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Ralph Barnhart Jr., 52, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his residence. He was born Feb. 17, 1947, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Ralph Sr. and Katherine Rodgers Barnhart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward R. Barnhart, in 1992. He is survived by two brothers, Donald Barnhart of Greensburg and Dennis Barnhart of Ruffsdale; a sister, Mrs. Merle (Goldie Marie) Harrold of Ruffsdale RD2; and a niece, Cindy Harrold of Ruffsdale. No public viewing. Private interment was held in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs. LUTHER J. GRIMM FUNERAL HOME LTD., Mt. Pleasant, in charge of arrangements.

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.

Denver Grant Cochran, 75, of Allegheny Township, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. Born Feb. 13, 1924, in Ford City, he was a son of the late Owen and Pauline Kerr Cochran. He lived in Allegheny Township most of his life. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he had been employed as an inspector by Allegheny Ludlum, West Leechburg, where he worked for 32 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Vandergrift, the Apollo Elks and the Elks Golf League. He enjoyed gardening and mowing his lawn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Joan Cochran, in 1995; a brother, Blaine Cochran; and a sister, Alda Drew. Surviving are a son, Ronald G. Cochran of West Leechburg; two daughters, Colleen G. Parks and Kelly Jo Hepler, both of Washington Township; a brother, John Cochran of Kittanning; a sister, Genieve Beers of Murrysville; and five grandchildren, Megan Parks, Corrin Cochran, Stephanie Cochran, Jesse Hepler and Amy Beth Hepler. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the NEW CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 300 Market St., Leechburg, where services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Robert James, officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

Henrietta ``Henny'' (Olson) Corey, 79, of Latrobe, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Greensburg Nursing and Convalescent Center, Hempfield Township. She was born March 7, 1920, in Unity Township, a daughter of the late Frederick A. and Anna (McCreery) Olson. She was a member of the Lycippus Calvary United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Corey; two sisters, Bertha Hunter and Mary Piper; and two brothers, Charles F. and Howard R. Olson. She is survived by two sons, Philip D. of Kecksburg and Ellis Noel Corey of Blairsville RD4; two grandsons; two great-granddaughters; a brother, Russell P. Olson of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Edna Mae Allen of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in Lycippus Calvary United Methodist Church, Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mildred Monticue officiating. Interment will follow in Lycippus Community Cemetery, Unity Township.

Grace N. Dunmire Endress, 82, of Avonmore, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in the William Penn Care Center, Jeannette. She was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Avonmore, a daughter of the late Thomas W. and Olive Hughes Dunmire. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Kenneth E. Rumbaugh in 1947, and Joseph Carl Endress Sr. in 1990; three brothers, Jim, Carl and Oshie Dunmire; and four sisters, Olive Ida Dunmire, Edna Bollinger, Ruth Campbell and Mary Welsh. She is survived by seven sons, David J. Endress of Saltsburg, Dale Rumbaugh of Apollo, Karl Rumbaugh of Avonmore, James Rumbaugh of Avonmore, Barry Rumbaugh of Avonmore, Thomas Rumbaugh of Avonmore and Kenny Rumbaugh of Edmon; seven daughters, Mrs. Richard (Lisa J.) Flick of Avonmore, Martha O. Mack of Apollo, Mrs. Roy (Dawn M.) Hayes of Rapid City, S.D., Mrs. Clarence (Judy E.) Weister of Salina, Mrs. Anthony (Bonnie L.) Elias of Daggett, Mich., Gayle Y. Sofaly of Vandergrift and Mrs. John (Sandy I.) Shannon of Avonmore; a stepson, Joseph C. Endress Jr. of Clarksburg, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. James (Rose Ann) Poloff of Saltsburg and Mrs. Charles Dickey (Donna) Shuster of Clarksburg; a half brother, T. Wayne Dunmire of Rapid City, S.D.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 100 Owens View Drive, Apollo, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Darrell Carney officiating. Burial Westview Cemetery, Avonmore.

