Obituaries Feb. 25

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Pearl B. Amos

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother


Pearl B. Amos, 95, of Washington, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township, after a brief illness.


She was born July 4, 1918, in Cannelton, W.Va., a daughter of the late William and Rose Piza Belcastro.


Mrs. Amos attended Trinity High School and was a member of Fairhill Manor Christian Church.


She was employed at River Raisin for more than six years. She then worked for Federal Paper Company for eight-and-a-half years, and then at Washington Hospital as a nurse’s aide for 11 years, until her retirement.


Mrs. Amos was a member of Democratic Women and enjoyed bowling.


On December 24, 1938, she married James V. Amos, who died February 16, 1978.


Surviving are three daughters, Sandra (John) Vanatta of Washington, Debra (Craig) Dotson of Washington and Jamie (Earl) Hatfield of Washington; two brothers, Anthony Belcastro of Washington and Paul (Elaine) Belcastro of Washington; a sister, Mary Jane Thompson of Washington; seven grandchildren, Dr. Jason (Erika) Vanatta of Memphis, Tenn., Aaron (Johannah) Vanatta of Avella, Heather Hatfield of Washington, Joshua Hatfield of Washington, Courtney (Justin) Gatten of Washington, Cara (James) Hritz of Hickory and Chad Dotson of Washington; and five great-grandchildren, Avalon, Eden, Julia and Grace Vanatta and Connor Gatten.


Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday 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, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 27, with the Rev. Michael Lehman officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to Fairhill Manor Christian Church, 351 Montgomery Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


Dorothy Trax Bebout

Loving mother, talented seamstress


Dorothy Trax Bebout, 86, of Venetia, died peacefully Sunday, February 23, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital, from injuries suffered in a fall at her home.


She was born November 10, 1927, in Library, a daughter of the late George C. and Elizabeth Hast Trax.


Mrs. Bebout was a graduate of the former Snowden High School in Library.


On November 19, 1949, in Peters Creek Baptist Church in Library, she married the love of her life, Ira E. Bebout Jr., who passed away October 25, 1998. Together they owned and operated Bebout Farm in Venetia, eventually turning the operations over to their son, Thomas and his wife, Corrine.


She was a proud farm wife and a loving mother, who was devoted to the land, her home, her family and her many friends.


Mrs. Bebout loved her Lord and her church. She was a faithful member of Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.


She was a talented seamstress and quilter and a longtime member of Martha Washington Quilters Guild.


Surviving are two children, Thomas (Corrine) Bebout and Carol Bebout Coffield of Venetia; two grandchildren, Scott (Liz) of Venetia and Jennifer Bebout of Sewickley; the joy of her life, her two great-grandsons, Caleb and Teague Bebout, of Venetia; two brothers, Robert Trax of Finleyville and William Trax of Bridgeville; a sister, Elizabeth Pust of Granada Hills, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a brother, Ralph Trax.


There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, Venetia, with Doug Brandt officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Monongahela Cemetery.


Memorial gifts may be sent to Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia, PA 15367. Arrangements handled by Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel, Bethel Park. www.henneyfuneralhome.com


Harold Colvin

Fallowfield Twp. resident


Harold “Pap” Colvin, 91, of Fallowfield Township, passed away peacefully, Monday, February 24, 2014, in Mon Valley Care Center.


He was born November 15, 1922, in Fallowfield Township, a son of the late Hunter and Mabel Scott Colvin.


Mr. Colvin retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Allenport Plant in 1983 with 39 years of service as a pipefitter.


He was an avid hunter and loved to work in his flower and vegetable gardens.


Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Eileen Miller Colvin; a daughter, Barbara Palonder and husband Roland of Rostraver Township; a son, Douglas Colvin and wife Debra of Fallowfield Township; a brother Raymond Colvin and wife Wanda of Prescott, Ariz.; sisters Ruth Lonigro of Connellsville and Marie Jenkins and husband Skip of Roseville, Calif., and Carol Woodall; three grandchildren, Bryon Palonder and wife Kim, Kelly Weaver and husband Wil, and Kristin Delval and husband Chad; three great-grandchildren, Colton Palonder, Miley Delval and Jeffrey Delval; a great-grandchild on the way; and nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a sister, Dorothy Siegal.


