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Obituary listings for April 2, 2003. 

Schroeder
Jane E. Schroeder, 85, of Valencia, died March 28 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.
Born in Pittsburgh on April 4, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Martha McChesney Devakos.
She was a homemaker as well as a member of Glade Run United Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward M. Schroeder, who died in 1963, and by two brothers.
Surviving are a daughter, Belinda Spreng and a son, Edward Schroeder, both of Middlesex Township; a sister, Agnes Dittmar of Beechview; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Friends were received at McDonald Aeberli Funeral home in Mars, where services were also held.
Burial was in Middlesex Cemetery.

Obituary listings for April 9, 2003. 

Alfano
Joseph Alfano Sr., 60, died March 28 in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born Aug. 9, 1942, in Aliquippa, he was a son of the late Frank and Rose Alfano.
He was a member of the St. Titus Catholic Church in Aliquippa and a United States veteran, who proudly served in the Navy for four years.
He is survived by two sons, Joseph Alfano and wife Gina of Cranberry Township and Frank Alfano of Baltimore, MD; one daughter, Lisa Claus and husband Leland of Butler; one brother, John Alfano and wife Janis of Greenwood, Ind.; two sisters, Rose Riccardi of Lynbrook, NY, and Dina Fayad and husband Jim of Aliquippa; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family were received in the Darroch Memorial Chapel in Aliquippa.
Internment followed at the Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. 

Hiles
Wanda Hiles, 62, of Mars and formerly of Sharpsburg, died March 30 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in the Town of McCandless after an illness.
Born in Evans City on March 17, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy Mae Covert Eldridge.
She had been a deli clerk at Food Gallery in Fox Chapel and enjoyed needlecraft and gardening. 
Surviving are her friend of 18 years, Louis Panza of Mars; one daughter, Victoria Gallagher of Harmony; one son, William Hiles of Harmony; one brother, Daniel Eldridge of Evans City; and one granddaughter, Sarah Hiles. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Eldridge, and a grandson, Lawrence Hiles. 
A memorial service was held April 2 with the Rev. Rosalyn Kummer officiating. 

Obituary listings for April 16, 2003. 

Rupkey
Charles Rupkey, 79, a Middlesex Township resident and formerly of Sharpsburg, died April 4 at his residence. 
Born in Quantico, Va., on Feb. 14, 1924, he was the son of the late Charles and Olive Pearl Knight Rupkey. 
He was a retired boilermaker, working for the Union as well as various other companies.
He was a member of Holy Sepulcher Roman Catholic Church in Glade Mills.
Mr. Rupkey was also active as a member of the Holy Sepulcher Knights of Columbus Council 10175. 
He was a World War II Army Veteran. 
Surviving are his companion, Evelyn Bradt; a daughter, Vivian Coward of Valencia; a grandson, Richard Coward of Valencia; two sisters, Peggy Scherer of Key West, Fla., and Shirley Brandt of Laurel, Md.; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn McGivern of Sharpsburg and Dolores Blausen of Russelton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Belsito Rupkey, whom he married on Sept. 14, 1945, and who died July 29, 1998, four brothers and one sister. 
Friends and family were received April 6 at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. 
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted April 7 at Holy Sepulcher Church in Glade Mills.
The Rev. John Mahoney officiated.
Burial was in Northside Catholic Cemetery in Ross Township.

Obituary listings for May 28, 2003. 

Stepp
Mary Stepp, 90, of Cranberry Township, died May 18 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community. 
Born Aug. 15, 1912, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Valentine and Elizabeth Miller Walter.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet Sharpski, Gibsonia; a son, Richard Stepp, Sarasota, Fla.; a grandson, Rick Stepp, and his wife Rebecca; a granddaughter, Laurel Stepp; and a great-grandson, Alexander Stepp. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Stepp, who died Dec. 28, 1994. 
Memorial services were held May 23 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community. 
Memorial donations may be made to North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Freeport Road, Allison Park, PA, 15101-3235. 

