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|JOHN J. ADAMS, D.M.D.
John J. ``Jody'' Adams, D.M.D., 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at home. He was born Aug. 1, 1945, in Latrobe, a son of Helen F. Mehal Adams of Latrobe and the late Albert A. Adams. He was the owner and operator of the Advanced Cosmetic and Dental Arts Inc., of Latrobe and Greensburg. He was a past president and member of the Westmoreland County Dental Society, and had received his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. He was a 1963 graduate of St. Vincent Prep School, a 1967 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and a 1971 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. He was an inductee of the St. Vincent Prep Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member and past board member of the Greensburg Country Club, and a member of the Latrobe Rotary Club. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, N. Jeanne Deissler Adams; a son, Jeffrey A. Adams of Greensburg; a daughter, Amy J. Adams of Greensburg; and two brothers, David A. Adams and his wife, Joanne, of Ligonier and Chris A. Adams and his wife, Linda, of Latrobe. Friends will be received in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, with the Rev. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Unity Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Vincent College Campaign #150, Prep Hall Project, St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe PA 15650.
ARTHUR E. BARGER
Arthur E. Barger, 64, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 30, 1935, in Latrobe, a son of Mary Violet Warner Barger and the late Ernest Barger. He was a painter, and had served in the National Guard of Pennsylvania. He was a member of Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen's Club and Twin Maples Sportmen's Club. He was preceded in death by his father, as well as Pauline Ann Laposky Barger. He is survived by his wife, Twila Barger; a son, Wayne Barger and his wife, Susan, of Youngwood; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Sharon) Depree of Latrobe, Linda Barger Black of Latrobe, and Mrs. Scott (Karen) DuChateau of Latrobe; six grandchildren, Scott, Nicole, Jessica, Brody, Danielle, and Rachel; a great-grandchild, Kendra; his mother, Mary Violet Barger; his brother, Ernest Barger; as well as several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment St. Vincent Cemetery.
HERALD A. BARNETT
Herald A. ``Barney'' Barnett, 76, of Murrysville, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in AUH-Forbes Regional, Monroeville. He was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Orlando, W.Va., a son of the late Alva James and Jessie Gay Marple Barnett. He was a retired chemist with U.S. Steel Research, with 36 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of East McKeesport; and a past president of the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. He was also a member of the Willowbrook Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Louise Whiteman Barnett; a daughter, Brenda Barnett Colijn and her husband, Hendrik O., of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Bruce Craig Barnett and his wife, Martha G., of Dunellen, N.J.; two grandchildren, Erika Lynn Colijn and Hendrik Christian Colijn; and a brother, Denver Ross Barnett of West Middlesex, Pa. Visitation Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, East McKeesport, with the Rev. Paul A. Dunn officiating. Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. If desired, memorials may be made to cancer research.
RICHARD HARVEY BECKLEY
Richard Harvey Beckley, 71, of Brighton Township, died Christmas evening, Dec. 25, 1999, at the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, South Beaver Township, following an extended illness. Born March 18, 1928, in Latrobe, a son of the late David E. and Catherine Fleming Beckley. He had been a resident of the Beaver area since 1956. He retired in 1987 as a food salesman, having worked throughout western Pennsylvania and the Tri-State area. He was a member of Park Presbyterian Church, Beaver, where he served as elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher; a 1946 graduate of Greensburg High School; a former member of the Brighton Township Lions Club; and past president of the Upper Beaver Valley Jaycees; past president of Toastmasters International, Beaver; a former board member of Help-A-Person for 20 years; and was formerly active with the United Way. He was a devoted husband of 51 years to Evelyn Davis Beckley; and a loving father to two daughters and sons-in-law, Alison and Robert Lutton of Philadelphia and Lisa and Terry Anderson of Ohioville. He is also survived by a special cousin, Eleanor Rae Shuey of Chippewa; an aunt, Alison Dooley of New York; and many relatives and friends. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the NOLL FUNERAL HOME, 333 Third St., Beaver. A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Park Presbyterian Church, Beaver, with his pastor, the Rev. William A. Teague, officiating. Private interment will take place at Beaver Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Memorial Fund of the Park Presbyterian Church, 255 Commerce St., Beaver, PA 15009, or a favorite charity.
