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CLARENCE WAYNE BRUSH
Clarence Wayne Brush, 62, of Post Drive, Latrobe, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette. Wayne was born in Mt. Pleasant, April 27, 1937, a son of the late Frank C. Brush Sr., who died Feb. 18, 1981, and Florence J. Little Brush, who died May 11, 1985. Wayne was a member of the Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. He is survived by two brothers, Frank C. Brush Jr. and his wife, Rebecca (Hower), of Scottdale RD1 and John W. ``Jack'' Brush and his wife, Rose (Smartnick) of Greensburg RD2; two nieces, Joanna Ferrell and Jackie Brush; two nephews, John W. Brush II and Brian M. Brush; and an uncle, William Little of Akron, Ohio. Wayne's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Wayne's funeral service will begin Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with his pastor, the Rev. Donald Graff, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Wayne's family suggests memorials be made to ARC-Westmoreland, RD12, Box 179, Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, in Wayne's memory.

C. ADRIAN BUCKLEY

C. Adrian ``Bucky'' Buckley, 60, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999. He was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Ohio, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Buckley. He is survived by his wife, Jean Youngstead Buckley; two daughters, Terri Engle and her husband, John, of North Carolina and Sherri Hughes and her husband, Howard, of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Tom Buckley of Las Vegas; and two grandsons, Wesley and Zachary Engle. Also surviving are a sister, Janet Lowry of Las Vegas; three brothers, Charlie, Ronnie and Dana Buckley, all of Las Vegas; a brother-in-law, Robert Youngstead of Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Kay Hixson of Adamsburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Bunker Chapel, BUNKER MORTUARY, Las Vegas, Nev.

GEORGE A. BURICK

George A. Burick, 72, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Latrobe, a son of the late John C. and Anna (Kolan) Burick. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by St. Vincent College and also had been employed by the former Latrobe Lumber Co. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Burick. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dolores J. (O'Barto) Burick; 10 children: Donna Monte and her husband, Anthony, of Loyalhanna, Gloria Grindle of Delmont, George W. Burick, Michelle Hartman and Carl Burick, all of Latrobe, Jennifer Morrison of West Newton, Cynthia Frabrizi and her husband, Randy, of Blairsville, and William Burick and his wife, Lori, John Burick and his wife, Paula, and Kim Burick, all of Latrobe; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Matilda Wadsworth of Canonsburg, Barbara Winkleman of Latrobe, Mary Louise Campbell of Ruffsdale and Virginia Deithorn of Latrobe; a brother, John Burick and his wife, Mae, of Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m., at which time a blessing service will be held in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private.

AUGUSTINE CELLANTI

Augustine ``Augie'' Cellanti, 82, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Hempfield Manor, Hempfield Township. He was born July 19, 1917, in Greensburg, a son of the late Salvatore and Genevieve Carlini Cellanti. Prior to retirement, he had been the owner and operator of the ``Town Hotel'' and ``The Pitt'' Restaurant in Greensburg, and later had been a security guard for Robertshaw Controls, New Stanton. He was a member of Maplewood Presbyterian Church, Greensburg, the Mt. Odin Golf Course, Robertshaw Acres Golf Course, a life member of the D.A.V., and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carmella and Columbia. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Fannell Cellanti; a stepson, Earl W. and his wife, Rebecca Schisler, of Greensburg; a stepdaughter, Judith A. and her husband, James Nicola, of Latrobe; a brother, Louis Cellanti of Greensburg; three sisters, Nicoline Puzzuti of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Flavia Dursa of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dunya Cash of Sumter, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas A. Walters officiating. Entombment with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hempfield Township.

MARGARET MARIE COX

Margaret Marie Cox, 80, of Murrysville, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born April 1, 1919, in Dormont, a daughter of the late Edward and Anna Collins Geyer. She was a graduate of Carnegie Tech, and was a secretary for U.S. Steel for a number of years. She was a member of the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, Murrysville, and the Astrology Club of Pittsburgh. She was a veteran of World War II, having served in the WACS. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Geyer, in 1942; and a sister, Alice Schuster, in 1998. She is survived by her husband, H. Bracken Cox; and two sons, Edward of Austin, Texas, and Hilory of Murrysville. 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 10 a.m. in the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, Murrysville. If desired, memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 128 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.

