Miscellaneous Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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Bissett
Anna B. Bissett, 94, of Delmont died April 10, 2001, in Monsour Medical Center. 
Born May 4, 1906, in Murrysville, she was the daughter of James and Sadie May Kromer Watt. Mrs. Bissett was a member of Trinity Untied Church of Christ in Delmont. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Bissett. Surviving are her daughters, Thelma Kravanya of Hiram, Ohio, Ethel Palm of McKees-port and Alma Buksar of Elizabeth Township; a son, Brice Spencer Bissett of Lake-wood, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 
Friends were received at John T. Hart Funeral Home. Interment was at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Church of Christ in Delmont. 

Fink
Garnet Maxine Guyaux Fink, 80, of Harrison City died April 9, 2001, in Manor Care Health Center. 
Born April 17, 1920, in Turtle Creek, she was the daughter of Allen and Elizabeth Hall Wilson. Mrs. Fink was a member of Degree of Honor Lodge 23 in Turtle Creek.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Guyaux; and her second husband, James Fink; a son, Donald Guyaux; a sister, Verna Walker; and brothers, Jack and Mortimer Wilson. 
Surviving are her daughter, Marcelyn Woodcock of Indiana Wells, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Helen Guyaux of North Versailles; a stepdaughter, Anna Belle Anderson of Jeannette; stepsons, James Fink of California and Roy Fink of Irwin; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Clyde Wilson, Charles Wilson, Howard Wilson and Wayne Walker; and two sisters, Janet Petrone and Aileen Cavicchia. 
Friends were received at Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home. Interment was at Round Hill Cemetery. 

Hinkle
Edsel F. "Ed" Hinkle, 76, of Westmoreland Manor, formerly of North Huntingdon, died April 8, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital. 
Born May 4, 1924, in Queens, W.Va., he was the son of Hugh and Lola Cutright Hinkle. Mr. Hinkle was a retired employee of U.S. Steel Homestead Works. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Brucker Hinkle. 
Surviving are his son, John Hinkle of Mashpee, Mass.; a daughter, Terry Boudreau of East Falmouth, Mass.; six grandchildren; a brother, Glenn Hinkle; and sisters, Joan Hall, Rosemary Golden and Sharon White. 
Arrangements were handled by William Snyder Funeral Home. Interment was at Westmoreland County Memorial Park. 

Hykes
Rolland T. Hykes, 86, of Export died April 8, 2001. 
Born May 20, 1914, in Coshocton, Ohio, he was the son of Thomas and Emily Frush Hykes. Mr. Hykes was a retired steel worker with more than 36 years of service at U.S. Steel Carrie Furnace in Rankin. He was a member of Forbes Trail Lodge F&AM 738 and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Export, where he sang in the choir for many years. During World War II he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an avid gardener and poet and a volunteer for the MC2 in Murrysville. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven siblings. 
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Winifred Peterson Hykes; sons, David of Trafford, John of Glastonbury, Conn. James of Wilkins Township and Robert Hykes of Export; a daughter Elizabeth Hykes of Willow Springs, Mo.; and 10 grandchildren. 
Friends were received at Edwin N. Wolfe Funeral Home. Service was at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Export with the Rev. Gregory Held officiating. Interment was at Restland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer's Association, Laurel Mountain Chapter, 1011 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, Pa. 15601. 

Schultz
Edna F. Herr Schultz, 83, formerly of Murrysville, died April 10, 2001. 
Mrs. Schultz was a 1938 graduate of Teachers College of Connecticut, and a teacher in Connecticut for most of her life. She came to Murrysville in 1995. 
Surviving are her son, Paul Schultz; daughter-in-law, Loretta Schultz; and two grandchildren, Christopher and William. 
Arrangements were handled by at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home in New Britain, Conn. 