Schleich
William Schleich, 78, of Middlesex Township, died May 16 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in the Town of McCandless.
Born in Pittsburgh on May 20, 1924, he was the son of the late William A. and Margaret Vogeler Schleich.
Mr. Schleich was a store manager for the various Pittsburgh area Isaly’s Stores for more than 41 years.
He was an Army veteran of WWII and was of the Catholic faith. 
Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Varga Schleich, whom he married Sept. 29, 1947, and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by a sister. 
There was no visitation. A private blessing service was held at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Maloney, pastor of Holy Sepulcher Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Burial was in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township.

Obituary listings for June 4, 2003. 

Repp
Pauline Hunley Repp, 80, of Akron, Ohio, and formerly of Pine Township, died May 23. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Repp Jr. 
Surviving are four sons, Ronald Repp of Silver Lake, Ohio, Dennis Repp of Cranberry Township, Kenneth Repp of Elyria, Ohio, and Gary Repp of Akron, Ohio; one daughter, Donna Dudones of Ravenna, Ohio; two brothers, Paul Hunley of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Lloyd Hunley of Grand Junction, Colo.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Hunley, and a sister, Estelle Johnston.
Friends were received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home May 26. 
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Bader
Annette Bader, 86, of Gibsonia and formerly of Valencia, died May 29 in St. Barnabas Nursing Home after an illness.
Born in Millvale on May 5, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Clara Scheffler Eckert. 
She was a member of the Valencia United Presbyterian Church and the Mars AARP. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bader, and a brother, Nicholas Eckert. 
A private entombment was in the Temple of Memories Mausoleum at Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
Memorials may be made to the Valencia United Presbyterian Church, 80 Sterrett St., Valencia, PA, 16059. 

Dunlap
John F. Dunlap, 83, of Monongahela and formerly of Mars, died May 30 at Monongahela Valley Hospital after an illness. 
Born in Warrendale on June 21, 1919, he was the son of the late John H. and Janet Ziegler Dunlap.
He was a retired mechanic for Greyhound Bus Company and was a World War II Army veteran. 
He belonged to the Mars United Methodist Church. 
Surviving are a son, Jon Dunlap of Monongahela, and two granddaughters, Nicole Taylor and Natalie Dunlap. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Wendell Fred Dunlap.
Friends were received at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home Saturday. Funeral services were Monday. Burial was in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township.

Hespenheide
Bernadine Hespenheide, 84, of Mars, died May 30 at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars after an illness. 
Born in Butler County on April 1, 1919, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary VanKampen DeWinter. 
Educated through eighth grade in a one-room schoolhouse, she was a 1937 graduate of Mars High School. She married the late Kenneth Hespenheide in 1940, with whom she operated the family farm until 1960.
She later worked for the Mars Area School District, Planet Realty, Turnblacer Realty, Merril Lynch Realty and Prudential Preferred Realty, where she was an award winning sales agent. 
A lifelong resident of Mars, she grew up in Treesdale Farms. She was a den mother in Cub Scouts, was a member of Mars American Field Service and, after her retirement, was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Central Blood Bank.
She was a longtime member, elder and trustee of St. John Lutheran Church in Mars, where she was a senior high Sunday school teacher and a member of the church women’s quilting group.
Surviving are a son, Fred Hespenheide, and his wife, Linda, of Mars; a daughter, Linda Shoemaker, and her husband, Bruce, of New Providence; two sisters, Vinnie Ziegler of Pittsburgh and Marion Green of Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Theodore DeWinter, and two sisters, Ruth Brunermer and Dee Dunn.
A memorial service was held Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church in Mars, with the Rev. Robert Riggs officiating. 
Burial was in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church for the Lutheran World Relief Fund, Beaver Street, Mars, PA, 16046.

Obituary listings for June 11, 2003. 