ANNA M. DORKO

Anna M. Dorko, 85, of Latrobe RD7, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 19, 1914, in Marguerite, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Balaga Straka. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Dorko; three sisters, Elizabeth Hoffman, Dorothy Closkey and Justine Mayger; and three brothers, John, Joseph and Andrew Straka. She is survived by two sons, Joseph A. Dorko and his wife, Kathy, of Latrobe and David Dorko and his wife, Karen, of Latrobe; two daughters, Agnes Dorko of Latrobe and Mary Kubistek and her husband, Vincent, of Derry RD2; a sister, Veronica Tompko of Latrobe; six grandchildren, Joseph Dorko Jr., Craig Dorko, Kenneth Kubistek, Timothy Kubistek, Kayla Dorko and Kevin Dorko; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant. Interment in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township.

PAUL G. ELDER

Paul G. Elder, 82, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in UPMC Shadyside. He was born June 13, 1917. He was the owner of Elder & Son Insurance Realty, president of the Turtle Creek Savings and Loan for over 40 years, a seven-time president of the Turtle Creek Rotary Club, founder of the Monroeville Rotary Club, past district governor of Rotary, the recipient of the Rotary Foundation's Meritorious Service Award, and a director of the Pennsylvania State Savings & Loan & Insurance Fund. Husband of the late Jean Mills Elder. He is survived by many cousins; and special friends, Judy and Harry McElwain of Penn Township. Friends will be received Sunday from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, where services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Interment Churchill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Foundation or the Leukemia Association.

EVA JANE FLEMING

Eva Jane Fleming, 93, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Ligonier, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas. She was born Sept. 27, 1906, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Thomas G. and Minnie Pearl Fishel Frye. She is survived by a daughter and a son, Charlotte M. Fleming and Thomas O. Fleming, both of Las Vegas; four grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; a sister, Anna P. Odom of St. George, Utah; and a brother, William David Frye of Ligonier. She was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Fleming; a daughter, Patricia J. Fleming; two brothers, Orville and Thomas H. Frye; and three sisters, Helen Blasick, May Curto and Gladys LoVette. Prior to retirement, she had been employed as a registered nurse at the Connellsville State Hospital. She had been a member of the Christian Church of Waterford. Friends will be received at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, Wednesday from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. Interment Green Mountain Cemetery, Ligonier.

DONALD R. GAYDOSH

Donald R. Gaydosh, 64, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born Feb. 7, 1935, in Glassport, a son of the late Steven and Anna Pollick Gaydosh. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a pipefitter and registered plumber for Jefferson Hospital of Jefferson Borough. He also worked at the Volkswagen plant of New Stanton and Westinghouse Astronuclear plant in Large, Pa. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon, and its men's club. He was active in several trap shooting leagues in the area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Gaydosh. Surviving are his wife, Jean Delfini Gaydosh; two sons, Gregory Gaydosh of North Huntingdon and Robert Gaydosh and his wife, Elaine, of Penn Township; and a sister, Elaine Gaydosh Aiken of Peters Township. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon.

VALERA B. GETTEMY

Valera B. Gettemy, 82, of Greensburg, formerly of Youngwood, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Rostraver Township, a daughter of the late John H. and Harriet Sanders Beck. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Youngwood. Prior to retirement, she had been employed as a bookkeeper by Southwest Bank, Youngwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Gettemy, in 1983; two brothers, John Burton Beck and Merlin S. Beck; and a sister, Charlotte A. Butler. She is survived by a son, Scott C. Gettemy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter, Karol S. Orner and her husband, Clifford, of Youngwood; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private visitation and service will be held Monday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, with the Rev. Joseph Kim officiating. Interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601.

CHESTER M. GREGOR

Chester M. Gregor, 77, of Latrobe, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his home. He was born July 19, 1922, in Latrobe, a son of the late Alexander and Lucy (Stepanic) Gregor. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former Vulcan Mold & Iron Co. in Latrobe. Chester was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, became a prisoner of war after being captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, the Thomas B. Anderson American Legion Post 515, the VFW Post 344, the F.O.E. 01188, the White Eagles, a charter member of the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, and a life member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department Hose Co. #5. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Kolodziej) Gregor; two brothers, John Stepanic and Alexander A. Gregor Jr.; and a sister, Viola Stepanic Porembka. He is survived by two sons, Thomas C. Gregor and his wife, Bernadette, of Columbia, Md., and David M. Gregor and his wife, Deborah, of South Lake, Texas; two grandchildren, Aimee and Mark Gregor; two brothers, Joseph and Stanley Stepanic, and two sisters, Ann Sarady and Genevieve Yourish and her husband, Walter, all of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at noon in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Thomas M. Lukac as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Latrobe. Military services will be held Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. in the funeral home. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Athletic Fund, c/o the Thomas B. Anderson American Legion Post 515, 1811 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650.

