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|PAUL R. BRIDGE JR.
Paul R. Bridge Jr., 69, of Ligonier, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Latrobe, a son of the late Paul R. Sr. and Anna Washnock Bridge. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Ronald, and John Bridge. He is survived by his wife, Betty Harshell Bridge; two sons, Paul III and his wife, Debbie, and David and Linda, all of Ligonier; three grandchildren, Mark, Jolene, and Amanda Bridge; a great-granddaughter, his little angel, Courtney; two sisters, Merda Mae Blough and Ann Hensley of Virginia; and a brother, James Bridge and his wife, Sue, of Latrobe. There will be no public visitation or services. Interment will be in Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. The family requests no floral tributes but anyone wishing may make a memorial contribution to the East Fork Sportsmen's Club, RD1, Austin, PA 16720. Arrangements by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. & CREMATORY, Ligonier.
EDWARD J. CARSON
Edward J. Carson, of Brentwood, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999. Husband of Grace Tarker Carson. Father of Sandy Dalzell, Maureen Westwood, Judy, Jeff and the late Steve Carson. Grandfather of Kelly, Amanda, Michael, Jason, Melissa, Ryan and Sean. Brother of Cliff Carson, Mary McNaughton, Dolly Harmon and the late Bud and Bert Carson. Friends received at the CIESLAK & TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Monday at 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Sylvester Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Vision Services, 311 Station St., Bridgeville, PA 15017.
HOLLY L. CATALDO
Holly L. Cataldo, 25, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a courageous battle with aplastic anemia. She was born Dec. 19, 1973, in Greensburg, a daughter of Joseph and Carol Highlands Cataldo of Greensburg. A graduate of Westmoreland County Community College with an Associate Degree, she was employed by Westmoreland Regional Hospital and was a member of Greensburg Alliance Church. Her paternal grandfather, Carmine Neil Cataldo, preceded her in death. In addition to her parents, she is survived by the love of her life, Brad Musgrove of Penn; a brother, Joseph Cataldo Jr. and his wife, Carla, of Greensburg; a sister, Christina Beranek and her husband, David, of Belle Vernon; her paternal grandmother, Ruth I. Cataldo of Greensburg; her maternal grandparents, John W. and Mayme Amour of Jeannette; a niece and three nephews, Anthony and Jordan Cataldo, and Mikayla and Jonathon Beranek; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Greensburg Alliance Church, Route 136, Greensburg, with the Rev. Dr. D. Roy Dail officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America, P.O. Box 613, Annapolis, MD 21404-0613.
GEORGE A. COULTER
George A. Coulter, 81, of Fleetville, Pa., and previous longtime resident of Latrobe, was stricken by a sudden illness on Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, and succumbed the following day at Community Medical Center in Scranton. He was the husband of Lydia Ann Coulter, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 24. Born in 1918 at Pitcairn, near Pittsburgh, to the late Paul J. and Margaret M. Coulter, he graduated from Wilkinsburg High School in 1936. He then embarked on what was to be a 50-year career as a printer. He began his career as a linotype operator at the Latrobe Bulletin. Except for an interruption to serve with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II, he continued working there through the 1950s and into the 1960s. He served the Latrobe community in several roles, faithfully answering fire alarms as a volunteer fireman and serving as a prominent layman of the Latrobe Methodist Church. At the church he served as a Sunday school teacher, an intermediate youth group leader and as an usher. In 1966, he and his wife each made career decisions that brought them to northeastern Pennsylvania. In the town of Fleetville, some 15 miles north of Scranton, they bought a home in a pine forest at the edge of Baylor's Lake. He continued working as a printer, now with the Wilkes-Barre firm of Llewellyn & McKane where he was instrumental in the early years of that company's transition to computerized printing operations. Even before his retirement from printing in 1987, he partnered with his wife in serving many communities. He was a founding member of The Baylor's Land Corp., (an organization to preserve land values and water quality), a long-serving officer in the association that oversees the Baylor's Lake community of nearly 100 families, and a dedicated and steadfast supporter of the Lacawac Foundation, where over the years his services in many volunteer capacities helped further Lacawac's goals of preserving acres of forests and lakes. Preceded in death by his brother, Clyde, he is survived by his wife and his children, George R. Coulter of Narberth, Pa., and Cynthia A. Marcinik of Latrobe; and by two grandchildren, Dinah Marcinik of Pittsburgh and Jonathan Marcinik of Shady Side, Md. On Saturday, Nov. 20, friends will gather at 2 p.m. at the Factoryville Methodist Church to join in a memorial service. On Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., friends are invited to call on the family at their residence on Pinewoods Road at Baylor's Lake in Fleetville. Memorial contributions may be made to The Lacawac Foundation, RR1, Box 518, Lake Ariel, PA 18436. Messages sent to GeorgeACoulter<\@>compuserve.com will be received by the family.