McNeely
Katherine McNeely, 87, of Cranberry Township, died June 3 at Mariner Health Care of North Hills in Wexford. 
Born Nov. 5, 1915, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Beatrice Lotti Balotti. She was the wife of the late Clarence McNeely. 
Mrs. McNeely was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and served on the funeral committee. She was a member of the Mars chapter of AARP. 
She is survived by a daughter, Aleita Wilson of Cranberry Township; two brothers, Elmer Balotti of Confluence and Al Lorenzi of Cannonsburg; two sisters, Rose DiFiore of Robinson Township and Nellie Vigliotti of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Tamara Blazer, Tricia O’Shea and Trent Wilson; and two great-grandchildren, Owen Blazer and Shannon O’Shea. 
Friends were received Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial was Friday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry Township with the Rev. Joseph Newell officiating. 
Entombment was in Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. 

Mervis
Rosalyn Mervis, 79, died May 20 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community in Cranberry Township. 
She is survived by two cousins, Seretta Segal and Faye Reidborg, both of Pittsburgh, and was preceded in death by her sister, Sally Boyle, and her nephew, Ian Alpern. 
Ms. Mervis had a distinguished career in public service. She served in the United States Navy in World War II and rose to the rank of commander in the Naval Reserve. 
After graduating from what was then Carnegie Institute of Technology summa cum laude in 1950, she earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina in 1954 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974.
She served as Director of Health Education for the Tuberculosis League and later Chief of Health Education for Allegheny County. At the time of her retirement in 1978, she was Research Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and subsequently taught horticulture at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind. 
A memorial service was May 30 at Sherwood Oaks.

Pender
John Pender, 92, of Mars, died June 3, at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars after an illness. 
Born in Pittsburgh on Jan. 27, 1911, he was the son of the late Albert and Sarah Storey Pender. 
He had worked at Crucible Steel and then was a warehouseman for F.W. Smallstig in Pittburgh and then as a custodian for K-Mart in Shaler Township.
He is survived by three sons, Gerald Pender of Mars, John Pender of Loudenville, Ohio, and Robert Pender of Mars; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Landsdale Pender, who died on Nov. 27, 1993, and by two brothers and two sisters.
Friends were received Thursday at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Royal Cemetery in Shaler Township.

Stang
Ruth Stang, 74, of Middlesex Township died May 31 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. 
Born in Butler on July 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Charlotte and Samuel Shira Kind. 
A 1946 graduate of Mars High School, she received a bachelor’s degree from Geneva College and a master’s degree from Slippery Rock State College.
She began her teaching career at Mars High School in 1949. After her children started school, she returned to teaching at the Penn Elementary School in Penn Township, where she taught fifth and sixth grade from 1965 until her retirement in 1993. 
Ruth was a member of the Valencia United Methodist Church, where she served on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and as a trustee. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Glade Run Small Prayer Group, Bakerstown Missionary Circle, PSEA-R and Valencia Historical Society. 
Ruth enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, playing cards, traveling, reading and, above all, spending time with her family. 
Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Harold G. Stang, whom she married on June 27, 1950; two daughters, Cindy Knauff of Valencia and Linda Moore of Midland, Mich.; a son, Roy Stang of Greensburg; one sister, Vivien Zema of Lafayette, Ind.; and eight grandchildren, Chris, Ben and Andy Knauff of Valencia, Stephanie Moore of Durham, NC, Eric Moore of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff Moore of Midland, Mich., and Lauren and Tom Stang of Greensburg.
Friends were received June 2 and 3 at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. Funeral services were held June 4 at Valencia United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Nancy Zahn, pastor, officiating.
Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Adams Township.
Memorials may be made to the Valencia United Methodist Church Building Fund, 66 Almira St., Valencia, PA, 16059.

Weir
Merl P. Weir, 85, of Mars, died June 3 at his home after an illness. 
Born in Clearfield County on Aug. 11, 1917, he was the son of the late George and Edna Beals Weir.
He retired after working for 30 years as a miner for Wildwood Coal Company and later worked at James Austin Company. 
He was a member of the United Mine Worker’s Union. 
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Ann Weir of Morgantown, W. Va., and Janet Tate of Florida and two sons, James Weir of Pittsburgh and Merl Weir Jr. of Jackson Township. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ann Mullen Weir, whom he married on Oct. 1, 1960, and who died on Feb. 14, 2002, and by a sister.
Friends were received at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home Thursday. Burial was in Glade Run Cemetery in Middlesex Township. 

