|Obituary listings for April 2, 2003.
Marlene Lowry Bryant, 69, of Coraopolis, died Wednesday, March 26,
at West Penn Hospital.
She was born April 6, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles
and Charlotte Aldred Lowry.
Mrs. Bryant was a member of St. Paul AME Zion Church. Some of her church
organizations in which she participated were missionary society and senior
choir. She was a former conference delegate, a district officer, a deaconess
and benevolent steward.
She was also a homemaker.
Survivors include: her husband, Kenneth ; three children, Ken Jr. and
his wife, Michelle, of Ypsilanti, Mich., Gary and his wife, Linda, of Riverside,
Cal and Michele of Coraopolis; one sister, Jacqueline Glover of Chartiers
City; one brother, Charles Lowry of Crafton; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Coraopolis. A funeral service
was held at St. Paul AME Zion Church with Rev. Patricia Tatum officiating.
Entombment was in Coraopolis Cemetery.
Vincent Mario Gargaro, 84, of Stowe Township died Sunday, March 23.
He was born Oct. 23, 1919, in Stowe, a son of the late Angelo and Mary
Mr. Gargaro was the last of the musically-gifted Gargaro brothers.
He and his brothers, Isadore and Anthony, supported their parents,
funded their educations and entertained their family and friends at weddings,
night clubs and Italian feasts with their accordion, trumpet and saxophone
for many years.
He was a member of the University of Pittsburgh marching band from
1936-40 and was part of three generations of Pitt alumni band members.
He and his brothers served in U.S. Air Corp. and Army during World
War II. He continued his service until he retired as a major in the U.S.
Air Force Reserves.
He was known as the voice of the weather band until his retirement
in 1980 from National Weather Service as a meteorologist.
He was a member of the American Meteorologist Society, West Hills Symphony,
University of Pittsburgh Alumni Band, West Park Firemenís Band, Knights
of Columbus, Villeta Barred Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Italian American War Veterans, Boy Scouts, Boys Club and the Lions
Survivors include: his wife, Elva Connor Gargaro; three children, Deborah
Holmes, Vince and Tom Gargaro; three sisters, Bernadette, Dora and Lita;
nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild ; and many aunts, nieces and
Arrangements were handled by Sanvitoís McKees Rocks where a funeral
service was held in the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial
at Mother of Sorrows Church with Father Larry Smith officiating. Burial
was in Resurrection Cemetery.
Ruth Scharpf McLaughlin, 89, of Moon Township died Tuesday, March 11,
at her home.
She was born Feb. 12, 1914, in Glenwillard, a daughter of the late
Roy and Margaret McCutcheon Scharpf.
Mrs. McLaughlin was a graduate of Coraopolis High School in 1931.
She worked in the office of Canfield Oil until her retirement in 1948.
Survivors include: two sisters, Betty Phelps of Escondida, Cal. and
Margaret Cantrell of Coraopolis; one friend, Marion Kraus; and many nieces,
nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Erla Pegg.
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Moon Township. A graveside
service was held at Clinton Cemetery with Rev. Roger Howard officiating.
Cyril Francis Mitsch, 82, of Moon Township died Sunday, March 15, at
Sewickley Valley Hospital.
He was born Aug. 24, 1920, in Crafton, a son of the late Cyril and
Anna Gormley Mitsch.
Mr. Mitsch was a veteran of U.S. Army Air Force during World War II
and was awarded eight bronze stars. He was a tech sergeant and radar mechanic
and served in Europe.
He was a millwright for 26 years at J & L Steel Co. and a charter
member of St. Margaret Mary Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Daisy Kleitz Mitsch; two sons, Bob and
his wife, Diane, of McCandless Township and Paul and his wife, Anne, of
Indiana Township; two daughters, Kathie Martonik and her husband, Joseph,
of Moon and Patricia Mitsch of Moon; one sister, Mary Alice Dickson of
Ambridge; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Blanche Berry and one
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Coraopolis. Closing prayers
and Mass of Christian Burial were held at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment
was at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Adult Resources, 1021
Fifth Ave., Coraopolis, Pa. 15108.
Elizabeth Watts Petitmaire, 90, of Moon Township and formerly of Stuart,
Fla. died Sunday, March 16, at Sewickley Valley Hospital.
She was born June 29, 1912, in Rockville Centre, N.Y., a daughter of
the late John and Emma Wright Watts.
