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VIOLA M. BAKER
Viola M. Baker, 76, of Manor, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in her home. She was born Aug. 1, 1923, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Walter and Leona Pawelczyk Szymanski. She was a member of St. Barbara Church in Harrison City and the Young at Hearts. In addition to being a foster mother to several children, she enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and trips to Atlantic City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Eugene R. Baker; three sons, Robert of San Francisco, Calif., Michael of Douglassville, Pa., and David of Smithton; a brother, Walter Szymanski of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Dorothy Frederick of Everson; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara Church with the Rev. V. Paul Fitzmaurice as celebrant. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. A vigil service will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

CATHERINE E. (KAUFFMAN) BALDRIGE

Catherine E. (Kauffman) Baldrige, 78, of Irwin, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999. She was born March 30, 1921, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Daniel and Muriel Sprag (Oberdick) Kauffman. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard S. Baldrige; and a sister, Edith Davis. Survived by a son, Richard L. ``Rick'' Baldrige and wife, Denise, of North Huntingdon; three daughters, Diane Harrison and husband, William, of Valparaiso, Ind., Deborah DeZorzi of Manassas, Va., and Denise Walker and husband, Chris, of Citrus Heights, Calif.; two sisters, Virginia Wheeler of Dormont and Lois Zlotziver of Copley, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, with the Rev. Robert C. Hill officiating. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Laurel Mountains Chapter, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

BARBARA J. BRAKUS

Barbara J. Brakus, 96, formerly of West Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in Mt. Vernon Health Care Center, Elizabeth Township. She was born Sept. 4, 1903, in Poland, a daughter of the late John and Sophie Kotlinski. She was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. She was formerly active with the Senior Citizens in West Newton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bozo Brakus. Survived by six children, Edward Brakus of Berlin, Md., Mary Rock and Alice Rock, both of West Newton, Agnes Pencoske of Elizabeth Township, Josephine Honish of Henderson, Nev., and Barbara Holmberg of Englewood, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Private visitation will be held Sunday at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. John A. Regoli as celebrant. Private interment in St. Dominic Cemetery, Donora.

FRANK S. CERAR

Frank S. Cerar, 88, of South Park Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Jefferson Center Hospital. He was born Sept. 14, 1911, in Broughton, Pa., a son of the late Louis and Mary (Simoncic) Cerar. He was a retired supervisor for Consol Coal Co. He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Swatko) Cerar; sons, Edward F. Cerar of California, Richard J. Cerar of Waynesburg, Frank A. Cerar of Charlotte, N.C., Anthony T. Cerar of North Versailles, and David J. Cerar of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Anne Snyder of Monroeville and Alma Laface of Miami, Fla.; and brothers, Louis Cerar, Joseph Cerar, and Paul Cerar, all of Clarksville. Preceded in death by a son, Wayne T. Cerar; and a brother, John Cerar. Visitation Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the GRIFFITH MORTUARY INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township. Funeral Saturday at 10 a.m. in Nativity Church, South Park Township, with Father James R. Gretz. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

WILSON ERRETT

Wilson Errett, 87, of Darragh, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Nov. 19, 1912, in Hempfield Township, a son of the late Albert F. and Olive E. (Eisaman) Errett. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Laborers International Union of North America Local #373, working at the former O.H. Martin Construction Co., Sharpsburg. His memberships included St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, and the Jeannette American Legion Post 344. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, George, Harry, Eddie and Kahl Errett; and three sisters, Clara Mae Loughner, Edna Williams and Emma Byerly. Mr. Errett is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen (King) Errett; a son, Edward and his wife, Marianne Errett, of Madison; three daughters, Virginia and her husband, Ken Stark, of Ballwin, Mo., Bette and her husband, Arthur Alexander, of Mt. Pleasant, and Patricia and her husband, David Dwyer, of Lexington, N.C.; five grandchildren, Joe, Mike, Chris, Michele, and Adrian; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Lawrence L. Manchas officiating. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

