Obituaries Oct. 22

October 21, 2013

Pearl Rendziak Barbosky

RCA retiree volunteered in Central Christian Academy

Pearl Rendziak Barbosky, 91, died Friday, October 18, 2013, in South Carolina.

She lived almost all of her life in Canonsburg.

Mrs. Barbosky retired from RCA in Meadow Lands after many years of service.

After her retirement, she volunteered for more than 10 years in the office at Central Christian Academy.

Known to many as “Miss Pearl,” she will also be remembered by many students for her willingness to listen while they practiced reading.

Surviving are a son, Frank A. Barbosky (Theresa) of South Carolina; a sister, Ann Geary of Maryland; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her beloved husband, Frank Barbosky; parents Peter and Anna Rendziak; and siblings Rose Griffith, Mary Melaney, John and Joseph Rendziak.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Freyvogel-Slater Funeral Directors, 112 Fort Couch Road (across from Macy’s in South Hills Village), Bethel Park, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 24. In lieu of flowsers, donations may be sent in Mrs. Barbosky’s memory to Kingston Nursing Center Activities Dept., 2379 Cypress Circle, Conway, SC 29526.

Floyd Cook

Vietnam veteran

Floyd Cook, 65, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Cherry Valley, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

He was born March 20, 1948, in Cherry Valley, a son of the late Fred Cook Jr. and Helen Cook Wasik.

After graduating from Burgettstown High School in 1966, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany and Vietnam from April 1970 until being honorably discharged in August 1974.

Surviving are his wife, Susan Robinson Cook of Burgettstown; two sons, Stephen Cook and wife Felicia of Pittsburgh and Matthew Cook of Burgettstown; stepfather August “Popeye” Wasik of Cherry Valley; two sisters, Marjorie Cook Wasik and husband Thomas of Hickory and Jessie Cook of Cherry Valley; a brother, Ronald Wasik and wife Joan of Cherry Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

To honor Mr. Cook’s wishes, services and inurnment with full military honors will be held privately in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown.

Ronald R. Dillie

Employed by Columbia Gas

Ronald R. “Ron” Dillie, 81, of Washington, formerly of Claysville, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at 2:40 p.m. in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born September 30, 1932, in West Finley Township, a son of Albert E. and Minnie Elder Dillie.

Mr. Dillie was a member of First Baptist Church and American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

He was employed by Columbia Gas, retiring in 1994.

Mr. Dillie enjoyed golfing.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the USS Cimarron receiving the following decorations, medals, badges, commendations, citations and campaign ribbons awarded or authorized: United Nations, Korean, China Service, National Defense, KPUC and Good Conduct.

Mr. Dillie was formerly married to Judith A. Forienger, who died in 1995. His wife, Norma J. Croft Gregg Dillie, died August 6, 2013.

Surviving are three daughters, Rhonda (Mark) Grose of Myrtle Beach S.C., Stacy (Ed) Zappi of Avella and Jamie (Earl) Cummins of North Carolina; a stepson, Harry (Mary Beth) Gregg of New Jersey; a brother, Calvin A. (Marie) Dillie of Claysville; eight grandchildren, Camden Zappi, Evyn Zappi, Maddie Zappi, Chance Gray, Joey Gray, Billy Gray, Sarah Gregg and Bryan Gregg; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Gregg and Aiden Gregg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are eight brothers, Gaylord, Raymond and Cletus Dillie, Ralph, William, Harold, Edgar and Edwin Long; and six sisters, Mae Allen, Helen Sprowls, Velma Majors, Agnes Miller, Mabel Iams and Zelda Jolley.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in 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, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 24, Private interment will be held in North Buffalo Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, 139 Mitchell Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Online condolences may be expressed at

Theadora J. Ftaklas

Had a passion for life, spirtual love of her church

Theadora J. Ftaklas, 74, of Canonsburg, died Monday, October 21, 2013, in her home.

She was born November 18, 1938, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, a daughter of the late Yianni and Stamatia Matsis Ftaklas. Her parents were her guides and blessed her with unconditional love. They let her be free.