ROBERT GLENN HART

Robert Glenn Hart, 75, of Route 136, Finleyville, formerly of Rostraver Township, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in Mon Valley Hospital. Mr. Hart was born in Tower Hill, Fayette County, Aug. 22, 1924, a son of the late Howard Swope and Iva Dail Coughenour Hart. He was manager for the former Zeffiro Transfer and Storage Co., Donora, and had also worked in management for Brockway Trucking Co. in Atlanta, Ga. Mr. Hart retired from the former Duffy's Truck Sales in Canonsburg. During his retirement years, he drove buses for the Mon View Mining Co. in Courtney, and the Hilltop Bus Co. in Monessen. He also was a former bus driver for the Greyhound and Blue Ridge Bus companies. Mr. Hart was an expert mechanic and enjoyed restoring his antique pickup truck. He was a longtime member of Webster United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy Seabees in the South Pacific Theater. He also served in the Civil Conservation Corps following the Great Depression. Mr. Hart was a former member of Rostraver Emergency Management Service and Rostraver Township Volunteer Fire Department #1 in Webster. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Helen Jugan Hart; a son, Mark A. Hart of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Paula L. Hart of Brooklyn, Ohio; a grandson, Robert Hart, and a granddaughter, Adrienne Hart, both of Arizona; a brother, James K. Hart of Webster; three sisters, Mrs. James (June H.) Beveridge of Webster, Mrs. Frank (Shirley A.) Rozik of Greensburg and Bonnie Hart Rozik of Webster; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Hart was preceded in death by a son, Robert Allen Hart; three brothers, Harold, William A. and Howard ``Herky'' Hart; and a sister, Nancy Hart Muia. Friends will be received at the JAMES A. RABE FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Thompson Ave., Donora, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. William C. Gawlas and the Rev. Kent Lighthall co-officiating. Burial will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, Monongahela.

MILTON H. HERNLEY

Milton H. Hernley, 74, of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Scottdale, passed away on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 1999, in Melbourne, Fla. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. A personalized memorial service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Audrey J. Bell facilitating. Chapel committal service and inurnment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township, with military honors.

MARGARET I. (SHIELDS) JAE

Margaret I. (Shields) Jae, 78, of Depew, N.Y., formerly of Pitcairn, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999. Wife of the late Homer F. Jae; mother of Robert S. Jae of Spotsylvania, Va., and Sharon Gravelle of Spring City, Pa.; and sister of Geraldine Bish of Stoneboro, Pa., Hulda Spicker of North Huntingdon and Bernard Shields of Oklahoma. Also survived by four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Friends received Monday 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 Tuesday at 11 a.m.

EDWARD P. JORDANHAZY

Edward P. ``Duke'' Jordanhazy, 72, of McKeesport, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000. Husband of Norma (Adzima); father of Paul Michael, Kirk, Edward, Mark and Norman; four grandchildren; and brother of Audrey Canelle, Lillian Ruby and Paul Jardanhazy. Friends received at STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK, Lincoln Way and O'Neil Boulevard, Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Free Hungarian Reformed Church. Remembrances to American Diabetes Association or Free Hungarian Reformed Church.

MARY A. DRESSLER KIRCHNER

Mary A. Dressler Kirchner, 88, of Crafton, formerly of Moon Run, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999. Wife of the late John ``Kettle'' Kirchner. Dear stepmother of Mildred Haffics and the late Betty Jane Buzzelli and John Kirchner Jr. Loving grandmother of Timothy (Teresa) and David Buzzelli and Lynn and Kevin Haffics. Dearly beloved aunt of Kristy (Mickey) Bannon, Dennis Dressler and Stanley A. Dressler Jr. Sadly missed by numerous family members and close friends. Celebrate the life of Mary SUNDAY ONLY from 1 to 9 p.m. at the SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, 165 Noble Ave., Crafton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Philip Church.