JOSEPH W. FERNELL

Joseph W. Fernell, 70, of Derry RD1, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. Born Sept. 24, 1929, in Luxor, a son of the late Samuel L. and Charlotte Sullenburger Fernell. He retired after 36 years of service at Edgar Thomson Steel Mill in Braddock and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Predeceased by a daughter, Cynthia Lee Fernell; and a sister, Hazel Hower. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Wilma J. Shively Fernell; two daughters, Patricia Ann Fernell of Saltsburg and Brenda Sue Fernell of Norfolk, Va.; two sons, Joseph W. Fernell Jr. of Latrobe and Samuel L. and wife, Linda Fernell, of Ligonier RD1; a sister, Gertrude Fabri of Greensburg; a brother, Samuel L. Fernell Jr. of Canton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. John Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Cemetery, Delmont.
 
THE REV. CHARLES H. FREDERICKSON

The Rev. Charles H. Frederickson, 77, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at his home. He was born Dec. 12, 1922, in Greensburg, a son of the late Henry and Emma Hower Frederickson. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and was employed by the Overly Manufacturing in Greensburg as a chief engineer draftsman. He later attended and graduated from Wittenberg University and the Hamma School of Divinity, both in Springfield, Ohio. He was ordained at Thiel College in 1966 as a Lutheran minister. Pastor Frederickson served as pastor of the Rupp Lutheran Church in Kittanning, Heilman Lutheran Church in Ford City and last served at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Trauger for 20 years. In addition to serving those parishes, he also served as interim pastor at several area churches. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy and was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 33 in Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two daughters, Wendy Jane and Dary Ann Frederickson. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, M. Beatrice ``Bea'' Frederickson; a son, Charles H. Frederickson Jr. and his wife, Dr. Jan Frederickson, of Greensburg; four daughters, Maxine Shroyer and her husband, Daniel, of Springfield, Ohio, Marsha Williams and her husband, Jim, of Greensburg, Darlene Frederickson of Greensburg and Dora Neighly and her husband, Robert, of Latrobe; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Saxton and her husband, Harry, of Bellville, Ohio, and Janie Kuhns and her husband, Donald, of Largo, Fla.; and had been the host grandfather to seven A.F.S. Exchange Students. Friends were received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, West Point, Greensburg, with Bishop Donald J. McCoid, of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, officiating. EVERYONE IS ASKED TO PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to either the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Monroeville, PA 15235, the Leukemia Society of America, 2 Gateway Center-13N, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or Camp Lutherlyn, Box 335, Prospect, PA 16052.

FRANCES V. HEFFLEY

Frances V. Heffley, 70, of Connellsville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at her home. She was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Nick and Fannie Cozza Capella. Frances was Catholic by faith and was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School with the Class of 1946. She retired in 1971 from Anchor Glass, and for 10 years she was a secretary for Connellsville Construction. Frances is survived by her husband of 28 years, Donald Heffley; a daughter, Diane Clabaugh Brienza of Connellsville; a son, Dennis Clabaugh, also of Connellsville; grandchildren, Denise Clabaugh of McKeesport, Michael and Patrick Brienza, both of Connellsville; a sister, Rita Kindsfather and her husband, Charles, of Ault, Colo.; and two brothers, Alesso Capella and his wife, Dolores, of Connellsville and Robert Capella of Apex, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amy Brienza; two sisters, Rose Housel and Mary Miller; and two brothers, Frank and Nicholas Capella. Friends will be received at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral prayer service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. John Butler, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. A wake service will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

