|Nancy J. Wandless
Nancy J. Wandless, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. Daughter of the
late Robert V. and Elizabeth C. Wandless; sister of the late Sally and
Robert B. Wandless; cherished friend of Betty Kemerer and Cheryl Shiey.
Friends received Tuesday Only 7 to 9 p.m. in the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH
CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Service and
Betty Lilley Beal
Wooddale, Bullskin Township
Betty Lilley Beal, 60, of Wooddale, Bullskin Township, passed away
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, in her home. Friends will be received Tuesday
from noon to 9 p.m. at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St.,
Connellsville, where service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the
Rev. Evelyn Stillwagon officiating. Committal and interment will follow
in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.
Anthony Andrew Beleski
Anthony Andrew Beleski, age 85, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. Beloved
husband of Jean (Schomburg) Beleski; loving father of Daniel Beleski, and
Debra Beleski Brown and her husband Emmett Brown II of Stamford, Conn.;
brother of Joseph Beleski, Helen Kopp and George Dereskavich. He was predeceased
by a brother, Enoch Beleski, and two sisters, Anna Batcha and Adele Webber.
Anthony was born in Dubois and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal
Corps during World War II. He worked in manufacturing for over 40 years,
retiring as a quality control supervisor for Russell, Burdsall and Ward
Company in Coraopolis. Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
in the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, McCandless.
Funeral services Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial
donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Anna K. Lotz Brubaker
Formerly of Duncansville and Hollidaysburg
Anna K. Lotz Brubaker, 92, formerly of Duncansville and Hollidaysburg,
died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in the Hempfield Manor Nursing Center, Greensburg.
She was born April 21, 1909, in Claysburg, a daughter of the late John
H. and Alice (Isenberg) Brumbaugh. She was twice married, first to Harold
M. Lotz and then to Elmer J. Brubaker, both of whom preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren. She formerly
worked as a matron at the Allegheny Lutheran Home, Hollidaysburg, and was
a 1927 graduate of Morrisons Cove Vocational High School. She was a former
member of Christian Business and Professional Women's Club of Altoona.
She is survived by a son, John G. Lotz and wife, Barbara, of Greensburg;
a stepson, Dwight Brubaker and wife, JoAnne, of California; two stepdaughters,
Lois Bottomfield and husband, Joe, of Duncansville and Velma Mae Estep
and husband, Ron, of Altoona; three grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Cora
Mae; and four brothers, Walter, Floyd, Ralph and Fred. Friends will be
received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SORGE FUNERAL HOME,
422 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, where service will be held Wednesday
at 11 a.m. with Pastor Wayne Rhodes and Pastor Stephen Furches. Interment
at Carson Valley Cemetery, Blair County.
Irene H. Bujak
Irene H. Bujak, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2001. Sister of John and Richard
F.; daughter of the late John and Helen Bujak; aunt of Linda Vietmeier
and Sharon Bujak. Friends received in the JOHN F. MURRAY FUNERAL HOME INC.,
Butler at 52nd Street, Lawrenceville. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthew
Parish in St. Kieran Church Tuesday at 10 a.m. Visitation Monday only from
2 to 9 p.m.
Mary Dorothy DeGlau
Mary Dorothy DeGlau, 90, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001,
at Beacon Ridge, Indiana, Pa. She was born Sept. 25, 1911, in Latrobe,
a daughter of the late Frank and Mary C. (McSteen) Butz. In addition to
her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, August DeGlau; and
a brother, Emmett Butz. She is survived by a son, Ronald DeGlau of Greensburg;
two daughters, Arlene Steel of Greensburg and Dorothy Fink and her husband,
James, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Ronald DeGlau of Latrobe, Keith
DeGlau of Latrobe, Tricia Ford of Pittsburgh, John Steel of Greensburg,
Julie Winewan of Carlisle, Lt. Col. Victor Fink of Sierra Vista, Ariz.,
and Laura Lachman of Blairsville; and 18 great-grandchildren. There was
no public visitation. Services were private and interment was held in Allegheny
Cemetery, Pittsburgh. The JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon
St., Latrobe, was in charge of arrangements.