Mrs. Petitmaire graduated in 1933 with a bachelorís degree from Mt.
Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. and was a member of Mt. Holyoke
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Stuart, Fla. and St. Markís
Methodist Church in Rockville Centre.
Survivors include: her husband, Felix Petitmaire; four children and
their spouses, Carol Petitmaire and her husband, Ken Street, of Littleton,
Colo., Marcelle Gregg and her husband, Gerald, of Boston, Andre Petitmaire
and his wife, Anne Marie Kampman, of Copenhagen, Denmark and Lorraine Petitmaire
and her husband, Thomas Weaver, of Moon; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements were held at Copelandís Coraopolis where a service was
held with Rev.William Hower officiating. Burial was at Greenfield Cemetery
in Hempstead, N.Y.
Memorials may be made in her name to Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley,
Nicolina Cicci Dilisio Silvestri, 91, of Coraopolis died Sunday, March
Survivors include: three children, Edward Dilisio, Carole Tollis and
her husband, Guido, all of Coraopolis, and Chester Dilisio and his wife,
Sharon, of Moon Township; seven sisters, Helen Dilisio of Florida, Concetta
Buiyak of McKees Rocks, EdnaMonaco of Virginia, Annie Giacominio of Moon
Township, Laura Dzurenda of McKees Rocks, Delores Fallon of Virginia and
Theresa Karns of McKees Rocks; one brother, Carl Fazio of Moon; 10 grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Silvestri was preceded in death by two husbands, Alex Dilisio
and Umberto Silvestri, one son, Ronald Dilisio, and two brothers, Joseph
and James Fazio.
Arrangements were handled by Sanvitoís Coraopolis where a service was
held followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church.
Obituary listings for April 9, 2003.
John Lewis III, 85, of Moon Township died Thursday, March 27, at his
He was born in Coraopolis to the late John Lewis Jr. and Olive Gleason.
Mr. Lewis was the grandson of the founder of Lewis Foundry and Machine
Co. in Groveton where he was the third generation to work in the family
His family was a member of early Pittsburgh steel family whose interests
included Lewis, Oliver and Philips Co. later known as Oliver Iron &
He was a graduate of Coraopolis High School and Penn State University,
where he earned a degree in engineering.
He began his career with American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel Co.
in structural steel engineering. He was the shop superintendent for 27
years after retiring in 1978.
Mr. Lewis was a World War II veteran with 463rd Bomb Group Air Force
squadron and successfully completed 23 bombing missions. He was awarded
the purple heart, an air medal with two oak leaf clusters, a campaign medal
and three bronze stars.
He was a member of the Air Force Escape and Evasion Society and the
He was also a member of St. Margaret Mary Church, Sigma Chi Fraternity,
American Welding Society and formerly Coraopolis United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: his children, Lenora Partel Petrush and her husband,
John, of Beaver, John Kent Lewis and his wife, Cynthia, of Pittsburgh,
Mary Anne Stewart and her husband, Alan, of Moon Township, Cheryl Lewis
of Moon, and James Lewis; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thyresa Fratangelo Lewis; one
son, Richard; and one sister, Betty Johnson.
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Moon Township. Mass of Christian
Burial was held at St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon with Father John Ayoob
officiating. Burial was in Homewood Cemetery.
Edith Thomas, 72, of Clinton died Friday, March 28, at her Clinton
She was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Coraopolis, a daughter of the late Clarence
and Lishia White Gray.
Mrs. Thomas was Protestant by faith and was a homemaker
Survivors include: her husband, Harold Sr.; two sons, Harold Jr. and
his wife, Michele, of Aliquippa and William of Clinton; three daughters,
Shirley Jones and her husband, Donald, of Georgetown, Linda Shelton of
Aliquippa and Deborah Wilson and her husband, John, of Aliquippa; three
brothers, David Gray of Aliquippa, Clarence Gray of Ohio and Richard Gray
of Georgetown; four sisters, Hazel Stolar of Coraopolis, Dorothy Molchan
of Georgia, Leshia Jenkin of Criderís Point and Virginia Koopinger of Cranberry;
12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Gray.
Arrangements were handled by Moody Funeral Home, Clinton, where services
were held with Pastor Wilmer Olszewski officiating. Interment followed
in Veazy Cemetery, Aliquippa.
Jeanette Herbert, 85, of Robinson Township died Wednesday, March 12,
at her home.
