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Rose Ann Biller, 100, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday evening, Feb. 2, 2000, at the Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Biller was born May 26, 1899, at Everson, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kerin Collins. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 3368. She was a homemaker and loving mother of her three sons, Robert Biller, Raymond Biller, and Francis Biller and wife, Elizabeth, all of Mt. Pleasant; and a daughter-in-law, Catherine Carnes Biller. She is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a sister, Julia Biller of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Frank Biller, in 1961; a son, Regis Biller; five brothers, Patrick, Kerin, Jack, Matthew, and Robert Collins; and a sister, Margaret Ellen Collins. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X R.C. with the Rev. Michael W. Matusak as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Pius X Cemetery. The Ladies Auxiliary will hold services in the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Friday and a parish wake service will also be held Friday afternoon. 


Paul E. Bowers, 58, of Latrobe, was taken home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Latrobe Area Hospital. Born in Bradenville, Nov. 26, 1941, he was a son of the late John and Anna Philoe Bowers. He was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. He was an employee of Airo-Die Casting Co., Latrobe, and had also worked for Dr. Hershock and Dr. Wigle. He was a devoted and beloved husband and father and foster parent to several children. He will be sadly missed by his two cats, Abby and Zombie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David and James Bowers; and a sister, Josephine Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca M. Honse Bowers; a son, Joshua D. Bowers at home; a daughter, Jennifer B. Newell and her husband, Staff Sgt. Daniel L., of Great Falls, Mont.; a brother, Herman Bowers of Latrobe; four sisters, Mary Arquillo of Lorain, Ohio, Edith Heffelfinger of Derry, Florence Utterback of Scottdale and Janet Krinock of Bradenville; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Audra Harrold of Greensburg; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; cousins; and friends. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment will be private. 


Jose M. ``Joe'' Cantellops, M.D., died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his winter residence in Highland Beach, Fla. He and his wife, Luz Mercedes Cantero Cantellops, who survives, made their home in Whitehall, Pa. From 1955 until his retirement in 1986, he served on the senior surgical staffs of St. Margaret Memorial and St. Francis General hospitals in Pittsburgh. A highly skilled surgeon and diagnostician, Dr. Cantellops served as chief of staff at St. Margaret's for many years. Following his retirement from active practice, he began his second career as a successful artist. Born July 18, 1920, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Cantellops received his primary and secondary education at the Catholic Academy in Old San Juan. He came to Pittsburgh in 1939 to continue his studies at Duquesne University, graduating in pre-med in 1942. He and his childhood sweetheart, Luz, were married on June 6, 1943 at Holy Rosary Parish in Republic, Pa. Attending the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, he received his medical degree in 1948. Following his internship at St. Margaret's, and residencies at the Knickerbocker Hospital and The Cornell Group in New York City (1948-53), he served in the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Surgical Services at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, during the Korean War (1953-55). He left the military with a rank of captain. During his career as a surgeon, he served on the executive board of the Allegheny County Medical Society. In 1979, he was elected the first president of the medical staff of St. Margaret Hospital. Since retirement, he had continued as a member of the honorary emeritus staffs of both St. Margaret's and St. Francis hospitals, as well as an emeritus member of the board of governors of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Erie, Pa. During his years as a surgeon, his talent for drawing emerged. He would make drawings of his surgical procedures on the patients' charts for teaching purposes, winning him the Best Teacher Award for three consecutive years (1968-70) at St. Margaret's. When planning his retirement, Dr. Cantellops was encouraged by many friends to have his talent evaluated, which he did in 1985. His art teacher and critic, Mrs. Paula K. Bland, a well-known impressionistic painter, wrote in the Allegheny Community College newspaper, ``My most memorable experience has been a student who came to me several years ago, a semi-retired surgeon from two Pittsburgh hospitals, who joined my class to realize his life-long desire to paint pictures. He then devoted his life to painting and had four one-man shows, winning numerous first place awards in various competitions.'' His teacher, as well as his contemporaries and art critics, were impressed by his approach to color, composition and the serenity of his landscapes and seascapes. During his extensive travels, he captured the breathtaking views of Puerto Rico, the eastern United States, and the Far East. He painted every day and his collection of paintings grew. He displayed these paintings periodically in the Cantellops Art Gallery, named in honor of him and his wife in 1996, at La Roche College in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. A student-dining hall also bears their name at the college. A member of the Board of Regents at La Roche since 1993 and membership chairman of the group, he often visited the college to interact with the Spanish-speaking students at the Pacem In Terris (Peace on Earth) Institute to help them learn the customs of this country and to serve as a mentor. He was of particular help to students from Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Cantellops created the Cantellops Endowment Fund in support of that program. In addition to his Best Teacher Awards, Dr. Cantellops was Past Master of his Masonic Lodge and an Illustrious 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Pittsburgh Court #2, named Most Distinguished Alumnus of Duquesne University at commencement exercises in 1993, and also received a Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from St. Margaret Memorial Hospital that same year. In addition to his wife, Luz, he is survived by two brothers, Manuel of Atlanta, Ga., and Hugo of San Juan; and two sisters, Josephina Cantellops and Leila Cantellops, both of Miami, Fla.; and several nephews and nieces. A Memorial Mass was held Monday, Jan. 31, at St. Lucy Parish in Highland Beach, Fla. At noon Thursday, Feb. 10, a Mass will be celebrated in his memory in the Magdalen Chapel at La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh. (For further information, please call 412-536-1092.) Gifts made in memory of Dr. Cantellops for the Cantellops Endowment Fund may be sent to: The Cantellops Endowment Fund, c/o La Roche College, Development Office, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. 


