Obituaries Feb. 22

February 21, 2014

Robert Larkin Caffrey

Navy veteran always told stories, jokes

Robert Larkin “Bobby” Caffrey, 81, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in his home.

He was born October 4, 1932, in Washington, a son of the late Robert and Kathleen Larkin Caffrey.

Mr. Caffrey attended East Washington High School. After graduating in 1951, he attended Cedarville College in Ohio. He left to join the U.S. Navy in 1953, where he served four years on the USS New Kent and the USS Strong. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Service Medal.

Mr. Caffrey was also known as “Big Bob.” He enjoyed people; his joys in this life were simple: conversation and visits. He enjoyed a good laugh over a few beers.

Mr. Caffrey volunteered at Washington Hospital. He was an active member of BPOE Lodge 776 and OFL. He worked many jobs from selling cigarettes to being a shipping clerk at Fairmont Supply until his retirement. His favorite job was coaching midget league football at Seventh Ward.

Mr. Caffrey traveled the world with the U.S. Navy, but his favorite spot was Ocean City, Md., where he would spend vacations with his wife, kids and grandkids. He was always laughing and telling stories and jokes, while throwing memorable parties and making new friends. Among his likes were all things sports, especially football, listening to his records on the back porch, watching “Walker, Texas Ranger” and pulling pranks on his loved ones.

A letter from him was never unusual mail, and he often made it a point to call friends and family at all hours of the day just to “brag” about his kids or to say that he was thinking of them. He loved being silly, every single day.

On June 29, 1957, he married Joelle Culley, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Dane (Mary Kay) Caffrey of Wallingford; a daughter; Brenda Caffrey Haught of Washington; a sister, Cordelia Caffrey of McMurray; a brother, Edward (Dorothy) Caffrey of Washington; a sister-in-law, Rose Caffrey of Canonsburg; four grandchildren, Dana (Brian) Bell of Washington, Missy Haught (fiancé John Finnell) of Pittsburgh and Dane Caffrey Jr. and Bobby Caffrey, both of Wallingford; and two great-grandchildren; Morgandy and Adler Bell. Several nieces, nephews and beloved friends also survive.

A brother, Billy Caffrey, is deceased.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 24, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Karen Stevenson officiating. Entombment will follow in Washington Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at

Richard Allen Fike

Avid sports fan served in Desert Storm

Richard Allen Fike passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 15, 2014, in his home in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.

He was born September 14, 1962.

Mr. Fike was a 1980 graduate of Waynesburg High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Germany and a tour in Korea. He was a war veteran of Desert Storm. He also served in the 101st Airborne and was later stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Following his military discharge, Mr. Fike moved to Michigan with his former wife, Terri Kinnear/East, and two daughters. He then started his career as a corrections officer at Michigan Department of Corrections, where he was employed at the time of his death.

Mr. Fike was an avid sports fan. He loved watching NASCAR and was a die-hard Steelers fan. His summers were spent fishing with his daughters and teaching his grandson all the new tricks. He had truly touched many hearts, as he enjoyed the simple aspects of life. Mr. Fike will always be remembered with a smile on his face.

Surviving are three daughters, Danielle Elizabeth Fike and Krysta Lee Fike of Sault, Mich., and Tara Evosevich of Carmichaels; three grandchildren, Elijah Esson of Sault and Paige and Brady of Carmichaels; brothers Robby (Autumn) Fike of Waynesburg, Ronnie (Brenda) Fike of Fredericksburg, Va., and Randy (Brenda) Fike of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Mr. Fike had a sister, Tammy Hopkins of Pittsburgh. He is also survived by his father and stepmother, Jack and Sue Fike of Waynesburg.

His mother, Irene Hopkins, is deceased.

Friends were received Friday, February 21, in Hovie Funeral Home, Sault Sainte Marie.

Roberta Rennie Lash

Longtime Finleyville borough secretary

Roberta Rennie Lash, 88, formerly of Finleyville, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Country Meadows of South Hills, South Fayette Township.

She was born September 9, 1925, in Gastonville, a daughter of the late Robert M. and Nettie Carton Rennie.

Mrs. Lash was a longtime borough secretary and auditor in Finleyville, where her husband, James W. Lash, was mayor from 1979 to 1985 and a longtime council member before his death in 1992.

Mrs. Lash graduated in 1943 from Peters Township High School and graduated from Pinkerton School of Business in Pittsburgh.

