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|ROSE MARIE KATONKA ANTAL
Rose Marie Katonka Antal, 77, of American House, Lebanon, Pa., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She was born Dec. 31, 1922, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Henry and Victoria (Stefanik) Katonka. She was a retired factory worker and was Protestant by faith. Survived by a son, Joseph Antal of Lebanon; a grandchild, Corey Antal of Lebanon; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Antal and Joshua Antal. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Larry Antal, on Dec. 8, 1996; a sister, Mary Magdeline Elizabeth Katonka, in 1971; and a brother, Joseph Katonka, who died in Rome during World War II. Friends will be received Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. in CHRISTMAN'S FUNERAL HOME INC., Lebanon. Interment Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon.
ESTHER (ZEOLLA) DEMICHELE
Esther (Zeolla) DeMichele, 78, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in Highlands Center, Brackenridge. She was born Nov. 8, 1921, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Pietro and Mary Cornacione Zeolla. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Natrona Heights, and of its Ladies Guild. Mrs. DeMichele enjoyed playing cards with numerous card clubs in the area. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Albert J. DeMichele of Brackenridge; her loving children, Donna J. DeMichele Edwards of Brackenridge, Albert Joseph DeMichele Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Penn, and Richard Alan DeMichele and his wife, Teri, of New Kensington; 11 grandchildren, Paul Edwards, Shelly Witkorek, Sharon Woodmansee, Christian Widmer, Edward, Matthew, Joshua, and Lori DeMichele, and Kristopher, Keli and Kim Trettel; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian Zeolla and her husband, Angelo, of Kittanning. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lou Widmer, in 1986; a grandson, Gregory Widmer, in 1988, and a sister, Ann L. Fair. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Natrona Heights. Interment Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements by GALONE-CARUSO'S, Mt. Pleasant.
Elizabeth DiOrio, 89, of Greensburg, formerly of New Alexandria, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in Hempfield Manor, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 21, 1910, in New Alexandria, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Merichko. She was also predeceased by her husband, Charles ``Chappy'' DiOrio; an infant son, James; two brothers, Paul and Andrew Merichko; two half brothers, Bud and Steve Merichko; two sisters, Helen Maddock and Marion Gianni; a son-in-law, Samuel J. Merenda; and a grandson, Brian C. Merenda. Survivors include a daughter, Josephine Merenda of Forbes Road; two sons, Charles DiOrio and wife, Doloras, of Norvelt and Louis DiOrio and wife, Beverly, of Hunker; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 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, Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday 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. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director.
ELVA M. ELLIOTT
Elva M. Elliott, 91, of Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 31, 1908, in Bedford Valley, Pa., a daughter of the late William and Mary M. Zembower Hite. She was a member of the Greensburg Alliance Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell D. Elliott, in 1956; and by several brothers and sisters. She is survived by seven sons, Harold R. and his wife, Nancy Elliott, of Hunker, Richard D. and his wife, Martha Elliott, of Phoenix, Ariz., Emory R. and his wife, Mary Ann Elliott, of Jeannette, James K. and his wife, Shirley Elliott, of Jeannette, William E. and his wife, Linda Elliott, of Phoenix, Ariz., Clyde A. and his wife, Janet Elliott, of Greensburg RD2, and Curtis D. and his wife, Veronica Elliott, of Jeannette; two daughters, Mrs. Allan (Barbara J.) Fox of Southwest Greensburg and Mrs. Paul (Sylvia Jean) Smartnick of Greensburg RD11; 28 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Greensburg Alliance Church with the Rev. D. Roy Dail, her pastor, and the Rev. Scott A. Fox, her grandson, co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Greensburg Alliance Church, RD6 Greensburg, PA 15601.
