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DOROTHY (PETROVICH) BOSSAR 

Dorothy (Petrovich) Bossar, 91, formerly of Wall, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, in John J. Kane Regional Center, Scott Township. She was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late Marko and Anna (Muslin) Petrovich. She was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Monroeville and the St. Peka Kolo Circle of Serbian Sisters. She was a member of Serbian National Federation Lodge #7 and was a former member of the Wall Senior Citizens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Miller Bossar; a daughter, Melana Ann ``Pinky'' Bossar; two brothers, Paul and Michael Petrovich; and four sisters, Stella ``Stana'' Wracar, Violet Tankosich, Mary Kecman and Diane Covert. She is survived by a daughter, Geri Maravich and her husband, Eliot, of Mt. Lebanon; a grandson, Craig Maravich; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Thursday from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Pomen service in the funeral home Thursday at 8 p.m. Services in the funeral home Friday at 11:30 a.m., followed by services in St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church at noon with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Serbian E.O. Church, 2110 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. 

LOHN B. CLINE 

Lohn B. Cline, 83, of Robinson, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Bolivar, a son of the late Harvey G. and Sara (George) Cline. Prior to his retirement in 1979, he worked for the United School District as maintenance supervisor for 27 years. Lohn was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Robinson, the American Legion Post #128, the VFW Post #9310 and the Tubmill Trout Club, and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Erma R. (Bredlinger) Cline; two daughters, Mrs. Penny Corvi of Feneltown, Pa., and Mrs. Paul (Vicki) Mundorff of Bolivar; three sons, Lohn (and his wife, Darlene) Cline of Reisterstown, Md., Richard (and his wife, Mickie) Cline of Latrobe, and William (and his wife, JoEllen Bruno) Cline of Latrobe; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Anthony (Nona) Baratta of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandchildren, Casey Cline and Paul Mundorff; sisters, Evelyn Shoup, Georgia Young, Sara Warfel, and Dorothy Stewart; a brother, John Cline; and a son-in-law, Joseph Corvi. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME, 536 Market St., Bolivar. Service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dwayne Burfield officiating. Interment Mt. Tabor Cemetery, West Wheatfield Township. Memorial contributions to Tri-Community Ambulance, Third and Market Street, Bolivar, PA 15923. 

ROBERT G. GEARY 

Robert G. Geary, 66, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 19, 1933, in Yukon, a son of the late Grover C. and Charlotte M. Van Dyke Geary. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a meat cutter by the former Kroger Store in North Huntingdon and also by the Naser Packing Co. in Apollo. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the VFW Post 33 of Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse and Edward Geary; and by two nephews, Thomas and Brian Geary. Surviving are his wife, Lois J. Clark Geary; three sons, Joseph J. Geary and his wife, Lisa, of Jeannette, Matthew D. Geary and his wife, Fremah, of Philadelphia and Michael C. Geary at home; three grandchildren, Robert C., Jessica and Maria Geary; two brothers, Marion ``Bud'' Geary of Arona and William Geary and his wife, Donna, of New Stanton; four sisters, Mrs. Catherine Miller of Jeannette, Mrs. Lewis (Sally) Trout of Herminie, Mrs. Sam (Charlotte) Fernell of Ohio, and Mrs. Connie Wallace of West Newton; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence Raughley officiating. Interment will follow in the Madison Union Cemetery. 

DR. CHARLES M. HEPNER 

Dr. Charles M. Hepner, 92, of West Newton, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in the Mon Valley Hospital Inc., Carroll Township. Born in Ella Hollow, July 11, 1907, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Eggleson) Hepner. A 1928 graduate of Monessen High School, Dr. Hepner was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught botany. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Holy Cross Abbey Catholic Monastery in Berryville, Va. He worked as a veterinarian for many years. He is survived by his brother, Robert J. Hepner of West Newton; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Hepner; and two sisters, Helen Turic and Rhea Dalola. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Sweeney Plan/Rostraver Township. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver Township, with the Rev. John R. Cindric, V.F., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. 

