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JOHN A. BAIRD
John A. Baird, 72, of Harrison Park, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1927, in Arona, a son of the late Nathan A. and Cecelia Morrisson Baird. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 43 years in the communication and signal department at Conrail in Pitcairn. He was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the Trafford American Legion Post #331. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Charles Baird; and two sisters, Anne Anthony and Hester Brown. Survived by his wife of 49 years, Magdalen Schneider Baird; a son, John A. Baird Jr. of Kentucky; four daughters, Colleen Moore of Jeannette, Mary Ann Norton of York, Pa., Eileen Zatezalo of Penn Township, and Karen Baric of Trafford; a brother, Al Baird of Level Green; two sisters, Virginia McCune and Idella Richard, both of Florida; and nine grandchildren. 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. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Barbara Cemetery, Penn Township. Vigil service will be held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Westmoreland Hospice, 510 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601.

TINA BORTAK 

Tina Bortak, 87, of Greenock, formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in UPMC-McKeesport. She was born June 9, 1912, a daughter of the late George and Lucia Draskovich. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Bortak; and a grandson, Misael ``Brother.'' A homemaker, she was a former member of Sacred Heart Church, McKeesport, and was a lifetime member and past president of Turnsisters in McKeesport. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Miller of Port Vue and Doris Stepanik, with whom she resided; a brother, Richard Bortak of Penn Township; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Bach of Port Vue; and nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the WILLIG FUNERAL HOME, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Church, McKeesport. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. 

EDWARD S. BRUCE 

Edward S. Bruce, 76, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Pitcairn, a son of the late Andrew and Mary Guy Bruce. He was a retired employee of U.S. Steel National Tube Works, McKeesport. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army, and a member of VFW Post 781, Irwin. He was a member of the Youghiogheny Lodge No. 583 F&AM. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Minerva L. Williams Bruce, in April 1999; a son, Charles Bruce, in 1979; a sister, Hazel Bradley; and a brother, George Bruce. He is survived by two sons, James D. Bruce at home and Richard L. Bruce of Irwin; and four grandchildren. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Russell G. Martin Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. 

JAMES CALIFORNIA

James California, 70, of Vandergrift, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, in his residence. Born Feb. 2, 1929, in Vandergrift, he was the son of the late James and Cora Costrini California, and had lived in Vandergrift all his life. Mr. California was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. He was a member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Vandergrift, and enjoyed cooking for the Meals-on-Wheels Program in Vandergrift. He was also an avid fisherman. Mr. California was a parole agent with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and previously had served for a number of years as a police officer in Vandergrift. Survivors include his wife, Connie Valentini California; two sons, James III of York, Pa., and John of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Carole) Lewis of Syracuse, N.Y. and Michelle California-Aguiar of Toronto, Canada; four granddaughters; and three sisters, Anna Marie Ramaley, Mrs. Richard (Pauline) Vietch and Janet Christopher, all of Vandergrift. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Bolcar. Friends may call Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the DUNMIRE-KERR FUNERAL HOME, A Golden Rule Member, 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Vandergrift, with Father Thaddeus Rettger as celebrant. Entombment will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

CLAUDIA JEAN (PRICE) CHISHOLM 

Claudia Jean (Price) Chisholm, 79, on Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at her daughter's home in Lower Burrell, where she was being cared for. Beloved wife of 56 years to William J. Chisholm of Avalon. Also, survived by loving children, David E. Chisholm and his fiancee, Dolores, of McCandless, William W. Chisholm and his wife, Sharon, of Slate Lick, Robert J. Chisholm and his wife, Carol, of Ross Township and Betty Claire Mulhall and her husband, Joseph, of Lower Burrell; a sister, Claire Gould of Bellevue; also, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and a sister. She was a member of North Hills Chapter #526 O.E.S. and AARP Chapter #1630, Bellevue. Memorials are suggested to the Forest Avenue Presbyterian Church, 898 Forest Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202, where Mrs. Chisholm had been a member for over 60 years. Friends invited Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., A Golden Rule Member Firm, 1014 California Ave., Avalon, North Boroughs, where funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11. Interment will be in Union Dale Cemetery, North Side. 

MAXWELL STEPHEN FALATOVICH

Maxwell Stephen Falatovich, infant son of Stephen and Michelle Brown Falatovich of Jeannette, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Magee-Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 26, 1999, in Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his twin sister, Mallorie Lynne Falatovich; paternal grandmother, Rosalee Falatovich of Jeannette; maternal grandparents, Linda Szymoniak and her husband, Walter, of Penn Hills and Irving Brown and his wife, Mai, of Lower Burrell; maternal great-grandmothers, Louise Brown of Smethport and Alice Roberts of Ellenton, Fla.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. There will be no public viewing or visitation periods. Services and interment will be private. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.

