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JANET BERNICE BEANNER 

Janet Bernice Beanner, 81, of Penn Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in her home. She was born Oct. 18, 1918, in Export, a daughter of the late Charles and Edna Kunkle Bowers. She was a member of the Denmark Manor United Church of Christ and was a former member of the church choir. She was a member of the Women's Fellowship and the Women's Guild of the church, the Harrison City Women's Club, and the Harrison City Homemakers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Bowers. Survived by her husband of 58 years, Clyde A. Beanner; two daughters, Connie and husband, Joseph Florek, of Penn Township and Darlene and husband, Silvio Cavada, of Boquet; and three grandchildren, Troy and Scott Cavada, and Tris Hazlett. 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 Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph W. Kiewra officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. 

FRANCES LEAH STERN BLAZOWICH 

Frances Leah Stern Blazowich, 80, of St. Anne Home, Greensburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000. She was born July 7, 1919, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Gaspar Michael Stern and Maria A. Stern. She was the wife of the late Michael J. Blazowich of North Huntingdon. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Robert K. (Agnes Ruth) Dorl of Clarion. There will be no visitation. Private funeral services will be held Thursday at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, with the Rev. Dr. Dale L. Porterfield, of the Community Church of Hecla, Southwest, Pa., officiating. Interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director. 

ROBERT COPPOLA 

Robert Coppola, 61, of Manor, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 1, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Epiphany and Marie Milletary Coppola. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver by JCPenney and the former Climax Furniture Co. of South Hills. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, and Bella Vista Lodge #253. Surviving are his wife, Maryanne Birkhimer Coppola; a son, Adam Robert Coppola of White Oak; and two brothers, Edward Coppola of Terra Alta, W.Va., and Thomas R. Coppola of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at noon in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. 

SOPHIE DELLAPENNA
Sophie Dellapenna, 83, of Rillton, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at the Briarcliff Pavilion, North Huntingdon. She was born Nov. 19, 1916, in Monongahela, a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Dickun) Karmazin. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Dellapenna, ``Sophie,'' was employed as a cook at the Jacktown Ride And Hunt Club, Irwin. Her memberships included St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rillton Volunteer Fire Department. Mrs. Dellapenna is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Sophie Laber and her husband, Fred, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Pete Karmazin of Florida, Michael Karmazin of New Orleans, La., and John Karmazin of New Jersey; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dellapenna, in 1981; a son, Charles Dellapenna Jr.; a brother, Andrew Karmazin; and two sisters, Martha Massaglia and Ann Bruno. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father Lawrence L. Manchas as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery. A St. Edward parish rosary will be recited Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home. A parish wake service will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

VERNA C. GEDDA 

Verna C. Gedda, 70, of California, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in Greensburg. She was born June 16, 1929, in California, Pa., a daughter of William and Alfreda (Shelton) Childs. She was born and raised in California and was a graduate of East Pike Run High School. She was a retired secretary for California University of Pennsylvania. She was active in California's Center in the Woods and several Bible study groups. Survived by her husband, Frank Gedda; a daughter, Kathy Heidenreich of Greensburg; a sister, Carole Wisor of McDonald, Ohio; a granddaughter, Rebecca Orczeck of Honolulu, Hawaii; four nieces, Bonnie Filoni of California, Pa., Paula Fasulo, Erica White and Robin DeBow, all of Ohio; and a nephew, Tom Gedda of Charleroi. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the MARISCOTTI FUNERAL HOME INC., California, Pa., where services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Norman C. Hunt officiating. Interment Howe Cemetery. 

LEO B. KELLY JR. 

