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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 Stafford Cooley. 
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 25, 1986. 
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 weeks. 
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 her life. 
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 27, 1980. 
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 in infancy. 
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
Waynesburg resident 
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, 1988. 
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, who survives. 
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 illness. 
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. 

Nicholas Suica
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. 

Bernetta Ziemba
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 nephews. 
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 emergency room. 
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 Wards Bookstore. 
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 a pianist. 
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 Washington. 
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 nephews. 
Deceased are two brothers, Casimer and Raymond Jasinski; two sisters, Viola Mihaleski and Helen Ciulla; a brother; and two sisters, who died in infancy. 
Services were held in Titusville. 

Raymond John Farrell
Brookline resident 
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 nephew.

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 11, 1970. 
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.

George Radovich
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 Radovich. 
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 High School. 
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 249. 
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 a.m. Mass. 
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 Heart. 
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 and nephews. 
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.

Madge Steele
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 Sarracino Marra. 
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 Professional Women. 
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 7, 1991. 
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 five great-grandchildren. 
Deceased are three brothers, Leon and Walter Copeland and John David Higgins; and two sisters, Rose Tennant and Ruby Higgins.


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