|Wils L. Cooley Jr.
Former Zelienople resident
Wils L. Cooley Jr., 100, of Waynesburg, formerly of Zelienople, died
Monday, October 1, 2001, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
He was born April 5, 1901, in Pittsburgh, a son of Wil L. and Emily
Mr. Cooley was a former EMS volunteer with Harmony Volunteer Fire Department
and a 20-year volunteer in the Ellwood City Hospital.
He taught first aid and advanced first aid for the Red Cross for a
number of years and was the manager of Zelienople Community Pool for 27
years. He was well known in the Zelienople area, teaching many how to swim
and become lifeguards.
Mr. Cooley was a physical fitness enthusiast and at age 100 was still
exercising and lifting weights. Mr. Cooley was featured in several newspaper
articles and was profiled on KDKA television in April 2001.
He was a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople.
On November 27, 1941, he married Eleanor Gausman, who died December
Surviving are his son, Wils L. Cooley III of Waynesburg; a grandson,
Wils L. Cooley IV; a granddaughter, Jennet Elizabeth Cooley; a daughter,
Marie Elder; as well as numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Albert "Cap" Cooley and Charles Richard
Cooley; and two sisters, Ruth S. Cooley and Iva P. Elphinstone.
Agnes E. Donston
Longtime secretary in McGuffey School District
Agnes E. Donston, 83, of West Alexander, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, October
2, 2001, in Washington Hospital, after a serious illness lasting three
She was born March 22, 1918, in Majorsville, a daughter of Clem Gray
Sr. and Frances Whiteman Gray.
Mrs. Donston had been a resident of the West Alexander area most of
She was a member of Salem Methodist Church in Majorsville.
Mrs. Donston was a 1936 graduate of Claysville High School and a graduate
of the secretarial course at Penn Commercial Inc. in Washington.
She was employed as a secretary by McGuffey School District for 30
years prior to her retirement in 1982.
On November 29, 1939, she married Ralph Maurice Donston, who died April
Surviving are a daughter, Frances Camille Vorst of Lima, Ohio; a son,
David M. Donston of West Alexander R.D. 2; three sisters, Frances Grimes
of Washington, Margaret Kiger of West Alexander and Anna Lohr of Waterloo,
N.Y.; a brother, Clem Gray Jr. of West Alexander; and three grandchildren,
Heather Donston, Jeffrey Hertig and Melissa Moore.
Deceased are a grandson, Erik Donston; and seven brothers, Leslie,
George, Paul, Guy and Wade Gray, and Wilbur and Russell Gray, who died
All services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.
Charles A. Parsons
Charles A. Parsons, 99, of Waynesburg, died at 10:10 p.m. Monday, October
1, 2001, in his home.
He was born March 7, 1902, in Toronto, Canada, a son of Austin and
Florence James Parsons.
Mr. Parsons emigrated from Canada to the Buffalo, N.Y., area, where
he resided until moving to Waynesburg to live with his son, Paul, in 1985.
He worked as a welder in his early years and was called upon to develop
a prototype for automobile hubcaps, welding spoke wheels on the Pierce-Arrow
car. His services were essential for shipbuilding, and he taught welding
courses during World War II.
Mr. Parsons was known for singing in small groups and often ministered
in the Buffalo area. He was active in Elmwood Gospel Chapel in New York,
where he served as treasurer and correspondent. He also served at Amherst
Bible Chapel in Amherst, N.Y., as a founder, elder and founder of a Christian
camp, Li Lo Li.
In Waynesburg, he attended Waynesburg Bible Chapel until his illness
confined him to home.
On March 8, 1927, he married Mary (May) Mullin, who died January 20,
Surviving are a daughter, Bernice Holmes of Tempe, Ariz.; a son, Paul
Parsons of Waynesburg; eight grandsons, Phillip, Larry, Kevin, Peter, Brian
and Steven Parsons and Jonathan and Robert Holmes; 17 great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren; and more than 100 foster grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, David Parsons; and two sisters, Beatrice Boucher
and Laura Scully.
James Joseph Powell
Formerly of Washington
James Joseph "Whitey" Powell, 58, of Hallandale, Fla., formerly of
Washington, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001.
He was born March 28, 1943, a son of Ann Margaret Besseck Powell of
Hallandale and the late Lee Powell.
Mr. Powell worked for the city of Hollywood, Fla.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Powell of Washington; a son, Darryl Powell
of Fort Eustis, Va.; and a brother, Lee Powell of Clemmons, N.C.