SOPHIE ELIZABETH ENGLER
Sophie Elizabeth Engler, 87, of Arnold, formerly of Creighton, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in Integrated Health Services of Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She was born in Dillonvale, Ohio, and was a lifelong resident of the Valley, having lived in Creighton prior to moving to Arnold. Mrs. Engler was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington. Survivors include two sons, Martin Tony Engler Jr. of Arnold and Ronald Engler of Greensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Rudolph (Gloria J.) Larko of Arnold and Inez Michel of Tarentum; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Eleanor Struble of Arkansas; a half sister, Mrs. Joseph (Clara) Machuga; and a half brother, Anthony Kotowski, both of New Kensington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Engler Sr.; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Engler; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Sarah Engler; her parents, Michael Shemenski and Elizabeth Borkoski Shemenski Kotowski; her stepfather, Joseph Kotowski; three brothers, Adam, Walter, and Stanley Shemenski; and four sisters, Julie Stankivic, Frances Branch, Helen Benecki, and Mary Bertolino. Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the RUSIEWICZ OF ARNOLD FUNERAL HOME, 1400 Fifth Ave., Arnold, where prayers of transfer will be recited Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, with the Rev. Richard P. Karenbauer officiating. Burial will follow in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Parish wake service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
HOWARD H. HASKINS
Howard H. Haskins, 83, on Monday, Jan. 24, 2000. Beloved husband of the late Helen E. Haskins (nee Seed), devoted father of Howard H. Haskins III of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mary L. Haskins of Elyria, Ohio; loving grandfather of Howard H. Haskins IV, Matthew P. Haskins, Patrick B. Haskins and Quentin B. Haskins, all of Cincinnati, and Andrew C. Haskins of Burbank, Calif.; great-grandfather of eight; dear brother of the late Thomas F. Haskins. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at Judson Village Retirement Community, 2373 Harrison Ave., Westwood, Ohio. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association. BOLTON & LUNSFORD FUNERAL HOME, Cincinatti, Ohio, is serving the family.
ERNEST R. IMEL
Ernest R. Imel, 87, of Indian Head, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in Eicher's Family Home, Normalville. He was born Sept. 14, 1912, in Indian Head, a son of the late Jacob Henry and Ida Blanche Prinkey Imel. He was a resident of Indian Head for most of his life, and had resided in Scottdale for several years. He was a former employee of the Neal Pritts Construction Co., and was also a farmer and timberman. He was a member of the Indian Head Church of God and formerly attended the Center Bethel Church of God, Alverton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Stairs Imel. He is survived by a son, Elwood E. Imel and his wife, Linda, of Normalville; a daughter, Evangeline Sleasman and her husband, Carl E., of Indian Head; six grandchildren, Eric R. Imel and his wife, Brenda, Steve E. Imel and his wife, Kelley, Layne Crandle and her husband, William, April Linnell and her husband, John, Hope Sleasman, and Brent Sleasman and his wife, Julie; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Mae Felgar of Normalville. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Arndt officiating. Interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery.
DIANE JEAN (SCOTT) LILJA
Diane Jean (Scott) Lilja, 35, of Greensburg, formerly of Delmont, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Surviving are her loving husband, Greg; three children, Justine Nicole, Gregory Austin and Brenden Scott, all at home. She was born Jan. 4, 1965, in Greensburg, a daughter of John E. Scott Jr. and Jean Hartley Scott of Delmont. Also surviving are two sisters, Lauraine Scott Masciantonio and her husband, Carmen, of Center Valley and Christy Scott Belgiovane and her husband, Alex, of Greensburg. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews, Taira, Mikelle and Carmen Nicholas Masciantonio, Alexandra Belgiovane and Shawn and Tyler Lilja. Diane and her husband co-owned Premiere Pizza of Delmont and Greensburg. Diane was a member of the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania and was affiliated with the Hempfield Aqua Club and the Hempfield High School Swim Team. She was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont. Family and friends will be received at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC. AT TWIN VALLEY, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Diane's funeral service will be held in the Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, Saturday at 11 a.m., with a short visitation beginning at 10 a.m. in the funeral home prior to going to the church. The Rev. James R. Wagner will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, a tax-deductible donation may be made to E.C.C.O.R. Inc. for the Diane Lilja Memorial Swimming Scholarship Fund, which is being established for deserving Hempfield High School scholar athletes (address to be announced tomorrow, or send donations to the funeral home). David H. Vaia, funeral director, in charge of arrangements.
MARGARET A. MAJERCIK
Margaret A. Majercik, 75, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her home. She was born July 10, 1924, in Duquesne, a daughter of the late Jozef and Mary Dill. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, North Huntingdon, and the Penns Woods Senior Citizens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, M. John Majercik; four brothers, John, Michael, Joseph and Edward Dill; and a sister, Ann Petro. She is survived by her son, Dennis Majercik of North Huntingdon; two daughters, Donna Reed of North Huntingdon and Diane Weaver of Beyer; and five 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 SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, followed by interment in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.