AGNES A. (SANDOR) BORDOGNA
Agnes A. (Sandor) Bordogna, 75, of East Pittsburgh, recently of Level Green, on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1999. She was a retired employee of Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh Plant. Mother of Ronald A. Sandor of Level Green, John M. ``Bebe'' Sandor of East Pittsburgh, Donna MacIsaac of West Virginia, and Debbie Ferguson and her husband, Ron, of Hempfield. Sister of Mary Braun of Ohio. Also eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh. Mass of Christian Burial St. Regis Church, Trafford, Wednesday at 10 a.m.
GLADYS A. WINELAND DALLARA BURD
Gladys A. Wineland Dallara Burd, 84, formerly of Blairsville, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Indian Haven Nursing Center, Indiana, Pa. A daughter of Jessie and Ella Maude Wynn Wineland, she was born Jan. 8, 1915, in Ligonier Township. Mrs. Burd was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, and was formerly a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 895, Blairsville, since 1962. She was a seamstress for the former Fours Manufacturing, Blairsville. She is survived by three nieces and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Mario Dallara, in 1951; her second husband, Sylvester Burd, in 1998; an infant son, Charles Dallara, in 1951; and four sisters, Bessie Queer, Grace Flickinger, Marie Cunningham, and Ruth Hines. Mrs. Burd requested there be no public visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Presbyterian Church, 137 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, PA 15717, in her memory.
ALFRED N. CECCHINI
Alfred N. ``Fred'' Cecchini, 51, of Greensburg, formerly of New Alexandria, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. He was born May 7, 1948, in Latrobe, the son of Josephine Piwinsky Cecchini of New Alexandria and the late Nicholas G. Cecchini. He was employed by Respironics Inc. of Murrysville and was also co-owner of the Qwik Stop Mini-Mart, Leisure Laundry and Leisure Enterprises of New Alexandria. He was a member of the Latrobe Elks, co-founder and past president of the Drifters Golf League and coached baseball for the New Alexandria Non-Profit Baseball League. Along with his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Nicholas and Ned. He is survived by his wife, Melinda Amour Cecchini of Greensburg; two children, Fred and Kimberly at home; two sisters, Mrs. Patricia Quatrini and husband, Vincent, of Greensburg and Mrs. Susan Ponterio and husband, Michael, of Latrobe; a brother, John Cecchini and wife, Kimberly, of New Alexandria; several nieces and nephews; and his father- and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Amour of Jeannette. Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church, New Alexandria, with the Rev. Father Lawrence T. Persico as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery in Unity Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for Fred and Kimberly, in care of Vincent Quatrini, Esq., 550 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
JOHN W. DARRAGH
John W. ``Butch'' Darragh, 70, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Born June 30, 1929, in Jeannette, a son of the late Wilson ``Butch'' and Cecilia ``Sis'' DeWar Darragh. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in the 937th Ordinance HAM Co. Prior to retirement, he was employed as an expediter for the Elliott Co. in Jeannette. He was a member of the F.O.E. of Jeannette, and the Office Local of the United Steelworkers of America, Elliott Co. He is survived by his wife, Ann Yakiovich Darragh; a son, Scott J. Darragh of Greensburg; and a brother, Kenneth L. Darragh and wife, Patricia, of Grandview Heights, Jeannette. Also surviving are three nephews and a niece. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted in the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dale W. Roddy officiating. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.
ANNA M. (JACOBS) GALYA
Anna M. (Jacobs) Galya, 73, of White Oak, on Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999. Wife of the late John E. Galya. Mother of Richard D. Galya and his wife, Judy, of North Braddock and Linda Navaroli and her husband, Rick, of White Oak. Grandmother of Ryan and Amy Navaroli, and Richard D. Galya Jr. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, (412) 824-8800. Funeral Wednesday, details later.
WILLIAM I. GILBERT SR.