STEPHEN HRICZIK

Stephen Hriczik, 66, of South Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Forbes Road, a son of the late John and Anna Kovach Hriczik. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the former PPG Industries of South Greensburg. An avid golfer, Stephen was a member of the Valley Green Golf and Country Club, Greensburg RD2. He was also a member of American Legion Post 981 in South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John Hriczik Jr.; and an infant sister, Helen Hriczik. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Gail Chrisman Hriczik; a son, Stephen P. Hriczik and wife, Bonnie, of Laughlintown; five daughters, Karen A. Wetmore and husband, Ron, of Mt. Pleasant Township, Diane L. Monahan and husband, David, of South Greensburg, Kathleen A. Radocaj and husband, Greg, of Greensburg, Christine M. Giacobbi and husband, Scott, of Mt. Pleasant, and Susan E. Nipar and husband, Jeff, of Greensburg; a brother, Tom Hriczik of Forbes Road; two sisters, Ann Sundry of River Grove, Ill., and Mary Gower of Luxor; and 15 grandchildren. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held at the funeral home Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno's Catholic Church with the Rev. Blane Resko, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

WILLIAM WIBLE JAMISON II

William Wible Jamison II, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at his home. Born in Greensburg, Feb. 5, 1921, he was a son of the late Ralph E. and Elizabeth Head Jamison. Mr. Jamison was a registered architect and had maintained a practice in Westmoreland County since 1964. He was an emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects and its Pittsburgh Chapter. Mr. Jamison attended the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., Class of 1940, and graduated from Princeton University in 1944 with an A.B. Degree in Economics. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1951. Also, he studied at the American Art Schools in Fontainebleau, France. Mr. Jamison was a veteran of World War II, having served as a Forward Observer with the 358th Field Artillery, 95th Infantry Division, in the European Theatre. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish and was a former member of the Greensburg Library Board. He served on the Board of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and the Executive Board of the Westmoreland Regional Hospital Foundation. He was for many years a volunteer at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, and was a charter partner of the Westmoreland Trust and a member of the Westmoreland Society, Westmoreland Museum of Art. Also, he was a member of the Pike Run Country Club and the Westmoreland Polo and Hunt Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph E. Jamison Jr.; and two sisters, Elizabeth Jamison Marsh of Greensburg and Marian Jamison Longaker of Pottstown. Surviving are several nieces and nephews, and cousins. There will be no visitation. A public memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorials may be made to the Westmoreland Regional Hospital Foundation, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, or the Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library, 237 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., funeral director, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg.

FRANK J. JOHOVICH

Frank J. Johovich, 80, of McCandless, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Suburban General Hospital, Bellevue. He was born Nov. 18, 1919, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Frank M. and Frances Frankovich Johovich. He was a shipping supervisor for MaGraw-Edison, Canonsburg, with 42 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of Gospel Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Valencia, and had organized Oliver High School Men's Luncheon Group. Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl ``Penny'' Johovich of McCandless and Ginny Miller of Cranberry; a son, Randy Johovich of West Deer Township; three grandchildren, Jennifer and Justin Johovich, and Kate Miller; and two sisters, Anne Short of Avalon and Fran Wagner of McCandless. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam V. Dunn Johovich, on Dec. 17, 1998; a sister, Katherine Gruno; and a brother, Joseph Johovich. Friends will be received Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Services will be conducted in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Nick Protos, pastor of Gospel Fellowship Presbyterian Church, officiating. Entombment Allegheny County Memorial Park Mausoleum, McCandless. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for prostate cancer research.

GEORGE JURCEVICH SR.

George Jurcevich Sr., 75, of West Newton (Sewickley Pines Manor), died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Port Vue, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Cindric) Jurcevich. George was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the Philippines. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a crane operator by Operating Engineers Local 66. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Anthony ``Tony,'' in July 1996; two sisters, Mary Jurcevich and Katie Sadosky; and a brother, John Jurcevich. George is survived by his wife, Lois (Zunic) Jurcevich; four sons, Ronald and his wife, Ann, of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Michael and his wife, Colette, of Sutersville, Gary and his wife, Darlene, of Arona, and George and his wife, Mary Ann Jurcevich, of Hutchinson; two daughters, Gloria Siddiqui of Houston, Texas, and Mary Lou and her husband, Rick Persinger, of Glen Burnie, Md.; a brother, Frank and his wife, Mary Jurcevich, of Waynesburg; a sister, Elizabeth and her husband, Regis DeCarme, of San Diego, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A private family memorial will be held for Mr. Jurcevich. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, in charge of arrangements.

