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T. ARLENE (HEWEL) BERRY 

T. Arlene (Hewel) Berry, of Penn Hills, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000. Beloved wife of the late William J. Jr. Mother of William J. IV and Kenneth F. Sister of Louise Agnes Gaskill and Adrian G. Hewel. Grandmother of Cindy and Jackie Berry. Friends received Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass Friday 10 a.m. St. Susanna Church. 

MARGARET A. CHARLEY 

Margaret A. Charley, 72, of Jeannette, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at her residence. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur and Nellie Shirley Campbell. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the former Jeannette Glass Co. and was a member of the Ascension Church of Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Sabato, in 1998; and two brothers, Albert and James Campbell. She is survived by five sisters, Mrs. George (Mary) Baughman of Latrobe, Mrs. Paul (Betty) Anderson of Apollo, Rebecca Campbell and her husband, Phillip, of Hawaii, Mrs. William (Shirley) Leach of Tennessee, and Mrs. Don (Patricia) Oatman of Michigan; three brothers, William Campbell of New Jersey, Richard Campbell and wife, Faye, of Virginia and Glenn Campbell and wife, Bridgette, of Colorado; 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. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in the Ascension Church. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hempfield Township. 

ALICE McALPIN CRYAN 

Alice McAlpin Cryan, 73, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Beaumaris, Canada, died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Alberta McAlpin of Greenwich, Conn., and the widow of Dr. Eugene W. Cryan. She attended Chatham Hall School in Virginia and graduated from Finch College in New York City, N.Y. Mrs. Cryan was an accomplished horsewoman and a tennis, squash and swimming enthusiast. For years she played on the Merion Cricket Club bridge team. She was a longtime docent of the Philadelphia Zoo. Mrs. Cryan was a member of the Merion Cricket Club, the Gulph Mills Golf Club, the Mill Dam Club and the Beaumaris Yacht Club. She is survived by her brother, Benjamin Brandreth McAlpin of Greenwich, Conn.; her three sons, Bruce, Kenneth and Richard; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary Church in Wayne, Thursday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Pittsburgh/Muskoka Foundation, Suite 715, Oliver Building, 535 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2302. Arrangements by BRINGHURST FUNERAL HOME, Bala Cynwyd. 

JOSEPH B. CUPPLES 

Joseph B. Cupples, 76, of Rostraver Township, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at his home. Born in Webster, Aug. 19, 1923, he was a son of the late Peter and Mary (Boyd) Cupples. Mr. Cupples was retired from the USX Irvin Works. He was a member of the Concord United Methodist Church in Rostraver Township. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also a member of the Donora American Legion, Donora Eagles, 8th Armored Division Association, Disabled American Veterans Association and the Rostraver Township Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, June E. (Bell) Cupples; a daughter, Marlene Dupler of Rostraver Township; three grandchildren, Karen Bland, Jennifer Gonzalez, and David Dupler; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Peter and Robert Cupples; and a sister, Mary Janet Stewart. There will be no public visitation. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the New Hope Assembly of God, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Kevin Barner and the Rev. Ricky Nelson co-officiating. Interment will be held at the family's convenience. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Concord United Methodist Church. The JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., Rostraver Township, is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

 Jennie S. DelVecchio 
 
JENNIE S. DelVECCHIO

Jennie S. DelVecchio, 78, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Oakmont and Greensburg, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at her residence in Naples. She was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Derry, a daughter of the late Jack and Concietta Seeno. She was retired as a self-employed flower arranger and was an avid bingo player. Mrs. DelVecchio and her late husband, David A. DelVecchio, were both veterans of World War II. Mrs. DelVecchio is survived by three children, David F. DelVecchio of Bethlehem, Pa., Susan K. DelVecchio of Greenville, N.C., and Thomas J. DelVecchio of Greensboro, N.C.; and three grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Robert Seeno, Art Seeno and Carl Seeno, all of Greensburg; three sisters, Sara Seeno, Peg S. McCurdy, and Evelyn Galley, all of Greensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. The family of Mrs. DelVecchio will receive friends at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME, 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1:30 until 2 p.m. at which time a memorial service will be held with the Rev. Jeffrey Paschal officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Naples, 1095 Wippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.

