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Alfred ``Al'' G. Brinza
Turtle Creek
Alfred G. ``Al'' Brinza, 73, of Turtle Creek, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001. Son of the late Michael and Rose (Turzak) Brinza. Beloved husband of 47 years of Lucy (Levantino) Brinza. Dear father of Renae and Nadine Brinza. Brother of Richard Brinza, Marian McWilliams, Audrey Wlahofsky, Jean Peters, Joseph Brinza and the late Roseann Dawson. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, where service will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Colman Church at 10 a.m. Al was retired from Bettis Atomic in West Mifflin. He was a man of great courage. He was dedicated to God, family and country, and he was loved by everyone.

Kathryn ``Hun'' A. Butler
Formerly of Larimer
Kathryn A. ``Hun'' Butler, 93, formerly of Larimer, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 15, 1908, in Larimer, a daughter of the late John and Margaret McHugh Butler. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Columbia Hospital as an office clerk in the billing department. She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Butler; and three brothers, Daniel, John and Frank Butler. Surviving are a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Butler of Wilmerding; a niece, Janet Gilbert of Elizabeth Township; five nephews, Dennis and Frank Butler of Wilmerding, William Butler of North Huntingdon, Lawrence and Daniel Butler of North Versailles; and several cousins, including Kathryn and Ed Clark of Sewickley. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 1O a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon.

Esther Wallace Currie
Esther Wallace Currie, 93, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier. She was born Feb. 2, 1908, in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of the late David Balderson MacGregor and Esther Jessie Ferguson Anderson. Mrs. Currie received most of her education at the Sir John Neilson Culbertson School in Glasgow. She loved music and had a beautiful voice. In 1921, at age 13, she won the singing competition for the City of Glasgow, the youngest person to do so until that time. She also sang with the Sir Hugh S. Robertson Junior Choir, a well-known youth choir of the early 1900's. Mrs. Currie's family immigrated to the United States in 1926. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and very proud of her family's Presbyterian heritage. Her mother's family were Covenanters from Thornhill, Dumfries, and her father's family from Thurso, Caithness, belonged to the Church of Scotland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Adam Currie, in 1993; two brothers, James and David Anderson; and two sisters, Jane Waidelich and Mary Hart. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Esther) Gardner of Ligonier; two grandsons, William M. (Deborah) Gardner Jr. and Adam C. (Michelle) Gardner, both of Ligonier; three great-grandchildren, Billy, Ben and Addie May Gardner; two nephews, Ian Hart of Hong Kong and David Hart of Glasgow, Scotland; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Colchie of Woodlawn, Va. A private graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park with the Rev. John Hollingsworth officiating. Arrangements by the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., Ligonier.

Karen ``Susie'' S. Feick
Smithton
Karen S. ``Susie'' Feick, 54, of Smithton RD1, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. She was born Jan. 28, 1947, in Scottdale, a daughter of Lucille Hunter Murphy of Scottdale and the late Clifford Graft. She was a member and deaconess of the Grandview Church of God, Smithton, and a graduate of East Huntingdon High School. Susie enjoyed crafts, crocheting and knitting. Surviving are her husband of 33 years, John W. Feick, whom she married Aug. 31, 1968; five children, Saundra L. Rega and husband, Anthony, of the U.S. Air Force in Virginia, James A. Feick of Mt. Pleasant, Amy Yezek and husband, James, of Scottdale, Tracie Swank and husband, Sherman, of Everson and Jeremy Feick of the U.S. Air Force in Mississippi; four brothers, Richard Graft of Minnesota, Larry Graft and wife, Elaine, of Scottdale, Keith Graft and wife, Hattie, of Scottdale and Scott Graft and wife, Sandy, of Mt. Pleasant; four sisters, Joyce Lucot, Cindy Graft and Becky Graft, all of Scottdale and Shawnda Gemas and husband, Wilbert, of Everson; and seven 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 ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, where service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. D. Keith Solomon officiating. Interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. Love Lasts Forever!

