Miscellaneous Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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Russell V. Agostini
Pitcairn
Russell V. Agostini, 64, of Pitcairn, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. Friend of Josey Shaffo; brother of Mary J. Banderinko of Monroeville and Carl Agostini of Wilmerding; uncle of Joseph, Donna and Russell; also survived by several great-nieces and -nephews. Mr. Agostini owned and operated the Russ Agostini Service Station in Wilmerding for 46 years and was a member of the Wilmerding Lions Club. Friends will be received Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Church.

Peter A. Badini
Scottdale
Peter A. Badini Jr., 74, of Scottdale, died Friday evening, Nov. 16, 2001, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township, where he had been a resident for one week. Pete was born in Pittsburgh, March 16, 1927, a son of the late Peter A. Badini Sr. and Assunta E. ``Sunda'' Balsamo Badini. He was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church of Scottdale and of the community. He was a retired electrical welder for the former Robertshaw Controls, New Stanton, with 45 years of service. Pete was a veteran of the armed forces serving during World War II in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He attained the rank of machinist mate third class and was the recipient of the Pacific and American Theatre Ribbons and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7781 and the American Legion Post 240, both of Scottdale, and also U.S. Steel Union CIO Local 1163, New Stanton. Pete is survived by his loving and devoted sister, Donna L. McGarvey and her husband, Richard G., of Springboro, Ohio; his nephew and niece, Richard G. McGarvey and his wife, Tiffany, of Springboro, Ohio, and Lisa Marie McGarvey of Centerville, Ohio; and his great-niece, Alyssa Marie McGarvey. In addition to his parents, Pete was predeceased by a brother in infancy. Pete's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Leonard W. Stoviak, as celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery, Scottdale, with full military honors accorded by the Southmoreland Veterans Association. It was Pete's wish that memorials be made to St. John the Baptist Parochial School, South Broadway, Scottdale, in his memory. A parish wake service will be held Monday at 2:15 p.m. in the funeral home.

Thomas L. Beaufort
Longs, S.C.
Formerly of Greensburg
Thomas L. Beaufort, of Longs, S.C., formerly of Hempfield Township, Greensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at home. Born in Grapeville, Aug. 26, 1937, he was a son of the late Leonard and Lillian (Radulovich) Beaufort. He retired as a senior design engineer from SMS Mannesmann Demag Corporation, Pittsburgh. He served three terms as Hempfield Township supervisor and one term as Hempfield Township auditor. Surviving are his wife, Carole (Rowe) Beaufort; three sons, Scott D. Beaufort and wife, Crystal, of Westminster, Colo., Bruce C. Beaufort and wife, Christine, of Erie and Todd W. Beaufort and wife, Jennifer, of Apex, N.C.; five grandchildren, Allison and Paige Beaufort of Westminster, Colo., Owen and Adam Beaufort of Erie and Grayden Beaufort of Apex, N.C.; and two brothers, Dennis L. Beaufort of Washington, D.C., and Ronald E. Beaufort of Laguna Niguel, Calif. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, please make charitable donations to your favorite charity. A memorial service is planned for Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, with the Rev. E. Allen Scanlon officiating. Family members will be greeting mourners beginning at 1 p.m. in the church parlor. Arrangements by LEE FUNERAL HOME, Little River, S.C.

Michael Belinsky
Trafford
Michael Belinsky, 70, of Trafford, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at home. A son of the late Andrew Bilinsky and Barbara Kornecki Bilinsky, he was a retired bus driver with Greyhound. Beloved brother of Tillie B. Kokladas of Ocala, Fla., John Bilinsky of Pitcairn, Helen Galbraith of Trafford, Mildred Campbell of Trafford, Dorothy Tully of Trafford, Catherine Hockberry of Illinois, Walter Bilinsky of Avonmore, Frank Bilinsky of Willmar, Minn., and the late Ann Pavlick, Mary and Nick Bilinsky. Godfather of David and Adrienne Campbell. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding. Divine Liturgy Tuesday at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church. Tuesday. Parastas service Monday at 7 p.m.