Joseph W. ``Moe'' Gazda Sr., 64, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his residence. He was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Fiedor Gazda. He was a member of Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, where he served as an usher, and was a member of the former Holy Name Society and former bowling league. Moe was a member of the Kosciuszko Club, Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Club and Polish Falcon Club. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the L.E. Smith Glass Company. He attended the former Hurst High School. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lucille Borek Gazda; a son, Joseph W. Gazda Jr. and wife, Marcy, of Ruffsdale; a daughter, Christina Gazda at home; two grandsons, Kyle and Dale Gazda; a brother, Frank Gazda and wife, Mary Ann, of Lordstown, Ohio; and two sisters, Rose Marie Radzilowski and husband, Clement, of White Oak and Theresa Matsey and husband, Victor, of Mt. Pleasant. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration R.C. Church. Interment will follow in the Transfiguration Cemetery. The Transfiguration Rosary Society will recite the rosary Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Donna K. Hitchins Hall, 55, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in the UPMC Montefiore, Oakland. She was born March 15, 1944, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of Eva A. Kuhns Hitchins of North Huntingdon and the late Owen A. Hitchins. She was an employee of Local #23 Benefits Office, Pittsburgh. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gary O. Hitchins. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Dawn R. Lorince of Roanoke, Va.; two sons, James A. Hall of Irwin and Christopher L. Hall of North Huntingdon; two granddaughters, Alexandra G. Hall and Rachael C. Lorince; a sister, June Merlino of Barboursville, W.Va.; a brother, Owen James Hitchins of Sutersville; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. John C. Pressler officiating. Entombment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.

Vernice Hess, 82, of Melcroft, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in the Integrated Health Services of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She was born Feb. 23, 1917, in Normalville, a daughter of the late Irvin S. and Mary E. Meyers White. She was a member of the Indian Head Church of God and was a charter member of the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert V. Hess, on Dec. 28, 1992; and a sister, Viola Kalp. She is survived by a daughter, Lucinda Barnhart and her husband, Dale, of Eastlake, Ohio. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Arndt officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Saltlick Township.

Lois B. Hofecker, 82, of Bolivar RD1, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in the Edgewood Nursing Center, Youngstown, Pa. She was born July 15, 1917, in Fairfield Township, a daughter of the late Ernest C. and Ruthe McCoy McBurney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, G. Ralph Hofecker, in 1994; and a brother, Dwight McBurney. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Dorothy) Shurie of Latrobe; two sons, Ronald R. (and wife, Ruth Ann) Hofecker of Ligonier RD1 and William C. (and wife, Linda) Hofecker of Bolivar RD1; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Faye Hall of New Florence RD1. She was a member of the Fort Palmer Presbyterian Church and the Philanthropic Aid Society. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 W. Main St., Ligonier. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Fort Palmer Presbyterian Church, Bolivar, with Pastor Jim Tomb officiating. Interment Fort Palmer Cemetery, Bolivar. Memorial gifts may be made to the Fort Palmer Presbyterian Church, Bolivar RD1.

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.

Daniel E. McKeown, 78, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Surry, Maine, a son of the late Daniel J. McKeown and Doris Kane McKeown Carlisle. He was Protestant by faith. Prior to his retirement, he had been a self-employed operating engineer. Dan was proud of the fact that during his lifetime he had worked on the Panama Canal with his father and later relocated to California, where he was employed in the aircraft industry. Dan had also worked on the first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus. Boating, fishing and golf were his main recreational interests. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Wilbur McKeown. He is survived by his wife, Jean Frye McKeown; and a number of nieces and nephews in both the Frye and McKeown families. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. E. Allen Scanlon officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Union Cemetery.

