Obituaries Feb. 27
Published Feb 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm (Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm)
Leonard James Brice
Leonard James Brice, 58, of Washington, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, February 22, 2014, of a sudden heart attack.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.
Pete Cepaitis Jr.
Served in U.S. Navy
Pete Cepaitis Jr., 87, of Monongahela, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in his home.
He was born January 19, 1927 in New Eagle, a son of the late Pete Sr. and Anna Miller Cepaitis.
For 41 years, he worked as a foreman for Conrail Railroad, until his retirement in 1987.
Mr. Cepaitis served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, in Monongahela, AARP, Veterans of Foreign Wars 1409 and American Legion Post 302, all of Monongahela.
Mr. Cepaitis enjoyed spending time with his family, sitting on his porch soaking up the sun, talking to animals, playing the lottery and fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Anna M. Thomas Cepaitis, whom he married April 23, 1949; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tom and Lu Cepaitis of Washington and Mark Cepaitis of Southpointe; three daughters, Terry Cepaitis of Maryland, Patty Cocciolone of Monessen and Anita Cepaitis and fiancé Mark Wukovich of Monongahela; a brother, Joe and wife Vanna Cepaitis of Donora; a brother-in-law, Al Thomas and wife Lundie of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Heather, Amy, Jamie, Shelby, and Taylor; six great-grandchildren; and extended family members Teri and Joe Barone of Monongahela and Cliff Goodrow of Southpointe.
Deceased are two brothers, Edward and William Cepaitis.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767, www.marshallmarrafuneralhome.com, where prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, with Father William Terza, as celebrant. At the family’s request, interment will be private and held in Monongahela Cemetery. The Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates will conduct a two-bell service at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 State Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.
John P. Difilippo
J&M Steel retiree
John P. Difilippo, 82, of California, died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
He was born Saturday, April 25, 1931, in Brownsville, a son of the late Filippo Di Filippo and Rosalia Mazzarese Difilippo.
Mr. Difilippo retired from J&L Steel and California University of Pennsylvania.
He was a charter member of California Trojan Booster Club, California Italo-American Citizens Club, California Young Men’s Club, Daisytown Athletic Club and Brownsville Sons of Italy. In addition, he served on California Borough Council for 26 1/2 straight years, where he served as council president. He was the California Citizen of the Year in 1976, served as president of the California Area Band Mothers Association, and was principle organizer of the Italian Club Steelers Bus.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Charles DeFilippo, and a sister, Rose Chiazza.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Genevieve Kime Difilippo; four children, Philip Difilippo and wife Linda of California, Terri Miller and husband James of Washington, John Difilippo and wife Ronale of Daisytown and Gennifer Difilippo of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Carmella Stazzone of New Jersey; six grandchildren, Jon Difilippo, Berton Miller, Brandan Lisenby, Bradley Lisenby, Carmella Difilippo and Gina Difilippo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 10:30 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 1, in Mariscotti Funeral Home Inc., Anthony N. Mariscotti, supervisor, 323 Fourth Street, California, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, California, with Father Michael Zavage, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Coal Center.
Frank J. Dombrowski
Enjoyed gardening, reading
Frank J. Dombrowski, 63, of Washington, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 21, 1950, in Washington, a son of the late John Dombrowski and Margaret Gersna Dombrowski.
Mr. Dombrowski was a graduate of Trinity High School and attended Brown University.
He was a self-employed contractor and former member of the Carpenter’s Union.
Mr. Dombrowski enjoyed gardening, reading, playing the guitar, solving the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, fishing and weight lifting. He loved to walk his dog.
He was Christian.
Surviving are a brother, George (Diane) Dombrowski of Avella; two sisters, Barbara Dombrowski of Washington and Sandra Danley (Mark) of Avella; a niece, Sarah Dombrowski; and a nephew, Jacob Danley.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, February 28, in Taylorstown Presbyterian Church, 31 Main Street, Taylorstown. William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., is handling the arrangements.
Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Emma Jean Dorsey
Emma Jean Dorsey, 90, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.
She was born February 10, 1924, in Washington, a daughter of Guy and Anna Carroll Gorby.
Mrs. Dorsey was a graduate of Trinity High School.
She was employed as a packer at Hazel Atlas 2 Glass Factory, retiring after 22 years of service.
On March 1, 1963, she married Harry O. “Bud” Dorsey, who died June 26, 2008.
Surviving are two sisters, Edna V. Maiello of Washington and Aileen Lauther of Claysville; a daughter-in-law, Mary Gorby; and three grandchildren, Edna, Stephanie and Guy Gorby, all of Willingboro, N.J.
