|MICHAEL A. ADAMS JR.
Michael A. Adams Jr., 92, of Wall, died Wednesday,
Nov. 24, 1999. He was a son of the late Michael A. Sr. and Elizabeth (Petrosky)
Adams. Beloved husband of 63 years of Margaret (Olear) Adams. Father of
Judith (Walter) Smith and Richard W. (the late Bonnie) Adams. Grandfather
of Alan W., Gary E., and Mark W. Smith and Chad Bielec. Great-grandfather
of Ryan A., Kyle, Michael Ross and Julia M. Smith. Brother of Elizabeth
Ruszkiewicz, and the late Ann Hochlinski, Mary Ersik, and George Adams;
numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL
HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. and Saturday until the time of the service in the funeral home at
11:30 a.m., followed by Mass in St. Jude the Apostle Church at noon.
AGNES S. (MORRELL) BEITZ
Agnes S. (Morrell) Beitz, 91, of North Huntingdon,
formerly of McKeesport, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at the residence
of her son, Ronald J. Beitz. Born June 1, 1908, in Sutersville, she was
a daughter of the late Fred and Susanna Wood Morrell, and wife of the late
Harry J. Beitz. She was a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church
in McKeesport and also was retired from the Crown Chocolate Co. in McKeesport.
She is survived by sons, Ronald J. Beitz of North Huntingdon and Dennis
H. Beitz of Keystone Heights, Fla.; daughter, Charlotte Schwalm of Elizabeth
Township; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; also nieces and
nephews. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at
the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. Services
in the chapel of the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Howard
F. Peters officiating. Entombment in the McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery
Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Congregational
Church, Olive and Walnut streets, McKeesport, PA 15132.
EMMA R. BLANEY
Emma R. Blaney, 95, of Perryopolis, died Monday,
Nov. 22, 1999, at 2:10 p.m., in Havencrest Nursing Home, Monongahela. She
was born Feb. 29, 1904, in Perryopolis, a daughter of the late Albert William
and Edith Moore Ramsier. Emma was a retired elementary school teacher from
Perry Township School District. A lifelong member of the First Christian
Church, Perryopolis. A member of the Perryopolis Senior Citizen Center,
and Pennsylvania and Fayette County Association of School Retirees. She
is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ruth A. McIlravey, of Bartow, Fla.; two nieces,
Mrs. Robert (Agnes) Sobrito of LaMesa, Calif., and Ms. Mary Jane Ramsier
of Chambersburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death
by her husband, Dean Blaney; a brother, Russell L. Ramsier Sr.; a sister,
Gertrude Ramsier; and a nephew, Russell L. Ramsier Jr. Friends will be
received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 106 E. Independence St.,
Perryopolis, Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday in the First Christian
Church, Perryopolis, from 9 to 10 a.m., the hour of service, with the Rev.
Paul M. Ragle officiating. Interment Mt. Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis.
Marietta Chapman, of McKeesport, passed away
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, in McKeesport Hospital. Born Dec. 8, 1927, in
Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Anna Mae Chadwick Wills. Wife
of the late Thomas E. Chapman. Former member of St. John's Lutheran Church,
North Huntingdon Township, a member of the Pin Busters of White Oak Bowling
Lanes, the McKeesport Turner's, and the Gold Key Club of the McKeesport
Hospital. Survived by four daughters, Barbara Stuffer of Jeannette, Teddi
Madak of White Oak Borough, Diane Stuffer of Delmont, and Ruth Ann Hiner
of Farmington Hills, Mich.; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Friends are being received today in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME,
3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, Pa., from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services
will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. David
Weeks officiating. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth
Mary Cline, 84, of Penn, our beloved mother, went
to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999. She was born Sept. 15,
1915, in Export, a daughter of the late Ralph E. and Grace Smith Hill.
She was a member of Ascension Church in Jeannette and a former member of
Hill's Church Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ in Export. In addition
to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Cline;
a son, Gary E. Kline; two great-grandsons, Jason A. Gray and George J.
Cline; three brothers, Charles E., Jacob W. and Richard G. Hill; and four
sisters, Zelda M. Hill, Marie Hill, Stella C. Hill and Nora E. Bollinger.
