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Helen C. Ambrose
Ligonier
Helen C. Ambrose, 93, of Ligonier, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier. She was born April 1, 1908, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Harry P. and Elizabeth Berkey Chrisner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. Ambrose, who died in 1972; four brothers, W. Dean, Glenn, Jack and Ralph Chrisner; and a sister, Edna Troy. Survivors include four daughters, Rita A. Carlson of Ligonier, Mrs. Neal (Joyce) Hopkins of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Leroy (Linda) Slezak and Mrs. David (Judy) Solomon, both of Derry; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Florence Wood officiating. Interment, Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Helen's memory to the Bethlen Home Activities Department.

Loretta (Nader) Berestecki
West Newton
Loretta "Dolly" (Nader) Berestecki, 77, of West Newton, went to be with the Lord Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. She was born Oct. 5, 1924, in West Newton, a daughter of the late John and Azzia Nader. Dolly was a member of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton, and was active with the kitchen committee. She worked briefly for the former American Standard Fusee Co., West Newton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Berestecki, in 1999; a brother, Jake Nader; and a sister, Helen Coffen. Dolly is survived by three sons, John and his wife, Gwen Berestecki, of Poland, Ohio, Paul Berestecki of West Newton and Louis Berestecki of Annandale, Va.; a sister, Louise Peters and her husband, Rod, of Saginaw, Mich.; two granddaughters, Thais Jones and her husband, David, of Tyler, Texas, and Bethany Berestecki of Knoxville, Tenn.; a grandson, Jake Berestecki of West Newton; three sisters, Millie Landini of West Virginia, Sophia Hepler of West Newton and Josephine Toscano of West Newton; a brother, George Nader of Sutersville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the RICHARD F. DODSON FUNERAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family R.C. Church with the Rev. John Regoli as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.

George E. Bibel
Scenery Hill
George E. Bibel, 55, of Scenery Hill, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Mon Valley Hospital. He was born April 10, 1946, in Smithton, a son of the late Steve and Helen Zevchak Bibel. He was a retired employee of the Weiss Packing Co., Donora, with 28 years of service. He was a member of the Beallsville F&AM Lodge 237 and the Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, Consistory of Pittsburgh. He had been a Boy Scout committeeman for California Troop 1404. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve Bibel Jr. and Louis Bibel. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Yurkovich Bibel, whom he married Dec. 27, 1994; two daughters, Michelle Savage of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Mark (Missy) Koontz of West Newton; a son, Michael Bibel, at home; a brother, John A. Bibel of Smithton; and three grandchildren, Emily, Jordan and Taylor. Friends will be received Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the GREENLEE FUNERAL HOME, 2830 Main St., Route 40, Beallsville, where service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment, Charleroi Cemetery. The Beallsville F&AM Lodge 237 will conduct a service Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Joseph Scott Brisbane
Greensburg
Joseph Scott Brisbane, 77, of Greensburg, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, after a long illness. He was born June 8, 1924, in Arona, a son of the late C. Scott and Anna C. Long Brisbane. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth E. Brisbane, in 1982. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irene Ray Brisbane; two daughters, Christine Louise Palmer and Rebecca Ann Brisbane; a granddaughter, Katie Elizabeth Palmer; and his son-in-law, Gary Palmer. He is also survived by a brother, Richard W. Brisbane and his wife, Mary; a sister-in-law, Vilma Brisbane; and several nieces and nephews. Joe was a graduate of Greensburg High School in the class of 1942. He served with the rank of sergeant as a medic in World War II in India and China in the 338th Air Service Squadron, 315th Air Service Group. He attended Shenandoah College in Dayton, Va., received his bachelor of science degree in education from California State College, Pa., and his master of education from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught school in Hempfield Township at the Brush Creek School, where he was head teacher, and at Youngwood Elementary, where he was principal. He went to the Bellemarette School District in Belle Vernon as elementary supervisor in 1956 and to Monessen School District in the same capacity in 1959. In 1963, he became director of elementary education in the Greensburg Salem School District, and was later named assistant superintendent of elementary education. He also served as principal of Metzgar Elementary school. He retired in 1986 from that position. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg, Masonic Lodge 225 F&AM, the Phi Delta Kappa, the Rotary Club of Greensburg, the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees Westmoreland Chapter, the AARP, and was life member of the PTA. Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, where funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery, Irwin RD1. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 15 E. Second St., Greensburg, or to the APDA Pittsburgh Area Parkinson's Chapter, 420 E. North Ave., Suite 206, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Masonic Lodge 225 F&AM will meet in the funeral home Sunday at 7 p.m. to conduct a Masonic service.