Anna Bidzila
Monongahela
Anna Bidzila, 82, of Monongahela, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in the Washington County Health Center, Washington, Pa. She was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Monessen, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Fedorako Sukolosh. Mrs. Bidzila and her late husband, Charles, had owned and operated Bidzila's Food Market on Fifth and Conrad avenues, North Charleroi, from 1949 to 1969. She was a member of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Monongahela. Surviving relatives include a daughter, Geraldine Nicholson of Monongahela; a granddaughter, Michele Nicholson Thomas and her husband, Dr. David; a grandson, Michael C. Nicholson; two great-granddaughters, Hannah Marie and Lauren Margaret Thomas; a sister, Margaret Lombardo and her husband, John, of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bidzila Jr., on June 16, 2001; and a sister, Elizabeth Markinack. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the L.M. FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held Monday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church with the Very Rev. George Yatsko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.

Helen M. (Karelis) DeCarlo
Greensburg
Helen M. (Karelis) DeCarlo, 70, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 31, 1931, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late William and Pauline (Sever) Karelis. She was a member of the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick J. DeCarlo Sr., on Jan. 15, 1997; and a son-in-law, Gregory C. Kochis, on Oct. 12, 1999. She is survived by her son, Frederick J. DeCarlo Jr. of Greensburg; four daughters, Mrs. Donald E. (Connie) Laudadio of Ligonier, Mrs. Anthony (Diane) Merritt of Wyoming, Mich., Cindy DeCarlo Kochis of Greensburg and Mrs. Howard (Paula) Hughes of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren, Tiffany, Stephanie and Brittany DeCarlo, Danielle and Cristy Laudadio and Steven and Abby Merritt; a brother, John and his wife, Michelle Karelis, of Chillicothe, Ohio; four sisters, Pauline Romagnino of Greensburg, Nancy and her husband, Charles Kemerer, of Jeannette, Betty and her husband, Anthony Pacienza, of Greensburg and Marion and her husband, Dominic Mediate, of Level Green; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. ONLY. Prayers in the funeral home Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg, with the Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township.

Bena Reggiani Ferrari
Sutersville
Bena Reggiani Ferrari, 93, of Sutersville, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in Hempfield Manor, Greensburg, after an accidental fall at her home. She was born June 15, 1908, in Blythedale, a daughter of the late Angelo and Rosa Codeluppi Reggiani. She was the wife of the late Mondo Ferrari. She is survived by three nieces, Lorraine Ulrich, Marie Custer and Loretta Flanigan, all of Elizabeth Township; and other nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by three brothers, Nauldo, Guino and Libero Reggiani. She was a self-employed business owner and part owner of Mondo's Dairette in Sutersville. She was an employee of Penney's department store in McKeesport. She belonged to the Sutersville Ladies Auxiliary, the AARP and the Senior Citizens, both of Sutersville. Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, Buena Vista. Services will take place in the funeral home Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis Handley officiating. Interment will be in West Newton Cemetery.

Stephen M. Halas
North Huntingdon
Stephen M. Halas Sr., 79, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 8, 1922, in McKeesport, a son of the late Michael and Susan Pazur Halas. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a millwright for U.S. Steel, Irvin Works, Dravosburg. He was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Irwin, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Rose Marie Lawrence Halas; a son, Stephen M. Halas Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Greensburg; three daughters, Roseann Stefanic and her husband, Thomas, Rita Berquist and her husband, Bruce, all of Greensburg, and Marian Halas of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Jamie Ritson, Craig Stefanic and Eryn Berquist; and a sister, Mary Mason of Dravosburg. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Entombment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601, or the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Wilkins Township, PA 15235.

Rita Kathryn Thomas Hall
Connellsville
Rita Kathryn Thomas Hall, 72, of Kings Hill, Connellsville, died Thursday evening, Nov. 15, 2001, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Rita's family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with her son, an Episcopalian priest, the Rev. Donald Hall of Slippery Rock officiating. Committal service and interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, Scottdale.

