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ISABEL MILLER CAMPBELL 

Isabel Miller Campbell, of McCandless Township, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999. Beloved wife of Robert L. Campbell. Mother of Dr. Tricia Campbell of Keene, N.H. Mrs. Campbell was a graduate of Carnegie Tech, was a member of the Kushkushkee Trail Chapter of the DAR and the Wildwood Golf Club, and also volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels in the West View area. Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Ross Township, where a blessing service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. The family suggests contributions to UPMC Passavant Hospital Foundation, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. 

JOAN MARY DELLAPENNA 

Joan Mary Dellapenna, 62, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at her son's home in Tampa. She was born Sept. 12, 1937, in Elizabeth, N.J., a daughter of the late Leroy and Mary (Mack) Crist. Joan was a homemaker and a former member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Charles P. ``Chuck'' Dellapenna Jr., on Oct. 9, 1998. Mrs. Dellapenna is survived by three sons, Paul Butterly and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Rahway, N.J., Michael Butterly and his wife, Nanette, of Tampa, Fla., and David Butterly and his wife, Joshanna, of Boca Raton, Fla.; a stepson, Steven Dellapenna of Altoona; a daughter, Joanne Kavulick and her husband, Adam, of Greensburg; a stepdaughter, Beverly Polite of New Jersey; six grandchildren and her granddaughter, Megan Butterly, whom she raised; seven stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Joseph and James Crist, both of New Jersey; three sisters, Barbara Rinebold, Gloria Shields, and Roberta Hoffman, all of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery. 

HARRISON A. FARREN 

Harrison A. Farren, 88, of Youngwood, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999. He was born June 24, 1911, in Derry, the son of the late John and Mary Ruffner Farren. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and was retired from RobertShaw Controls. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Senior Citizens and Council, and past president of the Men's Club, all of the church. Also, he was a member and past master of Philanthropy Lodge #225; a 33rd Degree member of the Valley of Pittsburgh, Urania Chapter; a member of the Olivet Council; Kedron Commandery; secretary of the Greensburg Caravan #8 of the Syrian Temple; Red Cross of Constantine-Johnstown; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Westmoreland Forest; Joshua Association Southwestern Pa.; Conemaugh Gap York Rite College; Lions Club of Youngwood; a charter member of the Youngwood Historical and Railroad Association; VFW Post #211; and Armbrust Veteran's Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada F. Ross Farren, in 1991; and two sisters, Cleo Farren, in 1917, and Hazel I. Lopes, in 1966. He is survived by nieces and nephews, Connie Ross Sachs of Hunker RD1, Lynn Lopes of Youngstown, Pa., Kay Byers Spriggs of Johnstown, Scott Ross of Fort Payne, Ala., Diane Ross Buchman and James F. ``J.R.'' Ross, both of Greensburg; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, where service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Merritt Edner officiating. Interment Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Masonic service Monday at 7 p.m. and Lions Club service at 8 p.m., both in the funeral home. 

DUANE EVAN FRITZ 

Duane Evan Fritz, 56, of Ligonier, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Oct. 23, 1943, in Waterford, a son of the late Joseph Evans and Jessie Marie (Roddy) Fritz. Duane had been employed as a sales representative for the Tilton Equipment Co. of Rye, N.H. He was a member of the Waterford Christian Church and the Ligonier Township Sportsmen's Club. He had also coached baseball and football for the Waterford teams. He loved to hunt in all manners, i.e., muzzle loader, gun, archery, and always looked forward to the start of hunting season. But the most important part of his life was his wife, children, and grandchildren, and the deep abiding love he shared with them. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves on the USS Wyandot AKA92 and the USS Ault DD698 with the rank of Radarman 2nd Class. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Edna Mae Kirtland Fritz; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Kathy) Allison of Ligonier; two sons, Scott A. and wife, Kathy Fritz, and Joseph Brandon and wife, Heather Fritz, both of Ligonier; four wonderful grandchildren, Brandi Allison, Jeremiah, Jessie, and Brandon Evan Fritz; two sisters, Mrs. Douglas (Marjorie) Riffle and Mrs. Robert (Beatrice ``Rach'') Kissell, both of Ligonier; a brother, Clarence ``Zeke'' Eisaman of Alexandria, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 W. Main St., Ligonier. Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Waterford Christian Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. Samuel A. Batten and the Rev. Sherrill J. Fritts co-officiating. Interment Green Mountain Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waterford Christian Church. The Ligonier Valley Veteran's Honor Guard will present full military honors at the graveside. 

