Obituaries Feb. 23

February 22, 2014

Robert F. Klinger

Served in U.S. Army, retired ironworker

Robert F. Klinger, 82, of Canonsburg, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.

He was born September 22, 1931, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Steven and Minnie Marx Klinger.

Mr. Klinger served in the US. Army in Korean War.

He lived most of his life in Canonsburg.

Mr. Klinger worked as an ironworker for Local 550 and for United Mine Workers of America Local 2394, before his retirement.

He was a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston and SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane.

On July 2, 1954, he married his beloved wife, Donna J. Dixon, who passed away September 13, 2004.

Surviving are three sons, Robert F. (Bernie) Klinger of Muse, Gary A. Klinger of Athens, Ohio, and Richard J. (Beth) Klinger of Houston; four grandchildren, Mindy (Tim) Patterson, and Charlene “Charlie,” Jacob and Aaron Klinger; and great-grandson Gavin Patterson.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. Services and burial will be private and held at later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. To view or extend condolences, visit

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., the time of service, Sunday, February 23, in First Presbyterian Church, 3595 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. 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.

Dennis E. McCollum

Dennis E. McCollum, 83, of Waynesburg, formerly of Holbrook, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Washington Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Elizabeth Miller

Beloved mother, grandmother

Elizabeth Miller, 89, formerly of Bethel Park, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014.

She was the beloved mother of Nicholas Sutkovich (Karen), Jacqueline Wilson (Nick), Patricia Lucas ( Mark) and Jerrilyn “Jerri” Castelli ( Bill); grandmother of Nicole, Melissa, Jamie, Elizabeth, Steve, David, Cameron and Garrett; and great-grandmother of Rodney, Tatum, Tristan, Myzie and Emery.

Services and interment will be held privately by David J. Henney Funeral Home, Library.

James Bert Monar

Loving husband, father

James Bert Monar, 71, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was a gentle man and easy to love.

Mr. Monar attended West Virginia University and was a graduate of West Liberty State College in 1966 with a bachelor of arts in education.

Surviving are his wife, Sara E. Monar; daughters and sons-in-law Sharon and Steven Rexrode and Joy and Kyle Rottkamp; son Stephen James Monar; and grandchildren Thomas and Audrey Rexrode and Alex and Emma Rottkamp.

He leaves behind Mack, the family cat.

Services were February 19 in Lotz Funeral Home Chapel, Vinton, Va. Interment followed in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice.

Condolences and a live webcast of the service may be found at

Regina M. Monas

Homemaker loved reading

Regina M. Monas, 83, of Mather, died Friday, February 21, 2014, in Donnell House, Washington.

She was born February 25, 1930, in Jacktown, a daughter of the late Clifford and Lena Thomas Nevling.

Mrs. Monas was a 1947 graduate of Center Township High School.

She was a homemaker, who loved reading and doing crossword puzzles.

On April 13, 1951, she married James Edward Monas, who died April 15, 1997.

Surviving are four children, Donna Rossman and husband Mel of Streetsboro, Ohio, Jim Monas and wife Lana of Mather, Terry Monas and wife Jill of Jefferson and Lisa Bosnic and husband Gary of Washington; seven grandchildren, Craig and Adam Rossman, Alec Bosnic, Jilissa Kennedy, Janelle Hurd and Charles and Brent Yatchum; 10 great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to her husband, is a sister, Dorothy Pyle.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Monday, February 24, in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, with the Rev. Ken Jones officiating. Interment in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial to Donnell House, Hospice Care Inc. of the Washington Hospital, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed 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.

Enjoyed traveling

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

He was born May 20, 1954, in Washington, a son of the late Vernon E. Rice Sr. and Nyla Taylor Woodburn, formerly of Washington.

Mr. Rice was a graduate of Trinity High School and delivered and installed medical equipment.

He enjoyed traveling, science fiction and history.

On November 1, 1974, he married Janice Dennick, who died August 24, 2012.

Surviving are a son, William E. (Robert) Rice of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Jennifer (Barry) Bolte of Ocala, Fla., and Sonya McClelland of Houston; three sisters, Diane Toland of Claysville, Kris (Donald) Rice of Claysville and Paula (James) Taggart of Washington; and four grandchildren, Abel and Mateo Gomez, Kaylie McClelland and Nyla Lynn Grabiak.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 27, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

Additional information and guest book are available at

Kimberly Anne Shaffer

Waynesburg native worked at Teletech

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

She was born January 24, 1976, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Kathleen Rice of Clarksville and Charles J. Zvonkovich of Canonsburg.

Also surviving are her husband, Brian Shaffer; four children, Andrew Ingram, Devin Zvonkovich, Kayla Shaffer and Kacie Shaffer; a granddaughter, Olivia Pratt; maternal grandmother Dolores Petratus of Carmichaels; paternal grandmother Dorothy Zvonkovich of Greensboro; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased are her grandfathers, Stephen A. Zvonkovich and Joseph Petratus.

Mrs. Shaffer was a graduate of Courtland High School in Fredericksburg, Va.

She was employed by Teletech in Uniontown, as a call service representative, until she became ill.

In her youth, she enjoyed horseback riding and running track for her school team.

Mrs. Shaffer will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 to 10:15 a.m., the time of service, Tuesday, February 25, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, director/supervisor/owner, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Marcellus Roman Catholic Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. Father Francis Fraser, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. A parish wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Donnell House.

William T. Stiles

U.S. Army veteran

William T. Stiles, 86, of Hundred, W.Va., died Friday, February 21, 2014, in his home.

He was born March 24, 1927, in Hundred, a son of the late Charles Stiles and Mary Stiles.

Mr. Stiles was a retired oil and gas field driller.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.

Mr. Stiles was a member of Bristoria Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Viola Shirlene Morris Stiles; two sons, Charles Stiles and Michael Stiles, both of Hundred; a brother, Gary Stiles of Blacksville, W.Va.; a great-aunt, Margaret Grimes of Moundsville, W.Va.; and two grandchildren, Devon Kimble and Austin Stiles.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Thelma Maxwell and Wilma Henderson, and a brother, Charles G. Stiles.

He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Tennant Funeral Home, Hundred, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 24, with Pastor Gary Crawford officiating. Interment will follow in Eakin Cemetery, near Jollytown.

You may send condolences to the family at

Shirley Elizabeth White

50-year member of Third Presbyterian Church

Shirley Elizabeth White, 78, of Washington, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Consulate Health Care, of North Strabane.

She was born April 27, 1935, in Washington, a daughter of the late Harold Orville White and Helen E. Clemens White.

Ms. White was a 1953 graduate of Washington High School. During her senior year in high school, she began working at Cameron Coca-Cola, and continued working for the Cameron family for the next 43 years, retiring as office manager.

She loved vacationing with her family at Ocean Isle, S.C., and Seven Springs Resort.

Ms. White was a 50-year member of Third United Presbyterian Church, now known as New Hope Church.

Surviving are a sister, Peg Wilson of Washington; three nieces, Shirley Dean (Jim) Williams, Debbie Wilson and Denise Lago; a nephew, George “Butch” (Cyndi) Wilson; great-nieces Megan and Morgan Wilson and Elizabeth and Victoria Lago; great-nephews Patrick (Jasmine) Williams, Nicholas Williams, Mitchell Wilson and Matthew Lago; great-great-nephew Henry Williams; great-great-niece Dagny Williams; and her closest friends, Dick Cameron and Donna Staso.

Deceased is a brother, David Wayne White.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, with the Rev. Thomas Bellhy officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330 or Greater Washington County Food Bank, 1020 Route 519, Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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