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BUDDY BRYAN 

Buddy Bryan, 83, formerly of Irwin, a longtime resident of El Paso, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, in El Paso. He was born March 14, 1916, in Ford City, a son of the late Saad and Elizabeth (Aziz) Bryan. He was a self-employed businessman. Mr. Bryan was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and a member of the El Maida Shrine and Shidle Lodge #601 F&AM. He was a graduate of Ford City High School. He was a worker with Westinghouse Air Brake and a Las Cruces businessman, prior to retirement. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary (Beter) Bryan; a daughter, Barbara Whittenton and husband, Jesse, of Santa Teresa, N.M.; a son, Robert Bryan and wife, Eileen, of Morristown, N.J.; grandchildren, Kimberly Wilkie, Michelle Evans, and Cameron Bryan; a great-grandson, Robert J. Wilkie; former son-in-law, Charles Evans of El Paso, Texas; a brother, James Bryan of Dearborn, Mich.; a sister, Rose Krall of West Mifflin; several nieces and nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. with Trisagion services at 8 p.m. Service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Greensburg with Father John Nosal officiating. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Michael's Orthodox Church. 

FRANK A. CIPRA 

Frank A. Cipra, 81, of Irwin RD1 (Lowber Road), died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his home. He was born June 17, 1918, in Hahntown, a son of the late Frank A. and Josephine (Zarobsky) Cipra. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a plumber and steam fitter, and was a member of the Plumber and Steam Fitters Union Local #354, with 50 years of service. He was also the owner and operator of the Cipra Dairy Farm, Sewickley Township, for 40 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy Seabees. His memberships included: the Czechoslovakian Society of America and the American Legion, Hahntown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Gloria L. (Mosso) Cipra, in 1992; two sisters, Olga Brown and Mary Jane Johns; and two brothers, Alfred and Gordon Cipra. Mr. Cipra is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Iwinski and her husband, James, of Pahrump, Nev., Laurel Scott and her husband, Norbert, of Glen Burnie, Md., Denise Basara and her husband, Nicholas, of Herminie, and Kimberly Leone and her husband, Guy, of Greensburg; a son, Frank G. Cipra, at home; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alvin Cipra of Irwin and Roland Cipra of New Smyrna Beach , Fla.; a sister, Erna Sensenich of Irwin; three nieces; and his special companion, ``Raven,'' a black Labrador Retriever, who rode along with Frank daily. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with pastor Chuck Hildbold officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. 

GEORGE DRAGHI 

George Draghi, 62, of Export, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. Born Feb. 4, 1937, in Export, a son of the late Antonio and Amelie Callauid Draghi. He was a member of the Italian American Club, Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Peonoske. Surviving are a son, Michael of Greensburg; three brothers, Aldo of Slickville, Anthony and wife, Linda, of Delmont, and Eugene of Export; four sisters, Mary, and Yvonne Stimmell and husband, Sam, all of Export, Frances Mattie of Delmont, and Lorraine of Youngwood; and a grandson, Nicholas. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Export, with the Rev. Dismas Young as celebrant. Interment Grandview Cemetery, Export. 

VINCENT FOLDVARY

Vincent Foldvary, 79, of North Versailles, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999. He was born April 10, 1920, in Czechoslovakia. He is survived by his wife, Elvira Lux Foldvary; three daughters, Eva Mediate of Irwin, Annamarie Tyburski of North Huntingdon, and Julia Russo of Robinson Township; two grandchildren; and a sister, Magda Lelovish. A private memorial service was held at the Christian Life Church, Trafford. Arrangements by the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, East McKeesport.

LEO T. KARG 

Leo T. Karg, 95, of West Mifflin, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. Father of Vicki Plues, James, Thomas, and Eugene. Brother of Marie Hilgeman and Eileen Nasky. Also, 23 grand- and great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLERS', 600 Market St., McKeesport, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Perpetua Church. Interment will follow. 

