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Velma E. Ash
Acme
Velma E. Ash, 69, of Acme, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at her home. She was born March 1, 1932, in Saltlick Township, a daughter of the late Rudolph and Beulah Snyder Chearney. Velma was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Edward Chearney. She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Ash; four children, Betty Moore of Ruffsdale, Robert F. Ash and John Wayne Ash and his wife, Marian, all of Acme, and Brenda Ash of Ruffsdale; four grandchildren, Christian James Moore, Kelly Ann Moore, Ryan Todd Moore and Erica Marie Ash; four brothers, Homer Chearney and his wife, Alice, of Acme, Dale Chearney and his wife, Shirley, of Donegal, George Chearney and his wife, Wilda, and Herbert Chearney and his wife, Donna, all of Acme; and two sisters, Phyllis Mentzer and her husband, Pete, of the state of Virginia and Katherine Jones and her husband, James, of Pawley's Island, S.C. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be held Friday at the funeral home at a time to be announced.

William Blasco
Penn Hills
William Blasco, 75, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Husband of the late Mary Elizabeth (Manganaro) Blasco; father of Nina Carnahan, Mary E., William M. and Martin Blasco; brother of Pauline Naamy and Edward J. Blasco. Also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Blasco was a World War II Army veteran. Friends received Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. in the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Blessing Service Friday at 1:30 p.m. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills.

Madeline ``Liz'' Elizabeth (Kukurin) Dembec
Formerly of Wilmerding and Largo, Fla.
Madeline Elizabeth ``Liz'' (Kukurin) Dembec, 83, formerly of Wilmerding and Largo, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Riverside Nursing Home. She was born in Port Perry on Oct. 29, 1918, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Galuska) Kukurin. Mrs. Dembec was the former owner of the Stanley Dembec Funeral Home, Wilmerding, and former owner of Monroeville Beer Distributor. She was also a former member of St. Leocadia Church and its Rosary Society. Wife of the late Stanley ``Sam'' Dembec; mother of Sandy (Dembec) Keller of North Versailles; grandmother of Kim (Terry) Brennan and Kelly (Jos) Jarnot; sister of William and James Kukurin and Rose Grubbs, all of Monroeville, and the late Dorothy Bialon, Martha Walsh and John Kukurin. Visitation Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOME, 433 Greensburg Ave., East McKeesport. Funeral Mass Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Church, Wilmerding, with the Rev. Norbert Campbell as celebrant. Interment in New St. Joseph Cemetery.

Joseph R. Divosevic
McCandless
Joseph R. Divosevic, age 84, died in Wexford House on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. He was born in Pittsburgh on March 20, 1917, son of the late Frank and Henrietta Letz Divosevic. Mr. Divosevic was president of American Machine and Engineering Corp. and charter member of Oakmont Elks Lodge 1668. Survived by his wife, Margaret Biertempfel Divosevic; a son, J. Dennis Divosevic of Sewickley; two grandchildren, Deborah and Joseph D. Divosevic Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Calley, Cullen and Joey; two brothers, Anthony and Edward Divosevic; two sisters, Anna Safron and Kean Bechtold. Preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Steve Divosevic. Visitation Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross, www.devlinfuneralhome.com, where services will be Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in United Cemetery, Ross. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elks National Foundation.

Andrew Duplak
Jefferson Hills
Andrew Duplak, 93, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Jefferson Center Hospital, Jefferson Hills. He was born in Clairton on Dec. 24, 1907, son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Banyas Duplak. Mr. Duplak was a retired steelworker with U.S. Steel, Clairton Works. He was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, Elrama, and AARP Clairton Hill Chapter #2862. Husband of the late Katherine (Yaksick) Duplak. Survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, Elrama, with the Rev. Robert Kohuch as celebrant. Graveside services in Ascension Cemetery, Clairton.

