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Obituary listings for January 22, 2003. 

Richards
Edward R. "Bud" Richards, 83, of Plum Borough died Jan. 16, 2003.
He was a past fire chief and member for more than 50 years of Rosedale VFD No. 2, Masonic Lodge No. 799. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a lifelong outdoorsman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Edwards) Richards.
Surviving are his brother- and sisters-in-law, Robert and Nancy Edwards, and Virginia Bender; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions are suggested to Rosedale VFD No. 2, 5806 Verona Road, Verona, PA 15147.

Bozich
Patricia A. Bozich, 33, of Monroeville died Nov. 29, 2002.
She was the daughter of Ernest and Josephine (Kubla) Bozich of Plum Borough. Ms. Bozich was a self-employed accountant with her father from 1991 to 1998 at E. J. Bozich Co. She was a graduate of Plum High School and Duquesne University. An avid scuba diver, jet skier, hiker and biker, she loved most forms of exercise. Ms. Bozich also was active in the Spring Run Condo Association in Monroeville.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Mary Jo Armstrong of Erie and her husband, Will; also aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends were received at Alfieri Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Colman Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice, 6655 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Jenkins
Lawrence E. Jenkins Jr., 74, of Plum Borough died Jan. 15, 2003.
Mr. Jenkins was a veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his children, Rebecca Gardone of Penn Hills, Gary Jenkins of Verona; five grandchildren; brother, Donald Jenkins; sister, Dorothy Glowacki.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Davis; and a brother, Kenneth Jenkins.
Friends were received at Gene Van Horne Funeral Home. 
A service was at Plum Creek Presbyterian Church.

Cooper
Thomas Ellis Cooper, 78, of Longwood at Oakmont died Jan. 18, 2003.
Mr. Cooper was a retired controller of corporate financial planning and policy for Westinghouse Electric. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena (Michelangelo) Cooper.
Surviving are his children, Lisa (Cooper) Jensen of Oakmont and Kenneth Augustine Cooper of Plum; three grandchildren; sister, Louise Luddy; brothers, Frank and John Cooper.
Friends were received at Thomas D. English Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church. 
Interment was at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Cresson. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent De Paul Society, c/o St. Irenaeus, 387 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139 or Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Obituary listings for January 29, 2003.

McGuire
Carmen D. McGuire, 49, of Apollo died Jan. 20, 2003.
Born in Pittsburgh, he was a laborer with Gregori Construction and Engineering. Mr. McGuire was a member of New Kensington Elks Post 512, Laborers Union 1058 and Our Lady of Joy Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Denise (Vermeulen) McGuire; brothers, Francis, Michael and Timothy McGuire; sister Patricia Soltis.
Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes. Interment was at Plum Creek Cemetery.

Proviano
Mary C. Proviano, 88, of Plum Borough died Jan. 23, 2003, at Forbes Regional.
Born in Italy, she was the daughter of Enrico and Carmella (Paliotta) Viccari.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Proviano.
Surviving are her children, Arthur Proviano and Louise Ciorra; a brother, Joseph Viccari; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at Findlay C. Wylie Funeral Home. A service was at Our Lady of Joy. Interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Mattes
Beverly J. Mattes, 49, of Plum Borough died Jan. 24, 2003.
Surviving are her husband, Frederick Mattes; her parents, Michael and Elizabeth Antonich; brother, James of Upper St. Clair and Michael Antonich of Monroeville.
Friends were received at Thomas D. English Funeral Home. 

Obituary listings for February 5, 2003. 

Brown
Florance L. Brown, 89, of Holiday Park died Jan. 28, 2003, at Forbes Regional Hospital.
Born in East Pittsburgh, she was a retired administrator.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by Gene H. Corl Funeral Home. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Chirumbolo
Joseph A. Chirumbolo, 61, of Plum Borough died Jan. 24, 2003.
Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Guiseppe and Caterina (DeFazio) Chirumbolo. Mr. Chirumbolo was an auto mechanic with Firestone Auto Service. He was a member of Our Lady of Joy Church 
Surviving are his wife, Patricia (Orr) Chirumbolo; children, Joseph Chirumbolo and Christina Babbarino; sisters, Angelina Gigliotti, Maria DeVita and Antoinette Roberto; and a grandchild.
Arrangements were handled by Maurice L. Knee Funeral Home. 
Interment was Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Damp
Mary A. Damp, 85, of Penn Hills died Jan. 31, 2003.
Mrs. Damp was a member of Monroeville Assembly of God.
Friends were received at Charles W. Trenz Funeral Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Damp Jr.
Surviving are her son, Harry Eugene Damp and his wife, Catherine, of Latrobe; granddaughter, Deborah Lynn Damp of New York City; sisters, Esther Graffuis Herron, Miriam Moore; brother, Joseph Float. 
Friends were received at Charles W. Trenz Funeral Home.

