Miscellaneous Washington County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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John E. Cass
Bartender at Labor Temple, Canonsburg 
John E. Cass, 58, of Summit Avenue, Canonsburg, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, in Canonsburg General Hospital. 
He was born June 13, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a son of the late Joseph S. and Elizabeth Conner Cass. 
Mr. Cass had worked as an aide at Western Center and was presently employed by Labor Temple of Canonsburg, where he tended bar. 
Mr. Cass, who had served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the Westland Sportsman's Club and the Labor Temple of Canonsburg. 
Surviving are his wife, Judy Sheets Cass; two daughters, Susan Phillips of Hinesville, Ga., and Jonelle Cass of Washington; two grandchildren, Kelvin Phillips and Shane Powell; and five brothers and four sisters. 
Deceased are one sister and one brother.

Sue T. Elish
Sue T. Elish, 82, of Canonsburg, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at Tandem Village, North Strabane Township. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Salandra Funeral Service, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, a Woodruff partner. A complete obituary and funeral notice will be published in a later edition.

Leona A. Hartley
Choir director at Carmichaels churches 
Leona A. Hartley, 65, of Carmichaels, died at 9:35 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. 
She was born June 17, 1935, in Palmer, Fayette County, a daughter of the late Paul A. and Margaret Moore Clemsic. 
Mrs. Hartley lived in Carmichaels since 1953, where she was a member of First United Methodist Church and was active in its adult choir until her recent illness. For several years, she served as children's choir director and was active with the music department of vacation Bible school. 
Before her membership in the Carmichaels church, she served as choir director for the former New Providence (Glades) Presbyterian Church and Greene Valley Presbyterian Church of Carmichaels for several years. 
She was a 1953 graduate of German Township High School and was nominated to Who's Who Among Young American Women. 
Mrs. Hartley worked part-time for Carmichaels Floral and later at Hoge's Mobile Home Village and Sales in Carmichaels. 
She volunteered with United Methodist Food Bank and was a former member of Carmichaels Women's Civic Club. 
Mrs. Hartley enjoyed singing and was a member of the gospel trio, Collage. 
Surviving are four daughters, Beverly J. Wilson of Borden, Ind., Belinda J. Baker and Raelene L. Oros, both of Carmichaels, and Rebecca A. Bilpuh of Grays Landing; eight grandchildren, Lesley Ann Williams, John Ray Wilson, Donald L. II, Heather E. and Ryan R. Baker, Ranelle C. Oros and Jason R. and Belinda Lyndee Bilpuh; and several nieces and nephews. 
Deceased are a brother, Arthur L. Clemsic, who died in infancy; and two sisters, Martha Jane Clemsic, who died in infancy, and Mary Louise Guidas.

Hannah T. Kingan
Hannah T. Kingan, 91, of Clarksville (Pitt Gas), died Friday, June 8, 2001, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. 
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Stuart E. Lawrence II
Scenery Hill car mechanic was farmer 
Stuart Edwin Lawrence II, 51, of Scenery Hill, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, in his home of a brain tumor. 
He was born October 9, 1949, in Washington, a son of Stuart and Margaret McQuay Lawrence. 
Mr. Lawrence worked as a car mechanic at Mountaineer Honda and was a farmer. 
He enjoyed motocross racing, hunting and fishing. 
Surviving are his wife, Susan; two sons, Matthew and Stuart III; two brothers, Bill of Milwaukee, Wis., and Sam of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Irene Elder Richie
Member of Grace United Methodist in Coal Center 
Irene Elder Richie, 88, of Stockdale, formerly of Bentleyville and Hudson, Fla., died Friday, June 8, 2001, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. 
She was born January 2, 1913, in Belle Vernon, a daughter of Ernest and Adeline Morgan Monks. 
Mrs. Richie was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center. 
She was twice married. Her first husband, Harold Guy Elder, died December 21, 1976. Her second husband, David A. Richie Sr., died July 29, 1996. 
Surviving are three daughters, Kay Lutes of Stockdale, Sharon Brysh of Glassport and Toni Yezek of Bristol, Va.; four stepchildren, Ramona Selvoski of Washington, David A. Richie Jr. of Tionesta, Joseph Richie of Cokeburg and John Richie of Scenery Hill; three grandsons, William and Douglas Yezek and Jeffrey Brysh; and a great-grandson. 
Deceased are her stepfather, William Fretz, who died December 25, 1971; and an infant daughter.