Leo B. Kelly Jr., of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in his home. Born in Pittsburgh, June 25, 1921, Mr. Kelly graduated from Duquesne University in 1942, where he was the division president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Immediately after graduation his ROTC group was called to serve in the field artillery. He spent the majority of his 3 ½ years of military service with the 45th Infantry Division in Europe as a forward observer. During his time of service as a second lieutenant, he was awarded two Purple Hearts. Mr. Kelly began his business career in 1946 as a certified public accountant, and after four years became vice president of Mahoning Stores, a 13-store industrial chain. In 1952, Mr. Kelly joined Penn Machine Co., a diversified company whose principal business was manufacturing replacement parts for the coal industry. Mr. Kelly served as vice president, secretary, treasurer, as well as president of Canton Malleable Iron, a subsidiary of Penn Machine Co. In 1966, he became vice president of finance for Ryan Homes Inc. in Pittsburgh. In 1967, Mr. Kelly co-founded BMI Inc., a primary manufacturer of refractory product and construction services to the steel industry. Mr. Kelly served as secretary and treasurer until 1985, when BMI Inc. was acquired by Adience Equities Inc. Mr. Kelly remained with Adience as chief operating officer and president until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Kelly served as a member of the board of directors of Iron and Glass Bank in Pittsburgh, The Fox Fund of Boca Raton, Fla., and West Elizabeth Lumber Company in West Elizabeth. He was past president of the board of trustees of South Side Hospital and also of South Hills Country Club. His professional memberships included those of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Young Presidents Organization. An avid golfer, Mr. Kelly belonged to Oakmont Country Club and the Duquesne Club. He was formerly a member of Indian Creek Country Club, Florida, Lake Nona Golf Club, Florida, Seaview Country Club, New Jersey, The Surf Club, and Palm Bay Club, both in Florida. Mr. Kelly had a strong affinity for his Irish heritage and was proud to be an Irish-American. Mr. Kelly will truly be missed by his nursing staff who were privileged to care for a perfect gentleman. Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Donnelly Kelly, and a sister, Kathleen. He is survived by his loving children: son Leo B. Kelly Ill of Cranberry, daughter Kathleen Dudro of Pleasant Hills, and son Kevin of Boca Raton, Fla.; his grandchildren, Christopher and Kelly Dudro, Patrick, Sean and Caitlin Kelly; and his sisters, Mary Delehaunty of Pinehurst, N.C., and Helen Chirumbole of Orrville, Ohio. Friends received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral prayer Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church at 11 a.m. If desired, family suggests contributions to Holy Angels Church. 

JOSEPH A. KNAUS 

Joseph A. Knaus, 85, of Latrobe, formerly of Marguerite, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 3, 1914, in Marguerite, a son of the late Joseph and Sophia (Kaliney) Knouse. He had worked for the Frick Mining Company then retired after working for Westmoreland County Department of Roads and Bridges. He was a member of the St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, the Holy Name Society of St. Benedict, Jednota Branch #388 of Marguerite, and was a life member of Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Ralph, Edward, and Raymond Knouse. He is survived by his wife, Olive A. (Bernat) Knaus; nine children, Mrs. Melvin (Karen) Mertz of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Albert L. (Joan) Megrey of Greensburg RD8, Mrs. Audrey Tomasello of Pittsburgh, Ronald J. Knaus and wife, Kay, of Marguerite, Mrs. Thomas (Becky) Kemerer of Greensburg, Joseph F. Knaus and wife, Edna, of Pittsburgh, Mrs. William (Gladys) Monroe of Latrobe, Edward P. Knaus and wife, Cindy, of Greensburg RD7, and Mrs. David (Celeste) Koch of Murrysville; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. William (Mayme) Ault of Greensburg and Cecilia Knouse of Greensburg RD7; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Marguerite, Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Stephen R. Honeygosky, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Benedict Renovation Fund, RD8, Box 560, Greensburg, PA 15601. 

RUTH PHILLIPS KORODY 

Ruth Phillips Korody, 84, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. She was born Oct. 18, 1915, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Henry C. and Edna May Gaskill Heskitt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edgar N. Phillips; her second husband, Raymond Korody; a brother, Daniel Heskitt; and a sister, Virginia Heskitt. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Jo Ann) McKay of North Huntingdon; a stepdaughter, Mrs. James (Jean) Downs of Jeannette; a sister, Anna May Howell of Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Brian and Alan McKay, and Lynn Eichelberger; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Robert Menges officiating. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park. 

JAMES S. LAMONT JR. 

James S. Lamont Jr., 85, of Export RD2 (Washington Township), formerly of Pittsburgh and Erie, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born April 19, 1914, in Munhall, a son of the late James S. and Pamelia W. Turner Lamont. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a metallurgical engineer for National Forge in Erie and U.S. Steel in Homestead. He was a 1956 graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, a member of the F&AM, Syria Shrine and Scottish Rite, all in Erie, and a member of the Wayside Presbyterian Church in Fairview. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Kinley Lamont, in 1990, and by a number of brothers and sisters. He is survived by a son and three daughters: Susan Mansfield of Louisville, Ky., Stuart K. Lamont and his wife, Roseann, of Export RD2, with whom he made his home, Jill Kujala and her husband, Robert, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Janet Tench of Columbus, Ohio; and by 12 grandchildren. A private family viewing and services were held at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Wednesday morning with the Rev. William C. McGuirk officiating. 

