|Father Lawrence Henry Hill
St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe
Father Lawrence Henry Hill, O.S.B., a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey,
Latrobe, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. He was 64 years old. One of six children,
Father Lawrence was born May 4, 1937, in Tarentum, a son of the late Edward
and Helen (Burger) Hill. He received a bachelor of arts from St. Vincent
College in 1961 and a master of divinity from St. Vincent Seminary in 1965.
He also earned several advanced degrees, including a master of library
science from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of education in
counseling from Duquesne University. He had worked since 1993 as a therapist
at Westmoreland Gateway Rehabilitation Center, and was credentialed as
a certified addictions counselor in 1997. Father Lawrence entered St. Vincent
Archabbey in 1958, made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1959, and
solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1962. He was ordained a priest on
May 22, 1965. He held several positions in the St. Vincent Library, including
acting director of libraries from 1968 to 1969, and taught on the faculty
of St. Vincent College and Seminary. He also served on many college committees
and boards. Father Lawrence was a member of the board of directors of the
American Theological Library Association and the Westmoreland County Historical
Society. He belonged to a number of professional organizations and has
been listed in such directories as American Catholic Who's Who. Father
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty Womack
and Martha Marie; and two brothers, Glenn and John. He is survived by a
brother, Raymond, of Brackenridge. Father Lawrence's body will be received
Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Elizabeth Roderick Center, St. Vincent Archabbey,
Latrobe. Viewing will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday
from 2 to 5 p.m. in the parlor of the Elizabeth Roderick Center. A vigil
service will be held Monday at 7:15 p.m. in St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica,
where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare
Fund at St. Vincent Archabbey.
William Anthony Lorenz
William Anthony Lorenz, 90, of Greensburg, died on his 53rd wedding
anniversary, Tuesday, June 12, 2001, in his home. He was born Nov. 10,
1910, in Marguerite, the son of the late Antonio and Mary Margo Lorenz.
William was a graduate of Greensburg High School and an alumnus of Augusta
Military Academy. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II
in the American and Asia-Pacific theaters of operation, and was honorably
discharged as a corporal in 1945. His career as a civilian eventually led
him to Trogolio Trucking Co. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased
by a son, William A. Lorenz; four sisters, Mary Louise Donghia, Mildred
Lorenz, Bessie Gall and Veda Brunelli; and a niece, Patricia Policastro.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Costabile Lorenz; a son, Anthony Philip
Lorenz and wife, Kathy Jones-Lorenz, of Meadow Vista, Calif.; a daughter,
Cheryl Elizabeth Ayala and husband, Jose, of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren,
Austen Lorenz, Emerson Lorenz and Elianna Noelle Ayala; a sister, Nicolena
McDevitt; and a number of nieces and nephews. Most notably, William enjoyed
the simple pleasures that came from spending time with his family and friends.
Having been retired for 27 years, he traveled extensively with his family
in the United States and abroad, and loved to dance to big band music as
recently as his 50th wedding anniversary. A memorial service was held at
Mt. Soledad, La Jolla, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, to coincide with
William's birthday and that of the U.S. Marine Corps. The service was complete
with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps,
the singing of Amazing Grace and the folding and presentation of the U.S.
flag. A permanent plaque was installed on the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial
Wall to honor William's life. He will be remembered as a man of integrity
and depth whose light will forever burn brightly within the hearts of all
those he touched. Should friends desire, memorial contributions in William's
name may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, RD6, Box 28, Latrobe, PA 15650.
The BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, Greensburg, in charge of local arrangements.
John S. Madrick
John S. Madrick, 98, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, in
Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette. He was born Feb. 19, 1903, in Rillton,
a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Gombos Madrick. Prior to retirement,
he worked in the maintenance department for the Jeannette School District.
He was a member of the Ascension Church, Jeannette, the Holy Name Society
and the senior citizens group of the church, a life member of B.P.O.E.
#486, Jeannette, and a social member of the Polish Brotherhood of the White
Eagle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers,
Frank and Joseph Madrick; sisters, Mary, Ann and Elizabeth Madrick; and
a son-in-law, Raymond Brean. He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years,
Catherine L. Hannoville Madrick of Jeannette; three daughters, Dolores
``Dolly'' Procida and her husband, Sam, of Jeannette, Joyce A. King and
her husband, John, of Florida and Kathleen M. ``Kathy'' Brean of Jeannette;
13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
a brother, Albert Madrick, and a sister, Margaret Wilde, both of Nevada;
and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the MASON-GELDER
FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette, Monday from 2 to 4 and
7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the
Ascension Church. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield
Irvin C. Mann
Irvin C. Mann, 89, formerly of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001,
in Wellsprings Personal Care Home, North Huntingdon. He was born Nov. 23,
1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a son of the late Carl and Pearl (Bayer) Mann.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, and was
a first sergeant of an infantry company during the Pacific campaign. Mr.
Mann (Irvin) was a retired draftsman, having worked for Lehigh Design in
Delmont for many years. Mr. Mann's memberships included the Youngwood Sportsmen's
Association, Pa. Rifle & Pistol Association, National Rifle Association,
National Parks and Conservation Association, American Bible Society, Coral
Ridge Ministries, Experienced Driver Program, National Committee to Preserve
Social Security and Medicare, Christian Businessmen's Committee, Seniors
Coalition, Commanders Club, Pa. Game Commission, and was a Hunter Trainer
Education Instructor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by his wife, Ruth (Reihart) Mann, in 1988; and two sisters, Florence Lascelles
and Elva Taylor. Mr. Mann (Irvin) is survived by two sons, Mr. David Mann
of Jeannette and Mr. Robert Mann of Greensburg; two daughters, Patricia
and her husband, Ken Plessinger of Florida and Karen and her husband, Larry
Baker, of Wyano; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL
HOME INC., Herminie, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and
7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral
home with Pastor Chuck F. Hildbold officiating. Interment will follow in
the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
Kirby P. Manown
Kirby P. Manown Sr., 69, of Lynnwood, Belle Vernon, died Saturday,
Nov. 10, 2001, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. A son of the late Clinton
H. and Ida Lermineaux Manown, he was born May 31, 1932, in Rostraver Township.
He was a charter member of Lynnwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member
of the Fayette City F&AM Lodge 252, the Charleroi Italian Unita Club
and the Star Junction Fish and Game Club. A lifelong Belle Vernon resident,
he had resided in Lynnwood for the past 40 years and retired in 1982 from
the Allenport Plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Kramer Manown; two sons,
Kirby P. Manown Jr. of Waynesville, N.C., and Erik Manown at home; two
daughters and a son-in-law, Kimberly and Bud Little and Dana Manown Shupenko,
all of Rostraver Township; two brothers and a sister, William and Frank
Manown and Rebecca Jannotta, all of Belle Vernon; and four grandsons, Andrew
and Mathew Little, Joseph Shupenko and Kirby Manown III. In addition to
his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Martin, George,
Jack and Clinton ``Tinse'' Manown; and three sisters, Naomi Kuss, Louise
Bedner and Adele Cramer. Friends will be received at the FERGUSON FUNERAL
HOME INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 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 11 a.m. in
the Lynnwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington Road, with the Rev.
Donald Chudd officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
Lillian Rose Matiska
Lillian Rose Matiska, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001. A native of
Jeannette, Lillian was well known as an active volunteer in community affairs.
She was committed to the concept of Jeannette having its own hospital and
was the first employee of Jeannette Memorial Hospital, having worked to
raise the initial funds to build it. Lillian began as director of purchasing
and head of personnel at the hospital after it opened. She rose to national
stature in the field of materials management, becoming president of the
national organization. She was recognized in her field many times, including
being a recipient of the George Gassett Award from the American Hospital
Association and the Ellis Karp Award from the Hospital Council of Western
Pennsylvania. She spoke in 28 states on the subject and also served as
president of the Pittsburgh Materials Management Society. Always an organizer,
Lillian organized the Association of Retired Employees of the hospital
after her own retirement. She had twice served as president of the Jeannette
District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and donated thousands of hours to
that organization. She conceived the idea of having the Auxiliary create
a scholarship for medical students to enable them to establish a practice
in Jeannette following their studies, thus providing the community with
qualified doctors for many years. She and her husband, John Matiska, by
whom she is survived, were married for more than 60 years. Following their
retirements, they spent winters at their home in Dunedin, Fla. Lillian
was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Ida Gagliardi; two brothers,
Albert and Edward Gagliardi; and her sister, Irene (Mrs. H. Reginald) Belden.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, Henry Gagliardi;
Irene's children, H. Reginald Belden Jr. of Greensburg and Marcia Lappas;
Albert's children, Richard and Robert; and Henry's children, Judy and Kay.
Visitation will be at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second
St., Jeannette, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will
be celebrated Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Ascension Church, 615 Division
St., Jeannette. In lieu of flowers, Lillian asked that you consider donations
to the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, 600 Jefferson Ave., Jeannette,
Diann C. Rupert
Diann C. Rupert, 51, of Jeannette, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, in Jeannette
District Memorial Hospital. She was born July 30, 1950, in Greensburg,
a daughter of Mildred Gordon Rupert of Jeannette and the late Clarence
A. Rupert. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jeannette.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Donald Rupert
and wife, Carol, of Antioch, Calif.; a sister, Doris McWilliams of Jeannette;
and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be
received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
at the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette,
where service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel R. Defassio
officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
Margaret Jean Wheaton
Margaret Jean Wheaton, 83, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Nov.
10, 2001, in Briarcliff Pavilion. She was born Aug. 20, 1918, in McKeesport,
a daughter of the late Alex and Mary Madden Chontos. Prior to retirement,
she was employed as a nurse aide by McKeesport Hospital and as a seamstress
at Cox's. She was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, and the
Thursday Morning Bowling League. In addition to her parents, she was preceded
in death by her husband, Bernard S. Wheaton, on July 26, 1990; and a sister,
Renilda Dwojak. She is survived by two sons, Ronald and his wife, Patricia,
and Claude and his wife, Patricia, all of Irwin RD1; three daughters, Carol
Smalley, Deborah Howe and Diana Morgan and her husband, Robert, all of
North Huntingdon; two brothers, Jack and Donald Chontos, both of McKeesport;
a sister, Betty Maranak of Charden, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the SHIRLEY-KUKICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Clay
Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at
10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, followed by interment in
Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the Westmoreland Hospice, 532 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg,
PA 15601, or the Alzheimer's Association.
Dennis W. Wilson
Dennis W. Wilson, 52, of Murrysville, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001,
in his home. He was born Jan. 25, 1949, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late
Emmanuel and Bertha Adams Wilson. He was a lead carpenter for Wilson Remodeling
and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert V. Wilson, in 1981. He is
survived by four brothers and two sisters, Donald of Richmond, Texas, Gerald
``Jake'' of Export, Eileen Raypush of Plum, Kathleen Serago of Johnson
City, Tenn., Timothy of Penn Township and Michael of Slickville; and two
nieces and two nephews, Kerri Wilson, Daniel Leech and Stephanie and Matthew
Serago. Visitation Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART
FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville, where service will be held Monday at 1 p.m.
with Father John Moineau officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mother
of Sorrows Church, Murrysville.
Joseph G. Caun
Joseph G. Caun, 75, of Scott Township, on Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. Beloved
husband of Marianne. Father of Michael, Robert (Theresa), Daniel, Rita
(Bill) Adams and the late Joseph Caun. Grandfather of Jessica, Angela,
Joseph and Samantha. Brother of Peter Caun. Joe was in the men's clothing
business for 50 years. He was employed in the earlier years with Kaufmann's
and retired from Botnany 500 Mens Fashions. Visitation Saturday and Sunday
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree
Road, Scott Township. Divine Liturgy Monday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory
Maranite Catholic Church. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Philomena 'Fanny' D'Abruzzo
Philomena "Fanny" D'Abruzzo, 96, on Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. Beloved wife
of the late Albert. Loving mother of Moddie (Kenneth) Booth and Laura (Richard)
Shuminsky and the late Albert C. Beloved grandmother of Gale Leonard; beloved
great-grandmother of Chad; beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Laura
Terreri. Beloved sister of Mildred Normandy and the late Peter, Connie,
John and Adele Terreri. Will also be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Friends received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville
Road, Brentwood, on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral
prayer Monday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Canice Church
at 10 a.m.
Doris M. Diefenderfer
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.
Albert J. DeMichele
Albert J. DeMichele, 83, of Brackenridge, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001,
in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Mr. DeMichele was born Aug.
13, 1918, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Dominic and Carmella Lizza
DeMichele. He was a corporal, having served in the U.S. Army (Blue Devils
Division) from 1945 to 1946. He was general manager of Drexel Refractories
in Kittanning, and many years prior had worked as the power plant manager
for Brackenridge Borough. Mr. DeMichele was a member of Our Lady of the
Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and the VFW Post #945 of Wormleyburg. He
is survived by his loving family: his daughter, Donna J. DeMichele Edwards
of Brackenridge; two sons, Albert Joseph DeMichele Jr. and his wife, Mary,
of Penn and Richard Alan DeMichele and his wife, Teri, of New Kensington;
11 grandchildren, Paul Edwards, Shelly Witkorek, Sharon Woodmansee, Christian
Widmer, Edward, Matthew, Joshua, Lori DeMichele, Kristopher, Keli and Kim
Trettel; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he
was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Zeola DeMichele, January of 2000;
a daughter, Mary Lou Widmer DeMichele, in 1986; a grandson, Gregory Widmer,
in 1988; brothers, John, Michael, Anthony, Dominic and James DeMichele;
and sisters, Carmella Caruso, Helen Shogan, Pauline DeMichele, Josephine
Ciacco, Susan Parissenti and Mary Zeola. Friends may call Sunday from 2
to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME, 1522 Carlisle
St., Natrona Heights. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m.
in Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Natrona Heights. Interment,
Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Arrangements by GALONE-CARUSO'S, Mt.
Olga (Pavlick) Fryer
Olga (Pavlick) Fryer, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. Mrs. Fryer was a homemaker.
Beloved wife of the late John H. Fryer; mother of Margaret Ann Brady of
Riverside, Calif. and John M. Fryer of Shaler; sister of Veronica Behr
of Millvale and Selma Buttersnitz of Pittsburgh and the late Anna Slanina,
Margaret Boxberger, Elizabeth Pflumm and John Pavlick; six grandchildren;
12 great-grandchildren. Celebrating Mrs. Fryer's life with her family at
the FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8 in
Shaler on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parish Wake Service Monday
at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at All Saints Church in Etna on Tuesday
at 11 a.m. Family respectfully suggests donations be made to the Alzheimers
Association, 1323 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219.
John F. Lesnak
John F. Lesnak, 82, of Homestead, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001. He was
an Army veteran of World War II, and a retiree of U.S. Steel, Homestead
Works, after 40 years of service. He was the beloved husband of the late
Margaret T. Lesnak; and brother of the late Ann, Mary and Michael. He is
survived by several nieces, nephews and close friends. Visitation will
be Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.V. ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, 315
E. 10th Ave., Homestead. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in
St. Anthony Worship Site of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish.
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.
Oliver J. Shanahan
Hampton Township and Spring Hi
Oliver J. Shanahan, age 79, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in Spring
Hill Regional Hospital in Florida. He was born May 20, 1922, in Pittsburgh,
to the late Oliver Shanahan and Bessie Fife Shanahan Caldwell. Mr. Shanahan
was a retired electrician with I.B.E.W. Local Union #5. He is survived
by his wife, Audrey Bohnert Shanahan; his children, Jim Shanahan of Florida,
Donna Ciarkowski of Texas, Judy Williams of Cranberry, Howard Bohnert of
Mars and Cathy Kennedy of California; also 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends received Sunday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 and
7 to 9 p.m. in the HERBERT R. KING JR. FUNERAL HOME, INC., Route 8 at 2841
Woodland Circle, Allison Park (Hampton), (www.kingfuneralhome.com), where
funeral service will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Darcy E.
