Obituaries March 1

February 28, 2014

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 in 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.

Margaret E. Maffet

Former school nurse

Margaret E. Maffet, 72, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of McMurray, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014.

She was born November 29, 1941, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Edge Maffet.

Miss Maffet grew up in Peters Township on Center Church Road.

She was an assistant director of nursing at St. Margaret’s Hospital in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh before becoming a school nurse for Peters Township School District.

Before moving to Florida, she was an active member of Center Presbyterian Church.

Services and interment were held at Center Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL. 34221. Arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauer-Bogan Funeral Home, Canonsburg. Tributes may be made at

Carol J. Masquelier

Pirates fan loved horses

Carol J. Masquelier 79, of McDonald, Cecil Township, went home to her Lord, Thursday, February 27, 2014.

She was born December 25, 1934, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of John and Edith Roberts Fleischman.

Mrs. Masquelier was an administrative assistant for Canon-McMillan School District.

She was a member of McDonald Presbyterian Church, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and an avid Pirates Fan.

She loved horses and was an accomplished horseback rider.

On August 24, 1956, she married J. Richard Masquelier, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa A. (David) Mohon of Fairchild AFB, Wash., and Cara L. (Chris) Lynch of Highland, Md.; two grandchildren, Mallory and Hannah Mohon; two brothers, Daniel Fleischman of Mt. Holly Springs and John “Jack” Fleischman of Jamestown; a sister, Jean Nolf of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister-in–law, Dorothy Vermeulen of McDonald; and a niece, Vicki Zyra of McDonald.

Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

Memorial contributions are suggested to McDonald Meals on Wheels.

Don E. Myers

Purple Heart recipient

Don E. Myers, 84, of Bentleyville, died Thursday evening, February 27, 2014, in his home.

He was born April 17, 1929, on the family farm in Bentleyville, a son of Raymond R. and Thelma Carson Myers.

A veteran, Mr. Myers served with the U.S. Army 25th Division Medics during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart.

He was a self-employed truck driver.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and American Legion Post 165, both of Bentleyville; F&AM Lodge 237 in Beallsville and a former member of National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association.

Mr. Myers also served on the board of directors for Maple Creek Cemetery, Fallowfield Township.

On May 4, 1953, in Owensboro, Ky., he married Agnes Marie Volk, who survives.

Also surviving are three children, Scott E. Myers (Debra) of Greensburg, Pamela A. Myers and Barbara J. Cooper (Dave), both of Bentleyville; nine grandchildren, Keith Cooper, Wendy Cooper (Zach), Kirk Cooper (Jena), Jason Myers (Lauren), Jordan Myers (Karisa), Christopher Myers (Krista), Jennifer Drew (Mike), Nick Kemerer (Shawna) and Krista Kemerer; eight great-grandchildren, Jared, Callie, Gary, Tristan, Waylon, Heidi, Gabrielle and Cecilia; sister Ruth M. Homme; a sister-in-law, Gloria Myers of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are an infant daughter, Donna, and brother, Paul D. Myers.

Friends are welcome from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, in Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, with the Revs. Andy Scott and Ron Schermerhorn co-officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Creek Cemetery with graveside military rites by American Legion Post 165.

The F&AM Lodge 237 will hold a service at 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society/PA Division, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205,, or Muscular Dystrophy Association, 400 Penn Center Boulevard, No. 524, Pittsburgh, PA 15235

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William Myrgo

Carpenter enjoyed woodworking

William Myrgo, 87, of Washington, died Friday, February 28, 2014, in Humbert Lane Personal Care Home, Washington.

He was born December 8, 1926, in Canonsburg, a son of the late John Myrgo and Mary Seman Myrgo.

Mr. Myrgo was a carpenter and enjoyed woodworking of all types.

He graduated from Canonsburg High School.

Surviving is a sister, Eleanor Slapnik, of Visalia, Calif.

Deceased are three brothers, Andrew, Harry and John Myrgo, and three sisters, Eva Myrgo, Mary Zovak and Julie Wright.

Services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.

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Raymond Myzak Sr.

Former U.S. Steel electrician

Raymond Myzak Sr., 86, of Houston, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, in his home.

He was born August 9, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Michael and Adela Woodchecke Myzak.

Mr. Myzak served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 45 years as an electrician at United States Steel, Irvin Works.

He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston.

Mr. Myzak enjoyed bowling, working out at the gym and going to The Meadows. He lived in Houston for 60 years.

On June 26, 1948, he married Anna May South, who passed away March 15, 1999.

Surviving are three sons, Michael R. Myzak of Washington, Raymond J. Myzak (Kim Turner) of Meadow Lands and Joseph A. (Ann) Myzak of Washington; a brother, Joseph Myzak of Baltimore, Md.; four grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Darren and Rebecca Myzak; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are a daughter, Anna Marie Nuzum, who passed away June 9, 1998, and a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Myzak, who passed away September 8, 2013.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc. Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg.

Lucille Shaffer

Lucille Shaffer, 86, of Ten Mile, died Friday, February 28, 2014, in Presbyterian Senior Care Southmont.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington.

William Lawrence Whipkey Sr.

Raised Limousin cattle

William Lawrence Whipkey Sr., 81, of Holbrook, died at 1:15 a.m., Friday, February 28, 2014, in his home. He was in failing health the past year.

He was born August 21, 1932, in East Finley Township, Washington County, a son of the late Fred and Sadie Cumberledge Whipkey.

He resided in the Richhill Township, Greene County, area since 1957.

Mr. Whipkey attended the former Richhill Township High School in Wind Ridge.

He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a corporal with the U.S. Army in the 1660 Headquarters Company, 2nd Armored Division.

Mr. Whipkey was a member of the former Wind Ridge Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a life member of Waynesburg VFW Post 4793, a life member of Wind Ridge Sportsman’s Club and a member of Greene County Farm Bureau.

He was a self-employed farmer all his life, raising Limousin cattle and was a life member of North American Limousin Association.

Mr. Whipkey was employed in pipeline construction in his early years and a member of Locals 132 and 66 for more than 10 years.

He was last employed by PennDOT for more than 25 years, retiring in 1994 as a foreman.

On January 7, 1955, he married Ruth Ellen “Dolly” Courtwright, who died August 16, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, William L. Whipkey Jr., husband of Donna Whipkey, and Charles Lee, husband of Katrina Whipkey, both of Holbrook; three daughters, Barbara Darlene, wife of Ronald Robison, and Teresa, wife of Jeff Fox, both of Holbrook, and Bobbie F., wife of Shawn Grecoe, of Lone Pine; nine grandchildren, Matthew and Benji Robison, Chris and Steven Whipkey, Daniel Fox, Wyatt Lee and Emmitt Whipkey and Alexus and Ryan Grecoe; six great-grandchildren, Abigail, Henry and Clara Robison and Levi, MacKenzie and Morgan Whipkey; a brother, Russell Whipkey of Waynesburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are two brothers, Charles and Ray Whipkey, and four sisters, Manerva Whipkey, Helen Moore, Pauline Dailey and Betty Blake.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, in Rush Funeral Home Inc. Rogersville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3. Interment will follow in Centennial Cemetery, Aleppo Township.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greene County 4-H Breeding Club, Greene County Extension Office, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences at



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