Donna J. Ferguson
Blairsville
Donna J. Ferguson, 63, of Blairsville, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at UPMC Shadyside. She was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Burrell Township, a daughter of the late Donald L. and Beatrice (Long) Ferguson. She was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, and a 1955 graduate of Blairsville High School. Prior to retirement after 40 years of service, she had been employed by PNC Bank of Blairsville. She is survived by two brothers, James L. Ferguson and wife, Carol, of Blairsville and Samuel L. Ferguson and wife, Mary, of York; a sister, Bonnie Ann Ferguson of Black Lick; three nieces, Nancy and Samantha Ferguson and Jan Kindle; and four nephews, Todd, Brian, Justin and Jacob Ferguson. Friends will be received in the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, Blairsville, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. David Salinger and the Rev. Christopher Kindle co-officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery.

Eleanor Elizabeth Smith Hall
Formerly of Turtle Creek
Eleanor Elizabeth Smith Hall, 84, formerly of Turtle Creek, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 31, 1916, in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, a daughter of the late George E. and Eleanor Cherry Smith. She was a former licensed practical nurse for Columbia Hospital, Wilkinsburg. She was a member of the Ardara United Presbyterian Church, the Pythian Sisters and the Dames of Malta. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Hall; her aunt and uncle who raised her, David and Mary Colclaser; the following siblings: George R., Beaula M., Earl H., Rapheal B., Mary C., Henry W. and Ethel M. Smith; and her son-in-law, Russell V. Babeo Sr. She is survived by two daughters, Eleanor E. Meyers of Irwin and Marjorie D. Babeo of North Huntingdon; two grandsons, Glenn Edward Meyers and Russell Vincent Babeo Jr.; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Carlisle V. Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, Wilkins Township.

Frances (Peebles) Howe
Export
Frances (Peebles) Howe, 60, of Export, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. She was born July 17, 1941, in Titusville, a daughter of the late Richard and Nellie (Stover) Peebles. She was a member of the Delmont Presbyterian Church. Frances is survived by her loving husband, Dale R. Howe Sr.; two daughters, Gail Evans and Leo Crosby of Delmont and Diane Howe of North Carolina; four sons, Jerry Durst and wife, Stacey, of Murrysville, Dennis Durst of Apollo, Dale Howe Jr. and wife, Penny, of Virginia and David Howe of Tennessee; a brother, Richard Peebles and wife, Betty, of Titusville; three sisters, Mary Wilson, Carol Kuzmich and husband, Ray, all of Titusville, and Sally Shipkosky of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC. at Twin Valley, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. (for directions, go to www.VaiaFuneralHome.com). Frances' funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Christy Ramsey of the Delmont Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park. Kevin P. Altman, supervisor, in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie W. Patrick
Greensburg
Marjorie W. Patrick, 75, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late John F. and Marjorie Hall Welsh. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral of Greensburg. Prior to retirement, she had been the manager of Osuna's Dress Shop in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Murray ``Tut'' Patrick. She is survived by two daughters, Hally Edgar and her husband, David, and Lisa M. Patrick, all of Greensburg; and two grandchildren, Lisa and Alex Edgar. Friends will be received at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Private interment will be in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be placed with the Multiple Sclerosis Service Society, 3005 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.

Stanley J. Repko
Latrobe
Stanley J. Repko, 90, of Latrobe, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, in St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born May 8, 1911, in New Alexandria, a son of the late John and Catherine Balik Repko. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, and was retired from Kennametal, both in Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Duda Repko, on March 16, 1995; and three sisters, Helen Repko, Mary Sobota and Julia Vasinko. Survivors include two sons, Jack Repko of Pittsburgh and Richard D. Repko and his wife, Dianne, of Greensburg; a brother, Frank Repko of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Rose Malo and Ann Britt, both of Whitney, and Sally Dellavechio and Wilda Downs, both of Latrobe; a grandson, Jason Repko; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday 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 Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church with the Rev. Thomas Lukac as celebrant. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township.

