Miscellaneous Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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Nancy J. Wandless
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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 interment private.

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
McCandless
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
Lawrenceville
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
Latrobe
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
Springdale Township
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 of choice.

Anna M. Fronek
Connellsville
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
Ross
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
Robinson Township
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.
McKees Rocks
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
Morningside
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 later.

Ferne E. Pritts
Mt. Pleasant
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 home.

Leona M. (Klassen) Scally
McKeesport
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
Mt. Lebanon
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, Hempfield Township.

Evelyn C. Sommer
Avalon
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
Wilmerding
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 a.m.

Joseph John Volpe
Ross
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
Latrobe
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.


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