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JAMES A. BUTALLA

James A. ``Yummy'' Butalla, 60, of Loyalhanna, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. He was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Latrobe, a son of Stephen J. and Mary Ann Baran Butalla of Loyalhanna. He was a member of St. Rose Church, Latrobe, and was retired from the church. He was a member of the White House Club, Loyalhanna, and F.O.E. #01188, Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Stephen J. Butalla and his wife, Paulette, of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Patricia Holden and her husband, Scott, of Latrobe; also survived by a niece, Heather; a nephew, Chad; and a great-niece, Mallory. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 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 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose Church with the Rev. William P. Donahue as celebrant. Interment St. Rose Cemetery, Derry Township. St. Rose Rosary Altar Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
 

 Curtis M. Cackowski 
 
CURTIS M. CACKOWSKI

Curtis M. Cackowski, 39, of Youngwood, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born in Greensburg, Nov. 25, 1959, a son of Evelyn Brosnick Cackowski of Greensburg and the late Marion Cackowski. He was a certified public accountant and was Catholic by faith. He was a former teacher of the C.C.D. class at St. Bruno's Church in South Greensburg, and a member of the P.I.C.P.A., the Norwin Jaycees, and the Hillview City Bowling League. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his cousin, Dana Noel. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife, Karen Nye Cackowski; and a brother, David Cackowski of Greensburg. Family and friends will be received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery.
 

IRENE SLATER IAGER

Irene Slater Iager, 80, of Columbia, Md., died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, of a massive stroke. She was born Nov. 17, 1918, a daughter of the late William Garland and Eva Elizabeth Long Slater. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, the Rev. Floyd Burns and Mr. Albert Iager; sisters, Ethel Vorlage and Irma Jensen; and a brother, Zelmen Slater. Irene graduated from Youngwood High School in 1936 and from Seton Hill College in 1940. She was an organist for St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Youngwood, and taught at Youngwood High School. She is survived by a son, the Rev. Jason Burns of Columbia, Md.; and a daughter, Nancy Burns of California. Arrangements by C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood.

PAUL J. KARDOS

Paul J. Kardos, 69, of Apollo, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at his home. He was born May 22, 1930, in East Vandergrift, a son of the late Nicholas J. and Anna Kromka Kardos. He had lived in Apollo and the Apollo area all of his life. He was an employee of Gulf Research in Harmarville for 28 years, where he worked as a pilot plant operator, retiring in 1985. Mr. Kardos, along with his wife, operated the Carriage House Gift & Antique Shop in Apollo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean war. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Juanita Rodocker Kardos; two sons, Dr. William P. Kardos of Spring Church, Pa., and Robert A. Kardos of Apollo; three brothers, Joseph Kardos of West Leechburg, Nicholas and Patrick Kardos, both of Washington Township; three sisters, Elizabeth Plazio of Apollo, Loretta Kardos of Washington Township, and Antoinette Remaley of North Huntingdon; and granddaughters, Lauren and Elyse (daughters of Dr. William and Regina Kardos). Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 100 Owens View Drive, Apollo, where services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Shallenberger and Father John Sweeney co-officiating. Interment Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice or Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001.

JOSEPHINE A. KOWALCZK KOELSCH

Josephine A. Kowalczk Koelsch, 80, formerly of Larimer, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in the William Penn Care Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1918, in Arona, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rosalee Ladarchek Kowalczk. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne F. Koelsch in 1990; two brothers, John and Joseph Kowalczk; and two sisters, Ann Rice and Veronica Lancuski. Surviving are two sons, Wayne R. Koelsch and his wife, Kathleen, of Irwin and James W. Koelsch and his wife, Tanya, of Irwin; a daughter, Selma and her husband, Jack Howard, of Greensburg; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sister Esther of the Holy Family Order of Bellevue. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.

HELEN E. KOVACIC

Helen E. Kovacic, 76, of Trafford, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in the Huntingdon Ridge Nursing Center, Irwin. She was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Trafford, a daughter of the late James Sr. and Anna Maravec Kovacic. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a time studier for Westinghouse Electric. She was a member of St. Regis Church and the AARP of Turtle Creek. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and James Kovacic Jr. She is survived by a brother, Frank Kovacic of Marienville, Pa. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the DAVID A. RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 220 Edgewood Ave., Trafford. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church, Trafford. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock.