ANNA BELLE (ANABEL) MOORE
Anna Belle (Anabel) Moore, 84, of Latrobe RD5, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in Latrobe Care Center. The husband and children of Anabel Foster Moore would like to share with their friends that on Jan. 24, 2000, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, Anabel has gone to her heavenly home and reward. We would like you who knew our wife and Mom to rejoice with us in this final victory and to remember with us all the love she shared through her faith and through her poetry. A homemaker and former sales clerk for Troutman's, Anabel was a lifelong member of New Life Community Church in Derry and served the Lord in many capacities over the years. She taught all of us, her five children, 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren how to live our faith. Anabel was born March 9, 1915, in Bradenville. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Foster and Dorothy Ayers Foster; a son, John Norman Moore; a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Lucas; a brother, John Foster; and a sister, Mrs. Howard (Olive) Reynolds. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Norman L. Moore; and by her children, Norma and her husband, William Albaugh, of Derry, Nancy and her husband, Theodore Keir, of Bradenville, Erma and her husband, James Hauser, of Latrobe, Barry and his wife, Ilene, of Blandon and Sherrie and her husband, Dewey McDonald, of Flanders, N.J. She is also survived by a sister, Erma Kellerman of Greensburg; a brother, James Foster of Latrobe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the MICHAEL J. QUINLISK FUNERAL HOME INC., 548 N. Chestnut St., Derry, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Dr. Donn Chapman officiating. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery, Derry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Latrobe Hospital Hospice or the Edgewood Nursing Center.
Mischa Nieland, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000. Beloved husband of Stella Nieland. Beloved father of Michael L. (Lilli) Nieland, M.D. Beloved brother of Kitty, Rose, Meyer, Clair, Herman, Lena and Anne. Beloved grandfather of Jennie, Nathaniel and Ariel. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Private graveside service and interment will be held in Philadelphia. Contributions may be made in memory of Mischa Nieland to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA 02115. Arrangements by the RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., Shadyside.
PATRICK L. O'CONNOR
Patrick L. O'Connor, 93, of Forest Hills, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000. He was a former employee of Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh Plant, and was an officer and president of Local #601 of the International Union of Electrical Workers during the 1940's and 1950's. He then became the superintendent of the Squirrel Hill, Fort Pitt, and Liberty Tunnels. At age 72, he retired from state government service as an electrical inspector for the General Service Administration. He was a member of the A.O.H. since 1912, most recently with Division 17 in Monroeville. Husband of the late Mae C. (Carrick) O'Connor. Father of Brian and his wife, Lorraine, of Baldwin, Patrick and his wife, Susan, of Chalfant, and the late Mary Joan Baverso and her husband, Tony, of Baldwin and the late Robert K. ``Bo'' O'Connor and his wife, Emily, of Plum. Also 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday 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. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Maurice Church, Forest Hills, Friday at 10 a.m.