Robert Ramsey Busse
Green Tree
Robert Ramsey Busse, 89, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001. Beloved husband of Martha Patterson Busse. Widower of Rosemarie Foley Busse. Father of Arlene (Al) Grubbs, John C. (Maggie) Busse, Dorothy (Larry) Pollack and stepfather of Gary (Marcia) Patterson. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Brother of the late C. Clark Busse. Robert was chairman of the board for the F.J. Busse Co. Inc., general contractors instrumental in building the Point State Park fountain, Mt. Washington Overlooks and many churches, schools and industrial buildings throughout Western Pennsylvania. He was past president of Pittsburgh Builders Exchange, former director of the Master Builders Association of Pennsylvania, past president of the General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania, elder of Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church, former member of Green Tree Council, member of Green Tree Historical Society and past president and founding member of the Green Tree Lions Club. Visitation Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the NEW WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, where services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 31 Warriors Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or HEARTH, 4540 Perrysville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15229.

Peter P. Cecconi
Blairsville
Peter P. Cecconi, 90, formerly of Blairsville, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in St. Andrew's Village, Indiana, Pa. He was born March 12, 1911, in Whiskey Run, a son of the late Onoroto and Ersilia (Congile) Cecconi. He was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville, Sons of Italy and Knights of Columbus. He was a retired conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad and had also worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Survivors include two sons, Peter P. Cecconi Jr. and wife, Jolane, of Jeannette and Ronald T. Cecconi and wife, Tammy, of Homer City; a daughter, Joyce A. McBurney of Blairsville; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lena (Manarelli) Cecconi, in 1998; an infant son, Arthur Cecconi; three sisters, Edith Reglani, Victoria Fennell and Helen Velesig; and a brother, William Cecconi. Friends will be received at the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 25 W. Market St., Blairsville, Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in SS. Simon and Jude Church with the Rev. Father Chester J. Raimer as celebrant. Interment, St. Bernard's Cemetery, Indiana, Pa.

Mafalda DePaola
Trafford
Mafalda DePaola, 76, of Trafford, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Italy, the daughter of the late Nicola and Christina Arlotti Nigro. She was a member of the St. Regis Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Enrico DePaola, in 1993. She is survived by two sons, Giovanni "John" A. DePaola of North Braddock and Dominic J. DePaola of Trafford; three brothers, Louis B. Nigro of Trafford, Anthony B. Nigro of Trafford and John A. Nigro of Penn Hills; two sisters, Mary Smith of Trafford and Della Callahan of Trafford; and three grandsons. Friends will be received at the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME, 429 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Regis Church with the Rev. Louis Cheatham as celebrant. Interment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.

John F. 'Uncle Jack' Harrigan
Glenshaw
John F. "Uncle Jack" Harrigan, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001. Brother of Thomas J. Harrigan and the late Kathleen Zurcher and Margaret H. Minnis. Beloved uncle of Frederick R. and James B. Zurcher, Ginger Furman, Barbara Minnis Goldstein, Daniel C. Minnis, Joan P. Harrigan and Mary R. Tvaruzek; also survived by many great-nieces and -nephews. Visitation Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in NEELYS, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church. Parish Vigil Services Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Glenn Heffelfinger
Greensburg
Glenn "Bill" Heffelfinger, 80, of Greensburg, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 19, 1921, in Jeannette, a son of the late Alfred C. and Edna Hayden Heffelfinger. He was a retired employee of the former Overmyer Mold Company of Greensburg with 45 years of service. Bill was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg and a former Sunday school teacher. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Todd Heffelfinger, in 1994; and his brother, Jack Heffelfinger. He is survived by a son, William T. Heffelfinger and his wife, Becky, of Greensburg; a sister, Jean Black of Carlsbad, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Kelly and Katie, who were the light of his life. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church, Second Street, Greensburg. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, in charge of the arrangements.