DARLENE S. MESSNER 

Darlene S. Messner, 67, formerly of West Newton and Youngwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in Columbia, S.C. She was born April 30, 1932, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Walter J. and Anna Kirshner Skolskie. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Messner, in 1988; and a brother, Walter W. Skolskie. She was a former member of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Youngwood and the Women's Guild of the church. Surviving are her son, David B. Messner, and a grandson, Joshua D. Messner, both of Columbia, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross R.C. Church, Youngwood, with the Rev. Father John S. Szczesny as celebrant. Interment to follow in West Newton Cemetery. 

JOHN M. PALLA 

John M. Palla, 77, of Shermansville, Pa., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at his residence. He was born in Lugerville, Wis., Sept. 29, 1922, a son of the late Martin and Mary Palla. He was employed by Talon-Meadville as a wire roller, and self-employed in a plumbing and heating business. He was a devoted father, husband, grandfather and family person; and also an avid gardener. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, surviving the Japanese air raid at Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Linesville. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Knox Palla, whom he married on Sept. 25, 1954; three daughters, Mrs. Timothy (Mary Ellen) McVay of Sharpsville, Linda Wilson of Shermansville, and Mrs. Roy (Virginia) Wilson of Conneaut Lake; a son, John Michael and wife, Jacky Palla, of Shermansville; sisters, Mrs. Bill (Mary) Kuchar of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. John (Margaret) Hegedus of Ruffsdale, Mrs. Steve (Elizabeth) Uhrin of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Joseph (Vernie) Lovish of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Marion (Dorothy) Garsteck of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers, Martin and wife, Agnes Palla, of Harrison City, Steve Palla of Pennsylvania, and Joseph and wife, Mary Lou Palla, of Greensburg; and nine grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Tony Palla. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the DICKSON FUNERAL HOME, Conneaut Lake. Service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Americas, Conneaut Lake. 

ELLEN F. MESSNER SMITH ROMEO 

Ellen F. Messner Smith Romeo, 93, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at home. Born March 16, 1906, in Elizabeth Township, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Maude Molisee Messner. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Joseph T. Smith; two sisters, Corrinne McElravey and Vida Patterson; and a brother, Noland Messner. She was a retired meat cutter with Marraccini Supermarkets, a member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth Township, and a former member of the Mt. Vernon Women's Bowling League. Survivors include her husband, Roy A. Romeo; three stepdaughters, Maria Romeo of East Lansing, Mich., Carole Veits of Orrington, Maine, and Helen Darrow of Palmyra, N.Y.; six stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends received in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at noon in St. Michael's R.C. Church with the Rev. Timothy Evans as celebrant. Interment to follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Michael's R.C. Church. 

KATHLEEN H. SELWAY 

Kathleen H. Selway, of Washington, Pa., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, following a lingering illness. Born Dec. 2, 1915, in Sheffield, England, a daughter of Leonard W. and Hannah Stacey Hague. Member of Fairhill Manor Christian Church, church choir, and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Survived by husband, Edward D. Selway; two sons, David E. Selway of Irwin and Edward M. Selway of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Clarice Beecham and Bessie Killen, both of Washington, Pa.; two granddaughters, Darlene, wife of Dr. Lou D'Oro, and Dian, wife of Neil Cataldo; and eight great-grandchildren. Deceased are a brother, Cyril Hague, and sisters, Dorothy McKeefrey and Ethel Clara Wagers. Friends will be received by the family Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WILLIAM G. NEAL FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 925 Allison Ave., Washington, Pa. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, with the Rev. Robert D. Brooks officiating. Entombment Forest Lawn Gardens. Memorials may be made to Diabetes Foundation. 

