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ALVERTA E. BROWN
Alverta E. Brown, 95, of Acme, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. She was born Dec. 15, 1904, in Wooddale, a daughter of the late Harry and Belle Brothers Wingrove. Early in her life, Alverta taught school in the Buchannan, Bear Rocks, and Rich Hill Schools. She attended the former California Normal School and was a member of the Appalachian Wagon Train, a life member of the Wooddale Grange and an honorary member of the Horse and Mule Association. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Earl D. Brown; three sons, Dale, Dean and Jack Brown; a daughter, Audrey Brown; a daughter-in-law, Arlene Brown; brothers, Clarence and William Wingrove; sisters, Nellie Wingrove and Elva Wadsworth; and a nephew, William Wingrove. She is survived by four children, Geneva Brown and her husband, Gilbert, of Greensburg, Zane Brown and his wife, Arlene, of Acme, Thomas Brown and his wife, Vera, of Acme, and Sally Brown of Acme; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Elwood Wingrove and his wife, Margaret, of Wooddale. Friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Elam Bender officiating. Interment will follow in the Brown Cemetery, Saltlick Township.

OTHELLO MARIE BUTLER

Othello Marie Butler, 92, of the St. Anne Home, Greensburg, where she had been a resident for the past four years, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Othello was born March 10, 1907, in Carrolltown (Cambria County), the daughter of the late Michael and Philomena (Hoppel) Beck. She married Meade E. Butler on Sept. 23, 1929, in New Kensington, where she made her home for 63 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1947; an infant daughter; and three brothers, Alton, James and William Beck. She is survived by two sons, Dr. Meade E. Butler Jr. and wife, Dorothy, of West Hills, Calif., and the Rev. Father John M. Butler of Connellsville; three grandchildren, Meade E. Butler III and his wife, Barbara, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Mary Carol Barritt and husband, James, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Robert Butler of New York City, N.Y.; and eight great-grandchildren. Othello was active throughout her life in many civil and church-related activities, including the Lions Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, the March of Dimes, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Christian Mothers. Visitation will be held in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A parish wake service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. A blessing service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Connellsville, with her son, the Rev. Father John Butler, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the St. Anne Home, Greensburg.

ANTHONY J. CRISANTI SR.

Anthony J. ``Turk'' Crisanti Sr., 79, of Pittsburgh, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999. Son of the late James and Josephine (Scarpaci) Crisanti. Husband of the late Margaret (Duffy) Crisanti. Beloved father of Ethel Cluck, JoAnn McCoy, Margaret Kretzler, Alice Sacco, Dolores Lazzaro and Anthony Crisanti Jr.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother of Vincent Crisanti and the late Mary Margene, Walter, John and Frank Crisanti; dear friend of Helen Whitman; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel at Twin Valley Memorial Park.

SARAH LOUISE CUMMINS

Sarah Louise Cummins, 81, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 18, 1918, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Patrick and Clara Newhouse Cummins. She was retired from the Bell Telephone Co. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, C.D. of A. #306, Court Seton of Greensburg, the Autumn Leaves and Rosary Confraternity of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, the Ladies Auxiliary of Hose Company #3 in Greensburg, Bell Telephone Pioneers, and the AARP. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Lawrence and John. She is survived by a brother, Walter P. and his wife, Dorothy Cummins, of Monroeville; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Burial will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The C.D. of A. #306 Court Seton will meet at the funeral home Thursday at 3 p.m. to recite the rosary.

HOWARD C. DIABLE

Howard C. Diable, 85, of Pitcairn, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999. Husband of the late Alma K. (Smith) Diable; father of Gertrude Border of Pitcairn, Charles J. Diable of North Huntingdon, Alma Decker of Pitcairn and the late Constance Digelman. Also survived by 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn, where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m.