Amil Paluka
Greensburg
Amil Paluka, 76, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 4, 1925, in West Newton, a son of the late Anthony and Anna Chulyk Paluka. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the G.C. Murphy Co. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict, he received the Bronze Star and was a member of American Legion Post 344 and F.O.E. 844, both of Jeannette. He was also a member of the Ascension Church, Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and John Paluka; and a sister, Helen Potocnik. Surviving are his loving wife, Gloria Moffa Paluka; a beloved son and daughter-in-law, Anthony K. Paluka and wife, Gail, of Racine, Wis.; two wonderful grandsons, Adam K. and Alexander K. Paluka; a sister, Thelma Marsh of West Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Ascension Church. Interment with military honors accorded by the Jeannette Combined Veterans will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will hold a service Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Anna Furdak Sabol
Braddock
Anna Furdak Sabol, 91, of Braddock, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. She was a former cook at St. Joseph's Church and worked and volunteered at Braddock General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael Sabol; mother of Michael, Victor and Andrew Sabol, Florence Komar, Bernadette Adams and Eleanor Sabol Swiger and the late Joseph Sabol. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Friends received at the RONALD V. LUCAS FUNERAL HOME, corner of Bell and Jones avenues, North Braddock, 412-271-1361, www.ronaldvlucasfuneralhome.com, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Divine Liturgy Tuesday at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Willard ``Red'' F. Sears
North Huntingdon
Willard F. ``Red'' Sears, 68, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at his home. He was born May 12, 1933, in Burnsville, W.Va., a son of the late Macy Jack and Lula Bell Craig Sears. Prior to retiring on Nov. 1, 1970, he was a U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant with over 20 years of service, and a veteran of the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He also retired from U.S. Steel's Homestead Works as an accounting clerk and from Sears & Roebuck in Greensburg, and was employed by DeNunzio's Sunoco and Tire Center of Irwin. He was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church of Clarksburg, W.Va. He was a member and past president of the Italian Miners Society of Hahntown and VFW Post 781 of Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brian Keith Sears; brothers, Paul, David, Raymond and Gerald Sears; and a sister, Loretta Sears. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Mary Della Cecconello Sears; two daughters, Joyce and her husband, Rick Frischolz, of North Huntingdon and Sandra Sears-Bittner and her husband, Terry Bittner, of Irwin; a son, Willard F. ``Skip'' Sears Jr. of Irwin; several nieces and nephews, including Bob Cecconello and his wife, Twyla, and family of North Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Jamie, Stacie, Brian and Brett Frischolz, Travis and Emily Sears, Victoria, Alexander and Elizabeth Bittner; three sisters, Jessie Swinger of Clarksburg, W.Va., Nancy Sears and Rosemary Fulton, both of Nashville, Tenn.; and four brothers, Jack Sears of Coshocton, Ohio, Robert Sears of Buckhannon, W.Va., Bill Sears of Bridgeport, W.Va., and Rick Sears of Las Vegas, Nev. Friends received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at noon in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Roger A. Peterson Jr., pastor of the Circleville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon.

Josephine Marie Shoemaker
Unity Township
Josephine Marie Shoemaker, 75, of Unity Township, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 1, 1926, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Arthur A. and Cornelia Dell Hendrick. She was a retired cook for the St. Anne Home, Greensburg, and was an avid bowler. She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Shoemaker; a son, Robert J. Shoemaker and his wife, Leona, of Valdosta, Ga.; two daughters, Susan Diane Lukasiewicz and her husband, Vincent ``Luke,'' of Quitman, Ga., and Roberta Joann Williamson and her husband, Jeffrey, of Greensburg; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Peter C. Hendrick and his wife, Mae, of Lincoln Park, Mich.; a sister, Barbara Ann Kelley and her husband, Robert, of North Apollo; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph Donnelly, Charles Hendrick, Arthur A. Hendrick Jr. and John Hendrick. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the COSHEY-NICHOLSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, where service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edwin J. Fromm officiating. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Alvin P. Oskin Jr., supervisor in charge of arrangements.