DONALD M. KUHN

Donald M. ``Don'' Kuhn, 85, of New Alexandria, passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 16, 1914, in Irwin, a son of the late Charles M. and Myrtle McIntyre Kuhn. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a control tower operator in the Army Air Corps. He retired from Kennametal in Latrobe after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Community United Presbyterian Church, New Alexandria, and the New Alexandria American Legion #652. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles; and a sister, Jean Shorthouse. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Etna Cook Kuhn; two daughters, Peggie Kuhn Bramble and husband, Donald, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Karen Kuhn Liska and husband, Raymond, of South Yarmouth, Mass.; a son, Mike Kuhn and wife, Susan, of Norvelt; several nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 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 P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, in New Alexandria, where services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Terry Carnahan officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery in New Alexandria. Full military honors will be accorded by VFW Post #33, Greensburg.

VIRGINIA L. LEWIS

Virginia L. Lewis, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 16, 1920, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late Irvin and Nina Lynch Wescott. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeannette, she was also a member of the Seneca Club and the AARP. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Lewis, in 1991; a sister, Margaret Huesdash; and three brothers, William, James, and Richard Wescott. Surviving are two sons, J. Richard Lewis and wife, Arlene, of Irwin, and Ronald R. Lewis and wife, Jan, of North Carolina; a daughter, Linda Frye of Greensburg; a brother, Ralph Wescott and wife, Mary; and a sister, Frances Yabs and husband, Donald, all of Florida; seven grandchildren, Kevin Pushic, Pamela Cotter, Karla Pushic, Kelly Creamonese, Eric Frye, Stacy Lewis, and Carrie Lewis; six great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. David D. Hunte officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon Township.

LAVINA MARICONDI

Lavina Maricondi, 85, of Connellsville, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at her home. She was born June 14, 1914, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Alex and Mary Pepperel Rivosecchi. She was a lifelong resident of Connellsville and was a graduate of Connellsville High School. Before retiring, she was the owner of the former Maricondi's Dairy Bar on the West Side of Connellsville. She was a member of St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church in Connellsville and its Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Catholic Business and Professional Women, the Sons of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, the Connellsville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and she was one of the original founders and member of St. Rita's Council #64. She also served as chairperson for the Connellsville Canteen during World War II. She is survived by a grandson, Louis J. Maricondi III and his wife, Amy, of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a granddaughter, Melissa Allshouse and her husband, Kris, of Lake Forest, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Louis J. Maricondi IV and Nicholas Maricondi, and Madison and Kasey Allshouse; and two nephews, Joseph Rivosecchi of Gibsonia and Thomas Rivosecchi of Indiana, Pa. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Louis John Maricondi; a son, Louis J. Maricondi Jr.; and a brother, Joseph J. Rivosecchi. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Rita's R.C. Church, Connellsville, with the Rev. Frank Lesniowski as celebrant. A rite of committal and interment will follow in the St. Rita's Cemetery. St. Rita's Christian Mothers will join in a parish wake service to be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. St. Rita's Council #64 will conduct a service Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home.

JEAN L. MICKEY

Jean L. Mickey, 73, of Level Green, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in her home. She was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Francis ``French'' and Florence Johnston Horner. She was a volunteer member of the Association of Retarded Citizens of Westmoreland County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Mickey, in 1980; a son, John ``Jack'' Mickey; a brother, Robert Horner; and a sister, Pauline Brown. She is survived by three sons, Gary Mickey of Valley Forge, Robert and wife, Maryanne Mickey, of Level Green, and Scott and wife, Megan Mickey, of Penn Township; three daughters, Claudia and husband, Jim Matarazzo, of Penn Township, Barbara and husband, Mark Vallozzi, of Greensburg, and Beth Ann Mickey of Level Green; a brother, Eugene Horner of Plum; and 12 grandchildren. Friends will be received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Frank Podolinski officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. Donations may be made to the ARC Westmoreland, RD12, Box 179, Greensburg, PA 15601.