Vukic
John "Sonny" Vukic, 64, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Murrysville and Pitcairn, died April 2, 2001. 
Born Feb. 10, 1937, in Pitcairn, he was the son of Mildred Vidnovic Vukic of Pitcairn and the late Michael Vukic. Mr. Vukic was owner of Regal Dry Cleaners and Laundry, and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. An avid golfer, one of his proudest accomplishments was a hole-in-one earned this year at Winyah Bay Golf Club. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Linda Scott Vukic; his children, John Vukic of Boston, Mass., Donna Vukic of North Huntingdon, Diana Bobak of Irwin, Lisa Abd of Venetia, Pa., and Amy Sandala of Bridgeville; six grandchildren; a sister, Yvonne Tiberio; and niece and nephew, Jeff and Kim Tiberio. 
Friends were received at Alfieri Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery. 

Wagner
Emily P. Wagner, 71, of Murrysville died April 15, 2001. 
Born June 18, 1929, in Pitcairn, she was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Beradi Ross. Mrs. Wagner was a member of the Loyalhanna Quilting Guild. 
Surviving are her husband, Richard Wagner; her children, Stephanie Wagner of Jeannette, Daniel Ciccotelli of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Richard Wagner II of North Huntingdon; four grandchildren; sisters, Jean Rosemark and Gloria Rock; and a brother, Rinaldo Ross. 
Private arrangements were handled by the John T. Hart Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to American Lung Association, Wexford, Pa. 15090.

Deegan
Lois F. Deegan, 78, formerly of Murrysville, died July 8, 2001 at Oak Hill Nursing Center in Greensburg. 
Born June 8, 1923, in Murrysville, she was the daughter of Grover and Mabel (Clements) Thompson. She was the owner for 26 years of Lois' Beauty Shop in Murrysville. 
Mrs. Deegan was a member of Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Deegan; and brothers and sisters. 
Surviving are her children, Elayne Schwarzel of Delmont, Judy Russ of Altoona, John Deegan of Plantation, Fla., and Cheryl Everly of Morgantown, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; a sister, Dorothy Harshberger; and brothers, Nelson, Leslie and Robert Thompson. 
Friends were received at John T. Hart Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home with the Rev. Harold Kelley officiating. 
Interment will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery. Mem-orial contributions are suggested to Green Valley Presbyter-ian Church, Carmichaels. 

Luke
Jeffrey L. Luke, 21, of Manor died July 9, 2001, in Mercy Hospital. 
Born June 30, 1980, in Jeannette, he was the son of Eric "Rick" Luke of North Huntingdon and Deborah Cummings Palangio of Manor. A 1998 graduate of Hempfield Area High School, he was an honor student at ITT Technical Institute. 
Mr. Luke was a member of Brush Creek Lutheran Church and an avid skier, snowboarder and rollerbladder. 
He was preceded in death by his grandfather William Cummings; and his grandmother, Grace Luke. 
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Michael Luke of Manor; his grandmother, Marie Cum-mings of Greensburg; his grandfather, Scott Luke of Adamsburg; a stepbrother, Justin Felt of North Hunting-don; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Friends will be received 7-9 p.m. today (Wednesday) and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at William Snyder Funeral Home. Services will be at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev William Hauser officiating. Interment will follow at Brush Creek Cemetery. 

Reck
Anne L. Reck, 76, of Export died July 4, 2001. 
Born Dec. 10, 1924, in Bovard, she was the daughter of James and Madeline (Colonna) Vallozzi. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sereno Reck Sr. 
Surviving are her children, Madelyn Green of Delmont and Sereno Reck Jr. of Export; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 
Friends were received at Edwin N. Wolfe Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Mary's Church. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery. 

Siford
James E. Siford, 75, of Murrysville died July 4, 2001, in Forbes Regional Hospital. 
Born Nov. 2, 1925, in Madera, he was the son of Laura Mae (Black) Siford of Madera and the late Raymond Siford. Mr. Siford was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his son, Richard Siford. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Compton) Siford; sons, Duane of Manas-sas, Va., Robert of Apollo and Kevin Siford of Mt. Washing-ton, Ky.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Friends were received at John T. Hart Funeral Home in Murrysville and Kruies Funeral Home in Madera. 
Interment was in the Bloomington Cemetery in Curwensville, Pa. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. 

