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JOHN L. BRECHT
John L. ``Jack'' Brecht, 72, of Jeannette, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born July 14, 1927, in Jeannette, a son of the late Joseph and Kathryn L. Kemerer Brecht. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Prior to retirement, he was a plant accountant at West Penn Power, and was currently employed as an associate at the Mason-Gelder Funeral Home Inc. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council #1222, Ushers Society, an Altar Server, Westmoreland Seniors Men's Golf League, Frontier Club and the AARP of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Grabowski Brecht. He is survived by a son, Timothy Brecht and his wife, Mary Jo, of Jeannette; two daughters, Jane Pohland and her husband, Douglas, of Latrobe and Joan Wagner and her husband, Paul, of Mt. Pleasant; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Martin, Mara and Alex Brecht, Allison and Kelly Pohland, Ryan and Christopher Wagner; a brother, Joseph Brecht and his wife, Betsy, of New Alexandria; two sisters, Kathryn Gustafson of Jeannette and Ellen Seanor and her husband, William, of Harrison City; 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 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church with Father James H. Loew, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Catholic Cemetery, Penn Township.

ALICE COLFLESH

Alice Colflesh, 71, of Hammondville, Bullskin Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at the Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Hammondville, a daughter of the late Braden and Hattie Danks Queer. Alice was a homemaker and a student of the former Mudd Schoolhouse. She is survived by her loving children, Walter H. ``Chip'' Colflesh Jr. of Hammondville, Raymond L. Colflesh and wife, Nora, of Youngstown, Pa., Robert E. Colflesh of Hammondville, Ronald ``Jake'' Colflesh and wife, Sue, of Sarver and Betty Jean Colflesh of Hammondville; four grandchildren, Raymond Jr., Annette, Tiffany and Brittanie Colflesh; and several nieces and nephews. Alice was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter H. Colflesh Sr., in 1991; six sisters, Dorothy Gach, Blanche Queer, Margaret Smith, Flora Jean Bungard, Edith Gray and Elizabeth Keller; and four brothers, Arthur, Clark, David and Lawrence Queer. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenlick Cemetery.

ELEANOR RUTH (LAUFFER) COST

Eleanor Ruth (Lauffer) Cost, 82, of Marriottsville, Md., formerly of North Irwin, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, in Catonsville, Md. Born Jan. 25, 1917, in North Irwin, she was a daughter of the late Dr. William and Laura (Ayers) Lauffer. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Irwin. She was a 1935 graduate of Norwin High School, a 1939 graduate of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon), and belonged to the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. From 1939 to 1941, she was a physical education and home economics teacher in the Norwin School District. She was past president of the Irwin Garden Club, founding member of the Irwin Women's Club and also a member of the Irwin Junior Women's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Lauffer Hudson and Emma Helman; and a brother, William ``Archie'' Lauffer. She is survived by her husband, George W. Cost; two daughters, Nancy Selchan (husband, Allan) of Mansfield, Mass., and Sally H. Mowbray (husband, Vic) of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; a son, Terry Cost of Marriottsville, Md.; two brothers, Harmon Lauffer of Manor and Robert Lauffer of Bowie, Md.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Private interment in Irwin Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwin Public Library.

THE REV. GILES (GEORGE) DZUBAN

The Rev. Giles (George) Dzuban, 84, formerly of Hecla, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in Brighton, Mass. He was a graduate of Hurst High School, Class of 1935. He was a priest of the Discalced Carmelite Order. He worked in the mission fields, spending 14 years in the Philippines. When he returned to the States, he continued mission work as Mission Procurator for the Carmelites near Boston, Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sisters; and five brothers, one of whom was the Rev. Stephen Dzuban. He is survived by two sisters, Sister Modesta of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Pittsburgh and Lib Hubert of Norvelt; also a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Burial will be at Holy Hill, Wis. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. at St. Florian Roman Catholic Church, United. Memorials may be made to the Carmelite Missions, 166 Foster St., Brighton, MA 02135.