Homer Huhn Jr.
Latrobe
Homer Huhn Jr., 83, of Latrobe, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born June 3, 1918, in Uniontown, a son of the late Homer and Nellie (Hostetler) Huhn. Homer was a 1938 graduate of the former Hearst High School in Mt. Pleasant Township and attended Pennsylvania State University. He owned and operated a textile service firm in Mt. Pleasant until 1955, when he became tax clerk of Westmoreland County, where he established the county's first mechanized tax writing system. He became chief clerk and secretary to the Board of County Commissioners in 1964 and the board's administrative assistant in 1968. He also served as vice chairman of the Westmoreland County Municipal Water Authority, organized and served as president of the State Association of County Clerks and County Commissioners and was a member of the State Association of Secretaries. Homer was very active with the Benevolent and Protective Order of EIks, beginning with his initiation into the Mt. Pleasant B.P.O.E. Lodge 868 in 1941, being elected Exalted Ruler of the lodge in 1952, serving as trustee until 1955 and then lodge secretary for 11 years. He then became active in the Pennsylvania State Elks Association, serving as district treasurer, district president and chairman of the District Advisory Committee. He was elected president of the Pennsylvania State Elks Association in 1964 and became State Association secretary in 1966. In 1971, Homer was named to the position of grand secretary of the National Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, serving over 1.6 million members. He continued in that function until 1977, when he was elected leader of the order, Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. Locally, Homer was a member of the Charter Oak United Methodist Church, Unity Township, Marion Lodge 562, F&AM in Scottdale and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 386. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Mertz. He is survived by his loving wife of over 59 years, Josephine (Hydock) Huhn; a brother, Herman Huhn and his wife, Louise, of Latrobe; three sisters, Ella Mae Tepper and her husband, Tom, of Latrobe, Mable Watson and her husband, Charles, of Toms River, N.J., Roberta Elleard of Richmond, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with his pastor, the Rev. David Eversdyke, officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.

Virginia S. Hunter
West Mifflin
Virginia S. Hunter, 56, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital. She is survived by her husband, David L. Hunter of West Mifflin; sons, Brandon D. Hunter of Butler and Kent H. Hunter of West Mifflin; her mother, Helen Schmidt of West Mifflin; sisters, Evelyn Palochak of Ambridge and Kathleen Carrozza of North Versailles. Friends received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, a Golden Rule Member Firm. Prayers will be said at the funeral home Monday at 11:30 a.m. followed by a noon Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, with Father Daniel Valentine as celebrant. Burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery, Munhall. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edmund's Academy, 5707 Darlington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Leonard M. Kokkila
Robinson Township
Leonard M. Kokkila, age 53, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001. Beloved husband of Phyllis K. Kokkila; father of Brian C. Kokkila and Karen E. and her husband Michael Tindale; son of Leonard W. and Helen Kokkila; brother of David L. and Robert R. Kokkila. Family and friends will gather Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. memorial service at Lakeview Christian Life Church, 1 Lakeview Place, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Memorials may be made to Camp Director Discretionary Fund of YMCA Camps Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer, 126 Nagel Road, Fombell, PA 16123-1198 or the Leonard M. Kokkila Center for Economic Education, c/o Pennsylvania Partnership for Economic Education, 123 North Market St., Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Arrangements by JOSEPH M. SOMMA FUNERAL HOME INC., Robinson Township.

Richard J. Mansker
Harpursville, N.Y.
The Rev. Richard J. Mansker, 73, of Harpursville, N.Y., went to be with his Lord Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, in Columbus, Ohio. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty, and a brother, Tom. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Mansker, and stepson, Joel Dougherty, of Harpursville; a son, Paul Mansker and wife, Sandy, of Monks Corner, S.C.; a daughter, Pamela Burd and husband, Dennis, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Charity Burd of Maryland; a grandson, Phillip Mansker of Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Carine Palmer and husband, Tom, of Papua, New Guinea; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Rev. Mansker was a graduate of the New Tribes Bible Institute and served over 40 years as a pastor, including 17 years at Harpursville Baptist Church. He was an active member of the West Windsor Baptist Church and of the deacons board. He was also active with Gideons International. At the time of his death, he was employed by Kirby Smith Associates as a financial counselor. He loved sailing and working with young people. Friends will be received at the WM. R. CHASE AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson, N.Y., Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the West Windsor Baptist Church, 166 North Road, Windsor, with the Rev. Rex Baker, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Harry Ross. Burial Monday in Mellinger Menonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa. Contributions may be made to the New Tribes Mission, 1000 E. First St., Sanford, FL 32771, or Gideons International, Box 1091, Binghamton, NY 13902.