LILLIAN C. PENZERA
Lillian C. Penzera, 81, of South Greensburg, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 22, 1918, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Cora Dunfee Nolan. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by the Latrobe Steel Co. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Kingston Veteran's and Sportsmen's Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Groba, in 1951; her second husband, John L. Penzera Sr., on Sept. 20, 1999; by a son, John A. Groba; an infant daughter, Mary Lou Groba; two grandsons, Jeffrey Petrus and John A. Groba Jr.; a great-granddaughter, Marie Ann Vaccare; two sons-in-law, Floyd Seliga and Joseph Petrus Sr.; a brother, Delbert Nolan; and two sisters, Stella Smith and Elda Nolan. She is survived by five daughters, Teri Seliga of Kingston, Barbara and her husband, Harry Kennedy, Margaret Petrus, Anna and her husband, Frank Martelli, and Rita and her husband, Lester Jellison, all of Latrobe; a stepson, John M. Penzera of Latrobe; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, William Edward Nolan of Latrobe; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, with the Rev. Blane L. Resko, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
JOANNE L. PETITTA
Joanne L. Petitta, 86, a lifelong resident of New Kensington, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in Longwood at Oakmont. She was born Dec. 13, 1913, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Frank and Domenica Lecce Petitta. She was parish secretary for Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, for over 70 years, during which time she also taught Sunday school. She was prefect of the parish's C.C.D. religious education program, which for many years included week-day religious education classes in fire halls and clubs in the tri-city area, Logans Ferry, and Aluminum City Terrace. She was currently active in the food bank of Mt. St. Peter Church, and in the church's Ezekiel 37 Prayer Group and Addolorata Society. Together with Mary Abati, she maintained the Apostolate of Mary in New Kensington. In earlier years, it was used as a retreat house. Among many notable people who came to the Apostolate to make a retreat are two currently being considered by the Vatican for sainthood: Dorothy Day and Father John J. Hugo, a Retreat Master. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis P. Petitta, Joseph ``Sody'' Petitta and one in infancy. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the JOHN B. GUINTA FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mt. St. Peter Church, where a Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue after the Mass until 10 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. with her pastor, the Rev. Richard Curci, as celebrant. Interment will be in the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, Lower Burrell. Contributions may be made in her memory to the New Millennium Fund of Mt. St. Peter Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068. The Ezechiel 37 Prayer Group will conduct a service Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
JUNE E. SMITH
June E. Smith, 84, of Bowie, Md., formerly of Latrobe, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Bowie, Md. She was born July 30, 1915, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late William N. and Pearl B. Burtoft Weiland. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Maryland, a life member of the White Eagles Club, and a member of Women of the Moose. She was the former owner and operator of the Brenizer Hotel and Pirates Den, and June's Bar & Restaurant in Latrobe. She is survived by two sons, William A. Smith of Sun City, Ariz., and Robert E. Smith of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Robert L. Weiland of California and Lynn A. Weiland of New Mexico; a sister, Lois Bellis of Bowie, Md.; three grandchildren, Virginia, Robert E. Jr., and Kimberly; six great-grandchildren, Stephen, Victoria, Tiffany, Dylon, Ryan and Samantha; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Service Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh.
CORNELIUS Y. VEENIS
Cornelius Y. Veenis, M.D., 77, a resident of St. Barnabas Retirement Village, Gibsonia (formerly of Fox Chapel), died Monday morning, Jan. 24, 2000, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. He was born July 4, 1922, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Cornelius and Lillian O'Brien Veenis. He was an opthalmologist who had practices in Oakland and North Hills from 1955 to 1987. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Fox Chapel Episcopal Church. Professional memberships included the Allegheny County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Ophthalmology (fellow) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was also a former member of the Pittsburgh Field Club and the University Club. He attended the University of Pittsburgh as an undergraduate and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1945. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Veenis. He is survived by four sons, Cornelius Y. ``Neil'' Veenis of Baltimore, Md., J. Mark Veenis of O'Hara Township, Christopher R. Veenis of Harmar Township and R. Jay Veenis of Massanutten, Va.; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Fox Chapel Episcopal Church, 630 Squaw Run Road East, followed by a reception in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to the Brother's Brother Foundation, 1501 Reedsdale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Arrangements by the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Blawnox.
GEORGE VURGICH SR.
George Vurgich Sr., 90, formerly of Aliquippa, on Monday, Jan. 24, 2000. Beloved husband of the late Louise (Karamarkovich). Beloved father of George and Lee Vurgich, Ralph and Sherry Vurgich, and Dolores and Richard Vignovich. Beloved brother of the late Violet Sareliga. Beloved grandfather (Jedo) of Shelley Vignovich Prisuta, Ralph, Alisa, and Greg Vurgich; also survived by three great-grandchildren. Friends received Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-9 p.m. at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral service Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Elijah Serbian Church, 2200 Main St., Aliquippa. Pomen services Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Everyone to meet at church for services on Thursday.
ELEANOR H. ARROTT
WILMA L. BLICKENDERFER
Wilma L. Blickenderfer, 71, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in West Penn Hospital, Bloomfield. She was born June 4, 1928, in Cowansburg, a daughter of the late William and Luella Lenhart Landsperger. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, and the Allegheny General Nurses Alumni. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a registered nurse at McKeesport Hospital, was nursing supervisor at Briarcliff Pavilion, and also was a private duty nurse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Landsperger. She is survived by her husband, B. Maxwell Blickenderfer; a son, Bill Elliot and his wife, Kathy, of Gibsonia; two daughters, Diane Anderson and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Anderson, and Sandy E. Venema and her husband, Gary, of Davie, Fla.; two brothers, William Landsperger of Shreveport, Ind., and Harold Landsperger of Sutersville; two sisters, Marian Donaldson of West Newton and Eleanor Pletcher of North Huntingdon; and 10 grandchildren. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Heart Association.
