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|JULIA ANN (ROBAK) DIEHL
Julia Ann (Robak) Diehl, 96, of Penn Township, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000. She was born June 16, 1903, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Good) Robak. She was a member of the Jeannette Assembly of God Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Raymond E. Diehl; a brother and sisters, Charles Robak, Elizabeth Orris, Virginia Koerbel, and Helen Sims; and a granddaughter, Jayne Diehl. Survived by four sons, Glenn R. and wife, Mildred Diehl, of Harrison City, John E. and wife, Judith Diehl, of Harrison City, David B. and wife, Diane Diehl, of Greensburg, and Frederick P. and wife, Andrea Diehl, of Jeannette; a daughter, Vera (Diehl) Beuten of North Huntingdon (and her late husband, Robert); eight grandchildren, James Beuten of North Huntingdon, Kathy Dwojak, Carolyn Diehl, and Benjamin Diehl, all of Harrison City, Sandra Day of South Carolina, Shelly Spalone of Jeannette, David Diehl of Greensburg, and Angie Ritenour of Mt. Pleasant; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Clara Quinn of Florida. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jonathan P. Hardt officiating. Interment Jeannette Memorial Park.
JOHN E. DRELISZAK
John E. Dreliszak, 72, of Scottdale RD1, Dreliszak Road, East Huntingdon Township, died late Saturday evening, Jan. 15, 2000, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Morewood, a son of the late Albert and Anna Siemanowska Dreliszak. He was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. John was a retired lock assembler for the former Brown-Boveri, now A.B.B. of South Greensburg, with 33 years of service. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. John leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Patricia Forkey Dreliszak, with whom he celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7, 1999; his son and daughter, Mark A. Dreliszak and his wife, Mary M. (Ruggieri), of Connellsville and Teresa L. Dreliszak of Scottdale RD1; his three grandchildren, Ryan Mark, Alyssa Ann and Christopher John Dreliszak; his brother and sisters, Mrs. Michael (Catherine) Kaczmarek of Mt. Pleasant, Stanley Dreliszak of Scottdale RD1, Genevieve Dreliszak of Scottdale RD1, Josephine Patula and her husband, Carl, of Mt. Pleasant, Leona Dreliszak of Scottdale RD1 and Jane Hendricks and her husband, Paul of Scottdale RD1; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Casimer S. Dreliszak, on Jan. 2, 1987, Alvin J. Dreliszak on Jan. 19, 1993 and Leo J. Dreliszak on Oct. 29, 1994; and a sister, Bernice Lukasik on Aug. 3, 1995. Visitation will be private. Friends are invited to join the family Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X R.C. Church, Mt. Pleasant, to celebrate John's Funeral Mass with the Rev. Michael W. Matusak, his pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale.
Edna Giron, 82, of Rochester, Pa., formerly of Jeannette, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000. Born Feb. 9, 1917, in Pitcairn, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Rouse Bickerstaff. She was a housewife, and Presbyterian by faith. She was a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, Jeannette. She was past president of the Philea Loug Bible Class. She was a member of the Penn Township Ladies Firemen's Auxiliary and a member of the Senior Citizens of Beaver County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Giron, in 1989; three brothers; and five sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jo Ann McKnight of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Barbara Eileen Miller of Rochester; five grandchildren, Mrs. Juan (Michelle) Gallinal of Brighton Township, Mr. Gary McKnight of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Stephen Miller of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Eric (Karen) Martin of Rochester, and Mrs. Brette (Susan) Hagins of Dallas, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Bolin, Anah, Nia, and Aubree; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Hazel) Johnston of Greenock. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Ronald Kronk, of the First United Presbyterian Church, New Sewickley Township, will officiate. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
Mae Kalp, 80, of Jones Mills, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Oct. 8, 1919, at Acme, a daughter of the late Philip and Ruth Brown Shafer. She was a graduate of Hurst High School in 1937 and had been employed at the Donegal Elementary School as cafeteria manager. She had also worked as a secretary for the Old Republic Insurance Co., Greensburg. She was a member of the Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton; formerly belonged to the Mt. Nebo Church of God, where she was church pianist and taught the adult bible class; and she was associated with the Kregar Community Church in her earlier years. Also, she was a member of Mt. Pleasant Court #46 Order of the Amaranth, of which she was past Royal Matron, and was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star #435 of Greensburg. She is survived by her husband, Earl H. Kalp, whom she married July 12, 1938; a son, Tim Miller and wife, Winona, of Stahlstown RD1; two grandchildren; a sister, Garnet Carney and husband, William, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Domer Shafer and wife, Ioan, of Orlando, Fla., and Charles Shafer and wife, Gloria, of Mt. Pleasant; also numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Alice Hays and Lorene Shafer; and a brother, Glenn Shafer. Friends will be received at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, Route 711 at Melcroft, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m., where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Wendell Grimm and the Rev. Robert Stahl co-officiating. Committal and interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Champion. The Order of Eastern Star #435 of Greensburg will conduct a memorial ritual today at 7:30 p.m. and the Order of Amaranth will conduct a memorial ritual at 7 p.m. Tuesday, both at the funeral home.