ROBERT J. SMITH 

Robert J. Smith, 75, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Jeannette, a son of the late Ralph E. and Inez D. Zanarini Smith. Prior to his retirement in 1982, he was the owner/operator of the Bob Smith Florist Shop of Irwin. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army Air Force, a former member of the Irwin Lions and Irwin VFW, and was an avid horseman. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor McAllister; and his mother- and father-in-law, Charles and Lena Marchetti. He is survived by his wife, June Marchetti Smith; two brothers, James Smith and wife, Joyce, of Ligonier and Ralph Smith and wife, Sylvia, of Roanoke, Va.; a sister, Fay DiGangi and her husband, Alan, of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Rita J. Dodds of Penn Hills and Edith Marchetti of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, beginning Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Nicholas A. Mitolo officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. 

BETTY F. THUMM 

Betty F. Thumm, 74, of Port Vue, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000. Born March 14, 1925, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Frank and Laurie Murdy Schultz. She was a retired manager from the Art Store at Carnegie Mellon University. She was also a member of the First Free Evangelical Church and past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 447 in Port Vue. She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Thumm; a son, Robert T. Thumm of West Mifflin; two daughters, Laura Ruszkoski of Glassport and Shirley White of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME, 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First Free Evangelical Church with Pastor Jack E. Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg. 

JOHN C. CHAKLOS SR. 

John C. Chaklos Sr., of Somerset, formerly of Forest Hills, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran serving in the Aleutian Campaign in the Pacific Theater. He retired with 37 years of service from A&P as the produce manager at the Wilkinsburg store. He then became certified as a nursing assistant and worked for five years at Kane Hospital in Scott Township. While at Kane, he received an Award of Merit for Humanitarian Endeavor. Husband of the late Helen S. (Halahan) Chaklos. Father of John C. ``Jack'' Jr. of Nevada, Gregory M. of Pittsburgh, Susan Encke of Somerset and Michael K. of Harrison City. Brother of Clarence of Massachusetts, George of Sharon, Raymond of Turtle Creek and Donald of Pittsburgh. Also seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Friends may call Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh. Mass of Christian Burial will be in St. Maurice Church Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. Memorial donations may be made to the World War II Memorial, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, DC 20090. 

STELLA (ABROMITIS) CUDA 

Stella (Abromitis) Cuda, 87, of the North Hills, formerly of Wilmerding and Trafford, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000. A daughter of the late Vincent and Josephine (Shisko) Abromitis. Wife of the late William Cuda. Beloved mother of James A. and Lucille V. Cuda. Sister of Raymond Abromitis, Alberta Beltram, Dorothy Garbin, Daniel Starta and the late Irene Jefferson, Vincent, Edmund and Albert Abromitis. Aunt of David Garbin. Also other nieces and nephews. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. Services in the funeral home Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by Mass in St. Jude the Apostle Church at 10 a.m. 

JON A. DEL VECCHIO
Jon A. ``Jack'' Del Vecchio, 61, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 15, 1938, in Greensburg, a son of the late Perry and Florence ``Ted'' Walthour Del Vecchio. He formerly had been the golf pro at the Greensburg Country Club and later at Robertshaw Acres. He was a graduate of St. Vincent College. He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. ``Peggy'' (Poteste) Del Vecchio; seven children, Michael Del Vecchio, Christopher Del Vecchio, Dana Farthing, Richard Hellmann, Laurie Hellmann, James Hellmann and Robin Hellmann; two sisters, Joan Silvis and Barbara Schlirf, both of Greensburg; a brother, Perry Del Vecchio of Mentor, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Robert Poteste of Greensburg; several grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Interment will be private. Family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements.

KENT C. GEYER 

Kent C. Geyer, 16, of Franklin Park Borough, accidentally on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000. He is survived by his loving parents, Robert J. and Marjorie L. (Six) Geyer of Franklin Park; brothers, Kevin R. Geyer and his wife, Jennifer, of Cranberry Township and Keith J. Geyer of Franklin Park; grandparents, Eugene and Thelma Six of Franklin Park; great-grandmother, Mildred Six of Wexford; a nephew, Bradley Geyer of Cranberry; an aunt and uncle, Linda and Jim Hague; and cousins, Emily and Jeremy Hague, all of Mars. A sophomore at the North Allegheny Intermediate School, Kent was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed rock climbing, hunting, fishing, dirt biking, and jet skiing. He was also a part-time employee at the Shop & Save in Ingomar. Friends invited Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., A Golden Rule Member Firm, 1014 California Ave., Avalon (North Boroughs). Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 10 a.m. in St. John and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 2586 Wexford-Bayne Road, Franklin Park. Burial will be in the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Ohio Township. Memorials are suggested to the Lifetime Activities Program, c/o North Allegheny High School (attention: Eric Wanner), 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. 