WILLIAM J. FABEL

William J. Fabel, of North Huntingdon, 79, on Monday, Dec. 27, 1999. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired industrial supply sales representative with Fairmont Supply Co. He was a member of the Forest Hills AARP and the Irwin VFW. Husband of 58 years to Mary M. ``Sweetie'' (Kreck) Fabel. Father of Sharon L. ``Sherry'' Mains and her husband, Harold, of Penn Hills. Grandfather of Jeffrey Mains and his wife, Amy, and Christopher Mains. Brother of Helen Battiste of Forest Hills, Margie Jurman of Monroeville, and Donald Fabel of Penn Hills. Friends may call Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, (412) 824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, Friday at 10 a.m.

GEORGE E. GEYER

George E. Geyer, 87, of Scottdale Avenue, Scottdale, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence. George was born in Scottdale, Dec. 8, 1912, a son of the late George W. Geyer, who passed away in 1936, and Alverna Mae Rice Geyer Myers, who passed away in 1984. George was the former proprietor of George Geyer & Son Excavating Co. He retired in the mid-1980's after working for many years throughout the Fay-West area. Years ago, George worked as a coal miner in the former Colonial Mines. George was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale. He enjoyed applying his carpentry and masonry skills as a hobby and also loved gardening, most noted for his delicious cantaloupes and tomatoes. George is survived by his loving family, his wife of 13 years, Mildred B. Engert Gray Geyer, whom he married June 7, 1986; a daughter, Doris J. Stoner and her husband, Robert, of Scottdale RD2; a son, Kenneth E. Geyer of Smithton RD1; a grandson, Jason J. Stoner and his wife, Jennifer, of Lexington, S.C.; and a stepbrother, Edward Myers of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Irene Raymond Geyer, on March 17, 1983. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Joseph A. Hajdu officiating. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Bullskin Township. Family suggests memorials to: Christ United Methodist Church, Bell Tower Restoration Fund, 203 Market St., Scottdale, PA 15683, in memory of George E. Geyer.

DRUANN M. GILLIS

Druann M. Gillis, 64, of Greensburg RD4 (Salem Township), died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 15, 1935, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late George E. and Viola Durst McCleery. She was a 1953 graduate of the Jeannette High School, and attended the University of Maryland and Temple University before receiving her B.S. from Seton Hill College. Prior to her retirement, she was employed for more than 20 years as a medical technologist at the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was also a medical technology instructor at the Penn State New Kensington Campus, and continued to work part-time at JDMH. She was a member of the Westmoreland Girl Scout Council Evergreens Group, an active volunteer with the Delmont Salvation Army, and a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Delmont, where she served on the Church council, and chaired the Stewardship and the 150th Anniversary Celebration committees. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy McDowell. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard J. Gillis; a daughter and two sons, Beth Ann Gillis of Halifax, Va., Michael R. Gillis and his wife, Margaret ``Maggie,'' of Greensboro, N.C., and Randy S. Gillis and his wife, Wendy, of Greensburg RD4; a brother, Philip E. McCleery of Waco, Texas; and three granddaughters and two grandsons, Grace Crouch of Halifax, Va., Sean and Caitlin Gillis of Greensboro, N.C., and Abigail and James ``J.D.'' Gillis of Greensburg RD4. Mrs. Gillis's family will receive friends at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral home hours: Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Services will be held in the Salem Lutheran Church, Delmont, Friday at 11 a.m. with her pastor, the Rev. Frederick C. Heitzenroder, officiating. THE FAMILY REQUESTS EVERYONE MEET AT THE CHURCH. A graveside committal service and interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Should friends desire, memorial remembrances may be made in Mrs. Gillis's name to the Salem Lutheran Church, 301 E. Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626.

