Miscellaneous Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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John Francis Bonaroti
Beaver County
Formerly of Oakmont and Penn Hills
John Francis Bonaroti, of Center Township, Beaver County, formerly of Oakmont and Penn Hills, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, after a 17-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Beloved son of Carmela (Dentino) Bonaroti and the late Michael Bonaroti. Beloved husband of Nancy Wagner Bonaroti. Father of John E. and his wife, Stacey, of Export, Eugene A. and his wife, Carrie, of Fox Chapel, Daniel M. and his wife, Heidi, of Export, Lisa Eckhart and her husband, Richard, of Virginia and Annette Waldron and her husband, Glenn, of Monroeville; grandfather of Leah Eckhart Brochu, Chris Eckhart, Marielle, Jillian, Alisha, Stephanie, Anthony, Natalie and Colter Bonaroti and Christian and Abigail Waldron; great-grandfather of Kaylie S. Brochu. Brother of Michael Bonaroti, Marie Filia and Teresa B. Sauer. John was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and commentator. John was a Navy veteran, having served aboard the USS Porterfield. John was greatly blessed with a deep love and commitment to God and his family. Friends and relatives may call at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont. Donations may be forwarded to the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Parkinson's Foundation, 6507 Wilkens Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or Wagner Family Charities, 6015 Verona Road, Verona, PA 15147.

Louis DeMonte
Penn Township
Louis DeMonte, 78, of Penn Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. He was born April 26, 1923, in Bovard, a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Falo) DeMonte. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a custodian for the Penn-Trafford School District. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Sam, David, Meade and Ernest DeMonte. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna Mae Louch DeMonte; two sons, Louis Michael DeMonte of Gibsonia and John Joseph DeMonte and wife, JoAnn, of Oviedo, Fla.; a daughter, Rebecca Sudduth and husband, James, of Cambridge, Ohio; a brother, Frank DeMonte of Penn; two sisters, Concetta Messich of Bovard and Louise DeMase of New Alexandria; and eight grandchildren. Friends were 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 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. V. Paul Fitzmaurice officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

Anna Amanda (Housel) Dyer
Youngwood
Anna Amanda (Housel) Dyer, 57, of Youngwood, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. Born Dec. 21, 1943, in Mill Run, she was a daughter of the late John Harrison and Phoebe Elizabeth (Pirl) Housel. She attended Deliverance Tabernacle Church, New Stanton. Surviving are five daughters, Junita Knopp of Youngwood, Lisa White of Scottdale, Melissa Smith and husband, Ernest, of Youngwood and twins, Jackie and Faith Dyer; several grandchildren; and a sister, Mary E. (Housel) Thomas of Mt. Pleasant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Dyer, in 1998; five half brothers, Kenneth, Ed, Clarence, William and John Housel; an infant brother, Franklin Housel; and a half sister, Susan Huffman. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dolores Glodosky officiating. Interment will follow in Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the funeral home in her name.

Rita C. Horak
Latrobe
Rita C. Horak, 81, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born June 16, 1920, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late John and Albina Ianni Trafficante. She was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe. She was retired from Kennametal Corp. with 25 years of service and had also worked at the former Toyad Corp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Amos E. Horak, on April 27, 1971; an infant daughter, Zelma Horak; two brothers, Frank and Daniel Trafficante; and three sisters, Annie Manzell, Mary Trafficante and Josephine Hernley. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald A. and Nancy O'Barto Horak of Latrobe; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Kathleen) Stumpf of Youngstown, Pa.; two brothers, Anthony Trafficante of California and Paul Trafficante of Connellsville; two sisters, Lena Wiltrout of Connellsville and Catherine Wishart of Scottdale; a grandson, Ronald A. Horak II; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation, in accordance with Rita's wishes. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Saturday at 1 p.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment, Greenridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of one's choice. The JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, is in charge of arrangements.