JEAN (JANET) L. CROWE
Jean (Janet) L. Crowe, 78, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at her home. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Clyde and Lillie Shrader Lute. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg. Jean was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golfing at the Hannastown Country Club. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard L. ``Dick'' Crowe, earlier this year. She is survived by a daughter, Beverly C. Ellis and her husband, Al, of Manassas, Va.; a son, Richard L. Crowe II of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Christopher A. Ellis and his wife, Amy, of Bristow, Va., Lori Diehl and her husband, Dale, of Manassas, Va., Jeffrey and Jennifer Crowe of Moundsville, W.Va.; and a great-granddaughter, Alexandria Diehl. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Should friends desire, memorials may be placed with Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg.
SCHURVYL MAE (SPENCER) DOYLE
Schurvyl Mae (Spencer) Doyle, 93, of 2593 Cunningham Road, Salem, Ohio, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at the home of her daughter, Christina Marie Texter, following a brief illness. She was preceded in death on Dec. 6, 1962, by her husband, Harvey Elden Doyle Jr., whom she married Feb. 15, 1930. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Elaine Nennig of Salem, Ohio, and Mrs. David (Christina Marie) Texter of Salem, Ohio; two foster daughters, whom she raised as her own, Mrs. William (Carolyn) Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mrs. Robert (Linda) Spencer of East Palestine, Ohio; two sons, Albert Allen Doyle of Sacramento, Calif., and Mr. Harvey Elden Doyle III and his wife, Nancy, of Blairsville; a sister, Anna Grove of Damascus, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Phillips Christian Church in Salem, Ohio, with the Rev. Robert Laughlin officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the ARBAUGH-PEARCE-GREENISEN FUNERAL HOME, 1617 E. State St., Salem, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillips Christian Church, 35459 Salem Grange Road, Salem, OH 44460.
FRANK A. FOLINO
Frank A. Folino, 69, of Monroeville, formerly of Pitcairn, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999. Husband of Malfalda A. (Scalese) Folino; father of Maria A. Folino and her friend, Todd Joseph Knight, and Louisa Folino; and brother of Angelina Scalese. Friends received Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. Mass of Christian Burial St. Michael Church Monday at 10 a.m.
MARIE JOHANNA HOWELL
Marie Johanna Howell, 85, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. She was born April 30, 1914, in Frankfurt, Germany, a daughter of the late Wilhelm and Bertha Klapper. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a teacher/translator at various educational institutions, including the German Institution, Seton Hill College, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Norwin High School, WCCC, and U.S. Naval Forces in Germany. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, North Huntingdon, AARP 3221, and Friends of the Library, Irwin. She is survived by her beloved husband of 51 years, Burton Bryson Howell; her daughter, Christina Sloboda of Greensburg; son-in-law, Robert Sloboda; and grandchildren, Nicole and Matthew Sloboda, who dearly loved her. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior with Pastor Mark Fischer officiating. Interment will be in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends or Adopt-A-Pet, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., North Huntingdon, in charge of arrangements.