WILLIAM G. BOOKHEIMER
William G. Bookheimer, 89, of Greensburg, formerly of Irwin, died Tuesday,
Jan. 25, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born
Sept. 9, 1910, in Kearney, a son of the late Charles and Bertha Dodson
Bookheimer. He was a retired employee of U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works, and
a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin. In addition to his
parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Wingard. He is survived
by his wife, Helen Louise Hardy Bookheimer; two daughters, Kay Householder
of Hempfield Township and Helen Novack of Largo, Fla.; a son, William G.
Bookheimer of O'Brien, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St.,
Irwin, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and
Saturday at 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in
the funeral home with the Rev. R. Bruce Maxwell officiating. Entombment
will follow at Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park.
Winnajean F. (Kelley) Breegle
Winnajean F. (Kelley) Breegle, 78, of Smithton RD1 (South Huntingdon Township), passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2000, at her home. She was born in South Huntingdon Township on Aug. 16, 1921, a daughter of the late Normal H. and Eula Gail Jones Kelley, who passed away May 1, 1967, and June 22, 1989, respectively. Winnajean was a lifelong resident of South Huntingdon Township and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family. She was a member of the Barren Run United Methodist Church. Winnajean is survived by her loving family: her sons, Woodrow W. Breegle Jr. and wife, Katherine, of Hunker and Eugene J. Breegle of Everson; five grandchildren, Chris S. Breegle and wife, Tiffani, Stuart E. Breegle and wife, Celeste, Jeffory J. Breegle, Kimberly Miller and husband, Richard, and Terri Saber and husband, Michael; five great-grandchildren, Stephen Breegle, Dominnique Breegle, Cory Breegle, Taylor Miller and McKenzie Miller; a sister, Almildra Marker of Indiana; six brothers, Kenneth Kelley and wife, Helen, Orran Kelley and wife, Ruth, Woodrow Kelley and wife, Pearl, Windell Kelley and wife, Edith, Clifford Kelley and wife, Carol, all of Smithton, and Delmar Glen Kelley and wife, Kathy, of Herminie; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow W. Breegle, on June 15, 1976; a daughter-in-law, Carol Breegle, in 1999; and a sister, Ruth Bibel. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Herbert Peterson officiating. Chapel committal service will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
STEVE R. GABER SR.
Steve R. Gaber Sr., 76, of Upper St. Clair, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000. Beloved husband of the late Ellen K. (Spehar) Gaber; loving father of Paula Ann, Steven R. Jr. and the late Karl E. Gaber; and grandfather of Melissa and James Gaber. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BEINHAUERS, 2828 Washington Road, Peters Township, (724) 941-3211. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday St. John Capistran Church, 1610 McMillan Road, Upper St. Clair. Entombment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Family suggests memorial donations be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Woodruff Family Services, L.L.P.
WALTER A. GLASS
Walter A. Glass, 97, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at his home. He was born March 19, 1902, in Markleysburg, a son of the late John and Ida Ringer Glass. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a painter by Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Miller United Methodist Church of North Versailles and its Men's Fellowship and was a lifetime member of the Hartford Heights Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Olevia Hamilton Glass; his second wife, Genevieve Ziska Glass; a daughter, Betty Rothfeldt; a grandson, Michael Harrison; and a brother, Robert Glass. Surviving are four daughters, Dorothy Tomlins of Florida, Nanci Oliverio and Carole Balbach, both of North Huntingdon, and Mary Ritter of Murrysville; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hazel Osler of Markleysburg. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. D. Christopher Livermore officiating. Interment will follow in the Rest Land Memorial Park, Monroeville. Family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 241 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
CHRISTOPHER EMANUEL GLENN
Christopher Emanuel Glenn, infant son of Skip and Lisa Scurci Glenn,
died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, in Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition to his parents,
he is also survived by his grandparents, Frank and Lucille Scurci of Jeannette.
