Court and Abigail and Quinn Tonin; sisters Helen Breed of Napa, Calif., and Genevieve Parsons of Clairton; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Karen A. Sinchak, who died March 5, 2010; brothers Chester A., Robert and Louis Andrachick and Joseph Poznaski; and sisters Josephine Anderson and Phyllis Prickett.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 19, in Ave Maria Church, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Luke Cemetery of Ave Maria Parish, with graveside military rites by American Legion Post 165, Bentleyville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bentworth Senior Center Meals-on-Wheels, 931 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. Arrangements in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Visit to leave a condolence message and share photos.

David William Burt Jr.

Loving husband and father

David William Burt Jr., 35, of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 13, 2013.

He was born January 9, 1978, in Washington, a son of David William Burt Sr. of Washington and the late Darlene Anderson Burt.

Mr. Burt was a graduate of Trinity High School and Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

He worked as a senior plumbing designer for Loftus Engineers.

Mr. Burt was a member of the Steel City Sanitarium Chapter of the Metallica Fan Club in Pittsburgh. He coached his son’s baseball team through Washington Youth Baseball. He was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed NASCAR racing.

On February 14, 2004, he married Shelley Ann Paul, who survives.

Also surviving are children Zakery David Burt and Zayden Douglas Burt, both at home; a sister, Davina Ruschel; two half brothers, Danny Burt and Duane Burt; stepmother Glenda Burt; mother- and father-in-law Joyce and Dennis Paul; three brothers-in-law, Robert Pattison, Steven Paul and Mark Burgard; sister-in-law Sandy Paul; nieces Morgan and Mia Pattison; nephews Jacob Pattison, Camden Burgard and Preston Burgard; and a very large extended family.

Deceased is a brother, Douglas Burt.

He had recently learned that he and his wife were expecting their third child in the spring.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, October 19, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Clyde V. Fragapane II


Clyde V. Fragapane II, 24, of Leech Road, Hempfield Township, passed away as a result of an automobile accident, Sunday, October 13, 2013.

He was born March 30, 1989, in Sharon, a son of Clyde V. Fragapane and Christina “Chrissy” Yakela Massena.

Mr. Fragapane was a 2007 graduate of Greenville High School, where he played football, and was a member of the state finalist 400 meter relay team. He was a 2011 graduate of Thiel College, with a degree in environmental biology. He recently returned from a five-month internship at a salmon hatchery in Cordova, Alaska.

He was an avid pool player and belonged to TAP and APA leagues. He also enjoyed bowling and all aspects of the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and fly-fishing. He was a great gardener and cook, and loved cooking for family and friends. He loved watching sports, especially football and baseball, and seeing the Pirates make the playoffs this year. He enjoyed playing Xbox and hanging out at Padrone’s Pizza & Pub with his friends. He was a loving father, and he loved spending time with his younger brother.

Surviving are a daughter, Reese Marley Fragapane of Jamestown; father Clyde V. Fragapane and wife Laura of Canonsburg; mother Christina “Chrissy” Massena and husband Brian “Beezer” of Greenville; a brother, Christopher Fragapane of Greenville; two stepbrothers, Anderson Jones of Canonsburg and Brinton Jones of Canonsburg; and grandparents Frances Haylett of Greenville, Rosalie Fragapane of Canonsburg, Lynn Frampton of Greenville and Lloyd Carpenter of West Virginia.

Deceased are grandfathers Raymond Haylett and Samuel Fragapane.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Osborne-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 73-75 Columbia Avenue, Greenville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 17. Cremation will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home, for an account that will be set up for his daughter. A guest book may be signed at

William Charles Frantz

Served in Marine Corps, loved to fish

William Charles “Bill” Frantz, 64, of Washington, Canton Township, died Friday, October 11, 2013, in his home.

He was born June 19, 1949, in Washington, a son of William Wilson Frantz and Mary Ann Openbrier Frantz. He was raised predominantly by his grandmother, Mary Grast, whom he admired for her faithfulness to God and her strong willpower.

Mr. Frantz enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967 and went to boot camp training at Parris Island. He served in Vietnam in the DMZ area in 1967-1968 with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division as a M-60 gun squad leader. While in Vietnam, he received three Purple Hearts for injuries that caused him to be a 100 percent disabled veteran. His citations include the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with three stars, Republic of Vietnam Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm, Combat Action Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged December 10, 1970. 
A proud moment of his life was meeting Col. John W. Ripley at a 3/3 reunion and Col. Ripley saying he heard that Mr. Frantz’s “machine guns kicked ass.”