ZETHEL L. KAYLOR
A memorial service for Zethel L. Kaylor, 89, of Greensburg, who died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, with the Rev. E. Allen Scanlon and the Rev. Craig T. Hess co-officiating. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the memorial service. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Zethel Kaylor Scholarship Fund for Future Educators, c/o The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, 111 Station Place, Greensburg, PA 15601. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.
Mary ``Jennifer'' McCloy, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday morning, Jan. 16, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born in Avonmore, a daughter of the late John Irvin and Mary Kathryn Repine Johnston. She was Presbyterian by faith. Jennifer was an avid bingo player. She was a graduate of Bell Township High School. She previously had been employed by Westmoreland Manor, J.C. Penney Co. and Frick Hospital. Currently, Jennifer was an associate of the Saloom Funeral Home. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack R. McCloy Sr., in 1962; a son, James Charles McCloy in 1997; and a sister, Theda Loraine McLaughlan. She is survived by four sons, Jack R. McCloy Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Stevensville, Md., Dell McCloy of Youngwood, Niles Frederick McCloy and wife, Carol, of Mt. Pleasant, and Gregg Johnston McCloy and wife, Olga, of Ligonier; a daughter, Kathryn Ethel Fultz and husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Lee McCloy of Mt. Pleasant; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Johnston and wife, Sally, of Marysville, Calif. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Timothy V. Sweigart officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
ANTOINETTE T. MULLIN
Antoinette T. Mullin, 83, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph and Suzanne Clemens Thomas. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and its Rosary Confraternity. She was also active with the Westmoreland Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Unit 10, and the Chesamac Garden Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Mullin; and nine brothers and sisters. Surviving are five children, Michael Mullin and wife, Barbara, of Jeannette, Sally Denis and husband, Greg, of Ohio, Peter Mullin and wife, Tess, of Colorado, Mary Cox and husband, Bill, of Illinois and Joseph Mullin and wife, Michele, of Latrobe; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister and brother, Henrietta Thomas and Hans Thomas, both of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received at the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com, 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. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 241 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1744. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director.
CHARLOTTE OBER PERFIELD
Charlotte Ober Perfield, 87, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, in Monsour Hospital, Jeannette. She was born April 17, 1912, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Dr. I.J. and Elda Harman Ober. She was a graduate from Greensburg High School and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1934 with a B.A. in music. After locating in New York City, in the late 30's and 40's she was a piano accompanist for a number of well-known singers and dancers, and was a pianist with the Fred Waring Glee Club and the RobertShaw Chorale. At the age of 50, she graduated from New York University with a master's degree in music. She continued her music career by teaching choral music in the New Rochelle School System for more than 20 years, following which she retired to Greensburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Perfield, on Aug. 22, 1979; and a brother, Henry E. Ober, M.D., on Nov. 10, 1993. Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Margaret Perfield Villane of Huntington Station, N.Y.; a grandson, Peter Henderson and his wife, Lori, with whom she resided prior to her illness; two granddaughters, Rebecca Ann and Amy J.; and a great-granddaughter, Kiersten Henderson. Private funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. & CREMATORY, Route 982 South, Latrobe, was in charge of arrangements. Interment St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. Gordon O. Snyder, funeral director.