She is survived by five sons, Donald and wife, Violet Cline, of Jeannette,
Melvin and wife, Emily Cline, of Apollo, Barry and wife, Barbara Cline,
of Jeannette, Richard Cline at home, and Jay and wife, Susan Cline, of
Penn; three daughters, Mrs. Pete (Hilda) Starry of Export, Mrs. John (Kay)
Moff of Jeannette and Colleen Cline of Jeannette; a daughter-in-law, Susanne
Kline, of Jeannette; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a sister,
Martha G. Holt, of Export; a brother, William W. ``Bill'' Hill, of Blairsville;
and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the MASON-GELDER
FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Saturday and Sunday from
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m.
in the Ascension Church, Jeannette. Interment will follow in Twin Valley
Memorial Park, Delmont.
GENEVIEVE G. FERGUSON
Genevieve G. Ferguson, 93, of Greensburg, formerly
of Harrisburg, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, in Greensburg. She was born
July 10, 1906, in Berwick, Pa., a daughter of the late Raymond Speary and
the late Alberta Smith Speary Harman. Mrs. Ferguson lived a great number
of years in Bloomsburg, Pa. After moving to Harrisburg, she acted as an
innkeeper at her home located at 1503 N. Second St., prior to her retirement
in 1982. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ferguson was preceded in death
by her husband, William J. Ferguson; her stepfather, Freas Harman, who
raised her; a son, Richard L. Ferguson; grandsons, Richard and Scott Ferguson;
a brother, Donald Speary; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Speary Keen. Mrs. Ferguson
is survived by a son, James F. Ferguson and his wife, Martha, of Greensburg
and their children, Mrs. Sandra Tamasy and her husband, Marty, of Manor,
Peggy Banner of Jeannette and Mrs. Carol Dent and her husband, Rob, of
Jeannette. She also is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jackie Ferguson;
her former daughter-in-law, Clara Hutton Ferguson; and her children, John
Ferguson, Randy Ferguson and Debbie Ferguson Gerhardt. There are also 10
great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul Harman,
of Mt. Wolf, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will
be received at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh
St., Greensburg, Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., at which time a funeral service
will be held with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. Interment will
follow at the St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
GEORGE L. GRIMM
George L. Grimm, 66, of Connellsville, died Thursday,
Nov. 25, 1999, at his home. He was born April 19, 1933, in Springfield
Township, a son of the late Roy and Dorothy Eiford Grimm. He was a self-employed
developer and contractor of both commercial and residential properties.
In 1968, he purchased the land known as Georgetown Manor in Dunbar Township,
and he began that development. He was a former member of the Bullskin Water
Authority, and he donated time and equipment for the Bullskin Swim Club.
Mr. Grimm also restored antique cars and trucks and was a member of the
Antique Car Club. He was a member of the B.P.O. Elks #503 of Connellsville
and a member of the Slovak Club of Connellsville. Among his hobbies, Mr.
Grimm loved to cook, especially wild game, and was also an avid hunter
and a cunning card player. He is survived by his family, whom he dearly
loved, his wife, Margaret Biler Grimm; three children, Janice Pritts of
Connellsville, Barcine Graft and her husband, Dennis, of Connellsville
and Ralph Grimm and his wife, Holly, of Normalville; six grandchildren,
Vanessa Pritts, Koleen Grimm, Christopher Grimm, Casey Graft, Jessica Graft
and Levi Graft; a great-grandchild, Skylar Johnston; and six brothers,
Howard Grimm and his wife, Dolly, of Indian Head, Jackson Grimm and his
wife, Joan, and Richard Grimm and his wife, Lilly, both of Normalville,
Ronald Grimm and his wife, Jean, Kenneth Grimm and his wife, Carol, and
Bernard Ohler and his wife, Joanne, all of Connellsville. In addition to
his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Ellsworth Grimm;
and a sister, Anna Ruth Grimm. Friends will be received at the BROOKS FUNERAL
HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Saturday and Sunday from 1
to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral
home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist
Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. John Butler as celebrant.
Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. A parish
wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
MELVINA I. GROSS
Melvina I. Gross, 71, of Jeannette, died Thursday,
Nov. 25, 1999, at home. She was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Jeannette, a daughter
of the late Frank Sr. and Muriel Walters Gray. She was a member of the
Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Floyd, and Walter Gray;
and three sisters, Ida Lyon, Thelma Andrews and Patricia Slonacher. She
is survived by her husband, Robert ``Bob'' Gross, of Jeannette; a son,
Marc Gross, of Verona; a daughter, Mrs. Louis (Brenda) Santioni, of Jacksonville,
Fla.; a granddaughter, Darlene Santioni; a great-granddaughter, Taylor
Santioni; a brother, Frank Gray Jr., of Norvelt; a sister, Hilda Ehalt,
of Monroeville; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received
at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Sunday
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday at a time
to be announced. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park,
ANNA WIESTER HILL
Anna Wiester Hill, 84, of Florissant, Mo., formerly
of Slickville, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999. She was born Aug. 8, 1915, in
Franklin Township, a daughter of the late Albertiss R. and Gertrude E.
