Obituaries Feb. 17

February 16, 2014

Marie A. Bakos

64-year resident of Richeyville

Marie A. Bakos, 100, a 64-year resident of Richeyville, died Friday, February 14, 2014, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

She was born January 16, 1914, in Daisytown, a daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Murcik Hartel.

Mrs. Bakos was a lifelong member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Richeyville, and was a member of St. Anne de Beaupre Court 1909 of the Catholic Daughters of America.

For many years, she was employed by Rosefield Food Center, Richeyville, in its produce department

Mrs. Bakos enjoyed gardening, knitting, baking and crocheting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

On May 20, 1946, she married Paul Bakos Sr., who died October 17, 1981.

Surviving are three children, Paul Bakos (Kay) and Mary Ann Bakos, both of Richeyville, and Kathryn Emswiler (Gregory L.) of Charlestown, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Regina Kastelic (Robert), Gregory P. Emswiler and Steven Emswiler; a great-granddaughter, Katie Kastelic; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three brothers, Louis, Thomas and Adam Hartel, and a sister, Anna Boka.

Friends are asked to gather at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, in St. Agnes R.C. Church, Richeyville, for a Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Interment will follow in Beallsville Cemetery, Beallsville. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or at, or a charity of ones choice. John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, is in charge of arrangements. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Lawrence J. Champagne

Lawrence J. “Larry” Champagne, who died January 26, 2014, will be accorded military honors at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

John M. Chatlak

U.S. Army veteran

John M. Chatlak, 82, passed away Saturday morning, February 15, 2014, in Uniontown Hospital with his loving wife and children by his side.

On September 23, 1931, he was born in Donora, a son of Mary Petrus Chatlak and John Chatlak Sr.

Mr. Chatlak was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Masontown. He was a graduate of Donora High School and the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of arts in business.

He was a former magistrate in Monessen and central committeeman in Masontown for 35 years.

Mr. Chatlak was a veteran of the Korean War and served a stint in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was also past commander and life member of American Legion Post 423, past commander and life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4584, past president and member of Pal’s Club, all of Masontown, and a member of AmVets Post 103, Uniontown.

He was a kind and gentle man, and he was a loving and devoted husband to his beloved wife, Donna Chatlak. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 38 years, Donna R. Bezjak Chatlak; children John Chatlak and wife Nancy of Wheeling, W.Va., Kim Garnic and husband Andrew of Rostraver Township, Karen Martell and husband Wayne of Quinton, Va., Lisa Chatlak and fiancé Chuck of Masontown, Vince Zapotosky and wife Carol of Uniontown and David Howard; grandchildren, whom he adored, Logan Howard, Megan Howard, William Zapotosky and Christopher and Savannah Martell; brothers Tom Chatlak and wife Debbie and children of Canonsburg, and Bob Chatlak and wife Gloria and children of Canonsburg; brothers-in-law, Alex Bezjak of Uniontown, Joe and Mickey Bezjak of New Geneva and Carl and Lara Bezjak and children, Alley and Bryn, of Uniontown,; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Carla Howard; and a sister, Jean, and her husband, Joseph Zelczak.

All relatives and friends of Mr. Chatlak will long cherish the fond memories of this exceptional and gentle man. He is departed but not forgotten.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in John S. Maykuth Jr. Funeral Home, 7 River Avenue, Masontown. Addition visitation will be held until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, the time of a prayer service in the funeral home chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church, Masontown, with the Rev. Father James F. Bump as celebrant. Interment in St. Agnes’ Cemetery, Leckrone. Military rites will be accorded by Masontown VFW Post 4584 and American Legion Post 423.

Helen L. Hickman Cox

Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend

Helen L. Hickman Cox, 82, of Jefferson, died at 1:48 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, while at the home of Jackie and Robert Tedrow, her beloved niece and nephew, surrounded by her loving and devoted family.

She was born Wednesday, January 13, 1932, in Shirley, W.Va., a daughter of the late Harley Hickman and Mildred Madaline Wright Hickman.

Mrs. Cox resided in the Waynesburg area most of her life, until she moved to Jefferson in 1992.

She was a member and elder of West Union Presbyterian Church in Sycamore. Because of her loving relationship with Jesus Christ, she found strength through life’s adversities.

Mrs. Cox retired from Greene County Memorial Hospital after several years of working in the dietary department.

She enjoyed camping, crossword puzzles, vacationing in Florida and family get-togethers. She was at her happiest when camping with her family. She followed the lives of her grandsons, whom she adored. In addition, she took great pride in her home.

On May 31, 1954, she married her husband, Stanley Cox, who died January 6, 2006. Together, they enjoyed horse shows, farming, vacationing, going to church and especially camping. She could always be found sitting with family around a warm campfire, sharing familiar stories.

Left to honor her memory are a son, Gary Allen Cox, husband of Tamara Lynn Cox, of Waynesburg; two grandsons, Ryan Puthuff of Waynesburg and Harley Shane Cox of Largo, Fla.; three sisters, Beverly Cross of Waynesburg, Dorothy Kelley of Carmichaels and Carolyn Ross of Waynesburg; three brothers, James Edward Hickman, Leroy “Buck” (Lucetta) Hickman and David L. Hickman, all of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews, who lovingly referred to her as “Aunt Heldoo.”

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a son, George Edward Cox, and three brothers, Billie Joe Hickman, who died at birth, William (Diddle) Hickman and Darrell (Joe) Hickman.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, with Commissioned Ruling Elder Nellie Baker officiating. Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery, Waynesburg.

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Samuel Fatzick Jr.

