Obituaries Oct. 17
Published Oct 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm (Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm)
Anita L. Anderson
Anita L. Anderson, 62, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Washington, died Monday, October 14, 2013.
Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Washington. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Gerald V. Bartolotta
Enjoyed going to the movies
Gerald V. “Jerry” Bartolotta, 59, of Washington, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Washington Hospital, following a three month illness.
He was born August 16, 1954, in Peekskill, Westchester County, N.Y., a son of the late Fred and Lea Bertuccelli Bartolotta.
Mr. Bartolotta graduated from Washington High School, Class of 1974.
He worked as a collator for American Mailing, and also for several beer distributors.
Mr. Bartolotta enjoyed going to the movies and attending festivals.
Surviving are two sisters, Debra A. (Tim) Ward of Washington and Pat Cathers of North Pole, Alaska; nieces and nephews; and a friend, Betty of Washington.
At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation or service. Burial will follow at a later date with his parents in Washington Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director. Messages of condolence may be left at www.hummellandjones.com.
Mary A. Bazzoli
Member of St. Patrick Church
Mary A. Bazzoli, 95, of Strabane Trails Village, formerly of Adams Avenue, Canonsburg, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon.
She was born April 16, 1918, in Maxwell, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Merhel Karahuta.
Prior to the past four years, she lived in Canonsburg for most of her life, where she was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.
Mrs. Bazzoli was a homemaker who enjoyed baking for and being with her beloved family. An avid bingo and card player, she belonged to various card clubs over the years. She enjoyed trips to the casino as well as around the country and to foreign lands. She led a very full and active life.
On April 20, 1940, in the old St. Patrick Church, she married Arigo D. Bazzoli, who passed away May 18, 1995.
Also deceased is a son, David M. Bazzoli Sr., who passed away November 10, 2009.
Surviving are a daughter, Karen (Frank) Gasper of Washington; a daughter-in-law, Eileen Bazzoli of Canonsburg; five grandchildren, Jim (Staci) Gasper, Michael (Erin) Gasper, David Bazzoli Jr., Kristen (Rob) Spellman and Gregory Bazzoli; six great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jennavieve Gasper, Emma and Olivia Gasper and James and Alyssa Spellman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Deceased are three sisters, Pauline Leskovic, Anna Stump and Dorothy Pochiba and a brother, Michael Karahuta, who was killed in action during World War II.
Friends are welcome from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 19, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care c/o Center for Compassionate Care, 50 Moffett Street, Mt. Lebanon. To view or extend condolences please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Betty L. Beatty
Betty L. Beatty, 71, of Waynesburg, formerly of Carmichaels, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.
She was born August 11, 1942, in Fairchance, a daughter of the late Charles and Leona Guthrie Beatty.
Surviving are a brother, Charles Beatty and wife Louisa of Massillon, Ohio; three sisters, Charlotte White and husband Albert of Clarksville, Geraldine Howard and husband Richard of Ocean View, Del., and Leona Joyce Olesko and husband Andrew of Republic; many nieces and nephews; and all her friends and staff at Golden Living Center, who she considered her family.
Ms. Beatty was a Baptist.
Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Friday, October 18, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, director/supervisor, www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.
Dolan Floyd Braughler
Army vet, enjoyed playing golf
Dolan Floyd Braughler, 93, of Washington, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.
He was born August 30, 1920, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Floyd and Arminta Sutter Braughler.
A graduate of Marion Center High School, he had later taken many classes in salesmanship.
Mr. Braughler was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, and was on the mission committee and the dartball team.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from November 24, 1942, until his honorable discharge on January 22, 1946. He participated in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe Campaigns, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Theater Service Medal, the Europe, Africa, Middle-Eastern Medal with three bronze stars and World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Braughler worked for 30 years as the manager of the A&P Grocery Store and 10 years at the Dog ’n Suds restaurant, Titusville. He was owner and operator of Braughler Dairy Queen for 28 years.
He enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of the Elks Lodge 776.
On February 11, 1950, he married Shirley VanDervort, who died October 11, 1986.
Surviving are two sons, Gary Braughler of Franklin and Dale Braughler of Washington; a brother, Duane Braughler of Shelocta; a sister, Lorraine Sterner of Duncannon; five grandchildren, Joshua, Luke, Colby, Jessica and Christian; and three great-grandchildren, Aden, Alaina and Lydia.
Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are a brother, Laird Braughler and two sisters, Bernadine Sensibaugh and Maralene Emerick.
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. Additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, October 19, in Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1000 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Military rites will be accorded graveside by the Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Robert Vance Caldwell Jr.
Enjoyed singing, reading
Robert Vance Caldwell Jr., 89, of Washington, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born September 13, 1924, in Buffalo Village, a son of Robert Vance Caldwell Sr. and Hazel Ferne Riggs Caldwell.
Mr. Caldwell was a graduate of Trinity High School and attended Hickory Vocational School for two years.
He was employed as a printer at American Water Works for 15 years, Coyne Textile in the warehouse for eight years and Keystone Blind Association for 16 years as a rest area attendant.
Mr. Caldwell enjoyed playing his Lowrey organ, singing and reading.
On June 29, 1957, he married Sarah Louise McDonald Caldwell, who died October 9, 2009.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Brenda Lee) Vance Caldwell III of Washington; a brother, Judson William Caldwell of Washington; and two grandchildren, Gregory Wayne Caldwell and Avril Marie Caldwell.
Deceased are two sisters, Hazel Ferne Caldwell and Mary Martha Dorty; and a grandchild, Megan Elizabeth Caldwell.
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, 395 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 19, with the Rev. Jason Hefner officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Josephine Kathryn Palmer Crane
Former Greene County resident
Josephine Kathryn Palmer Crane, 91, of Morgantown, W.Va., formerly of Aleppo, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in her home.
She was born May 16, 1922, in Allister, Wetzel County, W.Va., a daughter of the late John Elmer and Kittie B. Henderson Vandine.
Mrs. Crane was a resident of Greene County for most of her life, prior to moving to Morgantown in 2006.
She attended Church of the Nazarene in Moundsville, W.Va.
Mrs. Crane was a 1940 graduate of Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, W.Va.
She enjoyed crocheting and reading.
Mrs. Crane was employed in home healthcare in Cameron, Moundsville and Wheeling, W.Va., for 30 years, prior to retiring in 1992.
On June 26, 1940, she married Guy Alzie Palmer, who died February 18, 1975. On April 27, 1992, she married Glenn Crane, who died May 15, 2004.
Surviving are a daughter, Loretta Mitchell of Morgantown, W.Va.; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Mike Vandine of Aliquipa; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husbands, are two sons, Thomas G. and Richard L. Palmer; two sisters, Roxie Smith and Franki Rush; and three brothers, John, Issac and David Vandine.
At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. A public committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, with the Rev. Vernon K. Berdine officiating.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care Corporation, 3363 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at www.rushfuneralhomeinc.com.
Helen L. Herrington
Member of Kirby United Methodist Church
Helen L. Herrington, 84, of Waynesburg, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.
She was born December 11, 1928, in Kirby, a daughter of the late Willis E. and Agnes Conway John.
Mrs. Herrington was a retired operating room technician at Greene County Memorial Hospital.
She was a lifetime resident of Kirby.
Mrs. Herrington was a member of Kirby United Methodist Church and later became a member of Claughton Chapel United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed sewing and needlework.
Surviving are her husband, Shirl A. Herrington, whom she married October 17, 1970; two daughters, Julia Ann Moore (Gary) of Irwin and Jacqueline Barnes of Waynesburg; two stepdaughters, Shirlene Snyder and Carol Lynn Kolat, both of Waynesburg; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Lanham and Joan Chambers both of Dalton, Ohio.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, with the Rev. Ron Geisler officiating. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Condolences may be offered at www.behmfh.com.
Barbara J. Lash
Loving wife, friend to many
Barbara J. Lash, 61, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013.
She was the loving wife of James E. Lash; daughter of Joseph Kmetic and the late Jean Kmetic; mother of Matthew (Evelyn) and Daniel Malady; stepmother of Jason (Valerie) and Stephen Lash; sister of Karen (Jimmy Neurorh) Kmetic, Gary Kmetic and Mark Kmetic; aunt of Jason and Brian Kmetic; and grandmother of Grayden and Aaron Lash.
A hospitality manager, she loved to travel to warm, beachfront locales with her husband, sons, sister, family members and friends.
Mrs. Lash enjoyed nothing more than sharing good times and hearty belly laughs down by the pool. Back home in South Park, she cherished time spent reading by the fire with her husband, playing cards with friends and partaking in large holiday gatherings with family. Her Christmas trees were immaculately decorated and exceptional in every way. Her pasta sauce was beyond compare and she always knew before anyone else when a snowstorm was headed her way.