RONALD JAFFRE

Ronald Jaffre, 64, of Herminie, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born April 3, 1935, in Coal Center, a son of the late Marcel A. and Mary M. (Lambert) Jaffre. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the Wendel-Herminie #2 Athletic Association, the Lowber V.F.D. Station #16 Firemen's Club, and the West Hempfield American Legion Post #53. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Jaffre, in 1971; three brothers, Marcel, Robert and Louis Jaffre; and two sisters, Emma Campbell and Mary Pastrnak. Mr. Jaffre, ``Ron,'' is survived by a son, Ronald A. Jaffre and his wife, Dana, of Herminie; a grandson, Rickie; a brother, Maurice Jaffre of Jeannette; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Liturgy will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Father Lawrence L. Manchas officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Jeannette.

GRACE KOHL

Grace Kohl, 93, of Harrison City, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born March 21, 1906, in Huntington County, a daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Chilcote Harbaugh. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a cafeteria worker for the Elliott Co. of Jeannette. She attended the Primitive Methodist Church, Westmoreland City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Amos H. Kohl, in 1960; a son, Amos H. ``Jumbo'' Kohl; three daughters, Dorothy Cooper, Betty Jane Kohl, and Judith Fay Kohl Exton; and five brothers, Edward, Samuel, Robert, Hiram ``Jay,'' and Max Harbaugh. Survived by a daughter, Dee and husband, Leonard Antoniak, of Harrison City; two brothers, Donald and Gary Harbaugh, both of Jeannette; two sisters, Alberta Filar and Florine Weightman, both of Harrison City; 13 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Bernard L. Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

HAROLD WAYNE LEEPER SR.

Harold Wayne Leeper Sr., 80, of Rostraver Township, Belle Vernon, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born in Rostraver Township, Dec. 25, 1919, a son of the late William Harvey and Laura Alice (Trickett) Leeper. Mr. Leeper farmed in Rostraver Township all his life. He was retired from the Gibson yards of Wheeling/Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Monessen. A lifelong member of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder and Sunday school superintendent of the church, and served on the Board of Rehoboth Cemetery. He was also a member of Rostraver Grange #919. He is survived by his wife, Alfaretta P. (Indof) Leeper; a son, Harold Wayne Leeper Jr. and his wife, Loraine, of Belle Vernon; three daughters, Nancy Sirofchuck and her husband, Jerry, of Greensburg, JoAnne Lynch and her husband, David, of Indiana, Pa., and Laurie Hough and her husband, Denton, of Acme; a brother, Warren S. Leeper and his wife, Idalee, of Rostraver Township; eight grandchildren, Diane Zacherl and her husband, John, Tim Sirofchuck and his wife, Nannette, Jenniffer Lynch, Melissa Lynch, Harold Wayne Leeper III, Andrea Leeper, Rebecca Hough and Joshua Hough; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Zacherl, Jensen Sirofchuck and Christopher John Zacherl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John W. Leeper, in 1993. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Sweeney Plan/Rostraver Township. Family and friends will gather for funeral services Friday at 10 a.m. in the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, 442 Rehoboth Road. The Rev. Richard Klein will officiate. Interment will follow in Rehoboth Cemetery, Rostraver Township.

JOHN R. MACARA

John R. ``Nunny'' Macara, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in McKeesport Hospital. He was born in Braddock, a son of the late John and Mary Getsy Macara. He was a retired employee of Westinghouse Electric Corp., East Pittsburgh, and a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and a member of the East Pittsburgh VFW. He is survived by his wife, Millie Ragan Macara; a son, Wayne R. Macara of Penn Township; a brother, Bernard Macara of Florida; and a sister, Eleanor Neteny of North Huntingdon. Friends will be received at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, at a time to be announced, in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.