Mary Zanardelli
Seamstress for Zelinski's Bridal and Gown Shop 
Mary Zanardelli, 89, of Coal Center, died Thursday, June 7, 2001. 
She was born March 24, 1912, in West Pike Run Township, a daughter of Michael and Katarina Kralik Bednar. 
Mrs. Zanardelli was a seamstress for Zelinski's Bridal and Gown Shop in Charleroi. 
Her husband, Evan Zanardelli, died March 12, 1984. 
Surviving are three sons, James of Washington, David of Sykesville, Md., and Gerald Zanardelli of Burlington, Ky.; two sisters, Helen Webb and Margaret Namolik; four grandchildren, Jill Williams and Gina, Andrea and John Zanardelli; and a great-grandson. 
A brother, Edward Bednar, is deceased.

George W. Zirwas
Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese priest from McDonald 
The Rev. George W. Zirwas, 47, of McDonald, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, in Havana, Cuba. 
He was born December 16, 1953, in Pittsburgh, a son of Agnes June Malesky Zirwas of McDonald and the late Matthew Zirwas Sr. 
He was a priest for 20 years for Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, where his latest assignment was St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth. 
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two brothers, Matthew A. Zirwas Jr. and Frank Zirwas, both of McDonald; and three nieces and nephews.

Stanley P. Carpetta
Hankison Corp. foreman 
Stanley P. Carpetta, 57, of Canonsburg, died at 3:13 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2001, in his residence. 
He was born May 8, 1944, in England, a son of Violet O. Heath Carpetta of Canonsburg and the late Adam (Joe) Carpetta. 
Mr. Carpetta was a 1962 graduate of Canonsburg High School, served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years and was a foreman at Hankison Corp. in Canonsburg. 
He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg. 
Mr. Carpetta was active in school and community sports while his sons participated. 
On November 21, 1964, he married Rita Belensky, who survives. 
Also surviving are two sons, Jeff Carpetta of Wexford and Jason Carpetta of Washington; a brother, John Edward Carpetta of Canonsburg; and several nieces.

Mary R. Ellick
Bulger resident born in Pittsburgh 
Mary R. Ellick, 77, of Bulger, died at 11 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2001, in St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. 
She was born April 10, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Harry and Ruth Herbert Lang. 
Mrs. Ellick lived in the Pittsburgh area prior to moving to Florida and lived the past two years in Bulger. 
Surviving are two sons, Charles R. Henke of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jacob F. Henke of Bulger, with whom she made her home; and a grandson, Jacob Henke. 
Services were private, with Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home Inc., Avella, in charge of arrangements.

Ralph L. Foster
Ford Motor Co. retiree formerly of Clarksville 
Ralph L. Foster, 88, of Streetsboro, Ohio, formerly of Clarksville, died Thursday, August 2, 2001. 
He was born July 30, 1913, in West Brownsville, a son of Benjamin and Jessie Foster. 
Mr. Foster was affiliated with United Mine Workers of America and retired from Ford Motor Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. 
His wife, Billie Foster, died in September 2000. 
Surviving are four sons, Ralph Foster of Greensboro, Gary Foster of Woodbridge, Va., Reggie Foster of Stow, Ohio, and Billie Foster of Streetsboro; three daughters, Dorothy Pratts of Streetsboro, Renee Foster of Streetsboro and Alicemae Almed of Streetsboro; and three sisters, Evelyn Reynolds of Waynesburg, Ruth Corey of Las Vegas, Nev., and Virginia of Sacramento, Calif. 
Deceased are a son, Jack L. Foster, and a brother, Benjamin Foster.

John Philip Harris
Waynesburg College graduate from Plum 
John Philip Harris, 54, of Plum, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in his residence. 
He was born October 9, 1946, in Burgettstown, a son of the late John and Naomi Caseman Harris. 
Mr. Harris was a graduate of Waynesburg College, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. 
Surviving are his wife, Cathy Close-Harris; and a brother, Layne Harris.

Lowe M. Hawkins III
Lowe Michael Hawkins III, newborn son of Lowe Michael Hawkins Jr. and Michele E. Lee Fenton of Washington, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in Washington Hospital. 
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his maternal grandparents, Eugene Fenton of Washington and Celestine Salvetti of Elyria, Ohio; maternal great-grandparents, James and Louise King of Avella; maternal great-great-grandparents, J. Everett and Addie Kelley of Washington; and paternal grandparents, Lowe Michael Sr. and Marian Jean Hawkins of Washington. 
Services were private and held at the convenience of the family, with interment in Washington Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., Washington. 