He worked most of his life for the Department of Defense in Civil Service at Naval Air Station Oceana in Norfolk, Va. He loved it so much that he always said he would go back to work there for free. He also worked briefly for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington and Pittsburgh, and retired from the transportation unit of the Veterans Affairs Office in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Frantz was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans Inc. and Marine Corps League. He attended St. Hilary Church and was a regular member of the Pulaski Club, Polish Club and the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, where he proudly served on the Honor Guard. Over the years, he served in numerous officer and director positions at each social club, including second vice commander and first vice commander at the legion.

He loved to fish, camp and shoot guns recreationally at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club as well as assemble model cars as a hobby. In the past, he had been the proud owner of many vintage cars.

Mr. Frantz was well known for his strong will, faith in God, love of his kids and willingness to help everyone around him before himself.

He will be missed by his surviving children, Melanie Frantz of Washington and Mack (Renee) Frantz of Morgantown, W.Va., who are children to his former wife, Susan Navoy Frantz, and Jeremy (Jennifer) Frantz, of Okinawa and William Frantz Jr. (Wendy Brown), who are children to his first wife, Sandra Jo Eastham Guzzo.

Also surviving are a stepsister, Joanne Capitani and grandchildren, Alex Skidmore, Ariel Frantz, Matthew McNeal, Nicholas Frantz, Benjamin Frantz and Katie Frantz.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where a Blessing Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 18. Burial will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Daniel Kapis Jr.

Departing prayers for Daniel Kapis Jr., who died October 11th, 2013, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 17, in Sollon Funeral Home, Canonsburg, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.

Frances Elaine Leeper

Retired nurse, devoted caregiver

Frances Elaine Leeper, 76, of Brownsville, Centerville Borough, died Saturday, October 12, 2013, in Uniontown Hospital.

She was born December 31, 1936, in Crescent Heights, a daughter of the late Claude and Georgia Lee Gould Wells.

Mrs. Leeper was a 1955 graduate of Centerville High School and a 1958 graduate of Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

She retired from Brownsville General Hospital in 1996, where she had been employed as a charge nurse in the emergency department and later became a manager of utilization review.

Mrs. Leeper was a concerned and devoted caregiver to all of her patients. Her nursing career included employment at Washington Hospital, Charleroi/Monessen Hospital and Brownsville General Hospital.

She was a charter member of Garwood Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary for many years. For more than 50 years, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705.

Mrs. Leeper enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an excellent cook and baker.

On June 29, 1959, she married William “Bud” Leeper, who survives. They celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two grandchildren, Aaron Leeper (Tabitha) of Brownsville and Richard Tennant (Tracy) of Eighty Four; two great-grandchildren, Aria Leeper and Cameron Parks; a brother, Paul Wells (Charlene) of the Villages, Fla.; a sister, Audrey Novicki (Ed) of Charlotte, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Leeper of Brownsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are two sons, Kevan D. Leeper, who died September 7, 2008, and William Dean Leeper, who died at birth; a sister, Pat Martin; and a brother, Fred Wells.

All services will be private and are under the direction of John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Garwood Baptist Church, 496 South Ridge Road, Coal Center, PA 15423. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

John E. McIntyre

Member of St. Mary Parish

John E. “Bo” McIntyre, 82, of Cecil, died Monday, October 14, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born September 22, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late James and Agnes Reddinger McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre was a member of St. Mary Parish, Cecil American Legion, Cuddy Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cuddy Sportsman’s Club, Masonic Lodge in Oakdale, Camp Blyson in Clarion and was life member and former fire police with Cecil 3 Volunteer Fire Company.

He retired as a maintenance employee for Asbury Heights in Mt Lebanon. He worked at Woltz and Wind Ford, Anderson Equipment, and W.T. Kratovil and was a bus driver for Canon-McMillan School District.

Surviving are two sons, John Wayne (John Rucker) McIntyre of Cleveland, Ohio, and Robert McIntyre of Belle Vernon; a daughter, Christine McIntyre of Canonsburg; and two grandchildren, Paul A. Schneider of Canonsburg and Stephanie N. Schneider of South Fayette.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Irvine McIntyre, in March 2013; twin sister Jean Patterson Fee; and three brothers, James, Robert, and Raymond McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching sports, eating good food and drinking beer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Route 50, Cecil, where prayers of transfer will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 19, followed by a Christian Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Cecil, with Father Stan Gregorek, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Cecil.

Contributions may be made to McMurray Hills Manor Activity Fund, 249 West McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or St. Mary Parish, 10 St. Mary Lane, Cecil, PA 15321.

Richard E. Novak

Deemston resident was carpenter

Richard E. Novak, 48, of Deemston, died Saturday, October 12, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 16, 1965, in McKeesport, a son of Kenneth Novak of Mt. Pleasant and the late Carol Hornfeck Novak.

