Obituaries Feb. 19

February 18, 2014

Ronaele Cekola

Ronaele Cekola, 70, of Washington, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in her home.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington.

Thalma Cora Feiszli

Member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem

Thalma Cora Feiszli, 91, of Washington, died February 18, 2014, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare.

She was born February 18, 1923, in Washington, the daughter of Preston Garrett Roach and Madaline Elizabeth Chesser Roach.

She was a 1942 graduate of Washington High School. Mrs. Feiszli was a clerk/manager at the Fashion Hosiery Shop for more than 20 years. She then worked at Bull International until her retirement. She was a member of West Washington Methodist Church and the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She enjoyed yard work and flower and vegetable gardening.

On May 29, 1942, she married Norman William “Bud” Feiszli, who died December 23, 1988.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Kenneth Roach and Bobby Roach, and two sisters, Betty Mae Bedillion and Vivian Elizabeth Batove.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 20, inWilliam G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 8 p.m. Burial will be private. Additional information and a guest book are available at

John A. Hallam

Grandfather and Korean War veteran

John A. Hallam, 87, of Washington, died Monday, February 17, 2014, in his home.

He was born January 20, 1927, in Washington, a son of the late Cleon and Mabel Armstrong Hallam.

Mr. Hallam was a graduate of Trinity High School and retired from NAPA Auto Parts, Canonsburg, after 30 years of service. He was a member of Laboratory Presbyterian Church. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Korea.

On April 10, 1949, in Washington, he married Martha McConnell, who died February 5, 2005.

Surviving are two sons, John S. (Mu Sun) Hallam of Peoria, Ariz., and Richard L. (Paula) Hallam of Washington; two daughters, Linda (Gary) Dicks of Washington and Cathy A. Mikus of Peoria, Ariz.; a brother, Wayne Hallam of Washington; a sister, Elsie Todd of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Heather Pattison, Heather Ausher, Shaun Hallam, Dawnetta Johns, Katie Dicks, Cory Amos and Jordan Mikus; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Arthur Hallam, and a sister, Lois Hallam.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 21, with Rev. Donna L. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. Military honors will be afforded by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society at

Grace I. Kern

Devoted grandmother

Grace I. Kern, 94, of Washington, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in Washington County Health Center.

She was born March 18, 1919, in McKeesport, a daughter of John E. Pinkerton and Margaret Gallagher Pinkerton.

Mrs. Kern was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Prosperity. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, watching “The Price is Right” on television, shopping and spending time with family.

On October 5, 1933, she married Joseph Kern Sr., who died June 10, 1992. They were married for 59 years.

Surviving are a son, Joseph (Phyllis) Kern Jr. of Washington; two daughters, Joan (Andy) Anderson of Washington and Lois Kern of Washington; eight grandchildren, Cynthia Rydzak, Joseph (Deb) Rydzak, Joseph (Tammy) Kern, K.C. (Michelle) Walters, Terry (Dennis) Dydiw, Stacy (David) White, Kristi (Barry) Bartusiak and Leslie (Bob) Croyle; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are four brothers, Denver, Carl, John and Frank, and two sisters, Margaret Saunders and Mildred Pinkerton.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 21. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Norman B. Leichliter

Norman B. Leichliter, 76, of Fredericktown, died Monday, February 17, 2014, in Donnell House, Washington.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Behm Funeral Homes Inc., Jefferson.

Carter Phillips

Local farmer and member of Gideons International

Carter Phillips, 80, of Nineveh, died Monday, February 17, 2014, at 4:20 p.m. in his home following a brief illness.

He was born April 11, 1933, in Washington, a son of the late Arthur Lindsey and Leanna Carter Phillips, and had resided in the Nineveh area of Morris Township for most of his life.

Mr. Phillips was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg.

He was a 1952 graduate of Trinity High School. Mr. Phillips was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a corporal with the U.S. Army in Germany. He was awarded the OCC Medal Germany, the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He was a former employee of the Purina Corp. and was employed as a salesman with Agway in Eighty Four for 24 years. Mr. Phillips was a self-employed farmer in Morris Township all of his adult life, raising beef cattle and growing and harvesting hay.

He served as a volunteer with the Greene County Bible Release program for the last 20 years, volunteered with the Yoke Prison Ministries for eight years, ministered to local nursing homes around Greene and Washington County and was a member of Gideons International. He served as treasurer for the Greene County Men’s Ecumenical Communion Breakfast for the past several years.

Mr. Phillips enjoyed playing dartball and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

In 1957, he married Burnita Irene Estel, who died in February 1970; on September 9, 1972, he married Kathleen Irene Johnson, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Shane A. (Linette) Phillips of Sycamore and Shelby (Annette) Phillips of Waynesburg; two daughters, Misty (Otto) Hohing of Washington and Tonia (Scott) Beaver of McDonald; 14 grandchildren, Rachel, Rebecca, Amanda, Brittany, Shanin, Autumn, Summer, Sheldon, Savanah, Catherine, Amber, Jeremiah, Kylie and Brennan; three great-grandchildren, Krysten, Madyson and Alexis; and two sisters, Nancy Beabout of Waynesburg and Mary Louise Barna of Titusville, Fla.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and first wife, are three brothers, Clarence (Mitch), Paul (Rink) and Raymond (Hoke) Phillips, and a sister, Betty Minor.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in First Church of the Nazarene, Waynesburg, where funeral and committal services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, February 21, with the Rev. John Poling officiating. Interment will be private in Hopewell Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 330 of Waynesburg and representatives of the U.S. Army on church property. Family suggest memorial contributions be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or the Cornerstone Ministry Center, P.O. Box 378, Carmichaels, PA 15320. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at

Emily M. Phillips

Additional information has been supplied for the obituary of Emily M. Phillips, published Tuesday. She was a member of First Christian Church in Waynesburg.

Henry J. Steinmetz Jr.

Purple Heart recipient

Henry J. “Hank” Steinmetz Jr., 70, of Brook Park, Ohio, formerly of Bethel Park, died Sunday, February 16, 2014, in Holy Family Home, Parma, Ohio.

He was born May 7, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Herscoe Steinmetz.

Mr. Steinmetz was retired as an accountant with the former Massey Buick in Dormont. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Surviving are his daughter, Dawn (Dennis) Broadway of Parma, Ohio; a stepson, Stephen Columbus of Clarksville; and a granddaughter, Sara Pearl Broadway.

Deceased is his wife, Catherine “Kay” VanVoorhis Steinmetz, who died in March 2013.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, in Finleyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 21, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville, with Rev. Robert J. Boyle as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mingo Cemetery with full military honors accorded by Mon Valley Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Stephanie Szafranski

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.

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 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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