Betty Jean Hull
Retired from Community Action Day Care 
Betty Jean Hull, 65, of Washington, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh. 
She was born April 2, 1936, in Washington, a daughter of Carrie Frances. 
Mrs. Hull graduated from Washington High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
She was a preschool teacher for Community Action Day Care until retiring in 1991. 
Mrs. Hull was a member of Nazareth Baptist Church in Washington. 
Surviving are a daughter, Frances Hull of Washington; a brother, George Hull of Washington; a sister, Vicki Travis of Washington; four grandchildren, Demetrick, Dechauntae, Nia and Timothy Hull; and a nephew. 
Deceased are a son, Tracy Hull; and several brothers and sisters.

Richard Mayberry Jr.
Orthodontist from Upper St. Clair 
Dr. Richard M. Mayberry Jr., 69, of Upper St. Clair, died Monday, July 30, 2001, in Mt. Lebanon, after a brief illness. 
He was born May 26, 1932, in New Castle, a son of Richard M. and Jean Patterson Mayberry. 
Dr. Mayberry was a 1950 graduate of East Brook High School and received his B.S. degree from Youngstown State University, his D.D.S. degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and his orthodontic degree from Columbia University. 
He was a practicing orthodontist in the area. 
Surviving are his wife, Ann Perry Mayberry; a daughter, Dianne McMurtry of State College; two sons, Richard Mayberry III of Orlando, Fla., and Dr. David Mayberry of Mt. Lebanon; four grandchildren, Barrett McMurtry and Richard IV, Jonathon and Leah Mayberry; a sister, Barbara Mayberry Book of New Castle; and a brother, Robert Patterson Mayberry of Charlotte, N.C. 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 5, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, Route 19 South, Upper St. Clair. Memorials may be made to Mayberry Memorial Scholarship Fund, Youngstown State University, 606 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502.

Virginia Irene Molnar
Longtime employee of Nemacolin Country Club 
Virginia Irene Molnar, 79, of Richeyville, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in Jefferson Hospital, Jefferson Borough. 
She was born August 2, 1922, in Dunkard Township, Greene County, a daughter of Floyd and Margaret Ross Hunt. 
Mrs. Molnar was a graduate of Point Marion High School and was a member of Taylortown Baptist Church. 
She retired in 1989 from Nemacolin Country Club, Beallsville, after 50 years of service. 
Her husband, Frank M. Molnar, died June 17, 1984. 
Surviving are a brother, Harold Hunt of Coal Center; a niece, Karen Urban of Bentleyville; and three nephews, Robert West, Dennis Hunt and Darryl Hunt. 
Deceased are a sister, Jean Work; and two brothers, Wayne and Roger Hunt.

Lois Ann Mullen
Midway homemaker 
Lois Ann Mullen, 84, of Midway, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. 
She was born December 4, 1916, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Case Reed. 
Mrs. Mullen was a member of Center United Presbyterian Church, Midway. 
She was a homemaker and active in Midway Senior Citizens Center. 
Her husband, Leo Mullen, is deceased. 
Surviving are two daughters, Karen Lee Kelly of Millvale and Judith Ann Bruce of Warren; five grandchildren, Donna Jean and Deborah Tedesco and Jackie, Joseph and John Bruce; a great-grandson; a brother, John Reed; and several nieces and nephews. 
Deceased are four brothers, Charles, George, Robert and Howard Reed; and four sisters, Bernice Chenon, Helen Taylor, Julia Tigner and Dorothy Mutton.

