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DONNA S. BATEMAN
Donna S. Bateman, 67, of Perryopolis RD, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at 12:10 a.m., in her home. She was born April 24, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio, a daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Brokamp Burress. She is survived by her husband, Henry Edsel Bateman; two sons and a daughter, Bruce W. Bateman and wife, Isabel, of Grindstone RD, Michael J. Bateman and Sandy, and Mrs. Glenn (Deborah) Strother, both of Perryopolis; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Mrs. Gerry Jackewicz of Fresno, Calif.; and a special nephew, Ronald McDermott and wife, Barbara, of Fairborn, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis McDermott. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 106 E. Independence St., Perryopolis, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a blessing service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Father John T. Euker officiating. Interment Olive Branch Cemetery, Belle Vernon RD3.

ROBERT L. BUTTS

Robert L. Butts, 60, of Connellsville, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at home comforted by his family. He was born July 5, 1939, in Connellsville, a son of Edgar and the late Margaret (Gerke) Butts. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School Class of 1957. Robert was the owner of Butts Service Station in Scottdale for over 27 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Smith) Butts; five children, Mrs. Cherie Shinsky and husband, David, of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Marcia White and husband, Jeffrey, of Warren, Pa., Ms. Sandy Eckels of Latrobe, Mr. Robert L. Butts Jr. and Mr. John Butts, both of Connellsville; two grandsons, John Robert White and Christopher Jeffrey White; two brothers, Earl Butts of Warren, Ohio, and Kenneth Butts of Scottdale. 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 PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME INC., 418 N. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 1 p.m. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church with the Rev. Father Benjamin Babula as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity R.C. Cemetery, Connellsville.

MICHAEL D. CIGNETTI

Michael D. Cignetti, 48, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence. He was born Aug. 9, 1951, in Greensburg, a son of Frank J. Cignetti and the late Anna Gendich Cignetti. He was the general manager of operations and accounts for the Justifacts Inc. of Delmont. Mike was a member of the St. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church of Jeannette, a charter member of the former Jeannette Jaycees and held various offices in state and local Jaycees. He also was a past president of the former Delmont Kiwanis. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by a brother, Terrance R. Cignetti. Including his father, Mike is survived by a daughter, Keirsten Nicole Cignetti; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Marie Cignetti, both of Jeannette; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, beginning Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Archbishop Kyrill officiating. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.

FRANCES L. HOBAUGH DIAS

Frances L. Hobaugh Dias, 80, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at her residence. She was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Paintertown, a daughter of the late W.J. and Mary T. (Kuhns) Hobaugh. She was a receiving clerk at Joseph Horne Co., Greengate Mall. She was a member of Paintertown Evangelical Lutheran Church and Paintertown W.E.L.C.A. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Dias; and by a loving uncle, Scott W. Hobaugh. Survived by a son, Wesley M. Dias and wife, Angel, of Gibsonia; two daughters, Claudia Dias at home and Kathleen DeWitt and husband, Robert, of Chalk Hill, Pa.; a brother, James L. Hobaugh of Delmont; and two grandsons, Robert V. DeWitt and Gary R. DeWitt. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Paintertown Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dorothy J. Worth officiating. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery.

CATHERINE F. FRIEND

Catherine F. Friend, 76, of Breakneck Road, Connellsville, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. She was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Acme, the daughter of the late Charles and Maggie A. Slonecker of Westmoreland County. She was a former member of the Donegal Lutheran Church. She is survived by two sons, Larry J. Friend of South Connellsville and Daniel R. Friend of Scottdale; three daughters, Marianne Smiley and Dorothy K. McKinney, both of New Mexico, and Sandra Friend of McHenry, Md.; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Charles L. Slonecker Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Kenneth D. Slonecker of Connellsville, and Elmer W. Slonecker of Mt. Pleasant. She was predeceased by her husband, Homer J. Friend, in 1999. At the request of the family, there will be no visitation or viewing. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, with the Rev. Terry Upton officiating.

DEREK S. GOPPELT

Derek S. Goppelt, 30, of Murrysville, died suddenly Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his home. He was born April 27, 1969, in Lawton, Okla., the son of Richard E. and Donna R. Senor Goppelt of Canton, Ga. Also survived by a sister, Wendy B. Goppelt of Woodstock, Ga.; and his grandmother, Dorothy C. Senor of Murrysville. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. T. Ewen Holmes officiating. Interment private.