Vrudney
Andrew "Andy" Vrudney, 84, of Murrysville died July 7, 2001. 
Born May 26, 1917, in Valley Heights, he was the son of Andrew and Juliana (Skolnik) Vrudney. Mr. Vrudney was a retired station engineer with Consolidated Natural Gas Co. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and member of Poke Run Presbyterian Church, Tyrian Lodge #644 F&AM in New Kensington, Peony Lodge and Export American Legion. 
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Silvis) Vrudney; his children, Penny Carroll of Washington Township; Garry Vrudney of Murrysville and Robin Coldren of Murrysville; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Milton and William Vrudney. 
Friends were received at John T. Hart Funeral Home. Interment was at Plum Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Poke Run Presbyterian Church, 1091 Poke Run Church Road, Apollo, Pa. 15613.

Keeler
Ruth Keeler, 92, of Greensburg, formerly of Delmont, died July 27, 2001, in Redstone Highlands. 
Born March 18, 1909, in Shelocta, she was the daughter of Ira and Edith (Ank) Smith. Mrs. Keeler, a graduate of Franklin School of Nursing, was a former employee of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. 
She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Delmont and past president of Pittsburgh East District United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Conference. She was past district deputy grand matron of District 7 OES and served two terms as past matron of Forbes Chapter #524 OES, and, most recently, a member of Jeannette #69 OES. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. George Keeler; a daughter, Evelyn Cook; sons, Floyd and Allen Keeler; a sister, Ethel McIntyre; and brothers, Miles and Wayne Smith. 
Surviving are daughters, Ruby Anderson of Murrysville and her husband, Donald, and Shirley Pratt of Thorndale and her husband, William; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Keeler; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church in Delmont with the Revs. James Wagner and Robert Wilson co-officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to Faith United Methodist Church or Order of the Eastern Star. 

Jackman
Neal J. Jackman, 79, of North Huntingdon died July 25, 2001, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. 
Born Sept. 3, 1921, in Trafford, he was the son of Fortunato and Mary Ann (Smyder) Giacomin. 
He was a retired superintendent of Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon. Mr. Jackman was a lifetime member of Hartford Heights VFD, having helped in the construction of its current building, and was honored by the fire company in ceremony after his death. 
A U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, his plane was shot down during the war, but he and his fellow soldiers were quickly released by their Irish captors. His unit went on to participate in the Normandy Invasion and serve in the liberation of German concentration camps at the war's end. 
He was known as a jokester and avid viewer, and purported expert, of "Wheel of Fortune." His family recalls his anonymous acts of kindness that were a matter of daily life to him. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Vic Jackman and Joseph Giacomin; and a sister, Edith Kline. 
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Vera (Wilks) Jackman; a son, Neal Jackman Jr. of White Oak; daughters, Marianne Marshall of Greensburg, Rebecca Jackson of North Huntingdon, Dorothy Ramsey of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Marie Weston; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 
A memorial service was at Shirley-Kukich Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hartford Heights VFD and Adopt-A-Pet of Irwin. 

Brunecke
Dean R. Brunecke, 68, of Murrysville died July 21, 2001, in Beverly Manor. 
Born Jan. 13, 1933, in Murrysville, he was the son of Charles and Rachel (Hilty) Brunecke. He was a retired employee of LTV Steel Corp. 
Private arrangements were handled by John T. Hart Funeral Home. Entombment was at Twin Valley Memorial Park. 

Broome
Robert H. Broome, 89, of Blairsville died July 28, 2001. 
Born Sept. 9, 1911, in Wilmerding, he was the son of Harry and Lida (Jobes) Broome. Mr. Broome was a member of the Fireman's Club of New Alexandria, Blairsville Eagles and Blairsville VFW. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cathleen (Horrell) Bro-ome; and a son, Robert Bro-ome Jr. 
Surviving are his children, Audrey Baker of Murrysville, Barbara Brinker of Erie, Walter Broome of Blairsville, Patricia Reck of Export, Ford Broome of Slickville and Brenda Bracken of Blairsville; a brother, Harry Broome of Williamsport; a sister, Lurline Bonner; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 
Friends were received at John T. Hart Funeral Home where services were held with he Rev. Dan Lawrence officiating. Interment was at East-view Union Cemetery. 

