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MARION K. KERRIGAN ARENDAS 

Marion K. ``Dudy'' Kerrigan Arendas, 75, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in the AUH-Forbes Regional, Monroeville. She was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine Connelly Kerrigan. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as supervisor in the Centrix Office at the Forbes Metropolitan, Wilkinsburg. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard ``Ben'' Arendas, in February 1999; and a brother, Joseph Kerrigan. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Arendas; two sons, Thomas and his wife, JoAnn Arendas, and David and his wife, Nancy Arendas; and a grandson, Brian Arendas, all of North Huntingdon; a sister, Rita Zigarovich of Monroeville; a brother, Regis ``Tubby'' Kerrigan of Trafford; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Entombment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. 

JAMES W. BANDI 

James W. Bandi, 71, of West Mifflin, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. Beloved husband of Connie Bandi. Loving father of James J., John B., Larry M., Kevin J. and Dan G. Brother of Robert, Richard, Thomas, Barb, Theresa, Bernadette, Viola, Virginia, and the late John and Sue. Son of the late John and Viola. Also survived by many loving grandchildren, Erin, Jimmy, Beth, Johnny, Pete, Mara, Ashley, Matthew, Emily, and Dana Le. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Pleasant Hills. Interment Calvary Cemetery. 

HELENA ELEANORA LaFRANCE CALISTI 

Helena Eleanora LaFrance Calisti, 73, of Penn Township, passed on to her new life on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in the warmth and comfort of her home. She was the devoted wife of Lewis J. Calisti Sr., who passed away Feb. 3, 1999. She was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Export, the daughter of the late Marion LaFrance and Mary Benn LaFrance Cook. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her sister, Virginia Chesky. She is survived by her brother, Marion ``Tony'' LaFrance of New Castle and the following children: Lewis Calisti Jr. and wife, Andrea, of Maryland, Gregory Calisti and wife, Jeri, of Florida, Cheryl DeMarchi and husband, Bill ``Sparkie,'' of Penn Township, and Keith Calisti and wife, Sharon, of North Irwin. She is also survived by several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Helena enjoyed a variety of hobbies from making gorgeous quilts, creating lovely stained glass items, to continually developing her perennial gardens. A voracious reader, Helena felt one should always continue to learn something new each and every day. But the absolute loves of her life were her four lovely granddaughters, Nicole and Marisa Calisti of Maryland, Maria Calisti of North Irwin, and Gabrielle DeMarchi of Penn Township. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A private celebration of life service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. David Troxler officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. Family prefers memorials to Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, or to the Penn Township Library. 

MARCELLA ANN CARVER 

Marcella Ann Carver, 79, of Delmont (Cloverleaf Estates), formerly of Murrysville, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. She was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Duquesne, the daughter of the late John and Susannah Wargo Kendall. She was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, and a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville; a past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine, past Queen of Dames of Malta and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paige E. Carver, in 1981. She is survived by four children, Paige Ann Moyer and her husband, Wayne, of Murrysville, Russell L. Carver and his wife, Sheryl S., of Murrysville, Richard L. Carver and his wife, Jeanne, of Murrysville, and Susan Marie Kosmatine and her husband, Cliff, of Greensburg; six grandchildren, Wayne, Richard, Russell, Heather, Nicholas and Clay; a great-grandchild, Corey; a brother, Jack Kendall of Fredericksburg, Va.; and three nephews in Virginia. Visitation Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, with the Rev. James R. Wagner officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. ``God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.'' 

GEORGE W. CLOSE 

George W. Close, 73, of Latrobe, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at his residence. He was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late Milton F. and Mary Smithley Close. He was a retired laborer for Teledyne Vasco. He served in the Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Close; and his sister, Dorothy Gindlesperger. He is survived by a son, William Close of Winchester, Va.; four daughters, Mary Margaret ``Peggy'' Campbell of Nanty Glo, Karen Knipple of Johnstown, Patricia Knipple of Johnstown, and Betty Bass of Penhook, Va.; a sister, Helen Close Savage of Ligonier; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, with the Rev. Larry McDonnell officiating. Private interment. 

LOUIS H. DeCECCO JR. 

