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Bertha A. (Welsh) Boeltz
Whitaker
Bertha A. (Welsh) Boeltz, 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001. Wife of the late Walter F. Boeltz. Survived by a daughter, Jean (Elmer) Hook of Whitaker, and a granddaughter, Linda Hook. Friends may call Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., A Golden Rule Member Firm, 3511 Main St., Munhall, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Karen Prescott officiating. Memorial donations may be sent to Whitaker United Methodist Church, 124 Arkansas Avenue, Whitaker, PA 15120.

Boris Bohonis
Delmont
Boris Bohonis, 81, of Delmont, Salem Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1920, in Salemville, a son of the late Michael and Rose Starenchak Bohonis. Prior to retirement, Mr. Bohonis had been employed for 35 years at Davison Sand & Gravel Company. He was a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle parish in Delmont, where he served as an usher, a sexton for 25 years and as a loyal volunteer whenever needed. He served in the 77th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in World War II, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred C. Ashbaugh Bohonis; a son, James A. Bohonis; and a brother, John Bohonis. He is survived by five sons, John A. Cicone and his wife Bonnie of New Alexandria, Vincent G. Cicone and his wife Pam of Jacksonville, Fla., Michael J. Bohonis Jr. and his wife Betty of Greensburg, Boris M. Bohonis and Joseph E. Bohonis, both of Delmont; two daughters, Sarah A. Nelis and her husband Gary of Whitehall, and Linda M. Bohonis of Delmont; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three siblings, Merle Bohonis and his wife Mary of New Alexandria, Sonia Luciow of Slickville and Mary McGee of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Bohonis' family will receive friends in the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. William C. McGuirk in St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Delmont, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. A chapel committal service will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

Edith V. (Watson) Courts
Pittsburgh
Edith V. (Watson) Courts, 86, of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001. Wife of the late Master Sgt. Curtis Courts. Sister of Robert and wife, Nancy Watson. Aunt of Lewis Watson. Friends received Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. at the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./MORASCO CHAPEL, 9406 Frankstown Road (near Graham Boulevard), Penn Hills, where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m.

Meriel Renee Bigam Bowser
Mill Run
Meriel Renee Bigam Bowser, 66, of Mill Run, is with her Lord. Meriel died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in her home, as a result of a hunter's stray bullet hitting her. Meriel was born Oct. 22, 1935, in Uniontown, a daughter of Edyth Hayden Bigam of Mill Run and the late J.F. Bigam. Meriel was a wonderful and caring woman who was actively involved in her church, the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run, as well as her husband's church, the Star Junction Baptist Church. Meriel served as the Indian Creek Baptist Church clerk and was a choir member. She was an officer, both locally and for the Association of the American Baptist Women of Monongahela. She was also a member and clerk of the Monongahela Minister and Wives Fellowship. Meriel was a 50-year member of the Mill Run Grange #1109. She enjoyed the outdoors and southern gospel music. Above all, Meriel was a caregiver to her family and friends. Her touch will be missed by all. Meriel is survived by her husband of 41 years, the Rev. Roy ``Don'' Bowser; three daughters, Pamela Hughes and Selena Tressler, both of Mill Run, and Laverne Hager of Farmington; her mother, Edyth Hayden Bigam of Mill Run; a sister, Evelyn Louise Edwards and her husband, Wayne, of Warren; and her brother-in-law, Duane Bowser and his wife, Birdie, of Normalville. One of Meriel's greatest joys was caring for her grandchildren, Laurie Hoke, Jimmy and Leah Hughes, Zachary Tressler and Jonathan and Patrick Hager. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews, Linda Buhl, Kathy Smith, Jim and Wayne Edwards, Roy Bowser, Charles Bowser, Carol Hull and Denise King. Meriel was predeceased by her first husband, James N. Hensel, in 1956; her father, J.F. Bigam, in 1978; her mother-in-law, Doshia Bowser, in 1987; and her father-in-law, Roy W. Bowser, in 2001. Family and friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., the hour of a funeral service, in the Indian Creek Baptist Church, Mill Run, with the Rev. John B. Davis officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery.