LORRAINE H. GUZENSKY

Lorraine H. Guzensky, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Jonathan and Rose Hribal Rodgers. She was a graduate of Hurst High School. She is survived by two sisters, Goldie Jaram of Mt. Pleasant and Linda Gonta of Greensburg. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Guzensky; three brothers, Sylvester, Robert and William Rodgers; and two sisters, Edna Shewmake and Evelyn Hause. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor John LaVale officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

ELIZABETH NESSER JOHN

Elizabeth ``Libby'' Nesser John, 82, of Uniontown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000. Surviving are children, Attorney Simon B. John and wife, Sharon, of Uniontown, Mark John and wife, Joyce, of Uniontown, Sadie John Kroeck and husband, John, of Pittsburgh, and Attorney Anne John McDyer and husband, Dan, of Pittsburgh; sisters, Elaine Nesser and Helen DuFour of Pittsburgh; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received in the STEPHEN E. KEZMARSKY III FUNERAL HOME at 71 Pennsylvania Ave., Uniontown, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Jan. 4, in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Uniontown, at 9:30 a.m. Interment follows in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown.

FRANK KACIN

Frank Kacin, 87, of Plum Borough, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000. Beloved husband of Pearl Ada (Roberts) Kacin. Dear father of Donald, Randy, and John. Brother of Anna Fontana and Alvin R. Kacin. Grandfather of Lori, Brian, Robert, and Donald. Friends will be received Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road in Plum. Blessing service in the funeral home Wednesday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations requested to: Mother's Hope Foundation, c/o Cathy Howe, 133 Black Oak Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

DOROTHY J. STEEL PEKAR

Dorothy J. ``Dottie'' Steel Pekar, 66, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Jabez and Sarah Daugherty Steel. She was a banquet waitress for the Holiday Inn, Parkway East, for 23 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Irwin, the church choir and the Happy Methodist. Also, she was a member of the Herminie Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by six sisters, Mary Paanan, Ruth Dence, Bette Reiter, Jane Lavelle, Harriet Hobaugh, and Leona Speck; and two brothers, Harry and Jabez Steel. Survived by her husband of 45 years, Charles Pekar; a daughter, Cindy Neil and her husband, John, of Shaler Township; a son, Charles M. Pekar and his wife, Nancy, of Irwin; two granddaughters, Michelle Lynn and Jennifer Lynn Pekar; two grandsons, John Curtis Neil II and Andrew Charles Neil; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank W. Sherman officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Those wishing may contribute to the First United Methodist Church, Third and Oak streets, Irwin, PA 15642.

JOHN H. RUTTER

John H. ``Johnny'' Rutter, 91, of Greensburg, formerly of Bellefonte, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. He was born June 11, 1908, in Orbisonia, Pa., a son of the late Harvey E. and Mary Myrtle Malone Rutter. He was a retired manager for Houts Freezer Foods, State College. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Johnny was also a member of the Bellefonte Lodge #268 F&AM and a life member of the Undine Fire Co., all of Bellefonte. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Adams and Hope Rutter; and a brother, Charles Rutter. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Louise ``Polly'' Snyder Rutter; a son, John C. ``Jack'' Rutter and wife, Mina, of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Brian Rutter and wife, Kathy, of Greensburg, Andrew Rutter and wife, Sandra, of Flushing, Mich., and John ``Jay'' Rutter and wife, Christina; and a great-grandson, John Leonard, all of Long Beach, Calif. Relatives and friends will be received at the KOCH FUNERAL HOME, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College, PA 16801, (814) 237-2712, Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon with Pastor James Fox officiating. Interment will be in Centre County Memorial Park, State College. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, East Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, or St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. Local arrangements are under the direction of CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, www.pantalone.com.

NANCY F. SADLER

Nancy F. Sadler, 66, of Youngwood, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 5, 1933, in Ligonier, a daughter of Ruth Sprung of Youngwood and the late James Snyder. She was a 1951 graduate of Ramsay High School, attended the Westmoreland County Community College, and worked in administration. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Barry Sadler of Youngwood; a brother, Richard Sprung of Houston, Texas; and a sister, Betty Bernas of Lynchburg, Va. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Snyder. Funeral services private, under the direction of the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Mt. Pleasant.