Michael John Lacey
North Braddock
Michael John Lacey, 69, of North Braddock, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, in the LGAR Home, Turtle Creek. Mr. Lacey was born Oct. 23, 1932, in Braddock, to the late Michael and Delia (Walsh) Lacey. Beloved husband of Bernice (Kajder) Lacey. Loving father of Rhonda Ann Chamberlin and her husband, Randy, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Nancy Jo Duray and her husband, Ken, of North Versailles and Mika Delia Lacey of Philadelphia. Loving grandfather of Nikki Pham, Marissa Valencia, Daniel Chamberlin, Amanda and Alexis Duray. Great-grandfather of Lucius Pham. Brother of Della Cosgrove. Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Braddock Hills.

Richard H. "Dick" Lander
Swissvale
Richard H. "Dick" Lander Sr., suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at his residence in Swissvale. Mr. Lander was born Sept. 27, 1929, to the late Thomas L. Lander and Jeannette Neligh Lander. Beloved husband of Jeanette Ayres Lander. Loving father of Richard H. Lander Jr. and his wife, Pauline, of North Braddock, Dorothy J. Goltz and her husband, Paul, of Wexford, and Patricia A. Cuccaro of Hempfield Township. Grandfather of Kaili, Brian, Amanda, Ali, Kevin and Richard. Brother of Thomas Lander and his wife, Betty, of North Carolina and the late Harry Lander. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. SUNDAY ONLY at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A service will be held at the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m. Interment in the Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.

Louis J. "Buddy" Lucarelli
Turtle Creek
Louis J. "Buddy" Lucarelli, 67, of Turtle Creek, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. A son of the late Lewis ``Tubby'' and Mary Margaret (Welsh) Lucarelli. Beloved father of Toni Louise (Mark) Mattson, Vincenza Louise ``Angel'' (Jim) Spinelli, Louis J. ``Louie'' Lucarelli, Mary Louise ``Mary Lou'' (Joe) Urban and Anthony Vincent ``Tony'' (Erin McAndrew) Lucarelli. Stepfather of Cheryl Lynn Campo (Terry) McGartland and Teri Ann Campo (Sam) Cormas. Grandfather of Michael J. and Tanya Carwile, Matthew and Elizabeth Mattson, John P. Vechter, Emily, Carmen and Anthony Spinelli, Dylan J. Urban, Corey Anthony Lucarelli, Conor McGartland and Taylor and Jena Cormas. Brother of Michael Angelo ``Sonny'' Lucarelli, John L. Lucarelli and the late Catherine Jean ``Kitty'' Papst and the late Mary Margaret ``Peggy Lou'' Hall. Nephew of Mary DeVito, Regis and Joe Welsh. Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Services in the funeral home Monday at 9 a.m., followed by Mass in St. Jude the Apostle Church at 10 a.m. Buddy was the former owner of B&L Auto Sales and B&L Beer Distributor in New Alexandria.

Frank V. "Patsy" Malpezzi
Herminie
Frank V. "Patsy" Malpezzi, 87, of Herminie, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at the Westmoreland Manor, Hempfield Township. He was born Dec. 29, 1913, in Fitz Henry, a son of the late Joseph and Pellegrina (Bellastracci) Malpezzi. Patsy was a Sewickley Township supervisor, having retired after 16 years of working for the township. Patsy was a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served in World War II as a technical sergeant. For over 30 years, Patsy volunteered as an athletic trainer for the University of Pittsburgh's football program. In addition, Patsy also volunteered for several local high school athletic programs, as well as the Sewickley Township Recreation Board. He was also a member of St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Herminie, Herminie VFW Post 8427 and a life member of Sewickley Township Volunteer Fire Department Station 15. In addition to his parents, Patsy was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Gilette, Gildo, Guido and William Malpezzi; and three sisters, Jennie Pesce, Asunta Marsiglio and Edith Varela. Patsy is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Montini Malpezzi; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia German and her husband, Ken Murphy, of Herminie; two grandchildren, Jacki Kienzle and her husband, Ken, and Frank German; a great-grandson, Kenny Kienzle; a sister, Mrs. Emma Neri of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A private funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. with Father Lawrence L. Manchas as celebrant. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the South Greensburg American Legion Post 981.