Previously, she was a secretary at Pittsburgh Coal Co. and McMurray Supply, an executive secretary at Duquesne Light Co. and an office manager for Rennie & Williams Auto Co., founded by her father.

Mrs. Lash was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville and its Gleaner Class, a 50-year member of Order of the Eastern Star, a member of Finleyville Civic Club and a past member of Wright’s Methodist Church in Venetia. She was a talented seamstress and gracious homemaker, and she remained a passionate Democrat through many lively dinner conversations with her equally opinionated Republican spouse.

Surviving are her daughter, Cindi Lash (Chuck) Finder of Mt. Lebanon; two grandsons, David Finder of Mt. Lebanon and Brendan Finder of Pittsburgh; an aunt, Cora Carton of Avalon; two nieces; two nephews; and her dear friend, Harry Lytle of Finleyville.

A brother, David Rennie, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in First Presbyterian Church, 3595 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will follow at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsburgh chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, Landmarks Building, Suite 500, 100 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kegel Funeral Home Inc., 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville.

Bert H. Miles Bert Hill Miles

Washington graduate played with Stan Musial

Bert Hill Miles, 94, of Bridgeton, N.J., died Thursday morning, February 20, 2014, in his home under the care of hospice and his family.

He was the husband of Jeanne L. Wilmont Miles, who died in 1999.

Born in Erie and a graduate of Washington High School, Mr. Miles had been a resident of Bridgeton since 1966.

He was a decorated member of the U.S. Army, having seen active combat in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

An All-America baseball player in high school, he was proud to have played with Stan Musial.

Surviving are three daughters, Valerie DeMarco (Anthony) of Rosenhayn, N.J., Deidre Hoffman of Bluemont, Va., and Shelley Miles of Bridgeton; a son, Kyle D. Miles (Tinna) of Sacramento, Calif.; a son-in-law, Edward Simmers of Winchester, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a daughter, Allyson Simmer; a son-in-law, Ronald Hoffman; four sisters, Helen, Dorothy, Ruth and his twin sister, Myrtle; and eight brothers, Charles, Earl, John, Leslie, William, George, Robert and Harry. Mr. Miles was proud that eight of his nine brothers had served their country in the U.S. military.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, Thursday, February 27, in Freitag Funeral Home, 137 West Commerce Street, Bridgeton, with the Rev. Joe McKnulty of Bridgeton Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Burial will follow in Overlook Cemetery, Bridgeton.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Miles’ memory may be made to Meade-Woodward Post 1795, 60 Atlantic Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

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Joseph F. Mrenak

Consol coal miner for 43 years

Joseph F. Mrenak, 81, of Eighty Four, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh.

He was born November 11, 1932, a son of the late Frank and Marie Vehouc Mrenak.

Mr. Mrenak worked for 43 years as an underground coal miner, retiring in 1991 from Consol Energy’s Bailey Mine. His employment included numerous area coal mines, all owned by Consol. For more than 10 years, after his retirement, he worked as a maintenance man at Carlton Motel.

He was a member and former deacon of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four.

Mr. Mrenak enjoyed gardening, auctions and flea markets and was always tinkering with various projects.

On September 28, 1991, he married Elizabeth Davis, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Ronnie Mrenak (JoAnn) and Daren Mrenak (Maryann) of Washington and Denise Spragg (Kenny) of Southview; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Rose, died in 1989.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, with Pastor Tom Bellhy officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mrenak Family, in care of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at

Mildred E. Porter Parkinson

Seamstress enjoyed crafting, crocheting

Mildred E. “Millie” Porter Parkinson, 92, of Plum Borough and Penn Hills, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence E. Parkinson.

Surviving are children Clarence R. (Gloria) Parkinson and Janet (Bob) Kinsey; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Deceased are two sons, Tyrone and Robert Joseph.

Mrs. Parkinson was a seamstress and enjoyed crafting and crocheting.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Soxman Funeral Homes Ltd./Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road at Universal Road, Penn Hills, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 24. Burial in Plum Creek Cemetery. Donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 550 South Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Vernon Eugene Rice Jr.

Vernon Eugene Rice Jr., 59, of Houston, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in UPMC-Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a later edition by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Kimberly Anne Shaffer

Kimberly Anne Shaffer, 38, of Carmichaels, died Friday, February 21, 2014, in Donnell House, Washington.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, February 24, in Lesako Funeral Home, Carmichaels.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

John Andrew Slovik

Bartender at Bunnie’s Tavern and WWII veteran

John Andrew “Rusty” Slovik, 89, of Bishop, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.