Daniel J. Dodson
Formerly of Plum
Daniel J. Dodson, 38, of Springdale Township, formerly of Plum, died
Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, while in Holland. Beloved son of Edward J. and Francine
(Borland) Dodson. Dear brother of Jodi L. Dodson and Stacey A. Stewart;
uncle of Ashley, Kaitlin, Elxis and Emily. Dan was part-owner of Break
-N- Eat. Friends may call at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME INC., 421 Allegheny
Ave., Oakmont, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, where services
will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Family suggests memorials to a charity
Anna M. Fronek
Anna M. Fronek, 95, of Connellsville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24,
2001, in Uniontown Hospital. She was born Nov. 12, 1906, in Dunbar, a daughter
of the late John J. and Mary Dzvonik Hreha. Anna was a member of St. John's
Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers Society. Anna
was a homemaker for most of her life, but in her earlier years, she worked
for the Connellsville Silk Mill and the Whistle Bottling Co. She is survived
by a daughter, Dolores ``Dolly'' Sapanara of Connellsville; a daughter-in-law,
Loretta Fronek of Connellsville, with whom she resided for many years;
three grandchildren, William Sapanara and his wife, Linda, and Sharon Tajc
and her husband, Jim, all of Connellsville, and John Fronek III of Pittsburgh;
five great-grandchildren, Belinda Sapanara, Ryan Sapanara, Amanda Fronek,
Lara Bealko and her husband, Andy, and Jim Tajc; and a sister, Margaret
Alesantrino of Connellsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by her husband, John J. Fronek; a son, John ``Sonny'' Fronek;
and a sister, Mary Kocis. Friends were received Sunday at the VITO C. MARTUCCI
FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, where a blessing
service will be held today at 11:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at
noon in St. John's Evangelist R.C. Church with the Rev. John Butler as
celebrant. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery.
Anne M. (Mondelli) Hoover
Richland Township, Gibsonia
Formerly of Medford, N.J.
Anne M. (Mondelli) Hoover, 49, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. Anne was
born in Camden, N.J., on June 27, 1952. She was a consultant for Mary Kay
Cosmetics and a pharmacy technician for Walmart Corp. Beloved wife for
24 years to George C. Hoover; loving mother of Charles J. Hoover of Richland;
dear daughter of Salvatore and Dorothy Mondelli of Oaklyn, N.J. Sister
of John Mondelli of Nashville, Tenn. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME
LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com. Mass
of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Richard Catholic Church, Dickey
Road, Gibsonia. The Rev. Ken Oldenski will officiate. Interment in Mt.
Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Richard
Church Building Fund, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
Catherine M. Iseman
Catherine M. Iseman, 88, died in her residence on Friday, Nov. 23,
2001. She was born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 10, 1913, daughter of Joseph E.
and Edna Doelbor Davis. She was a homemaker. Survived by a daughter, Claudia
M. Tomaszewski of Pine Twp.; a son, Robert D. Iseman of Australia. Grandmother
of Robert, John and Daniel Tomaszewski; Laura A. Iseman and Juliet Fuller.
Great-grandmother of Shaun, Mark, David, John, Robyn, Daniel and Darin
Tomaszewski. Preceded in death by her husband, David A. Iseman Jr. Services
and interment private. Arrangements by T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry
Highway, Ross, www.devlinfuneralhome.com.
Agnes Kaszycki, 74, on Friday, Nov. 23, 2001. She was born June 2,
1927, in Sewickley. Beloved wife of the late Leo; loving mother of Karen
and her husband Richard Brooks. Friends may call in the MCDERMOTT FUNERAL
HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks (Family owned and operated
since 1886), www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday. Services to follow in the funeral home at 8:30 p.m.
Frank J. Keppel Sr.
Frank J. Keppel Sr., age 80, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. He was born
in McKees Rocks on Nov. 26, 1920. Beloved husband of the late Kathryn Keppel;
loving father of Kathleen (Harry) Plas and Frank (LuAnn) Keppel Jr.; dear
grandfather of Casandra (James), Danelle, Harry Jr. and Jonathan; brother
of Bertha Rolan. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
in the MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks (Family
owned and operated since 1886), www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com. Mass of Christian
Burial Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. John of God Parish, St. Mary's Church.
Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Paul (Paolo) Pietropaolo
Paul (Paolo) Pietropaolo, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. Mr. Pietropaolo
was an operating engineer for the Costa Construction Co. He was the beloved
husband of Donna Lee (Feola) Pietropaolo; father of Joseph Pietropaolo
of Shaler, Paul Pietropaolo Jr. of Monroeville and Anthony Pietropaolo
of Stanton Heights; brother of Maria Cugliari, Antonia Gullo, Antonio,
Domenic, Nick and Francesco Pietropaolo and the late Caterina Scolleri;
grandfather of Rebecca and Colin Pietropaolo. Celebrating Mr. Pietropaolo's
life with his family in the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg
Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler, Monday and Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass
of Christian Burial in St. Raphael Church, Morningside, Wednesday, time
Ferne E. Pritts
Ferne E. Pritts, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001,
in I.H.S. of Greater Pittsburgh, Mountain View. She was born July 21, 1915,
in Iron Bridge, Westmoreland County, a daughter of the late John H. and
Ellen ``Nellie'' Fry Pritts. Ferne was a 1934 graduate of the former East
Huntingdon Township High School, and of the Franklin School of Nursing,
Pittsburgh, in 1956, and then graduated with honors on Feb. 5, 1958, from
the Kate Estelle Koch Practical Nurse School of the Passavant Hospital
in Pittsburgh. She then worked for Passavant Hospital as a registered practical
nurse. Ferne was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Mt. Pleasant,
and the Order of Eastern Star 383, Scottdale. Ferne is survived by two
sisters, Esther Newlin and her husband, Herb, of Scottdale and Dorothy
Coffman of Mt. Pleasant; three brothers, William E. Pritts of Mt. Pleasant,
John B. Pritts of McMurray and Clarence G. Pritts of Scottdale; and several
nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death
by three sisters-in-law, Leona L. Pritts, Dorothy H. Pritts and Jean N.
Pritts; and a brother-in-law, James L. Coffman. Family and friends will
be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant,
where service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Ronald Pritts,
her nephew, officiating. A committal service and interment will follow
in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family
suggests donations to the First United Church of Christ, East Main and
Hitchman streets, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, in memory of Ferne. The Order
of Eastern Star 383 will conduct a service Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral
Leona M. (Klassen) Scally
Leona M. (Klassen) Scally, 79, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. Beloved
wife of Peter F. Scally; loving mother of Patricia L. Miller and the late
James J. Miller; grandmother of James Miller, Leone J. Miller, Honey A.
Morton and the late Damon Kirkland. Survived by eight great-grandchildren.
Sister of Jack Klassen, and the late Mary Truxel, Helen Judge, Robert and
Edward Klassen; sister-in-law of Ed and Harriet Tucker. Also survived by
several nieces and nephews. Friends received Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
in the JOHN L. QUINLAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 975 Airbrake Ave., Turtle Creek,
where a Blessing Service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Ann Sefchek, 85, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, in St.
Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Nov. 1, 1916, in Greensburg, a
daughter of the late Ignatius and Anna (Brenzovich) Yaczola. Prior to retirement,
Mrs. Sefchek spent her career in the nursing field, during which time she
received a U.S. patent. She also enjoyed still-life painting and did volunteer
work with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. In addition to her parents, she
was preceded in death by her husband, Steven M. Sefchek; and a brother,
Steven Yaczola. Mrs. Sefchek is survived by her son, Steven Sefchek of
Mt. Lebanon; five sisters, Helen Dally of Pittsburgh, Mary Ann Kaiser and
her husband Ervin of Phoenix, Ariz., Stella Grebner and her husband Lawrence
of Pittsburgh, Sophie Kreitz of Irwin, and Margaret Weber and her husband
Charles Jr. of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends
received in the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Wednesday
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday
at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Herminie, with the
Rev. Gregory Michalisin as celebrant. Interment will follow in Visitation
Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
Joan B. (Shellenbarger) Smetak
Vernon Hills, Ill.