JOHN R. SARTAIN

John R. Sartain, 93, of Monroeville, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. He was born July 22, 1906, in Port Royal, Pa., a son of the late James C. and Ella M. Robison Sartain. Prior to his retirement, he was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Turtle Creek. He was a member of the Rose Crest Evangelical Lutheran Church in Monroeville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Richardson Sartain, in 1995; a daughter, Jean Lenore Pelkey; and a sister, Mary Mullins. Survived by a son, Robert P. and wife, Mary Lou Sartain, of Harrison City; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Seilhamer officiating. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the Rose Crest Evangelical Lutheran Church, 105 N. Park St., Monroeville, PA 15146.

RUDOLPH J. SCHEUERLE

Rudolph J. Scheuerle, 63, of Monessen, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. Born Sept. 16, 1936, in Manor, a son of the late Rudolph and Agnes Bohacik Scheuerle. He had been a resident of Monessen for the past two years, and previously resided in the Mon Valley. He was Protestant by faith. He was a retired music teacher in the Elizabeth Forward School District. He was a member of Local 39, A.F. of M. He was also a member of the Tall Cedar Band, the Manor Fire Department Band, the Bentleyville Fire Department Band, and multiple concert bands. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by a dear friend, Mary Donaldson, with whom he made his home; two sons, Derrick Scheuerle of Memphis, Tenn., and Deven Scheuerle of Belle Vernon; a daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Patrick McHale of Bolingbrook, Ill.; a grandson, Michael Uhar; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jan and Marleen Scheuerle of Sewickley and Don and Kathy Scheuerle of Fairfax, Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Salvie. Visitation Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the LEONARD J. PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon. Services Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. D. Edward Bailey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Charleroi, officiating. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.

DORIS C. SILVIS

Doris C. Silvis, 74, of Streamwood, Ill., died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in Pineview Nursing Home, St. Charles, Ill. She was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Sinnemahoning, Pa., the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Weed. She was a resident of Streamwood, Ill., and had worked at Hoffer Plastics for many years, prior to retirement. She is survived by her daughter, Jacquelyn Kirkpatrick of Streamwood; and three grandchildren, Mary Beth (Jorge) Ruiz, Samuel and Sarah Kirkpatrick. Friends will be received Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

DOROTHY L. SIMPSON

Dorothy L. Simpson, 78, of Hannastown, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Richburg, N.Y., a daughter of the late Abram and Frances Ward Burch. She was a member of the Keystone Sportsmen's Club Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John B. Donoughe, on March 12, 1965, and her second husband, Andrew S. Simpson, on Sept. 22, 1970; and two sisters, Margaret Osgood and Ethel Burch. She is survived by her daughter, Frances and her husband, Arthur Varndell, of Hannastown; two stepsons, Donald ``Lindy'' and his wife, Catherine Donoughe, of Hannastown and Harry L. Donoughe of Greensburg; a sister, Geraldine Randolph of Conesus, N.Y.; a very good friend, Frank Phillips of Hannastown; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be private. Private interment Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

ALVENIA T. WELTY

Alvenia T. Welty, 96, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, in the Scottdale Manor and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 14, 1903, in Acme, a daughter of the late Daniel and Florence Kalp May. She was a member of the Acme Methodist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Macioce of Mt. Pleasant and friend, John Dombrowski; two brothers, Carl May and wife, Helen, of Norvelt and Lloyd May and wife, Mary, of Laurelville; and a sister, Lottie Miskovich of Mt. Pleasant. She was predeceased by her husband, John Franklin Welty, in 1979; a daughter, Mary Margaret Echard; two sisters; and five brothers. Funeral services were private; interment followed in the Freeman-Barley Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Mt. Pleasant.

FRANK YANOSKY

Frank Yanosky, 87, of Buena Vista, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born July 25, 1912, in Etna RD2, the son of the late Frank and Bertha Schmonduk Yanosky. He was a retired coal miner from Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie Lancusky Yanosky; a daughter, Clara Altman; three brothers, Mike, Joseph and Charles Yanosky; and a sister, Josephine Sorby. He is survived by two daughters and two sons, Patricia Dahlstrom of McKees Rocks, Faith Taylor and husband, Grover, of Buena Vista, Steve Yanosky of Baldwin and Frank Yanosky and wife, Theresa, of West Newton; a brother, John Yanosky of Cresson; and four sisters, Mary Peters of Allison Park, Pauline Dhans of Florida, Bertha Karendale of Ohio and Agnes Brown of Sturgeon; 12 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Interment Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.