Obituary listings for July 23, 2003. 

Jordan
Barbara Sue Snow Jordan, 62, of Valencia, died Saturday at her residence after an illness. 
Born in Butler on Sept. 17, 1940, she was the daughter of Louise Henry Snow of Valencia and the late Jacob D. “Smokey” Snow. 
She had worked as a dietician at Fosnight’s Personal Care Home in Valencia and at Hair Wizards Beauty Salon in Mars. 
She was affiliated with the Northway Christian Community in Wexford. 
Surviving are her husband, William Jordan, whom she married Aug. 26, 2000; a daughter, Bonnie Sue Nichols of Mars; two sons, Allen Nichols of Butler and Dale Nichols of Mars; two step-sons, William Jordan Jr. of Shaler and Gregory Jordan of Cranberry Township; two step-daughters, Misty Bowman of South Carolina and Janice Damien of Virginia; three brothers, Rodger Snow of Mars, Russell Snow of Valencia and Gary Snow of West Deer; and five grandchildren, D.J., Amanda, Jacob, Tierney Louise and Shane Allen Nichols.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by Bonnie Dayle Snow. 
Friends were received Sunday at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. Funeral services were Monday at the home, with the Rev. Robert McCrumb, pastor of Mars United Presbyterian Church. 
Burial was in West Union Cemetery in Pine Township.
Memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Suite 203, Pittsburgh, PA, 15234. 

Obituary listings for July 30, 2003. 

Hughes
Lawrence Hughes Jr., 83, of Zelienople and formerly of Mars, died July 21, 2003, at Passavant Retirement and Health Center in Zelienople.
Born April 18, 1920, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Jane Dines Hughes. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Brandl Hughes, who preceded him in death on May 11, 1969. 
He had retired from Home Life Insurance Company in Green Tree, where he had been a sales agent. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of Mars VFW and had attended St. Kilian’s Catholic Church in Mars. 
He is survived by two daughters, Marlene Sipp of Cranberry Township and Patricia Nold of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a brother, William Hughes of Coraopolis; a sister Jane Lijewski of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren. 
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. 
Friends were received Thursday at Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cranberry Township. 
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry.
Burial was in the Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery in Ross Township.

Rinaman
Emma Rinaman, 98, of Mars died July 26 at LAS St. John Lutheran Care Center in Mars. 
Born in Pittsburgh on March 30, 1905, she was the daughter of the late August and Charolette “Lottie” Leonhardt Leipoldt. 
A homemaker, Mrs. Rinaman was a member of the Mars Alliance Church and had belonged to the Mars AARP. She was an avid gardener. 
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth Pierce of Lake Placid, Fla., and Patricia Madl of Mars, 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rinaman, who died in 1973; a son, Charles Rinaman; and a daughter, Loretta Smith. 
Friends were received Monday at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. Funeral services were Tuesday at the home, with the Rev. Paul Cope, her pastor, officiating. 
Burial was in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township. 
Memorials may be made to St. John Specialty Care Center, Mars, PA 16046, or the Mars Volunteer Fire Company, Mars, PA 16046.

Obituary listings for August 6, 2003. 

Klatte
Jeanne Follette Klatte, 79, of Bradford Woods, died Sunday, July 27 at UPMC Cranberry Place. Born in Buffalo, N.Y. on Aug. 5, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nancy Cain Follette.
She was a graduate of Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. Klatte was a music teacher, organist and soloist for various churches.
She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Presbyterian Church in Wexford. She was also a volunteer for North Country Meals on Wheels in Gibsonia. 
Surviving are her husband Frank C. Klatte, whom she married on January 4, 1945; three daughters, Mrs. Millard (Cynthia) Blackman of Quincy, Mich., Mrs. James (Jeannie) Schulz of Mt. Lebanon and Mrs. Russell (Wendy) Carson of Economy Boro; two sons, Frank Klatte, Jr. of Robinson Twp. and Timothy Klatte of Bradford Woods. Also surviving are five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Robert and Frank Follette. 
There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Mt. Pleasant United Presbyterian Church in Wexford. 