JOSEPH A. KONCHAK

Joseph A. Konchak, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born April 5, 1925, in Wall, a son of the late Stephen and Mary Kralovic Konchak. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad/McKeesport Connecting Railroad as an electrician. He was a member of St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Karasinski and Helen Bonczewski. He is survived by his wife, Adelaide Cervo Konchak; two daughters, Bernadette Alba of Winter Springs, Fla., and Elizabeth Campbell of North Huntingdon; three brothers, Anthony of Turtle Creek, Frank of Wall and Steve Konchak of North Huntingdon; four sisters, Sister Mary Sophia of Coraopolis, Mary Caso of Brooklyn, N.Y., Agnes Sigler of Elizabeth Township, and Margaret Olczewski of Avalon; and five grandchildren. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western PA, 555 Grant St., Suite 425, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

JOSEPH A. MALAGO 

Joseph A. Malago, 52, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Uniontown, a son of the late Albert E. Sr. and Agnes M. Brajdic Malago. He was retired from Hempfield Foundries. He was a member of St. Bruno Church and the American Legion Post 981 of South Greensburg. Survived by two children, Joseph Malago and Chrissy Malago, both of Greenville, S.C.; three brothers, Albert Malago Jr. and wife, Janet, of Manor, Ron Malago of Crabtree, and Richard Malago of Canfield, Ohio; a sister, Elizabeth ``Dolly'' Baca and husband, Santo, of Crabtree; a special friend, Sandy Rangler of Jeannette; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com, Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Father Blane Resko, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Greensburg. The family requests no flowers. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director. 

SALLY ONDULICK 

Sally Ondulick, 61, of Webster, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at the home of her sister. Born in Yukon, May 15, 1938, a daughter of the late John D. and Kathryn Dermota Gregory. Mrs. Ondulick was employed as a cook at the Belle Vernon Kmart restaurant. Mrs. Ondulick was also a member of the Rostraver Fire Dept. #1 (Webster) Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dean C. ``Dino'' Ondulick. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. John (Betty) Reho of Belle Vernon; a brother, John ``Jack'' Gregory of Webster; several nieces and nephews; and two aunts, Frances Kodrin and Mary Fabian, both of Yukon. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., 1209 Grand Boulevard, Monessen. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at West Newton Cemetery. 

NICK SPINO 

Nick Spino, 77, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at home. He was born May 6, 1922, in Greensburg, a son of the late Angelo Spino and Philimeno Fortana Spino Pardi. He was retired from the Elliott Co. with over 35 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army; a member of the Moose, VFW Post 33 and American Legion Post 981. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Trout Spino; his stepfather, Justin Pardi; two stepsons, John and Thomas Poole; and three brothers, John, Ralph, and Matthew Spino. Survived by a stepdaughter, Judy Stalnaker of Greensburg; a stepson, Donald Poole; two sisters, Elizabeth Felice of Burlington, N.J., and Victoria Spino of Greensburg; a brother, Justin Pardi and wife, Rose, of Latrobe; 10 grandchildren, David, Thomas, and Cassandra Poole, Brenda Rekouche, Robert ``Willie'', Tim, and Joe Williams, Nikki Hughes, Chris Johnson, and Donna Stairs, and their families; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Corkey and cat, Purr Purr. Relatives and friends will be received at the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. He was a great man who thought more of his family than himself and who will be sadly missed by all. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director. 

DANIEL JOSEPH TERES 

Daniel Joseph Teres, 50, of Smithton (South Huntingdon Township), died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1949, in McKeesport, a son of the late Donald and Josephine Stih Teres. Along with his wife, he was the owner of C&D Construction and Trucking Company. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Army. Also, he was a member of the American Legion in Smithton and VFW Post 7812 in West Newton, and an avid race car fan. He is survived by his loving wife, Christine Anderson Teres; a daughter, Heather Teres Schmidt and her husband, Arnie, and a granddaughter, Courtney, of Greensburg; a daughter, Stacy Lynn Teres of Virginia; a brother, David John Teres and his wife, Elsa, of Saltsburg; a sister, Deborah Jo DeClaudio and her husband, Brian, of Sutersville; and numerous aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the RICHARD F. DODSON FUNERAL HOME, 213 Main St., West Newton, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Sukolsky officiating. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery. 