He was born August 18, 1924, in Presto, a son of the late Florian and Anna Bandik Slovik.

Mr. Slovik was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning five medals and nine service stars.

He was a member of St. Mary Parish, Cecil; Granish Club, Bishop; and Croatian Fraternal Union, Canonsburg. He was a 50-plus-year member of Laborers International Union of North America.

He enjoyed going to the Farmer’s Market and Trader Jacks, sitting and talking with friends and sitting on the bench at Bunnie’s Tavern, watching traffic go by.

He worked as a construction laborer, for a short time on the railroad, and was a longtime bartender at Bunnie’s Tavern in Bishop.

Surviving are nephews Andy (Cathy) Cshusta of Cecil and Joseph (Laurie) Slovik of Bishop; nieces Kathy Quaresima of Bishop and Diane Gray of Bridgeville; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Marge Cshusta; a brother, Florian “Bunnie” Slovik; and a niece, Donna Irwin.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where a blessing service will be held at noon Monday, February 24, with the Rev. Stan Gregorek officiating.

Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 Honor Guard, Canonsburg.

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Angelo Vettori

Finleyville Auto Parts store owner

Angelo Vettori, 94, of Finleyville, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 30, 1919, in Mt. Lebanon, a son of Albert and Assunta Mungai Vettori.

Mr. Vettori owned and operated the former Finleyville Auto Parts for many years and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Surviving are a daughter, Dottie Cushman of New Eagle; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Deceased are his wife, Ruth Taylor Vettori, who died in August 1990; a daughter, Nancy Griffiths; and his loving companion, Lil Ayres.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Kegel Funeral Home Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, 3560 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 24, with Pastor Brent Furlong officiating. Private interment will be held in Jefferson United Methodist Church Cemetery in Gill Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Jacqueline J. Worthington

Former steelworker was member of horse associations

Jacqueline J. Worthington, 55, of Avella, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Washington Hospital. She had fought breast cancer since 2010.

She was born May 28, 1958, a daughter of Robert Worthington of Avella and the late Lyndall Hertig Worthington.

Ms. Worthington was a 1976 graduate of McGuffey High School. For 26 years, she worked at Washington Steel/Allegheny Ludlum as a rolling operator and steckel mill operator. Prior to that, she had worked at GG&C Bus Company as a bus driver and at Brockway.

Ms. Worthington was a member of Zion Methodist Church, Claysville, Western Pennsylvania Girls Barrel Racers Association and American Quarter Horse Association.

Surviving are her life partner of 30 years, Pam Miller of Avella; three sisters, Barb Conkle (Robert) of Scenery Hill, Debbie Bowersock (Bill) of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Pam Buchleitner (Dan) of Avella; special friends, Dirk and Lisa DePaoli, and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 24, with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Association of Service Dogs at 888-669-6273 or

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Louise J. Yakubik

Bentleyville homemaker enjoyed baking, traveling

Louise J. Yakubik, 91, of Bentleyville, died Wednesday, February 20, 2014, in her home.

She was born March 1, 1922, in Vanceville, a daughter of the late Orion and Sevilla Weaver Hibbs.

A homemaker, Mrs. Yakubik enjoyed traveling, arts and crafts, sewing and baking.

Surviving are nine children, Shirley Ullery (Bill) of Carmichaels, Anna Lambert (Wilmer “Bodie”) of Coal Center, Helen Gayman (Robert) of Marianna, Stephen Yakubik (Erin) of Brownsville, John Yakubik (Artie) of Charleroi, Rose Lambert (Henry A.) of California, Virginia Kimell (Randy) of Donora, Ron Yakubik (Deb) of Fredericktown and Donna Mesher (Rich) of Speers; four stepsons, George Yakubik Jr. of Washington, Pete Yakubik (Annie) of Cambridge, Jerry Yakubik (Allison) of San Francisco, Calif., and Paul Yakubik (Charlotte) of Henderson, Nev.; 37 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild, Leo; three sisters, Thelma Holmes of McMurray, Helen Stang of Bentleyville and Stella Franks of Bentleyville; two brothers, Harry Hibbs of Jefferson and Alvin Hibbs of Shipshewada, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, George D. Yakubik Sr., died July 23, 1993.

Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a stepson, Joseph Yakubik; a grandson who died in infancy; a great-grandson, Jessie Speggel; two sisters, Clara Hough and Alma Poling; and two brothers, Ray and Ivan Hibbs.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 24, with the Rev. Jennifer Dill officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, Donora. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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