VILMA PAPP EDWARDS

Vilma ``Toots'' Papp Edwards, 83, of Braddock, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000. She was born Feb. 21, 1916, in Rankin, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Toth Papp. She was a retired employee of Acheson Manufacturing, Rankin, and a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Braddock. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert R. ``Duke'' Edwards; a brother, John A. Papp; and two sisters, Elizabeth P. Baacke and Eleanor Burkovich. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

ANNA FANELL

Anna Fanell, 77, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at home. She was born Nov. 8, 1922, in Unity Township, a daughter of the late Stephan and Anna Marchynak Prodin. She had worked for her son at Laurel Kennworth for several years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Delphine Ferrari; five brothers, Steve, Charles, Andy, Nicholas and Mike Prodin; and an infant sister, Mary. Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Joseph Fanell; a son, Thomas Fanell and wife, Carol, of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Joseph Fanell, Robert Ferrari, Lisa Simonetta and Natalie Fanell; a great-granddaughter, Mia Simonetta; a brother, John Prodin and wife, Josephine, of Detroit, Mich.; 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., Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panachida service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10:15 a.m. with the Rev. Christopher R. Burke officiating, followed by Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Church, Trauger. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Byzantine Cemetery, Trauger. Parastas service will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director.

FRANCIS J. FRIEL

Francis J. ``Farmer'' Friel, 83, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born March 16, 1916, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Dr. Francis J. and Jennie Daley Friel. He was a member of St. Rose Church, Latrobe, and the St. Rose Seniors. He was retired from Teledyne-Vasco, Latrobe, with 38 years of service. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of American Legion Post 982, Unity Township, VFW, Latrobe, AMVETS, Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen, St. Joseph Beneficial Society, Frontier Club, F.O.E. #01188, Latrobe Steel Retirees, Mended Hearts Club, Latrobe, and St. Vincent DePaul. He was a former member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department with two years of service and was very active in fund-raisers for the fire department for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marguerite A. Hostetler; and a brother, William Friel. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Gorr Friel; two daughters, Dyan and Joe Bush of Latrobe and Christine Hebrank and her husband, James ``Dino,'' of Latrobe; two sisters, Annamae Smith of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Gloria Torrero of Latrobe; four grandchildren, Jason Bush and his wife, Kristine, Aaron ``Pete'' Bush, Neil Hebrank and Steven Hebrank; a great-grandson, Zachery; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose Church with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

MELVINO GRAZETTI

Melvino ``Animal'' Grazetti, 42, of Scottdale, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at his home. He was born July 3, 1957, in West Newton. Melvino, ``Animal,'' was employed as an asphalt paver with McKee Asphalt of McKeesport. He is survived by his son, Melvin D. of Scottdale. Melvino, ``Animal,'' was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Augustine Grazetti, in 1997. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Lowber Social Hall, Lowber. Any memorials will be accepted at the social hall. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, (724) 446-7251, in charge of arrangements.

GERALD E. HARRIS

Gerald E. Harris, 77, of Plum, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in his home. He was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Renton, Plum. Mr. Harris was an Army veteran and served during World War II. He was a retired coal miner for the Pittsburgh Consolidated Coal Co. Mr. Harris was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Norma Keibler Harris; four sons, Edward R. Harris of Apollo, Ronald L. Harris of Washington Township, David A. Harris of Plum and James H. Harris of Ford City; a daughter, Cathy A. Cessna of Apollo; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and four sisters, Alva Troup of Washington Township, Dolores Lasch of Plum, Betty Fankhouser of Churchill and Lucy Harris of Plum. He was preceded in death by his parents, James H. and Mary M. Riebold Harris; and two brothers, J. Richard Harris and Norman T. Harris. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S&T Bank) in Plum, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Plum Creek Cemetery in Plum.