PATRICIA R. MANCINELLI
Patricia R. Mancinelli, 45, of McCandless, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in ManorCare, Ross Township. Born Feb. 28, 1954, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Annamae Novak Jazbinsek of Shaler Township and the late John L. Jazbinsek Sr., who died July 12, 1982. She was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church, Ross Township, and the Christian Mothers. She was employed as a sales clerk by J.C. Penney Co. and also had worked as a clerk at Automotive Systems Warehouse in Hampton Township. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Leonard A. and Daniel A. Mancinelli, both at home; two sisters, Lois A. Bonura of Pleasant Hills and Christine M. Leight of Shaler Township; five brothers, John L. Jazbinsek Jr. of Shaler Township, Richard D. Jazbinsek of Ross Township, Robert S., Kenneth J. and Timothy P. Jazbinsek, all of Shaler Township; her mother-in-law, Angeline Colaizzi Mancinelli of Greensburg; and two sisters-in-law, Linda Mancinelli of Shaler Township and Letitia D'Amico of Greensburg. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard T. Mancinelli, on March 3, 1996; and her father-in-law, Leonard A. Mancinelli. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Teresa of Avila Church, Ross Township, with Father Ted Maida as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. The Christian Mothers will recite the rosary Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Mancinelli Family Fund, c/o Fidelity Bank, 1009 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
MARIO J. MASSETTO
Mario J. Massetto, 84, of Kepple Hill, Parks Township, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at the Cedars of Monroeville, where he was a patient for three weeks. He was born Oct. 25, 1915, in Wilpen, a son of Peter and Louisa Carletto Massetto. Mario was a member of St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church and was a graduate of Vandergrift High School, Class of 1935. Mario lived in Vandergrift for the past 50 years. Mario worked for Brock before starting the Massetto Livery Service, which he retired from in 1970. Mario grew up as a farmer and was an avid gardener up until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa Troiano Massetto, in 1986; and a brother, Jesse J. Massetto. He is survived by his wife, Arlene Fairman Massetto; a son, Peter M. Massetto and his wife, Karen Silvis Massetto, of Freeport; two daughters, Mary Louise Kaminski and Madalyn Caperell, both of North Huntingdon; four grandchildren, Lance J. Massetto of Irwin, Jeffri A. Kaminski of Washington, D.C., Kerry Caperell of North Huntingdon, and Christy L. Kaminski-Donofrio of Greensburg; two great-grandsons, Anthony J. Massetto and Adam J. Donofrio; and five stepchildren. Friends will be received at the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Gertrude's R.C. Church. Interment Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, Armstrong County. Family requests, memorial contributions be made to St. Gertrude's R.C. Church, Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, PA 15690.
VINCENT W. McGOWAN
Vincent W. McGowan, 83, of Plum, on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999. Beloved husband of Mildred A. (Pivik). Dear father of Dennis V. McGowan and Patricia A. Nusz. Grandfather of Nicholas Apollo. Brother of Margaret Lee and the late Jean Kunetka and James F. McGowan. Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S&T Bank) in Plum. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
FRANK J. SABATINE
Frank J. ``Pie'' Sabatine, 87, of Greensburg,
died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at his home. He was born July 15, 1912, in
Greensburg, a son of the late John and Addolorato Germano Sabatine. Prior
to retirement, he had been the owner and operator of Sabatine's Tire Mart.
He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg; a U.S.
Air Force veteran of World War II, serving as an airplane mechanic; a member
of the Hilltop Social Club; Hilltop Bowling League; the Monday Senior Citizens
Bowling League; and a former member of the AMVETS Post #88, Greensburg.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers,
infant Frank, James, Anthony ``Gabe,'' Thomas, and August Sabatine; and
a sister, Mary Ann Sabatino. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Florence
M. Damico Sabatine; and his children, Joan and her husband, Joseph Zahorchak,
of Greensburg, Frank J. and his wife, Elizabeth Sabatine, of Muncie, Ind.,
Natalie Sabatine of Pittsburgh, and Richard P. and his wife, Janice Sabatine,
of Cranberry Township; seven grandchildren, Mark and his wife, Jessica
Zahorchak, Michael Zahorchak, Catherine Sabatine, Julia Sabatine, Teresa
Sabatine, Vincent Sabatine, and Elaina Sabatine; two brothers, Mike and
his wife, Ginger Sabatine, of Auburn, Wash., and Joseph ``Jots'' and his
wife, Antoinette Sabatine, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at
Green streets, Greensburg, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3
to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home
Monday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11
a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg. Interment with military
honors provided by the VFW Post #33 Honor Guard will follow in the Greensburg
Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Family suggests memorial contributions
to Our Lady of Grace Building Fund, 1001 Mt. Pleasant Road, Greensburg,
PA 15601, or the Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg,
Leonard C. Sabatine, 87, of Greensburg, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Aug. 20, 1912, in Sicily, Italy, a son of the late Charles and Jane Campo Sabatine. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Walworth Valve Co. He was also a member of the A.M.S. Club of South Greensburg, the A&B Club of Youngwood, Knights of Columbus Council 1480 and the Hilltop Social Club, where he bowled, both of Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Crimbly Sabatine; a sister, Mary Nicolai; and two brothers, Sam and Phillip Vitello. He is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Dudash and husband, Albert, of Grosse Ile, Mich.; four grandchildren, Albert J. Dudash Jr., Mary Beth Nelson, Kristen Shankster and Gregg C. Dudash; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Gertrude DeAngelo of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received at the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME, 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Knights of Columbus will hold services in the funeral home Sunday at 7 p.m. Natale N. Pantalone, funeral director.