Ms. Ftaklas led a blessed life full of good choices of career, with loving friends, relatives and most of all the light of her life, spiritual child and godchild, Teresa Magdalena Bane.

Her career spanned over 20 years with Marc Advertising as Personnel Services Director under the leadership and mentorship of CEO Louis J. Cardamone. She also had various other positions as her career grew. She volunteered at Western Center upon retirement and had fond memories of the clients there.

Ms. Ftaklas had a love of art, theater, books and reading veraciously all materials of knowledge. She also loved to travel and loved various cultures, especially Kremasti, Rhodes and Greece.

Her relatives, both in America and Greece, were her beloved and extended family. They include Georgia Trikkas (George), Sylvia Shaheen (Jim), John Matsis (Rebecca), Ruby Matsis Rood (Bobby), Audrey and George Matsis, the Rev. George Matsis, Theadora Maris (Elias), Margie Kostaglou (Demetri), Fengara Panagiotis, Sotiris (Katerina), Seva Bolas (Greece) Demetri and family, Nick Matsis (Eletheria) and family. Her young cousins, Maria Paxos (Mike), Debbie Guyot (Paul), Arista Tzouloufis (Dennis) and their beautiful children, Debbie, JimmyJo and Dr. Nick, Alicia (Tom), Michael (Jennifer). Also surviving are Alexia, Nick, Olivia, James, Joey, Christopher, Jenna, Tyler, Gia, Nicholas, Brennan, Alexandra, and Michael, Christine Kontomanoli, cousin, and George Kontos (Mary).

Her beloved godchild, Teresa, helped her, loved her and cheered on her life, as well as Rose Marie Bane, her dear friend and koumbara.

Her beloved brother, Nicholas Ftaklas, died at three years old of Cooley’s leukemia.

She had a passion for life, a spiritual love of her church, All Saint’s Greek Orthodox, and her spiritual father, the Rev. George Livanos. She lived life to the fullest and passed to life eternal. All is well. Celebrate her life, she did.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Trisagion services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Additional visitation wil be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of services, Thursday, October 24, in All Saint’s Greek Orthodox Church, 601 West McMurray Road, Canonsburg, with the Rev. George Livanos celebrating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Memorials are requested to Saint Phanourios Chapel, All Saint’s Greek Orthodox Church, 601 West McMurray Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

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Linda M. Godwin

Worked for Godwin Nursery and Trees

Linda M. Godwin, 65, of Washington, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, in her home.

She was born November 13, 1947, in Washington, a daughter of Chuck and Frances Phillips Bedillion.

Mrs. Godwin worked for the family business, Godwin Nursery and Trees.

She was a member of American Legion Post 902, Houston.

Mrs. Godwin enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter.

On November 11, 1989, she married George R. “Hoss” Godwin Jr., who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Saunseiarae “Angel” Wasnik of West Alexander; a granddaughter, Cheyenne Bizub; two brothers, Richard W. Bedillion and Michael “Dude” Bedillion, both of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Beverly Darlene Martino is deceased.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 24, with Pastor Andrew Hollick officiating. Interment will follow in North Ten Mile Cemetery, Amity. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Thomas G. Harper

Primary care family practitioner

Thomas G. Harper, M.D., 84, of Paris, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, in his home, after a lengthy illness.

He was born October 6, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Raymond and Elizabeth Kinavey Harper.

Dr. Harper was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Harper.

He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 1955 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a member of Pitt Alumni Association and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Dr. Harper was a primary care family practitioner for 55 years, with his office located in Paris. In recent years he also had been the medical director of the former EZ Care, Weirton, W.Va. Most recently, he was employed with Matthew A. Nardone, D.C., at Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare, Weirton.

Surviving are his wife, Renate Holzmann Harper; daughters Karen Krenzin, Dr. Sandra Harper-Posey and Linda Snelling; a sister, Elizabeth Hooper of Dublin, Ireland; and many grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Weirton.

Dennis R. Hayden

Retired PennDOT equipment operator

Dennis R. Hayden, 62, of Brownsville, died Monday, October 21, 2013, in his home.

