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|Joseph W. Baumgartner Jr.
Joseph W. Baumgartner Jr., 61, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, in UPMC Passavant. He was born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 18, 1939, son of the late Joseph W. and Marie Wild Baumgartner. Mr. Baumgartner worked in the auto sales business and was a member of St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry. Survived by his wife, Carol Wolter Baumgartner; one daughter, Diane L. Kidd of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, Jeffrey J. Baumgartner of Tampa, Fla. and Joseph W. Baumgartner III of Franklin Park; two sisters, Patricia Mansfield of Shaler and Nancy Baumgartner of Mt. Washington; one brother, James Baumgartner of Ross; five grandchildren, Kelly Kidd, and Justin Joey Jeffrey and Emily Baumgartner; and an uncle, John Radack. Visitation Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ferdinand's Church, Cranberry, Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Butler Visiting Nurse's Association, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001.
James J. Botti
James J. Botti, 79, died Monday, May 7, 2001. Mr. Botti was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired employee of Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh Plant, with over 43 years of service. For many years, he was the fire chief of the Westinghouse Plant's volunteer fire department. He later was employed at Disaster Restoration Services in North Versailles for 11 years. Mr. Botti was an usher for St. Colman Church and a member of the Wilkins Township Senior Citizens. Husband of Louise A. (Ardisson) Botti; father of James J. Jr. of New York, Michael J. of Cranberry, Patricia L. Giles of Plum, William G. of Fairfield Twp., Debra Taylor Laird of Apollo and John J. of Harrison City; brother of Rose Callahan of Turtle Creek. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his brother, Michael Botti, and his sisters, Margaret Botti, Jean Choby and Josephine Griffin. Friends may call Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, (412) 823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Colman Church Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 10 Duff Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
Walter Newman Bryan
Walter Newman Bryan, 98, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in the Vincentian Home following a long illness. Born Aug. 21, 1902, in Tioga County, Pa., the son of Perley and Effie Sherk Bryan. Mr. Bryan was a supervisor for Western Electric in Pittsburgh for 42 years. He retired in 1965. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Signal Corps. A graduate of Susquehanna Academy and Duquesne University, he was the last surviving member who helped to draft the constitution of what is now the Communication Workers of America. He served several terms as president of the Fort Pitt Chapter of Pioneers, a retirement organization for telephone workers. A life-long Lutheran, he was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and its council, and was Sunday School superintendent for a number of terms. He taught at Camp Luther for seven summers. He was also a member of Avalon Lodge 657 F&AM, Scottish Rite and Valley of Pittsburgh, and American Legion Riverview Post 681. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Olive Klinefelter Bryan; one daughter, Patti Hetrick and her husband William of McCandless; four grandchildren, Bryan Hetrick, Susan Rihn, Kristen Hetrick and Bethany Hetrick; two brothers, Paul Bryan of Tioga County and Leonard Bryan of Florida; and a sister, Esther Hermann of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John and Harry Bryan. Visitation Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross. Funeral Service Friday at 10 a.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, 157 Peony Ave., Ross, with the Rev. David Littke officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment in Zelienople Mausoleum, Zelienople. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 157 Peony Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15229, or the Vincentian Home, Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
Vincent H. Deluzio
Vincent H. Deluzio, 80, of Penn Township, went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 6, 2001, in the Greensburg Care Center. He was born June 7, 1920, in Jeannette, a son of the late Donato and Maria Fante Deluzio. Prior to his retirement, he was a self-employed accountant. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. He attended Robert Morris College and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Jeannette American Legion Post 344, the Jeannette Rotary, where he was past president and received the Paul Harris Award, and was on the board of directors of Penn State Tool and Die Company, Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Kathy E. Bergeron; a brother, Thomas Deluzio; and a sister, Mary Painter. He is survived by his wife, Helene Martz Deluzio; a son, Vincent C. Deluzio of Pittsburgh; a stepson, George C. Wentzel of Manchester, Md.; two brothers, Fred Deluzio of Florida and Daniel Deluzio of Pennsylvania; and six grandchildren, Meridith, Christopher, Mark, Matthew, Brian and Sandra. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. At 9 p.m. a prayer service will be held with the family. Memorials may be made to the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, 600 Jefferson Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will hold services Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Robert T. Enders