James E. Emswiller, 87, of Manor, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000. He was born Aug. 29, 1912, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Bessie Emswiller. He was a fitter at Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh. He was a social member of Westmoreland City Fire Department and a member of St. Joseph's Polish Club in Westmoreland City. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary D. (Rivett) Emswiller. Survived by a son, James L. Emswiller of West Mifflin; two daughters, Linda Petrosko of Jeannette and Shirley L. Pavlik of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1:30 p.m. to be held in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jonathan P. Hardt officiating. Interment Homestead Cemetery. 


Robert Ernette Hart, 53, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Bobby's courage and sense of humor during his long battle with cancer were inspirational to his family and friends. Robert was born April 7, 1946, in Greensburg, a son of Stephen J. and Helen E. Hart of Smethport, Pa. Prior to retirement, Bobby was self-employed as a roofing contractor for 28 years. He served in the U.S. Navy from November 1964 to November 1968 aboard the USS Garcia. Bobby was a member of the VFW Post 33 of Greensburg, the American Legion Post 981 of South Greensburg and a life member of the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Hose Co. No. 8, the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association and the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and a daily visitor to Our Lady of Grace Church for the last several years. In addition to his parents, Bobby is survived by his daughter, Angela L. Hart of Arlington, Va.; his former wife, Jacki Rahl Hart of Greensburg; the following brothers and sisters: Stephen and his wife, Patricia, of Greensburg, Thomas and his wife, Laurie, of Orlando, Fla., Nancy Repine and her husband, Ray, of Vintondale, Helen Mathias of Moorefield, W.Va., Frannie Sellers and her husband, Gary, of Greensburg, James and his wife, Karen, of Smethport and William of Greensburg; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Interment with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard of Greensburg will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department will meet at the funeral home Friday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. 


William H. ``Dub'' Kemp, 70, of Davistown, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Indian Head, a son of the late William G. and Marie Adams Kemp. He was a lifelong resident of Davistown and was the owner and operator of Kemp's Garage in Davistown. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and was the recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge. He attended the Davistown United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Johnson Kemp; a son, Glenn R. Kemp and his wife, Jan, of Melcroft; and a sister, Ferne Kemp of Davistown. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert D. and Kenneth Earl Kemp; and a sister, Sara Elizabeth Hollingsworth. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the hour of a funeral service in the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Pasquarette officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery. 


Earl ``Mick'' Kettering, 87, of Donegal, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Jan. 31, 1913, in Greensburg, a son of the late William and Ella Kettering. He was retired from Latrobe Steel Co. and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He had attended the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Donegal. He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. Mick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hazel Keslar Kettering; a daughter, Renee and her husband Alfred Pritts, of Normalville; a son, Earl Jr. ``Bill'' and his wife, Rosemary, of Connellsville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Conrad of Greensburg. There will be no visitation. Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Donald Robson officiating. Interment will be private. The family requests no flowers, but memorials may be given to the C.&M.A. Church, Donegal, PA 15628. Arrangements by the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Donegal. Jamie Snyder Brown, funeral director. 


