Obituaries Jan. 9

January 8, 2014

Nannie Rebecca Bell

American Legion Auxiliary member was amazing cook

Nannie Rebecca Bell, 89, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed on peacefully, as she wanted, Sunday, January 5, 2014, in her home.

She was born October 28, 1924, in Washington, a daughter of Glenn and Goldie Noble Smith.

An amazing cook, Mrs. Bell made it her life’s work. She cooked in numerous restaurants and clubs, including Club 40, the Elks, Sweet Williams in Bridgeville and American Legion Post 175 in Washington, where she was known for delicious pies and dinners.

She liked crafts, sewing, crocheting, traveling and playing bingo.

Pleasant with a positive attitude, she never met a stranger and was always making new friends and doing for others. She loved doing things for her family and spending time with them, especially at the yearly summer family get-togethers. She always had to have a special cat around to spoil and keep her company.

Mrs. Bell attended schools in Washington, and, like others at the time, after completing eighth grade, she went to work at Hazel Atlas Plant 2 in order to help her family.

She belonged to Senior Life in Washington and enjoyed going there to see friends as well as the staff, who took good care of her.

She was a devoted 24-year member of American Legion Post 175 Auxiliary, where she held the office of second vice president for several years and also was in charge of planning parties and dinners.

She was married to Paul Kenneth Wilson, who died at a young age in 1956, leaving her to raise three young children, Pauline “Polly” (husband Marty) Williams, Kathleen “Kathy” (husband Gaylord “Shorty”) Toland and Paul K. Wilson (friend Marge Marasco).

Her second husband, John Moon, is also deceased. They had a daughter, Karen (husband Steve) McDonnell of Troy, Ill.

Robert Bell, Nannie’s third husband, is also deceased.

She was a loving grandmother “Mam-Mam” to Don Chess (Linda Dunkle) of Washington, Dana Chess-McCord of Taylorstown, Jason (Tammy) Toland of West Alexander, Darren (Andrea) Toland of Prosperity, Charra Wilson of Washington, Jim (Michele) Wilson of Prosperity, Shelby (Rob) Hall of Illinois and Frank (Lena) McDonnell of Illinois. She had 13 great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Also surviving are her sisters, May Brock of Washington, Marylou Whipkey of Washington and Dorothy (Ray) Crowe of Waynesburg; and many special nieces and nephews, whom she loved and enjoyed visiting.

Deceased are a daughter, Joyce, and five brothers.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m., the time of service, Friday, January 10, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Debbie Williams, president of American Legion Post 175 Auxiliary, officiating. Private burial will be held in Pigeon Creek Cemetery, Eighty Four, at a later date.

Additional information and a guest book are available at

Charles W. Cummins

A memorial service for Charles W. Cummins, who died November 24, 2013, will held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, in Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Drive, Washington.

Richard B. Dimmack

54-year member of American Legion Post 175

Richard B. Dimmack, 92, of Newark, Del., went home to be with his Lord Monday, January 6, 2014.

He was born May 22, 1921, to Arthur and Isa Dimmack in Washington, where he lived before moving to Delaware in 2000, spending the last 13 years with his daughter.

Mr. Dimmack was a 50-year member of Masons Lodge 164, Washington, a 54-year member of American Legion Post 175, Washington, and a member of P.T. Boats Inc., Boat 252 Unit RON 20.

He married Betty Jane Lowry on August 17, 1946.

Surviving are his sons, Richard L. Dimmack and A. David Dimmack; daughter Susan Corbett; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three nephews.

Deceased are his loving wife of 32 years, Betty Jane; grandson Richard J. Dimmack; his parents; brother Frank Dimmack; and sister Amy Dimmack Osborne.

Services will be held Thursday, January 9, in St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 10 Old Newark Road, Newark, DE 19713. Burial will be in Washington at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his memory to St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. To express a condolence, please visit

Blanche G. Emery

Formerly of Washington

Blanche G. Emery, formerly of Washington, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013, in Lockport, N.Y.

Born June 3, 1925, in Dunbar, she was a daughter of Ralph A. and Gladys Herbert Gibson.

She graduated in 1943 from Washington High School and worked as a bank teller until her marriage to Charles H. Emery on October 31, 1945. He died on November 7, 2012.

The Emerys moved to Lockport in 1949 and, while raising her family, Mrs. Emery was involved in various community organizations, including Hospital Guild and Meals on Wheels.

She enjoyed singing, handicrafts, golf and bowling. After being out of the Lockport area for 35 years, she returned to be near to her family.