Jean D. Kozer Gilpin
Tarrs
Jean D. Kozer Gilpin, 74, of Tarrs, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in the Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Gilpin was born July 10, 1927, in Tarrs, a daughter of the late Andy and Mary Bushta Kozer. She is survived by her loving family: her husband of 54 years, George W. Gilpin of Tarrs; two sons, Greg M. Gilpin of Mt. Pleasant and Bill P. Gilpin and his wife, Lisa, of Tarrs; a granddaughter, Amanda Gilpin; two brothers, Fred Kozer and his wife, Fay, of Hunker and Will Kozer and his wife, Audrey, of Laurelville; and a sister, Patricia McBeth and her husband, Ken, of Tarrs. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by a brother, Robert Kozer; and a sister, Helen McGinnis. Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at GALONE-CARUSO'S, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, where service will be held Friday at a time to be announced. Interment will be in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs.

Steve Harhai
Greensburg
Steve Harhai, 76, of Greensburg RD11, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in his home. He was born May 6, 1925, in Brinkerton, a son of the late Andrew and Nellie (Zatarach) Harhai. Prior to retirement, he was the owner of the former Youngwood Exxon station and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Andrew, John and Harry Harhai; and a sister, Mary Stracka. He is survived by five children, Stephen J. Harhai and wife, Kathy, of Denver, Colo., Carol A. Harhai and her husband, Richard Merichko, of Hunker, Donald A. Harhai of Palm Springs, Calif., Marilyn K. Harhai of Clarion and Nancy J. Harhai of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Timothy, Richard and Jessica Merichko and John and Kathryn Harhai; a sister, Anna Klaka and husband, Mike, of Greensburg RD2; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation or viewing. The family will receive friends Saturday at noon at the Youngwood V.F.W., 108 S. Fourth St., Youngwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to P.A.L., P.O. Box 311, New Stanton, PA 15672. Arrangements by the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity.

Katherine Anastasia (Mislevy) Hazaga
Greensburg
Formerly of McKeesport, Pa., and Cary, N.C
Katherine Anastasia (Mislevy) Hazaga, 94, of Greensburg, formerly of McKeesport, Pa., and Cary, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 26, 1906, in Patton, a daughter of the late Stephen and Anastasia (Puch) Mislevy. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish, Latrobe, and a former member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Cary, N.C. She was also a former member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, McKeesport, where she was active in church functions, including serving as president of the Christian Mothers Guild and International Days at Renzie Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Hazaga; four sisters, Mary, Sue and Rose Mislevy of Pittsburgh and Ann Homyak of Patton; five brothers, George, Michael, John, Joseph and Andrew of Pittsburgh; and a granddaughter, Cara Wingertzahn of Ogden, Utah. She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Wingertzahn and her husband, James, of Ogden, Utah, and Mimi Gromek and her husband, Edward, of Greensburg; a son, Robert Hazaga and his wife, Joan, of Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Interment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, Route 30, North Versailles Township. The family would like to thank the Felician Sisters and staff at the St. Anne Home for the care and compassion given to Katherine Hazaga.

Dorothy A. (Meier) Hayden
Pleasant Hills
Dorothy A. (Meier) Hayden, age 85, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. Wife of the late Vernon H. Hayden. Mother of Robert H. (Jody) Hayden. Beloved grandmother of Hilary, Bryan and Lukas Hayden. Sister of Robert Meier, Monsignor Raymond Meier and Mary Kerins. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends received in the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Prayer Thursday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Church at 10 a.m. If desired, family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Helen E. (Gillock) Homza
South Hills
Helen E. (Gillock) Homza, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. Wife of the late Charles F. Homza. Mother of Jean, and the late Robert (Bunny) Ray and Jackie (Louis) Gorski. Grandmother of Lisa Kelly, Melissa (John Satterfield) Gorski and Robert C. (Joy Harper) Ray. Great-grandmother of Gwendolyn Satterfield and Samuel Mason Ray of Huntington, Calif. Friends received in the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Prayer Friday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Wendelin Church at 10 a.m. Interment in St. Timothy's Cemetery, Smithton.