MIKE HREBIK

Mike Hrebik, 83, of Clymer, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Indiana Hospital. A son of John and Mary (Mindek) Hrebik, he was born Nov. 12, 1916, in Baggaley. Mr. Hrebik was a member of St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church in Clymer. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. He had worked as a hand loader in the coal mines. Mike was a member of the UMWA and the Clymer American Legion Post 222. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth (Sasway) Hrebik of Clymer; his son, Michael and wife, LeeAnne, of Blairsville; a grandson, Maxwell of Blairsville; a brother, Joseph and wife, Martha, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and a sister, Katherine Malinowski and husband, Jim, of Buffalo, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Nick and Steve; and sisters, Mary Cybak and Anna Sasala. Friends will be received at the HARRY J. BENCE FUNERAL HOME, in Clymer, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with Parastas at 7 p.m. Funeral Divine Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. Father James Ragan as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery in Indiana with military rites conducted graveside.

FRANCIS J. HRUBES

Francis J. ``Frank'' Hrubes, 87, of Bovard, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1912, in Hannastown, a son of the late Vaclav and Maria Dohnal Hrubes. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh Plant. He was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church, Bovard, and a life member of the Bovard Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie B. Zyvith Hrubes, on Aug. 29, 1990; a granddaughter, Deneen Dupilka; two sisters, Julia A. Olshefsky and Mary C. Olshefski; and a brother, Vincent Hrubes. He is survived by a son, Frank J. Hrubes of Bovard; three daughters, Mrs. James (Helen) Carasia of New Alexandria, Mrs. Michael (Mary Ellen) Dupilka Jr. and Mrs. Roger (Juliana) Soles Sr., all of Bovard; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances Hrubes of Bovard; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 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.

GRACE LOUISE (DEELEY) MAZZEI

Grace Louise (Deeley) Mazzei, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., widow of the late state Sen. Frank Mazzei. Survived by a daughter, Eileen and her husband, Jack Muse; a granddaughter, Cheryl; a great-granddaughter, Chelsea; a brother, Richard Deeley of Latrobe; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed greatly by family and friends. Friends welcome Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at BEINHAUERS, 2828 Washington Road, Peters Township, (724) 941-3211. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday at St. Louise de Marillac Church. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Woodruff Family Services, L.L.P.

THOMAS L. McKENNA JR.

Thomas L. McKenna Jr., 74, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Elyria, Ohio, and North Irwin, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in Bradenton. He was born Aug. 25, 1925, in North Irwin, the son of the late Thomas L. and Barbara Hensler McKenna. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of the B.P.O.E. #2313 of Norwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Meikle McKenna. Surviving are three children, Lee Lander of Elyria, Ohio, Thomas G. McKenna of Medina, Ohio, and Scott McKenna of Overland, Ohio; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Ann McIntyre; an aunt, Phyllis Lomicka of North Irwin; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services are in the charge of the Toale Funeral Home, Florida, announced by the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin.

HELEN ANN NAPLES

Helen Ann Naples, 69, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. She was born Aug. 28, 1930, in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Theodore and Nellie Leschock Woloshun. Prior to her retirement, she was the owner and operator of the former Helen's Beauty Shoppe of Jeannette. She was a member of Ascension Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Shefchek; and four brothers, Nick, Akum ``Jake,'' Michael and John Woloshun. Surviving are her husband, James G. Naples; a son, Jay A. Naples and wife, Pamela, of Greensburg; two brothers, Andrew Woloshun of California and Harry Woloshun of Grapeville; four sisters, Sadie Bressnan of Jeannette, Anne Kaufman and husband, Theodore, of Florida, Pearl Smith of Jeannette and Eva Merslich and husband, Joseph, of Miami, Fla.; two granddaughters, Gia and Alexandra Naples; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Ascension Church. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont.

ANTHONY PETROCELLI

Anthony ``Tony'' Petrocelli, 67, of Monroeville, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000. Beloved husband of Edith (Barbor) Petrocelli. Dear brother of Renzie ``Randy'' Petrocelli Viggiano-Veri. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Petrocelli was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Rose (Berardi) Petrocelli; and brothers, Dale and Paul Petrocelli. Friends will be received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, THURSDAY ONLY from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Services and entombment will be private on Friday. Friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Mass at St. Vincent Basilica Parish, Latrobe, Saturday, time to be announced. Mr. Petrocelli was a music teacher at the former Westinghouse Memorial High School and former Turtle Creek school district. He was associated with Progressive Music and Monroeville Music.

