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HATTIE L. BALE

Hattie L. Bale, 89, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Edgewood Nursing Center, Youngstown, Pa. She was born Sept. 14, 1910, in Germany, a daughter of the late Ernst and Dorothea Lorcher. She was a member of the former Ligonier B.P.W. and the Laughlintown Community Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Bale, in 1976; and 12 brothers and sisters. She is survived by a son, William R. and wife, Maryellyn Bale, of Sarver; a daughter, Margery A. Bale of Ligonier; a granddaughter, Hope A. Bale of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. F. Edmund Jenkins officiating. Interment Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Ligonier Valley Library.

RICHARD BALLANTINE

Richard Ballantine, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Penn Hills, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999. Mr. Ballantine was a boiler maker for Local 154. He was the beloved husband of Frances Ballantine and the late Jane White; father of Maureen DeDobbeleer of Odessa, Fla., and Raymond R. Ballantine of Shaler Township; brother of Margaret Hood of England; grandfather of Raymond and Brian Ballantine, Terri Butler, Michele and Rachel DeDobbeleer; and two great-grandchildren. Friends received at the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services at Perman Funeral Home Friday at 11 a.m. Family respectfully suggests, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

M. THOBURN BANKS

M. Thoburn Banks, 89, of Scottdale, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, 1999, at his residence. He was born in Lewistown, Pa., Nov. 1, 1910, a son of the late George Warren and Blanche Rebecca Wright Banks. Tobe was a retired electrical designer for R.E. Uptegraff Manufacturing Company of Scottdale, where he worked from 1937-1975. While employed with R.E. Uptegraff, Tobe also worked at the original Pittsburgh plant and served as manager of the plant in Terra Alta, W.Va. He was a longtime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale, the Wesley Brotherhood Class, and the Retired United Methodist Men. A 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Tobe Held membership with the Marion Masonic Lodge #562 of Scottdale, the Terra Alta, W.Va. Masonic Lodge #106, and the Westmoreland Forest Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He was a graduate of Oil City High School with the Class of 1928 and attended Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1928-1930. Tobe is survived by his loving children: Barbara Lois Banks and her husband, Paul Michael Moran, of Union, Ky., James W. Banks and his wife, Linda (Beal), of Scottdale, Carole Robbins and her husband, Michael, of Pittsburgh, Georg R. Banks and wife, Martha (Rolla), of Scottdale, John D. Banks of Ravenna, Ohio, and Patricia A. Franks of Scottdale; eight loving grandchildren, Barbara and Paula Moran, Chris Banks, Julie Carson, Doug Banks, Jooke and Ben Robbins, and Steven Banks; a great-grandson, Riley J. Banks; a sister-in-law, Janet Porter Banks of Uniontown, formerly of Scottdale; and two nephews. In addition to his parents, Tobe was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Lackman Banks, on Jan. 18, 1966; a great-grandson, Ethan Raymond Carson, on April 15, 1996; and two brothers, Seyford W. Banks and Duane G. Banks. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, 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 chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Paul B. Morris officiating. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township, next to his late wife. Family suggests memorials to: Why Me of PA/Breast Cancer Education, 5761 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, in memory of Lydia and M.T. Banks.

WILLIAM C. BISPING

William C. Bisping, 84, of New Stanton, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 23, 1915, in Charleroi, a son of the late Harry E. and Elizabeth Wagner Bisping. He was a charter member of Assembly of God Church, New Stanton, and an elder and deacon under the Rev. G. Jack Provard. He attended Victory Chapel in Greensburg. He and his wife spent their lives spreading the Gospel through written literature. Also, he was a former general county manager for Westmoreland Farm Bureau and retired from Associated Truck Lines. He is survived by his wife, Isabelle Parks Bisping; his children, Mrs. Jesse (Kathleen) VanDyke and Mrs. Joseph A. (Carolyn E.) Miller, both of Hunker, William H. Bisping and wife, Ly, of Greensburg, and James R. Bisping of Hunker; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harry F. Bisping; a sister, Betty Pahel; and an infant brother, Howard Bisping. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, where service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Byron Eisaman officiating. Interment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

