Obituaries Oct. 19

October 18, 2013

David Edward Bennington

U.S. Army veteran, Washington Steel retiree

David Edward Bennington, 73, of Washington, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Consulate Health Care, Canonsburg.

He was born March 31, 1940, in Washington, a son of the late Edward and Dorothy Puskarich Bennington.

A 1959 graduate of Trinity High School, he was a member of First Lutheran Church.

Mr. Bennington retired from Washington Steel in 1999.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1960 to 1962.

Mr. Bennington enjoyed hunting, gardening and raising beagles.

His first wife, Shirley Carpenter Jeffers, died April 8, 1996. On July 12, 1997, he married Mildred Kapis, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Sheryl Bennington (John) Grable of Pittsburgh; a stepson, Frank (Jackie) Jeffers Jr. of Washington; two stepdaughters, Rhonda Grover Reed of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Vickie Lynn Grover of Washington; a sister, Jean Bennington Reed of Washington; six stepgrandchildren, Jacob, Ann and Derek Jeffers, and Scott, Sarah Grace and Seth Reed; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Ellie, Lily, Riley and Kaylee Jeffers; two nieces; and several aunts uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, October 22, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Kenneth Schott officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

No flowers will be accepted by the family at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 60 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301, or Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Murshie Jean Browne

Enjoyed acting, camping

Murshie Jean “Girlfriend” Browne, 49, of Monongahela, died Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born August 5, 1964, in Verdun, France, a daughter of the late Billy E. and Doris Rowan Gilbert.

Mrs. Browne was a graduate of Salina South High School in Salina, Kan., and attended Kansas State University, where she majored in theater.

She was employed as the center director for Jenny Craig in Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania and as director of human resources for the Dollar Energy Fund in Pittsburgh. She retired as director of human resources at Mt. Macrina Manor in Uniontown.

Mrs. Browne was a member of FOE 1809 Eagle Riders in Bentleyville.

She enjoyed broadway, acting, watching Cirque Du Soleil, camping, scuba diving and riding motorcycles.

Surviving are her husband, David J. Browne, with whom she celebrated 17 years of marriage June 28, 2013; a son, Daniel Bryant Laster, at home; sisters Nora Gilbert and Laura Pew, both of Lenexa, Kan., and twin, Melanie Tidball of Natoma, Kan.; a brother, Kenneth Gilbert, and wife Beth of Charles Town, W.Va.; and seven nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother, Daniel Gilbert.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 20, with the Pastor Clayton Van Verth officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.

Memorial contributions may be made to ARDS Support Center, 7172 Regional Street #27B, Dublin, CA 94568-2324 or 1809 Eagle Riders, 395 Hazel Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. Condolences may be made to the family at

William L. Eckels Jr.

Served in Air Force

William “Skeeter/Stubby” L. Eckels Jr., 75, of North Jackson, Ohio, formerly of Washington, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013.

He was born May 16, 1938, in West Finley, a son of the late William L. Sr. and Katherine Morris Eckels.

Mr. Eckels was a graduate of Trinity High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force.

After his service, he worked 32 years at General Motors. He also was a self-employed pig farmer for Eckels and Son.

He enjoyed horse pulling, joking around and giving everyone he knew a nickname. He loved to spend time with his family and follow his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of nearly 49 years, Margaret “Ann” Sherry Eckels; a son, William “Jake” (Patty) Eckels of North Jackson; daughters Kathryn (David) Beatty of Berlin Center, Ohio, Jacqueline (Raymond) Budrevich of Niles, Ohio, and Rebecca Eckels and Kevin Hood of North Jackson.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his mothers-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a nephew.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lane Family Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, Ohio. Interment was held in North Jackson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to your local veterans association or to American Heart Association. Family and friends may send condolences to

David Fonner Engle Sr.

Owner of Dave’s Auto Repair

David Fonner Engle Sr., 71, of Washington, died Friday, October 18, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, following a lengthy illness.

He was born December 10, 1941, in Washington, a son of the late Carl and Margaret Fonner Engle.

Mr. Engle was a coal miner for Consol, Bethlehem Mine, for 12 ½ years. He was the owner/operator of Dave’s Auto Repair for 20 years, and was a service technician at Brody Butcher Supply for 10 years. On January 6, 1961, he married Gladys M. Laird, who died September 5, 2012.

Surviving are a son, David F. (Kerry) Engle Jr. of Stowe, Ohio; two daughters, Paula (Butchie) Hartzog and Dana Marie (Tom) Miller, both of Washington; three sisters, Mary “Maggie” Mowl, Pearl Amos and Karen Sulc, all of Washington; six grandchildren, Eric (Melanie) Hartzog, Trevor Hartzog, Travis Hartzog, Thomas (Chantel) Miller Jr., Zack D. Engle and Karly Jo Engle; and a great-grandchild, Gavin Miller.

Deceased are a grandson, Andrew David Miller; a brother, Carl Engle; and a sister, Laura Cox.

There will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 3, in Claysville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Donnell House, Hospice Care of Washington Health System, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Lois Marie Smiley Fields

Retired teacher enjoyed cooking

Lois Marie Smiley Fields, 96, of Bentleyville, died Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born March 2, 1917, in Bentleyville, a daughter of the late Russell and Garnet Greenlee Smiley.

Mrs. Fields was a 1933 graduate of Bentleyville High School and attended California Normal School for two years, attaining a certificate to teach school.