Anthony ``Murphy'' Ross, 69, of James Creek, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at his home. Born Oct. 15, 1930, in Pitcairn, he was a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Berardi) Ross. On Oct. 24, 1986, he was united in marriage with Nancy J. Holby in Pitcairn. Surviving are three sisters, Emily Wagner of Murrysville, Gloria Rock of Largo, Fla., and Jeanne Rosemark of Lorain, Ohio. One brother survives, R.J. ``Leonard'' Ross of Greensburg. A sister, Theresa Porrey, and a niece, Gloria Ross, preceded him in death. During his life, he enjoyed building things, gardening, hunting and fishing. Mr. Ross was a member of the Saxton VFW Post 4129, Watson and Black American Legion Post 126 and the Association of Minemen. Mr. Ross was in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 working in mine warfare during the Korean conflict. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. A Funeral Mass for Anthony ``Murphy'' Ross will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, Pitcairn, with Father James Somma as celebrant. Interment will be in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements are under the direction of the CURTIS A. HEATH FUNERAL HOME, Broad Top, Pa., and the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn.
ROGER B. STUMP
A memorial service for Roger B. Stump, 84, of Greensburg, who died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Christ Episcopal Church, North Main Street, Greensburg, with the Rev. Lawrence Knotts officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service. Should friends desire, memorials may be placed with the Greensburg YMCA, 101 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg. BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.
TECH. SGT. CHARLES A. AKINS
CATHERINE W. BAKER
Catherine W. ``Ditty'' Baker, 82, of Greensburg, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000. She was born in Irwin, Nov. 29, 1917, a daughter of the late Harry and Jean (Barnes) White. She was the wife of the late Charles F. Baker and had lived in Greensburg for 60 years. She was also preceded in death, besides her parents and husband, by her sister, Emma Jean Battiston; and brother, Bud White. Mrs. Baker was an active homemaker who enjoyed cooking, gardening, talking, needlecrafts and Bridge. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg. Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Cathy and Bob Hibschman, and Mary Baker and John Podobnik; a sister, Julia Warden; a nephew and his wife, Chris and Christina Warden; and a host of generous and loving friends. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. when services will be held in the funeral home with the Rev. James Nash and the Rev. Donald Lash co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
HELEN J. HEBDA BALUCH
Helen J. Hebda Baluch, 83, of Brown Street, Everson, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Everson, a daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Pogwizd Hebda. Helen was a lifetime and faithful member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, and also periodically attended St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. Helen leaves to cherish her memories, two brothers, Joseph F. Hebda of Triangle, Va., and Ladislaus ``Duke'' Hebda and his wife, Bernice (McGivern), of Scottdale; her devoted and caring sisters and brother-in-law, Cecilia R. Flanagan of Scottdale and Dorothy J. Taxacher and her husband, Robert, with whom she resided during her illness; a sister-in-law, Mary Hampshire Hebda of Everson; her loving nieces and nephews, Robert M. Taxacher and his wife, Jennifer, of Scottdale, Kathleen Delara of Everson, Thomas Taxacher and his wife, Alisia, of Mt. Pleasant, Mary Lou Altman and her husband, Thomas, of Irwin, JoAnn Hebda of Mt. Pleasant, Janet Powell and her husband, Robert, of Everson, and Larry Hebda of Mt. Pleasant; and 15 great-nieces and -nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Baluch, who died Dec. 1, 1972; two brothers, Leo E. ``Echo'' Hebda, who died Dec. 28, 1996, and Louis F. Hebda, who died Oct. 31, 1998; and two sisters, Mary Czerniak and Julia Hebda, in infancy. Helen's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph R.C. Church with the Rev. Frank Lesniowski as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph R.C. Parish Cemetery, Everson. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Joseph R.C. Church, Everson, in memory of Helen J. Baluch. A parish wake service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
JOHN J. BERNADOWSKI SR.