William I. Gilbert Sr., of Oakmont, on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1999. Beloved husband for 53 years of Mary (Norton) Gilbert. Dear father of Jane N. Gilbert of Shadyside and William I. and his wife, Pat, of Oakmont. Brother of Thomas L. of Marshall, Texas. Grandfather of Lisa G. and Megan M. Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert received his Ph.D. from Princeton, and retired from Gulf Oil as research director. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Longwood at Oakmont. Family suggests, memorials to a charity of one's choice or to the Oakmont Presbyterian Church, Fifth at Pennsylvania Avenue, Oakmont PA 15139. Arrangements by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME INC., Oakmont.
MILTON H. HERNLEY
Milton H. Hernley, 74, of Wateroak Drive, Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Scottdale, passed away early Christmas morning, Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in the Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla. Milt was born in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, April 17, 1925, a son of the late Christian R. Hernley, who passed away July 8, 1963, and Anna Maude Hudson, who passed away Jan. 31, 1972. Milt retired from General Signal in 1983, where he worked as a field superintendent. He began working years before as a brick mason, using this trade and knowledge throughout his entire work career. A former longtime resident of the Scottdale area, Milt married his second wife, the former Shelby Jean Kissick, on Jan. 9, 1982. In July of 1987, they moved to Burlington, Ky., until his wife's retirement in 1992. They then purchased a home and relocated to Palm Bay, Fla., where he resided until his death. Milt was a life member of the Scottdale B.P.O. Elks Lodge #777, a former member of Pleasant Valley Country Club, and a member of the L.O.O. Moose Lodge in Sebastian, Fla. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as an engineer in the 258th Engineering Battalion C. He served as a mine sweeper, built bridges, and transported military personnel by boat to Normandy for the landing of the Battle of the Bulge. Milt enjoyed family, friends, golf, travel, sports, and never met a stranger. Most of all, he was a good husband, parent, and grandparent. He had a big generous heart and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Milt is survived by his loving family, his wife of 17 years, Shelby Jean Kissick Hernley of Palm Bay; two sons, Larry Hernley and wife, Sharon, and Jock Hernley and wife, Joni; and a daughter, Sherry Hernley Murray, all of Scottdale; a stepson, John Tomlin of Palm Bay; a stepdaughter, Judy McDonald of Burns, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, Randy, Jeff, Nicholas, Jesse, and Marc Hernley, and Jessica Murray, all of Scottdale, Heather Coleman of Pensacola, Fla., Krissie Hernley of Tallahassee, Fla., Shawn Asher of Dickson, Tenn., Katrina and Andrew McDonald of Burns, Tenn., and Leigh Tomlin of Memphis, Tenn; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Larue Johnson and Anna Mary Ross and husband, Pat, all of Scottdale. In addition to his parents, Milt was preceded in death by his first wife, Vivian Lambing Hernley, on Feb. 9, 1981; two infant sons; an infant daughter; and four brothers, Bill Hernley, on Feb. 15, 1943, Lloyd Hernley on Dec. 21, 1975, Chris R. Hernley, on Feb. 14, 1991, and Lee Hernley, on Nov. 13, 1997. Personalized arrangements for a memorial service and burial in Scottdale are pending and will be announced at a later date by the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300.
DONNA L. (BROWN) ROUDA
Donna L. (Brown) Rouda, of Mt. Troy, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999. Beloved wife of James L. Rouda. Mother of James M. Rouda, Jeffrey P. Rouda and Susan M. Cavanaugh. Sister of William Brown Jr., Mary Ann Pribik, Sandra L. Boras and Arleeta J. Ebert. Grandma of James, Michelle, Jeffrey, Alexandria, Aaron, and Killian. Mrs. Rouda was employed by Allegheny General Hospital for 26 years. Friends received Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the PAUL STEPHENS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 600 Cedar Ave., North Side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Most Holy Name of Jesus Church. Interment Northside Catholic Cemetery.
MARGARET (JAMES) SCHMITT
Margaret (James) Schmitt, 90, of Bethel Park, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999. Beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Schmitt Sr. Mother of Thomas J. Schmitt Jr. of Bethel Park, J. William Schmitt of Whitehall, and the late Peggy Schmitt. Grandmother of Thomas J. Schmitt III, William J. Schmitt, James P. Schmitt, and Michael J. Schmitt. Also five great-grandchildren. Sister of Eva Plush. Friends received Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the GRIFFITH MORTUARY INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Township. Funeral prayer Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Church at 10 a.m.