AGNES M. (KOTO) VRABEL 

Agnes M. (Koto) Vrabel, 81, of Munhall, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. Wife of John; mother of Dennis of Munhall and Gerard ``Jerry'' of Pittsburgh; sister of Ann Mandzak of Whitaker and Joseph Koto of Pittsburgh, and the late Mary Kushner, Helen Florian, Betty Zapf, and John and Mickey Koto. Friends received at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Liturgy Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Cathedral, Munhall. 

SAMUEL J. BENISH 

Samuel J. Benish, 92, of Irwin, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999. He was born Jan. 7, 1907, in Biddle, Pa. (North Huntingdon Township), a son of the late Sam and Catherine (Bright) Benish. He was an inspector for WABCO (Westinghouse Air Brake), Wilmerding, retiring in 1970. He was a member of Shafton V.F.D., Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, Manor American Legion Post 472, and served in the U.S. Army, 11th Armored Division, during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose (Brivec) Benish, on Dec. 24, 1973; two brothers, Thomas and Peter Benish; and a sister, Agnes Benish. Survived by a son, Charles M. and wife, Shirley Benish, of Irwin; two grandchildren, Charles Mark Benish of Herminie and Kelly Heffner of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Mark Benish of Irwin; and a sister, Katherine Plues of Irwin. Friends were received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. A blessing service will be held Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Immaculate Conception Cemetery. 

JULIA J. (WROBLEWSKI) BERIS 

Julia J. (Wroblewski) Beris, of Chalfant, age 87, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. Wife of the late John Beris; sister of Evelyn Hardek of Florida, Cecelia Zahorchak of Delmont, Lucy Miller of Fox Chapel, the late Adam Wroblewski, and the late Amelia Zahorchak. Also many nieces and nephews. Friends received 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. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Maurice Church, Tuesday at 10 a.m. 

BRONWEN E. BRANTHOOVER

Bronwen E. ``Bonnie'' Branthoover, 78, of Export RD8, (Washington Township), died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, in the Beverly Health Care/Murrysville nursing home. Born February 22, 1921, in Johnstown, she graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1943, and was employed as the Washington Township School District's first supervisor of music. She was a member of the Poke Run Presbyterian Church in Mamont and, for a number of years, was the church organist and choir director. For many years, she taught private piano lessons in her home, and often served as organist for several other area churches. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert M. Branthoover; four children: Cindy Branthoover of Miami, Fla., Jeff Branthoover of Export RD2, Marianne Kapustik and her husband, Jim, of Vandergrift, and Gary R. Branthoover of Delmont; and two granddaughters, Kristen and Heather Magee of Vandergrift. Funeral arrangements are private. Should friends desire, memorial remembrances may be made in Mrs. Branthoover's name to a charity of choice. JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, in charge of arrangements. 