John J. Bernadowski Sr., 89, a former Elizabeth and Scenery Heights Personal Care Home resident, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, in Jefferson Center Hospital. Born Aug. 15, 1910, in McKeesport, a son of the late Stanley and Theresa (Zawislak) Bernadowski. He was a retired custodian with the Elizabeth Forward School District. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European theater of operations and was a member of the VFW Post #7632 of Blaine Hill. Husband of the late Sophia Protz Bernadowski. Survivors include two sons, John J. Bernadowski Jr. of North Huntingdon and Ronald Lee Bernadowski of Manassas, Va.; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Joseph Bernadowski of Sutersville; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Blessing will be offered at the funeral home Wednesday at noon with the Rev. Donald Jones officiating. Interment to follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.
VERONICA M. (CINDRIC) BONELLI
Veronica M. (Cindric) Bonelli, 72, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 10, 1927, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Marco and Magdaline Gallis Cindric. She was Catholic by faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Cindric. She is survived by her husband, Mark V. Bonelli; a daughter, Linda L. Bonelli of Greensburg; a brother, Michael and his wife, Ann Cindric, of Latrobe; two sisters, Mary Cindric of Bovard and Ann Curran of Greensburg; a niece, Kathleen and her husband, Stephen Geary, of Greensburg; three nephews, Marco, John, and David Curran, all of Greensburg; and two great-nieces and a -nephew, Lauren, Matthew, and Alana Geary. 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 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bede Catholic Church, Bovard, with the Rev. Brinstan G. Takach, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
PHYLLIS A. EISAMAN
Phyllis A. Eisaman, 61, of Arona, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at the Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Aug. 6, 1938, in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Albert P. and Mary D. Hayes Leeds. She was a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Arona, and a member and president of the Arona Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George and David Leeds; and two sisters, Mary Matthews and Jean Kelly. Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Carl M. Eisaman; a son, Kevin A. Eisaman and his wife, Donna, of Apollo; two daughters, Carol A. Anthony and her husband, Richard, of Arona and Jill M. Lender and her husband, Jeff, of Arona; six grandchildren, Casey Anthony, Kelsey Lender, Matthew Eisaman, Danielle Anthony, Jason Lender and Michael Eisaman; a brother, Frank Leeds of the state of Indiana; three sisters, Anna Mauro of Monroeville, Wanda Ivanco of Penn Hills and Rose Marie Lawrence of North Versailles. Friends will be received at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Arona, with her pastor, the Rev. L. Samuel Scheiderer, officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
ANNA M. KALATA
Anna M. Kalata, of Delmont (formerly of Greensburg) died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at her home. She was born in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Luigi A. and Domenica Rusciano Dangelo. Prior to retirement, she was employed at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was a member of St. John Baptist de La Salle Church, Delmont. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Kalata, in 1968, and was the last surviving member of her birth family. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Rodman and her husband, Geoffrey, with whom she resided; three granddaughters, Shauney Kelsey and her husband, Craig and Dawn Yeskey and her husband, Tim, all of Jeannette, and Joelene Hess and her husband, Guy, of Greensburg; and two great-grandsons, Russel Yeskey and Austin Hess. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont (724) 468-8381.
JOSEPH BERNARD KOROSEC
Joseph Bernard Korosec, 51, of Laurel, Md., formerly of Yukon, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., of complications from surgery. Mr. Korosec attended St. Vincent College Preparatory and St. Vincent College, Latrobe. He started his Army career in 1968 as a special agent in military intelligence. He later accepted an appointment as a warrant officer to become a criminal investigator. Upon his retirement from the Army as a chief warrant officer, he worked for the U.S. Department of State and later for the Department of Defense as an investigator until his death. He leaves behind his wife, Anna C. Korosec; two daughters, Anna Mae Korosec and Christine R. Korosec; and a grandson, Wauel Joseph Alston, all of Laurel, Md. He also leaves behind two sisters, Vivian Hirn and Fontaine Gansor, both of Yukon. Graveside services and burial will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Salvation Army.