Mrs. Emery was the mother of Cedra (Raymond) Ferington of Lockport, Susan (late John) Heher of Presto, the late Ronald Emery and the late Jody Emery; grandmother of David (Kristina) Ferington, Raymond Ferington, Kristin (Kevin) Teeter, Richard Ferington, Ronald Ferington, Kevin Heher and Michael Heher; great-grandmother of Justin and Samantha Ferington and Kyle and Kelsey Teeter; and sister of Donna (Don) Abell, Gayle Dunn, the late Ruth Wilson, the late Ralph Gibson and the late Patricia Asbaugh.

Private funeral services will be held at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Kathleen Marie Petrick Gamble

North Carolina woman enjoyed cooking

Kathleen Marie Petrick Gamble, 64, of Midland, N.C., passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in her home with her family by her side.

She was born May 7, 1949, in Waynesburg, to the late John Thomas Petrick Sr. and the late Elizabeth Jane Burke Petrick.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 10, in the chapel, officiated by the Rev. Mark Clontz and Pastor Finley Cutshaw. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Charlotte, N.C. The family will gather at the home at various times.

Surviving are her beloved husband of 46 years, James Edward Gamble Sr.; son James Edward Gamble Jr. and wife Sarah of Matthews; two daughters, Lori Ann Edmisten and sons Drew and Jakob Edmisten of Indian Trail, and Rebekah Lynn Cutshaw and husband Finley and children Ashley, Jessie, Finley M., Matthew, Nathaniel, R. Lauren and Caleb Cutshaw of Memphis, Tenn.; brother John Thomas Petrick Jr. and wife Darlene of Washington; and sisters Patty Petrick Campbell and husband Cleve of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kim Petrick Deusenberry and husband Denny of Grafton, W.Va.; and mother-in-law Virginia Lawrence Gamble of Clarksville.

Mrs. Gamble was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was incredibly giving, thoughtful and loyal. She enjoyed cooking, shopping for everyone she knew and treasure collecting. She was a dedicated office administrator for Bible Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C., and Bethel United Methodist Church in Midland. She had a fighting spirit, which was an inspiration to all.

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 12700 Idlebrook Road, Midland, NC 28107; Eastside Baptist Church, 3232 Covington Pike, Memphis, TN 38128; and First Baptist Church of Indian Trail, c/o Send Love Project, 2034 Van Buren Avenue, Indian Trail, NC 28079.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Gamble family.

Condolences may be made at

Ivan H. Guesman

Educator and philanthropist

Ivan H. Guesman, 97, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in his home with his wife by his side.

He was born December 28, 1916, in Rices Landing, a son of the late Homer F. and Effie Crago Guesman.

Mr. Guesman served in the U.S. Army during World War II and for 25 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel.

He graduated from Carmichaels High School in 1934 and California State College and received his master’s degree from West Virginia University.

Mr. Guesman was a dedicated teacher for many years, having started in a one-room schoolhouse at Homeville in Jefferson School District. Later, he served as an elementary school principal and superintendent in West Greene School District. He then joined the faculty at California University of Pennsylvania, where he taught and was the director of student teachers.

He was a member of Hewitt Presbyterian Church of Rices Landing.

Mr. Guesman and his wife are well-known for their generous support of education, health care and churches throughout the community and beyond.

On March 30, 1943, he married Adelaide Ivill, who survives.

Also surviving is a nephew, Keith Collins of Inman, S.C.

Deceased are two sisters, Beatrice Guesman and Louise Collins; and two brothers, Raymond Guesman and Clifford Guesman.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Behm Funeral Homes, 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, in Roberts Chapel at Waynesburg University, with the Rev. Geoff Rach officiating. Interment will follow in Hewitt Cemetery, Rices Landing. Graveside military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 954, Jefferson.

Condolences may be expressed at

Glenn F. Hilderbrand

Retired rigger from Dravo Corp.

Glenn F. “Toots” Hilderbrand, 77, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 10, 1936, in Canonsburg, a son of Harry and Virginia Marshall Hilderbrand.

Mr. Hilderbrand had worked as a rigger for Dravo Corp. in Pittsburgh, retiring in 1982.

On June 21, 1957, he married Patricia Lee Fitzgerald, who died July 10, 2000.

