Obituaries Feb. 8

February 7, 2014

Richard W. Bedillion

Richard W. Bedillion, 59, of Canonsburg, died Thursday, February 6, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA, 15342, 724-745-2350. A full obituary will appear in a later edition.

Ella M. Cormack

Ella M. Cormack, 90, of Crucible, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 10, in Lesako Funeral Home, Carmichaels. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Doris M. Geary Fraudin

Center Presbyterian Church lifetime member

Doris M. Geary Fraudin, 93, of Canonsburg, formerly of McMurray and Overbrook, passed away peacefully February 6, 2014, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center in Canonsburg, with her family by her side.

She was born November 1, 1920, in Peters Township, a daughter of the late Albert and Sarah Doman Geary.

Mrs. Fraudin was a lifetime member of Center Presbyterian Church of McMurray, where she lived for many years.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed visits and outings with her friends.

Mrs. Fraudin had worked at the former Sun Drug Store in South Hills Village, where she met Jules Paul Fraudin. They were married November 10, 1972. He passed away November 26, 1978.

Surviving are a niece, Audrey Washabaugh (Robert); a great-niece, Robin Smith (Kenneth); two great-nephews, Robert (Rebecca) and John Washabaugh; several great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews; and the staff of Townview, who she considered her second family.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are two sisters, Phyllis Geary and Edith Crawford, and a nephew, William Washabaugh.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private. Arrangements have been entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home, Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, 300 Barr Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317, where Mrs. Fraudin comfortably resided her last few months. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

John Wilbur Patterson Sr.

U.S. Army veteran

John Wilbur “Web” Patterson Sr., 81, of Washington, formerly of Hopewell, died unexpectedly, Thursday, February 6, 2014, in his home.

He was born October 3, 1932, in Canonsburg, a son of the late John Thomas Patterson and Dorothy Winifred McDonald Patterson.

Mr. Patterson worked for Jessop Steel in maintenance for 35 years. He was a member of Fourth United Presbyterian Church.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955 and received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Surviving are a son, John W. (Mary Ann) Patterson Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Mary Louise Patterson of Washington; a sister, Maxine Arbes of Washington; two grandchildren, Nicole L. (Robert) Wilbert and Emmet M. Patterson; and a great-grandchild, Foster Wilbert.

Deceased is a brother, David O. Patterson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, February 10, in Fourth United Presbyterian Church, Washington, with the Rev. Robert Miller and Pastor Alice Curry officiating. Burial will follow in Upper Buffalo Cemetery, West Middletown.

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Barbara Jo Rager

Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church member

Barbara Jo Rager, 62, of Washington, died Friday, February 7, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, following a courageous two-month battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

She was born March 23, 1951, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of the late Charles Evans and Joan Caldwell.

Mrs. Rager was a 1969 graduate of McGuffey High School, and went on to be a customer service representative for Hills Department Store, and then worked for 18 years for Huntington Bank as a teller.

She was a member of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, where she also served as youth coordinator.

Mrs. Rager was team captain and committee member for Relay For Life, and loved fireworks, doing crafts for her grandchildren, camping and the beach. She considered Christmas her favorite time of year. She loved life and was an adventurous person who will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

On November 17, 1995, she married Cecil W. Rager, who survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Christopher Janovich of Washington, Shawn (Maria) Janovich of Robinson, Cecil W. Rager Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brian K. Rager of Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters, Laura Jo (Mike) Schick of Raleigh, N.C., and Amanda L. (Robert) Morgan of Chesapeake; a brother, Richard (Debbie) Clutter of East Liverpool, Ohio; two sisters, Terri (Charles) Steadman of Washington and Deborah Jo (Kurt) Cox of Claysville; and seven grandchildren, Payton M. Janovich, Ashley and Eli Janovich, Ali Kat Schick, Tyler A. and Madison P. Morgan and Justis M. Rager.

Deceased is her stepmother, with whom she was very close, Wynona Irwin.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Condolences may be expressed at, and photos uploaded to, Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director

Mae Bertha Thomas

Loved spending time with grandchildren

Mae Bertha Thomas, 61, of Franklin Township, Greene County, died unexpectedly at 9:25 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014, in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.

She was born May 15, 1952, in Spraggs, a daughter of the late Melvin Burdette and Blanche Olive Yoho Moniger, and resided in the Waynesburg area for most of her life.

Mrs. Thomas was a 1970 graduate of West Greene High School.

She was a member of Chapter 123 of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Waynesburg.

Mrs. Thomas enjoyed riding horses and motorcycles, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

On March 31, 1989, she married Paul “Sonny” Robert Thomas Jr., who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Carolyn Fox, companion of Jim Mortin, and Christine Corwin, both of Carmichaels, and Tracy, wife of Gary McDonald, of Waynesburg; two sons, Robert “Bob,” husband of Angela Moniger, of Waynesburg and Paul “Rob” III, husband of Melissa Thomas, of Carmichaels; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn, wife of Harold Newman, of Graysville; and a brother, Kenneth, husband of Chris Moniger, of Smithfield.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother, Dennis Russell Moniger.

Friends will received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 10, with Pastor Melissa Geisler officiating. Interment will follow in Centennial Cemetery, Aleppo. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Ann Florence Zanolli

Health Center volunteer

Ann Florence Zanolli, 95, of Meadow Lands, died Thursday, February 6, 2014, in Washington Hospital.

She was born September 13, 1918, in Meadow Lands, a daughter of the late E. Louis Zanolli and Sophie Scarpari Zanolli.

Ms. Zanolli was a lifelong member of Miraculous Medal Church. She enjoyed traveling with her friend, Martha Roche, and loved walking, lawn care, flower gardening and playing cards. She also liked to golf and bowl.

She was a volunteer at the Washington County Health Center. She worked at Montgomery Ward and Langs, where she did the office books and ordering.

Surviving are a brother, Fred (Judy) Zanolli of Meadow Lands; nieces and nephews, Damian Zanolli and David Zanolli, both of Meadow Lands, Larry Zanolli of North Wales, Jean (Bill) Cline of Washington, Bob (Barbara) Zanolli of Washington, Mary Ellen (Skip) Schober of Washington and David (Lisa) Zanolli of Warrington; great-nieces and great-nephews, Jim Zanolli, Michael (Heidi) Zanolli, Anthony (Kelly) Zanolli, Amy (Jerry) Frazee, Lisa (Travis) Smith, Sara (Billy) Schumacher, Katie (Joe) Bali, Zach (Mindy) Zanolli, Stefanie (Phillip) King, Erik (Lisa) Schober, Tyler Schober, Elisa Schober, Matthew Zanolli and Joel Zanolli; great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Logan Zanolli, Madyson Frazee, Savannah Frazee, Wyatt Frazee, Landon Frazee, Austin Smith, Maura Smith, Ella Smith, Taylor Schumacher, Quinn Schumacher, Jackson Bali, Benjamin Zanolli, Jacob Zanolli, Dylan King and Jace Day.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are two brothers, Larry Zanolli and Dave Zanolli.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Meadow Lands at 10 a.m. Monday, February 10, with the Rev. Carmen D’Amico as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington.

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