Obituaries March 6

March 5, 2014

Frances J. Chmiel

Devoted mother, homemaker

Frances J. Chmiel, 87, of McMurray, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.

She was born March 9, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Stephen and Josephine Szarejko Ciesla.

Mrs. Chmiel was a member of the former St. Genevieve Church, where she was involved with Christian Mothers Guild and Orchard Lake Society. She later became a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish in Canonsburg.

She worked in the payroll department of RCA and later spent her time as a devoted mother and homemaker.

Surviving are sons Michael Chmiel and wife Joanne of Monongahela and Steven Chmiel of Washington; daughter Nancy Chmiel of North Strabane Township; sisters Clara Dorchak and Irene Chmiel; four grandchildren, Michelle (Tim) Timmons, John (Mary) Chmiel, Rachael Chmiel and Michael Chmiel; five great-grandchilden, Abby Williamson, Micah Timmons, Bekah Timmons, Bishop Chmiel and Justice Chmiel; and several nieces and nephews.

On July 24, 1950, she married her husband of more than 59 years, Stanley Chmiel, who died April 10, 2010.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where departing prayers will be recited at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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Robert C. Croft

1924 – 2014

Robert C. Croft, 89, of Morgantown, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Madison Nursing and Rehab, Morgantown.

He was born December 25, 1924, in Sandy Plains, a son of Henry Curtis and Donna Mae Porter Croft.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Dorothy Slates Croft of Morgantown; three children, Linda Bongiorni and husband David of Hermitage, Cathy Bierer and husband Scott of Morgantown and Gary Croft of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, Charles Croft of Washington; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are five sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, in Cheat Lake United Methodist Church, 750 Fairchance Road, Morgantown, with the Rev. Krysta Rexrode Wolfe officiating. Codolences may be made to the family at

Katherine Funka

St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church member

Katherine Funka, 92, of Washington, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

She was born February 28, 1921, in Meadow Lands, a daughter of the late Joseph and Susan Bygala Orlosky.

A member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, she had worked as a selector at Brockway Glass, Plant 7.

Mrs. Funka was a member of American Legion Auxiliary.

On January 24, 1942, she married George Edmund Funka Sr., who died September 24, 2006.

Surviving are a son, James L. (Serena) Funka of Southport, N.C.; a daughter, Deborah K. Halsey of Dale City, Va.; a sister, Helen Chmiel of Washington; six grandchildren, Kristi (Rick) Loop, Kelli (Al) Moraz, George, Kenny and Daniel Halsey and Lori Mead; and five great-grandchildren, Megan Mead, Dustin Mead, Olivia Loop and Katie and Tommy Moraz.

Deceased are a son, George Edmund Funka Jr.; a brother, Nickolas Orlosky; two sisters, Susan Orlosky and Ann Getto; and a son-in-law, Keith Halsey.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, 166 East College Street, Canonsburg, with Father Joseph Jugan, as celebrant. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church or Presbyterian Senior Care, 835 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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Pansy Kerr

Additional information was received for the obituary of Pansy Kerr, published Wednesday.

Surviving are great-grandchildren Jordan and Logan Pastoria and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three brothers, John, who died in infancy, Rex and Bob Steele.

Thomas E. Konecheck

Retired aircraft mechanic

Thomas E. Konecheck, 90, of Avella, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Washington County Health Center, Chartiers Township.

He was born May 19, 1923, in Avella, a son of the late Joseph and Lena Cepres Konecheck.

Mr. Konecheck was a 1942 graduate of Avella High School and served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

After graduating from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, he was employed as an aircraft mechanic for TWA and was a senior aircraft mechanic in research and development for Continental Aviation and Engineering in Detroit, Mich. He owned Konecheck Sandwich and Bar in Atlasburg for 10 years and was employed as a welder for Testa Machine Co. Inc. in Slovan, until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of Experimental Aircraft Association and Avella Sportsmen Club.

Mr. Konecheck loved aviation. He was a licensed pilot and owner of a four-seat Cessna Hawk airplane. Before his illness, he was in the process of building his own Zodiac two-seat airplane. From childhood, he played the violin, and, later in life, he masterfully made the instrument from scratch. He was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a race car fan, attending numerous races over the years.

On February 28, 1946, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Zampini, who died November 17, 1993.

Surviving are a daughter, Judith L. Denny of Canonsburg; a son, the Rev. David T. (Shirley) Konecheck of Washington; two grandchildren, Krista (Brian) Wittik and Caleb Konecheck; a sister, Evelyn Vicheck of Avella; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are two brothers, Raymond and Eugene Konecheck.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the time of service, Friday, March 7, in Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., 18 Campbell Street, Avella, PA 15312, with the Rev. David T. Konecheck officiating. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, Avella.

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Virginia R. Wasik Krek

Beloved wife, cherished grandmother

Virginia R. Wasik Krek, 80, of Presto, died Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Mrs. Krek was an employee of the Radisson Green Tree Marriott for 25 years.

She was a member of Bridgeville American Legion and Bridgeville Sygan SNPJ.