CHARLES A. KLAVONICK

Charles A. Klavonick, 75, of Manor, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his residence. Born Dec. 31, 1924, in Pleasant Valley, he was a son of the late John Sr. and Mary (Kravanish) Klavonick. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as an iron worker by International Association Local 3. He was a member of St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of American Legion Post 260, Claridge, and the AMVETS in Large. He was also a member of F.O.E. 1612 of Derry, F&AM Shidle Lodge 601 of Irwin, Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Temple, Cheswick, and B.P.O. Elks Lodge 406, Blairsville. He was a musician in many local polka bands. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John Jr., Frank and Michael Klavonick; and two sisters, Ann Beiter and Evelyn Mosocco. Surviving are two brothers, Peter Klavonick of Trafford and George Klavonick of Jeannette; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.J. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 140 Race St., Manor, where requiem services will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church, Shaw Avenue, McKeesport, with Father Dimitri Ermakov officiating. (EVERYONE PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH.) Interment in Brush Creek Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Westmoreland Hospice.

ANNA M. METHVEN LYNCH

Anna M. Methven Lynch, 94, of Manor, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Greensburg Nursing and Convalescent Center. She was born Aug. 16, 1905, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Colin and Mary Harley Methven. She was a member of the Manor Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years. She devoted her adult life to being a homemaker for her husband, the late George R. Lynch, and her children. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen and William Methven; and a sister, Mae Lash. She is survived by a son, Robert G. Lynch and his wife, Jeanine, of Export; and a daughter, Norma Jean Kauffman and her husband, Donald, of Greensburg. She is also survived by grandchildren, D. Richard Kauffman and his wife, Sharon, and their children, D. Richard II and Michelle of Butler, Ronald G. Kauffman of Greensburg, James A. Kauffman and his wife, Susanne, and their son, Bennett, of Hunt Valley, Md., Susan M. Lynch of Cambridge, Mass., and Eric R. Lynch and his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter, Briana, of Mansfield, N.J.; a brother, Robert Methven and his wife, Christine, of Macon, Ga.; also nieces and nephews, including a special grandniece, Christine Richards. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Manor Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Donna M. Havrisko officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Those wishing may contribute to her church at Broadway and Atlantic avenues, Manor, PA 15665, or ARC-Westmoreland, RD12, Box 179, Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

PAUL DON MAHONEY

Paul Don Mahoney, 75, of Mt. Lebanon and Bethany Beach, Del., died suddenly on Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Uptown. He is survived by Edna M. Mahoney, his cherished and devoted wife and best friend of 51 years. Additionally, Don leaves behind four children, Carol Haverty of California, Donald Mahoney of Butler, Patricia Slusser of Columbus, Ohio, and James Mahoney of Alexandria, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Erica, Jessica, Katie, Blair, Conor, Dustin, Eileen, Kristin, Michael and Alec; brother of William James Mahoney; also numerous friends and other relatives. Don was preceded in this life by his parents, William Paul and Claire Koerber Mahoney; a brother, William Paul; and a grandson, Travis. Mr. Mahoney was a graduate of Carrick High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a fighter pilot, and remained an active reservist until 1950. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Ocean View, Del. Don maintained his private aviator status in later years, and was the owner/pilot of Mary I, Mary II and Mary III, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was a respected business and community leader. Don was CEO and owner of Transmission Equipment Co. of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Warren, Ohio, and Kenova, W.Va. He served on the board of directors of the Iron and Glass Bank of Pittsburgh. He was a founding member and past president of the Power Transmission Distributors Association, a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers and a charter member of the Allegheny Club of Pittsburgh. Mr. Mahoney was a member of St. John Capistran Catholic Church, Upper St. Clair, and St. Ann's Catholic Church of Bethany Beach, Del. His family and friends are heartbroken by the sudden and untimely loss of their cherished Don. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him with his kind and gentle spirit. His wife, Edna, will carry on his legacy with the spirit of her best friend by her side. Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at BEINHAUERS, 2828 Washington Road, Peters Township, (724) 941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. John Capistran Church, Upper St. Clair. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

DIXIE B. MARIANA

Dixie B. Mariana, 70, of Murray, Ky., formerly of Export, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in the St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn. She was born June 30, 1929, in Export, a daughter of the late Alonzo C. and Anna O. Rozina Mariana. She was self-employed as a realtor and prior to her retirement, had owned and operated her own real estate agency, ``Dixie Realty,'' in Las Vegas, Nev., for a number of years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur R. ``Buster'' Mariana. She is survived by a sister and a brother, Dorothy M. Karas of Delmont and William E. Mariana and his wife, Lucille, of Manor; by several nieces and nephews; and by a close friend and companion, Allen Jackson of Murray, Ky. Funeral services will be private. Miss Mariana loved traveling and her family, and has suggested that memorial remembrances in her name may be placed with any local library for the purchase of books and other travel related literature. JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAM L. MARTIN