EDGAR R. MILLER

Edgar R. Miller, 86, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Nov. 12, 1913, in Latrobe, a son of the late Edgar R. and Mary E. Walker Miller. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. He had been retired from the Latrobe Bulletin Co. and also the Greater Latrobe School District. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. #907, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. Bowman Miller; and a sister, Lillian Chockla. Survived by a daughter, Sandra F. Gaul of Latrobe; a brother, William E. Miller of Polk City, Fla.; two grandchildren, Kelly Stanko and her husband, Greg, of Derry and E. Robert ``Bob'' Gaul and his wife, Priscilla Lee, of Bradenville; and six great-grandchildren, Brandon, BreeAnna, and Brooke Stanko, and Ryan, Sean and Rachelle Gaul. There will be no public visitations. Services and interment will be private. The JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, in charge of the arrangements.

MARY ELLEN REICHARD

Mary Ellen Reichard, 92, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Dec. 22, 1907, in Greenville, Pa., a daughter of the late James Albert and Etta Estella Weikal Reash. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence P. Reichard, in 1978; twin granddaughters, Jane and Joyce Depp; a daughter, Dorothy Ellen Reichard; a sister, Gertrude Mowry; brothers, Laverne and Norman Reash; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Depp. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. John (Betty) Depp of Ligonier; three grandchildren, Gary A. Depp, Lt. Col. Gail Ford, and Laura A. Depp; and two great-grandchildren, Loretta and Alisha Depp. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. Interment Delaware Cemetery, Greenville. Memorial contributions to a charity of one's choice.

EDNA M. (EDWARDS) SHEARER

Edna M. (Edwards) Shearer, 81, of Pitcairn, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999. Wife of the late George Shearer; mother of Robert G. Shearer of California and Dorothy G. Blauvelt of Washington; sister of Audrey Bilott of Larimer, Hulda Mihalchik and Betty Burgman, both of Pitcairn, and the late Edith Bilott. Also survived by four grandchildren. Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Avenue, Pitcairn, where services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m.

EMMA B. (SMUCKER) WALTER

Emma B. (Smucker) Walter, 104, of Vine Street, Greensburg, formerly of Boswell, Somerset County, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at the home of her daughter. Born March 12, 1895, in Somerset County, a daughter of John P. and Addie Ream Smucker. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John J. Walter, on May 18, 1959; a son-in-law, William Ball; a daughter-in-law, Florence Walter; and six sisters. Survived by a daughter, Ruth Ball, with whom she resided; a son, Eugene of Stoughton Lake, Jennerstown; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was the oldest member of Maple Spring Church of the Brethren and a long-time member of the former Silver Ray Rebekah Lodge, Boswell. She was the former owner/operator of Sliding Rock Golf Course near Jennerstown, now operated by her son, Eugene. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the HOFFMAN FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, Boswell, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Roger L. Forry officiating. Interment Jenners Crossroads Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Gideons International, Somerset Camp, Box 31, Friedens, PA 15541.

ELIZA M. YOUNG

Eliza M. Young, 88, of Arona, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Born March 26, 1911, in Arona, a daughter of the late John and Phoebe Miller Morgan. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Arona. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Young; a great-granddaughter; two brothers, John C. and Stanley M. Morgan; and a sister, Helen Packey Shirley. Surviving are two sons, Robert Dillon of Mineral Point, Pa., and David Young of Jeannette; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, David E. Morgan of Greensburg; and a sister, Kathryn Royer of Irwin. Friends will be received at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m., the hour of service with her pastor, the Rev. L. Samuel Scheiderer, officiating. Interment will follow in the Madison Union Cemetery.

BETTE LOUISE ADAMS 

Bette Louise Adams, 82, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Adams was a native of Jonesboro, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wayne Adams. Survivors include a son, Jerry Wayne Adams of Huntsville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Robert W. Adams II, Amanda Adams Skinner and Scott W. Adams; and four great-grandchildren, Robert, Landon, Emilee and David Jerry. SPRY FUNERAL HOME, Huntsville, Ala., in charge of local arrangements. 