Koepke
Elizabeth Koepke, 87, of Zelienople and formerly of McCandless and Ross Township, died July 28 at Passavant Retirement Center in Zelienople after an illness. 
Born in Sharpsburg on March 14, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William and Emma Miller Koepke. 
She was a retired executive secretary in the marketing department for Gulf Oil Company in Pittsburgh.
She was a lifelong member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Center on Perrysville Ave. 
Surviving are a brother, Dr. Howard Koepke of Zelienople; two nieces, Chrissan Goosen of Homer City and Elaine Koepke of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a nephew, Kurt Koepke of Ocean City, Md. 
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at New Haven Court Community Room at Passavant Retirement Center, 100 Burgess Dr. in Zelienople Friday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. John Hoogerbrugge and the Rev. Robert Goosen officiating. 
Private burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park in the Town of McCandless. 
Memorials may be made to Passavant Retirement Center, Zelienople, PA, 16063. 

Murgenovich
George Murgenovich, 81, of Cranberry Township, died Thursday at Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkinsburg.
Born Aug. 6, 1921, in West Aliquippa, he was the son of the late Michael and the late Stella Ann Klipa Murgenovich. 
Mr. Murgenovich was a member of St. Elijah Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Aliquippa. 
He was a US Army World War II veteran and a member of Harmony Lodge 429 F&AM, Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh, Consistory of New Castle, VFW of Pennsylvania, where he was a former Adjudgent General, VFW of Beaver Falls, where he was a past commander, and Ambridge American Legion. 
He was a former member of the Cooties.
He is survived by two sons, Michael Murgenovich of Monaca and Gregory Murgenovich of Ambridge; three daughters, Paulette Roberts of Crafton, Annette Mariotti of New Brighton and Millie Olszewski of Cranberry Township; a brother, Robert Murgen of Baden; a sister Millie Kamzelski of Conway; 25 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Viola Evaneal Webb Murgenovich, who died Sept. 17, 1996; two daughters; a granddaughter; a great-grandson and a sister. 
Friends were received Saturday and Sunday at Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Funeral services were Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Fr. Stevan Stepanov officiating. 
Burial was in Deer Creek Cemetery. 
Any memorial contributions are asked to be made to ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania, 1 Station Square Dr., Suite 550, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219. 

Winberg
Elsie Winberg, 104, of Valencia and formerly of Mt. Washington, died July 31 at Valencia Woods Nursing Center in Valencia. 
Born in Pittsburgh on April 3, 1899, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Balf Yochem. 
A homemaker, Mrs. Winberg was a founding member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West View. 
Surviving are two sons, Carl Winberg Jr. of Pittsburgh and John Winberg of Valencia; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Winberg, who died in 1961.
A service was conducted on Saturday at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. 
Burial was conducted in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township. 

Obituary listings for December 3, 2003. 

Davison
Helen Davison, 79, of Zelienople and formerly of Wexford died Nov. 23 at UPMC Passavant Cranberry Hospital. 
Born in Sewickley on Feb. 10, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Erin and Gertrude Kerr Ristin. 
She had retired after 30 years with the housekeeping department at UPMC Passavant Hospital in the Town of McCandless. 
Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Laumb of Idaho; a son, Gary Davison of Renfrew; a sister, Dorothy Mooney of Lewistown; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Davison, who died in 1974, and a sister, Agnes Ristin. 
Friends were received at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home in Mars on Nov. 25. Funeral services were Nov. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in Wexford.