MARGARET SAGER JAMES 

Margaret Sager James, 89, a resident of the Homewood Retirement Center, Frederick, Md., died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Carroll Staley James. They were married Sept. 1, 1934. She was born July 26, 1910, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Elmer Rohrer and Edith M. Harman Sager. A graduate of Frederick High School in 1928, she received her bachelor's degree in 1932 from Hood College. Mrs. James was employed as a social worker with the Baltimore Emergency Relief Association, the Frederick County Welfare Board, and the Washington County Welfare Board. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and former member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg, the Greensburg College Club and the Greensburg AAUW. Surviving her, besides her husband, are a daughter, Martha J. Nichols of Jarrettsville, Md.; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth M. Duke of Chevy Chase, Md.; four grandchildren, Christine Guelcher, Lauren Jones, Douglas Nichols, and Ryan Nichols; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Guelcher. She was preceded in death by a son, Carroll S. James Jr.; a brother, Jack Sager; and a sister, Elizabeth S. Miller. The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the KEENEY AND BASFORD FUNERAL HOME, 106 E. Church St., Frederick, Md. Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. from the funeral home. The Rev. Robert E. Manthey, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Calvary United Methodist Church, 133 W. Second St., Frederick, MD 21701, or to the library of Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701. 

VIRGINIA R. JONES 

Virginia R. Jones, 67, of Jeannette, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born April 10, 1932, in Ider, Ala., a daughter of the late Floyd A. and Annie Mae Adams Koger. Prior to retirement, she tended bar at the Grapeville Fire Hall. She was a member of the Grapeville Fire Hall and Hannastown Fire Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Doug and George Bob Koger. She is survived by her husband, Otis J. Jones of Jeannette; a son, Tommy Dale Hayes and his wife, Melba, of Ider, Ala.; a daughter, Carolyn Yvonne Heltebrand and her husband, Donald, of Herminie; two grandchildren, Sonny Lee Heltebrand and Christopher L. Heltebrand; a great-grandchild, Cameron James Heltebrand; a brother, Floyd Alfred Koger of Ider, Ala.; two sisters, Susie Shaw and her husband, Billy Jr., of Flat Rock, Ala., and Deanie Short and her husband, Wayne, of Ider, Ala.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Dale Roddy officiating. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. 

EDNA MAE (MOYER) KING

Edna Mae (Moyer) King, 86, of Delmont, formerly of Casselberry, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, in her home. She was born Sept. 10, 1913, in Penn, a daughter of the late David and Lillian (Biglow) Moyer. Edna was a former member of the United Church of Christ, and the Gleamers Club of Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William J. King; two brothers, Donald and Lawrence Moyer; two sisters, Doris DeFalco and Jean Mourry; and two grandchildren. Edna is survived by three daughters, Sandra Collier of Delmont, with whom she resided, Shirley Sever and husband, Edward, of Jeannette, Billie Little and husband, John, of Longwood, Fla.; a sister, Ann Saville and husband, Alfred, of Jeannette; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC. AT TWIN VALLEY, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Edna's funeral service will follow in the funeral home with the Rev. James R. Wagner, pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, officiating. Private interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park. Kevin P. Altman, supervisor, in charge of arrangements. 

ANNA B. SLIWINSKI KONIECZNY 

Anna B. Sliwinski Konieczny, 88, of Champion RD1, formerly of Everson, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 15, 1911, in Star Junction, a daughter of the late John and Mary Martinowski Sliwinski. Anna was a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson. Anna leaves to cherish her memories, her loving and devoted children, Chester A. Konieczny and wife, Christine, of Mt. Pleasant, Eugene J. Konieczny and wife, Patricia, of Mt. Pleasant, and Evelyn A. Pritts and husband, Robert, of Champion RD1, with whom she resided; five grandchildren, Cynthia Konieczny of Scottdale, James Konieczny of Arlington, Va., Daniel Konieczny of Florida, Sharon Pritts Chearney and her husband, Dan, of Frederick, Md., and Lori Pritts Durstine and her husband, Bobby, of Somerset; great-grandson, Daniel Chearney; great-granddaughter, Tiffany Chearney; three brothers, Edward Sknerski of Scottdale, Victor Sknerski and Walter Sknerski, both of Gary, Ind.; and a sister, Helen Blasco of Everson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Konieczny, who died April 7, 1990; and a sister, Dolores J. Ostrowski, who died April 15, 1982. Anna's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph R.C. Church, Everson, with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph R.C. Parish Cemetery, Everson. A parish wake service will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. 