Marcia O'Connor Stein
Former resident of Washington and Claysville
Marcia Jane O'Connor Stein, 55, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Claysville,
died Sunday, September 30, 2001, in IHS Greenery, Canonsburg, following
a four-month illness.
She was born January 5, 1946, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Grayce Wright
O'Connor Woodruff of Claysville and the late Raymond Vincent John O'Connor.
Mrs. Stein was a 1963 graduate of Trinity High School, a 1965 graduate
of Penn Commercial Inc. with a degree in accounting and a 1982 graduate
of Penn Commercial Inc. with a degree in computer science.
She had formerly lived in the Washington and Claysville areas.
Mrs. Stein was formerly employed by Eighty Four Lumber Co., Campsey
Seed and Feed and had been a partner in a family owned business before
moving to Florida eight years ago.
In Florida, she had been employed in Lakeland by Lockheed-Martin and
was owner, with her husband, of Stein Pressure Washing Co.
Mrs. Stein was a member of Laurel Run United Methodist Church in Deep
Valley, Greene County, and had been an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary
of Core-Houston American Legion Post 907 in Taylorstown, serving two terms
as its president. She also was a former member of Martha V. Paul Chapter
404 of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was the author of Marcia's Kitchen Cook Book and was an avid reader
and animal lover.
On October 31, 1971, in Washington, she married Joseph G. Stein III,
Aldo surviving are her stepfather, Hugh "Woody" Woodruff; a sister,
Debra Woodruff Hewitt of Claysville; two stepsisters, Cheryl Woodruff McAvoy
of Clearwater, Fla., and Joyce Woodruff Broach of Okmulgee, Okla.; five
stepsons, Joseph IV, Jeff, Jon, Jay and Jamie Stein; 14 stepgrandchildren;
and six nieces.
Deceased is a brother, Patrick John O'Connor.
Walter L. Strawn
Retired mold polisher worked at Metro Glass
Walter Lawrence Strawn, 86, of Baird Avenue, Washington, died at 6:10
a.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2001, in Washington Hospital, following a lengthy
He was born March 31, 1915, in Prosperity, a son of George and Viola
Mae Fisher Strawn.
Mr. Strawn had been employed by Metro Glass as a mold polisher for
20 years prior to retirement.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
On September 8, 1945, he married Marian Josephine Caldwell, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Walter Wayne Strawn of Houston; a foster
son, Guy Klaus of Washington; four daughters, Nancy Williams of Kissimmee,
Fla. and Marlene Boardley, Donna Strawn and Brenda Sparks, all of Washington;
a stepdaughter, Phyllis McCartney of Kissimmee, Fla.; 11 grandchildren;
four stepgrandchildren; three foster grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Richard Strawn, who died in infancy; two brothers,
Homer L. Strawn and Jack Hartman; and three sisters, Dorothy Ralston, Pearl
Fisher and Jane Manire.
WWII airplane spotter was Scoutmaster in Langeloth
Nicholas Suica, 87, of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, October 2, 2001,
in Washington Hospital.
He was born March 7, 1914, in Woodlawn, a son of Stanko (Stanley) and
Jeka (Helena) Minnich Suica.
Mr. Suica began his career as a chemist for Climax Molybdenum Co. in
Langeloth and retired after 43 years as a foremen in its ferro department.
He was a member of Langeloth Presbyterian Church, where he served as
an elder and deacon.
During World War II, he was a civilian airplane spotter.
Mr. Suica played baseball for Langeloth Red Stars.He was a Scoutmaster
in Langeloth and was an avid hunter and gardener.
Another hobby of his was training beagles.
On August 15, 1936, he married Elvira Senile, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Raymond Suica of Burgettstown; three daughters,
Phoebe Suica of Batavia, Ill., and Suzanne Sell and Terrie Suica-Reed,
both of Georgetown; a sister, Doris Nicolella of Washington; and three
grandchildren, Eric and Aaron Suica and Holly Sell.
Deceased are three brothers, Docco, Mike and Paul Suica; and two sisters,
Thelma Fefolt and Dorothy Esno.
Member of Holy Trinity National Catholic Church
Bernetta Ziemba, 87, of Billen Avenue, Monongahela, died at 2:59 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, 2001, in Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.
She was born March 12, 1914, in Washington, a daughter of Paul and
Julia Babiarz Sikora.
Mrs. Ziemba was a homemaker.
She was a member of Holy Trinity National Catholic Church in Washington
and its Ladies Adoration Society.