Deceased, in addition to her husband, are three brothers, Ronald Lee, George P. and Norman W. Gorby; a sister, Mary E. Burt; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Friday, February 28, in Hummell and Jones Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, Thomas W. Hummell, supervisor, Douglas M. Jones, director, with the Rev. Sue Petritis officiating. Interment will be private in Washington Cemetery.
At the request of the deceased, memorial gifts may be made to one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be left, at www.hummellandjones.com.
Mary Helen Gilbert
Member of St. Hugh R.C. Church
Mary Helen Gilbert, 96, formerly of Dilliner, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in Rolling Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Waynesburg.
She was born May 18, 1917, in Hazel Green, Wis., a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Przybysz Daniel.
Mrs. Gilbert lived most of her life in the Dilliner area and was a member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church in Carmichaels.
She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery work and flower and vegetable gardening. Above all, she enjoyed the company of her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandsons.
On May 19, 1938, she married Edward O. Gilbert, who died May 1, 1980.
Surviving are a son, Edward S. Gilbert and wife Toni of Dilliner; four daughters, Barbara J. Guritza and husband Steve of Mather, Mary Gency and husband Gene of Lordstown, Ohio, Cecelia McNatt and husband Gail of Farrell and Betty J. Ganocy and husband Ken of Carmichaels; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandsons; a brother, Frank Daniel and wife Louise of Dilliner; four sisters, Regina Fry of Hayes, Va., Cecelia Shocket of Auburn, Wash., Sophia Stoner and husband Chuck of Mooresville, N.C., and Agnes Clark of Tallmadge, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are three brothers, Joseph Daniel, who died in infancy, Stephen Daniel and Lawrence Daniel and two sisters, Mary Daniel, who died in infancy and Veronica Chekosky.
Family and friends are welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Martin J. Yoskovich, director, 300 South Vine Street, Route 88, Carmichaels, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. in St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John M. Bauer, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Greensboro. A vigil service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
For additional information and to sign the guest book, please visit www.YoskovichFH.com.
Lenora A. Kemp
Cherished sister, loving aunt
Lenora A. Kemp, 62, of McDonald, Cecil Township, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon, with her brother and sister by her side.
She was born April 2, 1951, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Daniel and Paulene Smith Kemp.
Miss Kemp was a 1969 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, where she was licensed in cosmetology.
She had been employed by Abbott Tresses, Borrough’s Corp, Westinghouse Corp, Globe Security and U.S. Airways, where she retired after more than 30 years of service.
Miss Kemp enjoyed spending time with her family and living by the word of her Lord and Savior.
With her beautiful smile, she would light up a room with her presence. She had the ability to genuinely befriend everyone she encountered. Always uplifting with her warm smile, generous compliments and spontaneous humor, she made everyone feel good, welcomed and like family.
She was member of the Lioness Club and lifelong member of First Baptist Church in McDonald, where she served on the usher and missionary boards.
In her final years, she devoted her life and time to providing full-time care for her mother and father.
Miss Kemp was the cherished sister of Odessa Kemp, Daniel (wife Cassandra) Kemp and Theresa I. Armstrong and loving aunt to a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Nation Funeral Home, 218 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. Additional visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 1, in First Baptist Church, McDonald. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.
Please sign a guest book at www.nationfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mailed to the funeral home.
Edna Earle Davis Malone
Edna Earle Davis Malone, 95, of Burgettstown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born November 20, 1918, in Kentucky, a daughter of the late James Luther and Annie E. Seay Davis.
Mrs. Malone was a member of First Church of Christ in Burgettstown.
She was a caregiver to the elderly and babysitter to many friends and family, she also worked at Bobby Brooks in Washington.
Her husband, Rennison M. Malone, passed away August 31, 1989.
Surviving are children James Malone of Burgettstown, with whom she made her home; daughters Laurel Farkas and husband Charles of White Oak, Carol Thomas and husband Joseph of Wildwood, Fla., and Rennie Staniech and husband George of White Oak; 24 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased, in addition to her parents and husband, are a son, Walter Allen Malone and a daughter, Valjene Kotouch.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Lee and Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Burgettstown Kid’s Center, 1505 Main Street, Burgettstown, PA 15021.
Clara Ann McCay
Loved spending time with family
Clara Ann McCay, 93, of Wellsburg, W.Va., formerly of Honesdale, died at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, surrounded by family in her daughter’s Wellsburg home.
She was born April 9, 1920, in Independence Township, a daughter of the late James H. and Bertha Silvers Burns.