FLORA BELLE CORTESE BLACKBURN SHERBONDY
Flora Belle Cortese Blackburn Sherbondy, 86, of Hempfield Towers in Hempfield Township, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 17, 1999, at 7:21 p.m. in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Flora was born in Perryopolis, Pa., Oct. 18, 1913, a daughter of the late Thomas A. Cortese and Bessie Belle Borden Cortese Anderson. She was retired from the cap department at the Anchor Hocking Cap Division in South Connellsville with 27 years of service. She was also a former employee of U.S. Steel's Christy Park Division Works. She was a member of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, a member of the GPPAW Union Local #107, and was honored for her many years as a donor to the American Red Cross bloodmobile drives. Flora is survived by her loving family, her son, Kenneth F. Blackburn and his wife, Elva, of Alverton RD3; two granddaughters, Charlene Pluck of Laurelville and Linda Costelnock and her husband, Jerome, of Mt. Pleasant; four grandsons, Phey, Charles, Joseph, and John Wilson, all of the Uniontown area; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Texey A. Eiford of Dawson; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Rock of Greensburg and Darlene Sherbondy of Forest Hills; and a niece, Pauline Smith and her husband, Donald, of Dover. In addition to her parents, Flora was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph F. Blackburn in June 1955; her second husband, Hildridge S. ``Mick'' Sherbondy in June 1994; a daughter, Gladys Blackburn Wilson in November 1981; and two grandsons, David Wilson in 1982 and Joseph Alan Blackburn in 1985. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. James P. Cordell officiating. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery.
LARRY E. ANSELL
LEONARD M. GRAFF
Leonard M. Graff, 80, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born March 29, 1919, in Canonsburg, he was a son of the late Joseph John Sr. and Margaret Bonfanti Graff. He retired from J&L Steel in Pittsburgh. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Senior Citizens of St. John's, and Latrobe Railroad Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Palmer Graff; five brothers, John, James, Stephen, Samuel and Phillip Graff; and two sisters, Anna Granata and Mary Graff. Surviving are his fiancee, Anne M. Koerbel, of Latrobe; a daughter, Mary Eleanor Lukan, of Midway, Pa.; a brother, Thomas Graff, of West Chester, Ill.; two sisters, Margaret ``Peggy'' Bell of Houston, Pa., and Freda Puccetti of Toledo, Ohio; two grandchildren, Sean Lukan and Melissa Lukan, both of Midway; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday and will be received 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant. Interment in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Military services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the St. John Building Fund.
ROBERTA STERRETT KEPPLE
Roberta Sterrett Kepple, 79, of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, in the Greensburg Nursing and Convalescent Center. She was born July 9, 1920, in Hunker, the youngest child of the late Robert Witmer and Sara Dugal Sterrett. After graduating from Greensburg High School in 1937, she attended Indiana College. In 1942, she married Lloyd S. Kepple, who died in 1993. Along with her parents and husband, she also was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Abram and Charles Sterrett, and a sister, Margaret Smith. A devoted mother, she is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Ray Mitchell of Annapolis, Md., Margaret and Richard Graham of New Alexandria, and Martha and Paul Zanotto of Crystal Lake, Ill.; two grandsons, Kevin and Adam Graham; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, on the corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria, where services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Terry J. Carnahan, pastor of the Community United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the New Alexandria Public Library.