Louis H. DeCecco Jr., 49, of Murrysville, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Kane, Pa., while deer hunting. He was born Sept. 20, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Louis H. and Emma T. Franco DeCecco. He attended CCAC, Boyce Campus, and received a degree in criminal justice, and was a graduate of the Gunsmith School in Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Carol Pollitt DeCecco; four children, Dawn, Michael, Tony and Gina; and a stepson, Bob. Visitation Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Steven J. Myers officiating. Interment will follow in the Hankey Church Cemetery. 

WILLIAM DRAGAN 

William Dragan, 79, of Monessen, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Canonsburg Hospital. He was born in Monessen, June 7, 1920, a son of the late Wasyl and Veronica Navodny Dragan. He was a member of the Lynnwood Lutheran Church of Belle Vernon and the Monessen Elks. He was a member and past president of the Monessen Lions Club. He and his wife sang for the California University Chorale and belonged to the AL-MON-O Airstream Club, of which he was a past president. A lifelong resident of Monessen, he worked in the partnership of Dragan and Son Contracting. He was a flight instructor and captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Irlean Hart Dragan, with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage on Aug. 24, 1999; a daughter and son-in-law, Billie and David Hollenbaugh of Gibsonia; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dr. Douglas and Lee Anne Dragan of Beaver and Dr. Brian Dragan of Pasadena, Md.; two brothers, Stephen Dragan of Charleroi and John Dragan of Monessen; a sister, Mary Lacanic of New Jersey; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Dragan. Friends will be received in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lynnwood Lutheran Church, Belle Vernon, with the Rev. Donald Chudd, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. 

INEZ M. EVANS 

Inez M. Evans, 94, of Murrysville, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. She was born Sept. 18, 1905, in Wales, England, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Williams Dando. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reginald M. Evans, in 1991. She is survived by two daughters, June E. Hall of Murrysville and Valerie J. Binder of Delmont; four grandsons, Dr. Bruce E. Hall, William J. Hall, John Binder and Scott Binder; three great-grandchildren, Michael Hall, Chris Binder and Madison Binder. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville with Dr. T. Ewen Holmes officiating. Interment private. If desired, memorials may be made to the church. 

RUSSELL W. GELOSH 
Russell W. Gelosh, 76, of Monroeville, formerly of Scottdale and Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, in AUH-Forbes Regional Medical Center, Monroeville. He was born May 2, 1923, in West Overton, a son of the late George Adam and Ruth Marie Wheeler Gelosh. Mr. Gelosh worked for U.S. Steel Corp. prior to his retirement. He was also a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps., Dental Division. He was a member of the Calvin United Presbyterian Church of Scottdale. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret L. Chalender Gelosh; his loving daughter, Deborah Slusser and her husband, Dennis, of Monroeville; and his loving granddaughter, Carolyn Slusser. No public hours of visitation. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. John R. Morrow will officiate private services. The family suggests contributions should be made to: The Memorial Fund at Calvin U.P. Church, 311 Mulberry St., Scottdale, PA 15683. Arrangements by MURPHY-CARUSO MEMORIAL HOME, Scottdale. 

GEORGE HENDRICKS JR. 

George Hendricks Jr., 72, of Iron Bridge, Mt. Pleasant, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born July 21, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late George W. Sr. and Grace B. Mardis Hendricks. George was a retiree from RobertShaw Controls in New Stanton. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Seniors and the Connellsville Senior Tigers. George was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Ella Jean Crosby, Lois June Shallenberger and Sarah Louise Eckman; and two brothers, Charles Wilfred and Robert Allen Hendricks. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen R. Kuhns Hendricks; two daughters, Kathy Clark and her husband, Ron, of Alexandria, Va., and Judy Bowlen and her husband, Carl, of Clifton, Va.; four loving grandchildren, Drew and Bryan Clark, and Jonathan and Amy Bowlen, all of Virginia; two sisters, Geraldine Haney and her husband, Denver, of Connellsville and Gertrude Fait of Parma, Mich. Friends will be received at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Shields officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlick Cemetery, Bullskin Township. 

