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, 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, 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
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, 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, 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,
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
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,
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.