Obituaries Oct. 20

October 19, 2013

Donald A. Anchors

U.S. Army veteran

Donald A. Anchors, 75, passed peacefully at home on October 14, 2013.

Born in Washington, Mr. Anchors was a resident of Bethel Park.

A son of Donald Brownlee Anchors and Hannah Elizabeth Anthony Anchors of Washington, he was a distinguished graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, involved in the Pershing Rifles and ROTC.

After serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Devens, Mass., and a tour in the transportation corps. in Orleans, France, Mr. Anchors was employed by Industrial Appraisal Company and worked in mortgage banking and real estate in Pittsburgh.

He was an elder and trustee at Sunset Hills and Southminster Presbyterian Churches and served in Mt. Lebanon Jaycees and the Mt. Lebanon planning commission board.

Mr. Anchors belonged to small nurture groups at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Duncan Miller Society and the Parkinson’s Association of Western Pennsylvania.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Schaffer Anchors, and daughters, Jodi (Henry) Cathey, Julie (Kurt) Foreman and Janet (William) Trombetta. He was “Pap” to Elizabeth and Sarah Cathey, Rebecca, Emma, Nathan, and Thomas Foreman, and Annie, Katie and Joey Trombetta.

Private burial arrangements are entrusted to Laughlin Memorial Chapel, Mt. Lebanon.

All are welcome to a celebration of his life, to be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, in Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church Youth Mission and Youth Music Mission.

Anita L. Anderson

Friendship Baptist Church member

Anita L. Anderson, 62, of Washington, died Monday, October 14, 2013, in Highland Health Care Center, Pittsburgh.

She was born November 3, 1950, in Washington, a daughter of the late Edward H. and Gertrude D. Clark Anderson.

Ms. Anderson was a 1968 graduate of Trinity High School and later worked as a nurse’s assistant at Washington Hospital for 35 years, retiring in 2005.

She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Washington.

Ms. Anderson loved her cats dearly.

Surviving are two brothers, Anthony Anderson and Edward H. Anderson Jr.; a sister, Jennifer Myers of San Antonio, Texas; a stepsister, Yvonne Anderson of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday in Friendship Baptist Church, 17 Walnut Street, Washington, where services will be held 5 p.m. Monday, October 21, with Pastor Richard White officiating. All other services will be private.

As was her wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or at, or to the Humane Society Chapter of one’s choice.

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

Robert L. Beatty Jr.

U.S. Navy veteran

Robert L. Beatty Jr, 89, of Bedford, Ohio, and formerly of Ronco, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Bedford Medical Center.

He was born on March 26, 1924, in Ronco, a son of the late Robert Lee and Martha Yates Beatty.

Mr. Beatty served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Shepard Road Christian Church, Macedonia, Ohio. He received a 50-year meritorious award as a member of Ashlar Lodge 639, F.&A.M., Macedonia.

On June 12, 1945, Mr. Beatty married Margaret E. Provance, who died on November 11, 2008.

Surviving are two sons, Barry L. Beatty and his wife, Terry, of Macedonia and Robert E. Beatty and his wife, Cindy, of Carmichaels; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, O. Jean Strube of Carmichaels; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m.. Tuesday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, in Church Hill Cemetery, McClellandtown. The Rev. P. Keith Larson will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by Cumberland American Legion Post 400, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 and the U.S. Navy.

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Ruth Ann Carter

Enjoyed bowling, being outdoors

Ruth Ann Carter, 74, of Washington, formerly of Cross Creek, died Friday, October 11, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born in Washington on October 7, 1939, a daughter of the late J. Harlan and Kathryn R. O’Donnell Bell.

Mrs. Carter was a 1957 graduate of Hickory High School, where she was head majorette, and a 1958 graduate of Maison Felix Beauty School. She also attended a medical assistant class in 1989.

She was a self-employed beautician in her home for many years. She also worked at Mayflower Moving Company and as a secretary for Ball Glass, Washington, until they closed. In 2004, she retired from Washington County Health Center.

Mrs. Carter enjoyed bowling and was a member of the bowling league at the Alpine Club for many years. She loved to do puzzles, play bingo, watch wildlife and be outside, laughing and camping with her friends at Slippery Rock, and spending time with family and friends. She also loved Elvis.

On July 21, 1958 she married Thomas W. Carter, who is deceased.