Bruno ``Bazz'' Kmieciak, 86, of Everson, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Integrated Health Service of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. Bazz's family received friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson, with the Rev. Joseph L. Sredzinski and the Rev. Dennis A. Bogusz as concelebrants. Interment to follow in St. Joseph R.C. Parish Cemetery, Everson. A parish wake service was held Thursday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
RONALD H. McDOWELL
Ronald H. McDowell, 56, of Manor, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 6, 1942, in Greensburg, a son of Charles and Helen Davis McDowell of Manor. He was employed as a mechanic for Beckwith Machine in Blawnox. He was a member of the Penn Lutheran Church and the International Union #66 of Operating Engineers. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lorena Raspotnik McDowell; two sons, Ronald S. and wife, Cheryl McDowell, of North Huntingdon and James E. McDowell of Westmoreland City; a daughter, Heather L. McDowell, of Pitcairn; a sister, Donna Nedley, of Harrison City; and five grandchildren, Brian, Brent, Samantha, Megan, and Kayli McDowell. Friends were received Thursday and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert J. Marks officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, Irwin.
PAUL E. PETENBRINK
Paul E. Petenbrink, 81, of North Grove Street, Scottdale, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, in Countryside Rest Home, Mt. Pleasant. Paul's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with his pastor, Bob Chambers, officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. The family suggests memorials be made to the Scottdale Church of Christ, in loving memory of Paul E. Petenbrink.
Helen Ritchey, 89, of Derry, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born May 31, 1910, in Duncansville, Pa., a daughter of the late Daniel and Minnie Helsel Beegle. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Derry, the Blairsville O.E.S. Chapter #166, and had been a past worthy matron of the Derry Chapter O.E.S. Also, she was a member of the Golden Circle Sunday school class and a charter member of the Derry V.F.D. Ladies Auxiliary. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence R. Ritchey, on June 26, 1987; and a son, R. Daniel Ritchey. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Beverly) Cowan, of Derry; her daughter-in-law, Helen M. ``Toosie'' Ritchey, of Whitney; a brother, Harold Beegle, of Duncansville; a sister, Violet Diehl, of Duncansville; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. with her pastor, the Rev. David D. Wilson Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery, Derry. Blairsville O.E.S. Chapter #166 will conduct services Friday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Derry or the Derry Borough V.F.D.
ELAINE B. ROSS
Elaine B. Ross, 72, of Youngwood, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 20, 1927, in Youngwood, a daughter of the late Paul R. and Huldah Overdorff Baker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Youngwood, and was a deacon and a former secretary of the church. She was a retired court clerk for the Westmoreland Courthouse; and a member of Presbyterian Women's Association of Youngwood, Order of Eastern Star #281 of Greensburg, and the Hempfield Garden Club. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, James W. Ross; a daughter, Diane Ross Buchman and husband, Richard, of Greensburg; a son, James F. ``J.R.'' Ross and wife, Judy, of Greensburg; two beloved granddaughters, Allison E. Ross and Jessica R. Buchman; a brother, Charles Baker and wife, Rosemary, of Ruffsdale; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Thursday at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis J. Hoffman officiating. Interment Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. An Eastern Star service also was held Thursday. Memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church Capital Fund.
CHARLES W. SKERO JR.
Charles W. Skero Jr., 91, of East Vine Street, Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in the Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant. A blessing service will be held in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Friday at 9:15 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Robert M. Washko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration R.C. Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
GARY J. SOYKA
Gary J. ``Guffey'' Soyka, 43, of Sutersville, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born March 7, 1956, in Greensburg, a son of John and Martha Foster Soyka of Sutersville. He was a dog trainer and animal lover, a ``Jack of all trades and master of most.'' He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a 1975 graduate of Yough High School. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Jarett Soyka-Laudadio of Jeannette; three brothers, John ``Jerry'' and wife, Barb, of Miami Beach, Fla., Jeff of Atlanta, Ga., and Ricky and wife, Vickie, of Monessen; and a sister, Cheryl Soyka Menser and husband, Greg, of Bovard. Also several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, many friends, and a loving and caring dog, Mariah. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Alice Soyka and maternal grandparents, John and Maggie Foster. Friends were received Thursday and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton, where a service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Darrel Evans officiating. Interment West Newton Cemetery.