Mary Ethel Ackerman Millen
New Alexandria
Mary Ethel Ackerman Millen, 83, of New Alexandria, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Curtis and Ethel (Losier) Ackerman. She was a member of the New Alexandria United Methodist Church. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Charles; her first husband, Raymond Jellison; and second husband, John R. Millen, on May 22, 2001. She is survived by two daughters, Gladys Brandt of Latrobe and Kathleen Myers of New Alexandria; a son, Roy C. Millen of Korea; a sister, Jane Gyenes of Clarksburg, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Diane Ackerman of New Alexandria; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria, where services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lota C. Jones, pastor of the New Alexandria United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria.

Forrest D. "Woody" Moore
Forrest D. "Woody" Moore Jr., 81, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Scottdale, died early Friday morning, Nov. 30, 2001, in Life Care Hospital, Wilkinsburg. He was born July 14, 1920, in West Chester, a son of the late Forrest D. and Sarah M. Dutton Moore. Woody was a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Scottdale. Woody was a former manufacturer's agent for General Bathroom Products, Elgin, Ill., Sunshine Peat Moss Co. of Canada, Anderson Peat Moss Co. of Michigan and Black Leaf Products of Elgin, Ill., with a total of 35 years of service. Woody was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a lieutenant from June 1942 to May 1946. He served aboard the USS Betelguese AKA II and the USS Bexar APA 232 as a ship-to-shore and invasion transport officer. He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theatre ribbon and the European and Atlantic Theatre medals. He was a member of the Scottdale Elks B.P.O.E. 777. Woody is survived by a son, Forrest D. Moore III and his wife, Martha Anne, of Scottdale; a daughter, Deborah R. Moore Williams of Pittsburgh; a nephew, Robert Kindle and his wife, Marita, of Brentwood; and two nieces, Nancy Schmidt and her husband, Michael, of Los Alamos, N.M., and Barbara Forrest and her husband, Tim, of Basalt, Colo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Karleen E. Bowers Moore, on Dec. 15, 1985; and a sister, Jane Kindle, on May 30, 1997. The family extends an invitation to friends to attend a memorial service for Forrest Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Chestnut and Mulberry streets, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. James Hepler, officiating. Inurnment will follow in Thomas Jefferson Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Pleasant Hills. The Scottdale Elks B.P.O.E. will conduct a memorial service Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in the church. Arrangements by the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., Scottdale.

Frank Joseph Padula
Missouri City, Texas
Formerly of Greensburg
Frank Joseph Padula, 62, of Missouri City, Texas, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. He passed peacefully into the loving arms of God while surrounded by family and friends. Frank was born Jan. 8, 1939, in Greensburg, the son of the late George and Mary Padula. He received a bachelor of science degree from Kent State University in Ohio, where he studied physical education, played football and served as a student coach. For the past 36 years, Frank was a respected member of the plastics industry, where he will be remembered for his consummate professionalism, steady work ethic and unsurpassable knowledge of the business. A life-long lover of sports and the outdoors, Frank was an avid golfer. He was a proud member of the Quail Valley Country Club for 28 years. For the past 10 years, Frank was an active committee member and volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he served as vice chairman of the Lamb Auction Committee and as a member of the International Committee. Frank is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jo-Ann; his son, Jason and wife, Amy; a daughter, Dawn; his sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Bert Bringe of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Frank will always be remembered by his friends and family as an honest, loving and peaceful man. A memorial Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 7, at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas.