RUTH D. GANSAUER 

Ruth D. Gansauer, 82, of Palmetto, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Florida. She was born in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa., and had moved to Manatee County from Greensburg in 1983. Survived by her husband, Roy H. Gansauer; a daughter, Patricia Bricklemyer of Moon Township; a son, Donald Gansauer of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Mary Miller of Ellenton, Fla., and Laura Perkins of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Country Lakes Village Clubhouse, 5700 Bayshore Road, Palmetto, Fla. BRADENTON FUNERAL HOME, Bradenton, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 600 U.S. Route 301 Boulevard W., Suite 136, Bradenton, FL 34205, or St. Peter United Church of Christ, 1795 W. College Ave., State College, PA 16871. 

DAISY J. HARROLD 

Daisy J. Harrold, 79, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in the St. Paul Homes, Greenville, Pa. She was born May 5, 1920, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late James R. and Hattie Walthour Jordan. She was a member of St. John Harrold United Church of Christ, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Harrold, on March 1, 1998; by a brother, Clifford Jordan; and a sister, Pearl Rosensteel. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce and her husband, George ``Denny'' Franklin, of Crawford, Neb.; two grandchildren, Darin Franklin of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lisa Aschwege of Millboro, S.D.; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Alyssa Dodd; and a sister, Viola Love of Greensburg. 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. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul L. Westcoat Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. 

CECELIA M. HERRINGTON

Cecelia M. Herrington, 91, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. She was born July 6, 1908, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Anthony and Michelena Sheminsky. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. She was a loving and devoted mother to her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George G. Herrington; a brother, Edward Simms; and seven sisters, Pauline Rynkowsky, Julia Zuchowsky, Helen Burke, Frances Burke, Stella Smith, Agnes Musho and Wanda LaBensky. Survivors include a son, George E. Herrington of Akron, Ohio; three daughters, Mary Lou Kunkle and her husband, Thomas, Nancy A. Herrington and Gloria Christoff and her husband, Michael, all of Latrobe; a sister, Catherine Mitchell of Latrobe; seven grandsons, Michael and Gregory Christoff, and Marc, Scott, Thomas, Christopher and Devlin Herrington; four great-grandchildren, Cody, Leah, Carleigh and Brooks; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Vincent Basilica. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Unity Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Vincent Basilica Parish or the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation.

EULAH (LEE) STRADER ISAAC 

Eulah (Lee) Strader Isaac, 96, of West Newton, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Ruffin, N.C., the daughter of the late Ellis Lee and Caroline Graves Lee. She resided in Fitz Henry, Pa., for many years; and was a member of the St. James Baptist Church there, where she served as past president of the Missionary Circle, a member of the Quilting Auxiliary, and the Kitchen Committee. She was the Church Mother. She was honored in 1988 by the W.H. & F.M. of the Y.W.B.A. for her many years of service. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two husbands, Robert Strader Sr. and Wesley Isaac; two children, Lettie Edwards and Robert Strader Jr.; and a brother. Surviving are a daughter, Mona Ray of Kankakee, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Helena Strader of West Newton, Bruce Ray and wife, Moretta, Beverly Steward, Ingrid Ava Fortenberry, and Lettie Bust, all of Kankakee, Ill., the Rev. Leslie Strader and wife, Mary Ann, of Vanderbilt, Robert Strader and wife, Mary, of Fitz Henry, Derrick Edwards and wife, Janet, of Pittsburgh, and Woody Bush of Chicago, Ill.; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends will be received in the St. James Baptist Church, Fitz Henry, Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., where services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Calvin Brooks officiating. Interment Olive Branch Cemetery, Smithton. Arrangements under the direction of the MURIEL E. LANTZ FUNERAL HOME, 297 E. Main St., Uniontown. 