Surviving are a son, Bill Carter (Debbie); daughter Robin Carter Powell (Mark); a brother, James W. Bell; sister Virginia L. Engle; grandson Shawn Carter; stepgranddaughter Rachel; niece Cindy Shaw and nephew Douglas Bell.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, in Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, 1231 Cross Creek Road, Burgettstown.

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Memorial donations may be made to the Donnell House, c/o Washington Health Systems, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301, or at

Jo Anne Caudell

Former Washington Hospital aide

Jo Anne Caudell, 68, of Washington, formerly of Shelbyville, Ind., died Saturday, October 19, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following a 20-year illness.

She was born December 13, 1944, in Pawtucket, R.I., a daughter of the late Raymond Leo and Doris Lamert Ludgate Conlon.

A graduate of Shelbyville High School, she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Ms. Caudell had worked for five years as a nurse’s aide at Washington Hospital.

Surviving are her longtime friend, with whom she made her home, Deborah Miller; a daughter, Dee Anne Caudell Orbany of Pennsylvania; a brother, Bruce Alan Conlon of Delaware; a sister, Nancy Lee Burke of Canonsburg; and two grandchildren, Mathew Aaron Orbany and Ashleigh Marie Orbany.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 395 E. Maiden St., Washington, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 23, with the Rev. Catherine Peternell officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

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Patrick F. Doody

September 12, 1962 – October 2, 2013

Patrick Francis Doody, 51, passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2013.

He was born in Fort Riley, Kan., and was a 1980 graduate of West Greene High School in Rogersville. He attended several colleges, including Carnegie Mellon, Purdue and the University of Maryland.

Mr. Doody enlisted into the Army and was honorably discharged after a short period. He worked for many years in the restaurant business at several locations in Maryland, Virginia, California, Indiana and Washington D.C.

Deceased is his father, Lt. Col. Richard Doody.

Surviving are his mother, Marjorie Klaus (James) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., two sisters, Laura Hern of Albuquerque, N.M. and Christine Van Deyson of Port St. Lucie; two brothers, Kevin Doody (Joyce) of Mt. Lebanon and Timothy Doody (Anna) of Ashburn, Va., and six nieces and nephews, Rebecca, Craig, Katherine, Colin, Megan and Kyle Doody.

The family will receive visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, in Behm Funeral Home, 182 West High Street, Waynesburg.

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James Timothy Faris

Additional information was received for the obituary of James Timothy Faris, who died October 17, 2013.

Also surviving are a daughter, Kaitlyn Ornot of Washington, and a granddaughter, Kirah Ornot.

Irma Mae Henry

Lifelong resident of Greene County

Irma Mae Henry, 68, of Sycamore, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born October 28, 1944, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late James Leslie Thompson and Virginia Lee Toland Thompson.

On March 29, 1981, she married Barry Duane Henry, who survives.

Mrs. Henry was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Greene County.

She enjoyed working puzzles and crossword puzzles, playing softball and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Sandra Elizabeth Thompson (Edward Duane Thomas) of Washington and Edna Lynn Kennedy (James Sr.) of Fairview, W.Va.; nine grandchildren, Justin Nathan Thompson, Patricia Nicole Thompson, Karissa Christine Thompson, Gregory Scott Thompson, Angel Kennedy, Rebecca Kennedy, James Kennedy Jr., James Thompson Jr. and Jason Scott Thompson; seven brothers, Robert D. Thompson, Ralph Leslie Thompson and John F. Thompson all of Sycamore, James Miller Thompson of Florida, Thomas Eugene Thompson of West Finley, James Harold Thompson of Washington and Samuel J. Thompson of Graysville; two sisters, Sarah Elizabeth Keefer of West Alexander and Bertha Irene Kinney of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Woodrow Earl Thompson, an infant daughter and an infant granddaughter, Jasmine Marie Kennedy.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the hour of service, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, with the Rev. Kenneth Curfman officiating. Interment will follow in Braddock Cemetery at Graysville.

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Vera M. Horner

Enjoyed taking care of family

Vera M. Horner, 85, of Houston, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, in the Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.

She was born August 17, 1928, in Dubois, a daughter of James J. and Ruth Inghram Ledger.

Mrs. Horner had worked as the secretary of the family business, Horner Heating and A.C., and worked at the former Canonsburg Pottery.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Houston.

Mrs. Horner enjoyed taking care of her children and grandchildren as well as listening to Elvis and country music.