Mrs. Krek was the beloved wife of the late John G. Krek; daughter of the late Stanley and Jenny Wasik; devoted mother of Linda (Alan) Bambic, Irma Krek, Diana Boyce and John (Marian) Krek; sister of Stephen Wasik, Chester Wasik, Helen Buydash, Christine (Don) Sherge, the late Julie Ceyrolles, the late Stella Teyssier and the late Rose Lousie Wasik; cherished grandmother of Michael Krek, Jason (Becky) Boyce, Joshua Robson, Katie Krek and John Krek; and great-grandmother of five.

Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, in St. Barbara Church, Bridgeville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to AseraCare Hospice. View and send condolences at

Herman W. Lazzari

Private pilot served in U.S. Army

Herman W. Lazzari, 81, of Waynesburg, formerly of Belle Vernon, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, in the home of his daughter, Laurie.

He was born September 6, 1932, in Belle Vernon, a son of the late Armando and Dorothy Treater Lazzari.

Mr. Lazzari had resided in Waynesburg for the past 35 years. He was a member of Waynesburg American Legion Post 330.

For more than 20 years, he had been the owner of Lazzari Instrumentation, retiring in 1997.

A private pilot, flying airplanes was one of his great passions. He was an avid fisherman.

He served with the U.S. Army in Korea.

Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Laurie Lazzari-Charnack and companion Glen Halt of Belle Vernon, Lydia and Carl Zanardini of Stockdale, Lisa and Tony Strasiser of Hooversville and Liane and Thomas Churney of Paw Paw, Mich.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Doris and Tom Barruso of Pittsburgh and Elaine Smith of Monessen; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Drissey Lazzari of Belle Vernon; eight grandchildren, Lex and Toby Charnack, Max, Tony and Gus Strasiser, Lee and Laci Zanardini and Abbey Churney; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Johann Lazzari of Stockdale.

Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 8, in Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon, 724-929-5300, with Father Kua Apple officiating.

If friends wish, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.

Judith A. Logan

Head Start bus driver born in Waynesburg

Judith A. Logan, 67, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, following a lengthy illness.

She was born April 11, 1946, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Mildred Dulaney Tennant.

Mrs. Logan attended Waynesburg High School.

On February 14, 1983, she married her beloved husband, Ricky P. Logan.

Professionally, she drove a bus for the Head Start program at Waynesburg and, in the late 1990s, she and her family relocated to Tuscarawas Valley, Ohio.

She and her husband enjoyed being active members of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Logan had many hobbies in life, including crafting, gardening, painting ceramics, building and decorating her own dollhouse, caring for her cats, shopping, cooking and baking, having made numerous wedding cakes throughout the years.

She will be deeply missed by a son, Rodney “Bud” (Anna) Thralls, and a grandson, her pride and joy, Grayson Thralls, both of Dennison, Ohio.

Also surviving, in addition to her husband, are her mother-in-law, Virginia Logan of Waynesburg; brothers and sisters-in-law Judy (Dale) Cook and Tim (Sandy) Logan, both of Waynesburg, Dianne (Ron) Moore of Camden, Del., Patty (David) Novak of Rices Landing, Brenda (Jack) King of Pittsburgh and John Logan of Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deceased are her first husband, John Thralls; two sons, Timmy Thralls and William P. Logan II; and her father-in-law, William P. Logan.

The family will receive guests from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home and Crematory, New Philadelphia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, with Pastor David Koch leading the service to celebrate her life. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. A meal and fellowship will follow the service in the church social hall.

Her legacy as a kind-hearted and loving individual was continued through the gift of sight by a donation to Cleveland Eye Bank.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in her name to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Freeport, OH 43973. Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance by visiting

Margaret Pelc

Visitation for Margaret Corbett Pelc, who died February 26, 2014, will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, McDonald. Burial will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery, McDonald.

Bertha M. Willy

Loved spending time with family

Bertha M. Willy, 59, of Parrottsville, Tenn., formerly of Greene County, died Monday, March 3, 2014.

She was born September 20, 1954, a daughter of the late Jasper Leroy Lemley and Charlotte Isabelle Varner Lemley.

Mrs. Willy was Methodist.

She enjoyed playing bingo and doing word search puzzles. When her health permitted, she enjoyed traveling and going to dirt track races. She loved spending as much time as she could with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheri Phillips and husband Robert of Spraggs; a son, James “Bobby” Willy of Nettle Hill; three brothers, Tom Lemley and wife Doreen of Connecticut, Dearald Lemley and wife Nancy of Central and Learnie Lemley of Florida; a sister, Bonnie Garlitz and husband Buck of Morgantown, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Brenden Voight and Abby, Nathan and Kaleb Phillips; an uncle, Learnie Rex Lemley and wife Lee Lee of Pentress, W.Va.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her companion of 12 years, Robert “Buck” Fulton.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, are her first husband, H. Ashley Wyant II; a daughter, Becki Willy; and a granddaughter, Isabella Willy.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, 5894 Mason-Dixon Highway, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, with the Rev. Rose Saunders officiating. Interment will follow in Blacksville Cemetery.

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