EDWARD R. BRINER 

Edward R. Briner, D.M.D., age 73, died at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. A son of Clarence and Ada Polchinski Briner. He was born in Kecksburg on Sept. 19, 1926. After attending public school in Mt. Pleasant Township, he attended St. Vincent College, and was then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry in 1952. During World War II he served in the Philippines with the Army Medical Corps. He was a member of the Acme United Methodist Church. Also, he was a member of the Marion Lodge #562 of Scottdale, Valley of Pittsburgh Consistory and Syria Temple. He practiced dentistry in Norvelt for nine years, in Mt. Pleasant for 19 years, and Acme for 13 years, before retiring in 1994. Dr. Briner served on the Mt. Pleasant Township School Board during the era when the jointure with Mt. Pleasant Borough was taking place, and was board president when the present high school was built. He was very active in ham radio, being licensed as WA3TVG in 1974. For many years, he served as a director, treasurer, then president, and finally, for 21 years, as the newsletter editor for the Medical Amateur Radio Council, an organization of health professionals who are ham radio operators. In 1995, he was awarded a special achievement award at the Dayton Hamfest, the largest gathering of ham radio operators in the world. He was instrumental in the formation of a local ham club, the Laurel Highlands VHF Society. Dr. Briner made several trips to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with the Flying Dentists to do philanthropic dentistry for the indigent people residing there. He was an enthusiastic computer operator, having gotten his first in 1977, and at his passing, had been an operator of eight different computers, upgrading each time a newer model was introduced. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Hoke Briner, to whom he was married 49 years; daughters, Pamela Yothers and her husband, Dr. Mark Yothers, Dr. Patricia Briner and her husband, Bruce Shaffer; grandchildren, Jonathan Yothers, Nathaniel Shaffer and Erin Shaffer; a sister, Martha Paunovich of Kecksburg; and a brother, Clarence H. Briner Jr. of Ashville, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Vivian Bish. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, and from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, with services to be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with pastors Terry Trudgen and Paul Morris co-officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 444, Mt. Morris, IL 61054-0444. Entombment will follow in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #446 of Mt. Pleasant. The Marion Lodge #562 will hold their service in the funeral home Monday at 7:30 p.m. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director. 

WILLIAM F. CALDWELL 

William F. ``Popeye'' Caldwell, 81, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at home. He was born June 13, 1918, in Hempfield Township, a son of the late Albert and Anna Eisaman Caldwell. He was a retired employee of Union Railroad. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Jane Smith in 1982; six brothers, Walter, Richard, Robert, James, Carl and Wayne Caldwell; and two sisters, Isabelle Caldwell and Olive Roygor. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Jane Lentz Caldwell; a son, Charles W. Caldwell of Georgia; two grandchildren, Charles W. Smith and Shara E. Smith; a sister, Sara Bollinger of Charleston, W.Va.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Baer officiating. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. 

KATHLEEN LYNN COFFMAN

Kathleen Lynn Coffman, 52, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999. Friends were received Sunday in the FRANK R. ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 627 Smithfield St., Mt. Pleasant. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. George Hickok officiating. Interment will be private.

JAMES HARROLD ESSON 

A memorial service for James Harrold Esson, late of Las Vegas, Nev., will be held at the Heritage United Methodist Church, on the Diamond, Ligonier, Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. 

KENNETH E. HILL 

Kenneth E. Hill, 87, of Greensburg RD2, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 14, 1912, in Vandergrift, a son of the late John A. and Maggie George Hill. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the Peoples Natural Gas Company in Greensburg for 26 years. He was a member of the South Greensburg United Methodist Church; Philanthropy Lodge No. 225 F&AM in Greensburg and the P.E.O.N.Y. Masonic Order. He had been a certified instructor in First Aid for the American Red Cross, and was a member of the Midway-St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Edna Bee Hill; two daughters, Betty and Shirley Hill; three brothers, James, Charles and Robert Hill; and two sisters, Leone Speedy and Edna Hallman. He is survived by a son, Arthur B. Hill of Greensburg RD2; three daughters, Susan Ivory and her husband, Frank, of Greensburg RD2, Arleen Hawk and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg and Karen Jane Hill of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gertrude Garrett of Flint, Mich. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Members of Philanthropy Lodge No. 225 F&AM and Westmoreland Lodge No. 518 F&AM will meet at the funeral home Monday at 7 p.m. to hold Masonic Services. Should friends desire, memorials may be placed with one's favorite charity. 

EMAJANE S. KEMERER 

Emajane S. Kemerer, 71, of Greensburg, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. She was born in Penn Township on July 24, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Alice Scott Altman. She was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in Export, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 281 of Greensburg. She is survived by her loving husband, L. Wayne Kemerer; three daughters, Debbie Lattus and husband Gregory of Lovettsville Va., Becki Rosborough and husband Raymond of Greensburg, and Robin Fontana of Sevierville, Tenn.; two granddaughters; six grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Henrietta Cline of Harrison City. 
"Mom, we will always remember your beauty and your kind and gentle heart. You filled our lives with joy. We love you. Until we meet again. Love, Debbie, Becki and Robin." 
Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday in the funeral home at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edwin J. Fromm officiating. Interment will follow in the Emmanuel Church Cemetery in Export. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to either the Westmoreland Hospice; American Cancer Society; or the Emmanuel Reformed Church, P.O. Box 426 Export, PA 15632. 