Bruce A. Lee, 36, of McCandless Township, unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000. He was born May 5, 1963, in Delaware, Ohio. He was a graduate of Bowling Green University and an insurance executive with Martin & Nettrour Inc. Former husband of Barbara Nettrour Lee of Franklin Park. Also survived by a daughter, Jocelyn Mary Lee; a son, Alexander Alan Lee; his mother, Evelyn B. Lee of Ohio; and brothers, Richard E. Lee and Douglas A. Lee, both of Ohio. Private family viewing. Funeral services in Northmont United Presbyterian Church, McCandless, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Private interment in Delaware, Ohio. Contributions to the North Boroughs Rotary Foundation, c/o Steven P. Benz, 7106 Cresswyck Court, Wexford, PA 15090. Arrangements by SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, (412) 367-3100, www.simonsfuneralhomeinc.com. 


Jerome O. Maher, 91, of Morgan Drive, Leechburg, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at 10:25 a.m., in the Concordia Lutheran Home in Cabot. He was born Oct. 24, 1908, in McKeesport, a son of the late William Francis and Lona (Schierer) Maher. He was a Morgan Drive resident in Leechburg for the past 60 years and was a member of Christ the King Parish in Leechburg. He graduated from Leechburg High School in 1927, from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in 1931 and from Yale University with an M.F.A degree in 1937. Mr. Maher worked in a research project at Yale for one year, then was appointed superintendent of all Civilian Conservation Corps campuses in Connecticut and served in that capacity for five years. In 1937, Mr. Maher accepted a position in the coal industry in Pennsylvania and became the president and general manager of Leechburg Mining Co. in 1953. He founded the Leechburg Supply Co. in 1956 and became the president and general manager. He also founded the Kiski Valley Industrial Realty Co., the developer of Moreland Manor. He was the first president of the Young Republican Club of Leechburg. He served on the Borough Council of Leechburg, the Western Pennsylvania Coal Operators Association and continued his interest in civic affairs throughout his lifetime. Also, he was an avid golfer. Mr. Maher and his wife, Rose, have spent the winter months at their winter home in Sebastian, Fla., since retiring in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rose (Teaman) Maher; a son, John W. Maher of Gilpin Township; a daughter, Mrs. Matthew (Ann M.) Springman of Hugo, Okla.; three brothers, Vincent, Joseph, and William Maher; four grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Maher; and a brother, Acquintas Maher. Friends will be welcomed by his family Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at CLAWSON'S, Second at Main streets, Leechburg, where a parting prayer ceremony will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Parish, Second Street, Leechburg. Interment in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. 


Alan L. Prus, 51, of 3838 State St., Erie, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, following an extended illness. He was born Oct. 20, 1948, in Sewickley, a son of Alvin L. and May DeVries Prus of Sewickley. He graduated from Quaker Valley High School in Sewickley, and received his bachelor of science degree and master's in business administration from Gannon University in Erie. He worked for Eriez Magnetics, Kaiser Aluminum, and had been the plant manager for AKW (formerly Kaiser Aluminum). He was a member of the Lawrence Park Golf Club and Because You Care Animal Shelter. In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Roberta Prus; a daughter, Jennifer M. Lueck and her husband, Michael, of Lake City; a son, Adam L. Prus of Boston, Mass.; a brother, Robert D. Prus and his wife, Irma, of Sewickley; and two nephews, Jeremy Prus and Brandon Prus, both of Sewickley. Friends may call at the BURTON FUNERAL HOME, 4740 Peach St., Erie, Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to services there Sunday at a time to be announced. Interment in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, Erie Unit, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508, or Because You Care Inc., P.O. Box 54, McKean, PA 16426. 


Meta L. Pugliano, 74, of Wilkins Township, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000. Beloved wife of the late John S. Pugliano; loving mother of Donna and husband, David George, of Carlsbad, Calif., Linda and husband, Jeffrey Broker, of Apollo, Joseph W. and John J. Pugliano of Turtle Creek. Devoted grandmother of Melinda George, Sean George, John G. Pugliano and Jennifer Broker. Sister of Frank Richmond, Robert Paul Richmond and Rosemary Leibrook. Sister-in-law of Rose Madonna, James Pugliano, Caroline Carvelli, Mary Biondo and Evelyn Albanese. Loved aunt to her many nephews and nieces. Friends will be received at the JOHN L. QUINLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 11th and 975 Airbrake aves., Turtle Creek, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Colman ®MDBO¯®MDNM¯Church Saturday 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Jay Nolan Center for Autism, 15501 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Suite 2000, Mission Hills, CA 91345. 