THRESIA A. JYACHOSKY

Thresia A. Jyachosky, 77, of Star Junction, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at 5:20 a.m., in her home. She was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Star Junction, a daughter of the late Pete and Emma Longo Pradella. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and the Roman Star Lounge #1914, both of Perryopolis. She is survived by two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Mary Persello of Perryopolis, Mrs. Josephine Rebottini and Roy Giovannelli and wife, Vera, all of Star Junction; daughter-in-law, Ada Jyachosky of Star Junction; two granddaughters, Katrina and Toni Jyachosky, both of Star Junction; two brothers-in-law, Andrew Jyachosky and wife, Mary, of Charlotte, N.C., and Thomas Benicky of Belle Vernon; three sisters-in-law, Irene Pradella of Star Junction, Helen Jyachosky of New Salem and Lee Jyachosky of Hopwood; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Jyachosky, on Jan. 16, 1993; son, Peter M. Jyachosky, on Nov. 26, 1989; and two brothers, Bruno Pradella, on May 31, 1985, and Albert Pradella, on April 28, 1989. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 106 E. Independence St., Perryopolis, Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., where a prayer service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis, with the Rev. Father John T. Euker as celebrant. Interment Mt. Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis. A wake service will be held Friday at 8 p.m.

JAMES R. KARFELT

James R. Karfelt, 70, of Youngstown, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late James and Mary Loukota Karfelt. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Youngstown, Pa. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Walworth Company and Gee Bee's Department and Furniture stores. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Polish Falcons, for whom he played baseball. He was an avid baseball fan. He was a student at the former Hurst High School. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Karfelt; and four sisters, Mary Pfeifer, Christine Pfeifer, Josephine Sanda and Margaret Fedorka. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan ``Dolly'' Cepullio Karfelt; a daughter, Donna Marie Williams and husband, Steve, of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Katie and Adam Williams: a brother, Frank Karfelt and wife, Helen, of Mt. Pleasant; and a sister, Rose Bilik of Mt. Pleasant. Funeral service and interment were private. Memorials may be sent to the Bruno Ferrari Cancer Foundation, c/o Latrobe Area Hospital. EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, in charge of arrangements.

AGNES B. (GAUS) KNORR

Agnes B. (Gaus) Knorr, 72, of Reserve Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Beloved wife of John G. Knorr Jr.; mother of John G. III of Harrisburg, Barbara Hawthorne of Shaler Township and Janet Armstrong of McCandless; sister of Elizabeth Knorr of Brookline; and two grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the ROBERT D. HUGHES FUNERAL HOME, Lowrie and Gardner streets, Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial in Most Holy Name Church Saturday at 10 a.m. Friends and members of Christian Mothers invited.

ANDREW DANE KRANIK, M.D.

Andrew Dane Kranik, M.D., 57, of Elizabeth Township, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999. Son of Mary A. (Magera) Kranik of Elizabeth Township and the late Andrew Kranik. Brother of Jacqueline Kranik of Elizabeth Township and Deborah K. Smith of Belle Vernon. Also survived by two nephews, Ian Kranik Smith and Andrew Graham Smith. Dr. Kranik attended the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), and the Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, between 1964-67, obtaining his B.S. Degree in Biology; Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., from 1967-71, receiving his Doctor of Medicine Degree; and serving his internship in straight surgery from 1971-72 at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn. He completed his orthopedic residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. He was a major in the U.S. Army from 1976-78, position Chief Department of Orthopedic Surgery, at Irwin Army Hospital-Meddac Fort Riley in Kansas. He was a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, Pittsburgh; the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Harrisburg; the American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.; the American College of Sports Medicine; the Fellowship and International College of Surgeons; and the Wilderness Medical Society. He was also a member of the Association of Military Surgeons, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, the University Club, the Safari Club International, American Field Trial Association, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, the Greek Catholic Union, a Brother of Sigma Psi (the St. Anthony Club), and the American Legion Post 0944. Visitation Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Parastas service will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. A burial service will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John Chrysostom Greek Catholic Church, Saline Street, Greenfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kiski School, Saltsburg, Pa., or the American Diabetes Association.