HARRY VERNON SNYDER
Harry Vernon Snyder, 74, of Mt. Pleasant RD6, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Vernon was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a son of the late Harmon R. and Emma Florence Taylor Snyder. Vernon was Methodist by faith. He was a student at the former Hurst High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II, and was a recipient of the Pacific and American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. Also, he was a member of the VFW Post 3368, Mt. Pleasant. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Pittsburgh Plate Glass in its former Greensburg plant. Vernon is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Angeline Sorace Snyder; a son, Paul V. Snyder and his wife, Terri, of Cranberry Township; and a brother, Richard Snyder and wife, Nancy, of Greensburg. 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. His funeral service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Father Michael W. Matusak officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery.
CAROLINE ENRICO STEEVES
Caroline Enrico Steeves, 91, of Blairsville, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. A daughter of Bert and Maria Furno Enrico, she was born Dec. 6, 1908, in Madison. Mrs. Steeves lived in the Brenizer and Blairsville area since 1920. She was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, Blairsville. She worked as a baker for Dean's Diner, Blairsville, for 44 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Edith) Burkley of Greensburg and Mrs. Loretta Jean Gaydosh of Latrobe; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George W. Steeves, in 1959; a son, Bert Steeves, in 1998; two brothers, Gasper Enrico and Joseph Enrico; and two sisters, Catherine Morrow and Virginia Morisi. The family will receive friends at the RICHARD L. SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A wake service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the SS. Simon and Jude R.C. Church, Blairsville, with Father Chester J. Raimer as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville.
SAMUEL O. THOMPSON
Samuel O. Thompson, 90, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born June 30, 1909, in Jeannette, a son of the late Samuel Thompson Sr. and Mary Tall Thompson. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. He was retired from Greensburg Salem School District and was a member of L.O.O.M., Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son; a son, Kenneth B. Thompson; three brothers, Harry, Houston, and Raymond Thompson; and a sister, Margaret Douglas. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jean C. Moore Thompson; two daughters, Norma Jean Thompson of Latrobe and Mary Reiner and husband, George, of Lycippus; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy A. Thompson of Latrobe; five grandchildren, Kent Reiner and wife, Barbara, Steven Thompson and wife, Betsy, Jean Morrison and husband, Ray, Darlene Buck and husband, Thomas, and Laura Yuhaniak and husband, William; and five great-grandchildren, John Reiner, Shane Morrison, Nicholas Thompson, Jesse Yuhaniak, and Julie Thompson. Friends will be received Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe, with the Trinity clergy officiating. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.
Marie Elizabeth Brannigan Artis
Marie Elizabeth Brannigan Artis, 73, of New Florence, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at her home. She was born in Greensburg, Dec. 21, 1926, a daughter of the late James P. and Marie Dreistadt Brannigan. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bolivar. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Brannigan; and a sister, Catherine Brannigan. She is survived by her beloved husband, Paul T. Artis; and her loving children, Paul T. and wife, Carol Artis, of Delmont, Timothy P. and wife, Stacy Artis, of Latrobe, Sara Jones and husband, Donald, of Greensburg, Carol Groves and husband, Greg, of Florida, Karen Sutherland and husband, Tommy, of Alabama, Dolores Muir and husband, Robert, of New Florence and Margaret Beachy and husband, Edward, of Delaware; two brothers, Robert Brannigan of Greensburg and Thomas Brannigan of Latrobe; three sisters, Dolores Vimislicky and husband, William, of Ohio, Margaret Kridle and husband, Raymond, of Illinois and Sally Maras and husband, Steve, of Maryland; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Father Michael McIlwain officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions to Latrobe Hospice, c/o Latrobe Area Hospital, 12l W. Second St., Latrobe PA 15650.
GEORGE C. BLISSMAN SR.