Jean I. Muir, 78, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born June 1, 1921, in Armbrust, a daughter of the late Alva and Jesse Gartley Lambing. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Muir. She was a member of the First Trinity United Church of Christ, Youngwood, and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 281 of Greensburg. She retired from Stuart Surgical Supply Co. She enjoyed camping at the Posy Corner Campground in Rockwood, Pa. She is survived by a son, Daniel Muir and wife, Susan, of Hunker; and two grandsons, Bill Muir, and Christopher Muir and fiancee, Julie Tullis. She also leaves behind friends at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital Outpatient Center and Home Health Care. Friends will be received at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph Kim officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

J. Robert Munden, 85, of Greensburg RD5, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Jan. 11, 1914, in Derry Township, a son of the late John F. and Ophia (Robbins) Munden. Prior to retirement, he worked 38 years as a school teacher, having taught at Unity Township, Southwest Greensburg, and Greensburg Salem high schools. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg, the United Builders Sunday School Class, and the United Methodist Men's Organization. He was also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary #93, from which he recently received a 30-year service award; Unity Grange #2002, Greensburg AARP Chapter 3897, and the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. (Stengel) Munden; and a sister, Hester A. Munden. He is survived by two sons, Robert W. and wife, Jeannine, of Greensburg RD5, and David L. Munden of Greensburg; nine grandchildren, Scott and wife, Sunday, Kimberly Ann, Mark and wife, Ruth Ann, Thomas and wife, Tracy, Todd and wife, Anne, Sean and wife, Tammy, James and Chris Munden, and Laurie Armel and husband, Adrian; 10 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Katie, Nathaniel, Eric, Josh, Steven B., Sarah, Joel, Malarie and Steven M.; a sister, Mary Elizabeth ``Betty'' Lauffer of Greensburg RD5; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Sunday and Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jay S. Pifer officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church for Sunday School Renovation, West Otterman at College Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Thomas E. Prosser, 59, of Duquesne, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999. He was born March 31, 1940, in Wilkinsburg, a son of Rita Yahner Prosser of Monroeville and the late Francis E. Prosser. He was retired from U.S. Steel Carrie Furnace, Rankin, where he worked on a track gang in the carpenter shop. He was a current supervisor at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Duquesne. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Duquesne, and a former member of its men's club and choir. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Catherine Meyer Prosser; a son, Todd T. Prosser at home; brothers and sisters, Jeanne Ireland, Agnes Maddy, Paul Prosser, Sally Prosser, Richard Prosser, Joseph Prosser, Daniel Prosser, Rita Garbin and Phillip Prosser; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne. Blessing service in the funeral home Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial St. Joseph's Cemetery.

William L. Crawford, 89, of Ingomar, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999. Husband of Ethel Faye Wachter Crawford. Father of John F. Crawford of Moon Township, Terry L. Crawford of Huntington, Conn., and W. Bruce Crawford of Wexford. Also survived by seven grandchildren. Mr. Crawford was the proprietor and manager of the North Park PAR 3 and the North Park Driving Range, which he had developed 65 years ago. Friends may call Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Perrysville, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Entombment Allegheny County Memorial Park.

Leora (Schopp) Heintzelman, 87, of Trafford, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in the AUH-Forbes Regional in Monroeville. She was born Sept. 24, 1912, in May County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Isabelle Moore Hyde. She was a member of the Faith Bible Baptist Church, and a former member of the Trafford Senior Citizens and the Trafford Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Schopp; a son, Donald P. Schopp; and two brothers, Norman and Wilbert Hyde. She is survived by her husband, John Heintzelman; a son, Joseph Schopp of Trafford; three daughters, Mrs. Francis (Joan) Jepsen of Nebraska, Marjorie Seaman of Trafford and Mrs. Richard (Melrose) Nicely of Trafford; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME, 429 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Faith Bible Baptist Church, 150 Curry Ave., Wilkins Township, with Pastor Gary LaPietra officiating. Everyone go directly to the church. A luncheon will immediately follow the services. The interment will be Tuesday. Everyone invited to meet at the funeral home at 9 a.m. and will proceed to the Westmoreland Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

Milton Hudson Hernley, 74, of Melbourne, Fla., formerly of Scottdale, husband of Shelby Jean Hernley, passed away early Christmas morning, Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in the Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla. Funeral arrangements are being personalized by the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, and will be announced when completed.