Ann C. Sullivan, 77, of Washington, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, in the Humbert Lane Health Care Center in Washington, Pa., following a one year illness. She was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Sioux City, Iowa, a daughter of Leo D. and Emma Lonergan Sullivan. She had been employed for more than 52 years with Jessup Steel Corp. and had served as assistant treasurer. She was a graduate of Monongahela High School and Penn Commercial Business School. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Nemacolin Country Club. She was an avid golfer, winning awards at both Washington Country Club and Nemacolin Country Club. Survived by a sister-in-law and caregiver, Rose Marie Sullivan of Washington, Pa.; a brother, Leo D. Sullivan of Seabrook, Md.; and a sister, Mary Couchenour of Greensburg; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Philip ``Jack'' Sullivan. Funeral services were private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions to the Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by WILLIAM G. NEAL FUNERAL HOMES LTD., Washington, Pa. 


Franklin D. ``Frank'' Sundry, 81, of New Alexandria RD3, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. He was born March 5, 1918, at Torrance, Pa., a son of the late Salvatore and Candida Richiuta Sundry. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was retired from the Adam Eidemiller Corp. of Greensburg with 30 years of service. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church of New Alexandria, where he belonged to the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the New Alexandria Lions Club, the Salem Ukes, Salem Gun Club, the Salem Golf League, and VFW Post 7745 of New Alexandria. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Adeline M. Sundry; brothers, Angelo ``A.P.,'' Charles ``Scats,'' Albert ``Spun,'' Calvin ``Callie,'' Alfred, Victor, and James; and sisters, Sara Mastrorocco, Nellie Petrarca, and Helen Calderone. Survived by a daughter, Candy Kenney and husband, Bill, of Greensburg; three sons, Richard and wife, Jan, of Miami, Fla., Donald and wife, Bea, of Greensburg, and Frank Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Michael Kenney and wife, Andrea, of Boston, Mass., Beth Kenney of San Francisco, Calif., Jillian and Brett Sundry of Miami, Fla., Stacie and Rob Driscoll of Export, Nicholas and Laina Sundry of Greensburg, and Frankie, Christina, and Lukas Sundry, all of Greensburg; a great-grandchild, Maddison Driscoll; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Bill Sundry of Torrance. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Lawrence T. Persico as celebrant. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Unity Township. Memorial contributions to the New Alexandria Lions Club. 


Mary Agnes Trout, 82, of Youngwood, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence. She was born Nov. 5, 1917, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Musgrove Trout. Mary was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Youngwood. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Robertshaw Controls in assembly and also the maintenance department. She is survived by a brother, Floyd Trout of Tarrs; and several nieces and nephews, and great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers, Walter, Gilbert, Harry, Luther, and Dyke Trout; and three sisters, Anna Trout, Josephine Trout, and Lillian McManus. Friends will be received in the JAY B. PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Fifth and North Depot streets, Youngwood, Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 3:30 p.m., at which time her funeral service will be held with the Rev. David S. Jack officiating. Interment will follow in the Youngwood Cemetery. Eugene G. Saloom, funeral director. 


Joann ``Lena'' (Kwasniewski) Woody, 92, formerly of West Wilmerding (North Versailles Township), died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000. Daughter of the late Stanley and Anna (Mahaj) Kwasniewski. Wife of the late Ronald J. Woody Sr. Beloved mother of Jacqueline Gobao, Ronald J. (Mary) Woody Jr., Margaret ``Peggy'' (late Dennis) Germanowski, Sister Barbara ``Bobbie'' Woody, Ph.D., O.S.F., and James A. (Janet) Woody. Eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister of Mary Schake, Josephine Tomasic and the late Gladys Carach, Stella Vaughn, Alex and Watson Sauers. Also several nieces and nephews. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday up until the time of the service in the funeral home at noon, followed by Mass in St. Jude the Apostle Church at 12:30 p.m.


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