Services were held in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ruth Ann Gordon
Ruth Ann Gordon, 75, of Dawson RD1 (Lower Tyrone Township), passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2000, at her home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 4, 1925, at Turtle Creek in Allegheny County, a daughter of the late Bernhard Engle and Anna McDevitt Gillespie Engle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two half brothers. Ruth is survived by her husband of 54 years, G.W. ``Bill'' Gordon. They were married in Washington, D.C., on May 29, 1946. Ruth was a member of the Scottdale High School Class of 1942 and attended George Washington University. She and her husband were active farmers in Lower Tyrone Township and she was the first and only female director of Farmers Cooperative Dairy. Ruth was a life member of National Grange and served as master of Dawson Grange, secretary of Fayette Pomona, and served as youth chairman of the PA State Grange. Following World War II, she was active in helping to organize a grass roots movement of an international peace organization called Farmers and World Affairs. For her work with this organization, she was chosen to attend and observe the United Nations Security Council in session in New York City, N.Y. Ruth actively supported many youth and religious organizations, and considered herself a friend of Tyrone Presbyterian Church. She was very active in organizations which supported humane causes and devoted most of her life to helping animals have a better life. She supported WARDS, an organization to help laboratory animals; Fayette SPCA; Western PA Humane Society; Beaver County Humane Society; Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of U.S.; The Digit Fund; and the American Bluebird Society. Ruth would like to be remembered as one who loved man not less but nature more. Ruth was a world traveler who visited every continent except Antarctica. She cherished her friendships with people from all over the world. At her request, her body has been donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. She will be interred at a later date in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township. Memorials may be sent to any humane organization, the Leukemia Society, or Albert Gallatin Hospice. Local arrangements are being personalized by the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300.
AMELIA (MALACKY) HABURA
Amelia ``Millie'' (Malacky) Habura, 87, of North Huntingdon (formerly of Trafford), died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in Turtle Creek. She was born Sept. 29, 1912, in North Braddock, a daughter of the late Emil and Alexandria Malacky. She was a member of All Souls Episcopal Church, North Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Habura; two brothers, Victor and Joseph Malacky; a sister, Irene Kokrak; and a grandson, Thomas Plummer. Survivors include two daughters, Nadine Plummer and husband, Robert, of North Huntingdon and Beverly Creed and husband, Will, of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Emil Malacky of Warren, Ohio; two sisters, Martha Sekula and Olga Rinda of Warren, Ohio; three granddaughters, Kimberly Fields of Greenville, S.C., Karen Scherz of Columbia, S.C., and Christin McDaniel of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two great-granddaughters. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Funeral services Friday at 11 a.m. in All Souls Episcopal Church, North Versailles, with the Rev. Barbara Knotts officiating (PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH). Entombment at Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum.
SARAH EASTON HOOK
Sarah Easton Hook, 100, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000. Beloved wife of the late Howard J. Hook; mother of Howard J. Jr. of New York and Donald E. Hook of Pittsburgh; mother-in-law of Kay Hook; sister of Stella Easton; grandmother of Sally, Sharon, Donald Jr., Jeffrey, Gregory, Lee Anne and the late Jay; also survived by seven great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, Oakland, Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, 11 a.m. Remembrances may be made to North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.
MARY T. DANCA HOSTOFFER
Mary T. Danca Hostoffer, R.N., 84, of Scottdale, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born May 8, 1915, in Scottdale, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Rose Babiarz Danca. Mary was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and a graduate of St. John the Baptist High School class of 1932 and of the H.C. Frick School of Nursing class of 1937. Mary was employed at the H.C. Frick Hospital as a registered nurse for more than 30 years and was the coordinator of many social functions associated with the retired registered nurses of Frick Hospital. Mary leaves to cherish her memories her loving and devoted children, Marlene A. Melego and her husband, Regis, of Scottdale and Eugene F. ``Hoss'' Hostoffer Jr. and his wife, Maxine (Geary), of Mt. Pleasant; two grandchildren, Merriann Melego Grant and her husband, MacDonald, of Jeannette and Kimberly Hostoffer Mastrippolito and her husband, John, of Greensburg; two great-grandchildren, Alexandra Grant and Marlee Grant; and a brother and sister, Joseph J. Danca and Nancy R. Danca, both of Scottdale. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene F. Hostoffer Sr., who died Nov. 15, 1983; two brothers, Anthony and John Danca; and a sister, Phyllis M. Shaner, who died March 23, 1994. Mary's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 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 to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale, with the Rev. Emil S. Payer as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist R.C. Parish Cemetery, Scottdale. A parish rosary will be recited Thursday at 2 p.m. and a parish wake service will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m., both in the funeral home.