AGNES G. (KASPRISIN) KROHE
Agnes G. (Kasprisin) Krohe, 87, of North Braddock, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000. Beloved wife of the late Harry E. Krohe. Mother of Betty Perkins of Florida, Annette Orsulak of North Versailles, Mary ``Pedgie'' Zolkowski of Gibsonia, Donna Rossey of Monroeville, Tom Krohe of North Braddock, Celine Kandala of Murrysville, Alan Krohe of Cranberry, Gerard ``Gary'' Krohe of North Braddock and the late Harry and the late Willis. Sister of Alice Yakin of Braddock Hills. Also 30 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. 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 PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, (412) 824-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. William Church of Holy Cross Parish. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice Preferred Choice, 2400 Ardmore Blvd., Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.
EUGENE W. KURTH
Eugene W. Kurth, 68, of Ruffsdale RD2, died at his home, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000. Born March 8, 1931, in Wyano, Pa., a son of the late Walter and Beatrice Corella Kurth. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Mt. Pleasant. He was a graduate of the former East Huntingdon High School, Class of 1949, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean conflict. He had worked at the Walworth Co. in Greensburg for 30 years and as a security guard for 15 years at Hackney and St. Maritz Securities. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patty Kurth. Survived by his wife of 49 years, Dollie Hixson Kurth of Ruffsdale RD2; and beloved son, Kevin Kurth and wife, Brenda, also of Ruffsdale RD2; two grandchildren, Amanda and Adam Kurth, both of Ruffsdale RD2; four sisters, Mrs. Floyd (Rose) Hixson of Smiths Creek, Mich., Mrs. Norma Keyes of Clinton Township, Mich., Mrs. Robert (Beverly) Burkhart of Clement, Mich. and Mrs. Barbara Fischer of Columbus, Mich. Friends will be received at the LUTHER J. GRIMM FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Pleasant, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Sherry Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.
Florence Minjock, 76, of Forward Township, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Haven Crest Nursing Home, Monongahela. She was born March 15, 1923, in Charleroi, a daughter of the late John and Olga Yeager Olli. Mrs. Minjock lived most of her life in Forward Township and was a member of Transfiguration Church of Monongahela and the Forward Township Senior Citizens. She was formerly employed at Corning Glass of Charleroi. Preceded in death, besides her parents, by her husband, Michael Minjock, who died Jan. 7, 2000. Surviving are two sons, John Minjock and wife, Cindy, of Monongahela and Gary Minjock and wife, Debra, of Seven Hills, Ohio; six grandchildren, John Michael, Jaylynn, Ray, Robbie, Michael, and Rachel Minjock; and five great-grandchildren, Erica, Michael, Mark, Jamie, and Jennifer Minjock. 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.M. FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 20, at 9:30 a.m. in the Transfiguration Church, Monongahela, with the Rev. William Feeney as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mon Valley Memorial Park.
ANNA M. NYSTROM
Anna M. Nystrom, 93, of Irwin, formerly of McKeesport and White Oak, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in the Huntingdon Ridge Mature Living Home. She was born Oct. 19, 1906, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late James and Mary McCloskey McCusker. She was a graduate of St. Peter's High School, and a member of St. Martin dePorres Parish and Huntingdon Ridge, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl M. Nystrom. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Nellie Slagle of Yorba Linda, Calif.; a nephew, Harold (Lavona) Douglas of Irwin; and four nieces. Friends will be received Tuesday from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. at STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Worship Site, McKeesport. Interment New St. Joseph's Cemetery, North Versailles.