MILDRED MARTIN 

Mildred Martin, 80, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in the Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born July 23, 1919, at Trauger, a daughter of the late Andrew Sr. and Anna Magda Mattey. She was a member of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and its Christian Mothers and Rosary Altar Society. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Andrew Mattey Jr. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Martin; a son, Edward J. ``Speedy'' Martin and his wife, Sarah, of Mt. Pleasant; two grandchildren, Michael Martin and his wife, Jennifer, and Melanie Martin; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Abigail Martin. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in the Visitation R.C. Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Michael Matusak as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery. The Visitation Christian Mothers and the Rosary Altar Society will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. 

IRA HAROLD MUSNUG 

Ira Harold Musnug, 76, of Latrobe RD4, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at his home. Born Aug. 16, 1923, in Scottdale, he was the son of the late Henry C. and Gertrude M. Foltz Musnug. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Latrobe Sheet Metal for 28 years. He was a member of the United Brethren Church, Lycippus. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army, in the European Theater in the Battle of the Bulge. He served with Company G with the 134th Infantry, and also acted as first scout for his squad. He was also a member of the rifle squad in combat. Mr. Musnug was a POW and a disabled veteran, having earned the Purple Heart in combat. A member and former commander of American Legion Post 982, Unity Township, he also belonged to the Youngstown Fire Hall, the Baggaley Fire Hall and the VFW in Pleasant Unity. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen M. (Schober) Musnug; four children, Barbara Haase of Latrobe RD4, Charles Musnug and his wife, Mary Jane, of Latrobe RD4, Harold Musnug and his wife, Florika, of Stafford, Va., and Patricia Angelo and her husband, Roger, of Latrobe RD4; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Vivian Kovacic of North Carolina and Marie Shears of New Mexico. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Nancy L. Weiss officiating. Interment in Bethel Cemetery, Cook Township. Graveside military services will be conducted by American Legion Post 982. 

CARL F. RAISHART SR. 

Carl F. Raishart Sr., 74, of Mt. Pleasant RD1 (Norvelt), died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at his home. He was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Jamison 20 (Unity Township), a son of the late George and Veronica Raishart. He was a member of the St. Florian Catholic Church in United. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. Also, he was a member of the Hecla Sportsmen's Club, the American Slovak Home Association of United, and a member and an avid golfer at the Norvelt Golf Course. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 49{1/2} years, Mary Ann Solomon Raishart; the following children: Denise Sillett and her husband, Manfred, of Norvelt, David Raishart and his wife, Susan, of Canonsburg, Carl Raishart Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Latrobe, and Michael Raishart Sr. and his wife, Karen, of Norvelt; six grandchildren, Erich, Krista, Kevin, Michael Jr., Matthew and Robbie; two sisters, Veronica Planinsek and Madeline Lantzy, both of Ligonier; nieces and nephews; and his devoted companion, Mitzie. Friends will be received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 9:20 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Latrobe Area Hospital Hospice Program, West Second Avenue, Latrobe, PA 15650. Military graveside service will be accorded by the AMVETS Post 94 of United and the Armbrust Veterans. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director. 

DOROTHY L. ZAVAL 

Dorothy L. Zaval, 77, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born May 2, 1922, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Robert and Millie Reed Milburn. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Erma Ed. She is survived by her husband, Robert Zaval; a son, Daryl Zaval of Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Mrs. James (Barbara) Casorio of Irwin and Mrs. James (Melani) O'Connell of North Huntingdon; and five grandchildren, Jim, Joe, Melissa, Kacie, and Cody. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. John Pressler and the Rev. Russell Martin co-officiating, followed by interment in Restland Cemetery.