Marie C. Holmquist, 97, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Holmquist. She is survived by a son, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a brother, and nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, North Versailles. Interment New St. Joseph Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER-CONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Bethel Park, (412) 835-7940.

Isaac R. ``Ike'' Howard, 90, of Greensburg RD9 (Salem Township), died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in the Redstone Highlands nursing home, Greensburg. He was born May 28, 1909, in Indiana County, a son of the late J. Albert and Sarah Belle Carney Howard. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machinist at the Westinghouse Air Brake Company in Wilmerding. He was a member of the Delmont Presbyterian Church, and a former member, elder, and trustee of the East McKeesport Presbyterian Church. He was a life member of the Dayton Sportsmen's Club, and a member of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America Local #610 in Wilmerding. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, S. Margaret Rankin Howard, in 1995; by a brother, Charles Howard; and by two sisters, Goldie Renz and Maude Frech. He is survived by two sons, John A. Howard and his wife, Jean, of Covington, Ga., and Jack R. Howard and his wife, Selma, of Greensburg RD9; by a sister, Margaret Rummell of Cleveland, Ohio; by a brother, Albert Howard and his wife, Elsie, of Homer City; and by five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Howard's family will receive friends at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral home hours: Monday 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 1 p.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Glen H. Burrows, officiating. Interment will be private. Should friends desire, memorial remembrances may be made in Mr. Howard's name to the Westmoreland Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Theresa F. James, 79, of Baldwin Borough, on Friday, Dec. 24, 1999. Wife of the late Robert J. James. Mother of Mrs. Roberta Sarver, Ronald F. and Charles T. James. Sister of George and Joseph Kohlbeck and the late Frank Kohlbeck. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Albert the Great Church at 10 a.m. If desired, family suggests contributions to American Cancer Society.

Antonia ``Toncka'' Kravanja, 68, of Yukon, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Cezsoca, Slovenia, a daughter of the late Andrew and Maria Skocir. Mrs. Kravanja, ``Toncka,'' was a homemaker and also was a member of Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church, Yukon, the Yukon S.N.P.J. Lodge #117, and the Yukon Golden Agers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Kravanja, ``Toncka,'' is survived by her husband of 42 years, Daniel Kravanja; two daughters, Mary Ann Lackey and her husband, William, of Greensburg, and Donna Kravanja of New Stanton; three grandchildren, Tony, Danielle and Jodie; a brother, Andrew Skocir of Brampton, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Stanka Skocir of Slovenia; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday (at a time to be announced) with Father Paul R. Stivason as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Yukon Catholic Cemetery. The Yukon Golden Agers will meet for services Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Betty Ladis, 75, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, in Pomona Valley Hospital, Pomona, Calif. Born Dec. 8, 1924, in Long Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Florence Soumakis Romas. She was the former owner of the G&A Dairy Bar. She was a member of St. Stephen's Protomartyr Orthodox Church, Latrobe, and the Ladies Philoptochos Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Athan ``Tom'' Ladis, in 1986. She is survived by her daughters, Bertha Pantels and her husband, the Rev. Theodore Pantels, of Chino Hills, Calif., and Florence Ladis; four grandchildren, Stacey, Vicky, Tatiana and Thomas; and a brother, Peter Romas of Boynton Beach, Fla. Friends will be received at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Parastas service Monday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Panachida will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a funeral service at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephen Protomartyr Orthodox Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Nicholas Ferencz and the Rev. Theodore Pantels co-officiating. Interment in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Stephen Protomartyr Orthodox Church, Latrobe, or St. Mary Orthodox Church, Johnstown.