Robert T. Enders, 74, died of respiratory failure as a result of Parkinsons Disease on Sunday, May 6, 2001, in Doylestown, Pa., while visiting his daughter. Survived by his wife, Mary Ann ``MiMi''; eight children, Mary Susan (Thomas) Halley of Cranberry, Cathleen Enders of Pittsburgh, Amy (William) Gallagher of Doylestown, Pa., Eileen (James) Runco of Wilmington, Del., Thomas Enders of Phoenix, Ariz., Holly (James) Spears of Butler, Christian (Tami) of West Chester, Pa. and Joshua Enders of Wilmington, Del.; also survived by 14 grandchildren, Devon and Emily Halley, Hannah, Abigail, Jacob and Liam Gallagher, Chloe, Seamus, Greta, Oliver and Addy Rose Runco, Anna and Max Spears and Luke Enders; brother of Paul Enders of Pittsburgh and Marilou Winkler of Fairfax, Va.; stepson of Minnie Enders of Butler; stepbrother of Madeline Toogood of Butler and Paul O'Boyle of Pittsburgh. Friends received Wednesday from 2 to 6 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 10418 Perry Highway, McCandless. Funeral Mass Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Church. Family suggests contributions be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of N.P.F., P.O. Box 642291, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-2291. Mr. Enders was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in the Korean Conflict. He was a former member and past president of Perry Highway Lions Club. He owned and operated West Penn Typewriter Company in Mars for over 30 years.
Alice M. Garola
Alice M. Garola, 67, of Latrobe, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Trauger, a daughter of the late Andrew J. Smith and Margaret E. Torock Smith Snyder. She was a retired executive secretary with Vulcon Mold. She was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe, and the Latrobe Business and Professional Women's (BPW) Club. Survivors include her husband, John L. Garola; a daughter, Mrs. Michael V. (Andrea M.) Farrell of Greentree; two grandchildren, Megan E. Farrell and Shayne M. Farrell; a brother, Franklin L. Smith of Latrobe; and two sisters, Mary Margaret Smith of Polk and Elizabeth J. ``Betty'' Smith Boggio of Latrobe. Friends were received Tuesday and will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family R.C. Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, Unity Township. The BPW will hold a service Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Charles Weaver Geyer
Charles Weaver Geyer died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He is survived by his wife, Betty Geyer; a son, Charles W. Geyer of Penn Hills; a grandson, Christopher Geyer; and two granddaughters, Carolyn and Jennifer Geyer. Friends may call Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, where services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Gregory D. Golden will officiate. Burial in Jefferson Memorial Park.
Albert S. Ghrist Jr.
Albert S. Ghrist Jr., 76, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 4, 1925, in Greensburg, a son of the late Albert S. Ghrist Sr. and Jeanne (Rosler) Ghrist of Edna #1. He was employed by Commercial Appliance Co., Greensburg, where he enjoyed working with his now deceased buddy, ``Red'' Lamolinara. He was later employed by Hussman Refrigeration, Pittsburgh. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Ida (Garola) Ghrist of Greensburg; three loving children, Mary (Ghrist) Kuhns and husband, William, of Greensburg, Linda (Ghrist) Helman and husband, Gary, of Greensburg and Albert S. Ghrist III and wife, Janet, of Ligonier; six loving grandchildren, Gretchen Kuhns, Shawn, Tim and Ben Helman and Stephen and Adam Ghrist; a brother, Bobby Ghrist and wife, Kathy, of Maryland; and four sisters, Martha Rodenz and husband, Jay, of Edna #1, Mabel Woelk and husband, Joe, of Philadelphia, Jean Sterlachini of Delaware and Doris Nehoda and husband, Jack, of Easton; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received at the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com., Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Forbes Road, Pa., with Father Anthony Burlas, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
George J. Happe
George J. Happe, 80, died Monday, May 7, 2001. Loving husband of Dorothy (Ronnigan) Happe; father of Ellen (Chester) Bealles, Judy Rodgers, Donnie (Cathy) Happe and Darlene Happe; brother of Rosemary Happe Schwartz. Also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Happe was a life-time member of VFW Post 418. Family to receive friends Wednesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks (Family owned and operated since 1886.) Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at 10 a.m. in Holy Innocents Church.