GARY A. BOWEN

Gary A. ``Pappy'' Bowen, 57, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Knox, Ill., a son of the late Clyde D. and Mildred Bogswell Bowen. He attended Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. He was a graduate of the Illinois Police Academy. He was a private in the U.S. Army. Gary was a police sergeant, deputy director, and EMT with the Galva Police in Illinois; a truck driver for Carlson Trucking; a small engine repairman for True Value Duncan in Jeannette; and a CPR instructor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, Steve Jr. and Beulah Harrold Potoka. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Emmie Potoka Ruff-Bowen; a son, Richard E. Ruff Jr. and wife, Sara, of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Tina Ruff at home; a granddaughter, Jamie Mimnaugh; a sister, Bev Gerard and husband, Bob, of Galva, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Friends were received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass to be celebrated at Visitation R.C. Church with the Rev. Anthony W. Ditto as celebrant. Interment will follow in Visitation Cemetery with full military rites accorded by American Legion Post 446.

MICHAEL G. FERKETIC

Michael G. Ferketic, of Indiana Township, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999. Mr. Ferketic was a building inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou Erdeljac Ferketic; father of James M. Ferketic of Jamestown, N.Y.; brother of Lois Netzel of Etna, Bill and Richard Ferketic, both of Etna, and Robert Ferketic of Bowie, Md.; and stepson of Helen Ferketic. Friends received at the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Assumption Cemetery, Hampton Township.

KATHRYN GOODY HLEBECHUK

Kathryn Goody Hlebechuk, 72, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born April 2, 1927, in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Romansky Goody. Kathryn was a devoted member of the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church of Jeannette and also a member of the Ukrainian Club of Wilmerding. She was a graduate of Jeannette High School and was employed by the former Jeannette Glass and Shade & Novelty. Kathryn is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 44 years, Edward M. Hlebechuk; three sons, Edward Hlebechuk and wife, Leslie, and Donald Hlebechuk, all of Jeannette, and David Hlebechuk and wife, Robin, of Greensburg; three daughters, Anne Persichetti and her husband, Mark, of New Alexandria, Barbara Colonna and her husband, John, and Nancy Cochran and her husband, Mark, all of Jeannette; 12 wonderful grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Robosky and her husband, Joseph, of North Huntingdon and Margaret Kosmach and her husband, William, of Ohio; two brothers, Walter Goody and Joseph Goody and his wife, Sandra, all of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Panachida services will take place Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Parastas services will take place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

STELLA LAUER

Stella ``Sally'' Lauer, 63, of Murrysville, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999. Born Aug. 2, 1936, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Irvin and Stella Welsh Rittko. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel; two brothers, Howard and Theodore Rittko; and three sisters, Edith Creighton, Alice Zimmerman, and Mildred Wilcox, who just passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9. Surviving are her husband, John B. Lauer; a brother, Irvin Rittko and wife, Gladys, of Export; and two sisters, Ella Soles and May Hill and husband, Frank, both of Murrysville. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment Restland Memorial Park.

ABDUL-HAMEED MAHSOOB, M.D.

Abdul-Hameed Mahsoob, M.D., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999. Beloved husband of Mercedes Schram Mahsoob. Loving father of Jaffer, Jad, and Amiena Mahsoob. Grandfather of Kaden Blaise Mahsoob. Also, survived by his father; seven brothers; and two sisters. Dr. Mahsoob was a beloved pediatrician for over 25 years in the North Hills. Friends may call Thursday from 7-9 and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, McCandless. Funeral services in SS. John and Paul Church Saturday at 10 a.m. Family suggests, memorial contributions to Northland Public Library, Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

SAMUEL MARSICO

Samuel ``Po Po'' Marsico, 103, of Jeannette, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette. He was born Dec. 21, 1895, in Reggio Calabria, Italy, a son of the late James and Mary Jane Ronka Marsico. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Frank Levin Furniture Co. He was a member of the Ascension Church of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Isabella Bosso Marsico, in 1988; three sons, Joseph I, Joseph II, and Victor J. Marsico; a grandson, Scott Marsico; two brothers, Tony and Ralph Marsico; a sister, Angeline Barbario; and a daughter-in-law, Blanche Ciafre Marsico. He is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane Beaufort and her husband, Wilbert, Angeline Konkus, with whom he resided, and Margaret Gisane and her husband, Albert, all of Jeannette; two sons, James Marsico of Greensburg and Samuel T. Marsico and his wife, Lillian, of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter-in-law, Loretta Marsico of Adamsburg; 11 grandchi1dren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Ascension Church. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Hempfield Township.