William L. Martin, 59, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Connellsville, a son of the late Harry B. ``Pepper'' and Eugenia G. Kuhns Martin. He lived at Melcroft in his earlier years. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School in 1958, and was a member of King Solomon's Lodge #346 Free and Accepted Masons of Connellsville. He served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Ski Club. He was a retired painting contractor with M&S Special Coatings, a family business. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marie M. Naccarato Martin; also the following children: Teressa Martin of Pittsburgh, Robin Savage of Pittsburgh, Nick Savage and wife, Deborah, of Monessen and Michael Savage and Christina of Greensburg; grandchildren, Nicole Lynn Savage of Monessen and Nina Rae Savage of Ocala, Fla.; a great-granddaughter, Zoe Angus; a sister, Mrs. John (Kay) Ewing of Greensburg; and two nieces, Robin Lynn Baer and Kyla Lynn Baer. Friends will be received at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday and Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., where service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Huey officiating. Committal and interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. King Solomon's Lodge #346 F&AM will conduct a memorial ritual at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

LORETTA G. McGRATH

Loretta G. McGrath, 74, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Loyalhanna Care Center, Derry Township. She was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Josephine (Baum) Cicconi. Loretta was a retired real estate professional, was a former member of the Central Westmoreland Board of Realtors, and was a member of the Christ United Church of Christ in Latrobe. She was also the owner and operator of the former Loretta's Beauty Shop in Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. McGrath, in 1992. She is survived by three children, Thomas J. McGrath and his wife, Helen, of Rockville, Md., Michael P. McGrath and his wife, Karla, of Norfolk, Va., and Robin Jo Fritz and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe; four very special grandchildren, Matthew and Jason McGrath, and Melissa Jo and Bradley Fritz; two brothers, Gilbert Cicconi and his wife, Bette Lou, of Latrobe and Robert ``Chick'' Cicconi and his wife, Eleanor, of Ligonier; a very close friend, Doris Herald of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Christ United Church of Christ with her pastor, the Rev. Wayne D. Sautter, officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.

JOSEPHINE A. MIKA

Josephine A. Mika, 67, of Latrobe, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Frank Chesla Sr. and Josephine Walchock Chesla. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a custodian by the Greater Latrobe School District. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe. Josephine was a wonderful mother, an outstanding wife and a caring friend. Josephine was also an avid bingo player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Chesla, in 1970. She is survived by her loving husband, Francis J. Mika; her children, George Mika of Latrobe, Mrs. William (Karen) Gerhart of Crabtree and Mrs. Scott (Sandra) Campbell of Latrobe; nine grandchildren, Jodi, Patrick, Amber, Connie, Justin, BJ, Jennifer, Daniel and Sara; two great-grandsons, Patrick and Aaron; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Nara Chesla of Anchorage, Alaska, Frank ``Fish'' Jr. and Shirley Chesla of Latrobe, Thomas and Bonnie Chesla of Derry, and Nick Chesla of Ypsilanti, Mich.; four sisters, Helen Parfitt of Moyock, N.C., Katherine McDowell of Latrobe, Mrs. George (Mary Ann) Caldwell of New Florence and Mrs. Bud (Betty) Gaffey of Luxor; several special bingo buddies; and her beloved dog, Lucky. 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. Funeral services are private.

HELEN L. NICHOLSON

Helen L. Nicholson, 87, of Connellsville RD2, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. She was born Oct. 6, 1912, in Adelaide, Dunbar Township, a daughter of the late John and Helen Dolpsak Durkat. Helen was a lifelong resident of Connellsville and was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She had attended St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church in Leisenring. She is survived by four sons, Kenneth Eugene Nicholson and his wife, Betty, of Hermitage, Tenn., Robert Nicholson of Monarch, Ronald Nicholson and his wife, Shirley, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Gerald Nicholson and his wife, Sylvia, of Connellsville; a daughter, Mary Saylor and her husband, Frank, of Connellsville; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Catherine Lynn of Marion, Ohio, Peggy Dykun of Rochester, Pa., Esther Logsdon of Holley, N.Y., and Ann Krzysiak of Uniontown. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Alfred Nicholson, on July 4, 1998; two brothers, Charles and John Durkat; and a sister, Mary Durkat. Family and friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Tuesday from 1 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. David C. Bashor officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.