Mabel A. (Ellis) Johnson
Mabel A. (Ellis) Johnson, 83, of Perrinton, Mich., died Monday, May 7, 2001. She was born March 25, 1918, in Rimersburg, Pa., a daughter of Alfred and Pearl (Shaw) Seabury. Surviving are a son, James (Carolyn) Silvis of Mason, Mich.; four grandchildren, Todd (Lisa) Silvis of Munising, Mich., James (Beth) Silvis of Albion, Mich., Tracy (Michael) Wing of Michigan Center, Mich., and Wendi Krauss of Mason, Mich.; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, William (Hazel) Seabury of New Alexandria; a sister, Edith Ritenour of Uniontown; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no service or visitation. Arrangements by the OSGOOD FUNERAL HOME, 104 E. Cass St., St. Johns, Mich., (989) 224-2365.
Ronald M. Kosanovich
Ronald M. Kosanovich died Tuesday, May 8, 2001. Husband of Elizabeth Kosanovich. Father of Ronald and Donald Kosanovich. Grandfather of Nicholas, Erika, Sebastian and baby. Brother of Mildred Korpa, Ann Hunter, and the late George Kosanovich, Dorothy Benjamin and Sophie Goodwin. Friends received Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the CIESLAK AND TATKO FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, where funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m.
Dr. Lyndon H. Landon Jr.
Dr. Lyndon H. Landon Jr., 78, of Vandergrift, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at his residence. Public memorial service will be in the Fox Chapel Episcopal Church, 630 Squaw Run Road East, Fox Chapel, Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. with Father Brad Wilson officiating. Arrangements by CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 100 Owens View Drive, Apollo.
Carl B. Marker
Carl B. ``Fats'' Marker, 83, of Connellsville, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. 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 BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Arthur R. Patterson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
Helen E. Maza
Helen E. Maza, 71, of Sewickley Township, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at home. She was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Sewickley Township, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Deaterly) Maza. Helen participated in the operation of the family dairy farm in Sewickley Township all her life. The farm was also known for its fruit orchards that produced a variety of produce for the area. She was a member of the Herminie United Methodist Church and its Friendly Circle Bible Class, and of the Mendon Grange. She was a graduate of the Sewickley High School Class of 1947. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and a sister, Joseph M. Maza and Agnes Maza. Friends were received Tuesday at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, where a service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Hildbold officiating. Interment West Newton Cemetery.
Scott W. Mozden
Scott W. Mozden, 42, of Greensburg, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at home. He was born March 8, 1959, in New Britain, Conn., a son of the late Jan Edward and Dorothy Mary Venue Mozden. He had been employed as a manager of operations for Gregg Services. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a special agent, and was a member of AMVETS Post 94, United. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Marie Myers Mozden; and his loving companion dogs, Wally, Snooze and Max. Friends will be received in Scott and Patricia's home (319 George St., Greensburg), Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., at which time a memorial service will also be held. The JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, is in charge of arrangements. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director.
George F. Nevitt
George F. Nevitt, 75, of White Oak, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born Jan. 20, 1926, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Martin and Sally Kaminski Novitski. He was a self-employed businessman, a member of St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak, and received the Purple Heart while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Bernice S. Fien Nevitt; three daughters, Bonnie Walker of Princeton, N.J., Joyce Stephens of White Oak and Nancy Mols of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren; a brother, Louis Nevitt of White Oak; a sister, Annette Czapor of White Oak; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9 a.m. in St. Angela Merici Church, White Oak, with the Very Rev. Stephen Chervenak officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak.