Surviving are four children, Glenn Hilderbrand (Eloise), Jerry Hilderbrand (Tammy) and Tracy Rice, all of Canonsburg, and Wende Rubin of Houston; eight grandchildren, Jerry and Jeremy Hilderbrand, Jesse Boland, Nicolas and Cody Hilderbrand and Dalton, Spencer and Hunter Rubin; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Hilderbrand (Faith) of Canonsburg and Michael Hilderbrand (Linda) of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Richard and Robert Hilderbrand, and a sister, Shirley Lyons.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private. Arrangements are entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Charles & Helen Kinkopf

Visitation for Charles Kinkopf, who died December 5, 2013, and Helen Kinkopf, who died June 27, 2013, will be from 9 to 10 a.m., time of memorial service, Saturday, January 11, in Sacred Heart Church, Claysville. Interment will be in Claysville Cemetery.

Dennis Alan Mumper

31-year music director at Canonsburg U.P. Church

Dennis Alan Mumper, 60, of Cecil Township, went to direct the choirs of angels in heaven Tuesday, January 7, 2014, following a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born April 1, 1953, in Midway, a son of the late William and Ruth Daudet Mumper.

On May 20, 2000, he married Christine Knupp, who survives.

Mr. Mumper was a 1971 graduate of Fort Cherry High School and a 1975 graduate of Westminster College.

He served as a director of music ministries at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church for 31 years. He was employed at Siemens Building Technologies in Bridgeville, where he was a service operations manager.

Surviving, along with his wife, are a son, Christopher (Currie) Mumper of Washington; a brother, Richard Mumper of Midway; a sister, Linda (Ken) Bozic of Midway; and best friend Kenton Klink of Canonsburg.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church (everyone is asked to please meet at the church), with the Rev. Tom Ribar, the Rev. Peggy Shannon and the Rev. Linda Mankey officiating. Interment will be private.

Memorials may be made to Canonsburg U.P. Church Music Department, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317. View and add condolences at

Mary L. Williams Murray

Member of South Hills Church of the Nazarene

Mary L. Williams Murray, 88, of South Park, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 28, 2013.

Deceased are her husband, Benjamin Murray, and her daughter, Nancy L. Farrelli. She was the last of her siblings but leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins and members of her loving church family.

At Mrs. Murray’s request, there will be no viewing hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, in South Hills Church of the Nazarene, 5601 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, to which donations may be made in her memory.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel, Bethel Park.

Lynn Keener Reardon

A celebration of life for Lynn Keener Reardon, who died December 27, 2013, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 11, in Washington Cemetery chapel, 498 Park Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.

James D. Reid

Retired Duquesne Light coal miner

James D. Reid, 84, of Uniontown, died Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in his home.

He was born July 31, 1929, in Cameron, W.Va., a son of the late Charles H. “Chick” Reid and Celeste Barnhart Reid.

On March 31, 1950, he married Doris Roberts Reid, who survives.

Mr. Reid was a retired coal miner for Duquesne Light. He was a 65-year member of United Mine Workers of America. He served as chairman of Duquesne Light Local 6310, where he also served on the mine and safety committees. He was appointed union representative to the Pennsylvania State Board of Certification for Mine Foremen.

He was a state-certified electrician. He also worked as a real estate salesman for Reid Real Estate in Addison and as a part-time salesman for Glenn A. Arnold Real Estate.

Mr. Reid was an active member of Berachah Baptist Church in Somerset and a former deacon at John Corbly Baptist Church in Garards Fort.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, David M. Reid (Marlene) of Carmichaels; a daughter, Sharon D. Brewer (Tim) of Garards Fort; four grandchildren, James David Reid, Sarah Elizabeth Reid, Michelle Brewer Hutchison and Scott Glen Brewer; a stepgranddaughter, Meredith Sertich; two great-granddaughters, Meghan Hutchison and Kennedy Brewer; and a brother, Gerald M. Reid of Edmond, Okla.

Deceased is a brother, Charles Hastings Reid.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg, where services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, with Pastor Dale Lyzbicki officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baracha Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at

Haylee Jenise Shriver

Haylee Jenise Shriver, 2, of Waynesburg, died Monday, January 6, 2014.

She was born August 22, 2011, in Washington, a daughter of Wellington Shriver Sr. of Weirton, W.Va., and Christina Robison of Washington.

Haylee enjoyed trains, dancing, fishing, building puzzles and watching the Cartoon Network.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a brother, Wellington Thomas “Buddy” Shriver Jr. of Weirton; two sisters, Sindel Shriver of Washington and Jeania Shriver of Waynesburg; maternal grandparents Denise Robison of Republic and Mark Robison of Washington; paternal grandparents Patty and Al Jones of Weirton; and maternal great-grandparents Wilda and Harry Cogar of Waynesburg.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, January 11, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Pastor Arnold Watts officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Additional information and a guest book are available at



blog comments powered by Disqus