Obituaries Oct. 24

October 23, 2013

Pearl Rendziak Barbosky

A funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. for Pearl Rendziak Barbosky, who died October 18, in Freyvogel-Slater Funeral Directors, 112 Fort Couch Road (Across from Macy’s in South Hills Village), Bethel Park.

Lawrence M. Blockinger

Beloved husband

Lawrence M. “Larry” Blockinger, 67, of North Strabane, died Monday, October 21, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the beloved husband of 40 years to Karen; father of Leslie (Ryan) Mytrysak and Larry M. Jr.; grandfather of Chase and Camden Mytrysak; and brother of Raymond.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauers. Friends welcome Saturday 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, October 28, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

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Barbara A. DiMarzio

Daisytown resident

Barbara A. DiMarzio, 65, of Daisytown, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in Donnell House.

She was born July 6, 1948, in Washington, a daughter of the late Benjamin DiMarzio and Helen Gladish DiMarzio of California, who survives.

Mrs. DiMarzio was a 1967 graduate of Bentworth High School and received an associates degree in business administration from Penn Commercial College.

For more than 12 years, she worked as an assembler for Pennatronics, California.

Surviving are a son, Michael Runyon of Coal Center; two brothers, Dale DiMarzio of Ellsworth and Stephen DiMarzio of Bentleyville; a sister, Gail Morgan of Eighty Four; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville. Funeral services and interment will be private.

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Melissa Capo Fahey


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

She was born September 19, 1974, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of John Capo and Kathy Sekura Capo, who are deceased.

Ms. Fahey was a graduate of Trinity High School and a member of Lone Pine Christian Church.

Surviving are three sons, Christian Capo of Washington, Shawn Fahey of Canonsburg and Ethan Fahey of Canonsburg; a brother, Johnny (Cortney) Capo of Washington; a sister, Kristy Capo of Washington; two nieces, Kendle and Liliana; and her companion, William Pearl.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, in Lone Pine Christian Church, Washington. Burial will follow at Lone Pine Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd.

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Linda Yartin Hudock McCracken

Bentworth School District teacher

Linda Yartin Hudock McCracken, 65, of Scenery Hill, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Allegheny General Hospital.

She was born November 22, 1947, in Monessen, a daughter of the late Andy and Dorothy Rendos Yartin.

Mrs. McCracken was a 1965 graduate of West Newton High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. She received her bachelor’s degree in special education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. McCracken started her career at Intermediate Unit I and later taught for more than 30 years in Bentworth School District, where she worked with children with learning disabilities, until her retirement in 1999. Most recently, she served as a substitute teacher in Bentworth School District.

For 23 years, she was a member of Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Scenery Hill, where she was a member of the church council. She was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association-Retired.

She was an avid reader, animal lover and was actively involved in the Scenery Hill Community and the National Pike Festival.

On July 27, 1991, she married William “Skip” McCracken, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Charlynne Dicks (William) of West Brownsville; a son, Kenyon McCracken of Scenery Hill; a sister, Andrea Yartin of Monessen; a brother, Andrew Yartin (Cathy) of Monessen; and two nephews, Michael and Matthew Yartin.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 28, with the Rev. Peter Asplin officiating. Interment will be in Holy Name Cemetery, Monessen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2128 E.ast National Pike, Scenery Hill, PA 15360.

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Robert E. Pecharka

Robert E. Pecharka, 59, of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., 724-745-8120. A full obituary will appear in later edition.

Richard F. Polen

Former West Greene School Board member

Richard F. Polen, 76, of Spraggs, formerly of Sycamore, died unexpectedly at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Washington Hospital, after being in declining health the past six months.

He was born November 4, 1936, in Richhill Township (Ryerson), Greene County, a son of the late Fred L. and Hazel Irene Cunningham Polen.

Mr. Polen resided in the Richhill and Morris Township areas of Greene County all his life, prior to moving to Spraggs in 2004.

He was a 1956 graduate of West Greene High School, Rogersville, and a member and trustee of the former South Wheeling Baptist Church at Ryerson Station.