Elizabeth I. Rothermund
Elizabeth I. Rothermund, age 89 of Bridgeville, on Tuesday, May 8, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Nelson J. Rothermund. Loving mother of Richard and Ronald Rothermund, and the late Robert Rothermund. Sister of Jane Malcolm of Indiana, Pa., and the late Ruth Clarke of Pottsville, Pa. Grandmother of Barbara Chopek, Susan Smith, Robert, Thomas, Jerome and Jody Rothermund. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren. Friends received Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the BOGAN-WOLF FUNERAL HOME, 430 Washington Ave., Bridgeville (A Woodruff Partner). Service will be Friday at 10 a.m. in Bethany Presbyterian Church. The family suggests memorial contributions to Bethany Presbyterian Church or The Bridgeville Public Library.
Edwin J. Santa
Edwin J. Santa, 83, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in UPMC Passavant. He was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Pittsburgh, son of Stephen A. and Elizabeth (Maykranz) Santa. He had been employed as a machinist for Jackson Gear Company for 43 years and was a veteran of World War II. He had served in the U.S. Army in Co. I Motor Battalion, Headquarters and Service Group, Pacific Forces. He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila, Ross. Survived by his wife, Alberta Hayton Santa; a son, Rick E. Santa of Robinson; a daughter, Sheri DeOrio of Ross; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Rick DeOrio of Ross; a brother, Stephen Santa of West View. Preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Voight. Friends received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Teresa of Avila Church Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. William Sippel as officiant. Burial in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park.
Geneva Haase Shean
Geneva Haase Shean, 80, of Derry RR1, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born July 14, 1920, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Henry and Marie Potter Haase. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a cafeteria worker for the Derry Area School District and was a member of St. Joseph Church, Derry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Shean, in 1982; and several brothers and sisters. Geneva is survived by four sons, George H. of Derry, William W. and wife, Patsy, of Latrobe, Stephen F. and wife, Diane, of Lorton, Va., and Robin L. and wife, Elyce, of Rochelle Park, N.J.; three daughters, Janine E. Elliott and husband, James, Marie E. Thessen, and Patricia Fallecker and husband, James, all of Derry; 11 grandchildren, Michele, Mike, Chris, Jason, Emily, Rebecca, Alex, Anna, Courtney, Callie and James; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers; Gerald Haase and wife, Edna, of Florida and Theodore Haase and wife, Doris, of Latrobe; four sisters, Dorothy Myers and husband, Ike, and Nancy Kerr, all of Latrobe, Emmajean Brown of Florida and Shirley Weightman and husband, Robert, of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also her caregivers for the past two years, Frieda and Roxanne. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MICHAEL J. QUINLISK FUNERAL HOME INC., 548 N. Chestnut St., Derry. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Stephen C. West as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Youngstown, Pa.
John E. Short
John E. ``Big Deal'' Short, 71, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Hempfield Manor Convalescent Center, Hempfield Township. He was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Latrobe, a son of the late Joseph F. and Gertrude Capp Short. He was a former employee of the City of Greensburg, was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg, was a life member of Greensburg Fire Department Hose Co. #1, the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association and the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association. He was also a life member of Loyal Order of the Moose Greensburg Lodge 1151 and holder of the Pilgrim Degree and was a past governor of the Moose. He was also an avid flea market exhibitor. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers, his twin, Edward J., and Charles F. Short; and a sister, Mrs. Beatrice A. Ulishney. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Russell Short; three sons, Kenneth J. Short of Southwest Greensburg, Douglas L. Short and his wife, Cathy, and Jamie L. Short and his wife, Cindy, all of Greensburg; a daughter, Mrs. Beth A. Priore and her husband, Karl, of Pittsburgh; a grandson, Eric Short of Greensburg; two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Polosky and her husband, Michael, of Latrobe and Mrs. Mary G. Heine and her husband, Walter, of Hubertus, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Members of the Loyal Order of the Moose Greensburg Lodge 1151 will hold services Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Members of the Greensburg Fire Department will hold services Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., supervisor, in charge of arrangements.
