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SARA S. BRAIS
Sara S. Brais, 77, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 24, 1922, in Grapeville, a daughter of the late Earle and Myrtle Sadler McGraw. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, and its Rosary Altar Society. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Anthony P. ``Tony'' Brais of Jeannette; a son, Anthony E. Brais and his wife, Elizabeth, of Liverpool, N.Y.; four daughters, Patricia Musiak and her husband, Andrew, of Manor, Kathleen Miller and her husband, William, of Allison Park, Paula Utzman and her husband, Bill, of Jeannette and Mary Jane Grimm and her husband, Curt, of Scottdale; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Riddle of Greensburg and Mildred Brais of Susan City, Calif.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township.

MILDRED (BROWN) CHADWICK

Mildred (Brown) Chadwick, 97, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000. She was born Oct. 28, 1902, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late James T. and Gertrude (Duskins) Brown. She was a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William White; her second husband, Archie Roman Chadwick; and a brother, James L. Brown. She is survived by a son, William R. White of Kettering, Md.; and a granddaughter, Jewel (White) Williams of Waldorf, Md. Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Carl R. Terry III, officiating. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery.

ALBERT J. DiMATTEO

Albert J. DiMatteo, 78, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, in the IHS of Greater Pittsburgh. He was born March 23, 1921, in Jeannette, a son of the late Rocco and Teresa Fioriti DiMatteo. Prior to retirement, he was a lab technician at Westinghouse. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II. He was a member of the Ascension Church, and the American Legion Post #344, both in Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Pasquale, Carl and Ralph DiMatteo. He is survived by a sister, Mary Marco of Jeannette; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday in the Ascension Church, at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Catholic Cemetery, Penn Township.

FRANK E. EWING

Frank E. Ewing, 88, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Blairsville and Pittsburgh, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at his home. A son of the late Elmer R. and Maude Bergman Ewing, he was born Aug. 24, 1911, in Livermore, Pa. Mr. Ewing was employed by the Peoples Natural Gas Company, Forbes Shop, for 33 years before retiring in 1973. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Infinity Lodge #546 in Penn Hills since 1947. He was raised in the Livermore and Blairsville areas. He resided in Pittsburgh from 1937 until 1993, when he and his wife moved to Stuart, Fla. Mr. Ewing is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 64 years, Nevada Davison Ewing, whom he married on April 19, 1936. Loving father of Frank Ewing and his wife, Linda, of Alpharetta, Ga., David Ewing of Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. Daniel (Margaret) Fuchs of Oakmont, Pa., and Mrs. Howard (Nancy) Duncan of Stuart, Fla. Mr. Ewing has nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Surviving also are his brother, Jay Ewing of Avonmore; and a sister, Mary H. Ewing of Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Pete, Roy and Norman Ewing; and sisters, Carrie Dixon, Anne Wentzel, Helen Barnhart and Gladys Jones. There will be no public visitation. Services will be held in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Darrell D. Knopp officiating. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Conemaugh Township. RICHARD L. SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, Blairsville, will be in charge of the arrangements.

DAVID C. HAVEY

David C. Havey, 35, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 25, 1964, in Jeannette, a son of Franklin and Nancy J. (Forsyth) Havey. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Larimer. He is survived by two brothers, Paul Havey of Wexford and Eric Havey of North Huntingdon. Visitation, service and interment private, with the Rev. Claudia Papenmeier officiating. Arrangements by the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, Irwin.

DONALD J. HESS

Donald J. ``Duck'' Hess, 67, of Melcroft, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. He was born March 14, 1932, in Melcroft, a son of the late Lawrence ``Lefty'' and Estelle Stopka Hess. He was a retired construction worker and had also been employed by Saltlick Township for several years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Donegal American Legion and VFW. He was also a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sterchak Hess; two sons, D.J. Hess at home and Jamie Hess and his wife, Sharon, of Irwin; a daughter, Megan Kalp and her husband, Jack, of Melcroft; and two grandchildren, Alex and Victoria Hess. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Raymond of the Mountains R.C. Church, Donegal, with the Rev. John Harrold as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Saltlick Township.