Elizabeth I. Hoffer
Latrobe
Elizabeth I. Hoffer, 63, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, in her home. She was born May 19, 1938, in Blairsville, a daughter of the late Lester L. and Edna Jones Stemmerich. She was retired from Classic Industries, and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Hoffer Sr., in 1992; and a sister, Gladys Stemmerich. She is survived by three stepchildren, Elmer L. Hoffer Jr. of Ligonier, Derrick Hoffer of Bradenville and Oma Hoffer of Latrobe; three stepgrandchildren; five brothers, F. Russell Stemmerich of Ligonier, James L. Stemmerich of Homer City, Thomas W. Stemmerich of South Carolina, Richard A. Stemmerich of Ligonier and Staff Sgt. Daniel E. Stemmerich, USMC (retired) of South Carolina; a sister, Mrs. William (Jane) Frisky of Sheffield Village, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, where service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. August B. Twigg officiating. Interment, Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.

Mary Louise Kelly
Jeannette
Mary Louise Kelly, 52, of Jeannette, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1949, in Greensburg, a daughter of Lillian Olivia Kelly of Jeannette and the late Daniel Kelly. Mary was a member of the St. Boniface Church of Penn. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Daniel Kelly Jr. of Latrobe; godmothers, Yola Frendy of Jeannette and Helen Rapa of Irwin; godfather, James Kelly of Jeannette; and several cousins. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, beginning Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the St. Boniface Church. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. The St. Boniface Christian Mothers will pray the rosary Sunday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home.

William S. Kielur
North Huntingdon
William S. Kielur, 63, of North Huntingdon, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in his home. Devoted father, loving husband and man of honor. Bill was an avid fitness enthusiast, known to those who knew him best to ``never miss a workout.'' Bill was a retired foreman for LTV Steel, a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, and a tissue/cornea donor through CORE at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Katherine Kominsky Kielur; and his father-in-law, Joseph Obbagy. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Obbagy Kielur; two daughters, Monica L. Baum and her husband, Dr. Neil, and Gloria J. Gnieski and her husband, James; a son, Joseph S. Kielur; and his mother-in-law, Helen Obbagy, all of North Huntingdon. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Florence (Watson) Kline
Manor
Florence (Watson) Kline, 86, of Manor, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in North Huntingdon. She was born April 17, 1915, in Yukon, a daughter of the late William and Sarah (Hamill) Watson. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Manor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Hamilton, who was killed in action during World War II; her second husband, Howard Kline; and three sisters, Rebecca Neleigh, Loretta Knable and her twin, Florene Murray. Survivors include a daughter, Becky Miller of North Irwin; and a grandson, James D. Miller of Manor. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.J. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 140 Race St., Manor, where service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robbin R. Clouser officiating. Interment, Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township.

Mary (Uram) Lasser
Chalfant Borough
Mary (Uram) Lasser, 83, a lifelong resident of Chalfant Borough, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. She was a retired employee of the food service department of the former Churchill School District. Wife of the late John F. Lasser; mother of Robert J. and his wife, Colleen, of Delmont, Karen Wagand and her husband, Bob, of Penn Township and the late Richard R. Grandmother of Gretchen, Lauren, Ricky and Rachael Lasser and Stefanie and Jonathan Wagand. Sister of Peg O'Neill of Irwin and the late Adolph Uram. Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Funeral service in Hebron Lutheran Church Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Chalfant Volunteer Fire Department, 144 Lynnwood St., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112.

Judith A. "Judie" Gibson Latine
Irwin
Judith A. "Judie" Gibson Latine, 61, of Irwin, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, in her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1940, in McKeesport, a daughter of Albert Gibson of Fontana, Calif., and the late Margaret McDonald Gibson. She was an employee of McKeesport Prescription and an avid bingo player. In addition to her father, she is survived by her stepmother, Beverly Gibson; her companion of nine years, Jim Rulyak of Irwin; two sons, Gerald Blyshak of McClellanville, S.C., and Jeffery Blyshak of Erie; two grandchildren; a brother, Dennis Gibson of Vernon, Texas; also two nieces. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with a memorial service to be held at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Dr. R. Bruce Maxwell officiating.