Mrs. Ziemba enjoyed gardening, baking and sewing.
On March 3, 1946, she married Frank L. Ziemba, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Janice Ziemba Horrocks of Hampton Falls,
N.H.; two brothers, Theodore Sikora of Washington and Edward Sikora of
Brownsville; a grandson, George Louis Horrocks; and several nieces and
Deceased is a brother, Frank Sikora.
Leonard E. Ball
Retired mechanic for Paletta Ford Sales
Leonard E. Ball, 77, of Beallsville Road, Fredericktown, died unexpectedly
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2001, in the Brownsville General Hospital
He was born January 15, 1924, in Deemston Borough, a son of Elmer and
Beulah Prentice Ball.
Mr. Ball was a retired mechanic for Paletta Ford Sales in Fredericktown.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a prisoner of war.
Mr. Ball was a member of Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391 of Fredericktown
and Loyal Order of Moose in Waynesburg.
Surviving are his wife, Florence Jo Ann Matz Ball; a son, Leonard E.
Ball Jr. of Scranton; four daughters, Diane Leukulich of Denbo, Marguerite
Pacheco and Linda Vasquez, both of Spraggs, and Barbara Gibson of Lot,
France; 15 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; several great-grandchildren;
two stepsons, Rocky Lynn Matz of Red Hall, Ohio, and Ronald Lee Matz of
Ashland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a wife, Mary A. Zahniser Ball, who died May 14, 1998;
two sisters, Geraldine Kelley and Dora Tumminello; and two brothers, Clarence
and John E. Ball.
Ruth Virginia Barrett
Member of Faith UP Church was in seniors band
Ruth Virginia Barrett, 97, of Washington, died Tuesday, December 11,
2001, in Humbert Lane Health Care Center, Washington.
She was born March 22, 1904, in Washington, a daughter of Arthur and
Zelma McMullen Clutter.
Mrs. Barrett was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Washington.
She attended Washington schools and worked as a postal clerk and for
Mrs. Barrett was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary for
51 years, Washington Moose and Washington Area Senior Citizens, where she
was a member of the "Silvertones," a senior citizens band. She also was
In 1920, she married Walter V. Barrett, who died in 1975.
Surviving are a sister, Janet Zelt of Fairmont, W.Va.; and several
nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three sisters, Flossie, Dorothy Hanna and Martha Blayney;
a brother, Elliott Clutter; and a son, Arthur Walter Barrett.
Allen D. Blough
Jefferson man retired from Robena Mine
Allen D. Blough, 79, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 11, 2001,
in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
He was born February 7, 1922, in Scalp Level, Somerset County, a son
of David and Ida Huffman Blough.
Mr. Blough lived in Jefferson since 1957.
He was a retired coal miner at Robena Mine and a member of the United
Mine Workers of America.
On August 26, 1950, he married Wilma Statler, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy Blough-Hann of Princeton, N.J.;
a son, Bruce Blough of Lindenhurst, Ill.; three grandchildren, Joshua,
Valerie and Kimberly Blough; and a brother, Isaac Blough of Suffolk, Va.
Deceased are three brothers, Martin, Carl and Milton Blough; and two
sisters, Lydia Ream and Vergie Burke.
Sophie H. Bobik
Florida homemaker formerly of Washington
Sophie H. Bobik, 79, of Titusville, Fla., formerly of Washington, died
Tuesday, November 27, 2001, in Holmes Regional Medical Center in Titusville.
She was born February 24, 1922, in Washington, a daughter of Ignacy
and Mary Jasinski.
Mrs. Bobik was a member of St. Teresa Roman Catholic Church in Florida,
where she was a favorite participant in the church fair with delightful
goodies loved by many, and was a former member of St. Hilary Church in
She was a homemaker with superb culinary talents and a grandmother
who loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, baking and sewing.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Joseph Bobik; two sons, Dennis
J. and David M. Bobik, and a daughter, Debbie Barnes, all of Florida; two
sisters, Clara Kaminski and Connie Pearson, both of Washington; three grandchildren,
Angie, Denny and Matthew; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and
Deceased are two brothers, Casimer and Raymond Jasinski; two sisters,
Viola Mihaleski and Helen Ciulla; a brother; and two sisters, who died
Services were held in Titusville.
Raymond John Farrell
Raymond John Farrell, 32, of Brookline, died Sunday, December 9, 2001.
He was born January 10, 1969, in Pittsburgh, a son of Robert K. and
Kathleen M. Farrell, who survive.