ORA GRACE (LINDSAY) HORVATH 

Ora Grace ``Betty'' (Lindsay) Horvath, 79, of Uniontown, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in the Uniontown Hospital. She was born June 9, 1920, in Uniontown, a daughter of the late Franklin and Myrtle (Bittner) Lindsay. Mrs. Horvath was a retired registered nurse and instructor of obstetrics at the Uniontown Hospital School of Nursing for over 35 years. She was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church of Uniontown and the Eastern Star. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the HAKY FUNERAL HOMES INC., 139 W. Fayette St., Uniontown. 

STEVE HREBIK 

Steve ``Molly'' Hrebik, 90, of New Derry, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Green Meadows, Unity Township. He was born Jan. 5, 1909, in Dorothy, a son of the late John and Mary Mindek Hrebik. He was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Bradenville. He was retired from the Derry Area School District and from the United Mine Workers. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having participated in the Battle of the Bulge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Polinsky Hrebik; two brothers, John and Nick Hrebik; and two sisters, Mary Cybak and Ann Sasala. Survivors include a son, Stephen Hrebik of San Francisco, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Ann Liberoni and her husband, Alterio ``Tony'', of Monroeville; two brothers, Mike Hrebik of Coral and Joseph Hrebik of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Catherine Malinowski of Buffalo, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kim Bezanis of New Jersey, Renee Liberoni of New Jersey and Anthony Liberoni of Monroeville; a great-granddaughter, Colette; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parastas service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Panachida service will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment in the church cemetery. Military services will be held Friday at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home. 

KENNETH A. HURLBUT 

Kenneth A. Hurlbut, 50, of North Huntingdon, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. Husband of Patti S. Tucci Hurlbut. Son of Dolores Behanna Hurlbut and the late Robert Neil Hurlbut. Father of Kenneth Jr. and Chaz Hurlbut, Robert and Jon Miller, and Renee Hurlbut Italiano. Also, two grandchildren. Brother of Robert and Jeffrey Hurlbut. Friends received at STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow. 

MARTHA A. LOUGHNER 

Martha A. Loughner, 68, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late Cyrus Clark and Margaret McCready Eisaman. She was a member of the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church in Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Loughner Jr., in 1984. She is survived by three sons, Jerry and wife, Joan Starenchak, of Greensburg, Charles III and wife, Betsy Loughner, of Staunton, Va., and Wayne and wife, Suzi Loughner, of Brookville; two daughters, Dr. Helen L. Loughner and Susan M. Loughner, both of Jeannette; two brothers, Frank and Earl Eisaman, both of Greensburg; a sister, Eleanor Miller of Greensburg; and four grandchildren, Melissa Houston, Scott Starenchak, Charles Loughner IV and Krystal Earhart. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. 

PHOEBE A. BLACK MURRAY 

Phoebe A. Black Murray, 87, of Scottdale, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 29, 1999, at her residence. Phoebe was born at Bridgeport, East Huntingdon Township, Aug. 22, 1912, a daughter of the late Thomas and Cecilia Furnett Black. Phoebe was a longtime resident of the Scottdale area and was known as a caring neighbor and friend to many. Phoebe is survived by her sister, Iva Wolford of Dunbar; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Murray, on June 29, 1985; an infant son, Daniel; four sisters, Goldie V. Rollinson, Clarissa Semenko, Lillian Cunningham and Ada McBurney; and four brothers, Walter, Charles, Allan and Elmer Black. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Rob Allison officiating. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Alverton Cemetery, next to her late husband. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, in memory of Phoebe A. Murray. 

MARY LOUISE MILCHICK 

Mary Louise Milchick, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Braddock, a daughter of the late Peter and Leona Zajac Cifranick. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. She is survived by her husband, Andrew R. Milchick; her children, Cynthia Milchick of North Huntingdon, Kenneth A. Milchick and his wife, Mary E. ``Liz'', of Ross Township, Dennis R. Milchick and his wife, Shirley, of Salem, Ohio, Andrea McAfee and her husband, Jim, of Baldwin, and Thomas A. Milchick of North Huntingdon; a brother, Peter Cifranick of Swissvale; two sisters, Lillian Mulligan and Helen Friend, both of North Braddock; and two grandchildren, David and Tracey. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, followed by interment in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Agnes Catholic Church Millennium Fund, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. 