Lila M. Jahn
North Side
Lila M. Jahn, 98, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in UPMC Passavant. Born in Pittsburgh on March 1, 1903, she was the daughter of the late Conrad and Sophia Egerter. Beloved wife of the late William A. Jahn, who died in 1972. Dear mother of William C. Jahn of Richland, Ralph R. Jahn of McCandless and the late Oliver A. Jahn. Sister of Ruth Glass of West View. Also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Friends received Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com. Funeral Service Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. H. William Dambach of North Hills Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment in Allegheny County Memorial Park.

Lewis E. Johns
Friendship Village
Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
Lewis E. Johns, 94, of Friendship Village, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. Husband of 62 years to the late Nancy L. Johns. Father of Lewis E. Jr. of Alachua, Fla., James E. of Pittsburgh and David L. Johns of Baltimore, Md. Brother of Harry of Grafton, Va., Nellie Davis of Norfolk, Va., and Gladys Thomas of Lynchburg, Va. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Johns was on the board of Light of Life Ministries Inc., and was a founding member of the Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church. He was employed by U.S. Steel for 40 years, retiring as vice-president of communications. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, 900 Country Club Dr., Mt. Lebanon. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Light of Life Ministries, or to the church. The LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., Pittsburgh, in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn R. Kelso
Westmoreland City
Kathryn R. Kelso, 82, of Westmoreland City, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Cordia Commons, North Huntingdon. She was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Butler County, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Nichie Racioppo. She was a retired employee of the Norwin School District, and a former employee of the William Snyder Funeral Home, Irwin. She was a member of Calvary Assembly Church, North Huntingdon, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Manor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. Kelso, in 1979; two brothers, John and Charles Racioppo; and a sister, Dorothy Hagar. She is survived by two sons, Edward H. Kelso Jr. and his wife, Pat, of Irwin and Robert L. Kelso and his wife, Dottie, of Westmoreland City; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel Racioppo of Plum Borough and Robert Racioppo of Pittsburgh; a sister-in-law, Ruth Kelso of Ligonier; and a very dear friend, Andy Vargo of Irwin. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Todd Neveu officiating. Interment will follow in Ligonier Valley Cemetery.

Mary G. Kim
Penn Hills
Mary G. Kim, age 59, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Beloved sister of Paul F. Whalen, George E. Whalen, Margaret A. Dougherty and Rita Ryan. Also survived by two nephews. Visitation Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a Blessing Service will be Friday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen M. Klazer
North Braddock
Helen M. Klazer, age 86, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. Mrs. Klazer was a retired employee of Westinghouse Electric, E. Pittsburgh Plant. Sister of John of North Braddock, Mildred Sonita of Beaver, Jenny Lifshin of Broomall, Pa., Irene Laine of New Jersey, Dorothy Bober of Monroeville, and the late Edward and Jimmy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, E. Pittsburgh, (412) 824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Helen Church of Holy Cross Parish Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Berwyn E. Lake
Elizabeth
Berwyn E. Lake, 79, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in Jefferson Center Hospital, Jefferson Hills. He was born in Hopwood, Fayette County, Nov. 8, 1922, son of the late Charles and Mollie Sumey Lake. Mr. Lake was co-owner of J&L TV in Elizabeth. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army as a technician 5th grade, and received the Bronze Star. Husband of the late Shirley Ann (Joll) Lake; father of Patricia Davis of Streetsboro, Ohio, Catherine Lake of San Francisco, Calif., and Harry L. Lake of Liberty Boro; brother of Lorraine Emerson of Port Richey, Fla., and Betty Brown of Cape Coral, Fla. Also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth. Funeral Service in the funeral home chapel Wednesday at noon with the Rev. Thomas Carr. Graveside services in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1680 Fallen Timber Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037.