CHARLES F. ZAMBANO

Charles F. ``Charlie'' Zambano, 90, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Huntingdon Ridge, North Huntingdon. He was born Jan. 31, 1909, in Hannastown, a son of the late Edgidio and Roselba Marcuzzi Zambano. Prior to his illness, he was owner and operator of Zambano and Sons General Contractors, Greensburg. His firm was the general contractor for the Maplewood United Presbyterian Church, of which he was a longstanding member and elder. He was also a member of the Greensburg YMCA and the Greensburg Lions Club, a former volunteer for the Greensburg United Way, and was a 50-year member of the Commercial Travelers. He was also a former member of the Pennsylvania National Guard Co. I. He was a graduate of Greensburg High School. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Anson Zambano and Quentin ``Bingo'' Zambano. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Stella Brunelli Zambano; two daughters, Mrs. Cordellia ``Dilly'' Miller and her husband, Donald, of Irwin and Mrs. Carla Jaenicke and her husband, Dr. Kurt, of Kentucky; four grandchildren, Ian Charles Miller of Washington, D.C., Reed Alexander Miller of Boston, Mass., and Julie M. Jaenicke and Leah C. Jaenicke, both of Kentucky; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Seeno and her husband, Arthur, and Mrs. Martha Acita and her husband, Daniel, all of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Carolyn C. Zambano of Greensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. The family will receive friends at the Maplewood United Presbyterian Church Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to noon, at which time a memorial service will be held with the Rev. Stephen M. LaSor officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Maplewood United Presbyterian Church, 108 Woodland Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, or to the Alzheimer's Association, Laurel Mountain Chapter, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., funeral director, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg.

ALICE M. ZIMMERMAN

Alice M. Zimmerman, 88, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Frank E. and Jessie Sutherland Wilson Mates. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John W. Zimmerman; two brothers: Huey E. and John A. Mates; and four sisters: Pearl Edenbo, Clara May Waugaman, Isabell Thomas and Jessie S. Osterwise. She is survived by two sons: Paul J. Zimmerman of Talbott, Tenn., and John W. Zimmerman of Severna Park, Md.; a daughter: Loretta J. Zimmerman of Greensburg; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters: Mrs. Marie Pacey and Mrs. Helen R. Johnston, both of Greensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A committal service and entombment will be in the Colonial Chapel Mausoleum, St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. E. Allen Scanlon, officiating. Should friends desire, memorials may be placed with the First Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.

CARL D. ACKERMAN
Carl D. Ackerman, 81, of Gibsonia, Richland Township, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Born Nov. 17, 1918, in Edwardsville, Ill., he was a son of the late Anton and Luise Harmening Ackerman. Mr. Ackerman is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Doris Fiedler Ackerman. Also survived by a son, David Ackerman of Gibsonia and his wife, Judy (Thomas); a sister, Eva Theuer of Grand Junction, Colo.; a brother, William Ackerman of West Chester, Pa.; and two grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ackerman was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Ackerman. Friends received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, Pa. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. John Campbell of the Cross Roads Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be held in the Bakerstown Cemetery. Mr. Ackerman was a retired chemical engineer P.E. of Gulf Oil Corp., a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1942 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, past vice president of the Gulf Research Retirees Association, member of the Instrument Society of America, an Elder at the Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Boy Scout and leader of the Boy Scouts for 25 years, and a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.

MARY BISIGNANI

Mary Bisignani, 92, formerly of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in the Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon Township. She was born Dec. 6, 1907, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Dominic and Antoinette Teti DeMarino. She was a member of the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg, and the Beatrice Cenci Council #11. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Bisignani, in 1988; two brothers, Daniel and Thomas DeMarino; and a sister, Rose DeMarino. She is survived by two sons, Adrian C. and his wife, Sondra Bisignani, of Pleasant Hills and Eugene R. and his wife, Mary Kay Bisignani, of Irwin; six grandchildren, Michele Bisignani, Lisa and her husband, Steven Scott, and Michael Bisignani, all of Pittsburgh, Gina and her husband, Joseph Wells, of McMurray, and twins, Dr. Geoffrey and his wife, Kelly Bisignani, and Dr. Gregory and his wife, Audrey Bisignani, all of Greensburg; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Cambruzzi of Irwin and Anne and her husband, James Moschetti, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Hempfield Township.