Nicolena "Nikki" Reidmiller
Jeannette
Nicolena "Nikki" Reidmiller, 72, of Jeannette, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at her residence. She was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Patti Vitolo. Nikki was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, and a volunteer and member of the Jeannette Senior Citizens Center. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Henry S. Reidmiller, in 1989; and a sister, Mary Vitolo. She is survived by three daughters, Louise Lozer and husband, Michael, of Pittsburgh, Lydia Reidmiller and Loraine Kinley and husband, Craig, all of Jeannette; a brother, Paul Vitolo and wife, Elizabeth, and a sister, Irene Perfette, all of Export; five grandchildren, Adam Pifer and wife, Traci, Aaron Pifer, Amanda Boban, Hannah and Hailey Kinley; two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Brett Pifer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, beginning Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Sunday at noon in the funeral home with the Rev. James Loew, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will take place in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

Kenneth L. "Snuffy" Smith
Derry
Kenneth L. "Snuffy" Smith, 42, of Derry, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at his home. He was born Jan. 29, 1959, in Latrobe, a son of Franklin L. and Barbara Novak Smith of Latrobe. He worked for Latrobe Parks and Recreation. Besides his parents, he is survived by his godmother, Betty Boggio of Bradenville; three brothers, Franklin L. Jr. of Ohio, Lee of Derry and Philip Jason Smith of Whitney; four sisters, Kathleen Harden, Barbara Ray, Laurie Taylor and Janice Ferraro, all of Latrobe; a dear friend, Margaret Smith of Derry; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and his dog, Lucky. Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a blessing service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. Interment will be made in Coles Cemetery, Derry.

Essie L. Stalnaker
Canonsburg
Formerly of Pleasant Hills
Essie L. Stalnaker, 95, of Canonsburg, formerly of Pleasant Hills, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. She was active in the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, a volunteer at Kane Hospital and helped with Meals On Wheels. Beloved wife of the late Clyde Stalnaker. Loving mother of Jerry Stalnaker of Ligonier, Judith Stewart of Canonsburg and Rex Stalnaker of Williamsport; also eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Service will be held at noon Saturday in the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, 15236, or Family Hospice, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228.

Alfretta G. Swaney
South Huntingdon
Alfretta G. Swaney, 83, of Smithton RD, South Huntingdon Township, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born June 16, 1918, in Smithton, a daughter of the late Robert R. and Lucy M. Smith Sethman. She was a retired housekeeper, having worked at Westmoreland Manor, and also worked at Christy Park during World War II. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Smithy, Robert and Marion Sethman; and six sisters, Myrna Mellander, Gertrude Cornell, Oral Pugh, Gladys Williams, Lucy Pearl Sethman and Sadie Gonda. She is survived by a daughter, Sally Jo Swaney, and a son, William C. Swaney, both of Smithton RD; and two granddaughters, Diana Lynn Swaney and Ann M. Davis-Gluyas. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. James Kutz and the Rev. Herbert Peterson co-officiating. Interment will be in the Barren Run Cemetery, South Huntingdon Township.