DAVID J. RENNIE

David J. Rennie, of New Castle, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Jameson Memorial Hospital. He was employed by Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, from 1966 to 1985, retiring as director, advertising and public relations. Mr. Rennie is survived by his wife, Kay Brooks Rennie; his son, Scott Rennie and his wife, Crystal, of New Castle; his daughter, Suzan Rennie Stoddard and her husband, Peter; his grandchildren, Benjamin and Hannah Stoddard, all of Henderson, Nev.; his sister, Roberta Lash of Finleyville; and his niece, Cindi Lash of Mt. Lebanon. There will be no memorial service, and interment is private.

RICHARD J. RITTER

Richard J. Ritter, of Brentwood, on Monday, Jan. 17, 2000. Husband of the late Margaret (Shiring) Ritter. Father of Richard T., Joseph H., Michael J., James, Thomas, Martin, Kathleen Sherman, Sue Ann Nowicki, Therese Saunders and Patricia Fewell. Also survived by 23 grandchildren. Brother of James E. and the late Cyril Ritter. Friends received at the CIESLAK & TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Friday at 9:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Wendelin Church.

WILLIAM W. SHOAF JR.

William W. Shoaf Jr., 77, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Greensburg. He was born Dec. 16, 1922, in Herminie, a son of the late William W. Sr. and Anna (Morris) Shoaf. He had been employed as club steward by Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club for 35 years. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Irwin, and a graduate of Sewickley High School. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of VFW Post 8472 of Herminie. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth (Savko) Shoaf; a son, William W. Shoaf III (wife, Beth Ann) of Youngwood; a daughter, Linda Zimmerman (husband, David) of Trafford; a sister, Olive Cook of Herminie; two granddaughters, Rebecca Zimmerman and Brigette Sapko; and a great-grandson, Seth Sapko. Friends will be received Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, where services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robin Clouser officiating. Interment in Long Run Cemetery.

BESS JANE TARBOLETTE

Bess Jane Tarbolette, 97, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 13, 1902, on the North Side, Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late John Paul and Margaret O'Connor Sloan. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Daughters of America Council #9. She is survived by a son, Clyde Henry ``Bud'' Tarbolette of Greensburg; and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Allshouse of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Tarbolette; and an infant son, James Francis Tarbolette. Private funeral service will be held Wednesday with the Rev. Jeffrey Paschal officiating. Interment in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., funeral director, in charge of arrangements for the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg.

MARION J. TUCCI

Marion J. Tucci, 71, of West Newton, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. She was born Nov. 30, 1928, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Evan and Mary Henry Pugh. She was a 1946 graduate of McKeesport High School and had worked as a waitress for the former Club Car Diner, McKeesport, and at Woody's, North Versailles. She is survived by four daughters, Patti Hurlbut of North Versailles, Sandra Janus of West Newton, Kimberly Tucci of North Versailles and Marty Essay of Irwin; three sisters, Margaret Smith of McKeesport, Gwen Little of Fontana, Calif., and Evelyn Antonelli of Elizabeth Township; 10 grandchildren; and four 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 STRIFFLERS' OF WHITE OAK, where services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. Entombment West Newton Mausoleum.

MIRIAM LOWENSTEIN WITKIN

Miriam Lowenstein Witkin, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., formerly of Latrobe, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in her 95th year. Loving mother of Nanette Witkin of Rockport, Mass., and Mark Witkin of Chestnut Hill, Mass. Dear grandmother of Lisa Allen, Abby Witkin and David Witkin. A funeral service will be held at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Friday at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at the B'Nai Israel Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of her loving caregiver, Hariklia Palogaris, donations in Miriam's memory may be sent to Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 278 Warren St., Brookline, MA 02446. Memorial observance will be private.