Formerly of Irwin
Joan B. (Shellenbarger) Smetak, 73, of Vernon Hills, Ill., formerly
of Irwin, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, in Libertyville, Ill. She was born
April 4, 1928, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Herbert and Blanche
(Bates) Shellenbarger. She had been employed as a secretary by Robertshaw
Controls, and had retired from Signet Bank in Richmond, Va. She attended
Robert Morris Business School, Pittsburgh. Survivors include her husband,
George Smetak; a son, Edward Smetak of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Carol
Fijalkiewicz and husband, Joseph, of Mundelein, Ill.; her twin brother,
John Shellenbarger of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two grandsons, Michael and Matthew
Fijalkiewicz. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Service
will be held in the Rodgers funeral home chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. with
the Rev. Darlene Williams officiating. Interment, Brush Creek Cemetery,
Evelyn C. Sommer
Evelyn C. Sommer, age 84, died in her daughter's home in Ross on Sunday,
Nov. 25, 2001. She was born in Pittsburgh on April 28, 1917, daughter of
the late Nelson and Clara Duft. Mrs. Sommer was an Avon representative
for over 30 years. Survived by two daughters, Janice C. McSorley of Ross
and Carol A. Christy of Ohio. Grandmother of Martin, Frank, Kevin, Timothy
and Daniel McSorley, Kimberly Thoma, Susan Pallow and Jeanine and Gary
Christy. Also survived by 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by
her husband, Frank J. Sommer. Visitation Monday 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway,
Ross, www.devlinfuneralhome.com. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Teresa
of Avila Church, Ross, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary
Cemetery, Ross. Contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society
of St. Teresa Church.
Alice (Skinner) Sonovick
Alice (Skinner) Sonovick, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, age 81, of Wilmerding.
Daughter of the late Eugene Sr. and Mary (Wright) Skinner. Beloved wife
of Albert "Al" Sonovick; sister of the late Eugene Jr., Gaylord, Fred and
Paul Skinner and Evelyn Coon. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews
and by all who loved her. Friends received in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME
INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, on Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Pomen service in the funeral
home Monday at 8 p.m. Funeral services in the funeral home Tuesday at 11
Joseph John Volpe
Joseph John Volpe, 71, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. Beloved husband
of Anita T. (Manganaro) Volpe. Beloved father of Joseph M. Volpe and Debra
Ann Volpe, both of Ross. Brother of the late Rosemarie Cromer. Brother-in-law
of Constance and Raymond Samuels of Ross. Mr. Volpe was retired from Sears
Roebuck and Co., where he had been a sales and price analyst. Previously,
he had held similar positions with Levinson Steel, and Lockhart Iron and
Steel. He had served with the U.S. Navy and spent over 30 years in the
Naval Reserves. He had been a participant for many years in the retreats
at St. Paul's Monastery on the South Side. Friends invited Monday and Tuesday
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME, INC., A
Golden Rule Member Firm, 1014 California Ave., Avalon (North Boros). Mass
of Christian Burial Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Athanasius Church in West
View, where Mr. Volpe had been a member. Burial in Christ Our Redeemer
(North Side) Catholic Cemetery, Ross.
Mary Ann (Yandrick) Wallak
Mary Ann (Yandrick) Wallak, 45, of Latrobe RR1, died Sunday, Nov. 25,
2001, in her home. She was born Dec. 5, 1955, in Latrobe, a daughter of
Michael and Catherine (Klimchock) Yandrick of Hostetter. She was a member
of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney. In addition to her parents, she
is survived by her husband, Richard J. Wallak; her son, Joseph Andrew Wallak,
at home; four brothers, Michael and wife, Marty, of Hostetter, Jerome and
wife, Sherri, of Latrobe RD1, Kevin and wife, Pam, of Latrobe and Charles
Yandrick and fiancee, Nadine, of Hostetter; two sisters, Regina Stiver
and husband, Larry, of Raleigh, N.C., and Roberta Yandrick of Hostetter;
her mother-in-law, Eleanor Jean Wallak Paterchak and husband, Matthew,
of Latrobe RD3; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the GAUT-BACHA
FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, where a blessing service will be held
Wednesday at 9:20 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated in
St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Chad R.
Ficorilli, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will be private. The St. Cecilia
parish will meet Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in the funeral home to pray the rosary.