Grodecki
Agnes E. Grodecki, 87, of Plum Borough died Jan. 28, 2003, at Shadyside Hospital.
Born in Collier Township, she was the daughter of John and Esther (Bailint) Kiszer. Mrs. Grodecki was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Polish Hill.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Grodecki.
Surviving are her children, Barbara and Ronald Grodecki; sister, Anna Yenchik; and two grandchildren.
Friends were received at Maurice L. Knee Funeral Home. A service was at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Cedolia officiating. Interment was at St. Stanislaus in Shaler Township.

Hague
John C. Hague, 69, of Plum Borough died Dec. 27,2003, at West Penn Hospital.
Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of James and Catherine (Callahan) Hague. He was a former steelworker at LTV. Mr. Hague was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of St. Januarius Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Hague; children, Maj. Michael Hague, USMC, and Michelle Cautela; a sister, Mary Ann Phillips; and three grandchildren.
Maurice L, Knee Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Irwin
Daniel E. Irwin, 54, of Plum Borough died Jan. 23, 2003.
Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of John and Margaret (Cummings) Irwin. Mr. Irwin was vice president of H MAK, and specializing in commercial food equipment and worked on many projects including Heinz Field, Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium. He was a member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Jane (Ebbitt) Irwin; sons, Christopher and Bradley Irwin; and a brother, Jack Irwin.
Friends were received at Maurice L. Knee Funeral Home. Interment was at Plum Creek Cemetery.

Jenchura
Alice C. Jenchura, formerly of Penn Hills, died Jan. 31, 2003.
She was a graduate of Duquesne University and taught at St. Bartholomew School for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Jenchura.
Surviving are her son, James Jenchura of Colorado, John Jenchura of Merion, Pa., Janice Griffin of Lansdale and David Jenchura of New Jersey; eight grandchildren.
Friends were received at Charles W. Trenz Funeral Home Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Shrine, 512 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Needham
Grace Marie Needham, 68, of Plum Borough died Jan. 27, 2003.
Born in Pittsburgh, she was a member of Eastern Star, Lunar Chapter, No. 546 in Plum.
Surviving are her husband, John Needham; son, Glenn Needham and his wife, Michelle; sister, Edna Kalik; sister in spirit, Karen Burnside.
Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes. Interment was at Restland Memorial Park. 

Obituary listings for February 12, 2003. 

Bruwelheide
Marion H. Bruwelheide, 88, of Penn Hills died Feb. 3, 2003.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Bruwelheide.
Surviving are her daughter, Lynn Fisher; and grandson, Brian Fisher.
A memorial service was at Epiphany Lutheran Church. Arrangements were handled by Charles Trenz Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 11200 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235.

Jukes
Ronald T. Jukes, 52, of Holiday Park in Plum Borough died Feb. 8, 2003, at Shadyside Hospital.
Born in New Kensington, he was a truck driver.
Surviving are his mother, Frances Jukes; his wife, Patty Jukes; a daughter, Angela McNally; brothers, John and Glen Jukes.
Friends will be received 7-9 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Gene H. Corl Funeral Home in Monroeville. A service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corl Chapel. Interment will be private.

Moorhead
Robert C. Moorhead, 71, of Plum Borough, formerly of Murrysville, died Feb. 6, 2003.
Born Nov. 14, 1931, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Walter and Ann (Flesse) Moorhead. Mr. Moorhead was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church in Murrysville.
Surviving his wife of 45 years, Joan (McNeirney) Moorhead; children, Maureen DiPietrantonio of Hatfield, Robert Moorhead Jr. of Richmond, Va., Diane Hubner of Plum, Richard Moorhead of Hanover and Beth Drnjevich of Export; Sister, Betty Glaser; 12 grandchildren.
Friends were received at John T. Hart Funeral Home. Mass was at Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment was at Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Pattison
Mary Jane Pattison, 80, of Plum Borough died Feb. 8, 2003.
Born in Pittsburgh, she was a bookkeeper at People's bank of Unity. Mrs. Pattison was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert James Pattison.
Surviving are her children, Suzanne and Eugene Wise of Fenelton, Donna and Tim Magerl of Plum and Joan and Rick Auth of Plum; four grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Hafer.
Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes. A service will be 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

Obituary listings for February 19, 2003.

Backoefer
Ralph Theodore Backoefer, 71, of Penn Hills died Feb. 12, 2003.
He was a retired tool and die maker. Mr. Backoefer was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Alice May (Lake) Backoefer; children, Debbie Lynn Nickel of San Antonio, Texas, and Daniel Ralph Backoefer of North Huntingdon; son-in-law, Kenneth Nickel; daughter-in-law, Sharon Backoefer; and three grandchildren.
Friends were received at Charles W. Trenz Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, (designated for renovations of stained-glass windows) 5401 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Bracco
Zetta R. Bracco, 72, of Plum Borough died Feb. 14, 2003, at Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River, Fla.
Born July 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Martin and Anna Mae (Watkins) Smith. 
Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Donald Bracco; daughters, Beatrice Moon of Dyke, Va., Deborah Caruso of Plum; son, Thomas Spencer of Plum; sister, Elizabeth Schafer; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home. A service will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home with the Rev. David Matthews officiating. Inter-ment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery.

