Obituaries Oct. 25

October 24, 2013

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 are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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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David Engle

Graveside service for David Engle, who died October 18, 2013, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, November 3, in Claysville Cemetery, is cancelled.

Audrey Greenlee

Waynesburg resident was active in community

Surrounded by family and friends, Audrey Greenlee passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in her home in Waynesburg.

Mrs. Greenlee, born in Pittsburgh, was a daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Huchel.

After working as a lab technician in his medical office, she married Dr. Daniel Paul Greenlee March 20, 1937. They moved to Waynesburg in 1949, where they made their home near the hospital in which Dr. Greenlee practiced. He passed away in March 2005.

She was very active in the community, volunteering her time at Greene County Memorial Hospital, Eva K. Bowlby Library and the Waynesburg Senior Citizen Center.

Mrs. Greenlee enjoyed reading, needlework, playing bridge, baking, but most of all, her family.

Her loving household was home to her children, Bill (Barb), Tom (Martha), Janet (Kay) Rohanna, Betsy, Nancy “Pinky” (Lonn) Jackson, Mary Jane “Tuner” (John) Markle, Paula (Steve Winter), John (Natalie), Marte (Dennis) Dobosh and Margie (Jerry) Howard. All of her children survive, with the exception of Bill, who passed away in 2010.

In addition to all the neighborhood children, friends and extended family, she and her husband also welcomed foster children, foreign exchange students and medical residents into their home.

Her 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren enjoyed her play room, nursery rhymes and overflowing cookie jar.

Mr. and Mrs. Greenlee were fortunate to have loving and caring neighbors, Katy and Dr. Jer Yuan Tsai, who were “adopted” by the family and provided wonderful care for Mrs. Greenlee.

Longtime friend and neighbor, Irene Gapen, regularly visited Mrs. Greenlee. Her compassionate caregivers, Lori Rose, Joy Kerr and Fern Weaver, provided daily care and love.

In accordance with her wishes, her body was donated to the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Memorial service details to be announced.

To honor her wonderful life, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Thomas W. Jones

Thomas W. Jones, 89, of Waynesburg, formerly of Spraggs, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, in Evergreen Personal Care Home, Waynesburg.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary and arrangements will appear in a later edition.

James R. Moore Jr.

Washington resident

James R. Moore Jr., 97, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in his home at Strabane Woods.

He was born June 5, 1916, in Ellsworth, a son of James R. Sr. and Anna Mae Holub Moore.

Mr. Moore, a coal miner for several years, retired from Pennsylvania Transformer, where he worked in the assembly department for more than 25 years.

His wife of 75 years, Valeta B. Shelkey, passed away May 8, 2008.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Ann Johnston of Albuquerque, N.M.; son Donald R. “Mike” Moore (Jo Ann) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Newanna Templeton of Washington; two brothers, Donald P. Moore of McMurray and Charles Edward Moore of Nebraska; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife, are two sisters, Stella Langendorf and Adaline Gearing; and two brothers, Thomas and Burgess Moore.

Services and interment will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston. The family suggests friends who wish may contribute to Strabane Woods Benevolent Care Fund, 319 Wellness Way, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Robert E. Pecharka

Lifelong Canonsburg resident enjoyed fishing

Robert E. Pecharka, 59, of Canonsburg, North Strabane Township, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, October 23, 2013, in his home.

He was born May 9, 1954, in Canonsburg, a son of the late George J. and Ruth J. Nestor Pecharka Sr.

Mr. Pecharka lived in the Canonsburg area his entire life and was Catholic.

He was a machinist for Hallmore Machine in Bethel Park.

Mr. Pecharka had been a member of the AGA, Slovak Club and Jednota and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Surviving are two sons, Robert E. Pecharka Jr. and Thomas George Pecharka (Alyssa Schillo), both of Canonsburg two stepsons, Brian (Angel) Krenzelak of Eighty Four and Michael Krenzelak of McKees Rocks. Also surviving are six brothers, George J. (Janet) Pecharka Jr. of Meadow Lands, John Pecharka of Houston, David (Kathy) Pecharka of Robinson Township, Richard Pecharka of Canonsburg, Christopher (Tracy) Pecharka of Dana Point, Calif., and Joseph (Carolyn) Pecharka of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 25, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will be private. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Shirley Ann Johnson Schinke

Former Greene County resident

Shirley Ann Johnson Schinke, 77, of Painesville, Ohio, formerly of Davistown, Greene County, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in U.H.H.S. Geauga Regional Hospital, Chardon, Ohio.

She was born May 16, 1936, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Olan Leslie and Sara Jane Wilson Johnson.

Mrs. Schinke worked as a secretary at Richmond Heights General Hospital, retiring in 2000.

She was a member of Church of the Brethren.

On December 24, 1984, she married George Fremont Schinke, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Olan Bruce Stevenson and wife Tina of Painesville and Robert Stevenson Jr. and wife Peggy of Mentor, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother Duane Johnson of Waynesburg; five sisters, Lila Matz of LaPalma, Calif., Leslie Jones of Waynesburg, Paula Stoneking and husband Kenneth of Waynesburg, Diane Layton and husband George and Kimberly Crawford and husband Sheldon, all of Core, W.Va.

Deceased are her first husband, Robert L. Stevenson Sr.; daughter Mindy Stevenson Roth, who died in 2005; and three sisters, Pauletta Johnson, Melody Johnson and Juanita Wade.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, Funeral Director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 28, with the Rev. Gale Cobb officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Davistown. For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit

John Michael Toth

June 15, 1950 - October 13, 2013

John Michael Toth died October 13, 2013.

He was born June 15, 1950, in Fredericktown, one of nine children born to John and Anna Toth. Sisters Patty Bujarski, Emily Gold, Deborah Boback and Selene Sowden and brothers George, Richard, Michael and Christopher all have fond memories from life on the hill. Also surviving are important cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Toth preferred the outdoors and greatly enjoyed hiking, camping and kayaking. Music was a part of his life and he shared his love for music by directing church choirs, leading sing-alongs, playing guitar and bass and, of course, dancing.

He married Judie Riesen Barrett June 16, 1979, and gained a son, Jeff Barrett Toth. Later, they welcomed daughter Katie Toth Rojas and son Kevin Toth.

A yearlong battle with cancer did not diminish Mr. Toth’s love of life and accomplishments. His family will always remember his fun antics and gentle wisdom. Of all Mr. Toth’s accomplishments, and there were many, he was proudest of being a husband, father and grandfather.

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Donald N. Young

Additional information has been received for the obituary of Donald N. Young, published Thursday.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.



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