George C. Blissman Sr., 92, of North Versailles, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999. He was born May 18, 1907, in Mammoth, Pa., a son of the late Andrew and Anna Lesney Blissman. He was the owner of George C. Blissman Sr., CPA, East McKeesport; was a life member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Broadway United Presbyterian Church, East McKeesport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Hannah K. Abbatoy Blissman; four children, George C. Blissman Jr. of North Versailles, H. Joan Murray of Hilton Head, S.C., Thomas J. Blissman of North Versailles and Dean S. Blissman of North Huntingdon; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph Blissman of Greensburg and John Blissman of Reading; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with a committal service following at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
MARTHA G. CAMPBELL
Martha G. Campbell, 86, of Greensburg, formerly of Youngwood, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 31, 1912, in Youngwood, a daughter of the late John Gardner and Margaret Stairs Johnson Gardner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Edmond; and two sisters, Helen Cunningham and Alfreda Davidson. She is survived by a son, Frank L. and wife, Linda Campbell, of Chicago, Ill.; two granddaughters, Kristen Margaret and Rebecca Ann Campbell; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Youngwood, the oldest living member at 74 years. She was an ordained Elder and Deacon, and organist. She was a retired office manager of D.M.E., Youngwood. She was a volunteer at the American Red Cross Blood Bank, and a member and past officer of the Youngwood Senior Citizens. She was a former den mother for the Cub Scouts, and a former member of the Youngwood Progressive Women's Club. She was a member of the G.A.R., a volunteer at the G.A.R. Swissvale Retirement Home, and a volunteer at Redstone Highlands. Friends will be received at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone please meet at the church at 11 a.m. Thursday for the church service with the Rev. Dennis J. Hoffman officiating. Interment to follow in St. Clair Cemetery.
BENJAMIN ELWOOD CUTRELL
Benjamin Elwood Cutrell, 76, of DeLand, Fla., formerly of Scottdale, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at his residence, following a lingering illness. He was born in Scottdale, the third son of the late George and Frances Nissley Cutrell. Ben is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stutzman Cutrell, with whom he celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 2, 1999; a daughter, Kathy Royer and her husband, Wayne, of Elkhart, Ind.; a son, David Cutrell of DeLand, Fla.; four grandchildren, Josh and Carrie Royer, Jennifer and Natasha Cutrell; three sisters, Helen Holdeman of Loveland, Colo., Janet Yost of Broomfield, Colo., and Ruth Neufeld of Loveland, Colo.; and two brothers, Sam Cutrell of Lakewood, Colo., and John Cutrell of Keedysville, Md. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Orie and George Richard Cutrell. Ben served as publisher of Mennonite Publishing House/Herald Press from 1961 until his retirement in 1988. He was the third publisher to head this Scottdale-based Mennonite Church organization, which began in 1908. During his tenure, the publishing effort grew from a $2 million to a $13 million business. Ben also shared his expertise in publishing with on-site consultations with the Lutheran Press, Papua New Guinea; the Lovedale Press, in a homeland of South Africa; and the Amity Press in Nanjing, China. Ben was a 1940 graduate of Scottdale High School. He studied at Eastern Mennonite School (now Eastern Mennonite University), Harrisonburg, Va., and graduated in 1944 from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh, with a degree in printing management. Ben's family will receive friends in the Mennonite Church of Scottdale, 801 Market St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Fellowship Hall of the church. Memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. in the church Sanctuary with James E. Horsch officiating. Inurnment will be in the Alverton Cemetery. Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. The family suggests memorials be made to the Mennonite Publishing House of Scottdale or to the China Education Exchange. Checks may be made to the Mennonite Church of Scottdale or sent to the office at 801 Market St., Scottdale, PA 15683.
AUDREY M. GOUGHNOUR ECHARD
Audrey M. Goughnour Echard, 77, of Banksville, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Integrated Health System, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 24, 1922, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Thomas J. and Lillie E. Hoffman Goughnour. She was a cashier for 36 years at Giant Eagle. Survivors include a brother, Robert A. Goughnour of Greensburg; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley Echard; a brother, Thomas H. Goughnour; and a sister, Alice Frick. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the mausoleum chapel at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, 509 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Services will be conducted in the cemetery chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Arrangements by BRIGHT FUNERAL HOME, 704 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh.