MICHAEL GORDON PETERSON

Michael Gordon Peterson, 19, of Hempfield Township, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999. He was born July 31, 1980, a son of Donovan and Judith Gordon Peterson of Greensburg RD9. He was a student at Penn State University, New Kensington. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, where he also was an altar server for 10 years. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Merton D. and Frances L. Peterson. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Donovan M. Peterson, at home; two sisters, Dr. Christine M. Peterson, D.P.M., and her close friend, Dr. George Emmons, D.P.M., of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Elizabeth M. Peterson of Philadelphia; his maternal grandparents, John J. and Mae Gordon of Castle Shannon; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends. 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. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 9:45 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation or Community HomeHealth Care of Jeannette, 1170 Greengate Mall, Greensburg, PA 15601.

EDWARD J. PUSHNIK

Edward J. Pushnik, 81, of Lebanon, Pa., died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at 9:45 a.m., at his residence. He was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Greensburg, a son of the late John and Mary (Segch) Pushnik. He was a retired restaurant and motel operator (Pushnik's Restaurant in Lebanon). He served with the U.S. Army in World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant with the 80th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and two Clusters. He was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Lebanon. He came to Lebanon in the 1930s and began Pushnik's Restaurant with his brothers, James and Richard, in 1935. He was the president of Pushnik's Inc. and he served the community for 53 years until his retirement in 1988. He was a co-founder of the Buck-A-Cup Campaign for the Easter Seal Society. He was a local philanthropist, having donated to the Harrisburg Area Community College Library and the school scholarship fund. Survivors include a son, Mr. Edward J. Gundrum of Lebanon, Pa.; two grandchildren; a sister, Ann P. Gundrum of Lebanon; a brother, Mr. Richard F. Pushnik of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., the time of services, at CHRISTMAN'S FUNERAL HOME INC., 226 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042 (717/272-7431). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Lebanon. Memorial donations may be made to the Easter Seal Society of Lebanon County, 512 S. Eighth St., Lebanon, PA 17042.

BERNICE J. SHELLEY

Bernice J. Shelley, 68, of Daisytown, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in the Brownsville General Hospital. Born in Sutersville, July 26, 1931, she was a daughter of the late John and Alverda (Gibson) Knight. Mrs. Shelley worked in several area grocery stores in the produce department. She was Methodist by faith. She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Shelley; an aunt, Esther Laverne Sterner; a nephew, Larry Lindey; and four nieces. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three sisters, Gretchen Lindey, Twyla Byers, and Nelma Novak. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Sweeney Plan/Rostraver Township, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Klein, pastor of the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Rostraver Township, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mon-Valley Memorial Park.

GRACE W. SMITH

Grace W. Smith, 86, of Bridgeville, formerly of Uniontown, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, at St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born March 5, 1913, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late P.A. ``Allie'' Smith and Josie Huffman Smith. Also, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Smith, on Dec. 6, 1996; five brothers; and three sisters. She was a member of the St. Therese Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by a son, Peter A. Smith of McMurray; a daughter, Mary Ann Jackson of Peckville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Chris Jackson of Moosic, Pa., Kim Jackson of Carlisle, Pa., Peter A. Smith, Nicholas J. Smith, and Sarah E. Smith, all of McMurray; and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, when a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass and Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Therese R.C. Church with the Rev. Father Kenneth G. Zaccagnini, V.F., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Uniontown.