ROBERT BEN McCANN

Robert Ben McCann, 75, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1924, in New Alexandria, a son of the late Harry H. and Ethel L. Bennett McCann. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Latrobe. He was retired from Latrobe Steel Co. with 37 years service. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He belonged to the Company #1 Firemen's Club, Cooperstown Veterans & Sportsmen's, Lloydsville Sportsmen's Club and the Frontier Club, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra K. McCann. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Palmer McCann; a son, Robert D. McCann and his wife, Jocelyn, of West Newton; two daughters, Susan J. DePalma and her husband, John, of Greensburg and Carol A. McIntyre and her husband, Patrick, of Latrobe; three brothers, Harry McCann of Henderson, Nev., Donald McCann of New Alexandria, and George McCann of Latrobe; three sisters, Kathryn Bates of Latrobe, Dora Rosborough of Delmont, and Eleanor Miller of Seminole, Fla.; and eight grandchildren, Brian, Danny, Erin, Cara, Kayla, Marisa, Lauren and Megan. Friends will be received Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church with the Trinity clergy officiating. Military services will be held Friday at 10:15 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 331 Weldon St., Latrobe, PA 15650.

ANNA R. PAYNE

Anna R. Payne, 94, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1905, in Plsen, Czechoslovakia, a daughter of the late Ignatz and Rose (Zeman) Vorel. She was a member of the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, the former Bible Class of Loyalhanna Mission, and the Latrobe Golden Agers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil O. Payne Sr., in 1976; four brothers, Albert, Joseph, Andrew and Charles Vorel; and a son-in-law, Richard L. Sweeney Sr. She is survived by four children, Virgil O. Payne Jr. and his wife, Florence, of Loyalhanna, Rosanne Mrozinsky and her husband, Felix, of Loyalhanna, Richard C. Payne and his wife, Anita, of Doylestown, and Sally P. Sweeney of Latrobe; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Friends were 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 funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. David B. Batchelder officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, 428 Main St., Latrobe, PA 15650.

RICHARD E. PHILLIPS

Word has been received of the death of Richard E. Phillips, 62, of East Lansing, Mich., who died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at his residence. He was born Dec. 3, 1936, in North Braddock, a son of the late Richard and Romayne (Leddon) Phillips. He is survived by his wife, Betty Phillips; two sons, Tony and wife, Kim Phillips, and Richard Phillips Jr.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Phillips of North Huntingdon and Carol Paul and husband, Jerry, of North Huntingdon; two brothers, George Phillips and wife, Michelle, of Pittsburgh and Wayne Phillips and wife, Debbie, of Trafford; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services and burial to be held Friday in East Lansing, Mich.

SYLVIA FAY REPKO

Sylvia Fay Repko, 65, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Bovard, a daughter of the late John M. and Ida L. Walters Dick. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Youngstown, Pa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Dick. She is survived by her husband, Joseph S. Repko; four sons, Joe Repko Jr. and his girlfriend, Diana Dale, of Colona, Ill., Mark Repko of Latrobe, Matt Repko and his wife, Mary, and Tom Repko and his wife, Vicky, all of Baggaley; two daughters, Verinia Repko at home and Faith Thomas and her fiance, Rod Weaver, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Nick, Derek, Matthew, Joshua, Seth, Tommy and Cassandra; a great-grandson, Austin; five brothers, John Dick `Jr.' and his wife, Jean, of Loyalhanna, Donald Dick of Pleasant Unity, Ralph Dick and Robert Dick, both of Florida, and Ronald Dick of Michigan; two sisters, Betty Allen and Dolores Bridge, both of Florida; her stepmother, Emma Dick of Latrobe. Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Chad Ficorilli, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. A parish rosary will be recited Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