JOHN F. BETZ
John F. ``Jack'' Betz, of Perryopolis, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at 1 p.m., in Jefferson Hospital. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a son of the late John F. and Madaline McCoy Betz. Jack was the original owner and operator of Jack's Shop & Save of Perryopolis for 23 years, and owner of Eagle's Landing Restaurant at Rostraver Airport, Belle Vernon. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4427, VFW Gold Star Post #7023, Heritage Society, and past president of the St. John's Holy Name Society, all of Perryopolis. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy. Jack was also a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Rostraver Squadron Civil Air Patrol, a board member of the Experimental Aircraft Association of Rostraver, Piper Cub Association of Lock Haven, Pa., Stearman Restoration Association of Illinois, War Birds of America, and past chairman of Pennsylvania Food Pac Association. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Stolick Betz; a brother, Daniel Betz and wife, Kay, of Treasure Island, Fla.; partner and best friend, Luke Globosky of Perryopolis; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie M. Betz, on Aug. 29, 1996. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 106 E. Independence St., Perryopolis, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 9 p.m., where a prayer service will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 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. Knights of Columbus 4th Degree members will conduct a service Sunday evening at 7:30. Memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Special Education, RR12, Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

EDWARD JOSEPH BRENNAN

Edward Joseph Brennan, 82, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999. A son of the late Owen and Bridget (Patterson) Brennan. Husband of the late Marie (Sable) Brennan. Beloved father of Edward R. Brennan and Kathleen (Thomas ``Tim'') Hurney. Grandfather of Keri and Jamie Brennan, and Timothy and Kaitlin Hurney. Brother of Earl ``Boots'' Brennan, Kathleen Williams, Marilyn O'Connor and the late William, Peg, and Paul Brennan, Anna Jane Puz, Pauline Hart, and Magdeline Farbaugh. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Services in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday, followed by Mass in St. Robert Bellarmine Church at noon.

ROY E. EMERT JR.

Roy E. Emert Jr., 51, of Stahlstown RD1, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Dec. 30, 1947, in Latrobe, a son of Jean Penrod Emert of Stahlstown RD1 and the late Roy E. Emert Sr. He was employed by Reon Snyder Trucking Co., Scottdale, and was a veteran of the Vietnam era, having served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Beverly McMillen Emert; two daughters, Andrea Ulery and her husband, Christopher, and Crystal Echard and her husband, Derek, all of Stahlstown RD1; three grandchildren, Cody, Alyssa, and Julie; a sister, Elaine and her husband, Thomas Harden; and two brothers, Randy and his wife, Tammy, and Ray Emert, all of Stahlstown. Family will receive friends in the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Church Street, Donegal, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Interment and graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Snowball Cemetery, Cook Township, with the Rev. David A. Bell officiating. Jamie Snyder Brown, funeral director.

GRACE E. FALCONE

Grace E. Falcone, 89, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 11, 1910, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Imhoff Moore. She was Protestant by faith. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Falcone; and a son, William Maxson. She is survived by two daughters, Grace E. Morrison of Greensburg and Arlene Lytle and her husband, Ronald, of Saltsburg; a stepson, Anthony Falcone and his wife, Pauline, of Latrobe; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. There will be no public visitation and services will be private. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT J. FRANCISCO

Robert J. Francisco, 47, of Avonmore, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, as a result of a coal mining accident. He was born April 7, 1952, in Indiana, Pa., a son of Lewis J. Francisco of Conemaugh Township and the late Geraldine L. McMahon Francisco, who died on May 24, 1994. He had lived in the Avonmore and Saltsburg areas all of his life. He was employed by Canterbury Coal Mines, Kiski Township, for 20 years, and prior to that in Tunnelton Mines. He attended St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Avonmore. In addition to his father, he is survived by a son, Brian J. Francisco of Conemaugh Township; three daughters, Candida N. Francisco, Vanessa R. Francisco, and Alexis N. Francisco, all of Conemaugh Township; four sisters, Mrs. Richard (Erma) Wodowski of Conemaugh Township, Mrs. Thomas (Margaret ``Peggy Lou'') Sharp of Brush Valley, Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Shick of Butler, and Mary Ann Storey of Saltsburg; and a brother, Gerald ``Jerry'' Francisco of Indiana, Pa. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 701 Salt St. in Saltsburg. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Good Shepherd Monday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. with Father Larry Kulick and Father William Homolak as concelebrants. Interment Iselin Union Cemetery, Iselin, Pa. There will be a vigil service at the funeral home Sunday at 8 p.m.