LLOYD FRANKLIN STAMY

Lloyd Franklin Stamy, 78, of Fox Chapel, on Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, after an extended illness. He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Barbara Lee Owens Stamy; devoted father of Lloyd Franklin Stamy Jr. of Shadyside, Stephen Reese Stamy of Shadyside, Cynthia Scott Stamy of London, England, and Susan Blythe Stamy Peterson (Mrs. Charles J. Peterson III) of Sullivan's Island, S.C.; and the proud grandfather of Caroline MacLauchlin Stamy of Shadyside and Hayden Grace Stamy of London, England. An eighth-generation Pennsylvanian, Mr. Stamy was born in Greenspring, Cumberland County, Jan. 16, 1921, and graduated from Shippensburg University in 1942 with a B.S. degree in business administration. Although he worked on several major construction projects, including the building of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the majority of his career involved the sale of heavy earth-moving equipment. He joined Beckwith Machinery Co. in 1944 and was named sales manager in 1949. In 1952, he founded the Lloyd F. Stamy Co., a construction equipment dealer and real estate developer. A deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Mr. Stamy was a member of Masonic Lodge 45, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Valley of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Syria Shrine. He was also a member of the University Club and Wahnita Lodge Hunting and Fishing Camp. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Friends will be received in the church parlor Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

HELEN (ROHALL) STASHICK

Helen (Rohall) Stashick, 82, of Uniontown, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, in the Uniontown Hospital. She was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Bitner, Pa., a daughter of the late Michael and Veronica (Ciribau) Rohall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stashick, in 1980; a daughter, Joanne Stashick, in 1945; and the following brothers and sisters, Veronica Crapp, Andrew Rohall, George Rohall, and Mary Rayner. She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Uniontown, St. Hedwig's Lodge, St. Joseph's Christian Mothers and a former member of the Happy Helen's Club. She is survived by four children, three sons: Eugene Stashick and wife, Marilyn, Donald Stashick and wife, Donna, and Robert Stashick, all of Uniontown, and a daughter: Marie (Stashick) Gibson of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Patek of Bitner and Ann Zelinsky of Uniontown. Friends will be received in the HAKY FUNERAL HOMES INC., 139 W. Fayette St., Uniontown, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday until 9 a.m. when a blessing service will be held, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph R.C. Church with the Rev. Father Alexander L. Pleban as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. St. Joseph Christian Mother's will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

WILLIAM A. THOMAS SR., O.D.

William A. Thomas Sr., O.D., 73, of Connellsville, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at home with his loving family at his side. He was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Uniontown, a son of the late George and Anna (Matthew) Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel George; and a brother, Thomas J. Thomas. Dr. Thomas was an optometrist for over 45 years with his office located on Pittsburgh Street in Connellsville. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps (African Theater), attended Waynesburg College, was a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and was a member of St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Connellsville, and St. George Maronite Catholic Church, Uniontown. He was the president of the Newman Club, the Youth Center, the Lebanese Club, the Kiwanis Club, and the Lions Club; regional vice president of the Jaycees; vice president and director of the Pleasant Valley Country Club; a director of the Yough Valley National Bank, and the Scottdale Bank and Trust; and served on the Penn State University, Fayette Campus, Advisory Board. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Florence M. (Koury) Thomas; four children, Karen A. Galderisi and husband, Carmen M. Galderisi, of Hopwood, Garry J. Thomas, M.D., and wife, Mary Jo Thomas, O.D., of Berwyn, Pa., Denise Thomas Wilcox, O.D., Ph.D., and husband, David Wilcox, Ph.D., of Doylestown, and William A. Thomas Jr., M.D., and wife, Michelle Thomas, M.D., of Lewes, Del.; seven grandchildren, Chad D. Galderisi, Carmen Brittaney Galderisi, Kimberly Thomas, Koury Thomas, Kathryn Wilcox, Zachary Wilcox, and William A. Thomas III; four brothers and sisters, Abraham Thomas of Melbourne, Fla., Elizabeth Molnar of Uniontown, Joseph Thomas of Parma, Ohio, and Mary Mosako of Uniontown; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC. AT SYLVAN HEIGHTS Cemetery, 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. George Maronite Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Joseph R. David and the Rev. Father Michael Bucci as celebrants. Entombment will follow in the Sylvan Heights Cemetery Mausoleum where military honors will be accorded by Hopwood AMVETS Post #103. The Ladies of the Parish will recite the rosary Wednesday at 4 p.m. The service of Ginnaz will be held at 8 p.m.