Stella M. "Mimi" Martin
Connellsville
Stella M. "Mimi" Martin, 71, of Connellsville, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in her home. Family and friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Terry Hercik and the Rev. J. Edward McCullough as concelebrants. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. A parish wake service will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

William H. May
Acme
William H. May, 78, of Acme, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born Jan. 1, 1923, in Donegal Township, a son of the late William H. and Theresa Shaffer May. Bill was a retired carpenter and had been a member of the Carpenters and Joiners Local 230. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post 7250, Confluence. He was an avid hunter and a member of the Laurel Highlands Coonhunter Club, where he held several offices, the Mountain Cry Coon and Fox Hunters Association, the Little Sewickley Sportsmen's Association and the Turkeyfoot Fish and Game Association. He was also a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Donegal. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Audrey J. Corwin May, in 1988; four brothers, Pershing, Charles, Fred and Edward May; and a sister, Helen Snyder. He is survived by five children, Janet Ritenour and her husband, Robert, of Melcroft, Dale May and his wife, Connie, of Acme, Darlene Blackburn and her husband, John, of White, Ray May and his wife, Jill, of Donegal and Kathy Stough and her husband, Jeffrey, of Indian Head; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ethel Zelenske of Latrobe and Elsie Bell of Somerset. Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, where service will be held Tuesday at a time to be announced. Interment will be in Donegal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mr. May to the Laurel Highlands Coonhunters Club, c/o William Ritenour, 1712 Indian Creek Valley Road, Melcroft, PA 15462.

Joseph C. McCullough
Latrobe
Joseph C. McCullough, 85, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law, John J. and Susan Stasio, in Ligonier Township. He was born June 27, 1916, in Latrobe, a son of the late James Alexander and Anna Rena Mae (Vachal) McCullough. Prior to his retirement, Joe was employed by the Latrobe Steel Company, having over 40 years of service, and also owned and operated the former McCullough Sports Center in downtown Latrobe for many years. He was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, the B.P.O.E. #907, the I.O.O.F. #541, the L.O.O.M. #95, the Latrobe Steel Retirees Golf League and the Touchdown Club, all in Latrobe. He was also a graduate of the Derry Township High School Class of 1934. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Amundson; his first wife, Louise (Bittner) McCullough; his second wife, Mary Rita (McAteer) Stasio McCullough; his third wife, Mary Helen (Galemberti) Bates McCullough; his fourth wife, Thelma (Gibson) Harr McCullough; and his brother, James David McCullough. He is survived by three children, Joseph T. McCullough and his wife, Cheryl, of Ligonier, Mary Theresa Frenchik and her husband, Michael, of Calabasas, Calif., and John J. Stasio and his wife, Susan, of Ligonier Township; six grandchildren, Matthew and Kyle McCullough, Susan Pierce, David Amundson, Michelle Frenchik and Ashley Stasio; two great-grandsons, Brian Pierce and Kevin Amundson; his sister-in-law, Mary Ellen McCullough of Latrobe; a number of nieces and nephews, including his nephew, Alan McCullough, and his niece, Sharon Nies; and his faithful dog, Coby. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Latrobe, with the church pastors officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.

Emily Svetoka Smith Musinsky
East McKeesport
Emily Svetoka Smith Musinsky, 84, of East McKeesport, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in Manorcare Health Services, Monroeville. She was born May 22, 1917, in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Chilinskas Svetoka. She was a retired employee of J.C. Penney Co., Eastland Mall, and a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Stephen Smith; her second husband, Stephen J. Musinsky; and a daughter, Emily Mae Hrabak. She is survived by a son, Stephen Smith and his wife, Marlene, of North Huntingdon; a stepson, Gerald Musinsky; a stepdaughter, Anna Marie Blawas; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, B. Paul Svetoka of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Helen Michaels of Inverness, Fla.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.

Alice G. Novosielski
Arnold
Alice G. Novosielski, 79, of Arnold, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in the Vincentian DeMarillac Nursing Home, Pittsburgh. She was born in Carnegie, July 18, 1922, and had been a lifetime resident of the Arnold area. She was employed by the Internal Revenue Service, retiring as a clerical supervisor with 42 years of service. She was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She is survived by a sister, Helen Modzelewski of Princeton, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, John and Mary Kisska Gorczyca, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard S. ``Charlie'' Novosielski; and four sisters, Jane Begeny, Leone Wagner, Loretta Proch and Rose Filipowski. Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the RUSIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 1400 Fifth Ave., Arnold, where prayers of transfer will be said Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Christian Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary R.C. Church, New Kensington, with the Rev. Richard P. Karenbauer as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell.