Mr. Polen was a peacetime veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served as a specialist 5th class, being called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961.

He was employed by the former Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. at Majorsville as a corrosion technician for 41 years before retiring in 1999, and was a member of the former Quarter Century Club of Columbia Gas.

Mr. Polen was a former youth football coach in Richhill Township, a former member of the school board of West Greene School District and an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

On May 13, 1956, he married Geraldine “Gerry” M. Yoho, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Mark, husband of Janeen Polen of Wooster, Ohio; two daughters, Kim, wife of James Anderson of Aleppo, and Heidi, wife of David Nelson of Spraggs; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Jennifer, Cody and Ryan Polen, Amber Hunt, Evan Anderson and Ali and Derrick Nelson; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Jesse R., husband of Shirley Polen of Weirton, W.Va.; a sister, Margaret (Pug) Bayard of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of family, there will be no public visitation. A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, with Pastor Ron McCoy officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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Carman Enoch Sensky

Carman Enoch Sensky, 80, originally of Washington, went to be with her Lord October 21.

Survived by his spouse, Jean, and family. Arrangements: Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek, 9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas 77095, 281-345-6061.

Adrian H. Thielet

Marine Corp. vet was avid outdoorsman

Adrian H. “Shine” Thielet, 73, of Lawrence, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in his home.

He was born September 5, 1940, in Canonsburg, a son of George and Bessie Chytil Thielet.

Mr. Thielet was Catholic.

On February 5, 1966, he married his loving wife, Madeline Refosco Thielet, who survives.

Mr. Thielet served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Prior to his retirement, he worked as a yard foreman for Dick Corporation for 42 years. He was a member of Laborers Union 1058.

Mr. Thielet was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his son, Larry Thielet of Lawrence; his daughter, Michelle Thielet of Lawrence; two sisters, Joan Demski and Georgene Siders, both of Lawrence; four grandchildren, Zachery Jarecki, Zane Jarecki, Travis Thielet and Sydney Thielet; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Mary DeGrave.

Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Services will be private. Interment will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, with full military rites accorded by Veterans of Foreign War Post 191 and American Legion Post 902.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors, 139 Mitchell Road Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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Howard Wayne Tustin

Played guitar, loved animals

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

He was born January 19, 1953, in Washington, a son of Clifford Tustin Jr. and the late Mary Moore Tustin.

Mr. Tustin was a house painter, played guitar and loved animals, especially his dog.

On August 7, 1970, he married Sherri Lowe Tustin, who died May 5, 2001.

Surviving are a son, Jeffrey Tustin of Graysville; a daughter, Stephanie (George) Ealy of Wind Ridge; a brother, Frank Tustin of Washington; two sisters, Joyce Hay of Washington and Sherry Moninger of Washington; and four grandchildren, Michael Mrenak, Cara Mrenak, Nicolas Michael Tustin and Marcus Anthony Tustin.

Deceased is a daughter, Courtney Tustin.

At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd.

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Ruth E. Ullom

Ruth E. Ullom, 84, who passed away September 16, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be interred at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, in North Ten Mile Baptist Church Cemetery, Amity, with the Rev. Dr. L. Stephen Smith Jr. presiding.

Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc. is handling the arrangements.

Donald N. Young

U.S. Navy veteran

Donald N. Young, 86, of Monongahela, passed away October 19, 2013, in Kindred Care Hospital.

He was born in Washington, a son of the late Robert W. and Stella Wilson Young.

Mr. Young was a graduate of Trinity High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for CSX Railroad.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela, where he was an elder and member of the church choir.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Patricia Haines Young; three children, Linda West, Richard Young and Paula (Charles) Wood; two grandsons; a granddaughter-in-law; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley, and husband Richard Henry. He is also survived my many nieces-in-law and nephews-in-law.

Deceased are a brother, Robert G. Young, and his wife, Kate.

Mr. Young donated his body to science at West Virginia University. Services were private.



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