CLARENCE H. WOODWARD

Clarence H. Woodward, 92, of Greensburg, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born in Lloydsville, Sept. 18, 1907, a son of the late Frederick and Caroline Green Woodward. He was a retired sales representative with the Limbach Co. in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and its Sunday school class. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean L. Woodward; two sons, Cortland D. of Horseheads, N.Y., and Bruce C. Woodward of Greensburg; seven granddaughters; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Caroline Harris of Syracuse, N.Y., and Pearl Frye of Irwin; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at noon in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, with the Rev. Scott Peterman officiating. Private entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be given to the Otterbein United Methodist Church.
 

Listings
Anna L. Morgan Kahlan, 84, of North Versailles, on Monday, Nov. 1. Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, East McKeesport. 
Anne S. Loya, 79, of Mt. Pleasant, on Monday, Nov. 1. Eugene G. Saloom Funeral Home Inc., Mt. Pleasant. 
Previous Deaths
RAYMOND J. ACKERMAN 

Raymond J. Ackerman, 79, of New Alexandria, passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at the IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. He was born June 23, 1920, in Youngstown, Pa., a son of the late Curtis and Ethel Losier Ackerman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II in Europe, Africa, and Sicily. He was retired from Agway Petroleum in Greensburg. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, New Alexandria. He also belonged to the New Alexandria Grange, American Legion Post 652, and the VFW Post 5821, Blairsville, and the AARP. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles E. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Marjorie Shaffor Ackerman; two sisters, Mary Millen and husband, John, and Jane Gyenes and husband, Joe; a sister-in-law, Diane Ackerman; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lota C. Jones, pastor of the New Alexandria United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria, with full military honors. 

ELISABETTA TAVELLA DiRENZO 

Elisabetta Tavella DiRenzo, of Shaler Township, on Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. Mrs. DiRenzo was a homemaker. Beloved wife of the late Guiseppe DiRenzo. Mother of Lina DiFiore of Shaler Township, Teresa Scalamogna of Pittsburgh, Philip DiRenzo, Paul DiRenzo, and Rocco DiRenzo, all of Shaler Township, and Carmen DiRenzo of Pittsburgh. Sister of Teresa Naruccio of Toronto, Canada, Pasquell Tavella of Pittsburgh, and Antonio Tavella and Guiseppe Tavella, both of Toronto. Also 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends were received at the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg Boulevard at Route 8, Shaler Township, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw. 

HELEN HARENSKI DUBLINO 

Helen Harenski Dublino, 89, of Jeannette, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born June 25, 1910, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Kathryn Reinke Harenski. Helen received her education at the University of Pennsylvania, and was employed as a dental hygienist and retired from the Sacred Heart School in Jeannette, where she was a teacher for many years. Helen also was part owner/operator of the former Dublino Dairy Bar of Jeannette. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church of Jeannette, the church's Rosary Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Amore E. Speranza No. 57. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph J. Dublino, in 1998; five brothers, Anthony, Jesse, Paul, John, and Harry Harenski; and four sisters, Vera Harenski, Eleanore Miller, Irene McDonald, and Ursula Serro. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township. The Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Amore E. Speranza No. 57 will pray the rosary Monday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. 

JEREMIAH HALSTEAD 

Jeremiah Halstead, 74, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at his home. He was born June 17, 1925, in Homewood, a son of the late Frank Halstead and Margaret Campbell Halstead Keller. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the former Walworth Valve Co. of South Greensburg with 30 years of service, and later as a security guard for Hackney Security at UPS in New Stanton from 1981 to 1997. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 14th Armored Division during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post 0945. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret F. Love Halstead, on Feb. 16, 1997; and his stepfather, Raymond Keller. He is survived by his children, Barbara McManigle of Greensburg, Karen ``Luigi'' Milyak of Marguerite, Jerry and his wife, Martha Halstead, of Venice, Fla., Barry and his wife, Vicki Halstead, of Boonsboro, Md., and Patti and her husband, John Bires, of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren, Vickie and John Robosky, Jim and Tina Myers, Sandy Greece, Kathleen Zappone, Keri and Stephen Kidwell, Jennifer Myers, Jeff and Kathy Myers, Brian Collier, Heather Halstead and Hillary Bires; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dick Keller of Ohio, Robert and his wife, Barbara Keller, of Florida, and Tom and his wife, Jean Keller, of Ardara; a sister, Edith Curry, of Lycippus; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David H. Clement officiating. Entombment with full military honors provided by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard of Greensburg will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park Mausoleum. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. 