ROBERT G. PEOPLES
Robert G. Peoples, 69, of Youngwood, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in Fort Myers, Fla. He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edward K. Peoples and Olive Trout Peoples Ray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth ``Betty'' Steele Peoples. He was a former general manager of the former B & P Motor Express, and a manager of the former Interstate Motor Freight Co. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood; a life member of the Youngwood Volunteer Hose Co. #1; a former member and past president of the Youngwood Borough Council; a former member of the Youngwood Lions Club; a social member of the VFW, Youngwood; a member of the F&AM 518, Greensburg; Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh; Tall Cedars, New Alexandria; the Roosevelt Club; member and past treasurer of the RobertShaw Golf Club; and the L.O.O.M., Homosassa Springs, Fla. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, Robert E. Peoples and his wife, Kimberly Y., of Greensburg, Jay E. Peoples and his wife, Jayne A., of Youngwood, and Sue P. Burke and her husband, James E., of Irwin; a brother, William E. Peoples of North Huntingdon; and six grandchildren, John and Kylie Peoples, Kelly and Katie Burke, and Jeremy and Julie Peoples. Friends will be received at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, with the Rev. Dr. Merritt Edner officiating. Interment to follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.
MARIE KEPPLE RUFFNER
Marie Kepple Ruffner, 81, of New Alexandria, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in her residence. She was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Salem Township, at the Kepple home farm. She was the daughter of the late George and Alice Steele Kepple. She retired from the Derry Area Cafeteria, where she worked for 13 years. She was a member of the Community United Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, and served on its board of trustees. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #281, Greensburg, and past Guardian of the Jobe Daughters. She was a member of the New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Ruffner, in 1989; and a brother, David Kepple, in 1986. She is survived by three sons, Leslie K. and friend, Ethel, of Greensburg, Richard G. and wife, Andrea, of Greenville and Larry H. and wife, Jean, of Latrobe; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and 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. Services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. in the Community United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Terry J. Carnahan officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria.
WILLIE D. SMITH
Willie D. Smith, 67, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in the Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette. She was born July 14, 1932, in Straven, Ala., a daughter of the late William and Sally Mae Anderson. She was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Smith; and her second husband, William Coles; her mother-in-law, Emma Anderson; a brother-in-law, Jessie Niccols; and two aunts, Dora Hogan and Minnie Brown. She is survived by three sons, Leeroy Smith of Jeannette, William Anderson II of Greensburg, and Thomas Smith Jr. of Clairton; five daughters, Emma, Mary, and Flora Smith, all of Jeannette, Minnie Webb of Bessemer, Ala., and Valerie Jean Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; a stepson, William H. Coles II of White Plains, N.J.; two sisters, Georgia Mae Stanton of Bessemer, Ala., and Ella Mae Anderson of Montgomery, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Florence Niccols of Uniontown; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201. N. First St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Zion Hill Baptist Church, Jeannette, at which time services will be held with the Rev. Joseph Brundage officiating.
HELEN S. TAKOCH
Helen S. Takoch, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in Ft. Myers, Fla. She was born Oct. 6, 1913, in Ruffsdale, a daughter of the late William and Mary Theresa Dzurilla Stana. She was a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant and its Christian Mothers and Rosary Altar Society. She had worked for General Motors in Trenton, N.J., for over 20 years. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward S. Takoch in 1983; five sisters, Catherine Dobransky, Mary Dalansky, Julia Hohol, Elizabeth Brodak and Agnes Mayti; and three brothers, Frank, William and Joseph Stana. She is survived by two sons, James Takoch of Mt. Pleasant and Michael Takoch and his wife, Judy, of Connellsville; two daughters, Ann Francis and her husband, Robert, of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Helen Marie Takoch of Bowling Green, Ky.; six grandchildren; a brother, Steve Stana of Mt. Pleasant; and a sister, Margaret Kocis of Trenton, N.J. Friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Visitation R.C. Church with the Rev. Michael Matusak as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery. The Visitation Christian Mothers will join with the Visitation Rosary Altar Society to recite the rosary Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
VERONICA E. TERHORST
Veronica E. Terhorst, 82, of North Riverside, Ill., formerly of Whitehall, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000. Beloved wife of the late William J. Terhorst. Loving mother of William E. and wife, Frances Terhorst, of North Riverside, Ill. Grandmother of William C., Jennifer L. and Kimberly A. Terhorst. Sister of Sally Cushing, Genevieve Hughes and the late Arthur McNally. Friends will be received Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the JOHN L. QUINLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 11th and Airbrake avenues, Turtle Creek. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Colman Church, Turtle Creek.