BRUCE M. MILLER 

Bruce M. Miller, 75, of Jeannette, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Born June 18, 1924, in Meyersdale, a son of the late Bruce E. Miller and Nettie Maust Miller Barnett. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an inspector by the Robertshaw Control Corp., with 45 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jeannette, an usher, a member of the administrative board of the church, and the Council of Ministries. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the 14th Air Corps as a member of the Flying Tigers. He was a member of Jeannette Post 344 of the American Legion, the Robertshaw Retirees Club, the Robertshaw Union Local 1163, where he served as secretary for 11 years, and the CBI Roof Garden Basha, and was a graduate of Somerset High School. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rosalyn Ferguson Miller; two sons, Bruce R. Miller of Greensburg RD6 and Allan P. Miller and wife, Carol, of New Stanton; a stepbrother, Albert Barnett and wife, Helen, of Greensburg; a half-sister, Mrs. Margaret Romsberg and husband, Calvin, of Fairfax, Va.; a stepsister, Mrs. Loraine Blant and husband, Bernard, of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Ferguson of West Newton and Ruth Ferguson of Acme RD; six grandchildren, Jessica, Tiffany and Dawn Miller of Jeannette RD, Tara Miller of New Stanton, and Brian and Lynnette Brezina, also of New Stanton. Friends were received in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Sunday from noon to 1 p.m., and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Jeannette, with the Rev. Dale W. Roddy officiating. Interment with full military rites accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans Association will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. 

ELAINE V. (SAPP) POMPOSELLI

Elaine V. (Sapp) Pomposelli, 70, of Wilmerding. After much courage, Elaine died peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999. A daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Velchanski) Sapp. Beloved wife of Dominick C. ``Coochie'' Pomposelli. Dear mother of Jerry (Tina) and Joseph (LouAnn) Pomposelli; stepmother of Angelo (Kathy) Pomposelli; grandmother of J.D., Eric, Kasey, Angelo (Nadine), Patrick and Michael (Becky) Pomposelli, and Susan (Tim) Angotti. Great-grandmother of Nicole and Daniel Angotti, and Dominic and Gina Pomposelli; sister of Bernadean (Albert) Ralph, and Robert (Rita) Sapp. Also nieces and nephews. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services in the funeral home Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass in St. Jude the Apostle Church at 10 a.m. 

BEVERLY SOHN RECKARD 

Beverly Sohn Reckard, 72, of McCandless Township, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at her residence. She was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Harmony. She was a marketing researcher. She is survived by her husband, Robert H. Reckard; three daughters, Elaine Lenyo of Lancaster, Marilyn Oliver of Houston, Texas, and Robin Reckard of Grand Prairie, Texas; two sons, Jeffrey Reckard of McCandless Township, and Roger Reckard of Mercer; and two sisters, Billie Brizendine of Zelienople, and Phyllis Novotny of Charlottesville, Va. Visitation was Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Northmont Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh. Interment in Mt. Royal Cemetery. 

MADELYN B. ROBINSON 

Madelyn B. Robinson, 86, of Connellsville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Mt. St. Macrina North Union Township, near Uniontown. Friends will be received at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a blessing service will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Rita Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Frank Lesniowski as celebrant. Committal service and interment will follow in St. Rita's Cemetery. A parish wake service will be held Monday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations to the Carnegie Free Library, Connellsville. 