Rose M. Yaklich
Penn Hills
Rose M. Yaklich of Penn Hills, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Charles E. Yaklich. Mother of Charles Yaklich and wife, Janet, Betsy Yaklich, and Robin Gareis and husband, Al. Grandmother of Tina Jurick and husband, Michael, Heather and Alan Gareis, Melanie, Melissa and Charles Yaklich Jr. Sister of Anna Mae Wylie, Anthony and Gloria O'Block, Donna Ufert, and the late Shirley Girdich and Edward O'Block. Also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Friends received in the WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral Monday at 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Visitation Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Paul G. Collins
Springdale
Formerly of Ross
Paul G. Collins, age 53, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born in Pittsburgh, a son of Charles E. Collins Sr. of Ross and the late Thecla Geisler Collins. Survived by his wife, Margaret Walkup Collins; two sons, Martin P. of Tarentum and Brian P. of Penn Hills; two daughters, Erin K. of Jeannette and Caitlin E. of Penn Hills; one brother, Charles E. Collins Jr. of Ellwood City; two sisters, Thecla Romeo of Monaca and Mary Alice Jack of Baden; also by nieces and nephews. Visitation Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross, www.devlinfuneralhome.com. Mass of Christian Burial with Incarnation of the Lord Parish, Nativity Church, Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in North Side Catholic Cemetery, Ross. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Church Army, 210 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Thomas Crone
South Park
Formerly of Munhall
Thomas Crone, age 84, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. He was born in Parton, England, resided in South Park for 50 years and was formerly of Munhall. Mr. Crone was a retired superintendent of Mesta Machine and Roll Shop with 46 years of service. He was a former soccer player, basketball player and basketball official in the district. He was also a charter member of the Windover Hills United Methodist Church. Survived by his wife, Geraldine (Thomkins) Crone of South Park; a son, Thomas G. (Mary M.) Crone of Murraysville; two nephews and three nieces. Brother of the late James Crone. Friends received Friday 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 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. Funeral Sunday at 3 p.m. from Windover United Methodist Church. Family requests memorial donations to the Windover Hills United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Gwen M. Harris
Ross Township
Gwen M. Harris, 91, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001 at her home in Ross Twp. She was born in Ellsworth, Pa., Sept. 24, 1910, daughter of William Hargest and Emily Ann Blenmann Hargest. Survived by her daughter, Diane H. Goff and her husband William of Ross, a son, David W. Harris Jr. and his wife Shirley, of Port Orange, Fla., three grandchildren, Julie Shivers, Jonathan Goff and Andrew Goff; two great-grandchildren, Amber Shivers and Alex Shivers. Preceded in death by her husband David W. Harris Sr. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Ross, www.simonsfuneralhomeinc.com. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Highway, McCandless Township, with the Rev. David Antonson as officiant. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park Cemetery. Contirbutions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Rose M. (Petrosky) Krakker
East Pittsburgh and North Brad
Rose M. (Petrosky) Krakker, 80, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001. Wife of the late Leo J. Krakker. Mother of Walter Krakker Sr. and his wife Ruth of Swissvale; grandmother of Walter Krakker Jr. of N.J., Wanda Clemens of Penn Hills and Bryan Krakker of N.C.; great-grandmother of Jessica, Shawn and Cory Clemens and Priya Krakker; aunt of Betty Ann Wallick, Adelaide Wagaski and other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a brother, Walter Petrosky and sisters, Jean Ives, Laura White and Sophia Mizla. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, (412-824-8800). Mass of Christian Burial in St. Helen Church of Holy Cross Parish at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.

Daniel R. McConnell
Franklin Park
Daniel R. McConnell, 17, of Franklin Park, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, in his home. Born in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 15, 1984, he was a son of Gary D. and Sandra Odum McConnell. Brother of Kelly McConnell and Jason McConnell. Grandson of Howard and Norma McConnell of Leonard, Mo. Nephew of Carol and Bill Taylor of Carbondale, Ill. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles. Friends received Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Ross, www.simonsfuneralhomeinc.com. Services will be in the chapel of the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Hiland Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Mental Health Association of Allegheny County, c/o Child/Adolescent Program, 1945 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Alice V. Mercavitch
Alice V. Mercavitch, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. Husband of the late William T. Mother of Margaret Jones Flowers. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at WM. SLATER AND SONS, INC., Virginia Ave. at Kearsarge Street, Mt. Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday.

John C. Porac
Emsworth
John C. Porac, age 59, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. Beloved husband of Joan M. (Valenti) Porac. Also survived by loving children, Jennifer L. Porac of Palm Harbor, Fla., Jacquelyn B. Merillat and her husband Jason of Media, Pa., and John A. Porac of Emsworth; his mother, Cecelia Porac of Windgap; a sister, Joan M. Crane and her husband John of Kennedy Twp.; grandchildren, Robert M. and Katherine E. Merillat; and an aunt, Elizabeth Kratovil of Robinson Twp. An accountant by profession, Mr. Porac was a 1964 graduate of Duquesne University. From 1964-66, he served with the U.S. Navy. Friends invited Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME, INC., A Golden Rule Member Firm, 1014 California Ave., Avalon (North Boros). Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church of Sewickley. Burial will be in St. Mark's Cemetery, Kennedy Twp. Memorials are suggested to the American Respiratory Alliance, 201 Smith Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066 (724-772-1750), or to UPMC Hospice, 6301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (412-420-8124).