Patrick J. Leary Sr.
Derry
Patrick J. Leary Sr., 52, of Derry, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born Aug. 22, 1949, in Allison Park, he was a sales representative in Special Products Services and a 30-year employee of Timken-Latrobe Steel. He was one of the founders of the ``Mudcats'' baseball team and renovators of Shrum Field, Derry. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Derry. He was preceded in death by his stepfather and his mother, Morris Jr. and Maxine M. Lipinski; two brothers, Jeffrey L. and Roger L. Leary; a nephew, Ahmed Makled; and his mother-in-law, Lillian Zuchegno. Patrick is survived by his wife, Roseanne Zuchegno Leary; a son and a daughter, Patrick J. Jr. and Colleen A. Leary, both of Pittsburgh; three sisters, Mrs. Kevin (Victoria) Stout of Derry, Mrs. Hamdy (May C.) Makled of Florida and Judy Lipinski of Bradenville; his father-in-law, Dwight Zuchegno of Derry; a brother-in-law, David Zuchegno and his wife, Kerry, of Latrobe; a sister-in-law, Debra Zuchegno of Monroeville; numerous nieces and nephews; and four grandnieces. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the MICHAEL J. QUINLISK FUNERAL HOME INC., 548 N. Chestnut St., Derry. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry.

Michael R. Luckage
Norvelt
Michael R. Luckage, 78, of Norvelt, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Born in Forbes Road, Pa., Sept. 25, 1923, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna Kalata Luckage. He belonged to St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Brown Boveri in South Greensburg, and was a professional house painter. He was a life member of the Norvelt Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of AMVETS Post 94 of United and a member of VFW Post 3368 in Mt. Pleasant. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was inducted into the Marines on July 28, 1942, at age 17. He received his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He shipped to Hawaii from Newport News, Va., and joined the 4th Division on Maui Island. His tour of duty included Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Mike was wounded by shrapnel and received a Purple Heart. He ended his career with the Marines on Nov. 7, 1945. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Kissell Luckage, in 1992; a son, Michael, in 1986; and two sisters, Margaret ``Peggy'' Grega and Helen Wisnewski. He was the loving father of Judi Luckage of Youngstown, Pa., Mary Jane Sherbondy and husband, Billy R., of Norvelt, Carol Miscovich and husband, Tom, of Norvelt, Susan Poklembo and husband, Steve, of Mutual and Lori Harr and husband, Mark, of Mt. Pleasant; loving brother of Pauline Christie of Somerset and Mary Jane Kissell of Calumet; and loving grandfather of Yvonne Cook, Patty Ennis, Julie O'Hare, Billy Sherbondy, Michael Sherbondy and Nick Mizikar. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Blessing service will be held in the funeral home at 9:20 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Catholic Church with the Rev. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Wake service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment in St. Florian Cemetery. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director.

Richard F. Malter
Pittsburgh
Richard F. Malter, 74, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in his home. Born in Pittsburgh, Oct. 6, 1927, son of Frank and Lorena Foresha Malter. Mr. Malter worked as a bottler for Pittsburgh Brewing Co. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II. Surviving are his loving son, Richard F. Malter Jr. and his wife Marilyn A. Malter; one sister, Delores Barnes; two grandchildren, Jason and Laurie Malter; also nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his wife, Ruth Mangel Malter. Private graveside services will be Friday in Allegheny Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Lutz officiating. Arrangement are under the care of SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Ross, www.simonsfuneralhomeinc.com.

Carla Sara (McCloskey) McCarthy
West Deer Township
Carla Sara (McCloskey) McCarthy, 40, died of breast cancer on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1961, in Pittsburgh. Mrs. McCarthy was a pharmacy technician with Eckerd Drug for 15 years. She was a member of St. Victor Roman Catholic Church in Bairdford and was an active supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. McCarthy; her daughter, Melissa McCarthy; her mother, Sara McCloskey of Pittsburgh; her brother, Michael McCloskey of Pompano Beach, Fla.; her sister, Michelle Sieg of West Deer; and her nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the HERBERT R. KING, JR. FUNERAL HOME, INC., Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park (Hampton Twp.), (www.kingfuneralhome.com). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Victor Roman Catholic Church, Bairdford, on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bartley A. Soresen will celebrate. Burial will follow in Hampton Cemetery, Hampton Twp.

