Obituaries Oct. 23

October 22, 2013

Thelma E. Antill

Treasured family time

Thelma E. Antill, 95, of Washington, died Monday, October 21, 2013, in the home of her daughter in Houston.

She was born May 4, 1918, in Grafton, W.Va., a daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth Dornberger Carter.

Following graduation from Immaculate Conception High School, she first worked as a clerk in Authrieth’s Dollar Store, and, prior to her retirement, for Reichert’s Furniture store.

Mrs. Antill treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed playing cards and the daily number.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Ault Maccerola of Houston; three grandchildren, Michael (Tracy) Ault, Jon (Cynthia) Ault and Rachele (Skip) Morgan, all of Washington; five great-grandchildren, Camryn and Luc Morgan, Nathaniel Taylor and Chloe and Abigaile Ault; and Jerry Ault of Washington, a close friend.

Deceased are two brothers, Ralph and Alvin Carter.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, funeral director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 25, in St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church, Washington, with the Rev. Thomas O’Neil as celebrant. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Donnell House, 10 Leet Street, Washington.

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Pearl Rendziak Barbosky

RCA retiree volunteered at 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 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 and 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 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Mrs. Barbosky’s memory to Kingston Nursing Center Activities Department, 2379 Cypress Circle, Conway, SC 29526.

Frank M. Carson

Veteran, plumber, All-Clad retiree

Frank M. Carson, 91, of Washington, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.

He was born April 26, 1922, in Coal Center, a son of the late Herman and Irene Allman Carson.

Mr. Carson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following military service, he worked on the railroad in Western Pennsylvania.

On September 30, 1950, he married Caroline Lanik in Bentleyville.

He then became a plumber in the Pittsburgh area, working on buildings such as the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning and the United States’ first commercial nuclear power reactor in Shippingport. He later worked and retired from All-Clad Metalcrafters, where he was a foreman.

Mr. Carson was a member of Houston United Methodist Church and was a member of Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM in Canonsburg.

Surviving family members are Mrs. Caroline Carson; a son, Barry E. Carson of Simi Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Karen (Richard) Torre of McDonald; two grandchildren, Steven and Carrie Ann Torre; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Carson of Washington.

Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be announced. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.

Sandra Rafferty Hustava

Enjoyed cooking, baking, music, movies

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

She was born March 17, 1942, in Brownsville, a daughter of the late Robert Patterson and Marie Ferrari Carl.

A homemaker, Mrs. Hustava was always active with her family.

She was involved with the War and Veterans Association of Brownsville and a member of First Christian Church of Brownsville for more than 20 years. She was involved in the Missing in America project, helping to inter unclaimed remains of veterans in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Mrs. Hustava enjoyed cooking, baking, music, movies and her Rat Terrier, Alea.

Surviving are two daughters, Deana Anderson of Carmichaels and Allyson Rafferty of Erie; three brothers, Wayne Carl of Daisytown, Robert Carl of Millsboro and Patrick Carl of Uniontown; a sister, Cecelia Phillips of Vestaburg; four grandchildren, Jason and Steven Anderson and Samantha and Kayla Rafferty; four great-grandchildren, Travis, Jason “J.J.”, Quentin and Kenneth; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are two husbands, A. Chris Rafferty, who died September 3, 1979, and Michael Hustava Jr., who died August 10, 2009; two sons, 1st Sgt. Christopher C. Rafferty, who was killed in action July 21, 2006, and Matthew Rafferty, who died May 5, 1971; and a sister, Amelia “Mickey” Grimes.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 42 Bank Street at Crawford Road, Fredericktown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24. Interment will be in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to a charity of one’s choice.

A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Clara Eugenia Keeling

Immaculate Conception Church member

Clara Eugenia Keeling, 91, of Washington, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

She was born December 2, 1921, in Washington, a daughter of Giro Lucatorto and Theresa Ascolilio Lucatorto.

Mrs. Keeling was a graduate of Washington High School. She worked in a hand grenade factory during World War II and later worked as an aide in Western State School and Hospital for 20 years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, Alpine-Vittoria Lodge, Senior Citizens Center and Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

On November 19, 1942, she married George J. Keeling Jr., who died October 10, 2002.

Surviving are a son, Denis (Susan) Keeling, and three daughters, Carol Ann Keeling, Rose Marie “Pokey” Keeling and Janice Urbanik, all of Washington; seven grandchildren, Roxanne (Donald) Patrick, Rhonda (Billy) Weaver, Renee Williams, Robyn (Doug) Toland, Robert Keeling, Billy (Jessica) Urbanik and Georgia (Andy) Ullom; 12 great-grandchildren, Allison Vitte, Ashley Weaver, Ryan Williams, Samantha Moore, Chase Toland, Caleb Toland, Stephen Patrick, Chelsea Patrick, Aidan Urbanik, Jacob Urbanik, Emma Ullom and Cole Kasula; and a great-great-grandchild, Eli Vitte.