Mike (Mile) Rakich
Cabot
Formerly of Russellton
Mike (Mile) Rakich, age 87, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Son of the late Sava and Bozo Rakich. Preceded in death by a sister, Boja Lichina, and brothers, Nick and Pete Karan. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Rakich was a World War II veteran and was employed as a coal miner for many years. Memorial Mass will be in Glade Run United Presbyterian Church, Valencia, Saturday at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements by the HERBERT R. KING, JR. FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park (Hampton Twp.), (www.kingfuneralhome.com).

John R. Riddell
Perry Hill Top
John R. Riddell, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. Husband of the late Margaret Forrester Riddell; father of John Jr. and Thomas Riddell, Margaret A. Mueser and Dorothy H. McGee; brother of James Riddell; also survived by four grandchildren. Mr. Riddell was a member of the American Legion. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at SPERLING INC., 408 Cedar Ave., North Side. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday from the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will follow in Incarnation Church at noon. 

Marian Kablach Steinmetz
Troy Hill
Marian Kablach Steinmetz, 85, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001 in Windsor Place, Ross. She was born Aug. 20, 1916, daughter of Otto and Mary Kablach. Mrs. Kablach had been a homemaker and was a former employee for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and former president of Triangle Welding in the Strip District. Triangle Welding Co. was founded by her late husband Clarence Steinmetz. Mrs. Steinmetz is survived by her children, Robert Steinmetz, and his wife Vicki, Rita Steinmetz, Sally Sharpless and her husband Allan of Utah, James Steinmetz and his wife Carol of Florida, Regina Scanlon and her husband Patrick of Delaware, Marie Killeen and her husband John of Virginia, Joe Steinmetz and his wife Ami; four brothers, Clarence, Francis (Skip), Thomas and John. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy and three brothers, Richard, Robert and Joseph. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Troy Hill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Most Holy Name Church at 11 a.m. Monday with Father David Schorr as celebrant. Interment in St. Marys Cemetery, 4000 Mt. Troy Road, Ross. Memorials may be made to Most Holy Name Church, 1700 Harpster St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Teresa M. Tronzo
Wexford
Teresa M. Tronzo, 95, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2001. Beloved sister of Gilda G. Gentile and the late Alfred, Louis, Julia and Albert Tronzo. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call SUNDAY ONLY from 1 to 4 p.m. in the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, McCandless. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Alphonsus Church.

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 595, 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.

William S. Wise
Cranberry Township
Formerly of Mars
William S. Wise, 81, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born in Clearfield County, March 28, 1920, the son of Ernest J. and Lois Lippert Wise. He was a retired draftsman, foreman and vice-president of Playtime Equipment Corporation of Mars. He was a member of Dutilh United Methodist Church and a former member of Mars United Methodist Church. Mr. Wise had attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and taught classes there and at Cranberry Senior Center. At age 80, he took classes at BC3 Cranberry. He was a member of Butler County Associated Artists and belonged to Cranberry Senior Citizens. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Mars V.F.W. Post 7505. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Mae Rainey Wise, whom he married on Jan. 3, 1947, and who died March 17, 1993. Also preceded in death by a brother, David Wise. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Barbara) Gray of Mars; three sons, William Wise Jr., John A. Wise and Ernest J. Wise, all of Butler; six grandchildren; one niece. Friends received at the MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., in Mars from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Tony Fallisi, associate pastor of Dutilh United Methodist Church as officiant. Burial in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to Cranberry Senior Center, Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.


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