JOSEPH C. GALLEK

Joseph C. Gallek, 92, of New Alexandria RD1, formerly of Slickville, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born April 7, 1907, in Greenwald (Unity Township), a son of the late Stanley and Victoria Plizga Gallek. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a coal miner. He was a member of the St. James Church in Salemville, the United Mine Workers of America, and the Slickville American Legion. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter; two brothers, Frank and Andy Gallek; and four sisters, Katherine Bowman, Stella Gallek, Victoria Sieczkowski, and Blanche Dusic. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Margaret J. Sedlak Gallek: two beloved sons, Joseph C. Gallek Jr. and his wife, Judy Baird, of Cochranville and Edward E. Gallek and his wife, Doris Calhoun, of Holmes; a brother, John Gallek and his wife, Betty, of Slickville; two sisters, Mary Bakes of Slickville and Julia Kowalski and her husband, Philip, of Herminie; two grandsons and a granddaughter, Robert Gallek and his wife, Debra, of West Grove, Jeffrey Gallek and his wife, Kim, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Deborah Cardenas and her husband, Jim, of Lancaster; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Gallek's family will receive friends at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral home hours: Sunday 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Monday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. James Church, Salemville, Tuesday at 10 a.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

AGNES B. GRIGER

Agnes B. Griger, 78, formerly of Donora, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born in Clairton, July 21, 1921, a daughter of the late Andrew and Julia Dubnyanski Bershak. She was a former secretary at the U.S. Steel Corp., Clairton Works. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church, Donora. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Griger; four sisters; and two brothers. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerome E. and Nancy M. Griger of Monessen and John M. and Penny Griger of Meadville; two brothers, Peter Birchok of Wilson, Pa., and William Bershak of Willingboro, N.J.; five grandchildren, Michele, Christopher, Kevin, Kimberly and Tyler Griger; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JAMES A. RABE FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Thompson Ave., Donora, Sunday, Dec. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers at the funeral home Tuesday at noon, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Valley, St. Dominic's Site, at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in St. Dominic's Cemetery.

LOUIS JIANSANTE

Louis Jiansante, 62, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 24, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Louis and Margaret Pope Jiansante. Prior to his retirement, he was self-employed in the insurance business. He was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Carol Dombrowski Jiansante; two daughters, Donna Taylor of Knoxville, Tenn., and Melissa Jiansante of North Huntingdon; two brothers, Vincent and Dennis Giansante of Pittsburgh; three sisters, Gloria of Riverside, Calif., Dolores Serre of Penn Hills and Donna Giansanti of Riverside, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Abigail Taylor. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.

MITCHELL P. JOHN

Mitchell P. John, 75, of Uniontown, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Uniontown, a son of the late Frank A. and Fannie (Joseph) John. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Neville) John; a son, Mitchell P. John Jr.; a brother, Joseph F. John; and sisters, Elizabeth ``Nan'' Yespak and Isabelle John. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church; was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, stationed in Japan; and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1275, B.P.O. Elks #370 of Uniontown, AMVETS Post 103 Hopwood, and the VFW Post 47 of Uniontown. He is survived by four children, Michelle Macy and husband, James, of San Diego, Calif., Robert Keith John of the state of California, Richard J. John and wife, Margie, of San Diego, Calif., and Joyce A. John and fiancee, Michael A. Cronin, of Uniontown; six grandchildren, Christopher J. Macy, Mitchell J. John, Michael J. Bodis III, Jordan T. Thomas, Kristopher M. John, and Brooke I. John; and the following brothers and sister: Francis A. ``Frenchy'' John, Franklin A. John, and Josephine M. John, all of Uniontown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the HAKY FUNERAL HOMES INC., 139 W. Fayette St., Uniontown, Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 27, until 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church with the Rev. Father William Kiel as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded at graveside by VFW Post 47. Parish wake service Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

LOUISE MILLER

Louise Miller, 92, of Laurelville, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at the Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Louise was born Oct. 10, 1907, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Daniel F. and Nellie Grubb Weaver. She was a graduate of the Mt. Pleasant High School and was a member of the United Methodist Church. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a secretary for the L.E. Smith Glass Factory of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph C. Miller, in 1971; and a sister, Florence Henry. She is survived by a niece, ``Boo'' McRoberts of Kansas City, Mo.; and her friends, Joseph and Kathleen Dodd of Laurelville, with whom she made her home. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Richard W. Shields officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

JOHN E. SENI SR.