O. LUCILLE KALP

O. Lucille Kalp, 78, of Melcroft, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born Oct. 29, 1921, in Jones Mills, a daughter of the late Alva and Mazie Douglas Ritenour. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and its Ladies Bible Class. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Walter Kalp; a grandson, Keith Kalp; and a sister, Virginia Aultman. She is survived by her children, Virginia May and her husband, Laird, of Mill Run, Helen Winters of Somerset, Robert Kalp and his wife, Ruth, of Donegal, Dale Kalp and his wife, Joanne, of Greensburg and Ethel Monticue and her husband, Valjean, of Greensburg; a brother, Donald Ritenour of Somerset; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Paul C. Freidhof officiating. Interment will follow in the Donegal Cemetery.

JAMES C. LAWSON

James C. Lawson, 55, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born June 30, 1944, in Manor, a son of Elizabeth Wolfgang Lawson of Jeannette and the late Joseph H. Lawson Sr. He had worked as a waiter for 37 years at various restaurants. He was a member of Brush Creek Salem United Church of Christ and a member of Shidle Lodge 601 Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph H. Lawson Jr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Janet Susko and her husband, John, of Irwin; three nephews, Joseph Lawson, Jeffrey Lawson and Jason Susko; and a niece, Lori Wilson. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at which time a memorial service will be held with the Rev. F. Edmund Jenkins officiating. Masonic services will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Those wishing may contribute to St. Paul Homes, 339 E. Jamestown Road, Greenville, PA 16125.

LEONARD POSTER

Leonard Poster, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000. He was born Aug. 6, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Phillip and Bessie Levine Poster. He was treasurer for many years for the former Tree of Life Congregation, Mt. Pleasant. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Prior to retirement, he was a partner in the former Poster Auto Sales, Mt. Pleasant. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vera Goldwasser Poster; a son, Jack Poster and his wife, Kim, of Leesburg, Va.; a daughter, Marjorie Marks and her husband, Richard, of Monroeville; two grandchildren, Carrie and Lauren Poster; a brother, Milton Poster of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Gladys Poster Dunhoff and Norma Poster Shapiro, both of Latrobe; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Freda Poster Weiss of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received in GALONE CARUSO'S, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Service time for Tuesday will be announced when complete. Interment in B'Nai Israel Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests contributions to the Parkinson's Disease Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh, 6470 Monitor St., Pittsburgh PA 15217, in memory of Mr. Poster.

SYLVIA S. (PACZKOWSKI) SCHAEFER

Sylvia S. (Paczkowski) Schaefer, 71, of Polish Hill, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000. Beloved mother of Deborah Bocsy and husband, Thomas, of Pleasant Hills and Sandra Laux and husband, Timothy, of North Hills. Grandmother of Rebecca and Christopher Bocsy and Matthew and Andrew Beran. Sister of Esther James of Green Tree. Also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many cousins. Friends will be received at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 3201 Dobson St., Polish Hill, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Polish Hill, with the Rev. Joseph A. Swierczynski as celebrant. Interment to follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shaler Township.

RUBY SEKERKA

Ruby ``Kitty'' Sekerka, 77, of West Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at her home. Kitty was born June 12, 1922, in Kingwood, W.Va., a daughter of the late Frank and Hazel Loraw. In addition to her parents, Kitty was preceded in death by four sisters, Lucille Beatty, Ruth Etter, Helen Sharp and Phyllis Bise. Kitty is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert M. Sekerka; a daughter, Andrea Berarducci of West Newton; four grandchildren, Aileen Lash and her husband, Cuffy, Tony Berarducci and his wife, Patti, and Frank Berarducci and his wife, Debbie, all of West Newton, and Marla Berarducci of Wilmington, N.C.; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the RICHARD F. DODSON FUNERAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery.

CLARENCE E. SHAFFER

Clarence E. ``Pickey'' Shaffer, 93, of Derry, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was the son of the late Dallas P. and Cora Etta Clawson Shaffer. He was a retired supervisor from Emerson Electric, which had formerly been Wiegand Electric Co. in Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Derry; LaMonte Lodge #568 F&AM of Derry; Delta Lodge of Pittsburgh; Artisian Association of Philadelphia; Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh; Syria Shrine Temple of Pittsburgh; and the Etna B.P.O.E. He was a 1925 graduate of Derry Borough High School. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, E. Louise Brant Shaffer, on Sept. 6, 1999; and two sisters, Ethel and Velma Malcomson. Surviving are four sisters, Mary Malcomson of Youngstown, Ohio, Grace Snyder of Uniontown, Mildred Kean of Bolivar RD1 and Mrs. Walter (Helen) Telischak of North Royalton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and Donald R. Burd of Derry, with whom he had been residing. Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Dean E.G. Roberts, officiating. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery. LaMonte Lodge #568 F&AM will conduct services Monday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