DOROTHY M. GAULT 

Dorothy M. Gault, 90, of Henderson, Ky., died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, in the Community Methodist Hospital of Henderson. She was a member of the United Church of the Nazarene, where she was a children's Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Zion Homemakers Club and the Homemakers Chorus. She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Gault, in 1976. She is survived by her stepdaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Norris and husband, Seaton, of Henderson; a stepson, Robert Gault and wife, Doris, of Jeannette; a sister, Annabelle Muller of Troy; and a brother, Paul Glunt of McKeesport. Also, surviving are 14 stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted in the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert W. Gault, pastor of the Hatcher's Memorial Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Jeannette Memorial Park, Penn Township. Memorial donations are suggested to the United Church of the Nazarene, and/or Gideon's International. 

NANCY E. GOOD 

Nancy E. Good, 49, of Edgewood, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in AUH-Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh. She was born April 29, 1950, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of Oscar T. and Vera Bossard Good of Murrysville. She was a 1968 graduate of Franklin Regional High School and attended the Pittsburgh Art Institute. She was a secretary for Alcoa for 22 years and recently a secretary for Allegheny Teledyne. She was a member of the Alcoa retirees. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Judy Kostic and her husband, Bernie, of Falls Creek, Pa.; and a nephew, Michael Kostic of New Castle. Visitation Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the North Point Cemetery, North Point, Pa. If desired, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America (Camp Mountain Run), 209 First St., DuBois, PA 15801. 

HOMER H. KLEIN 

Homer H. Klein, 79, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at home. He was born May 1, 1920, in Latrobe, the son of the late Hansen Klein and Irene Noel Klein Beuten. He was a member of St. Rose Church, Latrobe, and was retired from Latrobe Steel Co. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 515, Latrobe; the Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen's Club; the Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club; the Derry Rod and Gun Club; the Millwood Sportsmen's Club; and the Senior Bowling League at Lincoln Lanes. The Cooperstown residents will remember him as an avid gardener. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Fred W. Beuten; and a sister, Elizabeth Klein. Survivors include his wife, Katherine M. Lamke Klein; two sons, Fred Klein and wife, Darla, of Greensburg and Lawrence Klein of Derry; a daughter, Janet I. White and husband, John, of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Norma Byers of Latrobe; and seven grandchildren, Lisa, Lori, Lindsay, Julie, Andrew, Melissa and John Robert. Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose Church, Latrobe, with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment St. Rose Cemetery, Derry Township. The St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Military services will be held Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the funeral home. 

ANNA WAGASKY KOLESAR 

Anna Wagasky Kolesar, 93, of North Versailles, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in the LGAR Home, Turtle Creek. She was born Oct. 24, 1906, in North Braddock, a daughter of the late John and Anna Hornak Wagasky. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Kolesar; a son, John Kolesar Jr.; four brothers, John, Andrew, Michael, and George Wagasky; and a sister, Susan Martin. Survived by three daughters, Alma Fanto of Glenshaw, Vivian Fleming of Albany, Ga., and Dolores Kudravy of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Alfred Kolesar of North Versailles and Donald Kolesar of Austin, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Bonds-Krug officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. Those wishing may contribute to the church Building Fund, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137. 

ANNA GASH LOTINSKY 

Anna Gash Lotinsky, 82, of Export, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999. Born June 28, 1917, in Export, a daughter of the late Carl and Anna Dydiw Gash. She was a member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Jeannette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Lotinsky; a son, John; two brothers, Walt ``Russian'' Kurian and Charles Gash; and a sister, Mary Lotinsky. Surviving are a son, Carl and wife, Debra, of Saltsburg; a daughter, Carol Lotinsky and a daughter-in-law, Kathi, both of Export; a sister, Mrs. (Charles) (Stella) Cherepko, of Export; and two grandsons, Jason and Justin. Friends will be received at the EDWIN N. WOLFE FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Father Robert Popichak officiating. Entombment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Parastas service Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. 