She was a friend to many, a caring colleague and a loving cousin. She touched many lives with her friendly, welcoming spirit. She was always quick to offer a kind word, or a small, thoughtful gift to let others know that they were special to her. She loved, valued and appreciated her family and friends. She brought joy to many and will be missed dearly.
Family and friends are welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in John N. Elachko Funeral Home, 3447 Dawson Street, Oakland, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 19. Internment Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.
Additional information was received for the obituary of John McIntyre, published Wednesday.
The Oakdale Masonic Lodge 669 will have a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by the Cecil 3 Volunteer Fire Company at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Service, Cecil.
Robert Lewis Milliken
Devoted father, friend, marine
Robert Lewis Milliken, a lifelong resident of Washington County, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Venetia, in the home of his loving companion of nine years, Esther Meissonier.
He was born August 21, 1924, in Washington, a son of Harold Raymond Milliken and Mae Amelia Golden.
Mr. Milliken attended grade school in East Washington and was a 1942 graduate of East Washington High School. He was voted best all-around athlete for the history of the school.
A sports lover his entire life, he played softball and basketball until age 81. He also played for the Washington American Legion basketball team in 1946 and Senior League softball for Washington County and South Hills.
After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He participated in the Central Pacific Campaigns, which included the Gilbert, Marshall and Mariana Islands, serving with the Marine Night Fighter Squadron with the rank of Sergeant.
Mr. Milliken worked for Consol Energy for 32 years at the research and development facility in Library, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Finleyville and American Legion Post 613, Finleyville.
In 1945, in Fort Worth, Texas, he married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean Bishop. They were married 59 years, until her death in 2001.
Mr. Milliken’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called him “Coach” and “Bob Bob.” He will always be remembered for his quick wit, subtle humor and his love of the Marine Corps and Penn State Athletics.
Surviving are daughters Patti Dietz (Walt) of Fredericktown and Susan Condie (Pat) of Eighty Four; four grandchildren, Sherri Allsopp (Brian), Shawn Jacobs (Aleece), Robert Mellinger (Beth) and Carly Hunter (Tim); seven great-grandchildren, Randon and Kendal Jean Allsopp, Reese and Brooke Mellinger, Jalee Jean and Wyatt Jacobs and Jimmy Hunter; his companion Esther’s children, Jerry, Albert and Robert Meissonier; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the last of his immediate family.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Donald Milliken.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19. Military services will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston, combined honor guard. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Chartiers Township.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.
Josephine A. Namie
Member of Immaculate Conception Church
Josephine A. Namie, 91, of Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare and Evergreen Assisted Living, Washington, formerly of Hollywood, Fla., died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Washington Hospital emergency room.
She was born December 5, 1921, in Lebanon, a daughter of Mike G. and Mary George Namie.
Miss Namie was a Washington High School graduate and a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
During her years residing in Florida, she was a member of Nativity Catholic Church. She worked for an ear, nose and throat doctor in Hollywood for 22 years as an office manager. She worked very well with the public. She was formerly a member of Medical Assistants of South Broward County.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, Ablan, Shiban, Naseem and Ike Namie.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, October 18, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, with the Rev. William P. Feeney, as celebrant. Those wishing to attend the Mass are asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, Washington.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.
Jeanette A. Seman
Attended Central Assembly of God Church
Jeanette A. Seman, 75, of Meadow Lands, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Southmont Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington, following an extended illness.
She was born June 29, 1938, in Erie, a daughter of the late John W. and Jean Bednarowicz Hollis.
Mrs. Seman was a graduate of Erie Academy and Bradford School of Business with a merchandising degree.
She attended the Central Assembly of God Church and enjoyed flea markets and garage sales.
Mrs. Seman was the former owner of Yesterdays Clothes and Treasures in Houston and Meadow Lands, for many years. She had been employed by the City Mission to set up and organize seven resale shops in Washington, Greene and Fayette Counties.
On October 16, 1960, she married Michael Seman, who passed away June 27, 2005.
Surviving are two sons, John Michael Seman of Meadow Lands and Robert J. (Lorie) Seman of Avella; a sister, JoAnn Gerardine of Altoona; four grandchildren, Emily (Zach) McDonald, Katie Seman, Meri Seman and Addison Seman; and three nephews, Gary, Timothy and Eric Gerardine.
