Obituaries Feb. 15

February 14, 2014

Helen Lucille Cox

Helen Lucille Cox, 82, of Jefferson, died Friday, February 14, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Waynesburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Helen Breese Ewart

Helen Breese Ewart, 98, of Washington, died Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Breese’s Personal Care Home, Claysville.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

Herbert Lynn Hamilton

Avid hunter and fisherman

Herbert Lynn “Pone” Hamilton, 69, of Rogersville, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Donnell House, Washington, following a short but courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 27, 1944, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Arnie “Pone” Wayne and Prudence Inez Berry Hamilton, and had resided in the Nineveh and Rogersville areas for most of his life.

Mr. Hamilton was a member and trustee of Fork Ridge Baptist Church, Cameron, W.Va. He was a 1963 graduate of West Greene Middle-Senior High School, where he became the first wrestler to earn a section wrestling title the same year.

Mr. Hamilton worked for Dunmar Oil and Gas as a laborer until 1964, when he worked as a laborer for National Transit Oil Co. In 1966, he worked for Equitable Gas, prior to 1981, when he worked as a corrosion technician for Equitrans LP. Following that, he was a welding and corrosion inspector for 13 years with Gulf Interstate and McDaniel’s Technical Services Inc., prior to retiring from Elk Industries in November 2013.

He was a member of Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM and Lodge of Perfection, Uniontown.

Mr. Hamilton and his wife made their home available for many foster children for the past 47 years. He enjoyed coaching youth wrestling and baseball, hunting, fishing and camping in his camper.

On August 3, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Jean Adams, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Jeffrey Lynn, husband of Rhonda Hamilton of Sycamore, and Anthony B. “Albert,” husband of Heather Hamilton of Elkins, W.Va.; a daughter, Amy Christine, wife of Guy R. Hostutler of New Freeport; four grandchildren, Hunter, Hayden, Aaron and Olivia Hamilton; two brothers, Carl C. Hamilton of Washington and L. Sheryl, husband of Linda Hamilton of Graysville; and a sister, Alberta, wife of Keith Wise of Graysville.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Donald W. and Kenneth M. Hamilton; and three sisters, Lena Chenney, Evelyn Price and Garnet Smouse.

Friends will be 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 17, with the Rev. Bruce Judy officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM will have a service at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to your local chapter of American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Clara Rose Jalosky Josephites

First Presbyterian Church member loved music

Clara Rose Jalosky Josephites, 91, of Bentleyville, died Friday morning, February 14, 2014, in Mon Valley Care Center, Monongahela.

She was born July 5, 1922, in Donora, a daughter of Frank and Mary Winkowski Jalosky.

A homemaker, she also worked as a waitress at the former Abbandini’s Restaurant in Bentleyville.

Mrs. Josephites attended First Presbyterian Church and was a former member of American Legion Post 165 Ladies Auxiliary, a Golden Star Sister and Fraternal Order of Eagles 1809 Ladies Auxiliary, all of Bentleyville.

She had a love of music. In the 1940s, she and her sisters, Helen and Mary Ann, had a trio and sang at local venues.

On January 30, 1947, she married Thomas P. Josephites, who died March 3, 1995.

Surviving are daughters Judith Spinda (Daniel) of Bentleyville and Janet Duvall (David) of Somerset; grandchildren Wesley Armstrong (Lisa), Wendy Armstrong Yantek (David) and Daniel Spinda (Julie); six great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Jared and Allyson Yantek, Danilo Spinda and Kenneth and Nina Jesko; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are six brothers and three sisters.

Private services will be held at the family’s convenience. Memorial contributions can be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or First Presbyterian Church, 812 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. Visit to leave a condolence message and share photos.

Deqlynn Renee Klages

Deqlynn Renee Klages came to Earth at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014, and grew her wings at 9:25 a.m.

Surviving are her parents, Barry L. Klages II and Amanda Strauss Klages of Washington; two sisters, Whitney and Kaydence-Nicole Klages; and a brother, Barry Klages III. She also will be sadly missed by great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family and friends near and far.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 17, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Pastor Rick Bruckner officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Helen J. Kramer

Helen J. Kramer, 86, of Bavington, died Thursday, February 13, 2014, in West Hills Health and Rehab Center, Coraopolis.

She was born December 18, 1927, in Green Tree, a daughter of the late George Elmer and Hannah Lordeon Johnston. She was a graduate of Midway High School.

On November 27, 1947, she married Wayne Kramer, her husband of 66 years, who survives. Together, they owned and operated Kramer’s Greenhouse.

Mrs. Kramer was involved in many community activities, including PTA-Robinson Elementary School (president), Panhandle Area Council PTA (president), Burgettstown Grange (master/lecturer), Bavington Blenders 4-H leader, charter member of Boy Scout Troop 1396, BSA Silver Beaver Award, Jefferson Award for Public Service, Fort Vance Historical Society, Midway Senior Citizens, Fort Cherry School Board representative, religious education (teacher) and member of St. Columbkille Roman Catholic Church, Imperial.

Mrs. Kramer was known for being an organized event planner and leader who had a very creative and artistic flair with perfect handwriting.