Veteran traveled the world

Samuel “Sam” Fatzick Jr., 87, of McMurray, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 15, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Fatzick for 66 years; loving father of Nancy Fatzick (Allen) Smith, Karen (Jeff) Rothgeb, Michael Hurst (Chris) Fatzick and Laura B. (Dustin) Reinsmith. Also surviving are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Fatzick received his art history degree from Kent University. He was well-known for his artistic side, especially for charcoal drawings of his children. His work as a designer took him many places around the world.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling and sports in general. He was also a member of the McMurray Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Canonsburg. Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauers. Please add or view tributes at

Carla Hixenbaugh

Carla Hixenbaugh, 54, of Waynesburg, died Saturday, February 15, 2014, in her home.

There are no services. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, is in charge of arrangements.

Karen Ruth Hughes Jacobs

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt

Karen Ruth Hughes Jacobs, 65, of Rogersville, died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014, in Donnell House, Washington, following a short illness.

She was born Wednesday, April 14, 1948, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Hansel C. Hughes and Betty Jane Shoup Hughes.

Mrs. Jacobs attended Rogersville United Methodist Church. While growing up, she was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church at Ruff Creek, where she was active in youth group and Bible school, and was a Sunday school teacher.

She studied drafting and had worked for the Greene County Assessment Office, Elder Care and as a legal secretary for Thompson and Bailey, attorneys of law.

She enjoyed reading, doing craft work, gardening and playing Sudoku. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her husband, John L. Jacobs, whom she married January 21, 1973; a son, Michael J. Jacobs of Rogersville; two grandchildren, Tyllor and Cimberlea, both of Carmichaels; a sister, Janet L. Tucker of Ruff Creek; two nieces, Sherri Tucker (Chris) Clark and Nicole M. Tucker, both of Ruff Creek; and a great-nephew, Christian Julien Jackson Clark.

At the request of the deceased, visitation and services will be private with the Rev. Bruce Judy officiating. Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, are in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. The family suggest donations be made to American Cancer Society, PA. Division Inc., Southwest Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15205-4620. Information is available at

Robert L. Lauze

Vietnam War veteran

Robert L. Lauze, 68, of Washington, died Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.

He was born November 9, 1945, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Raymond and Martha Brehm Lauze.

Mr. Lauze was a 1963 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Lauze worked for Washington-East Washington Joint Authority, retiring in 2004. He was a member and former officer of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education.

Mr. Lauze enjoyed golfing, loved jazz music and was a motorcycle and Corvette enthusiast.

On June 3, 1972, he married Dwana “Dee” Jennings, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Jason Lauze (Jamie) of Strabane; and three grandchildren, Marissa Lauze, Hunter Stubbs and Krista Stubbs.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 20. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, Canonsburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Michael S. Mitko

Wonderful husband, beloved father

Michael S. Mitko, 75, of Monaca, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

He was the wonderful husband of Gloria J.; beloved father and stepfather of Michael, Robert, Stacey (Ralph) Vigliotti, Tracey (Jeff) Kampian, Vicki (Norman) Maiers, Stephen Farley, James Farley, Colleen (Joseph) DeStephan and the late Dennis Farley; grandfather of 17; great-grandfather of six; and brother of Irene Fuller-Hernandez.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mr. Mitko was an avid collector of planes, trains and Oldsmobiles, and enjoyed hunting with his sons.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in Huntsman Funeral Home, 2345 Mill Street, Aliquippa, PA 15001.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Potter Township Fire Department, 206 Mowry Road, Monaca, PA 15061-2222.

Laurel Y. Ragland

First Baptist Church of McDonald member

Laurel Y. Ragland, 48, of Imperial, died Saturday, February 15, 2014, in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Miss Ragland was born June 17, 1965, in McDonald, a daughter of Marcella Ragland of McDonald.

She was a graduate of Fort Cherry High School and Duquesne University. She was the chief financial officer for UPMC Children’s Hospital.

Miss Ragland was a member of First Baptist Church of McDonald, where she was active in many of the church functions and also provided treasury reports for the church. She was one of the 50 women of excellence.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are brothers and sisters Rhonda (Ted) Freeman of Florida, Dru E. Ragland of McDonald, Steffanie Ragland of Georgia and Christopher W. Ragland of Florida; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc., 314 West Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, 724-926-2800. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, in First Baptist Church, 143 North McDonald Street, McDonald. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church.

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A. Rosella Vereb

A. Rosella Vereb, 79, of Burgettstown, died Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Washington County Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and in the care of Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown. A complete obituary will be announced in a later edition.

Bernard C. Wyne

Loved to fly model airplanes

Bernard C. “Bernie” Wyne, 83, of Monongahela, died Saturday, February 15, 2014, in his home after a lingering illness.

Born October 16, 1930, in Donora, he was a son of Paul and Helen Whiteman Wyne.

Mr. Wyne retired in 1992 from Verizon, where he worked for 38 years as a switchman. A graduate of Monongahela High School, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was protestant.

He was a member of the Missed Approach Flying R/C Club.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Patricia Dunlop Wyne; three sons, Richard D. Wyne (Shelly Segen), Brian Wyne of Monongahela and David and wife Regina Wyne of Belle Vernon; four grandchildren, Richard Wyne of Monongahela, Dustin Wyne of Elizabeth, Robin Wyne of Allenport and Matthew Wyne of Belle Vernon; a great-granddaughter, Riley Wyne; a brother, Philip (Emily) Wyne of Monongahela; and three sisters, Lynda (Dr. William) Berg of Coral De Tierra, Calif., Karen (Charles) Reiter of San Francisco, Calif., and Patty Compton of Bolivia, N.C.

Deceased are a brother, Ira Wyne, and a sister, Shirley McIlvaine.

At the family’s request, there will be no public visitation and services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Wynes’ name to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330, or the charity of ones choice. The Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767, was in charge of the arrangements.



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