JOHN F. FETSKO SR. 

John F. Fetsko Sr., 78, of Jeannette, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born May 14, 1921, in New Castle, a son of the late John and Mary Hughes Fetsko. He was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette; a life member and past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.E. #486, Jeannette, where he served as a trustee; a member of Elliott Retirees; and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Elliott Co. of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. Mullen Fetsko, in 1985; a brother, Joseph Fetsko; and a sister, Joan Geiger. Surviving are three sons, John F. Fetsko Jr. and wife, Cheryl, of Jeannette, Robert J. Fetsko and wife, Margaret, of Blairsville, and Don Alan Fetsko at home; five sisters, Marie Lunn of Irwin, Ella Mae Garvas of Jeannette, Ruth Ann Perkins and husband, Benjamin, Betty Jean Sinclair, and Patty Jean Vicelli and husband, Jack, all of Irwin; two grandchildren, William Simpson and wife, Julie, of Slippery Rock and Shelly Croushore of Homer City; three great-grandchildren, Marissa, Courtney, and Elizabeth Croushore; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Ascension Church, Jeannette. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. B.P.O.E. #486 will hold services Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

C. PATRICK GALLAGHER 

C. Patrick Gallagher, 20, of Fenelton, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, of heart failure at a residence on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. He was born July 11, 1979, in Arlington Heights, Ill., a son of Charles P. Jr. and Mary Melinda (Feightner) Gallagher. He was a sophomore student in the government and law program at American University. At college, he had served as a volunteer for the Amnesty International Organization. A 1998 graduate of Butler Area High School, he had been a member of the Men's Varsity Diving Team and had served as a peer mediation adviser. He was selected as a member of the first group of students to receive this training at Butler High School. A member of the Order of DeMolay, he had been awarded the Pennsylvania Masonic Law Enforcement Scholarship. He also held a black belt in Tae-Kwan-Do. For the past several summers, he had been a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Butler YMCA and the Butler County Alameda Pool. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Butler. Surviving are his parents; a brother, Christopher R. Gallagher of Butler; grandfather, Charles P. Gallagher Sr. of Butler; grandmother, Mrs. Linda B. Feightner of Greensburg; six aunts and uncles; and a number of cousins, also survive Patrick. Friends of C. Patrick Gallagher will be received at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, the Rev. David Panther, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Butler, will officiate. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg, with the Rev. Robert Wilson conducting the service. Private interment will follow. Should friends desire, a memorial fund has been established with the Farmer's National Bank, 1101 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001, in Patrick's memory. 

WILLIAM L. GEBERT 

William L. Gebert, 57, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1941, in Braddock, a son of the late Samuel and Alice Gebert Rainey. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machinist for the Elliott Co. of Jeannette. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Italian Miners Society of Hahntown, the Herminie Sportsman's Club, a social member of the Fairmont-Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion of White Oak Post 701. Surviving are his wife, Judy Brannigan Gebert; a daughter, Laura Bernard and her husband, Daniel, of Savannah, Ga.; mother-in-law, Ange Brannigan of North Huntingdon; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Sara Dymsia and her husband, Joe, of North Huntingdon. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Thursday at 1O a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. 

JENNIE R. GEIGER 

Jennie R. Geiger, 81, of Jeannette, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 1, 1918, in Greenwald, Pa., a daughter of the late Vincenzo and Angeline Capola Aurigema. A member of the Ascension Church, Jeannette, she was also a member of the Ascension Senior Citizens and the Jeannette Senior Citizens. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the former Adams House and the former A&P. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank C. Geiger, in 1973; a brother, Anthony Aurigema; and a sister, Betty Meniruio. Surviving are a son, Frank C. Geiger III of Penn Township; two daughters, Linda Geiger of Irwin and Nancy Burns Geiger of Level Green; a brother, Carmen Aurigema of Florida; three sisters, Nancy Schell of Florida, Lena Oeath of California, and Mary Faulk of Murrysville; four grandchildren, Tami Burns of Florida, Kami Burns of Greensburg, Andrea and Michael Geiger, both of Harrison City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in Ascension Church, Jeannette. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The Ascension Senior Citizens will pray the rosary Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

LOUVELLA W. GILKEY

Louvella W. Gilkey, 92, of North Braddock, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, in Indian Haven, Indiana, Pa. She was born June 8, 1907, in North Braddock, a daughter of Edward and Martha (Bloom) Hensel. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Braddock. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Henry Edward Gilkey. Survived by two daughters, Louann Wainwright of Delmont and Lila Williams of Commodore RD1; and four grandchildren. No viewing or funeral services. Committal services Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, North Huntingdon, with the Rev. David D. Wilson Jr. officiating. Arrangements in charge of the WAYNE W. PIFER FUNERAL HOME, Punxsutawney.