Ella Marie Eicher Brown
Trafford
Ella Marie Eicher Brown, 92, of Trafford, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in Cordia Commons Nursing Home, North Huntingdon Township. She was born May 21, 1909, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Robert W. and Carrie H. Freed Eicher; and stepmother, Irene Eicher. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Prior to retirement, she was a nurse with Columbia Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lawrence Eugene Brown, in 1987; a brother, Samuel Eicher; and two sisters, Theora Gilligan and Evon Eicher. She is survived by three children, Carolyn Lippis, Larry Thomas and his wife, Darla Brown, and Janice Bolton and her husband, Thomas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the DAVID A. RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 220 Edgewood Ave., Trafford, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jerry D. Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.

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.

Vernon W. Doutt Sr.
Formerly of Vandergrift
Vernon W. Doutt Sr., 89, formerly of Vandergrift, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in the William Penn Care Center, Murrysville. He was born May 12, 1912, in Vandergrift, and had lived there most of his life. After his retirement, he and his late wife, Josephine, moved to Florida. Prior to his retirement, he was a cost accountant with the Vandergrift plant of U.S. Steel. Mr. Doutt had been a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years and the St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Bayonet Point, Fla. While in Florida he was a member of the Apollo Elks, the Masonic Lodge in Vandergrift and the Scottish Rite and Shrine, both in Pittsburgh. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, playing cards and bingo. Survivors include his son, Vernon Doutt Jr. of Murrysville; two grandchildren, Mrs. Lynn (Valerie) Chandler of Leesburg, Va., and Brenda Sue Pish of Bloomington, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, Ashton Justin Chandler, Jordan Doutt Chandler and Melissa Nichole Pish of Bloomington, Ill.; and two sisters, Helen Doutt of Greensburg and Elsie Townsend of Brunswick, Ohio. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Josephine Wagner Doutt, in 1991; five brothers, Harold, Floyd, Alfred, Ralph and Clarence Doutt; and three sisters, Frieda Reefer, Olive Shriver and Mabel DeVore. Friends may call from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the DUNMIRE-KERR FUNERAL HOME, A Golden Rule Member, 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, where a service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kimberly Saylor officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial, Lower Burrell. The Elks will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Elks Home Services, B.P.O.E., 1560 Route 56, East Apollo, PA 15613.

Thomas P. Dudas Sr.,
Cocoa Beach, Fla. and Lititz,
Formerly of Potomac, Md., and Monessen
Dr. Thomas P. Dudas Sr., 71, of 3613 S. Banana River Blvd., Apt. D-304, Cocoa Beach, Fla., also of 370 Rumford Road, Lititz, Pa., formerly of Potomac, Md., and Monessen, died unexpectedly of natural causes Monday morning, Nov. 26, 2001, at the Lancaster General Hospital, after he was stricken ill at home. He was married to Catherine Hornak Dudas for 44 years last June. Born in Monessen, he was a son of the late Dr. Joseph M. Sr. and Mary Mayernick Dudas. He was a dentist and partner in Drs. Dudas Dental Associates in Monessen from 1959 to 1981. Later, from 1981 to 1998, he had his own practice in Bethesda, Md. For the past two years until his death, he was an associate with his son, Dr. Thomas P. Dudas Jr., in Leola, Pa. A 1953 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, he belonged to the university's Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1957-1959. He was a member and lector of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster, the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Monessen, and St. Raphael Catholic Church, Rockville, Md. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at each church and member of the Bishop Pheilan Assembly 4th Degree K. of C. in Monessen; a founding member of Mater Dei Council at St. Raphael's and past president of Holy Name Church Council of Monessen. He was a member of the Bethesda Rotary Club, a life member of the Monessen B.P.O.E. 773. He was a member of the American Dental Association; the Pennsylvania Dental Association; the Western Pennsylvania Dental Association, where he was past president; the Maryland Dental Association; Southern Maryland Dental Society; and Academy of General Dentistry. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Thomas P. Jr., husband of Janice M. Dudas, of Lititz and Lt. Michael G. Dudas of Okinawa, Japan; two daughters, Mary Jo, wife of Richard Coe, of Glenelg, Md., and Lisa Ann, wife of Jeffrey Bevan, of Phoenixville, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and three brothers, John A., husband of Louise Dudas, Richard M., husband of Donna Dudas, and Dr. Martin M., husband of Madeline Dudas, all of Monessen. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dr. Joseph M. Jr. and Andre J. Friends may call at the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1415 Marion Ave., Monessen, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, Sixth and Knox avenues, Monessen, Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Final commendation and farewell in the Holy Name Cemetery, Monessen. Memorials to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Thomas W. Dudash
Lansdowne, Pa.
Formerly of Pittsburgh
Thomas W. Dudash, age 48, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Son of Mary and the late Stephen. Brother of Steven and Robert J. Dudash and Joann Jankoviak. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends invited to the Funeral Mass Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Church, S. Richard and E. Penn streets, Bedford. Interment in St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements by MARVIL FUNERAL HOME, LTD., Darby, Pa.