John E. ``Bites'' Seni Sr., 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at his residence. He was born Aug. 10, 1914, in Glassmere, Allegheny County, a son of the late Joseph M. Sr. and Julia Kurucz Seni. He was a member of the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant and life member of the Holy Name Society at the St. Casimir R.C. Church of Maynard, Mass. He attended Hurst High School. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the H.C. Frick Coal Co., and later was a manager for the Fairfield Construction Co. and Fairfield Apartments in Newark, Del. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America District 2. John is survived by his loving wife of 63 ½ years, Bertha J. Zeglin Seni; his son, John E. Seni Jr. and wife, Anne, of Acton, Mass.; his grandchildren, John III, Kathryn, Jacqueline and Elizabeth Seni; and two sisters, Mary Mizikar of Mammoth and Anna Bossick of Norvelt. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Seni, in 1998; also by his brothers, Joseph Seni Jr. and George Seni; two half brothers, Michael Zuricane and Andrew Zuricane; and a sister, Julia Urbanowski. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Transfiguration R.C. Church. Interment will follow in the Transfiguration Cemetery. The Holy Rosary Society of the Transfiguration Church will recite the rosary in the funeral home at 6 p.m. Monday.

GRACE (MURDOCH) SQUIRE

Grace (Murdoch) Squire, of Plum Borough, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at age 53, after a valiant fight against diabetes. Beloved wife of Frank Dale Squire Jr. Mother of Kevin Dale Squire and Gregory Paul Squire. Daughter of N. Edna Murdoch and the late Armor M. Murdoch. Sister of David A. Murdoch and Mark J. Murdoch. Grandmother of Ariel Nicole Squire. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Grace was employed by Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont and was active in the Plum Creek Presbyterian Church, where she served as president of the Women's Association and as a Sunday school superintendent. She was a 1963 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School. Friends received at the WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Monday in the Plum Creek Presbyterian Church, 550 Center New Texas Road, Plum Borough, at 11 a.m. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment in Plum Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions acknowledged to American Diabetes Foundation, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

ROGER B. STUMP

Roger B. Stump, 84, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in the Integrated Health Services, Greensburg. He was born April 24, 1915, in Greensburg, a son of the late Samuel J. and Margaret Bailey Stump. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as an industrial relations manager with the former Walworth Valve Co. of South Greensburg. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg, VFW Post No. 33 of Greensburg and American Legion Post No. 981 of South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Margaret B. Stump. He is survived by his wife, Isabella Lemon Stump; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorials may be placed with the Greensburg YMCA, 101 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.

BETTY JANE VARGO

Betty Jane Vargo, 74, of North Second Street, West Newton, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Perryopolis, a daughter of the late William Pratt and Ethel Fisher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in West Newton and the West Newton Senior Citizens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David A. Vargo. Survived by two daughters, Diane Ruth Trotter of Oklahoma and Deborah E. McCallister of West Newton; two sons, David W. Vargo of Washington, Pa., and Dwayne Vargo of Munhall; a sister, Gertrude Yex of Hutchinson; four grandsons, Kenny Joe, Shawn, Laren, and Randy Trotter and two granddaughters, Melissa Ann Petrarco and Carly McCallister; and a great-grandchild, Makenzie Trotter. Friends will be received at the RICHARD F. DODSON FUNERAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton, Sunday from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Milinovich officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.

NORMA B. LOUGHNER WATKISS

Norma B. Loughner Watkiss, 79, of Irwin, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born July 8, 1920, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late John and Louella McGuire Loughner. She was a graduate of Norwin High School in 1938. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Miles Watkiss, in 1991; a grandson, Gerald Ayres; a brother, William Loughner; and a sister, Sarah McIntyre. Surviving are two daughters, Roxye Watkiss Ayres of Adamsburg and Dawn and her husband, Jerry Montrose, of Manor; a son, Joseph and his wife, Robin Watkiss, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marie Cipressi of Greensburg. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Darlene Williams, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Manor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery.


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