Mary E. Novotny
Youngwood
Mary E. Novotny, 59, devoted mother, of Youngwood, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 30, 1941, in Calumet, a daughter of the late William G. Jr. and Esther (Mertz) Fultz. She had formerly been employed as a librarian for both the Gettysburg and Latrobe school districts. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, a graduate of Hurst High School and Clarion State University. A talented crafter, Mary had participated in many local craft shows. She was also an avid reader with a great love for books. She is survived by her husband, Stephen E. Novotny; two sons, Stephen E. Novotny III of Youngwood and Michael W. Novotny of Greensburg; two daughters, Kerry Silvis of Youngwood and Ellen N. and her husband, Christopher Root, of Annapolis, Md.; a granddaughter, Krista Mary Silvis; and a brother, William Fultz III and his wife, Katherine, of Mammoth. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, with the Rev. Blane L. Resko, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Trauger. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Greensburg-Hempfield Library, 237 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. The BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements.

Warren F. Rafferty
Youngwood
Warren F. Rafferty, 85, of Youngwood, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Pittsburgh. He was born Jan. 16, 1916, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late George W. and Sarah T. Wiedeman Rafferty. He was retired from the former Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton. He was a member of the Armbrust Wesleyan Church, Robertshaw Retirees Club, the Triple Teens and the senior citizens of the church and the church orchestra. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen E. Capar; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Doris Virginia Rafferty. Surviving are his wife, Millie E. Johnson Rafferty; two sons, Ronald W. Rafferty and his wife, Pauline, of Mercer and Thomas L. Rafferty and his wife, Nancy, of Greensburg; a daughter, Kathleen Pettit and her husband, Austin, of Panama City Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Stella Whitehead of Newport News, Va., Sarah Ullrich of Youngwood and Ardith McGinnis of Greensburg. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Glenn Rader officiating. Interment to follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

Louis J. Schultheis
Irwin
Louis J. Schultheis, 86, of Irwin, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1915, in Irwin, the son of the late William F. and Mary Klinkhamer Schultheis. He was a member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene. Prior to retirement, he was employed by U.S. Steel. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Gebert Schultheis; a son, Richard C. and his wife, Wiesia, of Leesburg, Fla.; a daughter, Judy Moss and her husband, David, of Irwin; seven grandchildren, Michael, Richard, Eric, Adam, Karl and Mark Schultheis and Kristin Valentine; and six great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, where service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Troxler officiating. Interment will follow in Long Run Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland Hospice or the Norwin Church of the Nazarene.

Norman A. Singer
Champion
Norman A. Singer, 56, of Champion, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in his home. He was born Feb. 19, 1945, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Albert L. and Sylvia M. Mottle Singer. He was a 1963 graduate of North Catholic High School. He was the owner and operator of Singer Construction Co. and Gold Hill Log Homes of Champion. He was also a co-owner of The Tree House in Jones Mills and the former owner and operator of the Singer Pattern Co. in Pittsburgh and Champion. He was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, and a former member of the Indian Creek Valley Lions Club. He was also active as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Cunningham Singer; three sons, Michael Singer and his wife, Sherry, of Kecksburg, Brian Singer and his wife, Traci, and Norman Singer, all of Champion; six grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Youngblut and her husband, Carl, of Redmond, Wash.; 12 nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and -nephews. Friends will be received at the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains R.C. Church, Donegal, with the Rev. John Harrold as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Saltlick Township.

June E. Smith
Jeannette
June E. Smith, 86, of Jeannette, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. She was born June 26, 1915, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Samuel and Jessie Bitz Smith. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the former Kmart store of Greensburg. June was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Ethel Smith Baker; and a brother, Clyde Smith. She is survived by a sister, Naomi Smeal of Jeannette; five nieces, Jeannine Arthur and husband, James, of Florida, Marlene Tinkey and husband, Edward, of Greensburg, June Thompson of Washington, Gloria Wellhoffer of Delmont and Joann Gibson and husband, Richard, of Greensburg; two nephews, Edward Smith of Philadelphia and Clyde Smith Jr. of Virginia; several great-nieces and -nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, beginning Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Daniel R. Defassio officiating. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township.