Martin Molina
Latrobe
Martin Molina, 91, of Latrobe, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in his home. He was born Jan. 13, 1910, in Loyalhanna, a son of the late Joseph and Theresa Barbero Molina. He was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, and its Holy Name Society. He was retired from the former Davis Supermarket, Greensburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post 515, Latrobe, and the Derry VFW. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mary L. Levendusky Molina, on Dec. 11, 2000; and a brother, Dominick Molina. Survivors include a brother, Charles Molina; two sisters, Catherine Mania and Josephine Cinibulk, all of Latrobe; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township. American Legion Post 515 and the VFW will hold military services Thursday at 8:45 a.m. in the funeral home.

Edward A. Piesik
North Huntingdon
Edward A. Piesik, 76, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Port Vue, a son of the late John and Rose Wulczinski Piesik. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a tool and die maker for National Carbide and Die, McKeesport. He was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a former member of the Men's Club, the North Huntingdon VFW Post 781 and the American Legion of White Oak. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Victoria Elak and Louise Hatalovich. He is survived by his wife, Martha Slonska Piesik; a son, Bernard and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Penn Township; a daughter, Kathy DiDonato and her husband, David, of North Huntingdon; a brother, Albert Piesik of McKeesport; a sister, Marie Bendik of Elizabeth Township; and two grandchildren, Kathryn ``Katie'' Piesik and Jaime Queen-Beresh. Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, followed by interment in the New St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Agnes Church, 11400 St. Agnes Lane, North Huntingdon, PA 15642.

Oliver "Sox" J. Price
Richland Township
Oliver J. "Sox" Price, age 84, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Fosnight Retirement Center, Gibsonia. He was born May 19, 1917, in Renfrew, son of the late Oliver A. and Ada (Stinson) Price. Beloved husband of Barbara (Walker) Price. Dear father of Oliver J. Price of California, Patricia Price of Richland, Susan Thompson of Alexandria, Va., Jack Price of Richland, Jeff Price of Marietta, Ohio, Dennis Price of Mars and Donna Lauff of Richland. Also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Dear friend to WuWu. Friends received Thursday and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com. Funeral Service Saturday at 11 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown with the Rev Dr. David L. McDonald, pastor, officiating. Interment private. Sox was a graduate of Penn Township High School and Grove City College. He served as an Air Force 1st lieutenant in World War II, where he was chosen to a select group of servicemen to attend logistical training at Harvard and was awarded the Bronze Service Star. In 1950, he and his wife, Martha, built and established Bakerstown Golf Course, renamed Pittsburgh North Golf Club in 1969. Sox was a member of the PGA, the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners (PGO) and the Etna Elks. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Richland Volunteer Fire Department, 5857 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

Dawn L. (Porucznik) Reed
Tampa, Fla.
Dawn L. (Porucznik) Reed, age 50, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, in Tampa General Hospital, following a very courageous two-year battle with cancer. Born April 17, 1951, in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Reed moved to Tampa, Fla., in 1975. She was co-owner of Michael's Complete Auto Care and was Catholic by faith. She was the beloved wife of Michael Reed; loving daughter of Dolores Porucznik of Allison Park and the late Joseph Porucznik; dear sister of Patricia Smiley of Wexford. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Family to receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY ONLY in the BOCK FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Ursula Church, Allison Park.

Gladys M. (Soles) Roberts
North Versailles
Gladys M. (Soles) Roberts, 74, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Beloved wife of Ralph R. Roberts; loving mother of Vincent W. Roberts and wife Kathleen of White Oak; grandmother of Kristen Roberts; sister of Dorothy Soles, Ida McClelland, Harry Soles and Walter Soles. No visitation. Arrangements by the JOHN L. QUINLAN FUNERAL HOME, 11th and Airbrake avenues, Turtle Creek.