Dolence
Steve Dolence, 91, of Renton died Feb. 14, 2003, at UPMC St. Margaret.
Born Dec. 8, 1911, in Pleasant Valley, Pa., he was the son of Peter and Margaret (Podgorsek) Dolence. Mr. Dolence was retired with 48 years as a coal miner at Export, Powhatan (Ohio), Renton, Barking and Saner mines, starting at the age of 16.
He received his mine foreman certificate and worked as section foreman and later with the United Mine Workers. During the ‘60s and’70s, he owned Steve’s Tavern in Penn Hills.
Mr. Dolence enjoyed gardening in his orchard and vegetable plot as well as construction and remodeling. He was instrumental in building the two Dolence funeral homes and helped in their operation.
He was a member of UMWA Local No. 1993 in Penn Hills, life member of Export Moose Lodge No. 234, Center Slovenian Club, Circilo Febo Club of Renton.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Sophie (Hasson) Dolence of Renton; sons, Stephen of Plum and Thomas Dolence of Bridgeville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Friends were received at Stephen P. Dolence Jr. Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Januarius Church with the Rev. Peter Pilarski officiating. Interment was at Plum Creek Cemetery.

Golia
Louis "Sheriff" Golia, 82, of Penn Hills died Feb. 13, 2003.
He was a retired machinist with Westinghouse and GE. Mr. Golia was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion No. 351.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Catherine (Czolba) Golia and Marie (Nigro) Golia.
Surviving are his children, Caryl Kells of Pylesville, Md., Michael Golia of Monroeville and Richard Adams of Tampa, Fla.; nephews, Michael and Shawn Golia; sisters, Vera Green and Josephine Kabonik; brother, Nicholas Kabonik; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and companion, Jean Fagan.
Friends were received at Charles W. Trenz Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Gerard Majella Church.

Hogan
Richard P. Hogan, 60, of Penn Hills died Feb. 10, 2003.
Born Dec. 4, 1942, he was the son of John and Cecelia (McFeeley) Hogan. He was a self-employed insurance and investments advisor with RH Financial. An outstanding football player at Swissvale High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he was selected All-American and later signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions.
Mr. Hogan was especially proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed cooking, tennis and passionately discussing politics.
Surviving are his wife, Kathy Hogan; children, Kim Passante, Brian Hogan, Leslie House, Tara Hogan and Patrick Hogan; brother, John Hogan; aunts, Sister Mary Daniel Hogan and Helen Maloney; six grandchildren.
Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes. Mass was at St. John the Baptist Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to a college fund being set up for Tara and Patrick Hogan c/o Soxman Funeral Homes, 7450 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235.

McLaughlin
John M. McLaughlin, 51, of Farmington, N.M., formerly of Plum Borough, died Feb. 9, 2003.
Surviving are his brother, James and George McLaughlin; sister, Leona Duryea.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rita McLaughlin.
Friends will be received 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Soxman Funeral Homes, Penn Hills. 
A service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions are suggested to Childhaven Inc., 807 W. Apache, Framington, N.M. 87401.

Montgomery
Faye (Bowman) Montgomery, 76, of Plum Borough died Feb. 11, 2003, at Forbes Regional Hospital.
Born in Verona, she was the daughter of W. Clyde and Grace (Toy) Flick. Mrs. Montgomery was a retired telephone operator with Universal Atlas Cement. 
She worked during World War II at Engels as a welder. She formerly worked as an attendant at Boyce and Holiday Park laundries.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Bowman and Charles Montgomery.
Surviving are her children, Robert Bowman Jr. and Timothy Montgomery; sister, Lois Bowman; brother, Richard Flick.
Friends were received at Maurice L. Knee Funeral Home. Interment was at Plum Creek Cemetery.

Pivirotto
Albert E. "Babe" Pivirotto, 63, of Plum Borough died Feb. 11, 2003, at Forbes Hospice.
He was the son of Agnes (Yedlaicka) Pivirotto and the late Oliver Pivirotto. Mr. Pivirotto was a truck driver with Stover and Company. He was a member of Renton Club.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Dona (Nesbit) Pivirotto; children, Albert and Bruce Pivirotto; sister, Elsie Smilely; and two grandchildren.
Friends were received at Maurice L. Knee Funeral Home. Interment was at Plum Creek Cemetery.

Varuolo
Margaret Varuolo, 87, of Penn Hills died Feb. 10, 2003.
Mrs. Varuolo was a longtime member of Hebron Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Varuolo.
Surviving are her daughter, Denise McCutcheon and her husband, Bud; her grandchildren, Jennifer and Chris McCutcheon; brothers, Richard and Alexander Carlisle.
Friends were received at Charles W. Trenz Funeral Home.


 

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