Obituaries Feb. 18

February 17, 2014

Helen Breese Ewart

Involved with 4-H for several years

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

She was born in Washington, January 2, 1916, a daughter of the late Frank I. and Eva Bell McAdams Breese.

Mrs. Ewart was a 1933 graduate of Trinity High School and former member of Liberty Methodist and North Buffalo Presbyterian churches.

She was a 25-year member of Buffalo Grange, holding office of lecturer and junior matron. She was also a 4-H leader for several years.

Mrs. Ewart enjoyed crafts of different kinds and made many quilts.

Surviving are two daughters, Margery (Robert) McWhorter of South Carolina, Kathryn (James) Barnes of Washington, and a son, Robert (Della) Ewart of North Carolina. Her grandchildren are Neil (Kelly) McWhorter of Florida, Kent (Dianna) McWhorter of South Carolina, Aaron Barnes of Washington, Amy (William) Haines of Prosperity and great-granddaughter Eithne McWhorter of South Carolina.

Deceased are her husband Robert C. Ewart; three brothers, Clarence (Red) Breese, Ralph Breese, and John, who died in infancy, and an infant grandson, Todd McWhorter.

Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 21. A guest book may be signed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington County 4-H Scholarship Fund, c/o Penn State Cooperative Extension, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 601, Washington, PA 15301.

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 State 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 in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 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, Peters Township. Please add or view tributes at

Brenda Lee Hutchinson

1957 – 2014

Brenda Lee Hutchinson, 56, of Graysville, died Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

She was born May 24, 1957, in Washington, a daughter of the late Wilbur and Lucille Kiger Burnsworth.

Mrs. Hutchinson attended Bethlehem-Center High School.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed the outdoors, especially watching deer.

On December 24, 1974, she married Lester David Hutchinson, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 39 years, are two daughters, Amy L. (Bill) Corcoran of Palmyra and Jamie L. (Todd) Christopher of Cokeburg; five grandchildren, Leanne M. Krupzig, Stone J. Corcoran, Samantha L. Christopher, Todd D. Christopher II, Zachary R. Christopher; a brother; and as many nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are three brothers.

At the request of the deceased, all services will be private. A guest book may be signed 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 golf, 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 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 Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Edward D. Magon

Edward D. Magon, 56, of Avella, died Monday, February 17, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete and handled by Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., Avella. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Carter Phillips

Carter Phillips, 80, of Morris Township, Greene County, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014, in his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Emily M. Phillips

Homemaker who enjoyed time with family

Emily M. Phillips, 94, of Waynesburg, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, because of a short illness.

She was born Monday, September 29, 1919, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Charles Ross Waychoff and Debra Johnson Waychoff.

Mrs. Phillips lived her entire life in Greene County.

She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Mrs. Phillips was a homemaker and very hard worker.

On April 7, 1936, she married Charles I. Phillips, who died November 13, 2000.

Surviving are two daughters, Dixie (Oliver) Stockdale of Waynesburg and Letha A. (Ted) Longstreth of Waynesburg; six grandchildren, Gregory (Nancy) Stockdale of New York, Erin (Brad) Patterson of Waynesburg, Beth Sadlek of Mt. Lebanon, Brian (Melody) Longstreth of Waynesburg, Chuck (Jane) Longstreth of Ruff Creek and Misti (Jason) Toothman of Core, W.Va.; 11 great-grandchildren, Kari and Jennifer Stockdale, Emily Fraas, Lauren and Ian Patterson, Nate and Olivia Sadlek, Lindsey Longstreth, Cara and Jenna Longstreth and Jacey Toothman; a great-great-grandson, Adam Fraas; a sister, Dorothy Anderson of Waynesburg; a brother, Butch Waychoff; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two sisters, Juanita and Dolly, and four brothers, Ross, Jim, Johnny and Sam Waychoff.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family with Benjamin Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville.

Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, are in charge of arrangements. Information is available at

Stephanie Szafranksi

Stephanie Szafranski, 67, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, February 15, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.

Arrangements are entrusted to McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, 724-745-2350.

A. Rosella Vereb

Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church

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

She was born May 2, 1934, in Francis Mine, a daughter of the late Dennis Daniel and Agnes Boken Harshall.

Mrs. Vereb was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown.

Surviving are children George (Diana) Vereb of Pittsburgh, Jerry Vereb of Fort Mill, S.C., Mary (Jack) Okorn of Atlasburg, and Michael Vereb of Canonsburg; a son-in-law, Matthew Rozmus of Burgettstown; a sister, Eileen Felton of Cherry Valley; and 12 grandchildren, Josh, Jeffrey, Leah, Zackery, Jacob, Jordan, Rachael, Zachary, Dejanira, Noah, Wyatt and Gunnar.

On August 14, 1954, she married George R. Vereb, who died July 16, 2004.

Also deceased are a daughter, Teresa Rozmus, and a son Stanley Vereb.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 20, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Burgettstown, with the Rev. John Sweeney, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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Sara Louise Gillingham Whitehead

Retired English teacher

Sara Louise Gillingham Whitehead, 86, of Kingwood, Texas, died Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center.

She was born March 15, 1927 (Beware the Ides of March!), in Elizabeth, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Julia E. Bakush Gillingham.

Deceased are her loving husband of 44 years, Ralph H. Whitehead Jr. in 1998; a son, Ralph Henry “Hank” Whitehead III in 2004; and a sister, Lucille, who died in infancy.

Surviving are a devoted daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne W. and Richard M. Potter of Kingwood and dear friends and family from everywhere she graced.

Mrs. Whitehead was a graduate of Clairton High School and University of Pittsburgh, where she also did post graduate work and was a member of Phi Mu sorority.

She lived in Moon Township for many years, before retiring as an English teacher at Aliquippa High School. Prior to relocating to Houston, Texas, in 1981, she lived in Philadelphia and the Netherlands.

Mrs. Whitehead was a member of James Tull Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Humble, Texas, and Atascocita Presbyterian Church in Humble.

She was a wiz at Jeopardy, loved music, had a beautiful alto voice and was known to strum her ukulele while belting out the occasional raunchy tune. She will be truly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

The professionals at Methodist Hospital, especially the West 8 staff, showed her loving care.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 21, with the Rev. Andrew Scott officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions in her memory to Star of Hope Mission, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, TX 77054.

Condolences may be made to the family at



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