KEITH B. ANDERSON 

Keith B. Anderson, 64, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Dec. 29,was born April 6, 1935, in Jeannette, a son of the late Harold B. and Eleanor A. Barry Anderson. He was retired from the GenCorp in Jeannette. He was a member of the F.O.E. 01188 of Latrobe and the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen's Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor A. Slezak Anderson. Survived by a son, Keith L. Anderson and his wife, Darla, of Latrobe; two daughters, Darlene Kelly and her husband, Jerry, of Derry, and Kathleen Spangler and her husband, Garry, of Josephine; a brother, Bruce H. Anderson and his wife, Mary, of Acme RD1; six grandchildren, Kevin, Jamie, Nicole, Jarrad, Amy and Jessica; and a great-grandson, Marcus. Visitations will be held Friday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, from 10 to 11 a.m. for immediate family. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. 

PATRICIA A. DOUGHTY BLUMENTRITT
Patricia A. Doughty Blumentritt, 63, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999. She was employed at the Greensboro Hilton. She is survived by two sisters, Noreen Wolfe of Irwin and Margorie Lutz of Jeannette; seven children, David A. of Johnstown, William R. of Grapeville, John R. of Jeannette, Radene Downes of Greensburg, Terri Waszczak of North Huntingdon, Victoria J. and Mitchell P. of Greensboro, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

JUNE M. (FEDERKEIL) BOBICH 

June M. (Federkeil) Bobich, 77, of North Versailles Township, died peacefully at her residence Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999. Daughter of the late Henry and Nellie (Finley) Federkeil. Wife of the late George Bobich. Beloved mother of Wayne (Paulette) Bobich, Gail Pristera, Frank (Anna Petrakis) Cortazzo III, Marie DiNardo and Gina ``Jinna'' (Larry) Leo. Dear grandmother of Jennifer and Frank A. (Christine) Cortazzo IV, Denise Juliano, Nicolas Leo, Lisa Molina, Lori Sachs, Richard and Leslie Pristera, Beth Ann Karkainen, Mark, Amber and Michael Bobich, Diana Roach, and the late Anthony Juliano. Also survived by those who were like children to her: Mary Pat Cortazzo, Bill and Kim Cortazzo, Patricia and Bob Donalies, Debbie and Ken Klingenberg, Jane Lee and Mel Boyd, and Randy and Judy Franz, and other beloved nieces and nephews; also five great-grandchildren. Sister of the late Leola Franz, Isabel Butler, Nadine Cortazzo and Virginia Starnes. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Thursday 7 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 12:15 p.m. in the funeral home, followed by services in Linway United Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. Mrs. Bobich was a retired secretary for the U.E. Local 610 (Westinghouse Air Brake, Wilmerding) after 43 years of service. 

ALBERT E. CALDWELL 

Albert E. Caldwell, 72, of Mt. Pleasant Road, West Newton (South Huntingdon Township), died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, in Jefferson Hospital, Jefferson Borough. He was born June 6, 1927, in Irwin, a son of the late Francis and Martha Caldwell. He was retired from Highland Carbide Tool Co. in Irwin and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Post 31 in West Newton. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lorraine F. Minkus Caldwell; a daughter, JoAnn Aultz and her husband, Jim, of West Newton; and three grandchildren, Jan, Jennel and Jamie Aultz. Friends will be received at the RICHARD F. DODSON FUNERAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton, at a time to be announced. 

JOHN A. CRAFT SR. 

John A. Craft Sr., 58, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, in Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette. He was born Dec. 18, 1941, in Hurt, Va., a son of the late Irian Craft. He was employed by Brandywine Industries in Homewood. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Craft. He is survived by his wife, Mary Davis Craft; three sons, Robbie Craft and James Craft, both of Jeannette, and John A. Craft Jr. and his wife, Lorraine, of Delmont; a daughter, Kim Vitto and her husband, Raphael, of Florida; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Curtis Hunt of Washington, D.C., Esther Hunt and Carl Hunt, both of Virginia; two sisters, Loretta and Tootie Hunt, both of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Hopewell Baptist Church, Jeannette, at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Richard Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Hempfield Township. 