JAMES WARREN PROCTOR 

James Warren Proctor, 76, of Delmont, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999. He was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Troley Shields and Mary Ellen Bridge Proctor. He was a retired bank manager and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Proctor; and a niece, Rosanne Proctor. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Eleanor Proctor of Murrysville; six nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Proctor, Timothy Proctor, Erin Barone, Eileen Harrison, Thomas Proctor and Theodor Proctor; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; and a dear friend and companion, Leona Fontana of Delmont, and her daughters, Sandy Fontana and Judy Massari, and her granddaughter, Renee Bittner. Visitation Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Dr. T. Ewen Holmes officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

FRANCIS J. REOTT 

Francis J. Reott, 75, of Adamsburg, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at his home. He was born May 16, 1924, in Irwin, a son of the late Nicholas Joseph and Ellen Dugan Reott. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machinist for Elliott Co. of Jeannette. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the St. Boniface Church of Penn, a member of the Penn Rod and Gun Club, and a member of the Claridge American Legion Post 260. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Olga Macrania Reott; two sons, Paul Reott and his wife, Diane, of Newtown Square, Pa., and John Reott of Wegley; three grandchildren, John Paul, Alexandra and Matthew Reott; a sister, Ellen Frantz and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg; a brother, Paul Gene Reott and his wife, Dorothy, of Wegley; and nieces and nephews, Nick and Barbara Reott of Jeannette, Joseph Reott of North Huntingdon, Beverly and Wayne Null of New Stanton, Edward and Mercedes Frantz of Wexford, and Cindy and Michael Geho of Allentown. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Boniface Church. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. A blessing service will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

RICHARD T. ROBERTUCCI

Richard T. ``Dickie'' Robertucci, 58, of Scottdale (Upper Tyrone Township), passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 28, 1999, at his residence. Dickie was born in Hempfield Township, March 24, 1941, a son of the late George and Raphael Mary Zucco Robertucci. Dickie was a former tool and die maker with Modulus Corp. in Mt. Pleasant, prior to the plant's closure, and more recently was employed as a machinist at C&K Composites in Bridgeport. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Scottdale. Dickie will be remembered as a hard working, loving father and grandfather, and an excellent cook to his family and friends. Dickie is survived by his former wife and friend, Alice; four loving children, Mary K. McKnight and husband, Jay, of Scottdale RD1, George H. Robertucci at home, Christopher A. Robertucci and wife, Lisa, of Kingview, and Maria D. Black and husband, Samuel, of Scottdale; and five loving grandchildren, Jesse McKnight, Brittany and Nicholas Robertucci, Kailyn Robertucci, and Jessica Black. In addition to his parents, Dickie was preceded in death by a son, Richard T. ``Dickie'' Robertucci Jr. in 1973, and a granddaughter, Angela D. McKnight in 1981. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Private interment in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church Cemetery. The family wishes to extend a word of appreciation to the Westmoreland Hospice for all their care and comfort.

LOUISE M. WALL 

Louise M. Wall, 94, of Export, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999. She was born Sept. 7, 1905, in Export, a daughter of the late Robert and Grace Hill Schake. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard J. Wall. She is survived by three daughters, Betty Bauermann of Clearwater, Fla., Mary Lou Condon of Pensacola, Fla., and Faye Trent of Export; a son, Leonard R. Wall of Palm Beach Garden, Fla.; two sisters, Faye Indrunas of Lakeland, Fla., and Virginia Del Torre of Turtle Creek; two brothers, Richard and the Rev. Jack Schake, both of Irwin; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Father William McGuirk officiating. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. 

LUDWIG BOGATY 

Ludwig ``Lud'' Bogaty, 77, of Penn Hills, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at his residence. Born July 16, 1922, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Ludwig and Mary Fliss Bogaty. He was retired from the Union Railroad, a Navy veteran of World War II, member of the Universal Moose and American Legion Post #980 in Plum. Husband of the late Margaret Bogaty. Beloved father of James C. Bogaty of Berryville, Va., Karen M. Humphrey of Flanders, N.J. and Kathy A. Bogaty of Purcellville, Va. Brother of Virginia Smith of Monroeville and Hedy Plasynski of Arnold. Grandfather of Justin J. Bogaty, Tiffany Ann Fegley, Ashley E. Bogaty and Austin J. Humphrey. Preceded in death by a brother, Albert Bogaty. Friends received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road, Plum. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial in Plum Creek Cemetery. 