SISTER SCHOLASTICA FERSTL
Sister Scholastica Ferstl, O.S.B., 86, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Emma Monastery, Greensburg, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Born Aug. 18, 1913, in Premerzhofen, Germany, she professed vows in 1934 in the Abbey of St. Walburg, Eichstaett, Germany, and in 1934 came to St. Vincent Archabbey and College, Latrobe, where she worked in the Monastic dining room for over 50 years. She came with the last group of 13 Sisters from St. Vincent Archabbey to St. Emma Monastery and Retreat House in 1987, and worked in the retreatment's dining room until 1994. She is survived by two brothers; and nieces and nephews, in Germany, and her Monastic community. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at St. Emma Monastery, and a wake service will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Fatima Chapel with burial in the Sisters' Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monastic Chapel Fund, St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601.
CHARLES LEE HIXSON
Charles Lee Hixson, 83, of Latrobe, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born July 26, 1916, in Greensburg, a son of the late Charles G. and Sara J. Green Hixson. He was a retired self-employed farmer for over 40 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army, and a member of the American Legion #515, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Floyd Hixson. He is survived by his wife, Bernice ``Bea'' Hixson; a son, David L. Hixson and his wife, Susan, of Ligonier RD4; four grandchildren, Jennifer, David, Christy and Melanie; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Funeral services Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fairmont Cemetery, Cook Township. Military services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
WILLIAM A. HORVATH
William A. Horvath, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Memorial Hospital, York, Pa. Born in Port Vue, Jan. 9, 1917, a son of the late Steven and Katherine Sabo Horvath. Husband of the late Ann Faye Faust Horvath. Survived by three daughters, Janet DuPier of York, Pa., Ilene Smerkol of White Oak, and Carol Hospodor of North Versailles; and a son, William D. Horvath of North Huntingdon. Also six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was a retired employee of the U.S. Steel Duquesne Works in the Water Quality Control Department, and was a self-employed appliance repairman. He was a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Duquesne and the Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation. He was a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marines. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the Memorial Home Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Posta officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
PAUL BROWN KEEFER
Paul Brown Keefer, 85, formerly of Wilmerding, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999. A son of the late Harry R. and Lillian (Brown) Keefer. Husband of the late May Evelyn (Hunter) Keefer. Beloved father of Paul R. Keefer Sr. and his wife, Lu, and Glenn Keefer. Grandfather of Barbara Fograscher, Paul R. Jr., David S., Tanya and Valarie, and the late Eric Keefer. Great-grandfather of Samantha, Brandon and Joshua Keefer, Jenna, Cassidy and the late Grace Victoria Fograscher. Brother of the late Ethel Gabriel, Harry, Albert and Glenn Keefer. Also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and until the time of the service in the funeral home Thursday at noon.
BEATRICE R. KING
Beatrice R. King, 82, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in the IHS of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. She was born at Smithton, Aug. 21, 1917, a daughter of the late Palmiro and Mary Bergia Paterline. She was a member of the St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Prior to retirement, she was employed at the cafeteria at Ruffsdale Elementary School, and was later employed at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin ``Turk'' King, in 1988; and a sister, Eleanor Bruno. She is survived by a son, John C. ``Turk'' King and his wife, Virginia, of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Donna Nudo of Connellsville and Bonita Damico and husband, Daniel, of Mt. Pleasant; her close friend, Netter Chalot of New Stanton; nine grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters and a great-grandson. Funeral service and interment will be private, in charge of the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant.
L. HAROLD LEPRO
L. Harold Lepro, 92, of Greensburg, formerly of Valley Inn, Monongahela, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Greensburg. He was born July 31, 1907, in Midway, Pa., a son of the late William Henry and Claire Morrison Lepro. Mr. Lepro was a graduate of Midway High School, Class of 1925, and also graduated from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., in 1930, with an Electrical Engineering Degree. Mr. Lepro retired in 1972 from West Penn Power Mitchell Station after 31 years of service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela and a former trustee. He was also a life member of the Angola Lodge #236 F&AM. Surviving relatives are three sons, Harold C. and daughter-in-law, Patricia Lepro, of Greensburg, Myron W. and daughter-in-law, Angela Lepro, of Arden, N.C., and Larry R. and daughter-in-law, Twila Lepro, of Amity; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy I. Schwab Lepro, who died May 15, 1997. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the L.M. FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Wilmesherr officiating. Interment will be in Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Bulger, Pa.