JOHN AZMAN 

John ``Big John'' Azman, 78, of New Alexandria, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in the Loyalhanna Care Center in Latrobe. He was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late John and Anna Oshman Azman. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard on the Coast Guard Cutter TAMPA. He retired from WTAE-TV, Hearst Corp., where he was an engineer. He was a member of the Community United Presbyterian Church of New Alexandria. He is survived by a friend, Joyce Azman; a daughter, Alissa A. Berry; a grandson, Noah Berry; and a granddaughter, Emily Berry, all of New Alexandria; a stepdaughter, Diane E. Latusek of New Alexandria; a stepson, Raymond M. Meleski of Tiverton, R.I.; seven stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Friends will be received Friday from 2 until 8:30 p.m., the time of service, at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria. The Rev. Terry J. Carnahan will officiate at the service. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery in New Alexandria. 

HELEN G. BRANT 

Helen G. Brant, 89, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Feb. 9, 1910, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Homer and Irene Newingham Allison. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Latrobe, and its Senior Citizens Group. She graduated from Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1935, and was retired from Latrobe Area Hospital as a registered nurse. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Wilbert J. Brant; and a brother, Kenneth Allison. Survived by a son, Donald W. Brant and his wife, Mary Ann, of Latrobe; a brother, Edward Allison and his wife, Jane, of Hillside; a sister-in-law, Julia Allison of Hillside; two grandchildren, Darlene Allshouse and her husband, Sam, and Ronald W. Brant and his wife, Wendy; three great-grandchildren, Timothy Allshouse, Lindsey Brant, and Dustin Brant; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Service Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. August B. Twigg officiating. Interment Coles Cemetery, Derry Township. 

JOHN E. EBERHARDT 

John E. Eberhardt, 79, of Claridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was born July 30, 1920, in Irwin, a son of the late John and Frances Shebek Eberhardt. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 30 years at GM Fisher Body Works in Dravosburg. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the 45th Infantry Division and awarded the European African Service Medal with six Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. Also, he was a life member of the following: the Manor American Legion Post #472, the VFW of Mt. Pleasant, Claridge Volunteer Fire Department, and the 45th Infantry Division Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Slifkey Eberhardt, in 1976. Survived by a son, Ronald and wife, Joann Eberhardt, of Jeannette; a brother, Franklin W. Eberhardt of Zelienople; and two grandsons, Jason and Jonathan. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Frederick B. Zikeli officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. The Manor American Legion will hold services Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. 

GEORGE H. HARRIS 

George H. Harris, 77, of Murrysville, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in the Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. He was born Oct. 22, 1922, in Bowersville, a son of the late Alexander and Grace Fitzhonts Harris. He was a retired electrical engineer with U.S. Steel, Rankin, with 28 years of service. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of Homer City and the VFW of Delmont; and was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Ione Myers Harris; a son, Dennis Harris of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Hill of Delmont; four brothers, Walter of Homer City, Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, and William and Richard, both of Homer City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. 

WILLIAM H. KERSTEN SR. 

William H. ``Red'' Kersten Sr., 83, of Manning, S.C., (formerly of Delmont), died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in the National Health Care Facility, Sumter, S.C. He was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Delmont, a son of the late William H. and Ella Morgan Kersten. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a pipe fitter at Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Delmont. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Esther E. Martz Kersten, in 1980; and by two brothers and two sisters: Fred, Alice, and Earl Leroy Kersten, and Anna Blumen. He is survived by a son, William H. Kersten Jr. and his wife, Bea, of Jeannette; two daughters, Royetta R. Shick and her husband, Donald, of Manning, S.C., with whom he made his home, and Margaret Louise ``Peggy Lou'' Kovalchuck of Troy, Mich.; a brother, Harold Kersten and his wife, Mercene, of Washington, Pa.; five sisters, Ruth Kisow and her husband, Ernie, of Canonsburg, Betty Van Kirk of Eightyfour, Laura Morgan of Wilmington, Del., Becky Zabatosky and her husband, John, of Canonsburg, and Nancy Pozonsky and her husband, Bob, of Muse; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. Kersten's family will receive friends at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral home hours: Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with his grandson, Pastor Dale B. Waugaman, officiating. A chapel committal service and interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. 