CORA ADA ROSS

Cora Ada Ross, 95, of Derry, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, in Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born Oct. 27, 1903, in Robinson, a daughter of the late John F. and Olive Viola Bowers Moore. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Derry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis N. Ross Sr. on June 29, 1960; two brothers, Wilbert and Everett Moore; and two sisters, Clara Hall and Viola Goffner. She is survived by two sons, Paul F. and his wife Jean Ross of Whispering Pines, North Carolina, and Lewis N. and his wife Ann Ross of Mentor, Ohio; a brother, Roy S. Moore of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and a sister, Mary Yeager of Latrobe; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David D. Wilson Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery, Derry.

EDITH G. SCARCELLA ROSSO 

Edith G. Scarcella Rosso, 86, of North Huntingdon, died Friday Nov. 12, 1999, in Alexandria, Va. She was born Jan. 15, 1913, in Herminie, a daughter of the late Alfred and Frances Mangan Scarcella. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo ``Scratch'' Rosso, in 1994; a brother, James Scarcella; and three sisters, Rose Brenna, Angeline Arrotti and Jennie Mistro. Surviving are three daughters, Sylvia Matthews of Springfield Va., Karen Wykle and Sandy Rosso Cooper, both of Alexandria, Va.; three grandchildren; a brother, Anthony Scarcella of California; and four sisters, Josephine Fischetti of Florida, Mary Gross and Margaret Kimberly, both of North Huntingdon, and Carmae Evansek of Herminie. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Memorials may be made to the Northern Virginia Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 501, Falls Church, VA 22042 

FATHER EDWARD C. TAJC 

Father Edward C. Tajc, 72, a retired priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, in the St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Born in West Leisenring, Fayette County, on Oct. 11, 1927, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Anna Skurnick Tajc. A graduate of Dunbar Township High School, he held a degree from St. Mary College, St. Mary, Ky., and was a graduate of St. Francis Seminary, Loretto. He also served in the U.S. Army. Father Tajc was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William G. Connare on May 10, 1969, at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Following ordination, he was assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Church, Uniontown, and subsequently moved to St. Rita Church, Connellsville. He received his first pastorate at St. Hedwig, Smock, in 1976; moved to St. Mary of the Assumption, Brownsville, in 1980; and to Holy Trinity, Ford City, in 1990. In 1996, he was assigned as pastor of All Saints, Masontown, and in 1997, he became pastor of St. Raymond of the Mountains, Donegal. Father Tajc retired on June 30, 1999, for health reasons. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Albert Gallatin Council 1275, and a social member of the West Leisenring Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Andrew, Paul, George ``Wally Gingers'' Tajc; and two sisters, Elizabeth Zavatchan and Margaret Steinkrauss. Surviving are two brothers, John Tajc and wife, Victoria, of Levittown and Frank Teich and wife, Barbara of Weymouth, Mass.; numerous special nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews; a brother-in-law, Francis Steinkrauss of Weymouth, Mass; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Tajc of West Leisenring and Irene Connelly of Braintree, Mass. 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 HAKY FUNERAL HOMES INC., 139 W. Fayette St., Uniontown. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Uniontown, with Greensburg Bishop Anthony G. Bosco as main celebrant. Interment St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Brookvale, where military honors will be accorded by AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood. The K. of C. Albert Gallatin Council 1275 will pay tribute in honor of Father Tajc Monday at 7 p.m. Father Tajc will be remembered by his family as a humble, caring pastor with a special gift of listening and making each member of his congregation feel important. He was a ``regular guy'' who helped bring the people of Fayette and Armstrong counties closer to God. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, St. Joseph's Center, 2900 Seminary Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. 

MARY JO ZIMMERMAN

Mary Jo Zimmerman, 77, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born March 24, 1922, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late James E. and Verdi Stump Zimmerman. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Larimer. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed by General Tire and Rubber in Jeannette. She was a 1941 graduate of Greensburg High School. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Willis and James Zimmerman; and three sisters, Eleanor Beam, Mabel Baker and Helen Sutton. She is survived by three sisters, Agnes Seanor and Eileen Zimmerman, both of Greensburg, and Loujean Patrick of California; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Claudia Papenmeier officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.


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