McGoff
Deborah A. McGoff Ehrman, 50, of Cranberry Township, died Nov. 22 at her home. 
Born May 10, 1953, in Ambridge, she was the daughter of Mary Bosh McGoff and the late Fred McGoff. 
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Brad Ehrman, whom she married April 13, 1971; two daughters, Natalie Easley of Cranberry Township and Nicole Swiss of Butler; a brother, Matt McGoff of Ambridge; eight sisters, Christine McGoff of Ambridge, Laura Thompson of Fombell, Terry Connelly of Mars, Victoria Jackman of Baden, Kelly Kato of Scott Township, Elizabeth McGoff of Ambridge, Rachel Diakowski of Economy; and Emily Cook of Ambridge; and five grandchildren. 
Friends and family were received Nov. 25 at Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Cranberry, where a blessing service was held with the Rev. Robin Evanish of St. Margaret Mary Parish officiating. 
Memorial donations may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness. 

McWilliams
Dennis E. McWilliams, 52, of Freedom and formerly of Mars, died Nov. 23 at Sewickley Valley Hospital in Sewickley.
Born in Pittsburgh on July 11, 1951, he was the son of Pearl Hunter McWilliams of Mars and the late Robert McWilliams.
He was a self-employed promotional products salesman.
He was a member of the Mars United Presbyterian Church and was an Air Force veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of Mars VFW Post 7505.
Surviving are his companion, Rose Nay; a son, Drew McWilliams of Charlotte, NC; his mother, Pearl Hunter McWilliams of Mars; two brothers, John McWilliams of Mars and James McWilliams of Loveland, Ohio; a sister, Lynn Gallaher of Butler and nieces and nephews. 
Friends were received at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home in Mars Nov. 25. Funeral services were Nov. 26 at the home with the Rev. Robert McCrumb, pastor of the Mars United Presbyterian Church officiating. 
Burial was in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township.

Simms
Walter H. Simms, 81, of Cranberry Township, died Nov. 23 at his home. 
Born in Pittsburgh on Jan. 30, 1922, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Alice Donahue Simms. 
He was a retired Crane Operator of LTVJ&L Steel. He was also a self-employed sign painter. 
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Cranberry and was a Navy veteran of WWII and a member of the Mt. Oliver VFW.
Surviving are a son, Walter Simms of Tarentum; a brother, William Simms of Bethel Park; and two grandsons, Eric and Robert Simms. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia Fueller Simms who died July 28, 1999, and by a brother and sister. 
Friends were received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home in Mars on Nov. 25. Funeral services were Nov. 26 at the funeral home. 
Burial was in Pinewood Memorial Park in Cranberry Township.

Walker
Margaret A. Walker, 81, of Valencia, died Nov. 25, 2003, at her residence. 
Born in Pittsburgh on Sept. 5, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Andrew George and Harriet Jane Coombs Walter. 
She retired in 1986 after 40 years as a postal clerk at the Valencia Post Office. For many years prior, she had worked for her family-operated Walter’s Store and Dance Hall in the Mars Area. 
She was a member of Valencia United Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, served in the Women’s Association and was in the Laura S. Dickson Bible Class. 
Surviving are her twin sister, Harriet Walter of Valencia; a brother, Andrew Walter, of Valencia; five nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and nephews; and 22 great-great-nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Harley Walter. 
Friends were received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home Nov. 28 and 29. Funeral services were Nov. 29 at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Weston, pastor of Valencia United Presbyterian Church, officiating. 
Burial was in Allegheny County Memorial Park in the Town of McCandless.
Memorial may be made to Valencia United Presbyterian Church or the Mars Public Library. 

Obituary listings for December 10, 2003. 