OSCAR F. ROHRBACHER

Oscar F. Rohrbacher, 77, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 16, 1922, in Greensburg, a son of the late Oscar F. and Mary Ellen Lynch Rohrbacher. Prior to retirement, he had been the head of the electrical department for the City of Greensburg. He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Greensburg; a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army; and a life member of the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department, Hose Co. #3, where he had held various offices. Also, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association, Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, the Mohawks Association, and the American Legion Post #981 of South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Lyda Rohrbacher, on Oct. 6, 1989; and a sister, Florence Gazze. He is survived by a brother, John ``Jack'' and his wife, Dorothy Rohrbacher, of Greensburg; two nephews, Barrie and his wife, Lisa Rohrbacher, of Greensburg and Nicholas and his wife, Elizabeth Fields, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandnieces and nephews, Nicole and Jonathan Rohrbacher of Greensburg, and Taylor and Ryan Fields of Knoxville, Tenn.; and several cousins. 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. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edwin J. Fromm officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department and Mohawks Association will meet at the funeral home Friday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct a memorial service.

MARY R. SAUERS

Mary R. Sauers, 84, formerly of Smithton and Baltimore, Md., died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at the residence of her son in West Mifflin. She was born Nov. 28, 1914, in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Lou Schlinkman Solloway. She was a former bookkeeper, having worked at the First National Bank in Baltimore. She was a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Rostraver Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Sauers; a brother, Walter Solloway; and a sister, Dorothy Walters. Survived by three sons, George Jr. of Florida, Howard of Smithton, and Roy of West Mifflin, with whom she resided; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a nephew, David Alan Walters; and a niece, Donna Lynn Walters. Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Olive Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Norm Melser officiating. Interment Olive Branch Cemetery, Rostraver Township.

STEPHEN S. SPINNER

Stephen S. Spinner, 89, of Donora, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born July 24, 1910, in Carroll Township, a son of the late Stephen and Emelia Spinner. Mr. Spinner retired in 1972 from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #354 in Youngwood. He was a member of Transfiguration Church in Monongahela. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. A member of the Sutman Yohe VFW Post #1409, Black Diamond, and the James C. Ford Post #949 Carroll American Legion, Dunkirk. Surviving relatives are a son, William ``Buddy'' Spinner of Donora; three daughters, Darlene and son-in-law, Richard McBurnie, of Long Branch, Rose and son-in-law, Earl Masters, of Monongahela, and Norma Augustine of Monongahela; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred and brother-in-law, Andrew Hustava, of Bentleyville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred B. Stoneman Spinner, who died Nov. 15, 1997; two sisters, Anna and Marie; and two brothers, Sam and Albert. Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the L.M. FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela. Funeral Liturgy will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Transfiguration Church with the Rev. William Feeney, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township.

WILLIAM L. TUFANO

William L. ``Bill'' Tufano, 85, of Dunbar, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. He was born April 15, 1914, in Dunbar, a son of the late Aniello and Mary Ann Chicozzi Tufano. He was a retired steel worker of Latrobe Steel Co. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army; a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Dunbar; and VFW Post #47, Uniontown. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Goodwin Tufano; his children, Ericca Tufano of Dunbar and Barry Tufano and wife, Tedi, of Connellsville; a sister, Philomena Pasden of West Virginia; his beloved grandson, Alex; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Also, he was predeceased by four brothers and a sister. Friends will be received at the BURHANS-CROUSE FUNERAL HOME, 28 Connellsville St., Dunbar, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mourning prayers will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius R.C. Church with the Rev. Father J. Edward McCullough as celebrant. Interment Greenridge Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside.

CARMEL MARIANO VLHA

Carmel Mariano Vlha, of West Homestead, on Monday, Nov. 8, 1999. Beloved wife of Michael; mother of Dr. Janet Vlha of Ben Avon Heights; sister of Mary Fratangelo of Hazelwood; grandmother of Jane and Michael Muder; also several nieces and nephews. Friends received at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass Friday at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. Retired executive secretary at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of I.S.D.A. Family requests, contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1323 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

PAUL E. WEAVER

Paul E. ``Hank'' Weaver, 79, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at his residence. He was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Irwin, a son of the late Frank and Myrtle (Creighton) Weaver. He was a machinist for the Elliott Co. He was a member of the Westmoreland City Primitive Methodist Church, Westmoreland City Fire Department, Westmoreland County Fireman's Association, Mohawks, Shidle Lodge #601 F&AM, Manor Senior Citizens, and Meals-on-Wheels. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois J. (Abram) Weaver; a brother, Raymond Weaver; and four sisters, Caroline Hitchens, Dorothy Hitchens, Eleanor Weaver, and Lera O'Black. Survived by two daughters, Rebecca and husband, Stephen Hamilton, of North Huntingdon and Lori and husband, Corey Sechler, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio; a sister, Evelyn Jones of Jeannette; and four grandchildren, Chad and Erika Hamilton, and Karli and Katie Sechler. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Rodgers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bernard L. Murphy officiating. Mohawks service will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. Memorials to Westmoreland City Primitive Methodist Church.