Alvin K. Smith
Southwest Greensburg
The Rev. Alvin K. Smith, 94, of Southwest Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, in his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1907, in Greensburg, a son of the late Charles B. and Gertrude ``Dottie'' Smith. Rev. Smith was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. He was a former employee of the Tribune-Review in Greensburg for 30 years, then served as pastor of the Penn United Methodist Church from 1954 to 1956, then as pastor of the Pleasant Unity United Methodist Church from 1956 to 1970, then as pastor of the Uniontown United Methodist Church from 1970 until he retired in 1977. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Young Smith; a daughter, Shirley Stouffer; and a brother, Raymond Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Doris E. Linn and husband, Art, of Pittsburgh; and a brother, W. Earl Smith and wife, Eleanor, of Greensburg. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating (PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH). Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. The family wishes memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church in Greensburg. Terence L. Graft, funeral director, in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara (Uschock) Sylvester
Pleasant Unity
Barbara (Uschock) Sylvester, 87, of Pleasant Unity, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in her home. She was born Jan. 14, 1914, in Weltytown, a daughter of the late Wassel and Barbara (Kovalchik) Uschock. Prior to retirement, she was the owner and operator of the former Silver Dollar Lounge in Irwin, and was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Whitney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Sylvester; two sons, Robert C. and Roger C. Sylvester; a great-grandson, Zachary L. Kloos; three brothers, Michael, Peter and William Uschock; four sisters, Julia Krovinak, Anna Mizikar, Katherine Argie and Josephine Lawrence; and a son-in-law, Lewis J. Kloos. She is survived by two daughters, Carmen Kloos of Latrobe RD1 and Barbara Lander and husband, Ronald, with whom she lived in Pleasant Unity; a daughter-in-law, Gwen Sylvester of Pleasant Unity; nine grandchildren, including Rhonda Henschel, who helped care for her; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Sophie Segreti of Pittsburgh; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Sunday and from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. A blessing service will be held Tuesday at 10:20 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.

Jack R. Swartz
Derry
Jack R. Swartz, 80, of Derry, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Three Springs, Pa., a son of the late John A. and Edith Roher Swartz. He was a member of the Derry Presbyterian Church, a life member of VFW Post 444, Derry, a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, and a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Louise E. McWherter Swartz; a brother, Paul Swartz of Decarta, Ga.; two sisters, Vera Steel of Huntingdon and Neva Griffith of Tyrone; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. with his pastor, the Rev. F. Neal Galley, officiating. Interment will follow in Coles Cemetery, Derry. VFW Post 444, Derry, will conduct a service Monday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Joseph R. Turchan
Munhall
Joseph R. Turchan, of Munhall, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. Beloved husband of Ann (Kapucewsko); father of Bonita Ann Vanek of Irwin and Daniel Turchan of Trafford; brother of John Turchan of Trafford and the late Mary Oreski. Also survived by three grandchildren. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Rita Church, Munhall.

Elizabeth A. (Barr) Bartolicius
Bellevue
Elizabeth A. (Barr) Bartolicius, 83, on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leo E. (Barr) Bartolicius. She is survived by her loving son, Lee R. Bartolicius and his dear friend Sarah Banal of West View; grandchildren, Lee R. Bartolicius and his wife Tammy of Butler, and Lesa M. McElwain and her husband Ron of Fombell; great-grandchildren, Alexandra M. Foster, Samantha L. Bear, Lee R. Bartolicius III, Nicole T. Foster, Levi J. Bartolicius, Hunter L. Bartolicius and Dillon D.J. McElwain. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Mae Margaret Crawford, Sophia Rusch, Mildred Bestwick and Margaret Schmidt; and brothers, James, Buss, John and Bill Crawford. Friends invited Sunday 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday 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), where funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. Mrs. Bartolicius had been an active member of the Northminster Presbyterian Church. Memorials, if desired, are suggested to the church at 45 N. Fremont Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202.

Mary T. (Zugates) Benec
Lawrenceville
Mary T. (Zugates) Benec, 88, on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. Mrs. Benec was a homemaker. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick ``Fritz'' J. Benec. Mother of Donna Kraus of Shaler, Cathy O'Brien of Mechanicsburg and Paul J. Benec of New Kensington. Sister of Catherine Daurora of Bethel Park, Lillian Pierson of Delray Beach, Fla., Peggy Dudas of N. Miami Beach, Fla., and the late Elizabeth Eberst, Rose Lukcic, Peter, Paul, George and Thomas Zugates. Grandmother of Susan Swan, Colleen Craft, William, Patrick and Jonathan O'Brien, Melissa Johnson, Alison Benec, Amy Gross, Paul Jr. and Christopher Benec. Also survived by 12 great-grandchildren. Celebrating Mrs. Benec's life with her family in the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8 in Shaler, Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthew Parish, St. Mary Assumption Church, 57th Street, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Family respectfully suggests donations be made to Forbes Hospice or the Society for the Preservation of the Murals at St. Nicholas Church, Millvale.