RUBY LAVERNE NICHOLSON

Ruby Laverne Nicholson, 63, of Mill Run, died suddenly Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her home. She was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Sugarloaf, a daughter of the late Thomas Lincoln and Evelyn Hall Lytle. Ruby was a graduate of the former South Union High School with the class of 1954. She was a member of the Sugarloaf Church, and also attended the Millertown Community Church and the Indian Creek Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Virgil D. Nicholson; a son, Gerald ``Jerry'' Nicholson of Melcroft; three daughters, Sandra Rank and her husband, Stephen, of Mill Run, Linda Bottomley and her husband, William, also of Mill Run and Sharon Etling and her husband, Jeffery, of Connellsville; three grandchildren, Melinda Bottomley of Mill Run, Tammi Barnhart of Connellsville and Haven Purbaugh of Somerset; a special niece, Diane Schrock and her husband, Brian, and their children, Adam and Ryan, of Somerset; two brothers, Wendell Lytle and his wife, Cindy, of Smithfield and David Lytle of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by four sisters, Wetona Diehl, Bethel Inks, Welda Close and Phyllis Lytle. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. David Morrison officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mill Run.

FLORENCE M. REAM

Florence M. Ream, 82, of Normalville, formerly of Mill Run, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in Eichers Family Home, Normalville. She was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Confluence, a daughter of the late Thornton and Susie Ohler Rugg. She was a member of the Melcroft Assembly of God Church and the Women's Missionary at the church. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Herbert M. Ream; three brothers, Henry, Lloyd and James Rugg; and three sisters, Grace Basinger, Alice Harbaugh and Annie Williams. She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Ream and his wife, Jan, of Indiana, Pa., and Robert Ream and his wife, Linda, of Mill Run; five daughters, Jean Stull and her husband, John, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, June Harbaugh and her husband, Ronald, of Mill Run, Shirley Hensel and her husband, Homer, of Mill Run, Lois Henry and her husband, Donald, of Normalville and Linda Henry and her husband, Lawrence, of Normalville; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a brother, Wilbert Rugg of Mill Run; and a sister, Amanda Shroyer of Berlin, Pa. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will take place Tuesday in the Melcroft Assembly of God Church, Melcroft, from noon until 1 p.m., the hour of funeral services in the church with the Rev. Roger Pence officiating. Interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery.

ALBENO RECK

Albeno Reck, 82, of Export, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999. He was born June 28, 1917, in Homer City, a son of the late Louis and Angela Reck. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Italian-American Club, both in Export. He was a World War II veteran, and a retired employee of Pittsburgh Aluminum Alloys. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Levio and Sereno Reck. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Rose Morelli Reck; a son, Gary and wife, Debra, of Export; a sister, Ann DeZanet of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a granddaughter, Nicole. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Export, with the Rev. Dismas Young as celebrant. Interment Grandview Cemetery, Export.

MARY E. SEMIANCZAK

Mary E. Semianczak, 84, of Yukon, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at home. She was the mother of Alice Young of West Newton and Martha Stewart of Irwin. Sister of Mike Waleski, Anthony Waleski, Helen Siegfried, Madeline Romano, Catherine Walton, Ann Vierlind, Dorothy Reynolds, and Nellie Cipos. Grandmother of Tammy Galensky and James L. Young Jr. Great-grandmother of Tyler James Young. She was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Cavey; two brothers, Wassil Waleski and John Waleski; and an infant grandson, Robert James Young. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church, Yukon, with Father Paul R. Stivason as celebrant. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

FREDERICK JOHN STAHLHUT

Frederick John Stahlhut, 78, of Ligonier RD2, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Swissvale, the son of the late Elmer and Mildred Scott Stahlhut. He is survived by several loving cousins. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as an inventory supply clerk at Idlewild Park. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a life member and past commander of the Ligonier VFW Post #734, a life member of the Byers-Tosh #267 American Legion, the D.A.V., and was a member for many years of the Ligonier Township Hose Co. #2 (Darlington). Friends will be received in the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ronald A. Brown officiating. Interment Ligonier Valley Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorial gifts may be made to any local Ligonier veterans organization. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will accord full military honors at the graveside.


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