Born April 3, 1951, in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Vernon and Catherine Stangroom Hayden.

A resident of Brownsville, Mr. Hayden was a member of Full Gospel Church in Charleroi, a retired equipment operator from PennDOT. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Fredericktown American Legion Post 391.

Surviving are his wife, Teresa Fike Hayden, with whom he had just celebrated 41 years of marriage in September; son Brian Hayden of Webster; two daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and Bill Karolewics of Brownsville and Kimberly and Joseph Rimsky of W. Elizabeth; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, James and Susan Hayden of Clarksville, Harry and Melissa Hayden of Webster and Joe Hayden of Webster; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Dolly and Lee Evans of Oregon, Sophia and Rick Kaylor of Webster and Susan Hayden of Webster; four grandchildren, Joseph Rimsky, Ashley Rimsky, Zachary Hayden and Brandon Karolewics; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is a brother, Vernon Hayden.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations, family owned and operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 25, in the funeral home with Pastor Mel Hileman of Full Gospel Church, Charleroi, officiating. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Condolences accepted at the funeral homes web site,

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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Sandra Rafferty Hustava

Sandra Rafferty Hustava, 71, of Brownsville, died Sunday, October 20, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Helen N. Santoro

Homemaker was avid bowler

Helen N. Santoro, 94, of Hawthorne Woods, Washington, formerly of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Fredericktown, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, in her home.

She was born October 6, 1919, in Davis, W.Va., a daughter of the late Frank and Casimir Eizonas Staskus.

Mrs. Santoro lived most of her life in the Fredericktown area, where she was a member of St. Michaels Church. She then lived in Fort Walton Beach, where she was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and served as an usherette.

A homemaker, she was an avid bowler, member of the Sons of Italy, Elkettes of Lodge 1795 in Ft. Walton, where she served as the second vice president, and the ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus St. Mary’s Counsel.

On August 11, 1937, she married Fred Santoro, who died March 1, 1983.

Surviving are a son, Frederick of McMurray; daughter Cynthia McMannes of Mentor, Ohio; three grandchildren, Crystal McMannes, Fred Michael and Gary Steven Santoro; two sisters, Mary Mace of Reno, Nev., and Frances Fichtner of White Oak; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a sister, Juanita Slovinsky and three brothers, Charles, Joseph and John Staskus.

At Mrs. Santoro’s request, there will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial and interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to ViaQuest Hospice, 610 Park Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc. Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Melvin L. Smith

Pats’ Motors car detailer

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

He was born Monday, September 29, 1947, in Waynesburg, a son of the late James A. Smith, Sr. and Ruth A. Rush Smith.

Mr. Smith enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

He worked as a custodian in Holiday Motel in Waynesburg and later worked as a car detailer for Pat’s Motors in Waynesburg.

Surviving are three sisters, Violet English, Loretta Patterson, both of Waynesburg, and Betty Knoll of Lordstown, Ohio.; four brothers, James A. Smith, Jr. of Casper, Wyo., Walter Smith of Greensboro, Earl B. Smith and Robert L. Smith, both of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two sisters, Maxine Areford and Helen Kay Patterson; and two brothers, Glenn Smith and John Smith.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, October 23, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, with the Rev. John Poling officiating. Private burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the funeral home to help with costs. Information is online at

William Michael Summers

Truly enjoyed life and helping others

William Michael “Mike” Summers, 59, of Claysville, went home Monday, October 21, 2013, after losing a courageous fight battling cancer.

He was born August 13, 1954, in Fairmont, W.Va., a son of the late Albert Jr. and Maxine Satterfield Summers.

His work history had him traveling the United States, working underseas, building bridges, drilling and carpentry. He worked as a heavy equipment operator out of Local 66, most recently with Pete Caruso and Sons.

Known to many as “Big Daddy”, he enjoyed visiting flea markets, working on his van and could often be found with a Mountain Dew in hand. He played guitar, couldn’t wait for snow to fall for sledding and could do anything he put his mind to. But most of all, he truly enjoyed life and helping others.