John Joseph McBride
South Park
John Joseph McBride, 84, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. Husband of the late Teresa A. (Potts) and the late Lillian (Werner) Barr. Father of Daniel J. of South Park and the late John Joseph Jr. of Greensburg. Father-in-law of Frances McBride of South Park and Carol McBride of Latrobe. Stepfather of Patty Mendys and Janet Conn, both of Upper St. Clair, and their families. Brother of James F. McBride of New Kensington. Grandfather of Tech. Sgt. Jay (Stacey), U.S.A.F., Brent, Rick, Daniel J. Jr. and Christine McBride. Great-grandfather of Brent, Jessica, Katie and Courtney. John was an active member of the senior citizens community and will be missed by many friends, especially those of Leland Center in Baldwin, South Park Seniors and St. Germaine Parish. Friends received in the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Friday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Prayer in the funeral home Saturday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Germaine Church at 10 a.m. If desired, the family suggests contributions to St. Germaine Social Services for the Elderly and Germaine Harbor, 100 Germaine Lane, Bethel Park, PA 15102.

James R. 'Cookie' McCall Jr.
Troy Hill
James R. "Cookie" McCall Jr., on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001. Beloved son of Gertrude (Chraska) and the late James R. McCall Sr. Beloved brother of Leo, John and Philip McCall, Mary Cherevka, Patricia Steele and Charmaine Duffy. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in Most Holy Name Church. Friends invited.

Judith A. Murray
New Stanton
Judith A. Murray, 50, of New Stanton, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in her home. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, Route 136, Greensburg, with the Rev. Robert A. Free officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Sara E. Pfister
Jeannette
Sara E. Pfister, 106, of Jeannette, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in the Greensburg Care Center. She was born March 15, 1895, in Salem Township, a daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Elizabeth Pifer Keibler. She was a past member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jeannette and a former member of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles R. Henry, and her second husband, Joseph Pfister; a son, Charles F. Henry; a brother; and five sisters. She is survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Gary (Diane) Bargerstock of Penn Township; and a great-grandson, Robert Bargerstock. Friends will be received in the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Monday in the funeral home at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

Jesse E. Piper
Upper Burrell
Jesse E. Piper, 89, a 57-year resident of Upper Burrell, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in the West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township. He was born Oct. 6, 1912, in Bouquet, a son of the late Howard and Ada Wagner Piper. Mr. Piper was a 1930 graduate of Greensburg High School. He retired in 1971 following 35 years in shop 14 of the Aluminum Company of America, where he was a pipe fitter. He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of Arnold, the ALCOA 25-Year Club and was former chaplain of the Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Department. He formerly was a member, president and teacher at the Good Fellowship Sunday School Class of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Kensington. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Margaret "Peg" Miller Piper; a son, Donald R. Piper of Jeannette; two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Myra K.) Stull of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Ricky (Diana) Ciccotelli of Abingdon, Md.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John H. Piper of Greensburg and Frank Piper of Delmont. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Ellsmer L. Piper, Walter H. Piper, George W. Piper and Leroy E. Piper; and two sisters, Marian Kane and Catherine Piper. The family will receive friends Sunday from noon to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., A Family Owned and Operated Funeral Home Ltd., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. with Mr. Arvid N. Anderson of New Kensington officiating. Private burial in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Memorial Fund of Calvary Lutheran Church, 1725 Victoria Ave., Arnold, PA 15068.

Anna Ratica Schneider
Trafford
Anna Ratica Schneider, 88, of Trafford, Penn Township, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in the Nor Ridge Personal Care Home, North Huntingdon. She was born Aug. 28, 1913, in Lekron, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Warsack Ratica. She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Ratica. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Joseph Schneider; three brothers, Albert Ratica of North Huntingdon, and Herman Ratica and Michael Ratica, both of Level Green; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon.