Mr. Colvin will be greatly missed by all.


The staff at Mon Valley Care Center were kind and took care of him.


Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p. m. Wednesday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, where services will be held at noon Thursday, February 27. Interment will follow in Maple Creek Cemetery, Fallowfield Township. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com.


Mary Comport

Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church


Mary Comport, 90, of Burgettstown, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, in Washington Hospital.


She was born March 30, 1923, in Cherry Valley, a daughter of the late Matteo and Frances DeCarlo DeSantis.


Mrs. Comport was a homemaker, taking care of her family.


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


Mrs. Comport enjoyed cooking Italian food and spending time with her family.


On October 26, 1946, she married John Comport Sr., who died January 31, 2009.


Surviving are a son, John (Michele) Comport Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Rose Marie (Gene) Sprando of Burgettstown; and a brother, George (Dolores) DeSantis of Burgettstown.


Deceased, in addition to her husband, are her two grandchildren, Richard and Rebecca Sprando; five brothers, Louis, Tony, James, John and Harry DeSantis; and two sisters, Anna Spiotta and Edith Comport.


Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 27, with the Rev. George Moneck officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.


For further information or to leave a condolence, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


George P. Durko Sr.

Lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish


George P. Durko Sr., 82, of Cokeburg, died Sunday morning, February 23, 2014, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.


He was born August 25, 1931, in Gibson, a son of the late John Sr. and Mary Psota Durko.


Mr. Durko attended Cokeburg and Ellsworth schools.


He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.


With more than 30 years of service, he worked as an underground coal miner and a foreman at Beth Energy, Mine 60 and was later employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Mr. Durko was a past member and president of Cokeburg council.


He was a devoted Catholic and lifelong member of Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville. He attended daily mass after his retirement, until he was unable because of illness.


Mr. Durko was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 5826, Sons of Italy 609, Croatian Fraternal Union St. George 354, United Mine Workers of Americas Local 1197, AFSCME Chapter 13 and the U.S. Marine Corps Mon Valley Leathernecks.


He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on his cars and home and marching in area parades with the Leathernecks.


On July 19, 1958, he married Dorothy Falleroni Durko, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, George Jr. (Nichole) of St. Louis, Mo., and Paul (Carolyn) of Canonsburg; two daughters, Ellen Durko (fiancé Al) of Broad Brook, Conn., and Doris Auth (Vince) of North Potomac, Md.; 12 grandchildren, H. Wayne Moon Jr., Marissa (Aaron) Vafiaides, Dana Moon, Eric, David, Michael and Taylor Auth, Paul Jr., and Derek, Leah, Drake and Nina Durko; a brother, Steve Durko of Charleroi; two sisters, Rita Calendriello of Towaca, N.J., and Ann Genarro of Towaca; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, Paul Durko, USMC, killed in action during World War II, John, Frank and Joseph Durko, and a sister, Stella Racz.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Church, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward L. Yuhas, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. The Rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home by members of Knights of Columbus, Ave Maria Parish Women’s Guild and the Catholic Daughter of the Americas. At 7 p.m. Wednesday the Mon Valley Leathernecks will conduct a memorial service.


Visit www.thompson-marodi.com to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ave Maria Parish, 126 Church Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314 or Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter, 3544 North Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.


Estelle M. Kuzior Gratchen

Enjoyed golfing, bowling


Estelle M. Kuzior Gratchen, 84, of Atlasburg, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Kade Nursing Home, Washington.


She was born September 30, 1929, in Joffre, a daughter of the late Theodore and Josephine Kuzior.


Prior to her retirement, she was the head cashier at Krogers in Bridgeville.


Mrs. Gratchen was a member of St. Ann Church in Bulger.


She enjoyed golfing, baking, going to dog races and bowling, having traveled in bowling tournaments all over the country.


