Obituaries March 2

March 1, 2014

John R. Conley II

Canonsburg resident

John R. “Jay” Conley II, 55, of Canonsburg, formerly of Bethel Park, died Friday, February 28, 2014.

He was born December 4, 1958, in Pittsburgh, a son of Dolores and the late John Conley.

He was the former president of Controlled Climate Systems.

Surviving are his brother, Jim (Nicole) Conley; his sister, Carrie (Jim) Benedetti; and his nieces and nephews, Brady, Jillian, Alli, Jamie, Carly and Chad.

Deceased, in addition to his father, is a brother, Robert Conley.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauer-Connell, 412-835-7940. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 5120 West Library Avenue, Bethel Park, PA 15102. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, in St. Valentine Church, Bethel Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

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Gertrude Veryl Ford

Enjoyed reading and gardening

Gertrude Veryl Ford, 87, of Somerset Township, died Friday, February 28, 2014, in Standish Assisted Living, Washington.

She was born January 16, 1927, in Donora, a daughter of the late J. Foster Porter and Vera Bell Lawrence.

Mrs. Ford was a homemaker and enjoyed reading and gardening.

On April 23, 1946, she married Paul Vernon Ford, who died May 20, 2009.

Surviving are three sons, Dennis P. Ford, Jeffrey S. Ford and Barry S. Ford, all of Eighty Four; two daughters, Robynne L. Moessner of Washington and Marilynne S. Mancuso of Huntersville, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Scott Ford, Michael Moessner, Matthew (Marcie) Moessner, Nathan (Christine) Mancuso, Jaimee (Jay) Hagerman, Hannah Ford, Stewart Ford and Logan Ford; and five great-grandchildren, Chloe and Eli Mancuso, Ryan and Adam Moessner and Arden Hagerman.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Munntown.

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Samuel G. Houston

Avid outdoorsman

Samuel G. “Sam” Houston, 77, of Peters Township, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014, in Country Meadows Connections memory support unit after a 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born December 27, 1936, in Monongahela, a son of the late Alexander and Rebecca Brooks Houston.

Mr. Houston was a steamfitter, working out of Local 354 in Youngwood.

He was an avid outdoorsman, whose love of nature truly defined him. He spent 20 years as a deputy with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He loved hunting with his Labrador companion, Chance, trapping in Pennsylvania and Maine, and fishing anywhere there was water.

Mr. Houston loved spending time in Maine with his wife, Elly, and their dogs, Peck, Ty and Chance.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Eleanor Houston; two sons, Michael (Arzu) Rudar and Erik Rudar; a daughter, Heather Rudar; a sister, Dorla (the late David) Lusk; a grandson, Jet Rudar, who he adored; his children, Edward Houston, Rebecca Mealy, Samuel R. “Bobby” Houston and Sherri Houston; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Gale Lorenzi; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, deceased is a brother, Jack “Piney” Houston.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a service to celebrate Mr. Houston’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5. Memorial gifts may be made to GENTIVA Hospice, 190 Bilmar Drive, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or The Pennsylvania Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Please add tributes at

Nancy L. Marth

Nancy L. Marth, 68, of Canonsburg, died Friday, February 28, 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.

Sara M. Carey McIlvaine

Enjoyed working in her garden

Sara M. Carey McIlvaine, 81, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, in Sebring, Fla.

She was born October 3, 1932, in Independence Township, a daughter of the late Robert and Minnie Mechling Carey.

Mrs. McIlvaine attended Southside Baptist Church, Sebring. She was active in the Highlands Social Center and the senior center in Bentleyville.

She loved working outside in her yard, garden and with her flowers. She loved her cat, Dimitri, and also enjoyed RV camping and traveling. She especially loved spending time quietly rocking in her chair and watching the birds and squirrels.

Surviving are a daughter, Grace Wilson (Jeffrey) of Taylor Mill, Ky.; a sister, Betty Myers of Bentleyville; a brother, Hugh Carey (Mildred) of Monongahela; and many other extended family members.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are a brother, Robert Carey; her two husbands, Thomas Squirlock and Charles McIlvaine; and her companion, Claude Musik.

Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m., the time of services, Monday, March 3, in Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Fla. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Avon Park, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to Highlands Social Center, 2400 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870.

Raymond Myzak Sr.

Retired 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 U.S. 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 in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a Catholic blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 3. Interment with full military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 Honor Guard will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit

Margaret Corbett Pelc

McDonald woman was Pittsburgh sports fan

Margaret “Peggy” Corbett Pelc, 64, of McDonald, Cecil Township, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, February 26, 2014, as the result of a tragic house fire.

She was born January 24, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James and Anne McCarthy Corbett.

Mrs. Pelc worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as an administrative assistant, retiring in 2003. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On May 7, 1977, she married Stephen M. Pelc, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Geoffrey Martin Pelc of McDonald and Jason Andrew Pelc of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Frank Corbett of Missouri and Patrick and James Corbett, both of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Anna Mary Giannuzzi of Pittsburgh.

Deceased are two brothers, William and John Corbett.

Services are pending and under the direction of Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. Memorials can be made to the Pelc family by visiting

Lucille M. Shaffer

Family was her life

Lucille M. Shaffer, 86, of Ten Mile (Amity), died Friday, February 28, 2014, in Southmont of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.

She was born November 11, 1927, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Rev. William and Ella Martin Wagner. She attended No. 4 school in West Virginia.

Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker and also worked for a phone company in Baltimore, Md., and as an aide for Hopemont in West Virginia. She was a member of Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed helping with ladies aid, especially for functions in Amity.

She loved to bake, cook and garden, but above all, her family was her life.

In February 1947, she married Brown H. Shaffer Sr., who died in February 2008.

Surviving are four children, Judith Ann (Lee) Auvil of Tunnelton, W.Va., Brown Harding “Dee” (Bonnie) Shaffer Jr. of Lone Pine, Allen James (Sheri) Shaffer of Ventura, Calif., and Scott R. Shaffer of LaBelle; 10 grandchildren, Chris, Carla, Benjamin, Rachel, Ashlee, Jennifer (fiancé Brad McClay), Scotty Jr., Shane Shaffer, Shawn Auvil and Michelle Auvil Morgan; and five great-grandchildren, Cody, Trey, Logan, Alex and Sammie.

Deceased, in addition to her husband of 49 years and parents, is a son, John Earl Shaffer, who died in 1969.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private and being handled by Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. A guest book may be signed at

William Lawrence Whipkey Sr.

Additional information was received for the obituary of William Lawrence Whipkey Sr., who died Friday, February 28, 2014.

Surviving are a son, William L. Whipkey Jr., husband of Donna Whipkey of Graysville, and a stepgranddaughter, Haley Pierson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Greene County 4-H Beef Breeding Club, Greene County Extension Office, Waynesburg, PA 15370.



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