Also surviving are his wife, Tracy L. Farrell; an infant son, Austin
Michael; a sister, Denise; two brothers, Michael and Rob Farrell; and a
Dolores Joan Gump
Member of Friendship Community Church
Dolores Joan "Dody" Gump, 68, of Best Avenue, Washington, died at 9:10
a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001, in Washington County Health Center,
Washington, following a five-year illness.
She was born December 22, 1932, in Washington, a daughter of Maynard
E. and Nellie L. Roach Greer.
Mrs. Gump was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Community Church.
She was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School and an avid roller
skater who won a state championship and other medals.
On June 16, 1957, she married Norman Gump, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey L. Gump of Washington and Kelly
R. Gump of Claysville; a daughter, Louann Knox of Washington; a sister,
Peggy Riley of Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jason and Sean Knox,
Shannon and Justin and Gump and Jeffrey L. Gump III; and three great-grandchildren.
A sister, Patty Greer, is deceased.
Paul Francis Hoban
Findley Clay foreman was WWII veteran
Paul Francis Hoban, 84, of Prosperity, died at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, December
11, 2001, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg. He had been in
failing health the past five years.
He was born March 8, 1917, in Terra Alta, W.Va., a son of James B.
and Jane Grace Connelly Hoban.
Mr. Hoban was Catholic.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was employed as
a foreman by Findley Clay and as a custodian in a bank.
On March 5, 1942, he married Wilda Mae Davis, who died March 6, 1993.
Surviving are two sons, James Hoban of Washington and Edward Hoban
at home; four daughters, Hazel Helmick of Washington, Brenda and Mary Phillips,
both of Waynesburg, and Pauline Christensen of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers,
Richard Hoban of West Virginia and Edward Hoban of Mississippi; a sister,
Anne Connor of Maryland; 20 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three grandchildren, Brian and Tanya Phillips and Pamela
Helmick; three brothers, Leo, Joseph and James Hoban; and two sisters,
Jeannette Bell and Mary Friend.
Amanda Susan Kuhn
West Virginia homemaker
Amanda Susan Miller Kuhn, 93, of Knob Fork, W.Va., died Tuesday, December
11, 2001, in Bialko's Personal Care Home, Waynesburg.
She was born December 18, 1907, on Criswell Ridge near Wileyville,
W.Va., a daughter of John W. and Christina Cain Miller.
Mrs. Kuhn was a member of Hundred Church of Christ.
She was a homemaker and worked for several years as manager and cook
at Hastings Hotel in Hastings, W.Va.
Her husband, Floyd "Fidge" Kuhn, died July 27, 1977.
Surviving are a sister, Geneva George of Pine Grove, W.Va.; a brother,
Leo Miller of Knob Fork; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, John Jr., Wilbert, Otis and Albert Miller;
and a sister, Hazel Moore.
Margaret P. McMillan
Resident of Canonsburg
Margaret P. McMillan, 96, of Canonsburg, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday,
December 12, 2001, in I.H.S. Greenery, Canonsburg.
She was born May 27, 1905, in West Virginia, a daughter of James and
Amy Martin Fuller.
Mrs. McMillan was a homemaker and a Protestant.
She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and playing the piano.
On July 5, 1927, she married Joseph Walker McMillan, who died February
Surviving are three sons, Norman (Bob) McMillan of Cecil, Joseph "Porky"
Walker McMillan Jr. of Washington and William (Toby) McMillan of Waynesburg;
three daughters, Helen Johnson and Marjorie "Skippy" Benard, both of Canonsburg,
and Martha Moore of McDonald; 33 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren;
nine great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sons, James and Ralph (Pete) McMillan; three brothers,
Samuel, William and Elmer Fuller; and five sisters, Goldie McBride, Radie
Moore, Verna Fox, Lorena Brock and Dorothy Remaley.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Christopher J. Osko
Manager at Millcraft Products
Christopher James Osko, 29, of Taylorstown, died Tuesday, December
11, 2001, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born February 24, 1972, in Washington, a son of Karen Elizabeth
Stiltenpole Osko of Washington and the late Any Jay Osko.
Mr. Osko was a 1991 graduate of McGuffey High School and was a manager
and salesman for Millcraft Products.
On February 23, 1994, he married Lisa Michelle Amon, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jacob Christopher Osko, and a daughter, Sarah
Elizabeth Osko, both at home; a sister, Jody Lynn Osko Lewis of Gastonville,
Conn.; a brother, Steven J. Osko of Washington; and maternal grandmother,
Imogene Crain of Washington.