Beaver Wiester. She was a member of the Poke Run Presbyterian Church, Apollo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy
Hill; and two sisters, Alice Kemerer and Alma Walker. She is survived by
a stepson, William Fred Hill of Maryland; two stepdaughters, Alice Catherine
Rice of Kansas and Dee Genevieve Akers of Virginia; a sister, Mrs. Bertha
Miller, of Slickville; a brother-in-law, Dean Walker, of Greensburg; four
stepgrandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are being received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export,
Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be
held at the funeral home Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Wayne C. Blaser
officiating. Interment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
RANDY LEE HOLBY
Randy Lee Holby, 45, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.,
formerly of New Alexandria, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his home. He
was born Oct. 30, 1954, in Greensburg, a son of Huldah (Semencar) Holby
of New Alexandria and the late Merle Holby. Randy's passion in life was
working in printing. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter,
Christine Holby of New Alexandria; a wife, Tonia Holby of Georgia; a sister,
Irene Casteel and husband, Jonathan, of Greensburg; a brother, Dennis Holby
and wife, Cathy, of New Alexandria; a granddaughter, Samantha Woollen;
numerous nieces and nephews; and a good friend, Kim O'Doherty. The family
will be receiving family and friends at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., AT
TWIN VALLEY, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177, beginning Sunday
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Randy's funeral service will be held in the
funeral home Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Glenn Burrows of the Delmont
Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial
Park. Kevin P. Altman,
HELEN M. McILWAIN
Helen M. McIlwain, 85, of the Shady Plain section
of Kiski Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at 1:57 p.m., in Indian
Haven Personal Care Center in Indiana, Pa. She was born May 26, 1914, in
Echo, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Walter and Ruth Moore Brice.
She had lived in the Kiski Township, Apollo area, for the past 61 years.
She had owned and operated the family store, McIlwain's General Store in
Shady Plain. She was a member of the Spring Church Lutheran Church in Spring
Church, Women's Church Group, Apollo Chapter of the Eastern Star, Spring
Church Grange, and Pomona Grange. Also, she was very active in the Armstrong
County Republican Party, where she was a committee person for several years;
and an avid quilter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death
by her husband, Ross B. McIlwain, in 1979; and a brother, Norman Brice.
Survived by a son, Donald R. McIlwain, of Greensburg; three daughters,
Mrs. Merle (Betty) Bier of Kiski Township, Mrs. Doris Altmyer of Mesa,
Ariz., and Mrs. Richard (Ruth) Pastula of Indiana, Pa.; seven grandchildren;
and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Friday from 7 to 9
p.m., Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon until
time of service at 1 p.m. at the GERALD J. MEDICE FUNERAL HOME, 604 Moore
Ave., North Apollo. The Spring Church Grange will hold a prayer service
in the funeral home Saturday evening at 7. The family suggests memorial
contributions be made to the Spring Church Lutheran Church.
CARL C. MULLEN
Carl C. Mullen, 79, of Latrobe, died Wednesday,
Nov. 24, 1999, in the Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh. He
was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Latrobe, a son of the late Richard T. and Estella
(Kirchner) Mullen. Mr. Mullen was a veteran of World War II, having served
with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his discharge from the service, he
went to work for Kennametal. He then went into business with his late brother,
Paul, and together owned and operated the former Mullen Brothers Appliance
Store in Latrobe. After Paul retired, Carl relocated and changed the business
name to Karl's Hardware Store, which he owned and operated until his retirement
in 1984. After retirement, he was an avid antique dealer. He was a member
of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Latrobe, American Legion Post
515, the Senior Citizens Bowling League and, along with his wife, volunteered
for Meals-On-Wheels. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Craig C. and Wendy (Orvosh) Mullen,
who were killed as a result of an airplane crash this past Saturday in
Louisiana, unbeknownst to Mr. Mullen due to the fact that he was in the
hospital in critical condition; two brothers, Richard and Paul Mullen;
and a sister, Mary Grace Young. He is survived by his wife of 50 years,
Helen (Luttner) Mullen; three children, Carol Robbins and her husband,
William, of Columbia, S.C., Dr. Rhey C. Mullen and his wife, Jana, of Latrobe,
and Linda M. Stas and her husband, Joseph, of Wexford; seven grandchildren,
Kristy, Kelly, and Kaitlin Robbins, Erin Mullen, and Stacy, Emily, and
Julie Stas; and a brother, Jerome Mullen and his wife, Betty, of Latrobe.
Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500
Ligonier St., Latrobe, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass
will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the Holy Family Church, Latrobe.
EVERYONE IS ASKED TO PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment will follow
in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township. Military services will be held at 8:45
a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to
the Holy Family Church, 1204 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or to the
American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
MELISSA L. (KRAISS) MURRIN
Melissa L. (Kraiss) Murrin, formerly of Wilkins
Township and Forest Hills, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999. Wife of the late
William Z. Murrin. Beloved mother of Howard E. Meyers of Greensburg and
Denise L. Macey of West Mifflin. Grandmother of June Kilgore of Apollo,
Howard E. Meyers of Sewickley, Janet Miller of Oakmont, Michelle Saleeby
and Dale D. Meyers, both of Salisbury, N.C., Heather G. Meyers of Somerset
and Alexis Macey of West Mifflin. Also eight great-grandchildren. Friends
received Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 and
7 to 9 p.m. at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Shaw and Triboro avenues,
Turtle Creek, where services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m.
DELMA MARIANNA SCHWARTZ
Delma Marianna Schwartz, 86, of Latrobe, died
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. She
was born March 7, 1913, in Large, Pa., a daughter of the late Achilles
and Marianna Gallo Favro. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church,
Latrobe. Graduate of the Pittsburgh Business College. She was a retired
bookkeeper for a family business and also had formerly worked at Kaufmann's.
She had been a Latrobe Area Hospital volunteer and a member of the C.D.
of A. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers,
Caesar Ignatius Favro, Marius Favro, and Achilles Favro. She is survived
by her husband of 59 years, Philip J. Schwartz; a son, Dr. Timothy P. Schwartz
and his wife, Dr. Donna Barcott, of West Greenwich, R.I.; a daughter, Denise
Schwartz and her husband, John Paresky, of South Deerfield, Mass.; two
grandchildren, Rye Mead Schwartz-Barcott and Simeon Schwartz-Paresky; and
a sister, Ermisde Cox of Elizabeth. Friends will be received from 7 to
9 p.m. Friday at 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, Latrobe, with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant.
Entombment Greensburg Catholic Cemetery.
DENA R. STEVENSON
Dena R. Stevenson, 73, of Jeannette, died Wednesday,
Nov. 24, 1999, at home. She was born Sept. 29, 1926, in Jeannette, a daughter
of the late James and Dorothy Picciano Distefanis. She was a member of
the Sacred Heart Church of Jeannette. She is survived by her husband, Robert
E. Stevenson; a son, Robert G. Stevenson and his wife, Susan, of Jeannette;
a daughter, Dena E. O'Brien and her husband, Bruce, of Latrobe; seven grandchildren,
Kristen M. Rehak, Aaron R., Katherine L., Ilaine M. and Gabrielle D. Stevenson,
Casey M. and Shannon L. O'Brien; four great-grandchildren; six sisters,
Clara Koslofsky, Virginia Novak and Lena Varndell, all of Michigan, Dee
Jay Dennis of Ohio, Shirley Weirs of Michigan, and Chi Chi Hughes of Arizona;
a brother, James Distefanis of Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N.
First St., Jeannette, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in
the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette. Entombment will follow in Westmoreland
County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The family suggests memorial
contributions be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Western Pennsylvania,
1130 Century Building, 130 Seventh St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
CARL E. STUCHEL
Carl E. Stuchel, 77, of North Huntingdon, died
Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at his home. He was born July 3, 1922, in Blairsville,
a son of the late William R. and Vera Ackerson Stuchell. Prior to his retirement,
he was employed as an electrician by U.S. Steel, Irvin Works. He also grew
and sold Christmas trees for the holiday season at his home. One of his
pastimes was woodworking. He was a member of the Circleville United Methodist
Church and AARP 3221, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during
World War II. He is survived by his wife, Julia Marie McCoy Stuchel; three
daughters, Patty Stuchel of North Huntingdon, Mrs. R. MacDonald (Peggy)
Cunningham of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Michael (Connie) Noel of Raleigh, N.C.;
three brothers, Robert Stuchell of Thompsontown, Pa., Samuel Stuchell of
Blairsville and William Stuchell of Mansfield, Ohio; a sister, Mary Cochran
of Blairsville; and four grandchildren. Friends will be received at the
SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon,
Sunday from 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday
at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Franklin Bishop officiating.
Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Circleville United Methodist Church, North
Huntingdon, PA 15642.