Mr. Novak had been employed as a carpenter with the former Carey Construction Co. in Library.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Coal Center.

Surviving are his wife, Alexis Jester Novak; two sons, Luke and Landon Novak, both at home; a daughter, Zenna Novak, at home; two brothers, Dennis and Brian Novak, both of Mt. Pleasant; a mother-in-law, Barbara Broudy; a father-in-law, Alex Jester and wife Paula; four sisters-in-law, Stacey Lucas, Beth Swart, Melany Agnew and Amanda Jester; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be private. Friends are invited to attend services at noon Wednesday, October 16, in Wright’s United Methodist Church, 788 Venetia Road, Venetia, with the Rev. Kenneth Custer of Grace United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children, care of his wife, Alexis Novak. Arrangements are under the direction of Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, Finleyville.

Erwin Frank Rohrbacher Jr.

Ironworker enjoyed the outdoors

Erwin Frank Rohrbacher Jr., 64, of Washington, died Sunday, October 13, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a five-month illness.

He was born November 29, 1948, in Washington, a son of the late Erwin F. Rohrbacher Sr. and Sarah A. Marra Rohrbacher.

Mr. Rohrbacher was a graduate of Trinity High School and attended a trade school for welding.

He was employed as an ironworker for Local 3 for 35 years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and golf with his best friend Tom and grandson William Rickus III. He also enjoyed riding his Harley and watching his granddaughter Hailey play softball.

On August 27, 2010, he married Rita Locy Rickus, his companion for 24 years prior to marriage, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, John “J.D.” Rohrbacher of Canonsburg, Jason (Kimberly) Rickus of Elm Grove, W.Va., and William (Tiffany) Rickus of Washington; a daughter, Stacey Vance of Claysville; a brother, Robert (Sherry) Rohrbacher of Washington; a sister, Joyce (Rich) Hoscinsky of East Brunswick, N.J.; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a mother-in-law, Wilma Locy.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Services will be held at a later date in Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Jim R. Shuckhart


Jim R. Shuckhart, 55, of Carmichaels, died at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Sunday, November 17, 1957, in Uniontown, a son of Betty Skiles Shuckhart of Carmichaels and the late William Roger Shuckhart.

Mr. Shuckhart was a social member of Cumberland Township American Legion Post 400, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 and Knights of Columbus, all of Carmichaels.

He enjoyed NASCAR racing and was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.

Mr. Shuckhart worked as a sandblaster for R.P.’s Sandblasting and Pressure Washing.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a sister, Patricia R. (James) White of Carmichaels; three brothers, Terry R. (Linda) Shuckhart of Carmichaels, Clyde R. Shuckhart of Carmichaels and Charles R. (Amy) Shuckhart of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, William R. Shuckhart Jr.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 17, with Chaplain Larry Sutton officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Information is available at

Agnes P. Tomcyk

Member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Agnes P. Tomcyk, 87, of Strabane, died Sunday, October 13, 2013, in her home.

She was born May 29, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Louis and Johanna Abram Hervol.

Ms. Tomcyk was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church in Canonsburg.

Prior to her retirement, she was a longtime employee of Canonsburg Shop ’n Save.

Surviving are a son, Louis E. Tomcyk Jr. of Washington; and two grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Tomcyk and Matthew Tomcyk.

There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Services will be private. Please visit for additional information and to view and leave condolences.

Christy Ann Duran Yazevac


Christy Ann Duran Yazevac, 36, of Burgettstown, formerly of Bavington, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 13, 2013, in her home.

She was born February 16, 1977, in Washington Hospital, a daughter of Victoria Spanogians Duran of Bavington and the late Timothy Paul Duran.

A 1995 graduate of the Fort Cherry High School, she was a representative for Premier Jewelry and worked at Undo’s Family Restaurant in Weirton, W.Va.

Mrs. Yazevac was a lifelong member of Robinson United Presbyterian Church.

She enjoyed cooking, riding with her husband on their Harley Davidson and, most of all, spending time with her son and family.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Donald L. Yazevac, whom she married October 8, 2011; a son, Garrett Angelo Yazevac, at home; two sisters, Andrea Lee Duran of Bavington and Abigail Rose Rodriguez and husband David of Bulger; two brothers, Samuel James Duran and fiancée Kasey Beaudin of Bulger and Daniel Paul Duran and wife Ann of Bulger; nieces and nephews Alyssa, Isabella and Zachary Rodriguez and Ayla and Addalyn Duran; a mother-in-law, Kathy Yazevac; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Deceased, in addition to her father, is her father-in-law, Don Yazevac.

Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, in Robinson United Presbyterian Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Pat Schaefer officiating Everyone is kindly asked to please meet at the church.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to her family for a trust to be set up for her son, Garrett, in care of the funeral home.



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