MANNY WEISS

Manny Weiss, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Florida. Beloved husband of Sue Weiss. Beloved father of Karen Weiss Gates of Greensburg, Cindy Weiss Stewart of North Irwin, and Kimberly Weiss Rowan of Greensburg. Beloved stepson of Joan Weiss of Aliquippa. Beloved brother of Phyllis Stahl of Florida, Roslyn Weiss of Ontario, Canada, Sandra Learish of Pittsburgh, and the late Donald Weiss. Beloved grandfather of Jason, Joshua, and Hannah Gates, Sarah and Andrew Rowan, and Michael and Kassandra Stewart. Also, survived by many nieces and nephews. Services at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation one hour prior to service (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.). Interment private. Contributions may be made to VA Medical Center, P.O. Box 5005, Bay Pines, FL 33744.

MILDRED F. WILCOX

Mildred F. Wilcox, 76, of Murrysville, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999. Born Jan. 19, 1923, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Irvin and Stella Welsh Rittko. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Theodore; and two sisters, Edith Creighton and Alice Zimmerman. Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Merle D. Wilcox; two sons, Merle D. Jr. ``Pete'' and wife, Judy, of Plum and Harry A. and wife, Linda, of Somerset; a daughter, Renee Baker and husband, Russell, of New Kensington; a brother, Irvin Rittko and wife, Gladys, of Export; three sisters, Ella Soles, Sally Lauer and husband, John, and May Hill and husband, Frank, all of Murrysville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Friends were received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services Friday at 11 a.m. in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with the Rev. Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment Twin Valley Memorial Park. Family prefers memorials to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export.

M. Thoburn Banks
M. Thoburn Banks, 89, Scottdale, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, 1999, at his residence. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, 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 chapel with the Rev. Dr. Paul B. Morris officiating. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township, next to his late wife. Family suggests memorials to: Why Me of PA/Breast Cancer Education, 5761 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102, in memory of Lydia and M.T. Banks.

Grace (Nicolai) Buscaglio
Grace (Nicolai) Buscaglio, passed away Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999, in Mesa, Ariz. Born in Greensburg in 1929, she was a daughter of the late Nicola and Mary Vitello Nicolai. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John; a son, Nicholas; brothers, August and Philip Nicolai; and a sister, Frances Cafasso. Survived by sons, Joseph and wife, Sharon, of Yorba Linda, Calif., and John and wife, Susan, of Queen Creek, Ariz.; daughters, Tammy and husband, Gilbert, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Tracy and husband, Mark, of Tempe, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brothers, Don Rinchuse of Florida, Lou Nicolai and George Nicolai, both of Greensburg; sisters, Josephine Drazdik and Jane Frye, both of Latrobe, and Peg Stabile of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Thursday, Nov. 11, in Mesa, Ariz.

Concetta M. ``Augustine'' Collura
Concetta M. ``Augustine'' Collura, 87, formerly of Brookline, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, in the Beverly Healthcare, Murrysville. She was born Nov. 10, 1912, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Leonardo and Fortunata Manguso Merlino. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Collura. Surviving are a daughter, Petrina ``Bee-Bee'' Collura of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Anne E. Delisle
Anne E. Delisle, 101, of Greensburg, formerly of Malone, N.Y., died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at the St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born June 29, 1898, in Owls Head, N.Y., a daughter of the late Oliver and Delia Cusson Petelle. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, its Rosary Altar Society and Seniors' Group, CD of A Malone Court and was an avid bowler with the senior citizens in Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Omer Delisle; and four brothers, Walter, Prosper, Ernest and Lawrence Petelle. She is survived by four children, Omer Delisle and his wife, Ruth, of Spencerport, N.Y., Frances Bianculli and husband, Anthony, of Rock Hill, N.J., Joan Fagioli and husband, Carl, of Oldsmar, Fla., and Jacqueline K. Baum and husband, Edward, of Greensburg, with whom Anne made her home the past 25 years; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services and interment will be in Malone, N.Y. 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.