SAMUEL J. GENTILE SR.

Samuel J. Gentile Sr., 80, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, in the Oakland VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh. He was born June 7, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Angeline Cammarata Gentile. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Robertshaw Controls in New Stanton. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church of Greensburg and the Jeannette American Legion Post. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by six brothers and sisters, Charles, Joseph and Angelo Gentile, Margaret McFeeley, Frances Keough and Katherine Pandolph. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Holecko Gentile; a son, Samuel J. Gentile Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Ashley A., Jessica L., Anna M. and Anthony J. Gentile; and a brother, James Gentile of Detroit, Mich. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

MARY JANE GRIFFITH

Mary Jane Griffith, 88, of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in the Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. She was born May 2, 1911, in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Herbert and Dorothy Rudge. She was retired from Columbia Hospital in Pittsburgh. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard C. Griffith; and two daughters, Corrinne Moersch and Mary Lou Benson. Survived by two daughters, Lois L. Stewart Horn and husband, Harvey, of New Alexandria, and Dorothy Jean White of California; a son, Clyde Griffith and wife, Florence, of Plum Borough; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria, where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lota C. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Penn Hills.

KATHERINE T. KEELING 

Katherine T. Keeling, 102, of Route 2, Box 300, Ruffsdale, and a former long-time Naugatuck, Conn., resident, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at St. Anne's Home in Greensburg. Miss Keeling was born in Naugatuck, Feb. 21, 1897, a daughter of the late Frederick J. and Nancy (Hoadley) Keeling. She was a school teacher, having taught in the Garfield, N.J., school system, prior to her retirement, when she returned to Naugatuck. She had resided in Pennsylvania the past six years. Miss Keeling was a communicant of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, and was a member of the Church Helpers. She was also a member of Sarah Rogers Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Naugatuck Historical Society. She leaves several nieces and nephews, including: Nancy Lavelle of Shaker Heights, Ohio, David McCaskie of Sheffield Lakes, Ohio, and John McCaskie of Ruffsdale, with whom she made her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Naugatuck, Conn. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery, Naugatuck, Conn. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church Memorial Fund, 210 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770. The ALDERSON FUNERAL HOME of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow St., is in charge of arrangements. 

WILDA HARE KONIECZNY 

Wilda Hare Konieczny, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at the Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Aug. 4, 1912, a daughter of the late William R. and Blanche Long Hare. She was a former student of the Mt. Pleasant schools, and had previously worked at the former Bryce Bros. Glass Factory in Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliaries of the VFW Post 3368, Standard Shaft Citizens Club and the Slovak Club. Wilda was also a member of the Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizens Multi-Service Center and was an active volunteer for the Meals-On-Wheels program. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph R. Konieczny, in 1983; five brothers, Robert, George, Wilber, Gene and Donald Hare; and three sisters, Elizabeth Hare Yohe, Florence Hare Camlin and Ruth Hare Jahoda. She is survived by 27 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; seven cats; and a dog, Mitzi. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Sherry Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery. The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW will hold services in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Thursday. 

EMIL J. LUCAS 

Emil J. Lucas, 73, of Mt. Pleasant RD1 (Norvelt), died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, in IHS at Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. He was born in United, Oct. 25, 1926, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Popei Lucas. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a construction supervisor by the Union Switch and Signal of Swissvale, and previously worked for 15 years for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was Catholic by faith and a member of the Hecla Sportsmen's Club. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Margaret M. Medved Lucas; two sons, Jerry Lucas and his wife, Connie, of Greensburg and Thomas Lucas and his wife, Debra, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Erica, Ian, Sean, Zachary, and Joshua; three sisters, Anna Wojtas of Ohio, Irene Schumann and Matilda Firmstone, both of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Friday in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Military graveside service will be accorded by the AMVETS Post 94 of United and the Armbrust Veterans. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director. 


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