Edinger
Earl E. “Tip” Edinger, 73, of Emporium and formerly of Gibsonia, died Nov. 28, 2003, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in the Town of McCandless. 
Born in Verona on April 3, 1930, he was the son of the late William F. and Selina Butts Edinger.
He was a machinist and welder for Carl Strutz in Mars. 
He was a member of the Moose and Elk Lodges in Emporium. 
Surviving are his former wife, Gertrude Kristin Edinger; a son, Edward J. Edinger of Butler; a daughter, Constance Maiure of Mars; a brother, Kenneth Edinger of Mars; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jessie Edinger; an infant daughter and three brothers. 
A memorial service was Dec. 1 at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home with Dr. Chris Marshall, pastor of New Life Christian Ministries, officiating. 
Burial was held in West Union Cemetery in Pine Township.

Galletta
Angeline “Angie” Nancy Galletta, 70, of Valencia, died Nov. 27, 2003, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in the Town of McCandless.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Nov. 30, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Tommasina Carrino. 
Angie was a graduate of South High School in Youngstown, Ohio. She was a member of St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Mars, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Ladies of Charity of St. Kilian Parish. 
She worked to promote vocations in the religious life and the priesthood and was a founding member of the Serra Club of Mars.
She was the beloved wife of Nunzio Galletta, with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 25, 2002.
They promoted and participated in the married couples’ retreat movement at St. Emma’s Retreat House in Greensburg for 38 years. 
Surviving are four children, Roseann Brooks, Gerard “Gerry” Galletta and Laurel Galletta, all of Valencia, and Paul Galletta of Mars; a sister, Antonette “Toni” Diana of Youngstown; two brothers, Alfred Carrino of Niles, Ohio, and Albert Carrino of Chico, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Christopher Daugherty, Scott, Brad and Megan Galletta, and Tyler Brittany and Caitlin Brooks.
Friends were received Nov. 29 and 30 at McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 1 at St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church.
Entombment was in the mausoleum at Holy Savior Cemetery in Richland Township.
Donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Serra Club of Mars or St. Kilian Parish Building Fund. 

Obituary listings for December 17, 2003. 

Hasley
Richard L. Hasley, 81, of Middlesex Township, died Dec. 10, 2003, at his home. 
Born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 5, 1922, he was the son of the late James and Elizabeth Evans Hasley. 
He was a retired salesman for various safety and steel products. At one time, he was co-owner of a small steel firm in Pittsburgh. Following his retirement, he drove a school bus for Mars Area School District and worked in the pro shop of the Saxon Golf Course in Saxonburg. 
He was a member and former trustee of the Glade Run United Presbyterian Church and had served from 1959 to 1973 on the Mars Area School Board, of which he was president for six years.
He was a past president of the Mars Little League Association and was a World War II Army Air Corps pilot.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Vera Daum Hasley, whom he married June 11, 1943; four sons, Richard Hasley Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., the Rev. Dr. Stephen Hasley of Columbus, Ohio, William Hasley of Hollywood, Calif., and David Hasley of Wexford; a daughter, Kristine Cress of Mars; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Hasley, and a sister, Betty Lou Kemerer. 
Funeral services were Dec. 13 at Glade Run United Presbyterian Church in Valencia with the Rev. John Rickloff officiating. 
Burial was in Allegheny County Memorial Park in the Town of McCandless.
Memorials may be made to Glade Run United Presbyterian Church, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA, 16059.

Johnson
Margaret C. "Peg" Johnson, 77, of Mars, died Dec. 7, 2003, at her home.
Born in Mars on March 25, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Naomi Mahan Czarniecki. 
She was a member of the Mars United Presbyterian Church and the Women’s Club of Mars. She also volunteered at UPMC Passavant Hospital.
She was a retired secretary for the LAC Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, in Ingomar.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. "Red" Johnston, whom she married Oct. 17, 1946, who died Jan. 25, 2002. 
Surviving are a daughter, Janet Lubbert of Mars; a son, Harold D. Johnston of Montgomery, Ala.; a sister, Jean Clawson of Zelienople; and one grandson, Andrew Lubbert.
Friends were received at a memorial service at Mars United Presbyterian Church., with the Rev. Robert McCrumb and the Rev. John Rickloff officiating.
Private burial followed in Mars Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Mars United Presbyterian Church, Mars, PA, 16046.


 

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