Obituaries Oct. 21

October 20, 2013

Elaine M. Campbell

Seamstress enjoyed family time

Elaine M. Campbell, 93, of Charleroi, died Sunday, October 20, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

She was born March 4, 1920, in Fairhope, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Willis Russell Paxton and Margaret M. Byrns Paxton.

Mrs. Campbell worked as a seamstress for Greenway Manufacturing in Waynesburg for 19 years and later worked for 15 years as a cook for Mon River Towing. She also baked pies for Waynesburg Restaurant and, during World War II, worked in a factory that produced artillery shells.

Mrs. Campbell loved spending time with her family and enjoyed cooking.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Smoggie of Waynesburg and Rebecca M. Church (Fred) of Painesville, Ohio; a son, Ford Campbell (Darlene) of Spraggs; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Georgette Sadler of Washington and Minnie Metz of Charleroi.

Deceased are a daughter, Kathleen Stickles; and four sons, John ”Buck” Stickles, Willis ”Skip” Stickles, Mark Allen Campbell and Donald Laird Campbell.

Family and friends are welcome to a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, in Hewitt Cemetery, Rices Landing, with the Rev. Nick Bardo and the Rev. David Earnest officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

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Melissa Capo Fahey

Melissa Capo Fahey, 39, of Washington, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and will follow in a later edition.

Karen Leslie Karlowsky


Karen Leslie Karlowsky, 58, of Speers, died Friday, October 18, 2013.

She was born May 29, 1955, the daughter of the late Kenneth P. and Genevieve Steele Leslie.

Mrs. Karlowsky was a 1973 graduate of Baldwin High School and a 1977 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

She was employed by Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Waiver Program, where she leaves behind many dear friends and colleagues.

Mrs. Karlowsky was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church.

She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Karlowsky, whom she married December 9, 1978; sons Nicholas Karlowsky and wife Melinda of South Park, Matthew Karlowsky and wife Markie of Chartiers Township and Gregory Karlowsky of Brentwood; grandson Aiden Matthew Karlowsky; brother-in-law Timothy Karlowsky of Charleroi; sister-in-law Alicia Rodgers and husband Tom; and many extended family members and friends.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her brother-in-law, David Karlowsky; and father- and mother-in-law, Albert and Shirley Nutting Karlowsky.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home, 819 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of the Church, 624 Washington Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022.

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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 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; 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 Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136; Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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Melvin L. Smith

Melvin L. Smith, 66, of Waynesburg, died at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

Arrangements are in the care of Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg, and will be published in a later edition.

Raymond Thomas

Raymond “Archie” Thomas, 95, of Washington, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc. A complete obituary will follow in a later edition.

Roberta Jane Tustin

Caregiver resided in Slovan

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

She was born December 14, 1933, in Jefferson, a daughter of the late Howard E. and Lena Martin Knisley.

Mrs. Tustin was a caregiver for the elderly.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of American Civil Defense Association.

Surviving are her children, Fred (Cheryl) Tustin Jr. of Grand Island, Neb., Evelyn (Jim) Seim of Grand Island, Susan Louise (Tom) Adams of Weirton, W.Va., Diane (George) Butts of Connellsville and Robbie Marie Allison of Weirton, W.Va.; stepson Joe Tustin of Burgettstown; brothers William Knisley of Paris, John Knisley of Follansbee, W.Va. and Charles Knisley of Burgettstown; sisters Patricia Vandermark of Circleville, Ohio, and Susan Spence of Chester, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her husband, Fred Tustin Sr.; a son, Sonny Tustin; a stepdaughter, Irene Porter; a granddaughter; a brother; and four sisters.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, October 24, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Shirley M. Wurst

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother

Shirley M. Wurst, 85, of Bethel Park, died Saturday, October 19, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late George and the loving mother of Marsha (Al) Stramiello, Christine (Robert) Zacoi, Paula Lis, Karen (Ernest) Avolio, Janet (John) Hackel, Lisa (Jim) Nath and the late Warren.

Mrs. Wurst was the dear, sweet grammy of Warren (Katie), Michael, Natalie (Rob), Nicholas, Yuramiah, Jacob, Andrew, Daniel, Allison, Phillip (Meredith), Julianne, Jesse (Chriss), Jamie (Nick), John, Anna, Elise, Sophia, Sarah and the late Alicia. She was also the great-grammy of Wren, Rylee, Maleah, Bryson, Nico, Nolan and Sienna; sister of Esther (the late Bud) Howe, Joan (Don) Manning, James (Dorothy) Wilson and the late Jane Manzi, Joseph (Marlene) Wilson and William Wilson.

“Our mother spent a lifetime devoted to her family,” said her loved ones.

After her husband’s passing, she began working as a secretary for Sam Selario Agency. In her retirement, she continued to celebrate her love of family.

Her kindness, grace and compassion will live on in the lives of those she touched.

Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauers. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, in St. Valentine Church, Bethel Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 201 North Bellefield, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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