ALFRETTA E. KEYSER ULERY

Alfretta E. Keyser Ulery, 69, of Stahlstown RD1, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born March 29, 1930, in Hunker, a daughter of the late Edwin H. and Maude Errett Keyser. She attended the former Hurst High School in Norvelt. She was employed at the Townhouse Restaurant in Ligonier for many years, and was also self-employed as a housekeeper. She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ligonier. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Earnest C. Ulery, in 1964; and a brother, George M. Keyser. She is survived by a daughter, Connie Small and her husband, Gary, of Stahlstown; two grandchildren, Kelli and Staci Small; three brothers, Carl Keyser and his wife, Nancy, of Scottdale, and Thomas and Norman Keyser, both of Thorndale; and a sister, Sandra Emerick of Newville. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Cummings officiating. Interment will follow in the Donegal Cemetery.

JAMES M. UNDERWOOD

James M. Underwood, 90, of Latrobe and Sea Island, Ga., died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his home in Latrobe. He was born Feb. 27, 1909, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Fred Perry and Jean (Martin) Underwood. Prior to his retirement on April 14, 1981, he was the chairman of the board of the former Vulcan Inc. after a 40-year career. Mr. Underwood first came to Vulcan Mold in 1935 for a five-year stretch as assistant secretary-treasurer, and time study expert. He then went to the Toyad Corp. in Latrobe and became executive vice president, leaving in 1941, when he founded the Halund Co. which made gas tank molds used during World War II. He served as president until 1945. He then returned to Vulcan in 1946 as president, and enlarged the small foundry in Latrobe to a three-plant operation in three states. He first enlarged and modernized the original plant in Latrobe in 1948. He opened a second ingot mold foundry in the Chicago area at Lansing in 1951, and in 1962 developed a third Vulcan Mold casting facility in Trenton, Mich. Growth and progress continued over the next three decades. In 1966, Vulcan moved into a new manufacturing area with the acquisition of the Westmoreland Plastics Company. In 1968, a third division was added with the purchase of Hydro Carbide Company and the company acquired two Pittsburgh engineering companies to form Vulcan Engineering. In 1971, the acquisition of Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist, and the Chemung Foundry took place. In 1979, the new Westmoreland Plastics injection molding plant was built in Latrobe along with a second Hydro Carbide in Gulfport, Miss., and in 1980 the acquisition of Parnell Industries Inc. occurred. He was a 1925 graduate of Latrobe High School, a 1926 graduate of Shadyside Academy, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1930, where he was on the swim team, and was a member and past president of the Phi-Delta-Theta Fraternity. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1932. Jim served on the Latrobe Borough Council for 27 years and was president for 16 years. While on council, Jim was instrumental in forming the Westmoreland County Airport Authority in 1951, and served as the authority chairman until 1968, working diligently to help make the airport a success. He also served on the Latrobe Hospital Board from 1948 until 1982, serving as chairman from 1961-1966. His work on the board helped change the hospital from a small community hospital to one that has expanded services and has attained a national reputation. Jim also developed and taught some of the first business administration courses at St. Vincent College, was a trustee at the University of Pittsburgh from 1964-1971, was chairman of the Young Republicans of Westmoreland County, was a member of the Defense Orientation Conference in Washington, and ran for Congress in 1940. He was a member and elder of the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Rolling Rock Club, the Sea Island Country Club, the Duquesne Club, the University Club, the Latrobe Elks, and the Sea Island Cottage Owners. In addition to all of the above, Jim was an avid skeet shooter, golfer, bowler, fisherman, and an enthusiastic photographer. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne E. (Saxman) Underwood; a son, James M. Underwood Jr.; his second wife, Alice (Clemens) Underwood; his third wife, Evelyn (Crane) Underwood; and three brothers, Thomas, Joseph and Roy Underwood. He is survived by three children, Ann Underwood Potts of Greensburg, Thomas S. Underwood and his wife, Judy, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Charles P. Underwood and his wife, Patricia, of Montour Falls, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, Catherine Houston, Thomas Potts, Alice Potts Goldemen, James, Timothy, Elisabeth and Katherine Underwood, Tracey and Thomas Underwood, Charles Underwood Jr., Stephen and Christine Underwood, and Scott Collett; seven great-grandchildren; and his daughter-in-law, Marsha Underwood of Latrobe. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Unity Chapel, Unity Township, with the Rev. Dr. David B. Batchelder and the Rev. John Silbert co-officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation, West Second Avenue, Latrobe, PA 15650.