JAMES E. KRUG SR.
James E. Krug Sr., 76, of Greensburg RD1, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. He was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Ebensburg, a son of the late William and Mary Henry Krug. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Greensburg. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Krug; and a sister, Martha Adams. He is survived by a son, James E. Jr. and his wife, Mary Ann Krug, of Greensburg RD11; three daughters, Louise and her husband, Keith ``Pete'' Highland, of Jeannette, Irene and her husband, Jim Moore, of Mt. Pleasant and Ruth and her husband, David Stauffer, of Greensburg; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy LaQuaglia of California and Thelma Perry of Utah; his former wife, Martha Diehl of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors provided by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
BROTHER BERNARD J.F. LEWITZKE, O.S.B.
Brother Bernard J.F. Lewitzke, O.S.B., a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey,
Latrobe, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, after a brief illness. He was 88
years old. Brother Bernard was born Feb. 12, 1911, in Lauenberg, Germany,
a son of the late Theophil Lewitzke and Marie (Felstan) Lewitzke, and was
baptized John Francis. When he was 18 months old, his family moved to the
United States and settled in Chicago, Ill., where he attended St. Paul's
Grade School and Jones High School. Brother Bernard entered the St. Vincent
Monastic community in 1926. He began his novitiate as a lay brother in
1927 and made profession of vows on July 2, 1928. Brother Bernard served
as the miller at the St. Vincent gristmill from 1927 to 1950, and as a
baker from 1950 to 1953. He was also Socius of Brothers from 1950 to 1960.
From 1961 to 1967, he was Sacristan at St. Mary's Church, North Side, Pittsburgh.
He was assigned to the Monastery's Priory and High School in Savannah,
Ga., in 1967, working there for several years as a baker and also teaching
German privately. In 1982, he returned to the Archabbey, where he did clerical
work for the Development Club. Brother Bernard is survived by three sisters,
Molly Uchison of Oaklawn, Ill., Hattie Cronk of Cicero, Ill., and Martha
Grazulis of Markham, Ill. Two brothers, Leo and Paul, preceded him in death.
A viewing for Brother Bernard will be held at Leander Hall parlor, St.
Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Wednesday from 3-4:30 and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday
from 3-4:30 p.m. A vigil service will be held in St. Vincent Archabbey
Basilica at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 1 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine
Health and Welfare Fund at St. Vincent Archabbey.
Norma D. (Fury) Lonigro
Norma D. (Fury) Lonigro, 68, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in the Greensburg Nursing and Convalescent Center, Hempfield Township. She was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Inez M. (DePodesta) Fury. She was a member of the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg, and the Greensburg Club of Italian Women. Norma was a 1953 graduate cum laude of Seton Hill College, Greensburg, and had taught in the biology department of Seton Hill College for five years. She was an outstanding teacher of anatomy and physiology, teaching scores of nurses at four different local hospital schools of nursing. She sat on the five-year review board for the National League of Nursing Examination. She had been a research assistant with Sister Florence Marie Scott, S.C., at the Woods Hall Marine Laboratory in Massachusetts. Norma suffered from the effects of multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years. She taught by example, demonstrating no resentment of the inevitable test of life; the daily challenge to her fortitude by the adversity of total disability. She was a paragon of patient, motionless existence; always a smiling face that touched the conscious awareness of all. Survived by her husband, Paul J. Lonigro; a son, Francis L. and his wife, Donna Lonigro, of Latrobe; twin daughters, Lucy and her husband, John Rause, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Florence and her husband, Marc Smith, of Latrobe; four grandsons, Derek Smith, Alexander Smith, Anthony Lonigro, and Donato Lonigro; three sisters, Mrs. Dom (Eleanor) Finoli of Greensburg, Mrs. Emil (Betty) Pellegrini of Bradenton, Fla., and Mary Ann Calabrase of Greensburg; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-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 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Family suggests, memorial contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1040 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
ROBERT J. RANDALL
Robert J. Randall, was born on Oct. 20, 1926, and went to Heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000. Bob was spiritually born again and received the promise of God's Eternal Life. I John 2:25, Jesus Christ proclaimed ``He that believeth in me shall never die.'' Precious, beautiful Bobby always exclaimed: ``Our lives will soon be past, and only what's done for Jesus Christ will last.'' Robert J's mother was Stella Rehm who went home to Jesus in December of 1997. Bob's most precious and beautiful wife was Viola Emiline Bumford who went to Heaven with Jesus on June 29, 1993. Bob's favorite Bible verses were Job 24:1, ``Why, Seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, Do they that know Him not see His days?" and ``A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,'' Proverbs 17:22. Beautiful Bobby went through 10 days of tribulation in Latrobe Area Hospital, Rev. 2:10. Thank you Almighty God, Most Holy Father for being so gracious and merciful unto Bob Randall and redeeming his precious soul into the Everlasting Heavenly Kingdom of Eternal Life. I Peter 1:23. ``Thank you Jesus, for your Holy Word is Life to all that find it and Health to all their flesh,'' Proverbs 4:20, 22.