She began her teaching career at Bryant’s School in Eighty Four, also teaching at Ginger Hill School, Somerset Township Consolidated and Henry’s School.

Mrs. Fields earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1960 from California State College. In the fall of 1960, she returned to Ginger Hill School to teach first grade for 19 years, until her retirement in 1979.

She joined the Bentleyville United Methodist Church in 1936 and taught various youth and adult Sunday school classes. She had been a member of the Commission on Education and was involved in the Council on Ministries, Administrative Board and United Methodist Women, being very active in the local church as well as on a district level.

Mrs. Fields enjoyed her family, cooking, baking, sewing, doing crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and raising African Violets.

Surviving are four sons, Howard R. (Pamela Bombalek) of Charleroi, Gary D. (Kay Campbell) of Amarillo, Texas and Craig E. (Dawn Street) and Loren E. (Rachel Alderfer), both of Bentleyville; nine grandchildren, Heather, Renee, Stephanie, Ryan Fields, Karen, Sarah, and Ryan Kearns and Trevor and Kayla; four great-grandchildren, Jenna Marie, Thomas, Alex and Camryn; and several nieces and nephews.

On November 21, 1941, she married Dwight Johnston Fields, who died December 10, 1989.

Deceased, in addition to her husband, are a brother, Duane Smiley and a daughter-in-law, Darlene Ross Fields.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 21, in Bentleyville United Methodist Church, Bentleyville, with Pastor Max Miller officiating. Interment will be in Maple Creek Cemetery, Charleroi.

Memorial contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, c/o West Penn Hospital, T-8, 4800 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 or Bentleyville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 183, Bentleyville, PA 15313. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Betty J. Flick


Betty J. Flick, 79, of Brownsville, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Country Care Manor, Fayette City.

She was born May 10, 1934, in Centerville, a daughter of the late George H. and Elizabeth V. Pirt.

Mrs. Flick was a member of South Brownsville United Methodist Church.

Deceased are two sisters, Grace Glagola and Donna Frisco; and a brother, George Pirt.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Ernest Flick; two daughters, Becky Ulery and husband Larry of LaBelle and Cherrie Rastoka and husband Dominick of Bentleyville; two granddaughters, Michelle Bennett and Nicole Gregg; a great-grandson, Isayah Lee; seven sisters and two brothers, Hannah Stevens, Sarah Parsons, Martha Cumashot, Patricia Dunseath, Mary Jane Black, Wanda Williams, Roberta Dugan, Gerald Pirt and Joseph Pirt.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, and until 1 p.m. Monday, October 21, when a funeral service will be held with Pastor Jay Polowsky officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park.

Donations may be made in her name to South Brownsville United Methodist Church, 412 Second Street, Brownsville, PA 15417.

Joseph J. Jackovic

Served in Marine Corps

Joseph J. Jackovic, 76, of McMurray and Canonsburg, died unexpectedly at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital.

He was born July 21, 1937, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Joseph and Nellie Rusiewski Jackovic.

Mr. Jackovic lived his entire life in Canonsburg and McMurray, where he was a 1955 graduate of Peters Township High School.

He served as a corporal with U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Jackovic was one of the first Peters Township police officers and for many years was an automotive dealer.

He was a member of St. Patrick Church and St. Benedict the Abbott Church.

Mr. Jackovic leaves behind many friends and his loving family.

On December 31, 1960, he married Amelia June Curtis, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Joseph C. Jackovic (Edrianne) of McMurray; daughter Amy LoBasso (John) of McMurray; five grandchildren, Antoney, Sammy and Nicolla LoBasso and Joslyn and Ellaina Jackovic; mother-in-law Agnes Curtis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Deceased are two sisters, Margaret K. Trylko and Doris Hrycko.

Friends and family 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. At the request of the family, services and interment will be private. To view or extend condolences please visit

Richard A. Shultz

Richard A. Shultz, 29, of Houston, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. A complete obituary will be published in a later date.

William Lee Stewart

Former owner & operator of House Doctors

William “Bill” Lee Stewart, 71, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Wheeling Hospital.

He was born November 17, 1941, in Wheeling, a son of the late Howard and Doris Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was the former owner and operator of House Doctors, a former employee of the Ohio Coal and Construction Corp., Warwood Armature Repair Co. and Wonder Bakery.

He was past president for the Warwood Lions Club.

In addition to his parents, deceased are a sister, Charlotte, and two brothers, Jacob and Michael.

Surviving are four children, Christie of Tampa, Fla., Lisa McCloskey and husband Scott, Greg and wife Jodi and Doug and wife Lisa, all of Wheeling. Also surviving are a brother, Jeff; four sisters, Joanie, Jeanie, Jackie and Janice; and six wonderful grandchildren, Amber, Logan, Eli, Sydnie, Carly and Jacob.

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday, October 21, in St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 3741 Wood Street, Wheeling, with the Rev. Mark A. Zelewicz Sr. officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Kepner Funeral Home, 3545 Jacob Street, South Wheeling, W.Va.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family at

Roberta Jane Tustin

Roberta Jane Tustin, 79, of Slovan, died Thursday, October 17, 2013, in her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and are in the care of Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Andrew Michael Vernau

Andrew Michael Vernau, 19, of Houston, died Friday, October 18, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.



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