Deceased are a son, George J. Keeling III, who died in infancy; two brothers, Dominic and Frank Lucatorto; four sisters, Josephine Lombardo, Jenny Balzama, Eleanor Felice and Evelyn Lanard; and a son-in-law, Bill Urbanik.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, October 25, in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Ernest J. Moore Jr.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather

Ernest J. “Tubby” Moore Jr., 62, of North Fayette Township, Imperial, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 19, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of Debbie Troy Moore; father of Richard “Richie” (Julie) Sherbondy, Michael (Tiffany) Sherbondy, Jeremy Sherbondy and Bryan “Porky” Sherbondy; grandfather of Mimi, Silas and Christian; and brother of Joe, Jack, Garry and David Moore.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in Wharton-Herrick Funeral Home, Edward M. Herrick, funeral director/owner, 951 Cliff Mine Road, North Fayette Township, Imperial.

Raymond Thomas

Lifelong member of St. Paul AME Church

Raymond “Archie” Thomas, 95, of Washington, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Home, South Strabane Township, following a lengthy illness.

He was born July 18, 1918, in Washington, the ninth of 10 children. He was a son of Richard A. and Anna Mae Patterson Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was educated in the public schools and was a high-honors graduate of Washington High School in January 1937.

After high school graduation, he was employed from 1937 to 1942 in Nemacolin Country Club, at which time, he and seven other men, through the efforts of the local NAACP and other concerned citizens, became the first of “Later to Follow” black men hired by local Jessop Steel Corp. He was employed at Jessop until his retirement February 1, 1981, with more than 39 years of service.

He was united in marriage January 6, 1941, to the late Nelva W. Marshall.

Mr. Thomas was a life member of the local NAACP, having served two terms on the executive board. He also served as NAACP representative on the Council of Churches and the LeMoyne Multicultural Community Center executive committee.

He was a member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church of Washington. He joined the church in October 1933, under the pastorate of the late R.C.N. Thompson; his service there had been long and faithful. He served on the usher board, founded and was named director of the gospel choir and was appointed a steward in 1948 by the pastor, the Rev. T.M. Greene.

In 1952, the late Rev. John F. Little appointed Mr. Thomas financial secretary of the church. In 1965, he was voted St. Paul AME Laymen of the Year for service given. He had also been honored on numerous occasions by church auxiliaries. He continued to serve in all of the above positions masterfully and tirelessly until 2007, when at the ripe age of 89, he challenged “younger church members” to step up to the tasks.

For a brief period thereafter, he continued to direct the choir and was humbled beyond words when the Rev. Arthur E. Doctor Jr. renamed the choir, “The Archie Thomas Gospel Choir.”

He was thought of as an early riser, avid walker and late to retire when he wore many hats within the church.

Mr. Thomas had always been a sports enthusiast with basketball and golf as his main interests.

He cherished the time he spent with his family at home, as well as at the biannual family reunions.

Mr. Thomas summed up his life in these few words, “If I have achieved anything or made any kind of mark in this life, it’s only through the grace of God and the love and support of my family and friends.”

Surviving are a son, Alan Raymond (Ruth) Thomas of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Malcolm Raymond (Aiesha) Thomas of Pittsburgh and Khalilah Thomas (Derek) Pittman of Philadelphia; five lovely great-grandchildren, Asha Thomas, Amir Pittman, Kamal Pittman, Laliah Pittman and Anebana Thomas; two nieces, Betty Ann Robinson and Debra Iott; and five nephews, Leonard Mack, Ronald Thomas, Donald Ferrell, David Wilson and Richard Thomas. A host of great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins also survive.

Deceased are five sisters, Alleen Ferrell, Nellie Mae Mack, Celestine Johnson, Alice Campbell and Dorothy Wilson; and four brothers, John Thomas, Sell Thomas, Richard Thomas and Warren Thomas.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in St. Paul AME Church, 16 Ridge Avenue, Washington. All floral arrangements should be delivered to the church Friday. A homegoing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, in the church with the Rev. Samuel Ware officiating. Interment will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Arrangements are 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

Diane Trbovich

1929 – 2013

Diane Trbovich, 84, of Brownsville, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Anna Lisa’s Personal Care Home, Perryopolis.

She was born January 1, 1929, in Hiller, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Cokovich Trbovich.

Ms. Trbovich was a lifelong member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Masontown.

Surviving are three children, daughters Jill Binotto and husband Phillip of Canonsburg and Peni Hollenbaugh and husband Bob of Louisville, Ky., and son Bob Glagola and wife Doreen of Uniontown; her granddaughter, Kristan Ealy; her grandson, Michael Gordon; three stepgrandchildren, Melissa, Keri and Rob; and seven stepgreatgrandchildren.

Deceased are an infant son, Wesley Thomas Glagola; an infant brother, Michael Trbovich; and a brother, Wesley Trbovich.

A private funeral service was held Monday evening, October 21, in Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park Street, Brownsville.

Condolences may be sent to

Allyn Willner

Wonderful man helped 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, where 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.



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