SOPHIE BUKOSKI LAGALSKI (JAGIELSKI)

Sophie Bukoski Lagalski (Jagielski), 92, of St. Anne Home, Greensburg, formerly of Westmoreland City, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in the St. Anne Home. She was born Aug. 5, 1907, in Claridge, a daughter of the late Ladislaus and Mary Liesiolaka Bukoski. She was once employed in the kitchen of the North Huntingdon School. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lagalski Sr.; two grandchildren, Joseph and Juliann McNierney; and two brothers, Tony Grezlak and William Bukoski. Surviving are two daughters, Jean and husband, Steve Pernick, of Monroeville and Joan and husband, Francis McNierney, of Manor; a son, Joseph and wife, Mary Ann ``Dolly'' Lagalski, of Westmoreland City; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Lagielski of Irwin RD6 and Helen Shula of Claridge; and a brother, Bruno Thomas of Claridge. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Westmoreland Hospice, 501 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601.

LOIS JEAN LAZARCHIK

Lois Jean Lazarchik, 70, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Sept. 14, 1929, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Michael and Frances Lazarchik. She was a graduate of Latrobe High School and had attended the Business Training College in Pittsburgh. She was the executive vice president of Commercial National Bank when she retired after 42 years of service. She was a lifelong member of Holy Family Church and also a member of the Botanical Society of Westmoreland County, and a member and Emeritus of the Salvation Army of Latrobe Advisory Board. Survived by her brother, Thomas Lazarchik and his wife, Antonia, of Latrobe; three nephews, Thomas and wife, Suzon, of Jeannette, Michael of Dallas, Texas, and Andrew of Latrobe; a great-nephew, Nicholas; and a great-niece, Alexandria. There will be no public visitation. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Church Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Friends are asked to please go directly to the church. Private interment. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Latrobe, in charge of the arrangements.

KATHERINE MAZUR

Katherine Mazur, 69, of Greensburg, formerly of Pitcairn, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born July 26, 1930, in Gatesville, Miss., a daughter of the late Henry W. and Fannie McLeod Butler. She was retired from the Gateway School District and a former member of St. Michael's Church, Pitcairn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Mazur, on June 26, 1998. Survived by a son, Cole Mazur, of Monroeville; five daughters, Carol Ann Dean of Tarentum, Elizabeth K. Boberg of West Valley, N.Y., Patricia J. Clements and husband, Mark, of Turtle Creek, Cecelia M. McInerney and husband, Paul, of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and Mary Jane Ickes and husband, Timothy, of Pitcairn; six grandchildren; a sister, Zoria Lalond, of Wyalusing, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Arrangements under the direction of the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director.

FRANCES B. PERNA

Frances B. Perna, 91, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, in the Homestead Private Care Center in Loyalhanna. She was born July 3, 1908, in Yukon, a daughter of the late Marco and Frances Kostello Kavac. She was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carmen C. Perna, on Nov. 25, 1980; a son, Conrad C. Perna; three brothers, Marco, John and Anthony; and three sisters, Mary Gates, Sophia Mackovsek and Angela Liptak. Survived by a daughter, Ruth L. Brown and her husband, Donald B., of Latrobe; and two brothers, Joseph Kovatch and Frank Kovac, both of Yukon. Also survived by four grandchildren, Nancy Johnson and her husband, Wayne, of Greensburg, Brenda Sherer of Tampa, Fla., Donald Carmen Brown of Ohio, and Terry Lee Ruta and her husband, Jerry, of Minnesota; and five great-grandchildren, Jacob Johnson, Chris Ann Sherer and Matthew Sherer, Nicole Ruta and Augustine Ruta. Friends will be received in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery.