HARRY G. HENDERSON
Harry G. Henderson, 69, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born June 4, 1930, in Greensburg, the son of the late Thomas and Violet Smith Henderson. He had worked for the former Overmyer Mould Co. in Greensburg, and later for the Thomas Drug Store in Greensburg. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greensburg and past president of the Ushers Club of the church. He was a member and past master of the Westmoreland Lodge #518, and a former member of the Pittsburgh Consistory, the Syria Temple, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Kestner Henderson; his daughter, Cathy Henderson of Greensburg; his son, Harry Glenn Henderson of Alexandria, Va.; and his two cousins, James Ghrist of Delmont and James Henderson of Youngwood. Family and friends were received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg, with the Rev. Robert C. Wilson officiating. (EVERYONE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH.) Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park. Members of Westmoreland Lodge #518 and Philanthropy Lodge #225 will meet to conduct Masonic services Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

ALICE C. OHLER JACKO 

Alice C. Ohler Jacko, 53, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at home. She was born March 16, 1946, a daughter of the late Donald and Julia Bird Edwards. She worked as a home health aide for the Thorn Group and United Cerebral Palsy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Marie Ohler; and a sister, Shirley Burkett. She is survived by her husband, Larry ``Butch'' Tillman; four sons, Robert Ohler and his wife, Kim, and Thomas and his wife, Shelly, all of Jeannette, Scott Ohler and his wife, Paula, of Norfolk, Va., and Bradford Tillman of Fort Myer, Va.; five grandchildren, Nicole Stein, Robert Ohler, Thomas ``TJ'' Ohler and CJ and Bobby Reinhart; four brothers, Victor Jacko of Roswell, N.M., John Jacko of Pitcairn, Don Edwards of Penn Township, and James Edwards of Rimersburg; two sisters, Doris Valetto of Cheswick and Francis Keogh of Denver, Colo.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin. 

JOSEPH S. KISH 

Joseph S. Kish, 80, on Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. Husband of the late Evelyn Kish. Father of Joseph (Jan) Kish, Cecelia Fusarini, Carl (Rose) Kish, Ronald (Dee) Kish, William (Carolyn) Kish, Nancy (Charles) Redall, Michael Kish, Marlene (Tom) Fruens, Patricia (James) Sanderson, Cindy Gallagher, and Beverly Fonzi-Sinatra. Brother of William, Ann, and Mary Kish. Also, 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at MARK V. SAUVAGEOT FUNERAL HOME, 126 Hazelwood Ave., Hazelwood, Pittsburgh. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen Catholic Church. 

LOUISE (USTOHAL) KUCERA 

Louise (Ustohal) Kucera, 86, of Monroeville, on Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. Daughter of the late Charles and Carrie (Kemego) Ustohal. Beloved wife of 67 years to Frank J. Kucera. Mother of Richard A. Kucera and his wife, Kathleen, and the late Thomas Kucera. Grandmother of Dr. Richard F. (Mary Ruth) Kucera and Louise M. (Terry) Jones. Great-grandmother of Christina Jones, Jenny, Maggie and Richard H. Kucera. Sister of the late Frances Vesely, Florence Sturm and Caroline Peckman. Also, nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Tuesday until the time of the service at 2 p.m. 

ALICE H. LONG 

Alice H. Long, 87, formerly of South Huntingdon Township, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. She was born April 29, 1912, in South Huntingdon Township, the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Ann Unsworth Hayes. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Donald Williams; and a grandson, Dayne Williams. Survived by a son, Melvin Williams of Madison; a daughter, Patricia Spagnolo of Monroeville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Friends were received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. Funeral services Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. D.W. Norton officiating. Interment Olive Branch Cemetery, Rostraver Township. 
 
