|John Francis Bonaroti
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,