Pauline Jane Essway
Pauline Jane Essway, 57, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born May 3, 1942, in Ardara, a daughter of the late William and Dorothy Pedder Novak. She was employed as a waitress at Pitzer's Restaurant in Jeannette. She is survived by her husband, John W. Essway Sr.; two sons, John W. Essway Jr. and his wife, Salina, of San Diego, Calif., and Jasen Essway of Jeannette; two daughters, Lisa Essway of Greensburg and Paula Kubistek and her husband, Steve, of New Alexandria; eight grandchildren, John Essway III, Jerrod Essway, Sierra Essway, Jasen Essway Jr., Taylor Jane Deverse, Jeremy Kubistek, Jessica Kubistek and Jenna Kubistek; five brothers, Bill Novak of Irwin, Stanley Novak of Pitcairn, John Novak of Pittsburgh, Ernie Novak of Monroeville and Al Novak of Trafford; and three sisters, Marti Gray of Latrobe, Dottie Showalter of Gibsonia and Patti Novak of Jeannette. There will be no public viewing or visitation. Services and interment will be private. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.

Michael G. Ferketic
Michael G. Ferketic, of Indiana Township, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999. Mr. Ferketic was a building inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou Erdeljac Ferketic; son of the late Michael N. and Mary (Vitunic) Ferketic; father of James M. Ferketic of Jamestown, N.Y.; brother of Lois Netzel of Etna, Bill and Richard Ferketic, both of Etna, and Robert Ferketic of Bowie, Md.; and stepson of Helen Ferketic. Friends received at the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Assumption Cemetery, Hampton Township.

Delores M. Fetter
Delores M. Fetter, 67, of Ruffsdale RD1, left her earthly home to be with her heavenly father and eternal family, Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born July 11, 1932, in Youngwood, a daughter of the late Raymond N. and Hazel Smith Proctor. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Wayne Fetter, in 1993; two brothers, Raymond A. Proctor, in 1990 and Terry L. Proctor, in 1999. She was a current member of the Armbrust Wesleyan Church. Her belief in Jesus Christ gave her the strength to survive many difficult times. She was also a member of the Golden Rod Lodge #273 of Youngwood. She retired from Quality Building Services as a cleaning supervisor at Super Valu in New Stanton. Delores will be missed deeply by those who knew and loved her. She touched many souls with her loving, gentle ways. She is survived by her very special and beloved son, David P. Fetter of Delmont; a sister, Mrs. William H. (Nancy) Lynch of Hunker; six nieces and nephews, Dale A. Proctor, R. Michael Proctor, Tammy Lynch Brooks, Roy P. Proctor, Wendy Proctor Weightman and Tracy Proctor; 15 great-nieces and great-nephews; and two great-great nephews. Included in those who were dear to her heart is a very precious cousin, who visited her faithfully during her last days, Joann Dixon of Youngwood. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 101 S. Fourth St., Youngwood, (724) 925-7233, where services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with Pastors Glenn Rader and Byron Eisaman officiating. Interment will be in Middletown Cemetery.

Leonard G. Grabiak
Leonard G. Grabiak, 69, of Greensburg, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 11, 1930, in United, Pa., a son of the late Joseph and Clara Konieczny Grabiak. He was a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Laurel Vending Co. of Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Grabiak. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Joanne Simko Grabiak; his daughter, Sue Brown and her husband, Bert, of Greensburg; a sister, Mrs. Joseph (Gertrude) Michaux of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Grabiak of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Transfiguration Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert M. Washko as celebrant. Interment Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Military graveside service will be accorded by the American Legion Post #446 of Mt. Pleasant. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director.

Elmer A. Grosklos
Elmer A. Grosklos, 84, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999. He was born Nov. 19, 1914, in Tunneltown, Pa., a son of the late Elmer F. and Ola Pittman Grosklos. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Grosklos of York, Pa. He is survived by his wife of 60 years as of Sept. 2, 1999, Garnet Parks Grosklos; a daughter, Elizabeth Grosklos of Rector, Pa.; a son, Edward Grosklos of San Francisco, Calif.; a grandson, Dennis Kraft of Rector; nieces and nephews. He was a member of the First Christian Church, a life member of B.P.O.E., and the AARP, all of Greensburg. He was retired from Prudential Insurance Company. He was an avid golfer. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be private.