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
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 11 a.m. with the Rev. Eric R. Detar officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs.

Marie M. Cominio Viglietta George
Swissvale
Marie M. Cominio Viglietta George, 88, of Swissvale, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in UPMC McKeesport. Mrs. George was born Jan. 10, 1913, in Pittsburgh, to the late Ralph Cominio and Phyllis Pittore Cominio. Wife of the late Gabriel J. Viglietta and the late Donald W. George. Loving mother of Michael Viglietta and his wife Ann, Lavinia Cecere and her husband Ralph, and the late Anthony Viglietta. Grandmother of Kathy Arthrell and her husband Charles, Michele Myers and her husband Chris, Ralph Cecere Jr. and his wife Carol, Kimberly Barvinchak and her husband Paul Jr., and Jaison Viglietta. Great-grandmother of Erika and Charles Arthrell, McKenzie, Madison and Maleena Myers, Courtney and Adam Cecere, Michael Barvinchak. Sister of Ernest Cominio of Florida, and the late Sally, Nazareth, Louis and Joseph Cominio. Marie was a resident of Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Friends received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Mass will be celebrated in Madonna del Castello Church on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Interment in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Penn Hills.

Gary D. Harbaugh Sr.
Jeannette
Gary D. Harbaugh Sr., 70, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born July 7, 1931, in Jeannette, a son of the late Frank and Carrie Chilcote Harbaugh. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Unifirst Corp. in New Kensington. He attended the Assembly of God Church in Jeannette. He was a member of the St. Joseph's Benevolent Society of Westmoreland City and the Jeannette Golf League. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Edward, Samuel, Robert, Hiram ``Jay'' and Max Harbaugh; and a sister, Grace Kohl. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Theresa Shawley Harbaugh; four sons, Gary D. Harbaugh Jr. of Export, Benjamin F. Harbaugh and wife, Susanne, of Hampton, N.J., Kevin L. Harbaugh of Jeannette and Eric L. Harbaugh and wife, Catherine, of Jeannette; a brother, Donald Harbaugh of Jeannette; two sisters, Alberta Filar and Florine Weightman, both of Harrison City; and seven grandchildren. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Martin R. Koss officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

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.

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.

Gary G. Keller Sr.
East McKeesport
Gary G. Keller Sr., 53, suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Son of Harry C. and Jane (Gilmore) Keller; father of Heather Garrett and Gary G. Keller Jr.; grandfather of D.J. Garret; fiance of Denise "Dee" Totterdale; uncle of Debbie, Missy and Holly Keller. He was preceded in death by brothers, Richard and Dean Keller; and grandparents, Glenn and Ruth Gilmore, and Edward and Margaret Keller. Friends received in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Thursday 7 to 9 p.m., Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

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.