KATHLEEN T. SEFCHIK MAHOKEY
Kathleen T. ``Kathie'' Sefchik Mahokey, 55, of West Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, died suddenly Monday morning, Dec. 27, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, June 4, 1944, a daughter of Helen M. Craffey Sefchik of Scottdale and the late John J. Sefchik, who died Jan. 19, 1970. Kathie was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and of the Scottdale community. She was a graduate of St. John the Baptist Parochial School and a graduate of Scottdale Joint Sr. High School, Class of 1962. In addition to her mother, Helen M. Craffey Sefchik of Scottdale, Kathie is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Richard A. Mahokey, with whom she celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Aug. 31, 1999; her two sons and daughter, who will cherish her memory, Richard A. Mahokey Jr. and his wife, Kimberly (Hoover), of Monroeville, Kimberly A. Helmick and her husband, Thomas, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Jason D. Mahokey and his wife, JoErin (O'Leary), of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Christopher, Nicole, and Adam Hoover, and Ryan Mahokey; and a brother, Raymond Sefchik and his wife, Patricia (Rozycki), of Scottdale. In addition to her father, Kathie was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Ann Mahokey, on Jan. 3, 1970; and her mother-in-law, Ruth J. Mahokey Horne on May 20, 1994. Friends are invited to join the family Wednesday at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale, for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass for Kathie with the Rev. Emil S. Payer as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny Chapter, Pittsburgh, PA, in memory of Kathleen T. Mahokey. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale.
JEAN L. MILLER
Jean L. Miller, 50, of Bullskin Township, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Jean was born in Connellsville, July 14, 1949. She was a homemaker, and a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School with the Class of 1969. Her hobby was reading novels. She was predeceased by her father, Melvin Miller Sr., in 1987; and a brother, Gary B. Miller in 1974. She is survived by her mother, Louise Rowe Miller of Acme; her three sons, Benjamin F. Miller and his wife, Melissa, of Mt. Pleasant, David L. Miller and his wife, Tricia, of Ruffsdale and Rex Lint and his wife, Dorothea, of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Peggy D. Miller of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren, Christian Jacob Miller, Christopher Miller and Courtney Lint; two brothers, Melvin Miller Jr. of Mt. Pleasant and Kenneth Miller of Scottdale; five sisters, Cathy Wadsworth and husband, Jim, of Mt. Pleasant, Phyllis Swink and husband, Dick, of Acme, Lilly Miller of Acme, Carol Emminger and husband, Scott, of Youngwood and Marjorie Miller, serving with the U.S. Navy. Funeral arrangements will be announced when complete by the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant.
RUSSELL J. NOEL
Russell J. Noel, 70, of Trafford, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born March 22, 1929, in Coulters, Pa., a son of the late Clyde and Elizabeth Campbell Noel. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the Pitcairn Borough Roads Department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict. He was a member of St. Michael's Church, American Legion Post #256, Pitcairn Fire Company #2, Alleywest and the Trafford Senior Citizens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Stutz Noel, in 1997; five brothers; and two sisters. He is survived by three daughters, Patricia Schickel and Alyce Noel, both of Pitcairn and Carole Barbour of Shaler Township; six grandchildren; and a sister, Grace Rathi. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the DAVID A. RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 220 Edgewood Ave., Trafford. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, Pitcairn, with Father James E. Somma as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the New St. Joseph Mausoleum, North Versailles.
CHRISTINE J. STEFANKO SCHADE
Christine J. ``Chris'' Stefanko Schade, 55, of North Huntingdon, died at West Side Memorial Hospital, Plantation, Fla., Monday, Dec. 27, 1999. Born in Duquesne, Nov. 11, 1944, a daughter of the late George and Yolanda Jordan Stefanko. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin and Adopt-A-Pet. She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Schade; a stepson, David K. Schade of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and a granddaughter. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery.