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Janice Emily (Forster) Altenbaugh
North Huntingdon Township
Janice Emily (Forster) Altenbaugh, 84, a resident of Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon Township, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 12, 1917, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Thomas Brooke and Emily Sophia Kinsey Forster. Prior to retirement, she had been employed by the G.C. Murphy Co., Pittsburgh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morand Altenbaugh, in 1992; a sister, Ethel May Moeller; and a stepbrother, George Elwood Shunk. She is survived by a son, Martin Charles and his wife, Ramona Altenbaugh, of Manor; a daughter, Marlene and her husband, Dale Cox, of Manor; a grandson, Scott R. Cox of Manor; two stepgrandchildren, Brian and his wife, Melissa Grizzle, of Greensburg and Kristy Price of Manor; two stepgreat-grandsons, David and Steven Lohr of Manor; and a sister, Eleanor C. Zborill of Quantico, Va. There will be no public visitation. Family suggests memorial contributions to the Manor Public Library, 57 Race St., Manor, PA 15665. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements.

Albert G. Brandon
Forest Hills
Albert G. Brandon Jr. of Forest Hills, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001. Beloved husband of Irene Brandon; dear father of Albert John Brandon and wife, Pam; brother of John M. Brandon, M.D., and Victoria B. Turner; loving grandfather of Erica, Benjamin and Jessica Brandon. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, FRIDAY ONLY 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services in Forest Hills Presbyterian Church Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Everyone please meet at the church.

Raymond John Bulebosh
Plum Borough
Raymond John Bulebosh, 74, of Plum Borough (Renton), died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at home. Born Aug. 13, 1927, in Humphreys, Unity Township, he was a son of the late William and Helen J. Tuk Bulebosh. A special agent with the IRS, he worked on the fraud squad, with the Drug Enforcement Agency, and also on the president's strike force during the Nixon administration. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and a former member of the American Legion in Bethel Park. He attended St. Vincent College for three years, and transferred to Waynesburg College, where he received a degree in business administration. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne C. (Radcliff) Bulebosh of Pittsburgh; three daughters, Mrs. Eric (Bonnie) Rieber of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Beth Bulebosh of Renton and Betsy Bulebosh of Squirrel Hill; two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Hilvar and Eleanor Bulebosh, both of Renton; also nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Bodnar. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE JR. FUNERAL HOME, 1519 Renton Road, Plum Borough. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Januarius Church, Renton, with the Rev. Peter Pilarski, pastor of St. Januarius, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.

Doris M. Diefenderfer
Punxsutawney
Doris M. Diefenderfer, 69, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in her home. She was born July 13, 1932, in Homeville, a daughter of the late George and Violet (Wain) Wright. Doris was known for helping anyone in need and for her great love for her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Ted J. Diefenderfer; a son, John C. Diefenderfer and his wife, Kathy, of Martinez, Ga.; two daughters, Diane L. Bakalon and husband, Nicholas, of McKeesport and Lisa J. Waldron of Punxsutawney; a brother, Herbert Wright and wife, Nancy, of Clairton; four grandsons, Christopher Diefenderfer, Scott Bakalon, Nicholas Bakalon and Eric Waldron; two granddaughters, Valerie Patterson and Ashley Bakalon; a great-granddaughter, Lauren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Wright. Friends will be received Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney. Service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Gerald Holmes officiating. Entombment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.

Elinor M. (Buechele) Jankowski
Plum Borough
Elinor M. (Buechele) Jankowski, 68, of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Oct. 23, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward and Elsie (Jessop) Buechele. Elinor was a retired III Clerk of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Employment Security of South Side, Pittsburgh, and a member of Pa. State Employee Union. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Jankowski Sr.; and a grandson, Gary Tronsberg Jr. Elinor is survived by four daughters, Vicki McDonnell and husband, Ted, of Murrysville, Jeannie Jankowski-Shaffer of Arlington, Va., Mary Tronsberg and husband, Gary, of North Versailles and Teresa Jankowski at home; a son, R. Anthony Jankowski and wife, Carole, of Allison Park; a sister, Edna Leghorn of Finleyville; a brother, Ted Buechele and wife, Jackie, of McMurray; and eight grandchildren, Christine, R. Anthony 3rd and Rebeca Jankowski, Cari Jankowski, Nathan Shaffer, Joseph, Robert and James Tronsberg. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Jane Jankowski of Clinton, N.J.; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service for Elinor will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., at Twin Valley, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, with Father Dismas Young of St. Mary's Church, Export, presiding. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, please give blood or donations to the Central Blood Bank, c/o Darlene Simon, 812 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. (For directions go to www.VaiaFuneralHome.com) Kevin P. Altman, supervisor, in charge of arrangements.

Albert Magnone
Belle Vernon
Albert Magnone, 84, of Belle Vernon, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born March 24, 1917, in Van Meter, a son of Frank and Rose Barbuso Magnone. He was a retired carpenter, having worked for Monarch Homes. He also was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Magnone; two sons, John Wisener and Jim Weston; two grandchildren; a brother, John Magnone; and two sisters, Mary Magnone and Ann Snyder. He is survived by three daughters, Myrtle Sphar of Belle Vernon, Margaret Kraynek of Warren, Ohio, and Shirley Cheroki of Monongahela; a son, Bill Weston of Charleroi; 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister, Theresa King of Jacobs Creek. Family and friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Second Street, Smithton. A blessing service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Father Paul Stivason officiating. Interment will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery.

Mary Lou Walker McWilliams
North Huntingdon
Mary Lou Walker McWilliams, 72, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at Life Care, Wilkinsburg. She was born Feb. 26, 1929, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late James B. Sr. and Josephine Walker. She was a graduate of Penn Hills High School, Class of 1948, and Duff's Business School. She retired from Family and Children's Services, Monroeville, where she was employed for over 20 years. She was a member of the Penns Woods United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, the Elizabeth Township Chapter 418 O.E.S. and the White Shrine of Jerusalem #16. She is survived by her husband, Charles C. McWilliams Sr.; two children, Charles C. McWilliams Jr. and his wife, Victoria, of North Versailles and Deborah S. Altieri and her husband, Mark, of McKeesport; four grandchildren, Melissa A. McWilliams and Mario, Kyle and Abby Altieri; two sisters, Sandra Roberts and her husband, Bruce, of San Diego, Calif., and Carol Dugan and her husband, Conrad, of Raleigh, N.C.; and a brother, James B. Walker Jr. of Florida; also nieces and nephews. Friends to be received at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Funeral services to be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Floyd A. Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park. W.S.J. services will be held Friday at 7:15 p.m. followed by O.E.S. services at 8:30 p.m., both in the funeral home.

Theresa Rodkey
New Florence
Theresa Rodkey, 36, of New Florence, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in UPMC Lee Regional, Johnstown. Born Feb. 19, 1965, in Fairfax, Va., she was a daughter of the late Chris ``Jake'' and Shirley (Sweeney) Jacobs. Surviving are her husband, Jody; sons, Eric and Adam; sisters, Lisa Jacobs of Johnstown and Regina, wife of Mark Bradley, of Frederick, Md.; stepmother, Margaret Korber of Johnstown; stepbrothers, Lonne and wife, Lisa Marie Costlow, and Ronald Costlow, both of Johnstown; mother-in-law, Erma Rodkey, of New Florence; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was a member of Community Bible Church, Bolivar. She was employed as a sales secretary by P.I.A.D., Greensburg. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the RICHARD C. STUART FUNERAL HOME, Armagh, where service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Rex R. Lichtenfels officiating. Private interment at the convenience of the family. 

Robert S. Ryan
Hempfield Township
Robert S. Ryan Jr., 43, of Hempfield Township, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1958, in Greensburg, a son of Helena L. Sarge Ryan of Jeannette and the late Robert S. Ryan Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Gulf War. He worked as a corrections officer at SCI Greene. He was a member of the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Andrew J. and Esther J. Ryan; and maternal grandfather, Carl H. Sarge Jr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beverly Smith Ryan; a brother, John Ryan and his wife, Lynn, of Jeannette; a sister, Allanna ``Lonnie'' Ryan of Beaufort, S.C.; maternal grandmother, Margaret Sarge of Jeannette; nephew, John Andrew Ryan; two nieces, Jessica and Ashley Sarver; and a great-niece, Destiny Sarver. Friends were received at the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Clyde McCants officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Members of the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department will hold services Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Anna Sabol Zychowski
Trafford
Anna Sabol Zychowski, 85, of Trafford, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2O01, in her home. She was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Rankin, a daughter of the late Michael Sabol and Anna Mazer Sabol Sorokas. She was a member of St. Regis Church, Altar Rosary Society and Royal Neighbors 10627. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter E. Zychowski; three brothers, Michael Sabol, George Sorokas and Michael Sorokas; and three sisters Anna Toth, Rose Bazala and Agnes Doperak. She is survived by her loving children, Edward F. Zychowski and Janet A. (Richard) Fasciano; a sister, Dorothy Hudak; two grandchildren, Christopher J. and Anne M. Fasciano; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the DAVID A. RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 220 Edgewood Ave., Trafford, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Regis Church, Trafford, with Father James D. Tringhese as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.

Ruth Ann (Wokutch) Berger
O'Hara
Ruth Ann (Wokutch) Berger, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. Mrs. Berger was a homemaker. She was the beloved wife of Elmer P. Berger; mother of Suzann Miriello of Edgewood Boro, Linda McClafferty of Stoneboro, Pa., and Brian P. Berger of Bethesda, Md.; sister of James Wokutch of Jacksonville, Fla., and the late Edward Walsh and Eugene Wokutch. Also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Celebrating Mrs. Berger's life with her family in the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler, Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parish wake service Friday at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in All Saints Church, Etna, Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Albert G. Brandon
Forest Hills
Albert G. Brandon Jr., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001. Beloved husband of Irene Brandon; dear father of Albert John Brandon and wife Pam; brother of John M. Brandon, M.D., and Victoria B. Turner; loving grandfather of Erica, Benjamin and Jessica Brandon. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received at WOLFE MEMORIAL, INC., FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, FRIDAY ONLY 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services in Forest Hills Presbyterian Church Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Everyone please meet at the church.

Raymond John Bulebosh
Plum Borough
Raymond John Bulebosh, 74, of Plum Borough (Renton), died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in his home. Born Aug. 13, 1927, in Humphreys, Unity Twp., he was a son of the late William and Helen J. Tuk Bulebosh. A special agent with the IRS, Mr. Bulebosh worked on the fraud squad, with the Drug Enforcement Agency, and also on the president's strike force during the Nixon administration. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and a former member of the American Legion in Bethel Park. He attended St. Vincent College for three years and transferred to Waynesburg College, where he received a degree in business administration. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne C. (Radcliff) Bulebosh of Pittsburgh; three daughters, Mrs. Eric (Bonnie) Rieber of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Beth Bulebosh of Renton and Betsy Bulebosh of Squirrel Hill; two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Hilvar and Eleanor Bulebosh, both of Renton; also nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Bodnar. Friends received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE JR. FUNERAL HOME, 1519 Renton Road, Plum Borough. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Januarius Church, Renton, with the Rev. Peter Pilarski, pastor of St. Januarius, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.

Veronica Butler
Melbourne, Fla.
Veronica Butler, age 89, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, in Florida. She is survived by a daughter, Judith Tebbe of Melbourne, Fla.; sisters, Madlyn Knutson of Pittsburgh and Anne Zbornik of California; brothers, Joseph Schavone of California and John Schavone of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends may call Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, INC., A Golden Rule Member Firm, 3511 Main St., Munhall. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial donations may be made to the Wuethoff Brevard Hospice, PO Box 560965, Rockledge, FL 32956.

Virginia M. Charney
Ross
Virginia M. Charney, age 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in UPMC Passavant. She was born in Pittsburgh on July 27, 1921, daughter of the late August and Rose Rinella Spagnolo. Mrs. Charney was a homemaker and member of St. Sebastian Church, Ross. Survived by a sister, Rose Leo; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Barnes; a son, Robert G. Charney Sr.; two sisters, Sara Gatto and Mary Pribik; and two brothers, Carol and Charles Spagnolo. Visitation Friday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross, www.devlinfuneralhome.com. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Sebastian Church Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in United Cemetery, Ross.

Gwendolyn D. (Pancoast) Harvey
West View
Gwendolyn D. (Pancoast) Harvey, 74, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, William G. Harvey Jr., and a daughter, Dawn M. Harvey. She is survived by loving daughter, Linda Sue Ervin and her husband Wayne of West View; sons, William G. Harvey and his wife Elizabeth of Avalon, and Larry D. Harvey and his wife Jean of Shaler; also seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends invited Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services at 10 a.m. in the ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME, INC., A Golden Rule Member Firm, 1014 California Ave., Avalon (North Boros). Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park.

Elinor M. (Buechele) Jankowski
Plum Borough
Elinor M. (Buechele) Jankowski, 68, of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Oct. 23, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward and Elsie (Jessop) Buechele. Elinor was a retired III Clerk of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Employment Security of South Side, Pittsburgh, and a member of the Pennsylvania State Employee Union. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Jankowski Sr.; and a grandson, Gary Tronsberg Jr. Elinor is survived by four daughters, Vicki McDonnell and husband Ted of Murrysville, Jeannie Jankowski-Shaffer of Arlington, Va., Mary Tronsberg and husband Gary of North Versailles, and Teresa Jankowski at home; a son, R. Anthony Jankowski and wife Carole of Allison Park; a sister, Edna Leghorn of Finleyville; a brother, Ted Buechele and wife Jackie of McMurray; and eight grandchildren, Christine, R. Anthony 3rd and Rebeca Jankowski, Cari Jankowski, Nathan Shaffer, Joseph, Robert and James Tronsberg. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Jane Jankowski of Clinton, N.J.; and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. A memorial service for Elinor will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. in the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC. at Twin Valley, 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, with the Rev. Dismas Young of St. Mary's Church, Export, presiding. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, please give blood or donations to the Central Blood Bank, c/o Darlene Simon, 812 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. (For directions go to www.VaiaFuneralHome.com) Kevin P. Altman, supervisor, in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth LeDonne
Pleasant Hills
Elizabeth LeDonne, 86, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Southwestern Nursing Center, Pleasant Hills. She was born Nov. 16, 1914, in Ateleta, Italy, daughter of the late Paulo and Giovina LeDonne Lucente. Mrs. LeDonne was a retired custodian with the Clairton Educational Center. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and Sons of Columbus Genova Council #6 of Clairton. Wife of the late Vincent LeDonne; mother of Paul S. LeDonne of Elizabeth Twp., Anthony R. LeDonne of Clairton, Vincent V. LeDonne Jr. of Greenville, S.C., and Dr. Michael A. LeDonne of Bethel Park; sister of Americo Lucente of Allison Park. Also survived by seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Clairton. Graveside service and burial in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1323 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Mildred J. Nylander
Stroudsburg, Monroe County
Formerly of Pittsburgh
Mildred J. Nylander, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in her home. She was the widow of Gus John Nylander. Born June 22, 1912, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late John and Ann (Baumgart) Griffith and had lived in Stroudsburg for the past 20 years after moving from Pittsburgh. Prior to retirement, Mildred had worked for Betsy Ann Candies, a homemade candy business in Pittsburgh. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Stroudsburg. She was also a volunteer for the Children's Clothing Room of the First Presbyterian Church and for Meals on Wheels of Monroe County. Surviving are a daughter, Judith Douds and her husband Dennis of Stroudsburg; a son, Glenn Nylander and his wife Judith of Minneapolis, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jill Koerber, Douglas Douds, Amy Jones, Elizabeth Nylander and Sarah Nylander; and six great-grandchildren, Zachery Koerber, Tyler Koerber, Morgan Koerber, Gus Douds, Carter Jones and Marley Jones. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Memorial services will be Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. in United Presbyterian Church, Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, with the Rev. Goff officiating. Private graveside services and burial will take place in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. The family requests memorial contributions to the Children's Clothing Room, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 575 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Arrangements by the WILLIAM H. CLARK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg.

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 survived by 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 were received in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC. (A Selected Golden Rule Member Firm), 3511 Main St., Munhall. Prayers were said in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, Munhall, with the Rev. Hugh Lang as celebrant. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Louis Phillips
Clairton
Louis Phillips, 92, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in Jefferson Center Hospital, Jefferson Hills. He was born in Monongahela on March 20, 1909, the son of the late John (Ivan) and Sophia Korpos Phillips. Mr. Phillips was a battery foreman with U.S. Steel, Clairton Works, retiring after 40 years of service. He was also a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton, American Legion Daniel Keffer Post #75, Clairton, and Sons of Columbus Santa Maria Council #4, Clairton. Husband of 65 years of Louise (Fazio) Phillips; father of Rosalie M. Phillips of Lakeworth, Fla., Denise L. Phillips-Samay and John A. Phillips, both of Arlington, Va., and Louis J. Phillips of San Francisco; brother of Anne Podlesnik of Library. Also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Julie M. Vergona on May 31, 2001. Visitation Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Funeral Liturgy Saturday at noon in Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton, with the Rev. Ivan Mina as celebrant. Graveside services and burial in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, 318 Park Avenue, Clairton, PA 15025.

Kathryn L. Schneider
Glen Mills, Delaware County
Formerly of Hampton and Blawnox
Kathryn L. Schneider, age 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Brinton Manor, Glen Mills, Pa. She was born in October, 1926, in Blawnox, to the late Charles and Faye Beaver Roach. Kathryn worked for 15 years at American Roller Bearing Co. in RIDC Park, O'Hara, as a secretary, retiring in 1981. She was a member of Hampton Presbyterian Church and a former member of Hoboken Presbyterian Church of Blawnox. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine S. Vogeley of Glen Mills; her son, Jacob C. Schneider of Elkton, Md.; and four grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob L. Schneider. Friends received Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HERBERT R. KING FUNERAL HOME, INC., Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park (Hampton), (www.kingfuneralhome.com), where services will be following visitation at 1 p.m. The Rev. Bob Breed will officiate. Interment will follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hampton Presbyterian Church, E. Hardies Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.

Vera Solosky
Overbrook
Formerly of North Side
Vera Solosky, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. Dear mother of Theodora Nahm. Grandmother of Edward J., Michael A. and Stephen D. Nahm, Barbara Bickar and Christine Sohngen. Also survived by six great-grandchildren. Sister of the late Antoinette George. Friends received in the CIESLAK AND TATKO FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral prayer Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Norbert Church at 11 a.m.

Walter T. Valkavitch
Ross
Walter T. Valkavitch, age 79, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. He was born in Harwick, Pa., Nov. 7, 1921, son of the late Stanley and Josephine (Zak) Valkavitch. In addition to his parents, Mr. Valkavitch was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Buckley) Valkavitch, and a brother, Stanley Valkavitch. He is survived by two children, Valerie Valkavitch, and Gary L. Valkavitch and his wife Patricia, all of Ross; three grandchildren, Krista, Gary Jr. and Michelle; and a sister, Helen Babyak of Cheswick. Walter was the original owner of Wally's Pizza in Millvale and Springdale. He was a member of P.N.A. Federation Lodge and a World War II veteran. Family will receive friends Thursday 1 to 9 p.m. in the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Robert A. Norton of St. Athanasius Church will officiate. Interment in Allegheny County Memorial Park.

William E. Bushyager
San Diego, Calif.
William E. Bushyager Jr., 51, of San Diego, Calif., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. He was a son of William E. Bushyager and his birth mother, Catherine B. Bushyager. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert L. Bushyager, in 1997; and by his birth mother, in 1974. He is survived by his father, William Bushyager, and his stepmother, Kathryn C. Bushyager, of 111 Highland Drive, Jeannette. Interment was in San Diego, Calif.

Marguerite Jane Davis Clayton
North Huntingdon
Marguerite Jane Davis Clayton, 82, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Dec. 29, 1918, in Irwin, a daughter of the late William and Catherine Downes Davis. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Irwin, the Women's Missionary Society and the Alpha Sunday School Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Morris Clayton; and two brothers, Norman C. and William D. Davis. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Morgan and her husband, Vincent, of Pinnellas Park, Fla., Kathy Knapp and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg and Patricia Whoolery and her husband, Brad, of Phillipsburg; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Davis of Ohio; a sister, Gene Hoff of Massachusetts; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 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 Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert L. Bunnell officiating. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. 

Emma L. Desport
Latrobe
Emma L. Desport, 94, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, in the New Derry residence of her son. She was born Sept. 25, 1907, in Wortz, a daughter of the late John and Magdalene (Lakovich) Klosnick. She was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, and the C.F.U. Lodge 354. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Desport; a son, George; two brothers, John and Stephen Klosnick; and three sisters, Anne Demangone, Barbara Mule and Frances Weaver. She is survived by two sons, Victor S. and his wife, Joyce Desport, and John A. and his wife, Marie, all of New Derry; a daughter, Lillian L. and her husband, Stephen Moonis, of Latrobe; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Desport of Latrobe; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Unity Township. 

Virginia B. (Bryner) Diana
Swisshelm Park
Virginia B. (Bryner) Diana, of Swisshelm Park, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. Beloved wife of 51 years to Phillip J. Beloved mother and best friend of Phyllis Petriga of Swisshelm Park; beloved and proud grandmother of Kathleen Petriga of Florida; sister of Estelle Bryner, Jean Rusch, Judson Bryner, Milton Bryner, Charles Bryner and the late Grace Weichel, June Arndt and Albert Bryner. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Virginia was a member of Primavera Lodge and an avid bingo player. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Anslem Church, Word of God Parish. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 11676 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. 

Helen R. Fox
Jeannette
Helen R. Fox, 83, of Jeannette, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born May 10, 1918, a daughter of the late Jay and Carrie Sadler Anderson. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Robertshaw. She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Stanton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Fox, in 1999; and a son-in-law, Ronald McCabe. Survivors include two daughters, Gloria J. Hunt and husband, Tom, of Lycippus and Patti McCabe of Jeannette; six grandchildren, Bonnie Myers and husband, Todd, of Lycippus, Billy Baird of Youngwood, Cheri McCormick and husband, John, of Hunker, Lisa A. DePalma and husband, David, Alan G. Close and Rhonda R. Williams and husband, Ronn, all of Jeannette; eight great-grandchildren, Melissa Dunlop, Heidi Dunlop, Joseph Myers, Miranda Myers, Emily DePalma, Christiana DePalma, Austin Williams and Alan Michael Close; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette, Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at which time a service will be held in the funeral home with the Rev. A.J. Domines officiating. Interment will follow in Seanors Cemetery, Hempfield Township. 

Carl E. Grzybowski
North Huntingdon
Carl E. Grzybowski Sr., 80, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in UPMC Medical Center, Pittsburgh. He was born Oct. 21, 1921, on Adams Hill, North Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Frank and Josephine Wiesnewski Grzybowski. He was the first police chief in North Huntingdon Township, having served in that capacity from 1953 until he retired in 1981. He established the first continuing training program for all North Huntingdon Township police officers and was FBI certified as a qualified director of police training courses. He was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Police, a life member of the Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Chiefs of Police, and a past president of the Westmoreland County Chiefs of Police. Carl was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Irwin. He was a 1939 graduate of the Norwin High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific and receiving two battle stars. He was a former usher at the Aladdin and Lamp theaters of Irwin. After retirement from the police force, Carl became interested in and enjoyed woodworking and gardening, especially the growing of garlic. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Paul Grzybowski; and a sister, Stella Smatlak. He is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Dolores Mance Grzybowski; a daughter, Joyce Ann Brugnoli and her husband, Robert, of North Huntingdon; a son, Carl E. Grzybowski Jr. and his wife, Doris, of Dallas, Ore.; four grandchildren, Nikole Brugnoli and Jereme, Zak and Ivy Grzybowski; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. The Fraternal Order of Police will hold a service Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Those wishing may contribute to the American Cancer Society or the Norwin Public Library. 

Darryl S. Gurgiolo
Trafford
Darryl S. Gurgiolo, 51, of Trafford, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born Oct. 3, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a son of Gloria and the late Samuel Gurgiolo. He was a mail carrier with the Monroeville Post Office. Surviving are his beloved wife, Linda Rensland Gurgiolo; two children, Mia and Samuel Gurgiolo; and a sister, Kimberly Gurgiolo. Friends will be received at the DAVID A. RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 220 Edgewood Ave., Trafford, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church with Dr. Robert Seilhammer officiating. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.


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