RITA H. GUZY

Rita H. Guzy, 68, of Dunbar, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. She was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Merill and Lula Carnes McFadden. She was Methodist by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Bryner and Audrey Reese; a grandson, Brenan Leapline; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Leapline. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Joseph Guzy; two sons, Kenneth S. Gerhard of Pittsburgh and Joseph M. Guzy and wife, Crystal, of Mt. Pleasant; three daughters, Barbara Conn and husband, William, of Vanderbilt, Marilyn Zies and husband, Jack, of Acme and Doll Ulery and husband, Jerry, of Normalville; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merill McFadden and wife, Mary, of Scottdale and Melvin McFadden and wife, Diane, of Pennsville; and five sisters, Roberta Ritenour of Pittsburgh, Marge Hardy and husband, William, of Dunbar, Martha Stoner and husband, Earl, of Connellsville, Patty Geary and husband, Jim, of Ohio, and Sandy McWilliams and husband, Robert, of Pennsville. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements will be announced. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.

LUCY JULIE HAMROCK 

Lucy Julie DeRosa Hamrock, 62, of Scottdale, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Anthony and Florence DeRosa. Lucy was a faithful lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. She was a retired employee of Power Ex of Youngwood, former Westinghouse Corp., with 39 years of service. Lucy was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1963. She also assisted St. John's Pierogie Ladies. Lucy was the beloved mother of Gene Hamrock and wife, Rhonda (Bolen), of Scottdale. Her joy in life was being the grandmother of Vaughn, Brandon and Paige Hamrock, all of Scottdale. She is also survived by three brothers, Peter DeRosa and wife, Betty, of Scottdale, Dr. Anthony DeRosa and wife, Pat, of Canfield, Ohio, and James DeRosa of Philadelphia; a sister-in-law, Thelma ``Corky'' DeRosa of Scottdale; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, who predeceased her at the tender age of two months, she was preceded in death by Anthony and Catherine DeSantis, who lovingly raised Lucy, and whom she considered her parents; and a brother, Liberator ``Lib'' DeRosa. Lucy's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale, with the Rev. Emil S. Payer as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist R.C. Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. A parish rosary will be recited at 2 p.m., and a parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m., both on Wednesday, in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, in loving memory of Lucy Julie Hamrock. 

WILLIAM J. HARROLD 

William J. Harrold, 80, of Greensburg, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of the late Emery and Esther (Barras) Harrold. He had been employed for 25 years at Silvis Dairy Farms and later had been the owner and operator of Harrold's Exxon until his retirement. He was a member of Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the 83rd Infantry Division. He was a charter member of the Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Teamsters Local #30, Jeannette, the Antique Automobile Club of America, the VFW Post 33, Greensburg, and the American Legion Post 981 of South Greensburg. He was a former member of the Western Regional Antique Car Club, the Coke Regional Antique Car Club, and the Packard Car Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Blanche M. Saxton Harrold, on Aug. 15, 1994; a daughter, Linda Gail Harrold; and a sister, Isabelle Fink. Survived by a son, William J. and his wife, Susan Harrold, of Scottdale; a daughter, Jean Bussard of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Tracy and her husband, Michael Hutchinson, of Greensburg, Jennifer Holsopple of Greensburg, Lisa and her husband, Jeff Orischak, of New Stanton, and William B. Harrold of New Stanton; two great-grandsons, Cameron Hutchinson and Noah Orischak; two brothers, Robert and his wife, Donna Harrold, of Akron, Ohio and Emery and his wife, Vada Harrold, of Rockwood, Pa.; two sisters, Helen Woodman of Arkansas and Sue and her husband, Robert Baird, of Mt. Pleasant; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jean Kubenic of Greensburg. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard, Greensburg. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, Greensburg RD6, PA 15601. 

HERMAN A. HARTMAN 

Herman A. Hartman, 78, of Volant, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, in United Community Hospital, Pine Township. He was born Sept. 2, 1921, in West View, the son of the late Herman J. and Matilda Schwarz Hartman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois C. Dehring Hartman. He is survived by a son, Gary Hartman of Volant; three sisters, Tillie (Ray) Iwrin, Betty (Edward) Lange, and Naomi Hartman; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Three Rivers Detachment, and was a veteran of World War II in the Marine Corps. He retired as a self-employed antiques restorer in Wexford. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Mercer. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Warrendale. Arrangements by the CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME INC., Mercer. 