Surviving are her husband, Andrew Gratchen; a son, Gary Gratchen of Burgettstown; a daughter, Kathy (Joe) Wiles of Joffre; grandchildren Joe, Brandon and Heath Gratchen, Kristy Fuller and Jason and Colin Gratchen; and five great-grandchildren.


Deceased are four brothers, Ted, Tom, Matt and Joe Kuzior, and two sisters, Irene LaBanz and Lottie Gorman.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. Other arrangements will be held at the convenience of the family.


Arrangements are in the care of Taucher Funeral Home, Burgettstown. For further information or to leave an a condolence, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


Carl Garrett Hoge

Worked at Westinghouse Air Brake


Carl Garrett Hoge, 90, of South Park, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, in his home.


He was born August 31, 1923, in West Alexander, a son of Morgan T. and Flora Booth Hoge.


Surviving are his wife, Ann Hoge; children Gregg C. (Kathleen) Hoge of Hanover N.H., Paul M. (Julie) Hoge of West Alexander, Martha H. (Hilary) Schramm of Jeannette, Morgan T. (Pamela) Hoge II of Venetia, and James B. (Linda) Hoge of Waterford; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


He was a brother of Donald S. Hoge, Wayne E. (Louise) Hoge, Judy (Phillip) Daly, and the late Frances Stewart and James Morgan Hoge.


Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Mr. Hoge served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.


He was an avid wood worker.


Mr. Hoge enjoyed his work tremendously for 35 years as a materials engineer at Westinghouse Air Brake.


Friends are welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, where services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 28. Interment in West Alexander Cemetery.


The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Transverse Myelitis Association, 1787 Sutter Parkway, Powell, OH 43065-8806. www.myelitis.org.


Please add or view tributes at www.beinhuer.com.


Robert J. Lewis

Enjoyed gardening, photography


Robert J. Lewis, 90, of Houston, died Monday, February 24, 2014, in his home.


He was born June 20, 1923, in Canonsburg, a son of Frank H. and Nettie E. Patzsch Lewis.


Prior to his retirement, he worked as a draftsman for Ft. Pitt Bridge Works and National Annealing Box Factory.


Mr. Lewis enjoyed wood working, photography, and especially enjoyed his garden.


He was the last of his immediate family.


Deceased are a brother, Howard Lewis, and six sisters, Emma Cox, Dorothy Bell, Helen Lewis, Jane Farabee, Betty Backner and Joan Lewis.


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


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at a time to be announced Thursday, February 27. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg.


Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


Shirley M. Markle

Shirley M. Markle, 80, of Canonsburg, died Monday, February 24, 2014, in Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.


Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg.


A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


Mary Beth Rabe Menzler

Owner of James A. Rabe Funeral Home


Mary Beth Rabe Menzler, 54, lifelong resident of Donora, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 22, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her family.


She was born January 28, 1960, in North Charleroi, a daughter of the late James A. and Doris Whirlow Rabe.


Mrs. Menzler was a 1978 graduate of Ringgold High School and attended California University of Pennsylvania, followed by the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where she earned her degree in 1982.


In 1984, she became a licensed funeral director. She worked alongside her father, the late James A. Rabe, and after his passing in 2005, she became the owner and president of James A. Rabe Funeral Home in Donora.


She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Monessen 205, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Southwestern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and Mon Valley Funeral Directors.


Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother-in-law, James A. Fronzaglio, who passed away in 2010.


Her dogs, Brandy and Molly, are also deceased.


Surviving are her husband of 27 years, Robert J. Menzler; two sons, Robert Stephen (Sarah) Menzler of Glenshaw and Tyler Rabe Menzler (Joan Bradbury) of Harrisburg; a daughter, Megan Elizabeth (Michael) Parry of Donora; a grandson, Gavin Michael Parry; a sister, Mrs. Denise Fronzaglio of Donora; two nephews, James Alan (Diana) and Phillip Arthur Fronzaglio, both of Donora; a great-niece, Adriana Ann Fronzaglio; an aunt, Mary Jane Helfrich of New Stanton; and a cousin, Christopher (Melanie) Helfrich and family of Greensburg.


