Obituaries Feb. 14

February 13, 2014

Nancy Jane Wightman Dreyer

Elder of First Presbyterian Church

Nancy Jane Wightman Dreyer, 80, of Ellsworth, died Wednesday afternoon, February 12, 2014, in Kade Nursing Center, Washington.

She was born May 17, 1933, in Ellsworth, a daughter of Henry Dale Wightman and Sarah Lilley Wightman.

She was a 1951 graduate of Ellsworth High School. Mrs. Dreyer worked as a laboratory technician for John J. Kane Hospital in Bridgeville and also worked at Subway in Bentleyville. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bentleyville, where she was an elder. She was also a member of the former Somerset Club.

On October 7, 1972, she married Duane Dale Dreyer, who died October 9, 1989.

Surviving are her stepchildren, Allen Keith Dreyer of Washington, Rhonda K. Amos of Bentleyville and Eric P. Dreyer of Ellsworth; stepgrandchildren Robin Keener (Gary) and Raymond Hanning; six stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings Mary Lois Knapp (Avril) of Largo, Fla., Dorothy Tennyson (John) of Jackson, Mich., and Sarah Bennett (Robert) of Baltimore, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are brothers, John Wightman and Henry “Hank” Wightman.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at 6 p.m. Monday, February 17, in First Presbyterian Church, 812 Main Street, Bentleyville, with Pastor Andy Scott officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements in care of Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255. Visit to leave a condolence message and share photos.

William E. Farner

Charleroi community leader

William E. Farner, 86, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

He was born November 2, 1927, in Cross Creek, a son of the late Edward and Florence McLain Farner.

He was a graduate of Hickory High School. He attended Virginia Military Institute and was a graduate of Wisconsin School of Banking. Mr. Farner was manager and assistant vice president of Mellon Bank in Charleroi and Washington. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Cross Creek Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Farner was active in the Charleroi community. He was honored by the Charleroi Chamber of Commerce with the Congressional Award for community service. He was past president of Charleroi Lions Club, Charleroi Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of Greater Charleroi Industrial Development Corp., secretary of Charleroi School Authority and served on the boards of Monongahela Valley Hospital, United Way and Washington County Economy Leagues. He was a member and treasurer of Nemacolin Country Club.

Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Donati Farner; sons Chris (Linda) of Speers and Eric (Jan) of Fallowfield Township; grandsons Evan, Brandon and Joshua (Alyssa); granddaughters Jade and Chelesa; great-granddaughter Brenley; and daughter-in-law Beverly Farner of South Park.

He also leaves behind his faithful dog, Leo.

Deceased are his son, Brad; his sister, Edna; and his brother, Glenn.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15. Interment will be in Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Speers United Methodist Church in memory of William Farner. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Joseph Ladisic Sr.

U.S. Army veteran worked as coal miner

Joseph Ladisic Sr., 77, of Cokeburg, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, in Washington Hospital.

He was born January 31, 1937, in Cokeburg, a son of the late Mike and Anna Zupancic Ladisic.

Mr. Ladisic was a U.S. Army veteran. He was an underground coal miner for Beth Energy Mine No. 60, where he worked as a roof bolter for many years. He worked for General Motors, Fischer Body plant, McKeesport, in his earlier years.

Mr. Ladisic was a member of Croation Fraternal Union No. 354, Cokeburg, and played in the Adult Tamburitzans.

He enjoyed his family, woodworking and gardening.

On April 2, 1960, he married Janet E. Christopher Ladisic, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Gary Ladisic (Jane) of Lake Placid, N.Y., and Jason Ladisic of Oakdale; two grandsons, Zachary and Joshua Ladisic; a brother, Peter Ladisic of Cokeburg; two sisters, Viola Zegilla and Dolores “Dolly” Goblesky, both of Cokeburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, Joseph Ladisic Jr.; four sisters, Julia Weiner, Leona Puskarich, Rosella LaBrasca and Janice Yoskey; and a brother, Marion “Merk” Ladisic.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 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, February 17. Interment will be in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville. A guest book and personal condolences made accessed at

Kathleen E. Boylan Madigan

Loved spending time with grandchildren

Kathleen E. Boylan Madigan, 67, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014, as a result of a long-term illness.