Julia Mastrianni Skrabski
Julia Mastrianni Skrabski, 67, of Trafford, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Domenico and Lucredzia Motta Mastrianni. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Skrabski was a school guard for the Borough of Trafford. She was a member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford, and helped sew quilts for the homeless for St. Regis. She was an avid bowler and bowled with the Merry Maker Bowlers of Trafford. Julia was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to everyone who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Antoinette ``Tootsie'' Johnson, Jenny Mastrianni and Pauline Shumar; and brother, Domenic Mastrianni. She is survived by her loving husband, Thaddeus ``Ted'' Skrabski; a son, John and wife Rebecca Skrabski of Hickory; and three daughters, Deborah and husband Mathew Esek of South Park, Anita and husband Glenn Hreha of Moon Township and Patricia and husband Scott Rogers of Finleyville. Also survived by two sisters, Ann Kerrigan of Trafford and Rose Meadows of East McKeesport; and 10 grandchildren, Lauren and Erin Skrabski, Brian and wife Stephanie Esek, Matthew and Julie Esek, Lisa and Nicholas Hreha, Andrew, Valerie and Beverly Rogers. Friends received in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME, 429 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, (412) 372-3111, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church, Trafford, with the Rev. James D. Tringhese as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Westmoreland Hospice, 532 West Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601, or the American Cancer Society.
Ella R. (Rittko) Soles
Ella R. (Rittko) Soles, 85, of Delmont, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001. She was born Feb. 15, 1916, in North Braddock, a daughter of the late Irvin and Stella (Welsh) Rittko. Ella was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Murrysville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Soles Sr., in 1978; two brothers, Howard and Ted Rittko; and four sisters, Edith Creighton, Alice Zimmerman, Mildred Wilcox and Sally Laur. Surviving are two sons, William Jr. and his wife, Margie, of North Huntingdon and Irvin and his wife, Alberta, of Murrysville; two daughters, Mrs. John (Marlene) Hyduke of New Alexandria and Shirley Crystaloski of Linesville; a brother, Irvin Rittko of Jeannette; and a sister, Mrs. Frank (May) Hill of Murrysville. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons. 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., where services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Grant Abe officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.
Donald J. Spagnolo
Donald J. Spagnolo, 72, of Rostraver Township, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at his residence. He was a son of the late Angelo V. and Mary Spagnolo. Mr. Spagnolo was a prominent businessman in the Pittsburgh area and most recently in the Rostraver Township/Belle Vernon area. Don and his brothers founded the Spring Garden Shop 'n Save supermarket on the North Side of Pittsburgh in 1975 and also Spagnolo Builders Inc. In 1984, Don and his wife, Grace, became one of the original franchisees of the Giant Eagle supermarket chain. He was an active member of the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver Township. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Grace Balestrieri Spagnolo; two sons and daughters-in-law, Angelo V. and Darlene M. Mastandrea Spagnolo of Fayette City and Frank G. and Lisa J. Brier Spagnolo of Rostraver Township; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary V. and George Bashur of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Carl J. and Bernice Spagnolo and James A. Spagnolo and the late Prudy Spagnolo, all of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren, Donald J. Spagnolo II, Daniel G. Bashur, David C. Spagnolo, Jaclyn D. Bashur, Christopher J. Bashur, Tiffany L. Spagnolo and Travis C. Spagnolo. He was a beloved brother-in-law to Mario and Catherine Balestrieri, Joseph and Dorothy Camarda, Thomas and Anna Balestrieri, Ms. Rose M. Balestrieri and the late Antoinette and Mario Machi, all of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sara V. Trueman; and an infant brother, Anthony Spagnolo. Friends will be received Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Sweeney Plan/Rostraver Township. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at noon in the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver Township, with the Rev. Ronald L. Simboli as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Belle Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum, Rostraver Township. The family suggests memorial donations to the Church of St. Anne, 1870 Rostraver Road, Belle Vernon, PA 15012, or The Monastery of the Poor Clare Sisters, 6029 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.