G. ERRIC KING 

G. Erric King, 72, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in the Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born March 11, 1927, in Tillicoultry, Scotland, a son of the late James and Janet King. Erric was a member of the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, where he had held the offices of elder, trustee, and deacon. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanical engineer for Allegheny Power, and prior to immigrating to the United States in 1976, he was an engineering manager with a paper manufacturing company in the U.K. A veteran of the British Corps of Engineers, he served in the Middle East during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Winnie King; his daughter, Evelyn; two grandchildren; his sister, Ena in Scotland; his brother, James in South Africa; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service Sunday at 2 p.m. in Unity Chapel, Unity Township, with the Rev. Dr. David B. Batchelder officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bruno Ferrari Cancer Center, Latrobe Area Hospital, West Second Avenue, Latrobe, PA 15650, or to the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, (724) 537-5575, is in charge of arrangements. 

MARIE LUSCKAY 

Marie Lusckay, of West Mifflin, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000. Wife of the late Michael Lusckay. Mother of Gerry Skanderson and Larry Lusckay. Sister of Frank Staszak. Also five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME INC., Duquesne, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Hedwig Church, Duquesne. Interment following in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. 

CLARA HUGHES McFADDEN 

Clara Hughes McFadden, 87, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in IHS of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. She was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Thomas and Hannah Wagner Hughes. Prior to her retirement, she was a 42-year employee of General Tire and Rubber Co. in Jeannette. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Survived by her husband of 72 years, Fred R. McFadden; two brothers, Alton and George Hughes, both of Jeannette; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., funeral director, in charge of arrangements. 

PAUL J. MILLER JR. 

Paul J. Miller Jr., 74, of Alta Loma, Calif., and a former 50-year resident of Latrobe, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, in San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, Calif. He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Madison. He retired from Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, with 35 years of service and was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Anita Miller; two daughters, Donna J. Long of Sylvania, Ohio, and Joanne Dopp of Alta Loma, Calif.; a son, Paul J. Miller III of Milford, N.H.; two sisters, Agnes Grzejka of Sharpsville and Madeline Logan of Greensboro, N.C.; and three grandchildren. Private services will be held. Arrangements by STONE FUNERAL HOME, Upland, Calif. 

PARK R. MONTICUE 

Park R. Monticue, 83, of Stahlstown, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born April 15, 1916, in Stahlstown, a son of the late Nathan and Elizabeth Larimer Monticue. He was retired from Vasco, now Allegheny Teledyne, Latrobe. Park was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Stahlstown, and had been a driver for the Chestnut Ridge Meals-on-Wheels. He was an avid baseball player, and in his younger years had been scouted as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He belonged to the Ridgeview Golf League and really enjoyed golfing. Park was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Ankney Monticue (Sept. 26, 1996); and the following brothers and sisters: Elmer, Byron, Robert, Clair, Emory, Elwood, Maude, Pearl, Lula, Elsie, Viola, Daisy and Grace. He is survived by two daughters, Peggy Leonard and her husband, Bob, of Greensburg (Mountain View) and Pam Murphy and her husband, Terry, of Laughlintown; five grandchildren, Nickole Leonard DeChellis, Gregory and Donna Leonard and Sean and Kate Murphy; four great-grandchildren, Devin and Tyler DeChellis, Laura Ashley and Connor Murphy; and a sister, Loretta Peden of Ligonier. Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. & CREMATORY, Bell and East Church streets, Ligonier. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Trinity U.M. Church, Stahlstown, with the Rev. Audrey J. Bell officiating. Everyone go directly to the church. Interment will be in Fairmont Cemetery, Cook Township. Should friends desire, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Trinity U.M. Church, Stahlstown, PA 15687. Elizabeth Snyder Bloom, funeral director. 