CHARLES ELLSWORTH BOWERS 

Charles Ellsworth Bowers, 79, of Claysville, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in the Humbert Health Care Center, Washington, Pa. He was born April 17, 1920, in Canonsburg, a son of the late James B.N. and Pearl M. Briggs Bowers. Mr. Bowers was a member of Claysville United Methodist Church. Mr. Bowers attended Washington-area schools and Connelley Vocational School in Pittsburgh. He worked for Hazel Atlas Glass from 1937 to 1939, then in electrical maintenance for Jessop Steel from 1940 to 1950. From 1957 to 1958, he worked for the National Annealing Box Co., returning to Hazel Atlas from 1958 to 1960. He was with National Annealing Box again from 1960 until his retirement in 1981. During World War II, Mr. Bowers served in the U.S. Army, in the Headquarters Company, 26th Infantry, 3rd Battalion of the First Infantry Division, known as the ``Blue Spaders,'' seeing action in the European Theater. Mr. Bowers was formerly a member of the Protected Home Circle. He was a member of the Washington County Antique Bottle Club, the Three Rivers Depression Era Glass Society, the Duncan Miller Glass Society, the Imperial Glass Society, the Fostoria Glass Society and Washington Metal Detector Club. He was president of the proposed Charles N. Brady Memorial Glass Museum. On Sept. 18, 1939, in Washington, Pa., he married M. Mauveline Wheeler. Mrs. Bowers died on April 1, 1984. Mr. Bowers is survived by two sons, Charles M. Bowers and Carl W. Bowers Sr., both of Washington, Pa.; two sisters, Hazel A. Bowers Miller of Wolfdale, Pa., and Zinnetta J. Bowers Galarneau of Zephyrhills, Fla.; four grandsons, U.S. Navy Lt. Charles Emery Bowers, Kevin Andrew Bowers, Carl Wayne Bowers Jr. and Matthew Scott Bowers. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Ellsworth Bowers, who died in infancy; a brother, James E. Bowers; and a sister, Thais V. Bowers Barley. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the PIATT & BARNHILL FUNERAL HOME, 420 Locust Ave., Washington, Pa., where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Meyer officiating. Interment will follow in Washington Cemetery. 

THOMAS CUMMINS 

Thomas Cummins, 79, of Jeannette, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. Born in Jeannette on June 4, 1920, the son of the late William and Margaret Wallace Cummins. For many years, he was a music instructor having his own studio in Jeannette. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeannette. Survived by his wife, Marie Ewing Cummins; a daughter, Mrs. Ann Heller and her husband, Robert, of Ventnor, N.J.; and a sister, Mrs. Helen Drengwitz and her husband, Edwin, of Greensburg. Friends will be received at the LAWRENCE J. McCLURE FUNERAL HOME, 112 N. Second St., Jeannette, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home chapel Wednesday morning at 11 with the Rev. David D. Hunte officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Township. 

STEPHEN J. DLUSKY 

Stephen J. Dlusky, 87, of Jeannette, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 23, 1912, in Jeannette, a son of the late Bronislaw and Michalina Matuszkowna Dlusky. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the former Jeannette Glass Corp. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church of Jeannette, past president of the Polish Brotherhood of White Eagle for 25 years, and a member of the Polish National Alliance. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Bartosh Dlusky; three brothers, Stanley, Bernard, and Joseph Dlusky; and two sisters, Stella Proneker and Eleanor Williams. He is survived by a daughter, Adrienne ``Audrey'' Zeoli and her husband, Michael, of Jeannette; two grandchildren, David and Valerie Zeoli; a brother, Thomas Dlusky and his wife, Alice, of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. 