She was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Metz, W.Va., a daughter of the late
Elzie and Mary Ellen Moore.
Mrs. Herbert was a homemaker and enjoyed camping. She spent winters
with her husband in Florida.
She was an avid citizen band radio enthusiast and, along with her husband,
belonged to a local club. Her handle was Mail Girl.
She was also quite talented when it came to crocheting, baking and
Survivors include: her husband, Joseph Herbert; three sons, James of
McDonald, John of Chippewa and John of Beaver Falls; one daughter, Joan
Horvath of Midway; two sisters, Laurestine Hayes of Mannington, W.Va. and
Jessie Stiles of New Cumberland, W.Va.; one brother, Paul Moore of Little
Orleans, Md.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Joseph; two sisters, Emma Batson
and Mary Hayes; and three brothers, Clinton, Harlen and Thurman.
Arrangements were handled by Joseph Somma Funeral Home, Robinson Township.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Trinity Church with Father
William Scholz officiating. Interment was at St. Maryís Cemetery.
Frank Markovich, 73, of North Fayette Township died Thursday, March
27, at Ohio Valley General Hospital.
He was born April 15, 1929, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Andrew
and Anna Markovich.
Mr. Markovich was a postal clerk for U.S. Postal Service for 34 years.
Most of that was service at the Pittsburgh main office where he retired
As a young man, he played football at Oliver High School.
Later in life, he came to enjoy golf, singing and crossword puzzles.
He served in U.S. Army during Korean War as a corporal.
He will be remembered for generosity and for his philosophy of making
one person smile and life is worth living.
Survivors include: one son, Thomas Grayson and his wife, Marirose,
of Pittsburgh; one daughter, Donna Pfender of Washington, Pa.; one sister,
Margaret Lukich of Ellsworth; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild;
and one companion, Leona Lois Grayson of North Fayette Township.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Albert, Andrew, Anthony
and John, and two sisters, Ann and Elsie.
Arrangements were handled Joseph Somma Funeral Home, Robinson Township.
Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Columbkille Church with Father
Richard Wesoloski officiating. Burial was in North Side Catholic Cemetery.
Yolanda Seretti Tarquinio of Stowe Township died Saturday, March 29.
Survivors include: two children, Pat Tarquinio and his wife, Marcy,
of Beaver and Ron Tarquinio and his wife, Harriette, of Louisville, Ky.,
seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one nephew and four nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, and one daughter,
Arrangements were handled by Sanvitoís McKees Rocks.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at Mother of Sorrows Church with
Father Paul Householter officiating. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery.
William Wills Sr., 78, of Kennedy Township died Monday, March 17, at
St. Clair Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 25, 1924, in Carnegie, a son of the late Claude and
Mr. Wills was a crane operator for 37 years for J & L Steel Co.,
Second Avenue, Pittsburgh. He retired in 1982.
He spent 10 more years doing maintenance for ABF Freight Co. when he
stopped work in 1992 because of a stroke.
He served in U.S. Army as a private first class in World War II in
Normandy, France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was the recipient
of a bronze star.
He was active in Carnegie American Legion Post 421 and Carnegie VFW
Post 331 where he was a past commander.
Survivors include: one daughter, Mary McMahon of Oakdale; one son,
William Wills Jr. of Kennedy Township; four sisters, Wanda Dayton of Gibsonia,
Charlotte Dickinson of Allison Park, Leta Rose Downs of Beaver Falls and
Selina Loretta Sieben of Florida; four grandchildren, one son-in-law and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadette, and five brothers.
Arrangements were handled by Joseph Somma Funeral Home, Robinson Township.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Malachyís Church and interment
was at St. Markís Cemetery.
Obituary listings for April 16, 2003.
Alfred Bagatini, 79, of Moon Township died Wednesday, April 9, at Shadyside
He was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Coraopolis, a son of the late Joseph
and Edith Montibeller Bagatini.
Mr. Bagatini was employed for 27 years with Codo Manufacturing until
his retirement in Jan. 1986.
He was a member of St. Joseph Church, and served in the U.S. Army during
World War II where he received the good conduct medal, distinguished unit
badge and European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, six bronze stars
and one bronze arrowhead.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Jane Grannis; three sons, William
and his wife, Carol, of South Bend, Ind., Richard and his wife, Beverly,
of Clarksville, Tenn., and Gary and his wife, Cheryl, of Moon; and five
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Coraopolis.
Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph Church with Father Malcolm McDonald
officiating. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery with military honors.
VFW Fraternal Service was held with Post 402.
Helen Barlow, 81, of Moon Township died Monday, March 31, at her home.
She was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Bellbridge, Pa., a daughter of the late
Joseph and Mary Kissell.
Mrs. Barlow was a homemaker and worked for 22 years with St. Regis
She became a dietary worker for 15 years at Ohio Valley General Hospital.
She also enjoyed baking, gardening and being a loving grandmother.
Survivors include: one son, Frank Barlow Jr. of Richmond, Va.; three
daughters, Renee Gobao of Moon, Carolyn Holtzer of Center Township and
Sandra Valicenti of Moon; one sister, Jucianna McCall of Clairton; five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, John, Joseph and
Steve, and one sister, Ann Lehocky.
Arrangements were handled by Joseph Somma Funeral Home, Robinson Township.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Margaret Mary Parish with
Pastor Robin Evanish officiating. Interment was held at Holy Souls Cemetery.
Emory Barnett, 79, of Cumming, Ga. died Thursday, March 27, at his
He was born July 6, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Emory and
Mr. Barnett served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War
II. After his tour of duty, he came back to Pittsburgh and found work for
five years as an attendant at Jameson Parking facility in downtown.
He then went on to spend 20 years as a mechanic at Corny Phillips Mobil
Service Station in Sheraden.
In 1966, he became employed with Knickerbocker Russell Co. in Robinson
Township. He became their service manager and retired with them in 1986.
He was a member of American Legion, VFW and Fraternal Order of the
In leisure time, he enjoyed fishing and took many trips to the Great
Lakes and Canada.
In 1997, he moved to Cumming, Ga. to live with his son and enjoyed
many trips to Lake Laner where he continued to fish and boat.
Survivors include: three sons, James of Worcester, Mass., Michael of
Portersville, Pa. and Patrick of Cumming, Ga.; one brother, Earl of Burgettstown;
one sister, Ruth Glovan of Fort Pierce, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two
He was preceded in death by one brother, Edward, one sister, Edna Drudy
and a former wife, Mary Barnett.
Arrangements were held by Joseph Somma Funeral Home, Robinson Township,
where a Blessing Service was held with Father William Scholz officiating.
Interment was at Holy Souls Cemetery.
Thomas Trkula, 68, of Moon Township died Wednesday, April 9.
He was born Jan. 31, 1935, in Aliquippa, a son of the late Adam and
Rosalia Onuska Trkulja.
Mr. Trkula retired from Fisher Control in the late 1970s after 20 years
of being a welder. He also retired from the state after working eight years
as a toll collector.
He was a member of Coraopolis Elks Club 1090.
Survivors include: his wife, District Justice Shirley Rowe Trkula of
Moon; one daughter, Kelli Walters and her husband, Robert, of Imperial;
one son, Thomas and his wife, Pattie, of Harrisburg; five grandchildren,
four in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred, and two in-laws.
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Coraopolis where a service
was held with Pastor Jeff Sterling officiating.
Burial followed in Resurrection Cemetery.
Violet Wilkie, 82, of Moon Township died Saturday, April 5, at Beaver
Elder Care in Aliquippa.
She was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Donora, a daughter of the late Andrew
and Catherine Yaksic Bucich.
Mrs. Wilkie lived in Moon Township for more than 53 years and was a
member of Sharon Community
Presbyterian Church in Moon.
She worked for Howard Johnsonís as a maid and also for Moon Elementary
School in the cafeteria. She was a member of Croatian Fraternal Union.
Survivors include: one daughter, Sally, and her husband, Robert, of
Moon; 10 siblings, Margaret Matava of Belle Vernon, Pauline Koval of Akron,
Florence Heaps of Bridgeville, Marie Morrell of Arizona, Catherine Thomas
of Donora, Frances Sanko of Donora, Sam Bucich of Glen Burnie, Md., Anthony
Bucich of Valparaiso, Ind., Paul Bucich of Tacoma, Wash., and Donald Bucich
of Finleyville; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Wilkie Jr., and one
son, Thomas Wilkie III.
Arrangements were handled by Copelandís Moon Township where a service
was held at the funeral home with Pastor Roger Howard officiating. Interment
was at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
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