She leaves behind her dog, Pepper.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 18. Interment will follow in Claysville Cemetery. To view or extend condolences please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Mary Lou Underkoffler
Affectionately known as “Punchy”
Mary Lou Underkoffler, 86, of Canonsburg, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following and extended illness.
She was born February 26, 1927, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late John M. and Pauline Gretz Klinger.
A 1944 graduate of Canonsburg High School, she lived her entire life in Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and Jefferson College Historical Society.
Mrs. Underkoffler was one of the first lifeguards at the Town Park swimming pool and had worked at Taylor’s Drug Store. She volunteered for many years as a Gray Lady at Canonsburg General Hospital and was a volunteer at the Greenery. She was heavily involved with the Alzheimer’s Research Group at UPMC in Pittsburgh. Prior to her retirement in February 1983, she was employed at the former RCA plant in Canonsburg and RCA and TacTec in Meadow Lands, where she served on numerous union committees.
She was active in Catholic Scouting as a den mother at St. Patrick Church, and was a member of both Washington Bottle Club and Duncan Miller Glass Club of Washington and RCA Retirement Club.
Mrs. Underkoffler was affectionately known as “Punchy.”
On July 8, 1944, in Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, she married Floyd A. Underkoffler, who passed away October 6, 1987.
Surviving are two sons, Floyd Theodore “Ted” Underkoffler (Carmella Farina) of Enfield, Conn., and Chad (Judith) Underkoffler of Washington; five grandchildren, Paul (Vanessa) Underkoffler, Christine Underkoffler, Jennifer (Geoff) Rouisse, Chad Underkoffler Jr. and Dana (Michael) Ledger; two stepgrandsons, Robert (Kimberly) Perez and Sean Perez; eight great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Emma, Bailey, Kyndall, Mason, Austin, Nicole and Lilly; and two nieces.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a brother, Lt. Theodore Klinger, who died serving in World War II January 5, 1944; a grandson, Thomas Underkoffler; and a daughter-in-law, Linda May Underkoffler.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 21, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s research at UPMC or a charity of one’s choice. To view or extend condolences please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Jennie Harford Welsh
Uniontown resident known for quick wit, humor
Jennie Harford Welsh, 95, of Uniontown, and formerly of Carmichaels and New Salem, died unexpectedly at 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013, in Marques House, Uniontown.
She was born November 2, 1917, in German Township, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Thomas Jackson and Clara McLaughlin Harford.
Mrs. Welsh was a graduate of German Township High School and was a member of New Salem Presbyterian Church.
She was last employed as an office receptionist for the late Dr. Roy C. Jack in Carmichaels.
Mrs. Welsh enjoyed playing bingo, knitting, playing cards and working puzzles. She and her late husband, Irvin, particularly liked to dance. Mrs. Welsh was known for her quick wit and her sense of humor.
On January 14, 1939, she married Irvin F. Welsh, who died April 17, 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, Coral “Buzz” Brodak and her husband John of Carmichaels and Lorraine “Rainy” Welsh and her partner David Roberts of Ligonier; four grandchildren, Melissa “Missy Ann” Curtis and her husband Jeff of Huntington, W.Va., Jacqueline “Jackie” Horvath and her husband Andrew of Ligonier, Claudine “Dena” Ferek of Carmichaels and Joseph I. Brodak and his wife Stacey of Washington; eight great-grandchildren, Lezlie Curtis and her husband Sam, Lissa Curtis, Jaycee Curtis, J. Alexander Curtis, Samantha Robinson and her husband Marcus, Jessica Ferek, Georgianna Ferek and Jonathan W. Brodak; a great-great-grandson, Ignatius Riley Thorn; a niece, Stephanie Gallo; and a nephew, Robert Harford.
She was the last of her siblings.
Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a granddaughter, Meghan Elizabeth Crawford; three brothers, Freeman Harford, Thomas James “Buddy” Harford and Edward Gerald “Pete” Harford; four sisters, Emma Harford, who died in infancy, Anna Belle “Nonnie” Harford, Margaret Edna “Det” Harford and Mildred “Midge” Loucks; and a grandson-in-law, Stan W. Ferek III.
Family and friends are welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19. The Rev. Chris Enoch will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. For additional information and to sign the online guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.