SISTER M. PERPETUA (MARGARET ELLEN) MURPHY 

Sister M. Perpetua (Margaret Ellen) Murphy, 80, a Sister of Charity of Seton Hill, died at Caritas Christi, the Motherhouse of the Congregation, Greensburg, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000. Born Jan. 9, 1920, in Latrobe, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Elizabeth (Molk) Murphy. After entering the Sisters of Charity in September 1944, Sister Perpetua taught elementary students in the Pittsburgh and Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses for four years. She had received her bachelor of business education from Duquesne University in 1958, master of business administration from Notre Dame University in 1962, and master of arts in religious studies from St. Charles Borremeo Seminary, Philadelphia, in 1990. She performed clerical/accounting duties at Seton Hill College business office between 1951 and 1954, and taught in secondary education from 1954 to 1962, while pursuing her advanced degree. In 1962, Sister was appointed treasurer of Seton Hill College, a position she held until 1979. She then served as treasurer at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio; business manager at Seton La Salle High School, Pittsburgh; and teacher of religious studies and business education at Greensburg Central Catholic High School from 1984-89. Sister returned to financial administration with the Sisters of St. Francis the Providence of God, Whitehall, until her retirement from full-time ministry in August 1992. In subsequent years, she assumed part-time duties in the business office at Assumption Hall, assisted the Benedictine Sisters of St. Emma Monastery with financial management, and served as financial analyst at St. Vincent Seminary from 1996 to 1999. Sister Perpetua sat on several boards and chaired the Legislative Informational Commission of the Greensburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She was a member of the Sisters of Charity Investment Committee and Elizabeth Seton Care Fund Committee. Survived by three sisters, Mary Murphy Broad, Bernadette Murphy Pevarnik, and Sister Cecilia Murphy, R.S.M.; three brothers, Hugh Joseph, Eugene F., and Michael A. Murphy; and nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. Preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ann Murphy Rusnock; a brother, (Patrick) Vincent Murphy; a brother-in-law, Walter Broad; a nephew, Michael Broad; and grandniece, Rachel Pevarnik. Friends will be received Thursday and Friday from 1:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Caritas Christi, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Assumption, Caritas Christi, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg. Burial in Sisters' Cemetery, Seton Hill, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rachel Pevarnik Scholarship Fund, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., or the Sisters of Charity Retirement Fund, DePaul Center, Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. 

DONALD L. NEHLS 

Donald L. Nehls, 87, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Sept. 7, 1912, in Uniontown, a son of the late Otto J. and Blanche (Leighty) Nehls. Prior to retirement in 1977, he and his wife owned and operated Nehls' Beauty Salon in Washington, Pa. A veteran of World War II, Donald served with the U.S. Army in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and was a Bronze Star recipient. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, the Thomas B. Anderson American Legion Post 515, and the VFW Post 3414, all in Latrobe; and the Lions Club of Washington, Pa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John W. Nehls. He is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Frieda G. (Washnock) Nehls; his niece, Jean Hughes and her husband, Keith, of Punxsutawney; and his nephew, James Nehls and his wife, Lorraine, of Jensen Beach, Fla. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with his pastor, the Rev. William E. Ordelt Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown. Military services will be held Thursday at 10:15 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1325 Mission Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. 

THOMAS K. RAFFERTY, D.D.S. 

Thomas K. Rafferty, D.D.S., 46, of Ligonier, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in his home. He was born June 6, 1953, in Latrobe, a son of William M. Rafferty of Latrobe and the late Mabel Lorraine Rafferty. He was a self-employed dentist with practices in Latrobe and Bolivar. He was a 1971 graduate of the Greater Latrobe Senior High School; a 1975 graduate of St. Vincent College, Latrobe; and a 1979 graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by a nephew, Michael Rafferty; and a brother-in-law, John Bruno. In addition to his father, he is survived by six brothers, William Rafferty of Warren, Mich., Daniel Rafferty of Latrobe, Patrick Rafferty of Irwin, Dennis Rafferty of Latrobe, Bernard Rafferty of Latrobe, and Edward Rafferty of McMurray; a sister, Regina Louise Bruno of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township.