Served as White House Secret Service agent
George Radovich, 74, of Carmichaels, formerly of College Park, Md.,
died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 11, 2001, at his home.
He was born May 6, 1927, in Masontown, a son of Eli and Katy Basara
Mr. Radovich was a graduate of Masontown High School and served in
the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Carmichaels.
Mr. Radovich first worked as a policeman in Washington, D.C., then
as a White House Secret Service agent and later owned and operated Radco
Realty Inc. of Silver Spring, Md., for many years.
He was a master Mason in Maryland and a member of Cumberland American
Legion Post 400 of Carmichaels.
Surviving are three daughters, Dolores P. Radovich, Dorothy A. Beverley,
both of Rockville, Md., and Elizabeth C. Usilaner of Bethesda, Md.; three
grandchildren, Nikki Friday and Joseph and Leigh-Ann Beverley; a brother,
Edward Radovich of Silver Spring; four sisters, Rose Zorich of Carmichaels,
Ann Kaprive of Masontown, Libby Kumper of Gibsonia and Dorothy Senko of
Ambridge; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Milan, Stanley and Steve; and four sisters,
Mary Radovich, Emily Ann Andish, Dolores Radovich and Mildred Applebaum.
Maxine A. Ruckman
Legal secretary retired from Habitat for Humanity
Maxine A. Ruckman, 74, of Scenery Hill, died Tuesday, December 11,
2001, in Washington Hospital.
She was born March 10, 1927, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a daughter of Hobart
D. and Vadis Sears Williams.
At a young age, Mrs. Ruckman moved to the Marianna area, where she
attended Marianna Borough Elementary School and West Bethlehem Township
She was a graduate of Penn Commercial Business School.
Mrs. Ruckman was a legal secretary and title searcher at Goldfarb Law
Firm in Washington for many years, was office manager for Habitat for Humanity
until 1997, from where she retired, and was an independent genealogy researcher.
She was a member of Davidson Methodist Church in Glyde and Washington
Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as registrar.
Mrs. Ruckman was twice married. In 1945, she married Robert L. Rose,
who died in 1973. In August of 1986, she married Ivan G. Ruckman, who died
November 9, 1986.
Surviving are a son, Robert L. Rose Jr. of Glendale, W.Va.; a daughter,
Susan Diane Rose of Cumberland, Ky.; two sisters, Merle Mock of Beallsville
and Joanne Curry of Virginia Beach, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a brother, Hobart D. Williams; and two sisters, Geraldine
Stephens and Madeline Coffee.
Jack D. Sanders
Giant Eagle employee was Moose governor
Jack D. Sanders, 60, of Washington, died Sunday, December 9, 2001.
He was born May 6, 1941, in Washington, a son of Harry E. and Lela
G. Kelley Sanders.
Mr. Sanders was employed by Giant Eagle Inc. and was a member of Local
He was governor of Cokeburg Moose Lodge 1625 and District 11 treasurer
of the Moose and held a fellowship degree.
Mr. Sanders attended Washington High School and served with the U.S.
Army in the European Theater
He was a mail clerk for ECPI of Pittsburgh for a year.
Surviving are a son, Harry Michael of Ohio; a brother, Richard L. Frazier
of Washington; two aunts; and several cousins.
Larry J. Scritchfield
Vietnam veteran formerly of Waynesburg
Larry J. Scritchfield, 54, of New York, formerly of Waynesburg, died
Wednesday, December 5, 2001.
He was born May 6, 1947, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Arthur J.
Scritchfield and Ruby Kathleen Scritchfield Pytel.
Mr. Scritchfield was a Vietnam veteran and was employed by Amoco Transmission
in New York for the past 30 years.
Surviving are his wife, Rose Scritchfield; four sons, Anthony, Larry
Jr. and Christopher, all of New York, and James A. Scritchfield of Jefferson;
four brothers, Terry and John Scritchfield, both of Florida, Danny of New
Jersey and Barry L. Scritchfield of Waynesburg; three sisters, Lola Brown
of Florida, Connie Matthews of Illinois and Dietta Eisiminger of Waynesburg;
and two grandchildren.
Louis A. Sheehan Jr.
Purple Heart recipient was usher at IC Church
Louis A. Sheehan Jr., 77, of Morris Street, Washington, died at 5:02
a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2001.
He was born March 20, 1924, in Johnstown, a son of Louis A. and Ethel
Schaefer Sheehan Sr.