RUTH M. WAREHAM

Ruth M. Wareham, 85, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 26, 1914, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late George and Margaret Anderson McFarland. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Ray, and her second husband, James Wareham. Also preceded by a brother, John McFarland; and three sisters, Josephine Good, Helen King and Florence Good. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Jean Waugaman of Greensburg, Mrs. Florence Pearch and her husband, Bryce, of Little River, S.C., Mrs. Ruth Doty and her husband, Thomas, of Canonsburg and Mrs. Betty Campbell and her husband, David, of Geneva, Ohio; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul McFarland of Greensburg and Thomas McFarland and his wife, Rita, of Gibsonia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. John E. Duvall officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Ashtabula, Ohio. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., funeral director, in charge of arrangements.

PAUL YANCICH

Paul Yancich, 72, of Richeyville, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in his home. He was born April 11, 1927, in Brownsville, a son of the late Joseph and Mildred Sladovich Yancich. Mr. Yancich was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union #354, from which he retired in 1992. He was also a member of the Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post #705 of Centerville, Beallsville Lodge #237 F&AM, Uniontown Lodge of Perfection and the Consistory of Pittsburgh and also the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Masontown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. Mr. Yancich was an avid golfer. On June 28, 1952, he married Irene Betsko, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Paul ``Chip'' Yancich Jr. and Tom Yancich, both of Washington, Pa.; two daughters, Larraine Damich of Rostraver and Lynne Yancich of Pittsburgh; and five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Matt, Scott and Brianna Damich, Jamie and Michael Yancich. He was preceded in death by eight brothers, John, Pete, Michael, Emil, Steve, Nick, Joseph and Louis Yancich; and five sisters, Mildred Borovich, Lucille Miller, Mary Jurcic, Ann Burton and Betty Koscho. Mr. Yancich was the last member of his immediate family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, Route 40, Beallsville, where a prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a 12 p.m. funeral service at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Masontown with the Rev. Rodney Torbic officiating. Interment will be in LaFayette Memorial Park. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday by Beallsville Lodge #237 and a Pomen will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday by the Rev. Rodney Torbic.

ELIZABETH J. VanWEY BOYLE 

Elizabeth J. ``Betty'' VanWey Boyle, 80, loving and caring mother of seven children, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Derry, a daughter of the late Harry and Fern Shannon VanWey. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin, its Golden Echoes, Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and Seton Group; a member of the Greenridge Gems Bowling League and was a volunteer at Westmoreland Manor. Betty was also an avid golfer and card player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Boyle, in April of 1979. Surviving are three daughters, Mary and her husband, James Doran, of Jeannette, Patricia and her husband, Mark Wright, of Mt Pleasant, and Beth and her husband, Dave Thomas, of Irwin; four sons, Thomas P. Boyle of Jeannette, Michael and his wife, Betty, of Penn Hills, Kevin and his wife, Debbie, of Greensburg, and Keith and his wife, Cyndie, of Acme; 13 grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Jo and her husband, Gene McDonald, of Latrobe. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. 

ANTOINETTE M. BRANT 

Antoinette M. Brant, 59, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born June 24, 1940, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Anthony and Yolanda Marconi Canova. She is survived by her husband, Paul E. Brant; her son, Ronald Brant and his wife, Cathy; and a daughter, Kimberly Huff, all of Greensburg; a brother, Bob Canova of West Mifflin; a sister, Linda Oakman of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Daniel, Steven, Michael and James. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel, followed by entombment in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. 