DOROTHY RAMUCHAK 

Dorothy Ramuchak, of Brentwood, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. Daughter of the late Caroline Ramuchak. Sister of the late Mary Franzen, Charles and Joseph Ramuchak. Aunt of Carol Marasco and Joseph (Kathy) Ramuchak. Great-aunt of Joe, Melissa and Christine. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Sylvester's Church at 10 a.m. If desired, the family suggests contributions to St. Sylvester's Church. 

ANNA C. TAYLOR 

Anna C. Taylor, 81, of Latrobe, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in the Edgewood Nursing Center, Unity Township. She was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Samuel and Katherine Hill Erny. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Taylor Sr.; and two brothers, Francis Erny and Samuel Erny. Survivors include a son, George B. Taylor Jr. and his wife, Maryanna, of Latrobe; a brother, James Erny of Latrobe; and two granddaughters, Deborah Taylor and Cheryl Taylor. Friends will be received Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Latrobe. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township.

HELEN SEAMAN BELAVIC

Helen Seaman Belavic, of Rankin, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at UPMC Braddock. She was a longtime volunteer at UPMC Braddock. Wife for 60 years of Charles W. Belavic Sr. Mother of Charles W. Belavic Jr. (Nora) of Edgewood, Mary Lou Zezza of West Mifflin, Rita Harrell (Jim) of Greenville, S.C., and Ruth Galvin (Gary) of Downingtown, Pa. Mother-in-law of Ronald Zezza of Rankin. Also, 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Burke and Edna Malus, and the late Dorothy Dachofsky; and a brother, Joseph Pillar. Friends received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOME, 107 Fourth Ave., Rankin. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10 a.m. in Word of God Parish, Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Rankin. Interment Braddock Catholic Cemetery.

STANLEY JANOSCRAT

Stanley ``Stan'' Janoscrat, 83, of New Alexandria, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, in his residence. Born May 8, 1916, in Cambria County, a son of the late Martin and Phoebe Zapp Janoscrat. He was retired from Westinghouse Speciality Metals Plant in Blairsville and was a member of St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Alice C. Shanefelter Janoscrat; a son, Martin Janoscrat; three sisters, Mary Bache, Kathryn Petras, and Julia Janoscrat; and two brothers, Albert and Joseph. He is survived by six children, Barbara Goblinger of Export, Julia Carlson and husband, Larry, of Blairsville, Linda Janoscrat, David Janoscrat, Eric Janoscrat and wife, Barbara, and Kathy Janoscrat, all of New Alexandria; three grandchildren; seven sisters, Adele Brandt, Phyllis Reagan, and Carol Yasakovitch, all of Harrisburg, Florence Hecker of Georgia, Elizabeth Musselman and Martha Schaar, both of New Jersey, and Agnes Janoscrat; and a brother, Andrew Janoscrat, also of Harrisburg. Friends will be received Thursday evening from 7 to 9 and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church in New Alexandria with the Rev. Lawrence T. Persico as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township.

MEGAN ASHLEE ASHBAUGH KOONTZ

Megan Ashlee Ashbaugh Koontz, 7, of Smithton RD, (Fitz Henry), died at her home, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 7, 1992, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of Michelle Ashbaugh of Smithton RD (Fitz Henry) and Mark Koontz of West Newton. Megan was preceded in death by her great-uncle, Roger Gath; and three great-grandfathers, William Henry Ashbaugh, Harold Gath, and Glen Curran. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Mike and Shirley Ashbaugh; three great-grandmothers, Mary Ashbaugh, Mary Curran, and Virginia Gath; two uncles, Mickey Ashbaugh and Harold Ashbaugh; an aunt, Chrisy Way and a cousin Rebecca Way. Family and friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Herman Frohnhofer officiating. Interment will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery.