GERTRUDE MARKISH 

Gertrude Markish, of 333 Broad Ave., North Belle Vernon, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. Born in Monessen, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Fannie Frketich Markish. Ms. Markish was a lifelong resident of the Mon Valley and a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church. She was an employee of Western Union, where she worked as an administrative secretary until she retired in 1985. She was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 194, Monessen, and the Penn Sembles Tamburitzans of Versailles. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Marie Markish of Belle Vernon; two aunts, Frances Gingrich of Largo, Fla., and Jean Frketich of Palm Springs, Calif.; five cousins, Gertrude Gussey of Pittsburgh, Frank Gussey of Monroeville, Ed Kinkopf of Alliance, Ohio, Kathleen Kinkopf of Albuquerque, N.M., and Chuckie Marciniak Cook of Stow, Ohio; a nephew and his wife, Aland and Lorraine Markish, a great-nephew, Ryan Markish, and a great-niece, Erin Markish, all of Odenton, Md.; and many beloved dear friends, too numerous to mention. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Markish; an uncle, Leonard Frketich; and an aunt, Rose Frketich. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the LEONARD J. PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon. Prayer service will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Sebastian R.C. Church. Interment will take place in Grandview Cemetery. 

JAMES A. MARTIN 

James A. Martin, 49, of Delmont, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 23, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a son of Betty Noah Martin Cochran of Delmont and the late Donald R. Martin. He was employed as a piece worker at the ARC Adult Vocational Center in Greensburg. In addition to his father, who died in 1956, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Bass, in 1980; and by his stepfather, Lee Harold Cochran, in 1975. In addition to his mother, he is survived by three brothers and a sister, Donald R. Martin and his wife, Dolores, of Warren, Ohio, Cynthia L. Martin-DeUnger and her husband, Joe, of Philadelphia, Lee H. Cochran and his wife, Debbie, of Lower Burrell, and Scott A. Cochran of Delmont; and by a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Martin's family will receive friends at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral home hours: Friday 2:00-9:00 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Glen H. Burrows officiating. A graveside service and interment will follow in the Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. Should friends desire, memorial remembrances may be made in Mr. Martin's name to the Association for Retarded Citizens, Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. 

IGNATIUS S. PALCIC 

Ignatius S. ``Iggy'' Palcic, 76, of Mammoth, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Mammoth, a son of the late Ignac S. and Mary E. (Repiscak) Palcic. He was the owner and operator of Palcic's Service Station in Mammoth. He was a member and usher of the St. Florian Catholic Church, United, and was a graduate of Hurst High School, Class of 1942. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Skovira and Kay F. Palcic; and a brother, Stephen R. Palcic. He is survived by a brother, George E. Palcic and wife, Martha, of Mammoth; four sisters, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Newell of Greensburg, Mrs. Michael (Mary) Tandaric of Mammoth, Margaret A. ``Marge'' Palcic and Agnes L. Palcic, both at home; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Florian Catholic Church, United, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Military services and interment will follow in St. Florian Catholic Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. A parish wake service will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

THOMAS PATERSON 

Thomas Paterson, 74, of 5175 Ferguson Road, Indiana, Pa., died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at his residence. A son of the late Alexander and Amelia Williams Paterson, he was born July 14, 1925, in Fulton Run, Indiana County. Mr. Paterson was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the Meadowlands Golf Course, both of Indiana, Pa. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Fitch. He was employed by Fisher Scientific for 28 years, retiring in 1986. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Mary Morganti Paterson, whom he married April 20, 1949; six sons, Alexander of Indiana, Thomas Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Johnstown, Philip B., Walter J. and his wife, Cathy, Joseph A. and his wife, Sherry, and Andrew S. and his wife, Amy, all of Indiana, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Melissa and Michael, Philip and Caitlin, Chelsea and Braden, and Alex; a brother, Walter of Ernest. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOWSER-MINICH FUNERAL HOME, Indiana, where a parish wake service will be held Friday at 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard R.C. Church, Indiana, with interment to follow in the St. Bernard Cemetery, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Paterson Charitable Foundation, c/o S&T Bank, 43 S. Ninth St., Indiana, PA 15701. 