Mr. Sheehan was head usher at Immaculate Conception Church at the 10:30
In 1985, he retired as a field manager for Snap-on Tools and was employed
as a general manager for Connmaugh Oil Co. in Johnstown, retiring in 1992.
Mr. Sheehan was a member of Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post
175, Knights of Columbus and a former member of Optimist Club, where he
was past president. He was on the board of directors at the Bronson House,
was a member of Elks Club, Arms Club and on the board of South Strabane
Parks and Recreation Commission.
He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during World War II with the
78th Division, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Purple
On November 11, 1950, he married Elizabeth Canary, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, James Edward Sheehan of Washington; seven
daughters, Kathleen M. Valentino of Honesdale, Patricia Guerriere of Chalk
Hill, Mary Anne Thompson and Eileen Rush, both of Washington, Beth Gibson
of Greensburg, Joan Hundzienski of Canonsburg and Peggy Trefnoff of Houston;
four brothers, Eugene of Fairfax, Va., John E. of Annapolis, Md., Edward
of Johnstown and James Sheehan of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Joanne Smith
of Harrisburg; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces
Deceased are two brothers, George and Thomas Sheehan; and two sisters,
Mary Lou Foster and Ethel Lukavich.
Harold R. Sproat
Harold R. Sproat, 85, of Ruff Creek, formerly of Washington, died Wednesday,
December 12, 2001, in his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Piatt
& Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc. A complete obituary and notice will
be published in a later edition.
Former Cumberland Township teacher
Madge Steele, 93, of Washington, died Tuesday, December 11, 2001, in
Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.
She was born September 1, 1908, in Graysville, a daughter of William
and Oma Goodwin Steele.
Miss Steele was a teacher in Cumberland Township School District and
a member of the National Education Association.
She was a former member of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels.
A sister, Violet Steele of Washington, survives.
Deceased are two brothers, Don and Paul Steele.
At the request of the deceased, services will be private. Arrangements
are under the direction of Behm Funeral Home Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road,
Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor.
Marye A. Wiles
60-member of Jefferson Avenue UM Church
Marye A. Wiles, 93, formerly of Winona Avenue, Washington, died at
2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001, in Cherry Tree Personal Care, Washington,
following a four-year illness.
She was born April 26, 1908, in Westland, a daughter of John and Betty
Mrs. Wiles was a member of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church
for more than 60 years, a member of United Methodist Women, Margaret Richards
Sunday school class and was very active for many years in Business and
She was a 1927 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1928 graduate
of Washington Business College.
Mrs. Wiles was a secretary at Smith Appliances in Washington.
On March 21, 1931, she married, DeWalt I. Wiles, who died February
Surviving are a son, Ronald D. Wiles of North Strabane Township; two
daughters, Phyllis A. Sargent and Mary Jane Braden, both of Washington;
a brother, George Marra of Washington; two sisters, Correll Buchheit of
Pittsburgh and Josephine Rush of Hamilton Square, N.J.; seven grandchildren,
Rebecca Brookman, Kimberly Sickles, Vernon Sargent II, Mark and Scott Braden,
Michelle Boucher and Christine Thomas; and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Katherine Josack and Rose Marra; and four
brothers, Dominick "Toots," Louis, John and Samuel Marra.
Frances Gump Wood
Member of Oak View UM Church, Waynesburg
Frances Gump Wood, 75, of 271-B West Greene Street, Waynesburg, died
Wednesday, December 12, 2001, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
She was born November 12, 1926, in Osage, W.Va., a daughter of Harry
and Fern Tennant Copeland.
Mrs. Wood retired from Greenway Manufacturing Co., where she worked
as a quality control supervisor.
She was a member of Oak View United Methodist Church in Waynesburg.
Surviving are a son, Jesse Gump Jr. of Kings Mills, Ohio; two daughters,
Jeanne Songer of Washington and Cathy Schloemer of Pittsburgh; two brothers,
Frank Higgins of Granville, Ohio, and Philip Higgins of Morgantown, W.Va.;
three sisters, Hattie Foley of Farmington, W.Va., Laura June Pettit of
Blacksville, W.Va., and Genevieve Wilson of Buckeye Lake, Ohio; four grandchildren,
Elaine Cumberledge, NIcholas Gump and Patricia and Russell Schloemer; and
Deceased are three brothers, Leon and Walter Copeland and John David
Higgins; and two sisters, Rose Tennant and Ruby Higgins.