CECELIA A. TOTH
Cecelia A. Toth, 81, of Ligonier, formerly of Latrobe, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier Township. She was born June 7, 1918, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Madden Steganius. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. She was a former employee of the Latrobe Area Hospital, having worked in the Dietary Department. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul F. Toth Sr.; a daughter, Margaret; a brother, James Steganius; and a sister, Ruth. Survivors include two sons, Paul Toth Jr. and his wife, Marilyn, of Latrobe and Michael Toth and his wife, Karen, of Ligonier; three daughters, Patricia of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth and her husband, Dennis, of Pittsburgh and Carol of San Francisco, Calif.; and a sister, Mary McIlwain of Long Island, N.Y. Also survived by nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant. Interment Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. The St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary Wednesday at 7:50 p.m. in the funeral home.
CHARLES GRAY WATSON, M.D.
Charles Gray Watson, M.D., surgeon and teacher, a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and mentor to a generation of medical students and surgical trainees, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, of respiratory failure at UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. He was 63. Educated at Princeton University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he received his surgical training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. Subsequently, Dr. Watson returned to Pittsburgh and became one of the founding members of the full-time surgical faculty. He became a tenured professor and chief of the general surgical division and vice chairman for education in the University's surgery department. Dr. Watson achieved renown for his deep knowledge and skill as a surgeon. His gentle surgical technique was matched by his personal manner as a compassionate physician, professional colleague, and teacher of more than 30 classes of medical students and surgeons-in-training. Graduating medical school class and alumni together dedicated the 1999 graduation ``to Dr. Charles Watson; in appreciation of your dedication to teaching both the science and art of medicine to generations of physicians.'' He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy; two sons, Gray and Andrew and their wives, Rosemary and Ritu; a brother, William Watson; a sister, Ann Kaiser; and a grandson, Timothy. There will be a memorial service at Heinz Chapel at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, for Dr. Watson and his father, Dr. James Rose Watson, who predeceased him in October 1999. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Surgical Research Endowment Fund, Scaife Hall Department Office, University of Pittsburgh, Box 131, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., Oakland.
BETTY GROUT WILSON
Betty Grout Wilson, 52, of Robinson Township, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Dorothy Grout. She is survived by a son, David Wilson of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Rebecca Wilson of Bon Air and future son-in-law, Richard Meder, and Tracy Olivani and her husband, Brian, of Robinson Township; a sister, Carol Grout Sedora and her husband, Tom, of Canonsburg; a granddaughter, Reine Nicole Wilson; and dear friends, Bob and Donna Torrens. She was a devoted mother and most especially was an adoring grandmother. She loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. She was loved by anyone who met her. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the ANTHONY J. SANVITO INC. FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Broadway (Stowe Township), McKees Rocks. Funeral service in the funeral home Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Burial in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
George Zihol, in his 85th year, on Monday, Jan. 17, 2000. Son of the late Michael and Catharine (Cseselka) Zsihaly. Brother of the late Mary (Craig) Zihal and Margaret Zihal. Also nephews and nieces. A loving and devoted husband and father who did his duty to his family without complaint. Husband of the late Anna (Sakas) Zihol. Father to Ronald G. Zihal and wife, Joann, Barbara Ann Milton and husband, Daniel V., and Carol Jean Stephenson and husband, Bryan. Grandfather to Daniel V. Milton, Carole Ann (Roberts) Milton, Sharon Lynn (Stupak) Milton and Mara Ashley Stephenson. Great-grandfather to Sierra Milton, Austin Milton, and Jacob Stupak. He was a retired employee of the former Mesta Machine Company (Whemco). Friends received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Friday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church at 10 a.m.