DOROTHY S. (MARSICO) ARTERITANO
Dorothy S. (Marsico) Arteritano, 96, of Vandergrift, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. Born in Cocenza, Italy, Dec. 14, 1903, she was a daughter of the late Guy and Maria (Ferraro) Marsico. She lived in Vandergrift most of her life. She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift, Catholic Daughters of America, Ladies Lodge Sons of Italy and a member and promoter of the Altar Rosary Society for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph G. Arteritano, on June 14, 1964; a brother, Fiovo Marsico; and three sisters, Matilda Schmick, Belinda Paese and Mary Kane. She is survived by two sons, Dominick Arteritano of Vandergrift and Joseph G. Arteritano of Lower Burrell; a daughter, Mrs. Marino (Rita) Manganello of Vandergrift; a brother, Herman Marsico of Harrisburg; a sister, Rachel Pierce of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Friday from 1:30 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift with the Rev. Thaddeus Rettger as celebrant. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. The Serra Club will recite the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

CELESTINE BECHTOLD BIERMAN 

Celestine Bechtold Bierman, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000. Beloved wife of the late William H. Bierman. Mother of William H. Jr. and Edward B. Bierman. Grandmother of Anne M. Caja, M. Katherine Bierman and William H. Bierman III. Also survived by two great-grandchildren. Sister of Richard T. Bechtold of Greensburg. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Edward and Nelle Bechtold of Greensburg. Funeral from McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, Saturday at 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bede Church at 10 a.m. Visitations with family Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seton Hill College. 

JOSEPH BLAZEVICH 

Joseph ``Bob'' Blazevich, 75, of Wall, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000. A son of the late Pane and Violet (Stanovich) Blazevich. Beloved husband of 50 years of Eleanor (Puljack) Blazevich. Dear father of Robert J. (Diana) and James P. (Lisa) Blazevich. Grandfather of the Rev. Clinton (Brandy), Christian (Kelly), Davis, Parker, and Jeb Blazevich. Twin brother of George Blazevich. Brother of Kathryn and Paul Blazevich, Mary Novakovich, Joanne Dilucente, Nada Bianci, and the late John Blazevich and Mildred Jurick. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Christian Life Church, Seventh Street Ext. and Forbes Road, Trafford. Mr. Blazevich was a retired lieutenant from the Allegheny County sheriff's office. He was a member of the Wilmerding Lions Club. He was the president of the Wall Borough Council and a former Democratic chairperson. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greater Works Academy, 301 College Park Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. 

MARY (BETER) BRYAN 

Mary (Beter) Bryan, 86, formerly of Irwin, a longtime resident of El Paso, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her residence. She was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Esper and Mary (Obade) Beter. She was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and the Order of Eastern Star, Las Cruces, N.M., Chapter 20. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Bryan. Survived by a son, Robert Bryan and wife, Eileen, of Morristown, N.J.; a daughter, Barbara Whittenton and husband, Jesse, of Santa Teresa, N.M.; three brothers, Albert Beter of Irwin, Thomas Beter of Upper Burrell, and Richard Beter of Irwin; three sisters, Elizabeth Sam of Irwin, Helen Jacobs of McKeesport, and Virginia DiPrimo of Irwin; three grandchildren, Kimberly Wilkie, Michelle Evans and Cameron Bryan; a great-grandson, Robert J. Wilkie; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a former son-in-law, Charles Evans of El Paso, Texas. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with Trisagion services at 8 p.m. Service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Orthodox Church in Greensburg with Father John Nosal officiating. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery. Memorials to St. Michael Orthodox Church, Greensburg. 

WESLEY LeVERNE BURTON JR. 