Albert B. "Bud" Travis
Irwin
Albert B. "Bud" Travis, 75, of Irwin, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in the Veterans Hospital, Oakland. He was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Albert H. and Sarah Catherine Brown Travis. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserve. He had also served as a chaplain's assistant at the Army Reserve Center, East Liberty. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth McDowell. He is survived by a brother, Robert K. Travis and his wife, Sandra, of Penn Hills; a niece; four nephews; and four great-nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Lanny Mellinger and Dr. R. Bruce Maxwell co-officiating. Place of interment will be announced.

Eleanor Wertz
Virginia
Eleanor Wertz, of Virginia, formerly of the Pittsburgh area, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001. She is survived by a daughter, Irene Friend Horne; a son, Roy R. Wertz; and brother, James Lemmon of Arizona. Private service was held.

Gertrude Anna Winter Wieland
Gertrude Anna Winter Wieland, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. Beloved wife of Edward C. Sr. Mother of Edward C. Jr., Dorothy ``Dee'' Carryer and Kathleen Jones. Sister of Robert and Raymond Winter and Theresa Gray. Also survived by five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the St. Susanna Church.

Charles Joseph Brown
Coraopolis
Charles Joseph Brown, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. Husband of Darlene Everett Brown; father of Bonnie Smith of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Donna Bridger of Leetsdale. Brother of Betty Ranallo of Pittsburgh and Julius Brown of Jacksonville, Fla. Aunt of Marie Mazur of Pittsburgh; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at ANTHONY J. SANVITO INC. FUNERAL HOME, 1316 Fourth Ave., Coraopolis, (family owned and operated since 1936), where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. 

Jessie M. (Starr) Cogley
Brentwood
Jessie M. (Starr) Cogley, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. Beloved wife of Wallace L. Cogley. Dear mother of Louise Ann Beirne and Eric L. Cogley. Daughter of the late Joseph and Ida May (Miller) Starr. Also survived by six grandchildren. Sister of Betty Lou Pickard, Joanne Sandstrom and James Starr Harrison. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at CIESLAK & TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, followed by a prayer service at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Alfred F. Daugherty
Esplen
Alfred F. Daugherty, 45, suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001. Loving husband of Donna Daugherty; father of Rachel Daugherty-Voshall (Neal) and Jackie "Pooh" Daugherty-Throop (Robert "B.J."); proud grandfather of Brittany, Dallas, Dylan and Neal Jr.; son of Nira and the late Daniel Daugherty. Al was honored to have served with the U.S. Marine Corps for over three years at Cherry Point, N.C. He also worked at Neville Chemical Company for over 20 years. Family to receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, (Family owned and operated since 1886) where funeral services will be held at noon Monday.

Valerie Lynn (Wichryk) Davare
South Park Township
On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, Valerie Lynn, of South Park Township. Beloved wife of Mark V. Davare; mother of Ashley N. Davare; daughter of Stephen and Kathryn (Kane) Wichryk of Sheraden; sister of Keith John Wichryk and Darlene Ann Wichryk; stepsister of Patricia Ann Biggs; daughter-in-law of Vincent A. Davare and the late Audrey R. (Percy) Davare. Valarie was employed as a business analyst with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Pittsburgh, Pa. for 29 1/2 years. Friends received Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the GRIFFITH MORTUARY INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Township, where services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Please make donations to the American Cancer Society, Pa. Division Inc., Southwest Region, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620. 

Charles E. 'Sonny' Harris
East Liberty
Charles E. "Sonny" Harris, 88, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001. Beloved friend and companion of Gloria Carroll of Penn Hills: devoted father of Doris Tyree of East Liberty, Serena Keith of East LIberty, Charles E. Keith of Penn Hills, Richard D. Keith of Penn Hills and Vincent Keith of Hinesville, Ga.; cherished grandmother of Gloria Keith, Rashee Keith and Dior Keith; also survived by a great-granddaughter, Brea Saunders; a great-grandson; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends who loved him dearly. Mr. Harris was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an excellent musician, composer, band leader and entertainer. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at KNEE FUNERAL HOME OF WILKINSBURG INC., 800 Center St., where services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Entombment in Smithfield East End Cemetery.