Mrs. McCay had worked for Metro Glass in Carteret, N.J., and Vernon Corp in Elizabeth, N.J.
She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, ceramics and jigsaw puzzles. She loved spending time with her family, gardening, her flowers and reading.
Surviving are five daughters, Ellen (Charles) Thorne of Wellsburg, Lelia Sides and Barbara LaVerne of Honesdale, Mary Mozingo of Wellsburg and Loretta (Jamie) Gentile of Honesdale; a son, Kenneth H. (Sandra) Rush of Wellsburg; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husbands, Robert P. Rush, William N. Virgin and Ronald McCay; a son, Robert “Butch” Rush; a daughter, Betty Mozingo; four brothers, Earl, Collet, Dean and James Burns; two sisters, Freda Adams and Stella Cusick; a grandson; and a great-grandchild.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, with Amedisys Hospice Chaplin, Thomas Mathes officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Avella.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association–Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Condolences may be expressed at www.stefkovichfuneralhome.com.
Kalliope Moniodes, 72, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
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 Mt. Lebanon Lions Club.
Mr. Moore enjoyed grilling, vegetable gardening and canning, hunting, country music and NASCAR.
Friends will be received from 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.
Beloved mother, cherished grandmother
Ethel “Jean” Orbin, 88, of Strabane, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
She was born October 31, 1925, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Anthony and Hallie Meyers Binder.
Mrs. Orbin was beloved mother of Sharon Donella and Mike Orbin; cherished grandmother of Chad (Rae Ann) Strimel, Jessie, Breezie, Ashley and Rita Orbin; dear great-grandmother of Seth Strimel, Haley, Jessie Jr., Kylie and Jayden Orbin, Nakyra and Taysean Paith; and sister of Paul (Norma Jean) Binder and Dolores (Earl) Loar.
Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her husband, James Frances Orbin Sr., and son, James Orbin Jr.
Friends and family are welcome from 1 to 5 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 1, in Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. Burial will be private in Forest Lawn Cemetery, McMurray.
Please view and sign the family’s guest book at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
Everett Lee Riggs
Everett Lee Riggs, 88, of Wind Ridge, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in Precious Moments Personal Care Home, Carmichaels.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Yoskovich Funeral Home, 724-966-5500, Carmichaels, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
Charles P. Schrockman
Charles P. “Chuck” Schrockman, 84, of Paris, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
He was born July 4, 1929, in Burgettstown, a son of the late Charles and Anna Audricanish Schrockman.
Also deceased are his wife, Shirley Wright Schrockman, who died in 2010; 10 sisters; and a brother.
Mr. Schrockman was a member of Paris Presbyterian Church.
He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.
Mr. Schrockman retired from the strip steel department of Weirton Steel.
Surviving are daughter Sheila Wagner (William) of Colliers, W.Va.; sons Chris Schrockman, Edgar Schrockman and Shawn Schrockman (Judy), all of Paris; sister Lillian; grandchildren Amanda, Samantha, Rebecca, Justin, Kristen, Jacob and Zachary Schrockman; and great-grandchildren Jason and Connor.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton, W.Va. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Friday, February 28, in Paris Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Christina Hosler presiding. Burial will follow in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery, Hanover Township. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 10 and West Virginia honor guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial are suggested to Paris Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, PA 15021. www.steelandwolfe.com.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret Smida, who died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Ave Maria Church, Bentleyville. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.
Frances I. Warco
Member of Immaculate Conception Church
Frances I. Warco, 85, of Washington, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington, following a brief illness.
She was born December 3, 1928, in Perryopolis, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Kurucz Grast.
Mrs. Warco was employed by Kade Nursing Facility as a cook for many years, until her retirement.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
Mrs. Warco was a 1946 graduate of Trinity High School.
She enjoyed crafts, knitting, quilting, reading and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Warco was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.
On May 22, 1949, she married Kazimer Warco, who survives.
Also surviving are children Daniel (Maria) Warco of Florida, Terrence (Sue) Warco of Lancaster, Joseph (Kathie) Warco of Washington and Rebecca Beeton of Washington; and six grandchildren, Amanda and Lydia Warco, Matthew (Mary Kate) Warco, Emily Warco and Brandon and Lora Beeton.
Deceased are a sister, Marianne Frantz, and an infant son, Frank Warco.
There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 28, in Immaculate Conception Church, West Chestnut Street, Washington. The public is welcome to attend the Mass. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township.
Arrangements are under the direction of 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.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or Washington Citizens Library, 55 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.