On June 10, 1946, she married Albert C. Horner, who passed away June 7, 2007.

Surviving are a son, Albert M. “Mike” Horner (Tracy) of Houston; a daughter, Lori Tharp of Houston; eight grandchildren, Michael Horner (Brandi) and Robert Tharp (Alyssa), both of Washington, Marie Denny, Jennifer Horner (Ty), Samantha Denny (Chris), Josh Traeger and Joseph Templeton, all of Houston, and A.J. Horner (Kristy) of Strabane; nine great-grandchildren, Charles Stevens, Dylon Sprowls, Jada, Brayden and Hayley Horner, Nathan Gooch, Dimari and Aszha Denny and Serenity Tharp; three brothers, David “Bucky” Ledger (Patricia) of Canonsburg, Orlando “Buddy” Bruno and Irvin Burno (Judy), both of Holland, Ohio; a sister, Barbara Jean Mahramus of Houston; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, James Ledger, and a sister, June Hood.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, with Pastor Max Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg.

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Virginia Zito McAvoy

Slovan resident lived in North Braddock

Virginia “Jeannie” Zito McAvoy, 90, of Slovan, formerly a longtime resident of North Braddock, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013.

She was born in Braddock on June 7, 1923, a daughter of Antonio R. and Maria Concetta Chiodo Zito.

On October 3, 1941, she married John H. McAvoy, who died in 2007.

Mrs. McAvoy is survived by her son, Daniel (Julia) McAvoy of Slovan, and granddaughters, Rachel, Hannah and Abigail McAvoy and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her husband, are her infant son, John Anthony McAvoy; her sisters, Angela Boyle and Elizabeth “Betty” McClafferty; and her brothers, Frederick Zito, Ross Zito and Tony Zito.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m., the time of blessing service, Monday, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Bob Staszewski officiating. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, in All Saints Cemetery, Braddock. All are asked to meet at the cemetery chapel.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington County Humane Society, 1527 Route 136; Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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Greg S. Moore

Avid runner loved sports

Greg S. Moore, 51, of Beallsville, died Friday, October 18, 2013.

He was born October 11, 1962, in Washington, a son of Louis J. and Betty Ruth Watson Moore, who survive.

Mr. Moore was 1980 graduate of McGuffey High School.

He was currently employed at Dynamet Inc, in Washington, PA as a machinist. He was formerly employed at Ametek, Eighty Four, and Ross Mould, Washington, for a combined career of 25 years. He worked part-time, helping J.D. Enterprises.

He was a hard worker and loved helping family and friends.

Mr. Moore was a lifelong member of St. Agnes R.C. Church, Richeyville.

He was an avid runner, competing in numerous races, such as the Nationwide Marathon in Columbus, Ohio, Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. and the Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Moore was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, weightlifting, spending time with family at 11 Point Camp in Emporium and working with his father.

On June 21, 1986, Mr. Moore married Terri Bartolomucci, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are two sons, Nicholas Gregory Moore and Dominic Anthony Moore; a daughter, Mackenzie Lynn Moore; two sisters, Karen Carson (Kit) of Malden and Lisa Kuhns (Jeff) of Millerstown; a stepbrother, Doug Wilson (Karen Amos) of Claysville; five nieces, Hattie and Olivia Kuhns, and Lauren, Hailey and Morgan Bartolomucci; five nephews, Jason, Cory and Ean Livingood, and Donnie and Marc Bartolomucci.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street Beallsville, where prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 23, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Edward Yuhas in the St. Agnes R.C. Church, Richeyville. Interment will follow in the Beallsville Cemetery.

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Catherine Rose Mull

Baker loved spending time with family

Catherine Rose Mull, 82, of Cecil, died Friday, October 18, 2013, in St. Clair Hospital.

She was born February 10, 1931, in Bridgeville, the daughter of the late Harry and Margaret Budress Dubroski.

Mrs. Mull was a member of Venice Presbyterian Church, McDonald-Cecil Senior Citizens and Retired Aides Association.

She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, cooking and baking, and making cookie trays at Christmas time. She especially liked spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She worked as a nursing aide for Kane Hospital, Scott Township.