Harold "Bunk" E. Korn
Middlesex Township, Valencia
Harold E. "Bunk" Korn, 74, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in his home. Born Feb. 7, 1927, in Fairview Twp., Butler County, he was the son of the late Warren and Jennie (Rankin) Korn. Beloved husband for 29 years of Dee (Patten) Korn. Dear father of Michael Korn of Butler, Thomas Korn of North East, Melissa Nelson of Mars, Jennie Korn of Butler, Galen McManus of Gibsonia and David McManus of Butler. Also survived by nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. In addition to his parents and former wife, Rita Korn, he was preceded in death by two half brothers, Jim and Jack Hindman, and two sisters, Genevieve Michael and Eleanor Duesphol. 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, where services will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Cope of Mars Alliance Church officiating. Interment in Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia. Mr. Korn was a member of the American Legion Butler Post 117, Mars VFW Memorial Association and Saxonburg Fire Co. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, and retired from Koppers Co. in Monroeville and Butler Auto Auction in Cranberry.

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 were received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received 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. Military services will be accorded by Armbrust Veterans and AMVETS Post 94. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director.

Emanuel E. MacCosbe
Hampton Township
Formerly of Shaler
Emanuel E. MacCosbe, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Vincentian-Regency Hall Nursing Home. He was born June 7, 1913, in Pittsburgh, son of Louis and Henrietta MacCosbe. Mr. MacCosbe was a retired electrical engineer and retired lieutenant colonel, having served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Legion of Merit. Survived by his wife, Dorothy MacCosbe; four daughters, Elaine Reppel, Diane Hrach, Alice DeStefino and Carol Howell; two sons, Paul MacCosbe and George MacCosbe; one sister, Henrietta Cassidy. Also survived by 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Boniface Church of Holy Wisdom Parish at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Kenneth E. Myers as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.

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. Arrangements are under the care of SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Ross, www.simonsfuneralhomeinc.com.

Susan T. Ondick
North Versailles
Susan T. Ondick, 89, a resident of North Versailles for 41 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Arden Court, Jefferson Borough. Wife of the late Andrew William Ondick; daughter of the late George and Theresa Shedlak Makatura; mother of Richard A. Ondick of Pleasant Hills, Leonard K. Ondick of Largo, Fla., and Howard G. Ondick of Harrisburg; sister of William Makatura of Burbank, Calif. Also three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends received at the TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, 212 Wilmot St., Duquesne, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral blessing Saturday 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, 10 a.m. Mass in St. Hedwig Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment following at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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 were received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received 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. 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, PO Box 101, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

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.

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.

Earl L. Shuster
Greensburg
Earl L. Shuster, 78, of Greensburg RD9, died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. He was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Hempfield Township, a son of the late Roy W. and Zella Branthoover Shuster. Prior to retirement, he had been a farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Shuster Rose and her husband, Warren; and his nephew, William Earl Rose. He is survived by two nieces, Carole Platt and her husband, Richard, of Pittsburgh and Linda Eicher and her husband, George, of Mt. Pleasant; two nephews, Robert Rose and his wife, Diane, of Riverside, Calif., and David Rose and his wife, Julia, of Tampa, Fla.; and seven great-nieces and -nephews. Mr. Shuster's family will receive friends at the BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Frederick C. Heitzenroder officiating. Interment will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Should friends desire, memorial remembrances may be made in Mr. Shuster's name to Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086.

Madeline Oberdacker Geier Sibal
Mt. Pleasant
Madeline Oberdacker Geier Sibal, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born March 17, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Rudolph and Christina Mistlebauer Oberdacker. Madeline was a graduate of the former Hurst High School. She was formerly employed at Smith Glass, Mt. Pleasant, and she retired from Westinghouse in Youngwood. She had also worked at the Heinz plant in Pittsburgh during World War II and was involved in a television documentary about her work and time there. She was also a member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Charles Geier; her second husband, Louis Sibal; two stepsons, Louis Sibal Jr. and Michael Sibal; two brothers, Bernard and Albert Oberdacker; and two sisters, Lorraine Oberdacker and Alberta. She is survived by her son, Ronald Geier and his wife, Rosemary, of Greensburg; six stepchildren, Dolores Smith of Latrobe, John Sibal and his wife, Elizabeth, of Trauger, Agnes Slowski and her husband, Stanley, of Greensburg, Kathleen Florek and her husband, John, of Slickville, Patricia Campomozzi of New Stanton and Joseph Sibal and his wife, Betsy, of Mt. Pleasant; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Oberdacker of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a sister, Mary Jean Stana of Warminster, Pa. Friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A blessing service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Anthony Ditto as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Visitation Cemetery.