Sontheimer
Ronald C. Sontheimer, 67, of Murrysville died July 30, 2001. 
Born Nov. 16, 1933, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Carl and Mary Clara (Beck) Sontheimer. Mr. Sontheimer was a retired CPA with Leybold Vacuum Products Inc. He was a former officer in the U.S. Air Force. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Quinn) Sontheimer; and a son, Ronald Sontheimer. 
Surviving are his son, Jay Sontheimer of Erie; daughters, Darcie Stewart of Delmont, Lauren Ryng of Connecticut and Leslie Markovich of Apollo; six grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Gary Sontheimer. 
Friends will be received 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today (Wednesday) at John T. Hart Funeral Home. Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment will follow at Braddock All Saints Cemetery.

Bossart
Wendell Beck Bossart, 81, of Mamont, died Nov. 19, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital. 
Born Feb. 17, 1920, in Youngwood, he was the son of William and Irene (Beck) Bossart. Mr. Bossart was an educator and school administrator at a number of schools, including Oakmont, where he previously was assistant to the superintendent. After retirement he worked organizing the Christian Fellowship Academy. He enjoyed membership in Lion's International, Rotary International and Gideon's International. He was a pilot in the European Theatre during World War II. 
Surviving are his wife of more than 54 years, Betty (Branthoover) Bossart; a son, W. Bedell Bossart of Export; daughters, Wendy Bossart of Export and W. Becky Dixon of Littleton, Colo.; a granddaughter; brother, Daniel Bossart; and a sister, Emma Lou Easley. 
Friends were received at William Snyder Funeral Home with additional viewing at Christian Fellowship Center in Jeannette. 
Interment was at Twin Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are suggested to Christian Fellow-ship Academy, 2005 Ridge Road, Jeannette, PA 15644 or Free Gospel Bible Institute, P.O. Box 477, Export, PA 15632 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 45, Irwin, PA 15642. 

Sampson
Lois Jena Sampson, 69, of Murrysville died Nov. 23, 2001. 
Born July 29, 1932, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of John Tomer and Zelma Mae (McLaughlin) Wurmb. 
She was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. 
Surviving are her husband, Ronald Sampson; four children, Scott of Charleston, S.C. , Stanley of Marletta, Ga., Mark of Monroeville and Kim Sampson of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren, Kara, Chase, Erica and Kirby. 
A memorial service was at St. Alban's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Myron Manasterski officiating. Local arrangements were handled by John T. Hart Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 4920 Cline Hollow Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. 

Kline
Florence Kline, 86, of Manor died Nov. 16, 2001, in North Huntingdon. 
Born April 17, 1915, in Yukon, she was the daughter of William and Sarah (Hamill) Watson. Mrs. Kline was a member of United Church of Christ in Manor. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Hamilton, who was killed in action during World War II.; her second husband, Howard Kline; and sisters, Rebecca Neleigh, Loretta Knable and Florene Murray. 
Surviving are her daughter, Becky Miller of North Irwin; and a grandson, James Miller of Manor. 
Friends were received at E. J. Rodgers Funeral Home where a service was held with the Rev. Robbin Clouser officiating. Interment was at Brush Creek Cemetery. 

Spoerer
Charles G. Spoerer Jr., 82, of Murrysville died Nov. 14, 2001. 
Born Oct. 13, 1919, in Chicago, he was the son of Charles and Nell (Anderson) Spoerer. A graduate of Purdue University and MIT, he was a retired engineer with Westinghouse Research in Churchill. Mr. Spoerer was a retired U.S. Navy commander during World War II and the Korean War. 
Surviving are his children, Thomas of Ravenwood, W.Va., Charles III of Maple Valley, Wash., James of Santa Maria, Calif., Margaret Healy of Mesa, Ariz., William of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Kurt Noland Spoerer of New York City; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 
Private arrangements were handled by John T. Hart Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army.


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