Ida ``Meme'' F. (Hampson) Byers
Formerly of West Deer Township
Ida F. ``Meme'' (Hampson) Byers, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital. Mrs. Byers, 93, was a homemaker. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard V. Byers; mother of the late Richard L. Byers Sr. and Robert Byers; sister of the late Myrtle Dodson, Mae Cottle, Marie Latham, Grace Hampson and William Hampson; grandmother of Carol O'Neil, Robert F. Byers, David W. Byers, Richard L. Byers and James H. Byers. Also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. Celebrating Mrs. Byers' life with her family in the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler, Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services in the funeral home Tuesday at noon.

Samuel A. Cancilla
Mt. Oliver
Samuel A. Cancilla, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. Beloved husband of the late Lois C. Cancilla. Beloved father of Charles A. Cancilla of Turtle Creek, Russell J. Cancilla of Illinois, Luann Wilharm of Bon Air, Nancy J. Baldauff of Whitehall and Lois Maria Wilharm of Virginia. Beloved brother of Marianna Depoiann of Virginia, Anne Marie of South Side, Joseph of Bloomfield, Jane Thomas of Virginia, Charles of Bethel Park and Phillip of Pittsburgh. Also survived by 12 grandchildren. Friends received in the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Prayer Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Canice Church at 10 a.m.

Leona Hinkel Carr
Ross
Leona Hinkel Carr, age 98, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, in Fosnight Retirement Home, Gibsonia. She was the wife of the late Charles Carr. Friends received Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 388 Center, Ave., West View, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com, where service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial following in St. Paul's Cemetery, Mt. Troy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Fosnight Retirement Home, 3954 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

James F. Horan
Formerly of Brentwood
James F. Horan, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. Mr. Horan was a retired letter carrier of 32 years and a member of Branch 84, NALC. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Former husband of Nancy Boden Horan. Father of James F. Jr., Michael D., Kevin Patrick and Lisa Ann Horan. Grandfather of Christine Herout, James Bradley Horan and Bridget Horan. Great-grandfather of Parker Herout. Brother of Margaret Marcine. Friends received in the CIESLAK AND TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, on MONDAY ONLY from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Sylvester Church at 10 a.m.

Herman H. Langkamp III
Shadyside
Herman H. Langkamp III, age 73, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, in Forbes Hospice, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. Born in Wilkinsburg on Oct. 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Herman H. and Ruth Morganroth Langkamp Jr. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science in bacteriology in 1955 and a master of science in pharmacognosy in 1966. Mr. Langkamp worked as an associate professor of microbiology for the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine before retiring in 1998 with over 30 years of service. A highlight of his distinguished career was his development of the Sterilization Equipment Evaluation Service (SEES) Program, an infection control procedure utilized by the American Dental Association, O.S.H.A. and the Center for Disease Control. He accomplished this independently as a service to the school, the dental profession and the community. He was also a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Langkamp is survived by one son, Dr. Karl Langkamp of Norman, Okla.; two brothers, James Langkamp of Gahanna, Ohio, and Frank Langkamp of Bethel Park; one sister, Marley Roberts of Bethel Park; two grandsons, Cameron and Owen Langkamp of Norman, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Bailey Langkamp, who died Dec. 16, 1996. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a time and date to be announced. Memorials may be made to a scholarship he started called the SEES Student Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, or the Forbes Hospice, 6655 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Arrangements by MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars.