C. Wayne Patterson, 90, of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born in Jeannette, July 1, 1909, the only child of Verne C. and Luceal Blystone Patterson. In 1938, he married Frieda Stump, who died in 1997. He is survived by his daughter, Janice Patterson Boles, son-in-law, Edwin Vaulx Boles, and grandson, Adam Vaulx Boles, all of Coral Gables, Fla. During his 35-year career as a teacher in the Jeannette School District, Mr. Patterson instituted the first Driver's Education program in Jeannette, taught English, and served for more than 30 years as the faculty adviser of the Jeannette High School Yearbook. He retired in 1968. A lifelong member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeannette, Mr. Patterson was baptized there in 1911. A member of the Jeannette Masonic Lodge #750 F&AM, he served for 43 years as the organization's first recording secretary, retiring from that position in 1980. He was a life member of both the Pittsburgh Consistory and the Syria Shrine. Memberships he held in the Gen. Arthur St. Clair Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Westmoreland County Historical Society underscored his interest in local and family history. His genealogical explorations placed his family in Westmoreland County from the mid-1700s. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., at which time the funeral service will be held in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township.

Andrew E. Stofan, 83, a resident of O'Hara Township for the past 50 years, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in Veterans Hospital, Aspinwall. Born Nov. 7, 1916, in Wickhaven, he was a son of the late John and Mary Florenz Stofan. He was an Administrative Service employee for the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Blawnox. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the Guyasuta Volunteer Fire Company in O'Hara Township. Survivors include his wife, Madeline C. Stofan; four children, Andrew M. and his wife, Kathy Stofan, of Latrobe, Karen Stofan of O'Hara Township, Daniel J. and his wife, Kathy Stofan, of Seville, Spain, and Donald D. Stofan of O'Hara Township; and brothers and sisters, Albert Stofan of Wickhaven, Ann Rudzik of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Frank Stofan of North Huntingdon and Frances Stofan of Rostraver Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lemak; and a brother, John V. Stofan. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. SUNDAY ONLY at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where prayers will be recited Monday morning at 9:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward Church, Blawnox, at 10 a.m. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, O'Hara Township.

Georgia A. Swart, 62, of Monongahela, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in Meadowcrest Nursing Home, Bethel Park. She was born Jan. 23, 1937, in Venetia, Pa., a daughter of the late Archibald and Eva Barkley Caseber. Wife of William E. Swart. Sister of Archibald M. Caseber of New Eagle. She was a member of Mingo Presbyterian Church, Finleyville. Friends received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., when services will be held in the L.M. FRYE FUNERAL HOME, 427 W. Main St., Monongahela. Interment in Mingo Cemetery, Union Township.

Virginia M. Volk, 73, of Rostraver Township, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her home. Mrs. Volk was born in Donora, Sept. 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Mylo C. and Anna Leasure Binley. Mrs. Volk was a homemaker. She was a member of Fells United Methodist Church, a member of the Good Samaritan class of the church, and also a member of United Methodist Women. Mrs. Volk was a 1944 graduate of Donora High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul F. Volk, who died in 1994; and also by a brother, Harold Binley. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Kim Volk of Rostraver Township; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Stephen (Connie) Couts of Rocky Face, Ga.; three brothers, Mylo Binley of Vestal, N.Y., Donald Binley of Donora and Minor Binley of Ridgeview Terrace; four grandchildren, Nicole and Keith Volk, Jennifer Casten and Thomas Hale; and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAMES A. RABE FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Thompson Ave., Donora. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Fells United Methodist Church with the Rev. R. Scott Berkley officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Burial will follow in Fells Cemetery, Fellsburg.

Chauncey H. Wherry, 82, of Monroeville, formerly of Pleasant Hills, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999. Mr. Wherry was a Shriner; a member of the VFW #734, Legioneer, Pa., 2110903; the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks; and Senior Citizen Club of Monroeville. Beloved husband of LaVerne Wherry. Father of Fritz W. of Valencia, John B. of Toronto, Ohio, Mark J. of Turtle Creek, Mary Jane Elsesser of North Huntingdon, Kathy Jo Neidermeyer of Elrama, Pamela S. Stetor of Glassport, Robert L. Stewart of New Kensington, Gwen McNamee of Monroeville, and the late Chauncey Wherry. Brother of Gladys Genevieve Byers. Also survived by 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 


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