She was born August 3, 1946, in Philadelphia, a daughter of James H. Boylan of Washington and the late Dorothy A. Boylan.

Mrs. Madigan was a 1964 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Washington, then went on to earn a business degree from Robert Morris College.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Washington, where she was employed as the office manager of the rectory. As an active member of the parish, she also served as a Eucharistic minister and was involved in many other organizations in the church.

Mrs. Madigan enjoyed decorating and cooking, but most of all, loved spending time with her grandchildren.

On July 1, 1967, in Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, she married David C. Madigan Sr., who died July 18, 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Aimee (Hank) Bradley of Norman, Okla., and Susan (Derek) Colantonio of Washington; a son, David C. (Lisa) Madigan Jr. of Lawton, Okla.; a brother, Dr. Thomas (Lois) Boylan of Chevy Chase, Md.; two sisters, Mary Ellen (Alan) Jutca of Washington and Theresa (Myles) Meehan of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren, McKenzie, David III and Katie Madigan of Lawton, William and Andrew Bradley of Norman, and Matthew, Caroline, Annie and Charlie Colantonio of Washington; an aunt and uncle, Mary Ann and William Boylan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her mother and husband, deceased is a sister, Patricia A. Dimmack.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Dale D. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 1290 Jefferson Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, February 17, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Washington. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Immaculate Conception Church.

Phyllis R. Richardson

1931 - 2014

Phyllis R. Richardson, 82, died Sunday, February 9, 2014, in Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Born July 11, 1931, in Washington Township, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Harvey H. and Ruth Turner Richardson.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, James E. Richardson; daughter Karla Garner; sister Peggy Essinger; and two grandchildren, Kimberly and Kristopher.

Services will be held at a later date. Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family. You may share your memories and condolences with the Richardson family by visiting

Alan R. Ruskin

Proud U.S. Navy veteran

Alan R. Ruskin, 68, passed away Monday, February 3, 2014, in Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness.

He was born August 13, 1945, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, the eighth of nine children born to Karl Sr. and Kathryn Crider Ruskin.

Mr. Ruskin is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, who honorably served his country in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Louisville Eagles No. 2374, American Legion Post No. 548, Legion Color Guard and Louisville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7490.

Surviving are his son, Christopher (Melody) Ruskin of West Virginia; brothers Jerry (Nancy) Ruskin of Brilliant, Ohio, and Tom (Tammy) Ruskin of Louisville, Ohio; sister Kathy McFarland of Zanesville, Ohio; grandson Christopher; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are sisters Carol Bumgarner, Kitty Kimble and Mary Delaney, and brothers Karl Jr., Donald and Ed.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services are planned at this time. Interment with full military honors will take place at a later date. Condolences and special memories may be shared at

Jessie E. Stohon

Valley Chapel Methodist Church member

Jessie E. Stohon, 76, of Holbrook, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014, in her home.

She was born July 2, 1937, in Holbrook, a daughter of the late Floyd and Audrey McMasters Morris.

On June 16, 1983, she married George A. Stohon Sr., who died July 13, 1990.

Mrs. Stohon was a homemaker and had worked at Isaly’s in Waynesburg. She was a member of Valley Chapel Methodist Church, Holbrook.

Surviving are a brother, Floyd “Pete” Morris of Holbrook; two sisters, Ethel Phillips of Holbrook and Erma Orndoff (Gary) of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews, including Debbie Phillips, Russell Phillips and Judy King.

Deceased are three brothers, Russell, Junior and George Morris; a sister, Velma Morris; and an infant brother and infant sister.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the time of services, Sunday, February 16, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg. The Rev. Ben Williamson will officiate, followed by interment in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. Condolences may be offered at

Naomi Horne Wortman

1923 - 2014

Naomi Horne Wortman, 90, of Fairfax, Va., formerly of Zollarsville, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, following a two-month illness.

She was born May 28, 1923, in Zollarsville. A daughter of the late LeVaugh and Russell Horne, she married the late Charles R. Wortman of Clarksville.

Surviving are two sons, Charles R. Wortman of Herndon, Va., and Robert A. Wortman of Fairfax, Va., and four grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, is a sister, Rosemond “Corky” Bauer.

Services will be held Saturday, February 15, in Fairfax.



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