Verna A. Frye Thomas
Verna A. Frye Thomas, 70, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 27, 1930, in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle Nemitz Frye. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by Troutman's department store and later Westmoreland Hospital, both of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Thomas, in 1989; and by a son, Scott M. Thomas, in 1966. She is survived by two daughters, Beth A. and her husband, David Jackson, of Greensburg and Susan L. and her husband, Dan Greenough, of Engelhard, N.C.; two sons, Edward V. Thomas of McKeesport and Gary D. Thomas of Decatur, Ill.; six grandchildren, Scott, Maria, Jennifer, Melissa, Ian and Rylee; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles L. Frye of North Huntingdon; a sister, Karyn E. and her husband, DeWayne Baughman, of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. A private family visitation and funeral service will be held Thursday in the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, with the Rev. William A. Waugh officiating. Private interment Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Family suggests memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, 555 Grant St., Suite 380, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or the Westmoreland Regional Hospital Foundation, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
Catherine Ann Todd
Catherine Ann Todd, 45, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Oakland. She was born Aug. 20, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of Anna Flynn Todd of Greensburg and the late Thomas Todd. Prior to retirement, she was a personal care nurse. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Southwest Greensburg. She was a U.S. Army veteran and attended Youngstown State University and Westmoreland County Community College. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, James Patrick Todd of Greensburg; three sisters, Mrs. Linda Little and her husband, Ron, of Greensburg, Lori Bosley and her fiance, Eric Hursh, of Mammoth and Mrs. Mary Ellen Walters and her husband, Michael, of Leechburg; three nephews, James S. Nash and William Bosley Jr., both of Greensburg, and Shane Michael Walters of Leechburg; a niece, Mrs. Kimberly Nash and her husband, Keith, of Greensburg; and two great-nephews, Addam and Jonathan Nash, both of Greensburg. Friends will be received at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Father John Nosal officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., supervisor, in charge of arrangements.
Verna Kapura Yesho
Verna Kapura Yesho, 88, of Mutual, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born April 15, 1913, in Mutual, a daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Hanosky Kapura. Verna was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church of United and its Altar Society. She was also a member of the Ladies Jednota. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1963; and the following brothers and sisters: Joseph Kapura, Anna Elwood, Margaret Urban, Marie Hudak, Kathryn Trapletti and Michael Kapura. She is survived by the following children: Helen Jupena of Greensburg, Julius Yesho and his wife, Frances, of Mt. Pleasant, Robert Yesho and his wife, Gertrude, of Jeannette, Francis Yesho and his wife, Kathy, of Derry, William Yesho and his wife, Karlene, of Mt. Pleasant Township and Jo Ann Yesho of South Greensburg; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, John Kapura of Norvelt; and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Betty) Banko of Everson. Friends will be received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10:20 a.m., followed by her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger. A wake service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 7 p.m. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director.
Lillian (Cardoni) Zimmerman
Lillian ``Lil'' (Cardoni) Zimmerman, 75, of White Valley, died Monday, May 7, 2001. She was born Jan. 5, 1926, in White Valley, a daughter of the late Paul and Mildred (Rozina) Cardoni. Lil was a lifetime member of the Emanuel Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ (Hill's Church), Export, and the White Valley Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Zimmerman, in 1992. Surviving are a daughter, Cindy Laurica and her husband, Joe, of McCullough; four sons, Paul Cardoni of White Valley, Dennis Cardoni and his wife, Jeannie, of Ohio, James Zimmerman and his wife, Wendy, of Export and Randy Zimmerman and his wife, Robbie, of White Valley; a sister, Margaret ``Molly'' Moose of Export; 10 grandchildren, Ginger, Dustin, Tanya, Samantha, Joey, Robbie, Amanda, David, Cody and Kyle; a great-grandson, Bailey; and a niece, Debbie Hopper. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, where service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Sandra Essinger-Hileman officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.