He was fiercely loved by his family; his best friend of 24 years, Vickie Tau of Claysville; a son, Jason (Lacey) Tau of Claysville; a daughter, Amber (Mike) Falosk of Prosperity. He was a devoted pappy, never missing an event and each of his grandchildren had him wrapped around their finger. His five grandchildren, Rocco and Troy Falosk, Aidan, Peyton and Harley Jo Tau, were his world. He also leaves behind a large family who loved him abundantly, including six siblings, Margaret Michrina of Canonsburg, Wayne (Antoinette) Summers of McKees Rocks, Linda Daugherty of Canonsburg, Johnny (Sandi) Summers of Washington, Elsie Summers of Washington and Ray (Jamie) Summers of Muse.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 24, with the Rev. Meade Lacock officiating. Burial will follow in Claysville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Claysville Christian Church, 135 Church Street, Claysville, PA 15323.

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Howard Wayne Tustin

Howard Wayne Tustin, 60, of Ellsworth, died Sunday, October 20, 2013, in his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., Washington.

George Rufus Wheeler Sr.

A father figure to many

George Rufus Wheeler Sr., 80, of Washington, died Sunday, October 20, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 19, 1933, in Washington, a son of John Rufus Wheeler and Yevette Drew Wheeler.

Mr. Wheeler worked as a coal miner for Consol Energy, where he was known as “Bubbles” by his fellow workers. For the past 20 years, he worked as the manager of Washington Christian Outreach.

Mr. Wheeler was a member of Nazareth Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and director of the men’s choir. He enjoyed bowling on Route 19 Senior League, as well as golfing.

A father figure to many, Mr. Wheeler coached youth sports when he was younger and was a basketball and football referee.

On June 12, 1954, he married Audrey Jean Glenn, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, George R. Wheeler Jr. (Kimberly) of Bridgeville; three daughters, Rhonda Matthews and Stephanie Patterson (Scott Gilbert), both of Washington, and Yvette Frazier (David) of Montgomery Village, Md.; three brothers, Harry “Fat Man” Drew of North Carolina, John Preston of Washington and Michael Drew of New Jersey; two sisters, Norma Jacobs of Washington and Lena Page of Florida; 16 grandchildren, David Frazier, Drew Frazier, Sasherae Frazier, Chase Patterson, Mariah Patterson, Megan Patterson, Charles Matthews II, Ashley Matthews, Audrey Matthews, Tonya Young, Jaquay Bone, Ryan Johnson, Bryan Johnson, Cassy Wheeler, Bobby Carington and Karlin Jenkins; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are three brothers, Samuel Wheeler, Walter Wheeler and a brother who died in infancy; and two sisters, Mary Jane McGee and Lee Ann Pinson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Nazareth Baptist Church, 123 North Lincoln Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24, with Pastor Elizabeth DeWitt officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Washington Christian Outreach, 119 Highland Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available online at

Allyn Willner

Wonderful manhelped others

Allyn “Calvin” Willner, 61, passed away peacefully Monday, October 21, 2013, after battling cancer for two years.

He was a longtime resident of Washington.

Mr. Willner was a true artist in carpentry, was generous and felt a special rapport with the young and elderly. He was a wonderful man who helped others and never expected anything in return.

Surviving are a brother, Glen “Boo” Willner and nephew Travis Willner.

Deceased are his parents, Kathleen “Beans” Willner and Allyn “Gigbo” Willner Sr.

During his illness, he found great joy with his little friend, four-year-old Kayleigh Earnest.

All of the people who loved him will remember him forever in their hearts.

Words that he lived by were, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter,” by E.E. Cummings.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in William Slater II Funeral Service, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. A Blessing service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gateway Hospice, 9380 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237.

Shirley M. Wurst

Additional information was received for the obituary of Shirley M. Wurst, published Monday.

She was a sister of the late Jane (Al) Manzi; sister-in-law of Rip (Betty) Wurst, the late Marie (Robert) Wayne, Theresa (William) Wurst and John and Paul Wurst.



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