Martha Kaiser
West View
Martha Kaiser, 82, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Valley Care Masonic Home in Sewickley. SHe was born in Pittsburgh on Feb. 9, 1919, daughter of the late Adolph and Margaret (Beitler) Kaiser. In additon to her parents, Miss Kaiser was preceded in death by a brother David. Mis Kaiser is the sister-in-law of Linda Kaiser and aunt of Lauri and Erich Kaiser. Prior to her retirement, Martha was employed in the investment industry in sales. She was a member of the National Secretaries Association. Friends are invited to attend a service in the chapel at Allegheny County Memorial Park, Duncan Avenue, McCandless, at 10 a.m. Monday. ARRANGEMENTS BY SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., West View, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com.

Basil W. Katsafanas
Basil W. Katsafanas, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. Beloved husband of Patricia (Copetas) Katsafanas; father of Peter and JoAnn Katsafanas; grandfather of Jacob Basil Katsafanas. Brother of Georgia Mantis and Mary Christine Keller. Friends received in JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11 a.m. Trisagion Service Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Harold H. Kirsch
Ross
Harold H. Kirsch, 79, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born April 1, 1922, in Pittsburgh, son of Harold John and Frances Anna Mangold Kirsch. Mr. Kirsch was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served with Company I, 378th Infantry. He was a truck driver for Smith Transfer Co. from 1945 until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of Teamsters Local 249 since 1945. Member of West View United Methodist Church. Survived by his wife, Violet L. Mulvey Kirsch; two daughters, Frances A. Harbison of Cranberry and Gayle D. Kirsch of Bluffton S.C.; three sons, Gary E. Kirsch of Sharpsburg, Jeffry A. Kirsch of Ross and Tracy D. Kirsch of O'Hara; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross, www.brandtfuneralhome.com, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Kenneth Peters of West View United Methodist Church as officiant. Interment in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.

Melva E. Kleppner
Baden
Formerly of Aspinwall
Melva E. Kleppner, 86, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Mariner Health Care Center, Coraopolis. SHe was born in Coaldale, Pa., Feb. 4, 1915, daughter of the late Henry and Hannah Derr Kleppinger. She was a member of Aspinwall United Presbyterian Church, Aspinwall American Legion Auxilliary and the Ambridge Sportsman Club. Survived by two daughters, Mary Jane Arture and Ellen Tanski; five grandchildren, Michael Arture, Robert E. Kleppinger Jr., Craig Arture, Brian Kleppner and Susan Tanski; one great-grandchild, Cole Christopher Kleppner; two brothers, George and James Kleppinger; her dear friend and companion, Ted Kasper. Preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Kleppner; a son, Robert E. Kleppner Sr.; three brothers, Henry, William and Thomas Kleppinger; one sister, Mary Jane Heisler. Friends received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at WORRELL FUNERAL HOME, corner of Main and Ninth Streets, Sharpsburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Mary Jane Fullerton as officiant. Interment in Allegheny Cemetery, Lawrenceville.