HELENANN LAWLER CONTO

Helenann Lawler Conto, on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000. Beloved wife of Edward J. Conto. Mother of Linda C. Whitby, John L. Conto, and Patrick E. Conto. Sister of the late John J. Lawler. Also survived by five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Friends will be received at the JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street (Oakland), Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Christ the Light of the World Parish, Holy Name Church, 32 S. First St., Duquesne.

HARRY G. FALATOVICH

Harry G. Falatovich, 84, of Hempfield Township, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in the VA Medical Center, Butler. He was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Jeannette, a son of the late Wasyl and Pelagija ``Alice'' Larantovich Falatovich. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. Prior to retirement, he worked at Jeannette Glass. He was a member of the Church of the Advent, Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Mae Thomas Falatovich; and three brothers, Stephen, Andy and Donald Falatovich. He is survived by two sons, Robert Falatovich of Lancaster and Harry Falatovich Jr. at home; a daughter, Laurie Hindman at home; a granddaughter, Melody Hindman; three sisters, Edith Falatovich of Jeannette, Helen Mars of Brentwood, Calif., and Ann Ellig of Chicago, Ill.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Martin R. Koss and Pastor Paul Peternel co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

EMMA L. FONTANA

Emma L. Fontana, 84, of Smithton, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born March 7, 1915, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late James and Louise Lupori Presello. She was a member of St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, Smithton, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers; the Perryopolis Sons of Italy; American Legion Auxiliary Post 790, Smithton; and a member of the former Smithton South Huntingdon Township Ambulance Service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruno Fontana; a son, Santo Fontana; a brother, Emillo Presello; and a sister, Jane Marcolini. She is survived by a son, James Fontana of Smithton; a daughter-in-law, Dona Fontana of Belle Vernon; four grandchildren, Nicole Fabean, John Schmeltz, Valjean Burnsworth and Dee Schmeltz; and five great-grandchildren, John J. Schmeltz, Brandyn Schmeltz, Samantha and Dona Philburn and Colton Lee Schmeltz. 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 L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Timothy's R.C. Church with Father Paul Stivason as celebrant. Interment St. Timothy's Cemetery, Smithton.

NEIL E. GORDON

Neil E. Gordon, 79, of Piscataway, N.J., formerly of Lockport, N.Y., and New Stanton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000. He was born April 20, 1920, in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Neil and Hazel Gordon. He was a graduate of Central College, Fayette, Mo., with a B.A. in chemistry, and earned his M.S. at Brooklyn Polytechnic. After working at International Nickel Co. Ltd., he was employed by Westinghouse for 25 years, and in 1955 was supervisor of Technical Services Laboratories, Westinghouse Atomic Power Department in Forest Hills, N.Y. In 1956, he was chairman of the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy; 1957-58, president of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh; and in 1961, president of the National Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He was also an active member of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, the American Society for Metals, and the American Chemical Society, and served on the Atomic Energy Commission. After his departure from Westinghouse, he continued to be active in these organizations while employed by Guterl/Simonds Steel, as well as after his retirement. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Esther M. Gordon, on Oct. 2, 1998. Neil is survived by a sister, Dr. Fortuna L. Gordon of Louisville, Ky.; and two daughters, Barbara (William Moyle) Green, with whom he resided in Piscataway, and Michele (Michael) McGuire of Greensburg. There will be no viewing or services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Sullivan, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements by the CONROY FUNERAL HOME, 21 E. Second St., Bound Brook, NJ 08805.

WILLIAM G. HENRY

William G. Henry, 78, of Friedens, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000. He was born Aug. 4, 1921, in McKeesport, a son of the late Charles B. and Kathryn (Wood) Henry. He was a craneman for Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh. He was a former member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon, and a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Cora B. (Patterson) Henry; two sons, David C. and wife, Becky Henry, of Friedens and Glenn W. Henry of Erie; a brother, Russell Henry of Gainesville, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Vaughan, Meagan Henry, and Adam Henry. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Interment will be private in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Somerset Christian School, Somerset, PA 15501.