Wesley LeVerne Burton Jr., 65, of Arnold (Westmoreland County), died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington. He was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Tarentum. He had lived in this vicinity all his life. He worked as a refurb mechanic at Westinghouse, EMD Division in Cheswick, for 24 years before retiring in 1995. Mr. Burton was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Handyman Association. He enjoyed woodworking and watching television. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Judith L. Snyder Burton; four sons, Michael W. Burton of Jacksonville, Fla., Robert D. Burton of Ellvella, Ga., Wesley L. Burton III of Frazer Township, and Nelson E. Burton of Tarentum; four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Luella) Burford of Tarentum, Mrs. Robert (Judith) Layhew of Frazer Township, Mary Coudriet of New Kensington, and Lisa D. Burton of Lower Burrell; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Burton of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Nelson Burton of New Kensington; and a sister, Mrs. Jack (Dorothy) Sober of Natrona Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wessley L. Sr. and Luella Elizabeth Mason Burton. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, with the Rev. E. Phillip Wilson, of Arnold United Methodist Church, Arnold, and the Rev. Richard Wood, of the Christian Missionary Alliance, New Kensington, co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Four Corners Unit, Allegheny Valley Hospital, 1301 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, PA 15065. 

H. LOUISE (LERCH) ELDER 

H. Louise (Lerch) Elder, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her home. She was born April 27, 1920, in South Greensburg, and was the daughter of the late Fred and Olive Lerch. Louise was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Greensburg for 58 years and a member of the Builders Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John ``Jack'' Lerch; a son-in-law, John T. Grace; and a sister-in-law, Fern Elder. Louise is survived by her husband of 58 years, J. Richard ``Dick'' Elder; and her loving children, Karen L. Grace of Greensburg, Dr. James R. Elder and wife, Barbara, of Puyallup, Wash., and Gary A. Elder and wife, Linda, of Parsonsburg, Md. Louise was a special grandmother to Brian Grace and wife, Vikki, of Raleigh, N.C., Dr. Mark R. Grace and wife, Dr. Kristine Grace, of Seattle, Wash., Doug, Kevin, and Trisha Elder, all of Seattle, Wash., and Erin Elder of Parsonsburg, Md.; great-grandchildren, Alicia and Tommy Grace of Raleigh, N.C.; and expected infant, Joshua Grace, of Seattle Wash. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, O. Pat Elder; sister-in-law, Nancy Roddy and husband, Dale; sister-in-law, Eleanor Lerch; and many nieces and nephews. Louise was a truly special wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and aunt. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Carenda Baker and the Rev. Jay S. Pifer co-officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery. The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. 

GERTRUDE SHAW HANDLAN 

Gertrude Shaw Handlan, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born in Greensburg, a daughter of the late George U. and Carrie Fait Shaw. She was a former employee of Westmoreland Regional Hospital and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold T. Handlan; two sons, Harold S. Handlan and Jerry K. Handlan; and a grandson, Kerry S. Handlan. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joan Thomas and her husband, William, of Greensburg and Mrs. Judith Webber and her husband, John, of Buffalo, N.Y.; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Marian Handlan and Mrs. Ann Handlan, both of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to either the First United Methodist Church, 15 E. Second St., Greensburg, or the Westmoreland Hospital Foundation, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., funeral director, in charge of arrangements. 

GLADYS M. HARPER 

Gladys M. Harper, 80, of Monroeville, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000. Daughter of the late William and Blanche (Emmerick) Harper. Sister of Shirley H. Harper, Emory C. ``Shorty'' Harper, and Don E. Harper, all of Monroeville, and the late Thomas Earl and J. William Harper. Also many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the MONROEVILLE JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3961 Monroeville Blvd., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. 

GEORGE WILLIAM HUGGINS

George William Huggins, of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in Florida. Beloved husband of Dorothy Huggins. Father of Thomas Apfelbach and the late Eugene Huggins. Father-in-law of Patricia Huggins. Four grandchildren. Friends and relatives may call at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services and interment private.