Surviving are brothers Paul (Grace) Johnston, Deacon Tom (Mary Alice) Johnston, Jim (Claudette) Johnston, Raymond (Emma) Johnston; a sister, Mary Jean (Herbert) Speer; her children, daughter Catherine “Kay” (Larry) Snatchko of Burgettstown and four sons, Mark (Judy) Kramer of Bavington, George-deceased (Mary Beth) Kramer of Hankey Farms, David (Janet) Kramer of Hickory and Chris (Dawn) Kramer of Hanover Township; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 305 Main Street, Imperial, 724-695-2800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, in St. Columbkille Church, Imperial. A private interment will be held at Grandview Cemetery, Burgettstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Mrs. Kramer’s special-needs great-grandson, Hunter Kramer, which can be mailed to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057. Please sign a guest book at

Steve Kramrich Jr.

Korean War veteran

Steve Kramrich Jr., 85, of Denbo, died Friday, February 14, 2014, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.

He was born July 31, 1928, in Arnold City, a son of Steve and Mary Hassen Kramrich.

Mr. Kramrich attended East Bethlehem schools and later worked as a crane operator for 44 years for Marcus Paulson.

A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from February 7, 1951, until his honorable discharge December 29, 1952, with a rank of corporal.

His first wife, Josephine Parchetta, with whom he had seven children, died in 1980.

In 1985, he married Grace Mayfield Lewis, who is deceased.

Mr. Kramrich was a member of American Legion, Jefferson. His favorite pastime was going to the casino.

Surviving are daughters, Debra (Kevin) Everett of Denbo, Stephanie (Scott) Piper of Fairchance, Mary Jo (Wally) Lemenovich of Vestaburg, Michelle (George) Smoggie of Clarksville and Beverly (Ron) Arthur of Lone Pine; a son, Steve (Natasha) Kramrich III of Fredericktown; a daughter, Amy (Bill) Cree of Khedive; a brother, George Kramrich of Las Vegas; sisters, Frances Olesky of Hiller; Cynthia Kramrich of Las Vegas; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Deceased is a brother, Joseph Kramrich.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m., the hour of service, Sunday, February 16, in Frank Burkus Funeral Home, 26 Mill Street, Millsboro, PA 15348.

Monie Carl Parker

Served in Korean War

Monie Carl “Bill” Parker, 80, of Valparaiso, Ind., died Thursday, February 6, 2014, in Porter Regional Hospital, of heart problems.

He was born March 25, 1933, in Jakes Run, W.Va., a son of the late Monie Dee and Nellie Elizabeth Eddy Parker.

Mr. Parker was a 1951 graduate of Clay-Battelle High School.

He worked for 31 years at Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor, Ind., as a planning engineer. He was a co-owner of Insulation Specialties in Wanatah, Ind.

Mr. Parker was a 32nd degree mason and a member of Orak Temple, American Legion, Scottish Rite and United Methodist Church.

He served his country from 1953 to 1955 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Ruth Cummins Parker, to whom he was married for 62 years; two children, Monie Owen Parker and wife Kim of Valparaiso and Mary Elizabeth Koontz and husband Brent of Woodbridge, Va.; four grandchildren, Michael Koontz and wife Michelle of Yorktown, Va., Benjamin Koontz and wife Katie of Newark Del., Justin Parker and wife Holly of Wheatfield, Ind., and Stephanie Parker Kennon of Eldon, Mo.; 10 great-grandchildren, Logan and Lance Koontz, Kayla, Collin, Mia and Jorja Kennon, Brody Koontz and David, Kylie Grace and Connor Parker; a sister, Helen Louise Suder and husband Milford of Rivesville, W.Va.; a nephew, Ronald Powell and wife Kathy of Homosassa, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law James and Nancy Cummins of Jakes Run, Joseph and Linda Cummins of Fort Washington, Md., John Cummins of Valparaiso and Robert Copeland of Fairview, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Betty Simmons, and a niece, Patricia Powell.

Friends were received Friday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, 5894 Mason-Dixon Highway, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15, with Pastor Rob Bennett officiating. Interment will follow in Eddy Chapel Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Jakes Run Assembly of God.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clay-Battelle High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, in care of Mona Tennant, 9195 Mason Dixon Highway, Wana, WV 26590, or Salvation Army, 1224 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Bernard J. Rattenni Jr.

1961 graduate of Canon-McMillan H.S.

Bernard J. “Bernie” Rattenni Jr., 71, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Pittsburgh after being ill.

He was born August 3, 1942, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Bernard J. Rattenni Sr. and Evelyn Defalco Rattenni.

He was a 1961 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School.

Mr. Rattenni was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses April 7, 1962, and was a member of Pittsburgh Chinese Congregation.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Kathy; two daughters, Julie Hansen, wife of Solon, living in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., and Melissa Lojan, wife of David, who are serving as missionaries in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa; and a brother, Richard Rattenni, husband of Jean, of Canonsburg.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is his first wife, Nancy.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2401 Raven Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

Professional services are by D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd., Lawrenceville.



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