 

 Sandra "Sandy" Neiderhiser 
 
SANDRA L. NEIDERHISER

Sandra L. Neiderhiser, 59, of Ligonier, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at her home. She was born Jan. 7, 1940, in White, Pa., a daughter of Hazel White Keefer of White and the late Stanley Keefer. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 41 years, Wilbert M. ``Wib'' Neiderhiser; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Kim) Kramer of Ligonier and Mrs. Stephen (Joye) Karidis of Pittsburgh; two sons, W. Mark and wife, Stacey Neiderhiser, of Ligonier, and Stanley M. and wife, Diana Neiderhiser, of Johnstown; five grandchildren, Bradley, Ethan, and Drew Neiderhiser, and Kalyn and Taryn Kramer; and a sister, Mrs. Harvey (Carol) Gowatski of Mt. Pleasant. Sandy had been employed as vice-president of the Commercial National Bank in Latrobe for over 23 years. She was a member of the Heritage United Methodist Church in Ligonier, a 10-year member and 1998 ``Woman of the Year'' of the Latrobe B.P.W., and served on the Women's Health Issues Task Force of Latrobe Area Hospital. She was a charter member and board member of the ``Open Hands Ministry'' and was a past director of the Westmoreland Mental Health Association. Sandy is remembered by her family as a loving, giving, and compassionate wife, mother, and grandmother. As Sandy battled ovarian cancer, even though she knew it was too late to save her life, she continued to try new experimental drugs and therapies in hopes that they might save other women afflicted with the same illness. 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 J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Heritage United Methodist Church, Ligonier, with the Rev. Donald F. Cook and the Rev. Audrey Bell co-officiating. Interment Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorial contributions, may be made to the ``Open Hands Ministry,'' c/o Stahlstown United Methodist Church; or to the Sandra Neiderhiser Memorial Scholarship Fund, 245 U.P. Church Road, Ligonier, PA 15658. The Latrobe B.P.W. will hold services in the funeral home Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
 

THOMAS F. OPLINGER 

Thomas F. Oplinger, 73, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at his home. He was born in Arona, Feb. 12, 1926, a son of the late John and Bessie Errett Oplinger. He was a retired employee with 37 years of service with the G.M. Fisher Body Plant and was an active member of the Church of Christ of Hempfield Township. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret ``Peg'' Oplinger; a daughter, Judith A. Carter and her husband, the Rev. Lawrence L., of Lansing, Mich.; a son, Thomas M. Oplinger and his wife, Jeanne, of Morristown, N.J.; three grandchildren, Jason Carter of Birmingham, Ala., Brian Carter and wife, Betsy, of Kingsport, Tenn., and Jill Carter of Lansing, Mich.; four sisters, Ruth Gasper of Irwin, Elsie Armstrong of Arona, Hazel Miller of Ruffsdale, and June Bobbs and her husband, Bert, of Irwin; and three brothers, Paul of Arona, James and his wife, Virginia, of Greensburg, and Lester Oplinger and wife, Jane, of Arona. Family and friends were received at the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Church of Christ of Hempfield Township with the Rev. William Pullin and the Rev. Lawrence L. Carter co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials to the Church of Christ of Hempfield Township. 

JULIA M. SLATER 

Julia M. Slater, 82, of Penn, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 21, 1917, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Milhalkovich Smutny. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Thorofare Markets. She was a member of the St. Boniface Church of Penn and the church's Christian Mothers and Silver Threads group. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Samuel T. Slater, in 1989; and two brothers, Frank and Steve Smutny. She is survived by a son, Raymond Slater and his wife, Dolores, of Jeannette; a daughter, Juliane Marchetti and her husband, John, of Greensburg; two brothers, Joseph Smutny of Marietta, Ga., and George Smutny of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Mary Begg of Swissvale; five grandchildren, Lori Ann Davis and her husband Frank, Sheri Lynn Painter and her husband Eric, Amy Jo Slater, Brian Marchetti and his wife Nicole, and Scott Marchetti; four great-grandchildren, Ryan and Chad Painter, Benjamin Davis, and Lucas Marchetti; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Boniface Church. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Hempfield Township. The St. Boniface Christian Mothers will pray the rosary Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home.


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