JOHN B. HARHAI 

John B. Harhai, father of Monessen mayor and Pennsylvania state Representative R. Ted Harhai, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, in Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. Mr. Harhai was born in Monessen, May 5, 1915, the son of the late Theodore and Catherine Bolwka Harhai, and had been a resident all of his life. Graduate of Monessen High School in 1934 and California State Teacher College in 1939. He also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He received his Master's of Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1951. He taught from 1944 to 1945 at Territown Academy for Boys in New York. While attending college, he worked at the former Pittsburgh Steel Corp. during the summers. He taught in the Monessen School District for 46 years. Member of P.S.E.A. and N.E.A., and former vice president of the Monessen Education Association. He formerly served as an alderman and on Monessen City Council. A member of Mon Valley Umpire Association for 60 years. He also served as Boy Scout master and a certified Red Cross swimming and first aid instructor, and a member of the Mon Valley Chapter Baseball Association. Besides his son, R. Ted Harhai, he is survived by his wife, Dolores Walker Harhai, with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on Dec. 23; a daughter, Kathleen Harhai of Stafford, Va.; three sons, John J. and wife, Celesta Harhai, of Mechanic Station, N.J., Kenneth Harhai of Houston, Texas, and Dr. Thomas and wife, Jean Harhai, of York; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Marsha) Ribovich and Mrs. Michael (Evelyn) Stazetski, both of Monessen; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME INC., Monessen. Funeral services Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Monessen Public Library through the funeral home. 

M. MAUDE LUCAS 

M. Maude Lucas, 86, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, in Latrobe Area Hospital. She was born April 11, 1913, in Ligonier Township, a daughter of the late John Hibbert and Catherine Jane Johnston McConnaughey. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed as a bank teller for Mellon Bank in Ligonier. She was a member of the Heritage United Methodist Church, Ligonier. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn A. Lucas, in 1984; three brothers, John C., Floyd M., and Josiah E. McConnaughey; and four sisters, Effie Piper, Elizabeth Keffer, Alice Woodburn, and Belle Noel. She is survived by a daughter, Audrey L. Weimer of Ligonier; a granddaughter, Wendy S. Phillips; two great-granddaughters, Amber and Carly Phillips; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Catherine) Stough of Ligonier RD2; and two brothers, Robert E. ``Spike'' McConnaughey of Ligonier and Paul W. McConnaughey of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Donald F. Cook officiating. Interment Ligonier Valley Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Heritage United Methodist Church, Ligonier. 

GILBERT C. MARKLE 

Gilbert C. ``Gil'' Markle, 58, of Marina, Calif., died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, in Fresno, Calif., as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in McKeesport, Aug. 6, 1941, a son of the late Clarence F. and Catherine Lash Markle. He was raised in West Newton and graduated from West Newton High School. He received his bachelor's degree in horticulture from Penn State University and graduated from Officer's Candidate School in Newport, R.I. He had attended the Naval Justice School and American University in Washington, D.C. He was operations manager for Harris Moran Seed Co., Salinas Pelleting Facility. He served with the Navy ROTC from 1960 to 1962 and with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. Survivors include his wife, Margaret ``Peg'' Jones Markle; three daughters, Tracey Ballard of Louisville, Ky., Jennifer Dickinson of Owensboro, Ky., and Betsy Pittman of Salinas, Calif.; a brother, James C. Markle of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a sister, Margaretta Branthoover of Fairport Harbor, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Friends will be received in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, the time of funeral services. Interment will follow in Rehoboth Cemetery. 

FRANCES V. MIEDEL
Frances V. Miedel, 84, of Derry, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Oak Hill Nursing Center, Greensburg. She was born April 7, 1915, in Snydertown, a daughter of the late Stephen and Veronica Sobota. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Latrobe, and its Rosary Altar Christian Mothers. Also, she was a member of the Jednota Lodge and retired from the former American Cyanamid, Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul Francis Miedel; and a number of brothers and sisters. Survived by her husband, Paul H. Miedel; a daughter, Theresa Mullen of Latrobe; a sister, Agnes Graziano of Derry; and three grandchildren. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township. St. John Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Laurel Mountain Chapter, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.

THELMA M. RENSLAND 

Thelma M. Rensland, 90, of Plum, a former resident of Delmont, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at the Woodhaven Convalescent Center, Monroeville. Wife of the late Harry A. Rensland. Beloved mother of Dorisanne Gibson of Plum. Grandmother of Carolee Byers of Latrobe and Donna L. Gibson of Plum. Greatgrandmother of Jacob and Ethan Byers. Friends received Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road, Plum. Blessing service Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by entombment in the Twin Valley Cemetery Mausoleum. 