MELVA M. IRWIN

Melva M. Irwin, 76, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in the Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. She was born April 18, 1923, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Joseph and Hazel Painter Yates. Prior to retirement in 1984, she was employed as the cafeteria manager for the Norwin School District with 32 years of service. She was a member of the Circleville United Methodist Church, AARP 3221 and PASR. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Joseph Yates; and two sisters, Pauline Yench and Peggy Yerk. She is survived by her husband, George Irwin; two daughters, Rhonda Gumbert of North Huntingdon and Jeryl Jacobs of Irwin; four brothers, Calvin Yates of Irwin, Kenneth Yates of Jeannette, Richard Yates of Irwin, and Robert Yates of Belleview, Fla.; six sisters, Geraldine Loughner of North Huntingdon, Hazel Davis of Belleview, Fla., Gracie Rodrigues and Connie Guillery, both of Orange, Texas, and Oletha Salopek and Jo Ann Gagorik, both of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Donna Calderone, and Ryan and Roni Gumbert; and a great-grandchild, Matthew Gumbert. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Franklin Bishop officiating, followed by interment in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Circleville United Methodist Church.

JODY LEE KEELING

Jody Lee Keeling, 42, of Collierville, Tenn., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Collierville. Services were held Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Hope Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Entombment was at Forest Hills Mausoleum, East Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of the Area Association of Realtors. Jody was preceded in death by her father, Edward Baker; and a brother, Kim Baker, both formerly of Jeannette. Her survivors are her husband, James Keeling; three sons, Jason, Joshua, and Jacob, all of Collierville. Her mother, Patricia Wilkinson of Jeannette; and a sister, Cheryl Mathes of Greer, S.C., also survive. Funeral arrangements were by FOREST HILL FUNERAL HOMES in Memphis, Tenn.

LaRUE A. KENNELL

LaRue A. Kennell, 81, of Madison, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 11, 1918, in South Huntingdon Township, a daughter of the late Homer and Jennie Leasure Geckle. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Westmoreland Regional Hospital in the laundry department and also in the Centralized Linen Service as a seamstress. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Kennell; a son, Clifford ``Buck'' Kennell; and a sister, Keziah Spoonhoward. Surviving are a son, Richard Kennell of Madison, with whom she resided; a daughter-in-law, Julia Kennell of Yukon; two granddaughters, Kris Lewis and her husband, Terry, of Madison and Marci Palmer and her husband, Nick, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; and a niece, Dorothy Spoonhoward Black of Mt. Pleasant. Friends will be received at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Moffat officiating. Interment will follow in the Madison Union Cemetery.

MARJORIE R. LONG

Marjorie R. Long, 84, of Ruffsdale RD2, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at the home of her daughter, Joyce Long in Colver, Pa. Born April 21, 1915, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Richard G. and Jennie J. Graham Lewis. She was a member of the St. Paul's Seanor Lutheran Church and the church choir. She was also associated with the Salvation Army and attended its Bible College in New York City from 1940 to 1941. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ormond F. Long; and three sisters, Elizabeth Riser, Tressa Mock, and Bronwen Lewis. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Long of Charleston, W.Va., and Daniel Long of New York City, N.Y.; a daughter, Joyce Long of Colver, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four stepsons, Gerald Long of Ruffsdale RD2, David Long of New Stanton, Thomas Long of Oxford, Mass., and Ormond C. Long of Mt. Pleasant; and three brothers, David Lewis of Winona, Mo., Richard Lewis of Whittier, Calif., and William Lewis of Chicago, Ill. Friends will be received at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Paul's Seanor Lutheran Church, Hempfield Township, with her pastor, the Rev. L. Samuel Scheiderer, officiating. Interment will follow in the Madison Union Cemetery.