HELEN I. KNIPPLE 

Helen I. Knipple, 81, of Glenada Avenue, Scottdale, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, 2000, in Harmon House Convalescent Center, Mt. Pleasant. Helen was born in Latrobe, May 18, 1918, a daughter of the late Fred William and Genevieve Harr Morrow, who passed away in 1945 and 1932, respectively. Helen was a loving homemaker, mother, and grandmother to her family. She was a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Scottdale and was a former Sunday school superintendent, teacher, and member of the Ladies Organization of the church. Years ago, Helen was an active member of the Uncle Charlie's Bowling League and a member of the Scottdale Women's Garden Club. Helen is survived by her loving family, her three children, Nancy Sherbondy and her husband, Jack, of Scottdale, Ronald Knipple and his wife, Marge, of Scottdale, and Donna Pleva and her husband, Raymond, of Vanderbilt; her eight grandchildren, Cindy Pocratsky and her husband, Richard, of Scottdale, Vicki Hribal and her husband, Alan, of Scottdale, Scott Kippel and his wife, DeLaine, of Dawson RD1, Kristin Breakiron and her husband, Jack, of Scottdale, Allison Pleva and her friend, Bob, of Belle Vernon, Raymond Pleva Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Murrysville, Richard Pleva of Boston, Mass., and Melissa Pleva of Hartford, Conn.; her nine great-grandchildren, Aliesha and Briana Pocratsky, Jill Porter, AJ Hribal, Alex Byers, Branden Kippel, Blake Breakiron, Colleen and Vincent Pleva; her great-great-grandson, Karson Porter; and her brother, James Morrow and his wife, Myrtle, of Wichita Falls, Texas. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy H. Knipple, on Nov. 23, 1982; and her brother, Ralph Morrow. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Sylvia Carlson officiating. Chapel committal services and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township. 

EUSTASHA M. MARKIEWICZ

Eustasha M. Markiewicz, 87, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. She was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Katherine Staramiejska Markiewicz. Eustasha ``Stasha'' started in the retail business in 1929 as an employee of the former Keystone Ladies Shop, owned by her mother. In 1933, Eustasha opened the Keystone Department Store at 119 Depot St. in Latrobe, selling general merchandise. In 1970, Stasha closed the store on Oct. 3, after 41 years as a retailer, and retired at the age of 58. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and its Rosary Society; a volunteer and board member of the Latrobe Area Historical Society; a member of the Loyal Christian Benefit Association; and the Civic Club, Art Club, and Garden Club, all of Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Markiewicz. Survived by two sons, Raymond Markiewicz and David Markiewicz and his wife, Dianna, all of Latrobe; a brother, Eugene Markiewicz of Latrobe; three grandchildren, Daniel, Douglas, and Dawn Markiewicz; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township. St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

MARGARET WEDEL MINYON 

Margaret Wedel Minyon, 77, of Belle Vernon, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, while visiting her daughter, Linda Gilmer, in Kathleen, Ga. Born in McKeesport, Feb. 12, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Marie Walsh Wedel. She was a homemaker and had lived in Pennsylvania most of her life. She is survived by her husband, Pat C. Minyon; two daughters, Linda M. Gilmer of Kathleen, Ga., and Patricia Fonas of North Versailles; a sister, Teresa Roma of McKeesport; two brothers, Jack Wedel and Fred Wedel, both of McKeesport; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Belle Vernon at a later date. Arrangements by WATSON-HUNT FUNERAL HOME, 1208 Main St., Perry, Ga. 

VERNA MAE SMITH 

Verna Mae Smith, 100, of Tiffin, Ohio, formerly of Wilmerding, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2000, in Autumnwood Care Center, Tiffin, where she lived for the past 10 years. She was born Aug. 20, 1899, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Louis and Susanne (Speigler) Stormer. She was a former member of the Methodist Church in Wilmerding. On Aug. 11, 1920, she married William C. Smith, who preceded her in death in 1975. She was also predeceased by a son, Glenndon Smith. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles D. (Dorothy J.) Thomas of Tiffin, Ohio; a son, Robert E. Smith of Irwin; 14 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville, with the Rev. John Simpson officiating. Interment in Restland Memorial Park. Arrangements by KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME, 500 Lima Ave., Findlay, Ohio.


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