Dennis C. McDonough
Middlesex Township
Dennis C. McDonough Sr., 76, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oakland. He was born March 8, 1925, in Pittsburgh, son of John A. and Josephine Meslon McDonough. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, John McDonough. He was a proud Army veteran of World War II. Mr. McDonough was a wholesale tire salesman for Goodyear Tire Co. Member of VFW Mars Post #7505, American Legion Post #548, K of C #886 and John E. Maier Lodge #729 F.& A.M. Survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen (Shkuratoff) McDonough; father of Mary Lou Longshore of Fla., Joan Ann Wagner of Valencia, Dennis C. McDonough Jr. of Valencia, Josie E. Schoemaker of Renfew, William J. McDonough of Oregon, John McDonough of Butler, Michael F. McDonough of N.Y., Deborah H. Lewis of Butler, Robert P. McDonough of Fombell and Christine A. Cherry of Valencia. Brother of Frank McDonough and Bill McDonough of Pittsburgh and Joe McDonough of Calif., Mary Ellen Walsh, Lois Sperl and Josephine Snyder of Pittsburgh. Also survived by 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Sepulcher Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Father John P. Maloney as celebrant. Interment in Butler Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Marguerite R.C. (Shafer) Meising
Beaver Falls
Marguerite R.C. (Shafer) Meising, born Nov. 16, 1916, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001. Beloved wife of Paul Meising. Daughter of Jane and Ulmus Shafer. Sister of Donald W. Shafer. Survived by niece Khristan Shafer, nephew Don Shafer and their families; cousin Nancy Reynolds and family; and sister-in-law Charlotte Shafer. Special gratitude to Don and Jean Corl for their years of friendship, her friends from camp and the staff at Beaver Valley Nursing Center. Marge will be missed by all whose lives she touched and welcomed by Paul, who has been waiting for her. Arrangements by CAMPBELLS FUNERAL HOME, 1326 Eighth Ave., Beaver Falls.

Emily M. (Sommer) Scherer
Whitehall
Emily M. (Sommer) Scherer, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001. Beloved wife of William F. Scherer. Mother of Linda, Audrey (Joseph) Bowser, Mary and Amy Scherer. Sister of John and Robert Sommer, Rita Reh and William Sommer. Friends received in the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Prayer Monday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church at 10 a.m.

Sister Catherine Seton Sweeney
Greensburg
Sister Catherine Seton Sweeney, 80, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, in the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, Seton Hill, Greensburg. She was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Pittsburgh, the eldest daughter of the late Raymond D. and Helen (Henninger) Sweeney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Harney and Helen Mangan. She is survived by an aunt, Sister Mary Gabriel Henninger, S.S.M. of St. Louis, Mo.; a niece; and four nephews. Sister Catherine Seton entered the Sisters of Charity March 25, 1940, from Resurrection Parish, Brookline. She earned her B.S. in nursing education and her M.Ed. from Duquesne University in 1952 and 1959. Sister Catherine Seton graduated from the Pittsburgh Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and began her long tenure there. She served as a registered nurse, clinical instructor, medical-surgical and operating room supervisor, assistant director of nursing service and assistant director of in-service education. Later, she served as a medical records technician. In 1973, the hospital recognized her 25 years of service. Following retirement in 1987, Sister Catherine Seton provided nursing consultant services at Elizabeth Seton Center and the Stephen Foster Center. There, she initiated caregivers support groups which met monthly to help caregivers solve problems encountered in caring for frail elderly persons at home. A prize-winning painter and avid photographer, Sister Catherine Seton also belonged to the Sisters Choir, St. Paul Cathedral Choir and the Oasis Chorus. For many years she was active on the Sisters of Charity Vocation Awareness Committee. Friends will be received Sunday and Monday from 1:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Caritas Christi, 459 Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Assumption, Caritas Christi. Interment, Sisters' Cemetery, Seton Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, DePaul Center, 463 Mt. Thor Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Frederick William Blair
Frederick William Blair, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. Loving husband of Blanche Till Blair; father of Mark Blair of Denair, Calif., Tory Fisher, Lark Blasi, Bridget Blair of Atlanta, Anna Fording and David Blair. Grandfather of Justin and Evan Blair, J.D. and Drew Fisher, Jenny, Elizabeth, Patrick, Stephen and Christina Blasi, Danielle, Leslie and Natalie Fording and Zachary and Matthew Blair. Mr. Blair founded the Frederick Blair Company in 1950 and was recognized as Pittsburgh's premier authority on fine lighting until his retirement. Mr. Blair took great pleasure in his work and countless homes and businesses in Pittsburgh and around the country bear witness to the enduring quality and excellence of his work. His greatest pleasure, however, was to be in the company of his family. He will be lovingly remembered for his keen intellect, disarming sense of humor, generosity of spirit and his love for the pursuit of beauty. Friends received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Vincentian de Marillac Nursing Home, 5300 Stanton Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206.


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