LEAH (RUSSELL) RAYMALEY

Leah (Russell) Raymaley, 101, formerly of Latrobe RD3, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. She was born April 2, 1898, in Clinton, Mass., a daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Johnston) Russell. She was a graduate of Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1920, in Monongahela. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leland C. Raymaley; a daughter, Ruth Amour; a great-grandson, Jayson Ventura; son-in-law, J. Marshall Blank; her brother, Bill Russell; and her sister, Helen Cellini. She is survived by her son, Chalmers Raymaley and wife, Dora Lee, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; six daughters, Betty Krepps of Derry, Connie Ventura and husband, Hector, of Columbia, Md., Elinor Carey and husband, Paul, of Latrobe, Grace Kornbau and husband, Joe, of Salem, Ohio, Shirley Raymaley of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Maggi Morris of Delmont; 24 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David J. Ackerman officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township.

WILLIAM F. RILEY

William F. Riley, 75, of Blairsville (Derry Township), passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at the Latrobe Area Hospital. A son of the late William and Virginia Allison Riley, he was born Oct. 11, 1924, in Dickerson, Md. Mr. Riley was an operating engineer for 48 years before retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #66 of Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jean Clawson Riley; a son, Richard E. Willard and his wife, Judy, of Whippany, N.J.; two stepsons, Jody Bailey and his wife, Barbara, of Enid, Okla., and Bryan Bailey of Grand Forks, N.D.; three daughters, Miss Jean McLaren of Oberlin, Pa., Mrs. Rudy (Kathy) Perisich of Pitman, N.J., and Mrs. John (Pamela) Everett of Oberlin; two stepdaughters, Tammy Zahornacky of Tracy, Calif., and Mrs. Atul (Misty) Bhatnagar of Wexford; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and two sisters, Mrs. George (Ruth) Ritz of Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Shirley Christopher of Glen Burnie, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Stitt Riley, in 1978; two brothers, Charles and Albert; and two sisters, Catherine Reggin and Clara Lowman. The family received friends at the RICHARD L. SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul L. Carter officiating. Interment will follow in the Blairsville Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by VFW Post #5821 and American Legion Post #407.

WILLIAM STASCHAK

William ``Willie the Bartender'' Staschak, 79, of Calumet, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier. He was born March 9, 1920, a son of the late George and Anna (Tepley) Staschak. Prior to retirement, he worked at Brown Boveri I.T.E. in South Greensburg, and had been a bartender at the Calumet Club for 23 years. He was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Trauger, and was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy. Willie was a member of a number of local social clubs and was known for his love of polka music. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mary (Kubina) Staschak; two sisters, Mary Frederick and Pearl Staschak; and a half brother, George Staschak. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sophia (Krynicky) Staschak; his daughter, Marilyn ``Mazie'' McGinnis and husband, Clifford, of Ligonier; two grandchildren, Marlo R. Swanson and husband, Chris, of Sterling, Va., and Ryan W. McGinnis of Ligonier; three sisters, Teresa Zozula and husband, Paul, of Pittsburgh, Peg Zachetti and Irene Foschia, both of Greensburg; three stepsisters, Mary Countryman of Somerset, Margaret Zemba of Youngwood and Helen Streno of Florida; a stepbrother, John Kubina of Somerset; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panachida service will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy to be celebrated in the St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Trauger, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Christopher R. Burke as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Members of St. Mary's Parish will meet Friday at 3 p.m. to pray the rosary. Parastas service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 7:30 p.m.

ALLEN J. TOLMSOFF

Allen J. Tolmsoff, 62, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Silverton, Ore., on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999. A retiree of PPG Industries. Beloved husband of Mariann (Valenta) Tolmsoff; father of David and Timothy Tolmsoff, Christy Stanko, Sean and Kelly Dowd; brother of Anne Strubhar, Mary Johnston, Vera Moiseve, Pearl Sattler, Peter J. Tolmasoff, Sally Van Alstein and Stella Purcell; also survived by eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Scott Township. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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