Estella E. (Redlinger) Smith
Gibsonia
Estella E. (Redlinger) Smith, of Gibsonia, formerly of Pittsburgh, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. Mother of Barbara Forbes of Ohio. Sister of Margaret Wessol and the late Wallace Redlinger and Mildred Renner. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received at CIESLAK AND TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, on Sunday only from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Monday at 10 a.m. in the Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church.

Joseph W. 'Wimpy' Strenko
Latrobe
Memorial services for Joseph W. "Wimpy" Strenko, 67, of Latrobe, who died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Charter Oak United Methodist Church, Old Route 30, Greensburg, with the Rev. David Eversdyke officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charter Oak United Methodist Church Building Fund, Old Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Latrobe, in charge of arrangements.

Clara Victoria Tarbi
Gibsonia
formerly of Creighton, Pa. and Pasadena, Calif.
Clara Victoria Tarbi, 86, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at St. Barnabas Nursing Home in Richland Township. She was born Nov. 1, 1914, in Grove City, Butler County, daughter of Joseph and Victoria Acs Nodge. Mrs. Tarbi worked as a sales associate for S&H Green Stamps until her retirement. She was a member of St. Richard Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by her sons, Samuel G. Tarbi of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. and James Tarbi of Gibsonia; her grandchildren, Joni, Lenny, Lisa, Joe, Bill, Donald, Tom and Dane; also survived by ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Tarbi, on Oct. 30, 1974 and two brothers and four sisters. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at HERBERT R. KING FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park, Hampton Township, www.kingfuneralhome.com. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. with Father Ken Oldenski as celebrant. Burial will be private in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family requests memorials be made to Catholic Charities.

Joseph A. Yusko
North Versailles
Joseph A. Yusko, age 72, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. Mr. Yusko was a Korean War Army veteran and a retired employee of USX, Homestead Works. Later, he was employed with Cauley Detective Agency at the PPG Buildings. During the 1960's and 1970's, he was an acclaimed local playwright, having been awarded a Golden Quill for his work. His plays were performed at local theatres such as The Pittsburgh Playhouse, McKeesport Little Theatre and the White Barn Theatre. Husband of the late Rosella (Jugan) Yusko. Father of Lynn Thielet of North Versailles. Grandfather of Holly, Chelsea, Zachary and Kylie Thielet. No visitation. Friends invited to a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Memorial donations may be made to the Forbes Hospice, 6655 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, E. Pittsburgh, (412) 824-8800.

Laura Mae Trongo Weiers
Latrobe
Laura Mae Trongo Weiers, 56, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital after a long fight with cancer. Born May 13, 1945, she grew up in Superior and the North Side of Latrobe with her parents, Louis John and Desolina (Paoletti) Trongo. Laura was a 1963 graduate of St. Xavier Academy, Unity Township, and attended Holy Family grade school. She was a precious gift as a wife, mother, aunt, cousin, and friend who was actively involved in the education and activities of her children. She worked with P.A.L., the Latrobe-Derry Area Teener League and the Derry Area Football Boosters programs. She was one of the organizers of St. Xavier Academy's annual reunion and the Trongo family reunions. She also worked part-time for several local companies through the years. Laura enjoyed spending time with family and good friends. Her parents preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Donald E. Weiers; her children, Louis J. Weiers and his wife, Lisa M., Gretchen C. Weiers and Don T. Weiers; her sister-in-law, Jean M. Sphon; her brothers-in-law, John T. Weiers and Thomas E. Weiers and his wife, Joyce; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Latrobe, with her cousin, the Rev. Nicholas Trongo, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, near Latrobe.

Alma May Wiltrout
White
Alma May Wiltrout, 58, of White, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Born March 23, 1943, in Kregar, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma Jean (Brown) Kiser. She worked as a machine operator for Union Apparel, Norvelt. She was a member of Mt. Salem United Methodist Church, White, and Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Club. Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Gerald R. Wiltrout; two sons, Garry Wiltrout and wife, Wendy, of Somerset and Tim Wiltrout, at home; a daughter, Karen DeWitt of White; five grandchildren, Megan, Tyler, Marissa, Amanda and Emily; her mother-in-law, Olive (Snyder) Wiltrout of White; and three brothers, Donald Kiser of Rector, Charles Kiser of Latrobe and Harry Kiser of Acme. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Jesse C. Wiltrout, in 2000. Friends will be received at the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Mt. Salem United Methodist Church, White, with the Rev. Paul C. Freidhof officiating. Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery, Acme.