She also leaves her beloved black lab, Gunner James.


Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc., 701 Thompson Avenue, Donora, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 27 with the Rev. James Bailey of Calvary United Presbyterian Church in Donora officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.


Irene L. Moore

1927-2014


Irene L. Moore, 86, of Dilliner, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 23, 2014, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.


She was born August 13, 1927, a daughter of the late Calvin Deemer and Carrie Biers Deemer.


Also deceased are her husband, Elmer E. Moore, whom she married December 31, 1954; a son, Matthew Moore; four sisters; and three brothers.


Mrs. Moore was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church of Dilliner.


She enjoyed spending her days with her sister-in-law Alfaretta Miles and grandchildren Johnathan, Maria and Logan Moore and Elizabeth Riggleman.


Surviving are a son, James Colwell and wife Cindy of Pittsburgh; a daughter-in-law, Lori Moore of Dilliner; five grandchildren, Courtney, Megan and Carrie Colwell, and Johnathan and Maria Moore; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Duplaga, Max Taylor and Logan Moore; a brother, Frank Deemer; a sister, Elva “Sally” Lowe; a sister-in-law, Alfaretta Miles; and a niece, Virginia Lee Lutz.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and until 1 p.m., the time of service, Thursday, February 27, in Louis E. Rudolph Funeral Home, Thomas B. Rudolph, director/supervisor, 15 Main Street, Point Marion, with the Rev. William Parker officiating. Interment will follow in Wolf’s Cemetery, Dilliner.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to National MS Society, Western PA Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Pittsburgh, PA.


Duane E. Moore

Mt. Lebanon optician


Duane E. Moore, 78, of Cecil Township, completed his journey Sunday, February 23, 2014, surrounded by his family.


He was born April 27, 1935, in Triadelphia, W.Va., a son of the late Challen and Ruth Doughtery Moore.


Surviving are his loving wife, Roberta Sarraf; a brother, Ivan R. Moore of Wheeling, W.Va.; two nieces, Sally (Bob) Byard and Gail (Ernie) Grubb; and two nephews, Scott (Maggie) Moore and Dale (Kelly) Moore and their children.


Mr. Moore was certified by the American Board of Opticians and was a partner in Medical Center Opticians and then Sabish Opticians, both in Mt. Lebanon, for more than 30 years.


In semi-retirement, he worked with his longtime friend Don Freuden at Pyramid Optics Inc.


Mr. Moore served his country in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany.


He was a 25-year member and past president of the Mt. Lebanon Lions Club.


Mr. Moore enjoyed grilling, vegetable gardening and canning, hunting, country music and NASCAR.


Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 28 in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243.


Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


J. Robert Pochron

Air Force lieutenant colonel and teacher


J. Robert Pochron, 86, of Rices Landing (Dry Tavern), died Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.


He was born February 10, 1928, in Palmer, a son of the late John S. and Mary Grabiak Pochron.


Mr. Pochron was a 1945 graduate of German Township High School and a 1949 graduate of Waynesburg College.


He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.


Mr. Pochron was a retired school teacher with 35 years of service from Jefferson-Morgan School District.


He was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Greene County Retired Teachers Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association, AARP, Adah Gun Club and American Legion Post 816, Rices Landing.


On June 21, 1958, he married Vivian Lee Black, who survives.


Also surviving are a brother, James “JC” (Ruth) Pochron of Frederick, Md.; two nephews, John (Karen) Pochron of Dry Tavern and Mark (Lori) Pochron of Rices Landing; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.


Deceased is a brother, John W. Pochron Sr.


Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Rices Landing, with Father John M. Bauer as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Rices Landing. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 954, Jefferson.


Condolences may be expressed at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.


Brian S. Wade

Brian S. “Charlie” Wade, 57, of Washington, died Sunday, February 23, 2014.


Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.


A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.


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