LOUISE R. CERMAK 

Louise R. Cermak, 81, of Loyalhanna, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Loyalhanna, a daughter of the late Antonio and Rosa Brugnoli Bisi. She was a member of the former Loyalhanna Community Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Louis, Adolph, John, and Arthur Bisi; and three sisters, Mary Pauza, Olive Paul, and Virginia Dotterway. She is survived by her husband, Vince F. ``Red'' Cermak; a son, Vince Cermak and his wife, Eileen, of Middletown, R.I.; a daughter, Elaine Cermak of Latrobe; and a grandson, Michael Cermak. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. 

WILLIAM F. CLINE 

William F. Cline, 76, of Export, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000. Born Feb. 13, 1923, in Export, a son of the late Ross and Josephine Hill Cline. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline Leasure Cline; and two brothers, Francis and Oliver Cline. Survived by four sons, George L. of Slickville, James E. and wife, Cheryl, of Export, Joseph L. Sr. ``Lee'' of Saltsburg, and Dennis and wife, Patti, of Export; four daughters, Mrs. Edward (Louise) Merlock of New Alexandria, Mrs. Roger (Jane) Martz of Export, Bertha Shadle of Saltsburg, and Mrs. William (Dianne) Patterson of New Alexandria; five sisters, Tillie Vargesko, Esther Elliott, Doll Montel, Anne Swank, and Jane Hudgkin; also survived by 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Gary R. Smith officiating. Interment Grandview Cemetery. 

LOIS G. (McINTYRE) DEARMAN 

Lois G. (McIntyre) Dearman, 82, of Sharpsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000. Wife of the late Irvin ``Babe'' Dearman. Beloved mother of Donna Handrahan, Kathleen Flavin and Sandra Busalacchi; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the WORRELL FUNERAL HOME, corner of Main and Ninth streets, Sharpsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Sharpsburg. 

GUY J. ELDA 

Guy J. Elda, 86, of Crabtree, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 26, 1913, in Crabtree, a son of the late Suriano and Cecelia Stanelo Elda. He retired in 1975 from Consolidated Coal Co., Renton Mine, with a total of 46 years as a mechanic at the Renton Mine, Jamason Coal and Hunker Mine. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, where he was an usher; he was also a member of the Crabtree VFD, Hannastown Firemen's Club, the former Crabtree Italian Club, Old Crabtree Sportsman's Club, and a lifetime member of the Moose. He loved fishing at Twin Lakes and Keystone State Park, and was noted for his homemade wine in his younger days. Guy fancied himself as somewhat of a cook and his homemade sausage was excellent. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Phillip Bell; and a sister, Anna Elias. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mofalda Marcelli Elda; four children, Cecelia Ungvarsky and husband, John, Janet Karas and husband, Richard, and James Kieran Elda, all of Greensburg, Mary Ann Ritchie and husband, Michael, of Malvern, Pa.; four grandchildren, Michael Ungvarsky, Lauren Elda, and Catherine and Connor Ritchie; three half brothers, Raymond Bell and wife, Julia, of Latrobe, Orlando ``Lundy'' Bell and wife, Frances, of Greensburg, and Mario Bell and wife, Vera, of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received at the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (742) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Crabtree, with the Rev. Augustine Flood, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be made to the Crabtree VFD or Jeannette Hospital Foundation. The Rosary Altar Society will pray the rosary in the funeral home Wednesday at 3 p.m. Crabtree Volunteer Fire Department will hold services at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director. 

MARY A. (STANKIEWICZ) KRUFKA 

Mary A. (Stankiewicz) Krufka, 92, formerly of Greenock and Carnegie, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, in Canonsburg General Hospital, North Strabane Township. She was born Feb. 2, 1907, in London, England, a daughter of the late Peter and Frances Stankiewicz. She was a former member of St. Luke's Church, Carnegie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Krufka, and her son, Carl Krufka. She is survived by three nephews, Joseph Duda of Mt. Pleasant, Frank Duda of Cleveland, Ohio, and Walter Duda of Beaumont, Texas; and two great-nieces, Carol S. Fassinger of Elizabeth and Patricia A. Wall of Bethel Park. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 323 Second Ave., Carnegie. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Luke Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie, with the Rev. Rudolph Smoley as celebrant. A committal service will be held in the West Newton Cemetery chapel at noon. 