DONALD M. LAUGHLIN 

Donald M. Laughlin, 76, of Blairsville RD3 (Derry Township), died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. A son of Homer and Olive Ressler Laughlin, he was born Dec. 8, 1923, in Derry Township. Mr. Laughlin was a member of the United Steelworkers of America #1537, Latrobe Sportsmen's Club, National Rifle Association and the VFW Post #5821, Blairsville. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he was employed by Latrobe Steel for 24 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife, Mildred E. Mack Speedy Laughlin; two sons, Bruce Laughlin of Derry and Jeffrey Laughlin and his wife, Susan, of Greensburg; three daughters, Mrs. David (Donna) Bures of Blairsville RD3, Mrs. Byron ``Bud'' (Vicki) Smith of Derry and Kristine Bendel of Gillette, Wis.; two stepsons, David Speedy and his wife, Kathy, of Franklin, Ind., and Brian Speedy and his wife, Cristen, of Lower Burrell; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Bill (Margie) Book of Murrysville and Connie Speedy of Glen Burnie, Md.; 17 grandchildren; two brothers, Sherman Laughlin and Homer ``Cliff'' Laughlin, both of Blairsville RD3; and a sister, Mrs. Anna May Clawson of Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Doris M. Newell Laughlin; and an infant daughter, Sharon. The family will receive friends at the RICHARD L. SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Terry Carnahan officiating. Interment will be private. Military services will be accorded by the Blairsville VFW Post #5821 and the American Legion Post #407. 

MILLIE LETTRICH 

Millie Lettrich, 85, of Charleroi, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in the IHS of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 21, 1914, in Fallowfield Township, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Veres. Mrs. Lettrich was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church and the B.P.W. Club, both of Charleroi. She worked very closely with her husband in the family business, Joseph Lettrich & Sons, for more than 55 years. She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donald and Sondra Lettrich of Greensburg, and Robert Lettrich of Charleroi; three brothers, Milan Veres and Paul Veres, both of Charleroi, and Edward Veres of Big Flats, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Donald, David, Michael, and Stephen Lettrich; and a great-granddaughter, Kasey Lettrich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lettrich, on April 10, 1996; and a sister, Mary Surovchak. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Christ Lutheran Church, Sixth and Washington Avenue, Charleroi, with Pastor James Robbins officiating. Interment will be in the Charleroi Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Christ Lutheran Church or the John K. Tener Library in memory of Millie Lettrich. 

BETTY LOU LONG 

Betty Lou Long, 52, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in the Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born March 25, 1947, in Greensburg, a daughter of Bjarnfridur G. Valdmarsdottir Mehan of Hannastown and the late Andrew Mehan. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Richard A. Vuletich of Greensburg; four daughters, Elizabeth A. and her husband, George Gergley, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mary Kay and her husband, Joe Elias, of Forbes Road, Debbie Vuletich of Carlisle and Doreena Vuletich of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Kayla, Brian, Lauren, George and Alex; a brother, Andrew Mehan Jr. of Hannastown; six sisters, Stella Donaldsdottir of Iceland, Mary Ann Wilson of Youngwood, Augusta Block of Florida, Rose Campbell of Maryland, Deborah Berger of Hannastown and Christine Mehan of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service Friday at 1 p.m. in the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, with the Rev. Craig T. Hess officiating. 

VIRGINIA BAIRD McCUNE 

Virginia ``Ginny'' Baird McCune, 90, of Melbourne, Fla., formerly of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, in Melbourne. She was born Dec. 9, 1909, in Blair County, a daughter of the late Nathan A. and Cecilia Morrison Baird. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel K. McCune Sr.; three sons, Samuel K. Jr., Kenneth and Robert McCune; three brothers, George, John and Charles Baird; and two sisters, Ann Anthony and Hester Brown. She is survived by two sons, Michael McCune of Pine Island, Fla., and William McCune of Jeannette; a daughter, Sally Forsythe of North Huntingdon and Melbourne, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Al Baird of Level Green; and a sister, Iddella Richard of St. Petersburg, Fla. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. A memorial blessing service will be held at 4 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Larimer V.F.D. 