Zella L. Chanon Ruff
Greensburg
Zella L. Chanon Ruff, 83, of Greensburg RD11, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in her home. She was born Nov. 6, 1918, in Perry County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Ernest and Esta F. Ridenour Noyes. She had been an employee of the Hempfield School District for 35 years, and was a member of the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, the Greensburg College Club and the Harrold Senior Citizens club. She received her B.A. degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest A. Chanon. Surviving are her husband, the Rev. Paul M. Ruff; two children, Suzanne L. Partlow and husband, Jamie, and Robert N. Chanon, all of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Frances Arbuckle of Washington, Pa., and Mary Joyce Woodburn and husband, William, of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Megan Partlow of Irwin; a sister-in-law, Louise Roberts of Dayton, Ohio; and nieces and nephews, David Arbuckle, Donna Chanon, Jean Westerman, Judy Kocinski, Jim Woodburn, Denise Brecht, Becky Carroll and MaryBeth Roberts. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, followed by services with the Rev. Robert Free officiating. Interment will follow in Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harrold Zion Lutheran Church or the Lou Gehrig's Foundation. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, in charge of arrangements.

Emedio M. "Scarp" Scarpino
Penn Hills
Emedio M. "Scarp" Scarpino, age 82, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. Beloved husband of Dorothy Blatnick; loving father of Michael Scarpino, the Rev. Dominick and wife Lorraine Scarpino, and Victor and wife Patrice Scarpino; brother of Vincent Scarpino; grandfather of Christopher, Sara, Angela, Timothy and Ronald; great-grandfather of Dominick. Mr. Scarpino was a lifetime member of the Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local #9. He was a decorated World War II veteran who served in France and Belgium, and a member of the American Legion Post 351. Friends received Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./MORASCO CHAPEL, 9406 Frankstown Road (near Graham Boulevard), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial in Mother of Good Counsel Church Thursday at noon.

Ann Matilda Semel
La Mesa, Calif.
Formerly of Zelienople
Ann Matilda Semel, 95, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, in California. Wife of the late Joseph A. Semel Sr. Mother of Mrs. William (Katherine) Harpel of Glenshaw, Joseph A. Semel Jr. of Zelienople and Mrs. William (Margaret) Girdwood of La Mesa, Calif. Also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Fri. in St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople, with the Rev. Charles B. Bergman, church pastor, officiating. Interment in St. Gregory's Cemetery, Zelienople. Arrangements by the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.

Lea Grace Sisca
Allison Park
Lea Grace Sisca, 46, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in Forbes Hospice. She was born in Pittsburgh on Dec. 26, 1954, a daughter of Johanna Sisca of Allison Park and the late Arnold J. Sisca Sr. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Nina Pletcher of Delaware; a brother, Arnold J. Sisca Jr. of Ohio; nieces and nephews. No visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Ursula Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sharps Hill Road, O'Hara. Arrangements by the BOCK FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Lea worked for Dr. Carl Flecker as a dental hygienist, was the former owner of Merle Norman Studio in Allison Park and practiced law in South Carolina. Most recently, she was employed as a lawyer recruiter for Management Recruiters in Jacksonville, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Hospice, 3292 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, or the Forbes Hospice, 6655 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Nicholas Soroczak
Banksville
Nicholas Soroczak, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. Husband of the late Christine Soroczak. Father of Pauline Witkowsky, Susan Perankovich, Samuel Soroczak, Daniel Soroczak and Janet Dulac. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Brother of Helen Petrichevich and Vera Witt. Beloved friend of Lenora Tumis. Friends received in the CIESLAK AND TATKO FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where funeral services will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. Parastas Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Roger L. Wilding
Clairton
Roger L. Wilding, 62, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Jefferson Center Hospital, Jefferson Hills. He was born May 27, 1939, in Homestead, son of the late Logan and Jane (Mellon) Wilding. Mr. Wilding was a retired truck driver with C.J. Langenfelder in Braddock and Sciaretti Trucking in Munhall. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. He is survived by his wife, Maureen (Brain) Wilding; sons, Roger of Virginia, Michael A., and Andrew T. and Michael R. Wilding, both at home; daughter, Cindy Borriello and Christina Wilding, both of Glassport; a brother, Louis Wilding; sisters, Barbara and Shirley Wilding and Norma Carso; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Edward Wilding. Visitation Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Paulinus Church, Clairton, with the Rev. Peter Murphy as celebrant.


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