Grace Guardasoni
Grace Guardasoni, 87, of Irwin, a former longtime resident of Guffey, Sewickley Township, born Dec. 23, 1911, in Smithton, Pa., died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Maria Zeuch Meneghini. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Barbara's Church, Harrison City. Wife of the late Paul Guardasoni. Survived by a daughter, Lorraine Coy of Irwin; two sons, Lawrence S. and Harry R., both of Sewickley Township; 12 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Friends may call Friday from noon until 9 p.m. at the D. JAMES HEATHERINGTON FUNERAL HOME, Jenny Lind at Soles streets, McKeesport. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father V. Paul Fitzmaurice Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Barbara's Church. Interment will follow at the West Newton Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.

Stella ``Sally'' Lauer
Stella ``Sally'' Lauer, 63, of Murrysville, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999. Born Aug. 2, 1936, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Irvin and Stella Welsh Rittko. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel; two brothers, Howard and Theodore Rittko; and three sisters, Edith Creighton, Alice Zimmerman, and Mildred Wilcox, who just passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9. Surviving are her husband, John B. Lauer; a brother, Irvin Rittko and wife, Gladys, of Export; and two sisters, Ella Soles and May Hill and husband, Frank, both of Murrysville. Friends were received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Thursday and and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment Restland Memorial Park.

Sylvia Fay Repko
Sylvia Fay Repko, 65, of Latrobe, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Bovard, a daughter of the late John M. and Ida L. Walters Dick. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Youngstown, Pa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Dick. She is survived by her husband, Joseph S. Repko; four sons, Joe Repko Jr. and his girlfriend, Diana Dale, of Colona, Ill., Mark Repko of Latrobe, Matt Repko and his wife, Mary, and Tom Repko and his wife, Vicky, all of Baggaley; two daughters, Verinia Repko at home and Faith Thomas and her fiance, Rod Weaver, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Nick, Derek, Matthew, Joshua, Seth, Tommy and Cassandra; a great-grandson, Austin; five brothers, John Dick `Jr.' and his wife, Jean, of Loyalhanna, Donald Dick of Pleasant Unity, Ralph Dick and Robert Dick, both of Florida, and Ronald Dick of Michigan; two sisters, Betty Allen and Dolores Bridge, both of Florida; her stepmother, Emma Dick of Latrobe. Friends were received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Chad Ficorilli, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. A parish rosary will be recited Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Scott Alan Roberts
Scott Alan Roberts, 21, of Shaler Township, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999. Mr. Roberts was the beloved son of Barbara J. Heckman Roberts of Shaler Township and Merle L. Roberts of Dayton, Ohio. Brother of Sophie and Samuel Roberts, both of England, and Sydney Roberts, of Dayton, Ohio. Grandson of Gayle Heckman of Glenshaw and the late Glenford J. Heckman, Cora Roberts of Madison, Kan., and Dale Roberts of Nampa, Idaho. Great-grandson of Dolores Ellsworth of Monroeville. Also, survived by other loving family members. Friends received at the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township, Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held at the Perman Funeral Home Saturday at 1 p.m. Interment at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Oscar F. Rohrbacher
Oscar F. Rohrbacher, 77, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 16, 1922, in Greensburg, a son of the late Oscar F. and Mary Ellen Lynch Rohrbacher. Prior to retirement, he had been the head of the electrical department for the City of Greensburg. He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Greensburg; a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army; and a life member of the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department, Hose Co. #3, where he had held various offices. Also, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association, Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, the Mohawks Association, and the American Legion Post #981 of South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Lyda Rohrbacher, on Oct. 6, 1989; and a sister, Florence Gazze. He is survived by a brother, John ``Jack'' and his wife, Dorothy Rohrbacher, of Greensburg; two nephews, Barrie and his wife, Lisa Rohrbacher, of Greensburg and Nicholas and his wife, Elizabeth Fields, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandnieces and nephews, Nicole and Jonathan Rohrbacher of Greensburg, and Taylor and Ryan Fields of Knoxville, Tenn.; and several cousins. 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. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edwin J. Fromm officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department and Mohawks Association will meet at the funeral home Friday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct a memorial service.


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