Angelo A. Tsourekis
Angelo A. Tsourekis, suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001. Beloved husband of Angeliki Tsourekis. Father of Dorothy Xanos, Sylvia (Jaavid) Ahmadnia and Genia (Harry) Andrews. Grandfather of Katie and Alex Andrews. Brother of Kostas Tsourekis, Zoe (Vasilis) Anestopoulos, Andreas (Maria) Tsourekis and the late Demitri Tsourekis. Uncle of Athanasios (Maria) and Sotirios Tsourekis, and several nieces and nephews in Greece. Friends received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire (Oakland), Thursday and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Saturday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Trisagion service Friday at 7:30 p.m. Angelo was born and raised in Greece. He married Angeliki in 1964 and they came to the United States in the same year. Upon his arrival, Angelo became and active member of the Greek community in Pittsburgh. He joined Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, became an active member of G.A.P.A. and A.H.E.P.A., joined American Legion Post 565, where he served as chaplain, and for the past 22 years, was a member and chantor of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Joshua A. Whitlatch
Monessen
Formerly of Rostraver Township
Joshua A. Whitlatch, 21, of Monessen, formerly of Rostraver Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Born in Carroll Township, July 18, 1980, he was a son of David and Vickie (Flower) Stillwagon of Confluence. He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Joyce F. Flower of Rostraver Township; his wife, Kimberly Cooper Whitlatch; son, Gage Allen Whitlatch at home; three stepsons, Dacien Giffin, Eric Giffin and Raven Cooper, all at home; a brother, Pike Stillwagon of Confluence; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from the area. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles ``Pike'' Flower. Friends will be received Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Sweeney Plan/Rostraver Township, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery, Rostraver Township.

Keith Paul Wiedl
Avon Lake, Ohio
Keith Paul Wiedl passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Beloved husband of Barbara (Benz). Loving father of Michael (Nanette), Daniel and David. Loving son of Kathleen Virginia Miller (Bain) and the late Francis Joseph Wiedl. Dear brother of Larry (Diana). Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Friends may call in the BUSCH-BURMEISTER FAMILY CHAPEL, 163 Avon-Belden Road, Avon Lake, Ohio, (440) 933-3202, www.buschfuneral.com, Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment in Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Barbara A. Woolum
McKeesport
Barbara A. Woolum, 63, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Jefferson Center Hospital, Jefferson Hills. She was born in Clairton on Aug. 31, 1938, daughter of the late David and Esther (Meena) George. Mrs. Woolum was a homemaker. Wife of the late Roscoe W. Woolum; mother of Ross Woolum of Pittsburgh, Thom Woolum of Erie and Marcie Webb of McKeesport; sister of George George of Clairton, Zada Meena of Louisville, Ky., Nora Hough and Florence Wall, both of Clairton. Also 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, where Funeral Service will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. John Abdazah will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Pauline G. Kolos Yesnick (Yesionek)
Scott Township
Pauline G. Kolos Yesnick (Yesionek), on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Steven Yesnick; loving mother of Darryl (Kathy) Yesnick of Columbus, Ohio, and Karen (Joseph) DelSol of Upper St. Clair; devoted grandmother of Joseph DelSol, William Yesnick, Kristen DelSol Eberly, Amy Yesnick, Stephen DelSol and Matthew Yesnick. Also survived by four great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont (A Woodruff Partner), (412) 531-4000, Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass Friday at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church. Interment in St. Josaphat's Cemetery.


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