Surviving are two daughters, Cathy Mull of Carnegie and Mary Lou (Jerry) Orbin of Cecil; two grandchildren, Christopher of Muse, and Amanda of Cecil; and three great-grandchildren, Kayleah, McKenzie and Chloee.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Ralph Mull, who died in 2004; a daughter, Margaret Lila, at birth; brother Harry Dubroski Jr.; and a sister, Harriet Rajchel.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road, Rt. 50, Cecil, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, with Pastor Gary Chorpenning officiating. Interment will follow in the Venice Cemetery.

The family wishes contributions be made to Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, 390 Old Hickory Ridge Road, Washington, PA 15301, or the Building Fund at Venice Presbyterian Church, 3694 Millers Run Road, McDonald, PA 15057.

Daniel Joseph Passo

Avid photographer enjoyed family time

Daniel Joseph Passo, 54, of Washington, died unexpectedly Friday, October 18, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

He was born April 5, 1959, in Washington, a son of the late Daniel and Christina Hennick Passo.

Mr. Passo was a graduate of Trinity High School.

When he was younger, he had been an active member of St. Hilary Catholic Church, and most recently had attended Central Assembly of God.

Mr. Passo worked as a laborer at Industrial Gasket and Shim Industries for 28 years.

An avid photographer, he loved soccer and the outdoors, and enjoyed hiking in Colorado and Big Bend National Park in Texas. He especially loved watching his daughters playing soccer and dancing. His daughters and his family were his life.

On April 24, 1999, he married Conniejo Straka, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Margaret “Maggie” Bedillion and Brianna Bedillion, both of Washington; three sisters, Christina (Joseph) Tomecsko of Houston; Donna (William) Walker, of Flat Rock, Mich.; and Mary (Michael) Jestat of Rockwood, Mich.; his father-in-law, Andrew Straka; sister-in-law, Patricia (Doug) Cook; six nieces, Jennifer (Brian) Leichliter, Heather (Chris) Lada, Gail (Paul) Marks, Shelbey (J.D.) Hunter, Michaela Jestat and Melissa Cook; three nephews, Jonathan Tomecsko and Kevin and Brian Cook; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, October 22, with the Rev. Steve Dunlap officiating. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray.

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Erwin Frank Rohrbacher Jr.

A memorial service for Erwin Frank Rohrbacher Jr., 64, of Washington, who died October 13, 2013, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Mt. Herman Baptist Church, 200 Banetown Road, Amity.

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Richard A. Shultz

Loving husband and father

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

He was born January 29, 1984, in Washington, a son of David and Barbara Partyka Shultz of Houston, who both survive.

Mr. Shultz lived his entire life in Houston, where he was a 2002 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and the Western Area Career and Technology Center.

He worked for Scheirer Machine Company as a machinist and programmer, where he enjoyed machinery, programming and tinkering.

Mr. Shultz was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors, riding dirt bikes and quads.

He was a loving husband and father and enjoyed spending time with his family and his faithful dog, Bubba’s, but especially his two sons.

On June 27, 2009, he married his beloved wife, Melissa Romanosky Shultz, who survives. Also surviving are his two sons, Ryan Shultz and Zach Eland; sister, Shannon Shultz (Doug Marting) of South Park; maternal grandmother Theresa Partyka of Houston; paternal grandmother Mary Shultz of Eighty Four; in-laws Keith and Shirlene Romanosky; brother-in-law Matt (Jen) Romanosky; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased are his twin brother, Ryan Matthew Shultz, who passed away April 14, 2006, and his maternal and paternal grandfathers.

Friends are welcome on from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 21, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg. Both service and burial will be private.

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Andrew Michael Vernau

Former Chartiers-Houston wrestler

Andrew Michael Vernau, 19, of Houston, died Thursday, October 17, 2013, in the company of loving family and friends.

He was born December 17, 1993, in Pittsburgh, the dear son of Elizabeth Buckley Vernau of Houston and the late Brian Vernau.

Mr. Vernau was a 2012 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sisters, Stephanie Curtis and husband David of North Carolina, and Kellie Vernau of Houston; his paternal grandmother, Patricia Farmerie Vernau of Canonsburg; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased, in addition to his father, are his maternal grandparents, Francis and Penny Gibson Buckley, and paternal grandfather, Tom Vernau.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Family and friends are asked to meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, in New Hope Church, 110 Belmont Avenue, Canonsburg, for services with Pastor Nathan Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Mr. Vernau, donations can be made to Greenbriar Treatment Center-Lighthouse for Men, 800 Manor Drive, Washington, PA 15301.

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