KENNETH R. ORBIN

Kenneth R. Orbin, 82, of Youngwood, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in IHS of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. He was born Oct. 2, 1917, in Youngwood, a son of the late George W. and Mary N. Youger Orbin. He was retired from Robertshaw. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, the United Methodist Men, Senior Citizens, and Administrative Board and Lay Speaker, all of the church, a member and past president of Youngwood Lions Club, and Lions District Governor of 14E from 1973-74. He received the Lion of the Year Award 1982-83, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and the International Presidential Award. Also, he was a member of the State Council of the Lions Club, past president of the Medical Eye Bank of Western Pa., past borough secretary of Youngwood, past councilman of Youngwood, original board member of Youngwood Park & Pool, a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Robertshaw Retirees, and a board member of the Rehabilitation Center and Workshop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Weibel Orbin; sisters, Mary Elder and Pauline Orbin; and brothers, George, Alfred, Ralph, and Robert Orbin. Survived by his wife, Laverne Lind Orbin; a son, Dennis R. Orbin and wife, Shirley S., of South Greensburg; two brothers, Charles Orbin and wife, Mary, of Youngwood and Paul Orbin of Hunker; two stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 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 C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. Service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, with the Rev. Dr. Merritt Edner officiating. Interment Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Lions Club will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial contributions to the Christ United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

JOHN M. POWELL

John M. ``Mike'' Powell, 64, of Baldwin, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2000. Loving husband of Patricia. Beloved father of Steven (Laura), William (Pamela), Gregory, and the late Susan Lynn. Brother of James, Richard, Patrick, and the late Peggy Larson. Beloved grandfather of Andrew, Michael, Elise, Amie, Rebecca, Kaitlyn, and Julie. Friends received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Thursday morning at 10:45. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Church at 11:30 a.m.

P. ARTHUR ROSENDAHL

P. Arthur Rosendahl, 88, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Irwin, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in Ocala. He was born Sept. 15, 1911, in Irwin, a son of the late Julius V. and Bertha C. Eckberg Rosendahl. Prior to retirement, he, along with his late wife, Helen Rosendahl, owned and operated the Rosendahl Jewelry Store, Irwin, which was founded by his father. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Ocala, and a charter member of the Norwin Rotary Club. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Julius C. Rosendahl; and a sister, Elenor Babian. He is survived by his wife, Ida Adams Rosendahl; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Adams of Chicago, Ill.; a stepson, Joseph Adams III of Royal Oak, Mich.; two sisters, Alberta Walker of Brooksville, Fla., and Virginia Huffman of Homosassa, Fla.; also nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon, with the Rev. Norman E. Nething officiating. The WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, is in charge of arrangements.

CARL D. STAHL

Carl D. Stahl, son of Charles R. Stahl and Dorothy E. Stahl, both of Latrobe, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, as a result of complications of diabetes. He was born March 21, 1958, in Latrobe. He was a member of Latrobe United Presbyterian Church, currently a student at Westmoreland County Community College, and a graduate of Latrobe High School, Class of 1976. He was a former member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department, a member of F.O.E. #01188, Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department, AMVETS Post 94 of United and a social member of American Legion Post 515. Carl was interested in theater and before his illness he was affiliated with the Ligonier Valley Players, Apple Hill Playhouse, and Palace Theatre in various capacities. He was also a member of the Ligonier Valley Writers. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John D. and Cora E. Earnest; and paternal grandparents, Carl H. and Constance Stahl. In addition to his parents, he is survived by an uncle, Robert Stahl of Ellwood City; aunts, Betty Carpenter of Washington, Pa., and Louise Coughenour of Lakeland, Fla. He is also survived by several cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Carl to the Dialysis Unit, Latrobe Area Hospital, the American Diabetes Association, or a charity of one's choice. There will be no funeral home visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. in the United Presbyterian Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. Donald Graff officiating. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, is in charge of arrangements.

MATILDA GROSS TEETERS

Matilda Gross Teeters, 71, of Jeannette, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late John and Mary Hayes Morgan. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Timothy Gross; and two brothers, John ``Jack'' Morgan and Clyde ``Bud'' Morgan. She is survived by four sons, Harry L. Gross Jr. and his wife, Kathy, and Gary A. Gross and his wife, Bonnie, all of Latrobe, John C. Gross and his wife, Christina, and Paul Teeters Jr. and his wife, Rachel, all of Jeannette; a daughter, Kimberly Clougherty and her husband, John, of Greensburg; three sisters, Mary Agnes Struzzi and her husband, Bruno, Evelyn ``Brownie'' Lang and Donna Yates, all of Jeannette; a brother, Patrick Morgan of Jeannette; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, beginning Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Roy Dail officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family, in care of the funeral home.


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