EVA S. McLEISTER 

Eva S. McLeister, of New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, died at her residence Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000. She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. John W. McLeister, served many parishes in western Pennsylvania, the last being Oakmont United Methodist Church. She graduated from Berea College, where she became active in the alumni association. She did graduate work at Boston College. She was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. She worked with migrant workers and also worked with the underprivileged children in Cincinnati, Ohio. She retired from Seneca Valley School District in 1997, where she taught school for 23 years at Haines Elementary. She was a founder of the Cranberry Library, was a volunteer for Family Resources in Pittsburgh and served with United Methodist Women. Also, she loved to write and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by a son, Paul M. (Laurie) McLeister of Allison Park; daughters, Mrs. Andrew (Robin) Hoehn of Falls Church, Va., and Mrs. Michael (Lisa) Clark of Hunt Valley, Md.; a brother, Edwin B. Smith; and a sister, Carolyn Brown; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth McLeister Monroe; and grandsons, John and Sam Hoehn. She was preceded in death by two brothers; her parents; and her husband of nearly 40 years, who died Jan 20, 1999. Friends will be received at the GLENN-KILDOO CRANBERRY CHAPEL, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. A memorial service will be conducted at Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry Township Saturday at 2 p.m. with Dr. Donald Scandrol officiating. Memorial contributions on her behalf may be made to either the American Cancer Society or Berea College, Berea, KY 40404. 

EDITH WUSLICH MONET 

Edith Wuslich Monet, 88, of Export, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000. She was born Dec. 9, 1911, in Export, a daughter of the late Mile and Milica Yakovich Wuslich. She was a member of the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville, Serbian Circle of Sisters of Export, and the Export American Legion and the Export Moose auxiliaries. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert ``Albert'' Monet; two brothers, Nick Rebich and Samuel Wuslich; and two sisters, Mara Visnich and Nellie Macha. She is survived by two brothers, Miller Wuslich of Export and Joseph Wuslich of Arizona; a sister, Mary Manovich of Export; a sister-in-law, Barbara Wuslich of Export; a nephew, George Rebich of Claridge; a niece, Marianne Shayka of North Huntingdon, whom she raised as her own; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., where services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. Pomen service Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

MILDRED J. RHOADES PARKER 

Mildred J. Rhoades Parker, 83, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1916, in Derry, she was a daughter of the late Harry G. and Pearl Byers Reynolds. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Derry, and a member of its Mary Martha Class. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Devereux Foundation in Downingtown. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Downingtown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl E. Rhoades; her second husband, John A. Parker; four sisters, Lillian Walters, Olive Bell Reynolds, Sylvia May Reynolds and Dorothy Kinkead; and three brothers, Frank, Glenn and Howard Reynolds. She is survived by a son, Carl E. Rhoades Jr. and his wife, Nancy S., of Downingtown; two daughters, Edith R. Albaugh and her husband, Carl T., of Derry and Betty L. Zsembik and her husband, Ronald A., of Derry; a brother, Paul Reynolds of Derry; two sisters, Hazel McQueeney of Erie and Mable Conrad of Derry; six grandchildren, Steven E. Zsembik, Kathy Z. McCune, Dianna Z. Kerr, David Albaugh, Danielle Rhoades and Amy Huch; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, where services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Wilson officiating. Interment in Coles Cemetery, Derry Township. 

KATHERINE WYSZOMIERSKI
Katherine Wyszomierski, 81, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in Pristine Pines Nursing Home, Franklin Park. She was born May 23, 1918, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Proch Kowal. She was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church, Ross Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Wyszomierski, in 1998; two sisters, Ann Ponsot and Helen Klasnick; and four brothers, Stephen, Joseph, Michael and Edward Kowal. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Ackel of Riverside, Calif.; four sons, Raymond M. Wize of McCandless, Thomas J. Wize of San Jose, Calif., Robert S. Wize and Mark Wize, both of McCandless; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Mary Frisch of McCandless, Rose Streyle and Irene Koslowski, both of the South Side, Dorothy Kock of New Mexico and Gloria Brody of South Hills. Friends are being received Friday from 12 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Teresa of Avila Church with Father Ted Maida as celebrant. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless.


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