Obituaries Feb. 28

February 27, 2014

Pearl B. Amos

Additional information was provided for the obituary of Pearl B. Amos, who died February 23, 2014.

Deceased siblings are brothers John, Samuel, Joseph, Frank, Louis and William Belcastro and sisters Sophie Oliverio, Katherine Cimino and Lucille Bonus.

Harriett A. Downer

Bell Telephone operator

Harriett A. Downer, 90, of Waynesburg, formerly of Monongahela, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

She was born August 8, 1923, in North Charleroi, a daughter of the late Joseph and Garnett White Allfree.

Mrs. Downer was a member of First Christian Church in Charleroi. She worked for 25 years as a telephone operator with Bell Telephone Co.

Surviving are her son, Todd (Betsy) Downer of Waynesburg; two grandchildren, Cameron and McKenzie Downer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, deceased are her husband, Clarence W. Downer; a son, Jack Downer; two brothers, Joseph and Emerson Allfree; and three sisters, Mary Wood, Ann Lauder and Belle Brutout.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, with the Rev. David Crowe officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Linda L. Greco

Partner of Precision Saw

Linda L. Greco, 75, of Washington, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Donnell House, Washington, following a lengthy illness.

She was born November 8, 1938, in Wolfdale, a daughter of the late William S. Levers and Geraldine B. Levers.

Mrs. Greco worked for Bell Telephone, attorneys Gregory & Franks and Precision Saw for 45 years. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington, where she taught Sunday school and served on the vestry.

Mrs. Greco was a longtime member of Washington Country Club, now The Golf Club of Washington. She enjoyed playing cards, sports, reading and golf.

Surviving are four sons, Jim (Nancy) Greco, Jeff (Kim) Greco, Jerry Greco and Joel Greco, all of Washington; eight grandchildren, Jimmy, Jason, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Allie, Jessie, Andy and Colton Greco; three nieces, Kim, Laura and Tracy; and her good friends, Doris Ann and Ida.

Deceased is a brother, William Levers.

At the request of the deceased, interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 550 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301. Memorial contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association (1-800-342-2383) or Trinity Episcopal Church.

Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.

James F. McDonough

35-year teacher was one of the “Atta Boys”

James F. McDonough, 61, of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in his home, of natural causes.

He was born May 21, 1952, in Washington, a son of the late Clarence F. and Lena Sibert McDonough Jr.

He graduated from Zanesville High School, West Liberty State College and Ohio University, where he received his master’s degree in education. He retired from Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center after 35 years.

Mr. McDonough was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan who enjoyed fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed singing and playing his guitar with the “Atta Boys.” He was a member of West Union Presbyterian Church of Sycamore, Zanesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1058 and Zanesville American Legion Post 29.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Barbara McDonough; two daughters, Erin (Brad) Wilson and Jaime McDonough, both of Zanesville; two sisters, Linda (Pete) Shriver and Carol (Art) Hathaway, both of Washington; a grandson, Case Wilson; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, deceased are his brother, Richard D. McDonough, and granddaughter Quinn Elizabeth Wilson.

A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., the time of memorial service, Thursday, March 6, in Snouffer Funeral Home, 1150 West Military Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To send a note of condolence to the family, please visit or call 740-450-8000.

Kalliope Moniodes

All Saints Church member worked for Sarris Candies

Kalliope “Popie” Moniodes, 72, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.

She was born July 11, 1941, in Pyles, Greece, a daughter of Constantine and Evelyn Papageorge Lahanas.

Mrs. Moniodes was an active member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, where she was involved with the choir for many years. She worked as a candy packer for Sarris Candies.

She was a talented seamstress and loved cooking, baking and gardening. She especially loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

On August 16, 1959, she married her husband of more than 54 years, William P. Moniodes of Canonsburg, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Irene (James) Pihiou of North Strabane Township, Evelyn (Pete) Pihiou of Canonsburg and Constance (Robert) Voas of North Strabane; three grandchildren, Christos Pihiou, William Pihiou and Dimitri Pihiou; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her sister, Irene Papayianni; brother Michael Lahanas; sister Koula Malihoutsaki; sister Zoe Ikonomidis; brother Menas Lahanas; and sister Marigo Scoullos.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 601 West McMurray Road, Canonsburg. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of services, Saturday, March 1, with Father George Livanos officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Please visit for additional information and to leave ?condolences.

Wilda Mae Moore

1922 – 2014

Wilda Mae Moore, 91, of Buffalo Village, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

She was born August 12, 1922, in Burgettstown, a daughter of John Bonner and Estella Stevenson Bonner.

Mrs. Moore was a homemaker and worked as a clerk at G.C. Murphy in Burgettstown. She attended Grove United Presbyterian Church and Upper Buffalo United Presbyterian Church.

On July 29, 1950, she married Earl Moore, who died January 5, 1996.

Surviving are a nephew, Richard (Anne) McKeag of Hermitage, and several great-nieces and -nephews.

Deceased are two brothers, Robert Bonner and Paul Bonner, and a sister, Helen McKeag.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. Additional information and a guest book are available at

Ethel Orbin

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 and Jessie, Breezie, Ashley and Rita Orbin; dear great-grandmother of Seth Strimel, Haley, Jessie Jr., Kylie and Jayden Orbin and 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

John Plishka

Veteran and grandfather

John Plishka, 83, of Smithfield, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born in Denbo, on April 20, 1930, a son of the late Harry and Mary Petyo Plishka.

Mr. Plishka was a 1949 graduate of Point Marion High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Before retiring, he was employed as a miner at Shannopin Mine, Bobtown.

In addition to his parents, deceased is his sister, Anna Plishka.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Frances Soukup Plishka; daughter Anna Mary Plishka and granddaughter Angela; son John Plishka, wife Erika and grandchildren Cassandra, Lydia and Joel of Elkins, W.Va.; three sisters, Eva Truntich, Mary Burnsworth and Nancy Tyma, all of Florida; two brothers, Michael Plishka of Chardon, Ohio, and Herbie Plishka of Mt. Morris; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in John S. Maykuth Jr. Funeral Home, 7 River Avenue, Masontown, and until 10 a.m., the time of a blessing service, Saturday, March 1, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Father Jerome Botsko officiating. During interment at Fairview Church Cemetery, Masontown, military rites will be accorded by Masontown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4584 and American Legion Post 423.

Everett Lee Riggs

Lifelong local farmer

Everett Lee Riggs, 88, of Wind Ridge, died at 8:58 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in Precious Moments Personal Care Home, Carmichaels.

He was born September 17, 1925, in Richhill Township, a son of the late Edward Morton and Alta Emaline Morrison Riggs.

Mr. Riggs attended Richhill Township schools and resided in Richhill Township. He was a member of Aleppo Brethren Church and worked his farm with his family his entire life.

Mr. Riggs enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, watching birds and taking care of all of his animals on the farm.

On October 30, 1976, he married Loretta McMinn, in Church of the Nazarene, Jefferson.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are several brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, Ross Riggs, and a sister, Hazel McDonald.

Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Yoskovich Funeral Home (724-966-5500), Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 South Vine Street (Route 88), Carmichaels, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, with Pastor David K. Lund officiating. Interment will follow in Rosemont Cemetery, Rogersville. For additional information and to sign a guest book, please visit



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