MARTHA J. SMELKO 

Martha J. Smelko, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late John Jr. and Anna Greger Smelko. She was a member of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church of Mt. Pleasant. Miss Smelko was a 65-year member of the Visitation Parish Choir and a member of the Visitation Parish Rosary Society. She is survived by her loving brother, Thomas J. Smelko and his wife, Irene, of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews, Janice Pakulsky, Alan Smelko, Dr. John T. Smelko, Jeannine Anderson, Dr. Karl Kozak and Brian Kozak. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Kozak, in 1994. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GALONE-CARUSO'S, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Anthony W. Ditto as celebrant. Interment in Visitation Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Visitation Parish Rosary Society will recite the rosary in the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Friday. 

ROBERT JOHN SOLES 

Robert John Soles, 50, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 25, 1949, in Greensburg, a son of Raymond and Elizabeth Agresti Soles of Grapeville. He had been employed by the Elliott Co. of Jeannette. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg; a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps; and was a member of Union Local #1145 of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Denise Prisani Soles; a son, Brian John Soles, and two daughters, Nicole and Angela Soles, all at home; a brother, Raymond Roger and his wife, Juliana Soles, of Bovard; his mother-in-law, Mary Prisani of Bovard; two sisters-in-law, Kathy and her husband, John Smith, of Greensburg and Bernadette Mowen of Bovard; two nieces and two nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg. Interment with military honors provided by the VFW Post #33 Honor Guard of Greensburg will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. 

LEWIS G. STIPANOVICH

Lewis G. Stipanovich, 50, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born in Greensburg, Feb. 11, 1949, he was the son of Jean Zilli Stipanovich of Greensburg and the late Eli Stipanovich. A self-employed painter, he was Catholic by faith, and a member of the NRA. He was a Vietnam war veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Shari Buhler Stipanovich; two children, Laura Jean Stipanovich of North Carolina and Lee Jacob Stipanovich of Latrobe; a granddaughter, Kallie Lynn Stipanovich of North Carolina; three sisters, Linda Zabish of Atlanta, Ga., Lesley Jones and husband, Bill, and Laurie Turnbull and husband, Tom, all of Ligonier; and nieces and nephews, Lauren and Courtney Jones and Tom and Joshua Turnbull. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements under the direction of the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director.

RAYMOND M. TOBIN JR. 

Raymond M. Tobin Jr., 64, of Laurel Gardens, Ross Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born April 11, 1935, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Mary Bradley Tobin of Ross Township and the late Raymond M. Tobin Sr. After 30 years of service, he retired in 1986 as a carpenter with Local Union 211. He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church, Ross Township. From 1958 to 1960, he served as a U.S. Army Specialist 4th Class in Co. D, 60th Infantry, and was a member of VFW Post 2754, West View. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gladys Regotti Tobin; a daughter, Teresa Johnescu of York; two sons, Thomas M. Tobin of McCandless and Daniel J. Tobin of Boston, Mass.; a sister, Marjorie Kreutzer of Ross Township; two brothers, Robert F. Tobin of St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Most Rev. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Youngstown, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Friends are being received Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be in St. Teresa of Avila Church Saturday at 10 a.m. with his brother, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, bishop of the Youngstown, Ohio, Diocese. Burial will be in Northside Catholic Cemetery, Ross Township. Parish rosary service will be conducted Friday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1000 Avila Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. 

JESSIE B. WETZEL 

Jessie B. Wetzel, 82, of Stahlstown, formerly of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in the Nedrow's Personal Care Home, Stahlstown. She was born June 16, 1917, and adopted on Dec. 20, 1923, by George E. and Edna M. Bates. She graduated from Ligonier High School in the Class of 1936 and was a member of the Christ United Church of Christ, Latrobe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph ``Jack'' Wetzel, on Feb. 16, 1980; and a brother, Jack Bates. Jessie was the last surviving member of her family. She is survived by numerous cousins and friends. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. & CREMATORY, Bell and East Church streets, Ligonier. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Tim Chappell officiating. Interment will be in Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Helen H. Snyder, funeral director.


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