Cloyd ``Mel'' Rowe Mellott
Fox Chapel
Prominent litigator, veteran, loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Cloyd ``Mel'' Rowe Mellott, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001. Born in McConnellsburg, Pa., on Feb. 16, 1923, he was the son of Wesley and Alice Mellott. He is survived by his wife, Lois Williams Mellott of Fox Chapel; his daughter, Deborah L. Mellott of Madison, N.J.; his son, Christopher R. Mellott; daughter-in-law, Jean J. Mellott; two grandsons, Matthew R. Mellott and Peter J. Mellot, all of Baltimore, Md.; and his brother, Carl W. Mellott, also of Baltimore Md. Mr. Mellott was a founder and former chairman of the Pittsburgh law firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott, formed in 1958. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at H. SAMSON INC., 537 N. Neville St., Oakland, and Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. in Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, or Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Chapel Fund, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402-1992.

Mildred (Hunter) Miller
Lincoln Place
Mildred (Hunter) Miller, 82, on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Rose James Hunter. Mrs. Miller was a member of AARP Homestead Park #1751, Munhall Garden Club, Homestead Women's Club, Order of the Eastern Star #139 Homestead Chapter and Hays United Methodist Church. Wife of the late John F. Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Tony) Barr of Elizabeth Twp.; her son, Robert (Darlene) Miller of Jefferson Hills; a sister, Ruth Timmins of Lincoln Place; two brothers, Robert Hunter of Virginia Beach, Va., and John J. Hunter of Lower Burrell; a granddaughter, Jennifer Barr; and a grandson, Jacob Miller. Friends may call in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, A Golden Rule Member Firm, on Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Star services Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral in the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Hays United Methodist Church, 1174 Mifflin Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Patricia L. (Yankosky) Miller
Plum
Patricia L. (Yankosky) Miller, 54, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. Beloved wife of Calvin H. Miller; loving daughter of George Yankosky Sr. and the late Pauline (Butera) Yankosky; sister of George and his wife Lynn Yankosky Jr., and Paula Kos. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Miller taught for over 16 years at St. Mary's in New Kensington. She was also employed at CVS Pharmacy and Pharmor. Memorial Mass Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., Penn Hills.

Elvira (Musillo) Oft
Lincoln Place
Elvira (Musillo) Oft, 83, on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, in Shadyside Hospital. Survived by her sons, Russell Oft of Murrysville, and Dennis A. Oft and his wife Kimberly of Pleasant Hills; a sister, Leanora Young; five grandchildren, Russell Jr., Emily, Sadie, Steven and Nicholas Oft; three great-grandchildren, Troy, Justin and Niyah Oft; a sister-in-law, Jessie Musillo of Munhall; also many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Rocco and Jennie (Verderson) Musillo; sisters, Clara and her husband John Sibilia, and Grace and her husband Sam Oawster; brothers, Daniel and his wife Mary Musillo, and James and Raymond Musillo. Friends received Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main Street, Munhall, A Golden Rule Member Firm. Prayers will be said in the funeral home Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church in Munhall with the Rev. Hugh Lang as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Robert Ray Rosenberg
Bellevue
Robert Ray Rosenberg, 93, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Weyand Rosenberg, and a son, Robert Rosenberg. He is survived by his children, William L. Rosenberg, Dorothyann Smith, Launa Hines, Merriann McCracken and James A. Rosenberg; grandchildren, Scott and Tammy Smith, Nicholas and Julieann Guiste, Erin Ashley, Austin James and Dylan Keith Rosenberg, and Jessica and Lindsay McCracken; and a great-grandson, Hadyn Guiste. Mr. Rosenberg was retired from the Child Welfare Services of Allegheny County. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy. Services and interment held within the privacy of the family. Arrangements by the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME, INC.

Antoinette ``Netta'' R. (McDonald) Schloer
North Side
Formerly of Zelienople
Antoinette R. ``Netta'' (McDonald) Schloer, 78, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard Schloer. Survived by three sons, Leonard M. Schloer of North Side, James E. Schloer of Wexford and Robert T. Schloer of Ross; one daughter, Regina A. Kolodziej of Brighton Heights; five grandchildren, Leonard, Brian, Karen, Thomas and Lindsey; three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by four brothers, Elmer and Wilbert Hadley and John and James McDonald; three sisters, Ruth Hadley Smith, Margaret Hadley Johnson and Jean McDonald Darsteck. Friends received Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 388 Center Ave., West View, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Wisdom Parish, Saint Boniface Worship Site. The Rev. Lawrence Bruney will officiate. Burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ross Twp.


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