JAMES RICHARD HOWELLS 

James Richard Howells, 70, of Scottdale, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 12, 1999, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Oakland. Jim was born in Scottdale, March 27, 1929, a son of the late George E. Howells, who died Nov. 5, 1967, and Olive Marie Forsythe Howells, who died July 12, 1999. Jim was a life member of the First Baptist Church of Scottdale and of the Scottdale community. He was a retired grinder for the former Modulus Corp. of Mt. Pleasant with 17 years service. He was a veteran of the armed forces serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard, Hq. Co., 28th Division, 110th Infantry Division in Germany during the Korean conflict. Jim was a faithful blood donor in the Scottdale area achieving the 11 gallon goal. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Johnson Howells, with whom he celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on June 3, 1999; his sister, Marlene F. Howells of Scottdale; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack R. (Gayle) Sidehamer Howells of Scottdale; a nephew, Timothy Howells and his wife, Cindy, of Mt. Pleasant; and a great-nephew, Bradley David Howells of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jack R. Howells, on June 24, 1998. Jim's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Tuesday from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. James P. Cordell, officiating. Interment will follow in the Scottdale Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, in memory of James R. Howells. 

DELPHIA MARIE KACHUR 

Delphia Marie Kachur, 78, of Monessen, passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Uniontown Hospital. Mrs. Kachur had been residing at Beverly Health Care of Uniontown. She was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Pleasant Unity, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Terhorst. Mrs. Kachur was a housekeeper for many years. A Lutheran by faith, Mrs. Kachur was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Monessen, and had been a Sunday school teacher in the nursery department of the church for 48 years. Mrs. Kachur was also a member of the Faith Lippard Missionary Society, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association, and had been a leader with the Monessen Brownies, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls. Mrs. Kachur was preceded in death by her husband, George Kachur Jr.; and two brothers, George and Jim Terhorst. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Dianna and Ted Dominick of California, Pa.; two grandchildren, Kelli Dominick of State College and Dale Dominick of California, Pa.; and two sisters, Viola Shriver of Garrettsville, Ohio, and Catherine Fligger of Acme. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Monessen. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Monessen. 

ROBERT L. LONG 

Robert L. Long, 82, of Bessemer Road, Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Scottdale Manor Rehabilitation Center, following a lingering illness. He was born Feb. 24, 1917, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Harvey and Rose Yezek Long. Robert was a member of the Myersdale Church of Christ and attended the Scottdale Church of Christ. He was a retired professional over-the-road driver with Dickerson Construction of Youngwood from 1958 to 1977. He was a former employee of the B&O Railroad, and was also employed by his daughter, Gayle Lee Floral, Mt. Pleasant. Robert was an avid wood craftsman and a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army's 183rd Battalion Army Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of Tec. 4. He was a recipient of the EME Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Robert leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife, Laura B. Geyer Long, with whom he celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Nov. 23, 1999; a daughter, Gayle Lee Bates and her husband, Ronald, of Scottdale; a son, Robert L. Long Jr. and his wife, Tamar (Sherwood), of Acme; five grandchildren, Brenda Lee Bates Shaw and her husband, Donald, of Scottdale, Jael, Jarah, Robert, and Jonah Long of Acme; and a great-grandson, Dustin Shaw of Scottdale. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Victoria Lee Long; four brothers, Edward, William, Richard and Harvey Long; and three sisters, Evelyn Ashbaugh, Irene Kantorik and Catherine Pence. Robert's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. David Shivley officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, with full military honors accorded at the chapel by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post 446. 

GAIL E. NICELY

Gail E. Nicely, 74, of Ligonier, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born April 25, 1925, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late Walter and Minerva Miller Nicely. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier, and a member and past Matron of Fort Ligonier Chapter #349 O.E.S. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Terry Nicely; and a brother, Thomas E. Nicely. Gail is survived by her husband of 53 years, Glenn C. Nicely; three children, Elaine and her husband, Lee McKlveen, and Linda and her husband, Eugene Carlson, all of Ligonier, and a son, Bruce and his wife, Pat Nicely, of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. & CREMATORY, Bell and East Church streets, Ligonier, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. William M. Oesterlin and the Rev. David von Schlichten co-officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment will be in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Helen H. Snyder, funeral director.

