|Bertha A. (Welsh) Boeltz
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, 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
Edith V. (Watson) Courts
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
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
Ella Marie Eicher Brown
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
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
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, 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Richard F. Malter
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
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
Edward A. Piesik
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
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
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
Zella L. Chanon Ruff
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
Pauline G. Kolos Yesnick (Yesionek)
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.