IRENE M. MASKREY

Irene M. Maskrey, 87, of Orchard Park, N.Y., formerly of Stoneboro, Pa., Ellwood City, Pa., and Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, in Buffalo, N.Y. She was born May 16, 1912, in New Castle, to Ira and Birdie (Bollinger) Perry. She was married to the late Harley C. Maskrey. She is survived by a son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Maureen Maskrey, of Aurora, N.Y.; a son, Fred and daughter-in-law, Judy Maskrey, of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Eric, Ellen, and Brian Maskrey; and a great-grandchild, Samantha Paltrineri. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three brothers. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. in ALEXANDER FUNERAL HOME, 1154 Walnut St., Stoneboro, PA 16153, with the Rev. Ron Swartwood, of the Emmanuel Christian Church, Stoneboro, officiating. Interment will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake. Viewing hours will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.

GEORGE A. MITCHELL

George A. ``Mitch'' Mitchell, 78, of Overbrook, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999. He was a U.S. Army veteran, past commander of VFW Post 1810, a member of the American Legion Post 712, and a member of the Library Sportsmen's Club. Husband of the late Olive R. (Braden) Mitchell. Father of Corinne E. McKinney, Gay R. Mitchell, and the late George A. Jr. Son of the late William H. Sr. and Corinne (Farmin) Mitchell. Brother of the late Thomas and William H. Jr. ``Grandpap'' to Ubu and Jenna. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where services will be held Saturday, time later. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

WILLIAM G. PORTSER

William G. Portser, 68, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at home. He was born April 9, 1931, in Greensburg, a son of the late Welty and Orie Hemminger Portser. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westmoreland Glass. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Jean Bavaro Portser; a son, Robert Portser; a daughter, Barbara Portser; and a brother, Welty ``Bud'' Portser. He is survived by a son, William Portser and his wife, Dorothy, of Grapeville; a daughter, Diana Wagner and her husband, James, of Jeannette; four grandchildren, Billie Jo, Gina, Wendy, and Jimmy; two great-grandsons, Dustin and William; a brother, Jack Portser of Latrobe; three sisters, Hattie Pittner of Penn, Dorothy Mae Kirchner of Greensburg, and Dolly Matasick of Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home with Monsignor David L. Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

ENID M. SCHOPPY

Enid M. Schoppy, 79, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Turtle Creek, April 17, 1920, and was the daughter of the late William and Laura Bush Snyder. She was a retired licensed practical nurse and formerly worked in the Physical Therapy Department at Westmoreland Regional Hospital. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Greensburg and the Altar Guild of the church, and was a very active member of the Westmoreland County Literacy Guild, YWCA Thrift Shop, AARP, Operation Santa Claus, and the Westmoreland Hospital Retired Nurses Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Edward Schoppy, in 1987; and her three brothers, Worth, Jack and Bill Snyder. She is survived by her children, Frances Schoppy of Silver Spring, Md., William and wife, Pearl Schoppy, of Greensburg RD6, and Enid and husband, Ron Prettiman, of Greensburg; and her grandson, Christopher Schoppy. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Craig T. Hess officiating. The family suggests memorials to one's favorite charity. 

THELMA R. SNYDER

Thelma R. Snyder, 82, of Stahlstown RD1, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born March 22, 1917, in Champion, the daughter of the late Samuel and Nora M. Reese Stout. She was a resident of Stahlstown since 1997 and before that had been residing in Mt. Pleasant. She had formerly worked as a waitress for different restaurants in the area and had also worked as a hairdresser for Trimpy's in Somerset. She was a former member of the Somerset VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she was a past vice president, and was currently a member of the Donegal American Legion Ladies Auxiliary where she was past treasurer. She was a past member of the Mt. Nebo Church of God. She is survived by a daughter, Carrie ``Bunnie'' Shawley of Stahlstown; a son, Roy ``Sonny'' Snyder and his wife, Sandra, of Donegal; seven grandchildren, Lawrence Shawley of Stahlstown, Homer Shawley Jr. of Orlando, Fla., Jeffrey Shawley Sr. of Scottdale, Thelma Lydick of Delmont, Daniel Snyder of Donegal, Kerrie Pelliccione of Greensburg, and Heather Reese of Mt.Pleasant; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Roy Stout of Champion. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald Braden Snyder; and two brothers, Paul and James Stout. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A private committal service will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Saltlick Township. The Donegal American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a service Thursday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.


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