KAY J. ORR

Kay J. Orr, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Stephen and Carolyn Carr Orehovic. Kay had served as a nurse with the U.S. Coast Guard, and was also a licensed beautician. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Forster; and two sisters, Marian Mater and Carol Rueter. A memorial funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. David P. Huey officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Aliquippa.

WILLIAM C. SIMMS

William C. Simms, 71, of Derry, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Lockport, a son of the late Jesse and Mary Gill Simms. A retired employee of Vulcan Mold and Iron Co., Latrobe, he had been a Pennsylvania hunting and trapping instructor and a bus driver for Mark Lines for 22 years. He was a member of St. Vincent Parish, the Kingston Vets and Sportsmen's Association, Possum Hollow Club, Baggaley Fire Hall, Hostetter Club, Derry Ukrainian Society, the Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County Federation of Sportsmen's Club, and the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Association. He was also a social member of Derry American Legion Post #324 and VFW Post #444. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannine Hough Simms; his second wife, Elizabeth Matuszky Simms; a son, Patrick A. Simms; and several brothers and sisters. Bill is survived by five sons, Carl and Bonnie Simms of New Derry, Harold and Lorraine Simms of Kingston, Gary and Marcia and Michael and Susan Simms, all of Derry, and Robert Matusky of Baggaley; three daughters, Sharon and Robert Forney of Latrobe, Melanie and John Pearce of New Alexandria, and Susan Matusky of Baggaley; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six brothers, Paul of Latrobe, Frank of Hillside, Dale of Kingston, Wayne of Mt. Pleasant, Ron of Greensburg, and Dennis of New Alexandria; four sisters, Mrs. Charles (Yvonne ``Cook'') Kelly of Latrobe, Mrs. Michael (Ila) Wassil and Gloria Simms, all of Whitney, and Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Riffle of Derry. Family will receive friends in the MICHAEL J. QUINLISK FUNERAL HOME INC., 548 N. Chestnut St., Derry, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced.

SISTER RITA MARIE SKELLY 

Sister Rita Marie Skelly, 96, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Villa St. Joseph, Baden, in her 72nd year as a Sister of St. Joseph. Sister Rita Marie, a daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Skelly, entered the Congregation in 1928 from Sacred Heart Parish in Conemaugh, Pa. Sister was an elementary teacher in Pittsburgh, Johnstown/Altoona, and Greensburg Dioceses from 1929 to 1970. Her last teaching assignment was at St. Patrick School in Johnstown from 1966 to 1970. After coming to the Motherhouse in 1970, Sister Rita Marie served in the clerical and duplicating departments. Sister is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Spangler and Jane Leahey of Johnstown; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Sisters of St. Joseph Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sisters' Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Sister Rita Marie to St. Joseph Memorial Fund, 1020 State St., Baden, PA 15005. 

EVA GELET ULERY 

Eva Gelet Ulery, 85, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, in Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. She was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Brinkerton, Pa., a daughter of the late Thomas and Julia Pinchot Gelet. She was a member of the Norwin Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Ulery; three brothers, Charles, Harry, and Richard Gelet; and a sister, Mary Fulmer. She is survived by two sons, Ron W. Ulery of North Huntingdon and Charles Thomas Ulery of Port Vue; three brothers, Andrew Gelet of Wyano, Pa., Daniel Gelet of Champion, Ohio, and John Gelet of Glassport; a sister, Julia Christner of Acme; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dan Kaser officiating, followed by private interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. 

RAYMOND MICHAEL WEBB 

Raymond Michael Webb, 67, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999. He was the former food service director at Latrobe Area Hospital. Son of Frances Montibeller Webb of Latrobe and the late Raymond Arthur Webb. Beloved father of Mrs. Frederick (Kim Ellen) Creper of Export (Washington Township) and Mrs. Matthew (Ann Marie) Sawyer of Great Barrington, Mass.; four grandchildren; brother of William Webb of Canyon Lake, Calif. and the late Thomas Webb. No visitation. Services private. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation, 121 W. Second Ave., Latrobe, PA 15650. 

MARGARET WOLFE

Margaret Wolfe, 87, of Carney Road, Greensburg RD7, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, in Baptist Hospital, Miami, Fla. Born Dec. 2, 1912, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Barlow. She was a member of the First Reformed United Church of Christ of Greensburg. Mrs. Wolfe was a mother and homemaker. Survived by two sons, Harry Ronald Wolfe of Bridgeport, W.Va., and Gerald Thomas Wolfe of Miami, Fla.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Westmoreland Memorial Park on June 25, 2000.


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