Hawk of Gibsonia Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment following
in Pinewood Memorial Park in Cranberry.
Adolph 'Ade' P. Sobon
Adolph "Ade" P. Sobon, 81, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, in Suburban General
Hospital. He was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Pittsburgh, son of Andrew G. and
Anna H. Raus Sobon. Mr. Sobon was an Army veteran of World War II and served
as a technician fifth grade with Company B, 35th Signal Group. He worked
as painter and custodian for 12 years at North Allegheny School District
and as a foreman for the Department of Highways for Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation. Member of Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church in Ohio Township
for 55 years. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Ellen R. Diley Sobon; a
son, Donald R. Sobon of Franklin Park; two daughters, Darlene E. O'Brien
of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. and Dana J. Bermudez of Upper St. Clair; four
grandchildren, Kali Bloom, Jon Sobon, Elise Bermudez and Molly O'Brien.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Alice
Sobon and a brother, Anthony Sobon. Friends received in the H.P. BRANDT
FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross, www.brandtfuneralhome.com,
from noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral service in the funeral
home 11 a.m. Monday with his nephew-in-law, the Rev. Norman Tutino of First
United Church of Christ and the Rev. Douglas M. Dorsey of Mt. Nebo Presbyterian
Church as officiants. Interment in Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church, Mt. Nebo Road, Sewickley,
Viola C. (Geisler) Stevens
Viola C. (Geisler) Stevens, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001. She was
the daughter of the late Phillip and Minie Geisler. Wife of the late Joseph
R. Stevens. Mother of Ted Stevens of Munhall, Nancy Panarello of North
Braddock and Susan Reese of Atlanta. Sister of Selma Geisler and Ruth Herbel,
both of Pittsburgh. Also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Sunday 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. Funeral
Monday at 10 a.m. in Messiah Lutheran Church, 4300 Main St., Munhall, with
the Rev. Philip Ramstad officiating. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park,
Marie H. Sykes
Marie H. Sykes, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 at Manor Care Nursing
Home, Ross. She was born in Pittsburgh on Dec. 3, 1926, a daughter of Nicholas
and Hazel Knab Klein. Mrs. Sykes was a homemaker. She is survived by her
husband, Rudy J. Sykes; three sons, Roy J. of North Huntingdon, Carl F.
and Cory R. Sykes, both of Ross; two brothers, Richard and Nicholas Klein
and a sister, Marge Egerter. Also survived by three grandchildren. Friends
received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL
HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross, www.devlinfuneralhome.com, where a blessing
service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial in Allegheny County Memorial
Helen 'Ruby' (Hartos) Wilkinson
Formerly of Munhall
Helen "Ruby" (Hartos) Wilkinson, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. Mrs. Wilkinson
was a graduate of Penn State University. Survived by her husband, Dr. John
H. Wilkinson of Dublin; two daughters, Susan and her husband David Axt
of Cincinnati, Ohio and Patricia and her husband John King of Columbus,
Ohio; a son, John G. and his wife Robin Wilkinson of Michigan; and a sister,
Florence Sherman of West Mifflin. Grandmother of Katherine King, Emily
King, Lauren Wilkinson and Jesse Wilkinson. Family will receive friends
from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511
Main St. Munhall, a Golden Rule Member Firm. Funeral services will be held
following visitation in the funeral home Monday at 2 p.m.
Raymond J. Zubal
Raymond J. Zubal, on Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. Brother of Cecilia Bednarczyk
and Ellen Perstac. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received
Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the RONALD V. LUCAS FUNERAL
HOME, corner of Bell and Jones avenues, North Braddock, 412-271-1361, www.ronaldvlucasfuneralhome.com.
Funeral Mass Tuesday at Good Shepherd Church at 9:30 a.m.