FRANCIS PAUL REAGAN
Francis Paul Reagan, 72, of Everson Valley Road, Connellsville (Upper Tyrone Township), passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2000, at his residence. Paul was born in Mt. Pleasant, June 2, 1927, a son of the late Francis B. and Rose W. Barnett Reagan. Paul was employed at the Robertshaw Controls Division in New Stanton as a tool designer, having retired in 1990 with 40 years of service. He was a longtime and faithful member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, and the former Holy Name Society of the church. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a Tech 4 during World War II and the Korean conflict. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal/Japan for his service. He was very active in local veterans organizations including, a life member and past commander of the Thomas A. Lewellyn Scottdale American Legion Post #240, where he had also served as financial manager of the American Legion Baseball Team and Legion Bowling League. In addition, he was a 50-year member of the Everson VFW Hamilton Maloy Post #595; the Scottdale Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1007 and was a faithful member of the Southmoreland Veterans Association Burial Detail. Paul held memberships with the Scottdale B.P.O. Elks #777, where he was a life member; the Robertshaw Retirees; and was an honorary member of the USW Local #2169. He was also a graduate of Scottdale High School with the Class of 1945. Paul is survived by his loving family, his two sisters, Janet Urbaniak and Fay Reagan, both of Connellsville; his two brothers, Donald E. Reagan and wife, Anne, of Parma, Ohio, and Vincent ``Dick'' Reagan of Mt. Pleasant; four nephews, Steve Reagan and wife, Peggy, Jeff Reagan and wife, Joni, Ron Reagan and wife, Aimee, and Matthew Reagan; a niece, Michelle Geary; and five great-nieces and a great-nephew; also his special friend, Marge Bradley of Scottdale. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Madonna Luxner Reagan, in November of 1951; a brother, James J. Reagan, on Feb. 20, 1992; a sister, Joann Ostrowski, on July 6, 1997; and two brothers-in-law, Joseph F. Urbaniak on Feb. 5, 1992, and Paul Ostrowski in September 1992. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Thursday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale, with the Rev. Father Emil S. Payer as celebrant. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in the church cemetery. A parish wake service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. and the following organizations will conduct memorial rituals Thursday in the funeral home: Southmoreland Veterans Association at 7 p.m., the Scottdale Fraternal Order of Eagles at 7:15 p.m., and the Scottdale Elks Lodge #777 at 7:30 p.m.
ROBERT R. SHAFFER
Robert R. Shaffer, 76, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born July 18, 1923, in East Pittsburgh, a son of the late Russell and Esther May Backus Shaffer. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh. He was also a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Penn Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Westinghouse Veterans Association and the Westinghouse Foremen's Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, John Kirkpatrick. He is survived by his wife, Ida May Weiss Shaffer; a daughter, Marcia Shaffer Barton and her husband, Mark, of Jacksonville, N.C.; a son, Kirk James Shaffer and his wife, Cathy, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two grandsons, Kent N. Shaffer and Jamison K. Shaffer; and numerous 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. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert J. Marks officiating. Interment will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Laurel Mountains Chapter, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.