Charles Naraskivitch
Canon Plastics retiree 
Charles (Teddy) Naraskivitch, 62, of Washington, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in his home, following a 31Ú2-year illness. 
He was born April 14, 1939, in Washington, a son of Joseph Peter and Clara Belle Leona Leasher Naraskivitch. 
Before retiring, Mr. Naraskivitch worked as a laborer at Canon Plastics in Canonsburg. 
He was Catholic and a member of the Slovak Club and Jessop Club, both in Washington. 
Mr. Naraskivitch was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for three years. 
On August 24, 1995, he married Janet Roberts, who survives. 
Also surviving are four sons, Thomas N., Charles W. Jr. and Joseph Naraskivitch, all of Washington, and Jason Kearns of Canonsburg; a stepson, Harold Donley Jr. of Washington; a daughter, Renee Donaldson of West Alexander; two stepdaughters, Pamela Linhart and Tina Donley, both of Washington; a brother, Joseph K. "Sonny" Naraskivitch of Washington; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jean Mary Nutcher
Peters Township resident born in Wales 
Jean Mary Nutcher, 70, of Peters Township, died at 1 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital cardiac care unit, following a sudden illness. 
She was born April 4, 1931, in Swansea, Wales, a daughter of John and Gladys Huxtable. 
A graduate of Salisbury College in England, Mrs. Nutcher was an elementary school teacher and homemaker. 
She enjoyed painting, antiques, interior design, gardening and line dancing, and belonged to several social organizations, including Daughters of the British Empire. 
Surviving are her husband, Peter Bernard Nutcher; a daughter, Helen Sarah; a son, Paul Christopher; and a granddaughter, Amanda Claire.

Mary Quarture Orell
Lifelong resident of Lawrence 
Mary "Mim" Quarture Orell, 82, of Lawrence, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in her home. 
She was born July 9, 1919, in Lawrence, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Rose Bitrono Quarture. 
Mrs. Orell was a lifelong resident of Lawrence, where she was a member of the former St. Elizabeth Church. 
Prior to retirement in 1979, she was employed at Mayview State Hospital for five years. She had previously worked at Patty Petite Cookie Factory and the company store in Lawrence. 
On November 26, 1943, she married Louise B. Orell Jr., who survives. 
Also surviving are a brother, Leonard Quarture of Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews. 
Deceased are three brothers, Peter, John and Joseph Quarture; and a sister, Concetta Ciaffoni.

James W. Stewart Sr.
Birdsboro resident born in Washington 
James W. Stewart Sr., 72, of Birdsboro, died of natural causes Thursday, August 2, 2001, in Reading Hospital. He had been a patient since July 28. 
He was born in Washington, a son of Mary Elizabeth Denham Stewart and the late Carl Marquis Stewart. 
Mr. Stewart was a member of Schwarzwald United Church of Christ. 
He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 542, employed by Hahn Contracting of Birdsboro as a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 1994. 
His wife, Blanche L. Moore Stewart, died March 10, 1999. 
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a daughter, Elizabeth Stewart Messner of Reinholds; four sons, James W. Stewart Jr. and Charles Stewart Sr., both of Reading, Carl L. Stewart of Mohnton and Michael R. Stewart of Reiffton; a sister, Betty Stewart McVay of Claysville; two brothers, John Stewart of Washington and Eugene Stewart of Bastrop, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 
Services will be held at noon Tuesday, August 7, in Reiffton, with Auman Funeral Home, 390 West Neversink Road, Reiffton, in charge of arrangements. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

Edith Tate
Formerly of Lippincott 
Edith Tate, 97, of Brave, formerly of Lippincott, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, in Beverly Health Care, Waynesburg. 
She was born September 22, 1903, in Centerville Borough, a daughter of William and Laura Benner Tate. 
Miss Tate made her home with her niece, Grace Booth, and did domestic work for families in the area. 
Surviving are a brother, Robert G. Tate of Brave; and several nieces and nephews. 
Deceased are two brothers, Charlie Tate and Kurt Tate; and three sisters, Mary Shook, Lizzie Dickerson and Orie Peppers.

Fred Wardle
Owned Country Store in Venetia 
Fred (Archie) Wardle, 72, of Venetia, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in Canonsburg General Hospital. 
He was born February 27, 1929, in Venetia, a son of Fred R. and Elizabeth Bartram Wardle. 
Mr. Wardle was retired from Columbia Gas Co. and most recently from the Country Store, a business in Venetia he owned and operated. 
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
Mr. Wardle was a member of Wright's United Methodist Church in Venetia. 
He enjoyed playing golf and was a senior softball All-American. 
His wife, Verna Joy Holt Wardle, died in 1980. 
Surviving are his son, Larry C. Wardle of Washington; two daughters, Maribeth Marraccini and Rebecca L. Wardle, both of Venetia; three grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Wardle and Danielle Haney; and two stepgrandsons.


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