Melvin Showers Witt
Connellsville
Melvin Showers Witt, 72, of Connellsville, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with Mr. Witt's sons, the Rev. Geary Witt and the Rev. Barry Witt co-officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.

Frances (Shuster) Yelochan
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Frances (Shuster) Yelochan, 85, died in her home in Export (Breezewood Heights), on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. She had recently been stricken by acute leukemia. She was born in Iselin, Indiana County, on March 4, 1916, a daughter of the late John and Margaret Havartin Shuster. Prior to retirement in 1999, she had been the proprietor of Faye's Beauty Salon in Breezewood Heights. Faye was an avid outdoor person and loved to travel, often visiting her out-of-state children and grandchildren. She was an excellent baker and cook. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, in 1978; three sisters, Mary Perla, Sophie Giardina and Rose Yelochan; and four brothers, Stanley, Joseph, Edward and her twin brother, Frank. She is survived by three children, June Laverne Drew of Ft. Myers, Fla., Marlene Frances Semple of Wilmington, N.C., and Edward Ronald of Baltimore, Md.; five grandchildren, Dawn Drew Gubanich of Cape Coral, Fla., Danielle Drew Hilliard of Greensburg, Jeff Drew of Lake Worth, Fla., Emily Katherine Howard of BelAir, Md., and Lauren Frances Semple of Wilmington, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Zachary and Mya Hilliard of Greensburg, David Gubanich Jr. of Cape Coral and Tia Drew of Lake Worth; a brother, John Shuster of North Versailles; and a sister, Ann Kocheran of Duquesne. She will be missed by extended family members: David Drew of Youngwood, James Semple of Wilmington, Scott Hilliard of Greensburg, Dave Gubanich of Cape Coral and Rosemary (Ten) Drew of Lake Worth. Mrs. Yelochan's family will receive friends at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a Funeral Mass at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Delmont, Monday at 10 a.m. with Father Donald J. Mondella as celebrant. A chapel committal service will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

Joseph Patrick (Lacko) Zoric
Kennewick, Wash.
Formerly of North Braddock
Joseph Patrick Zoric, 45, died peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001. Born Feb. 12, 1956, in McKeesport, he was the son of Margaret J. Lacko and stepson of the late Robert E. "Lutz" Lacko. Mr. Zoric was a 1974 graduate of General Braddock Area High School. He moved to Kennewick, Wash., in 1975, where he worked at the Hanford Nuclear Facility and, for the last 21 years, at Bechtel Hanford as an environmental engineer. Survived by his wife, Joanne and son, James Robert, both of Kennewick; his mother, Margaret "Peg" Lacko of North Huntingdon; two brothers, Donald J. Zoric of North Huntingdon and Thomas Zoric Lacko of Frederick, Md.; his aunt, Mary Bachman of McKeesport; nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services will be Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Cathedral of Joy in Richland, Wash. Donations may be made in Joe's memory to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Courtesy of PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME (412-824-8800).

OTHER DEATHS
Davenport, Stephen, 48, Hill District, 1st week of Nov. Allegheny County Coroner's Office
Davis, Jeanie, 46, Downtown, 1st week of Nov. Allegheny County Coroner's Office
Ewing, Gladys G. (Duncan), 83, of Blairsville, on Friday, Oct. 19. Richard L. Shoemaker Funeral Home, Blairsville.
Jackson, Orie, 74, Garfield, 1st week of Nov. Allegheny County Coroner's Office
Lawrence, Dorothy A., 50, North Side, 10:30 a.m. Mon. Jobe, Turtle Creek
Reid, Ardis C., 75, O'Hara, 11 a.m. Mon. Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall
Yates, Doris E. (Halstead), 70, Wilkins T.B.A. Mon. Jobe, Turtle Creek


 

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