EDITH E.K. MAJCHER 

Edith E.K. Majcher, 73, of Ruffsdale RD1, formerly of Pittsburgh, after an extended and courageous struggle with cancer, went to her final rest Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at the home of her daughter, Cecelia Rohosky. She was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Herman and Amalia Zink Klag. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Duquesne, and a graduate of the Baltimore High School and the Clara Barton Business School of Baltimore. She was a homemaker, and formerly worked as an accountant. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Regis R. Majcher; and was the devoted mother of four children, Michael R. Majcher of Ruffsdale RD1, Howard H. Majcher and wife, Elizabeth, of West Mifflin, Delores Lynn Kostrub and husband, Joseph, of Pittsburgh, and Cecelia Emily Rohosky and husband, Thomas, of Mt. Pleasant RD5; three grandchildren, Brian Kostrub, and Emily and Nicholas Rohosky; a brother, Leroy Klag and wife, Vola, of Baltimore, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Klag. Funeral services will be private and are under the direction of the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Mt. Pleasant. 

SARAH CONLEY O'NEILL 

Sarah ``Sadie'' Conley O'Neill, in her 101st year, of Lawrenceville, on Saturday, Jan. 22. Wife of the late Ralph B. Beloved mother of Thomas O'Neill and Sally Jankowski. Grandmother of Joseph, John, and Mark Jankowski, and Sarah Olkowski. Great-grandmother of Michael, Irene, and Eric Jankowski. Sister of the late Mary O'Neil Brennan and Lewis J. Conley. Friends received at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Mary's Church, Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

HARRY J. PFEIFER 

Harry J. Pfeifer, 82, of Latrobe RD7, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Bradenville, a son of the late Harry J. Pfeifer Sr. and Cecilia Toman Pfeifer. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. He was retired from Standard Steel Co., Latrobe, and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Also, he was a member of the American Legion Post #515, Latrobe, the DAV of Greensburg, the Junior Mechanics of Greensburg, and the Frontier Club of Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Pfeifer. Survived by his wife, Rita D. Miconi Pfeifer; a son, Thomas Pfeifer and his wife, Linda, of Florida; a brother, Kenneth Pfeifer of Latrobe; two sisters, Mildred Skrovec of McKeesport and Faye Holnaider of Latrobe; a grandson, Jason Pfeifer and his wife, Michelle, of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe, with the Trinity clergy officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Military services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church. 

JOHN H. SANTMYER 

John H. Santmyer, 56, of North Broadway, Scottdale, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 23, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. John was born in Scottdale, Sept. 12, 1943, a son of Laura ``Sis'' Culler Santmyer of Scottdale and the late Howard ``Hub'' Santmyer, who passed away on March 7, 1997. John was a former resident of Hayward, Calif., where he resided for many years. He previously was employed as a maintenance man and truck driver for the City of Hayward, Calif., and also worked as an employee of a local archery shop. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served as a 2nd Class Airman in the U.S. Navy for eight years. John was an archery enthusiast and a member of the Bonnie Bowmen Archery Club in Redwood, Calif. He also enjoyed fishing. John is survived by his loving family: his mother, Laura ``Sis'' Culler Santmyer of Scottdale; four children, John Santmyer and his wife, Patricia, of Connellsville, and Diane, Robert, and Jamie Santmyer, all of California; two grandchildren; four sisters, Joyce M. Carnes and husband, Albert, of Mt. Pleasant, Linda F. Bennett and husband, Mark, of Littleton, Colo., Karen S. Knopsnider and husband, Domer, of Ruffsdale RD2 and Melody L. Overly of Scottdale; a brother, Ronald L. Santmyer of Scottdale; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, John was preceded in death by three nephews, Domer Wade Knopsnider Jr., Ronald Santmyer and James Overly; and a great-niece, Kimberly Sue Knopsnider. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and 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 chapel with Pastor Bob Chambers officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs, with full military honors bestowed by the James E. Zundell American Legion Post #446 of Mt. Pleasant. 

AMANDA K. SMITH 

Amanda K. Smith, 104, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1895, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John M. and Katherine Wilt Keenan. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Smith Sr.; a daughter, Esther J. Smith; three sisters; and two brothers. She was Protestant by faith, a member of the First United Church of Christ. She is survived by three daughters, Twyla M. Langenberg of Sedona, Ariz., Betty J. Hiner of Waynesboro, Va., and Alice and her husband, Howard Wurzbacher, of Greensburg; a son, Robert E. Smith Jr. of New Alexandria; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, where services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edwin Fromm officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Christ.


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