EDMUND RUTKOWSKI 

Edmund Rutkowski, 81, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at home. He was born May 28, 1918, in Westmoreland City, a son of the late Alexander and Stephanie Liescecka Rutkowski. He was a retired employee of the Westinghouse Electric Corp., Cheswick Plant. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion of Manor and the St. Joseph's Polish Club, Westmoreland City. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Violet Srebro; and a brother, Casimir Stachowski. He is survived by his wife, Ada M. Frasca Rutkowski; a daughter, Janice Britanik and her husband, Jerald, of Plum; a son, Jeffrey E. Rutkowski and his wife, Vicki, of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Drew and Janna Rutkowski; a sister, Helen Orynich and her husband, Paul, of Greensburg; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Jeannette. 

BETTY JEAN SHEPHERD 

Betty Jean Shepherd, 72, of Forbes Road, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999. She was born May 24, 1927, in Forbes Road, a daughter of Georgina Nesbit Wilson and the late David S. Wilson. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Lady MacGregor Lodge #73 of the Daughters of Scotia, and also of the Forbes Road Civic Association. She was preceded in death by her father; her husband, Joseph R. Shepherd; and two brothers, Delbert Edward Wilson and David Straus Wilson Jr. Survivors include her mother, Georgina Wilson of Forbes Road; a stepdaughter, Penny Smith of California; two sisters, Martha M. Chomko and Nancy W. and her husband, Donald Bergman, all of Greensburg; a brother, Richard Thomas Wilson of Granby, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Daughters of Scotia services will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Funeral service Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with pastor David Clement officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. 

RUSSELL E. SMITH JR. 

Russell E. Smith Jr., 78, of New Stanton RD1 (Middletown), died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at his residence. He was born June 22, 1921, in New Jersey, a son of the late Russell E. Sr. and Lillian Webber Smith. He was a member of the Middletown United Methodist Church and was a graduate of the Youngwood High School with the Class of 1940. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Union Switch and Signal, and by the Hempfield Area School District, and was the sexton for the Middletown and Seanors cemeteries. He is survived by his wife, Helen Dulkis Smith; three sons, Charles Smith and wife, Sandy, of Middletown, Timothy Smith and wife, Tracy, of Provo, Utah, and James Smith and wife, Mary, of New Alexandria; seven daughters, Karen Bronick and husband, Ted, of Strongstown, Pa., Joanne Zink and husband, Joseph, of Madison, Arlene Senger and husband, Robert, of Greensburg, Cheryl West and husband, Thomas, of Zelienople, Ruth Anne Bendel and husband, Patrick, of Lebanon, Ohio, Lillian Harris and husband, Michael, of Harrisburg, and Audrey Smith of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Bob Smith and wife, Brenda, of Madison, and Milfred Smith and wife, Jan, of Florida; and two sisters, Helen Coughenour and husband, Don, of Flagler Beach, Fla., and Eileen Steiner and husband, Hervey A., of New Stanton RD1; a sister-in-law, Nancy Storey Smith of Middletown; 23 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul A. Smith. Friends will be received at the JAY B. PETERSON FUNERAL HOME, Depot and North Fifth streets, Youngwood, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. His funeral will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth L. Bossart officiating. Interment will follow in the Middletown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Eugene G. Saloom, funeral director, in charge. 

EDNA J. WEIDMAN 

Edna J. Weidman, 62, of Bethel Park, on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999. Beloved wife for 40 years of James P. Weidman. Mother of James P. Jr. of Clairton, Joseph C. of Lake Forest, Calif., Rob J. of Franklin Park, Greg E. of Plum, and Joyce A. of Bethel Park. Sister of James Jones, Mary Orlo, and John Jones. Also six grandchildren. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Valentine Church. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or to the American Diabetes Association. 

RUBY I. YOUNG

Ruby I. Young, 92, of Murrysville, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999. She was born May 30, 1907, in Solomon, Kan., the daughter of the late Walter and Lottie Hobbs Laney. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville, and was formerly employed at Security Benefit, Topeka, Kan. She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Young, in 1989; two sons, Eugene Paul Young, in 1938, and James H. Young Jr., in 1988; and a brother, Glenn Laney. She is survived by a daughter, Leila A. Welborn and her husband, Gerald, of Murrysville; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Young Johnson of Rogers, Ark.; four grandchildren, Brian Welborn, Lori Duer, Lisa Sinegra and Kyla Glaser-Young; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Murrysville, with the Rev. Mary Grey Emmett officiating. If desired, memorials may be made to the church. Burial will be in Topeka, Kan.


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