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SAMUEL B. ARONSON
Samuel B. Aronson, 79, of Pittsburgh, on Friday, Nov. 5, 1999. Survived by Lorraine Aronson. Father of Marc, Tod, and Jay Aronson. Brother of the late Earle Aronson and Ruth Epstein. Grandfather of Alexander, Brittany, Sarah, and Benjamin. Uncle of Dorothy Light. Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Mr. Aronson was a graduate of Allderdice High School Class of 1937, and of the University of Pittsburgh Class of 1941. He served in World War II and retired from the Army as a colonel. He was employed for 54 years at E.R. Munro and Company. Co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Warner Centre, 332 Fifth Ave., Fifth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

ALBERT W. MUSGROVE
Albert W. Musgrove, 81, of Greensburg RD2 (Norvelt), died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Brinkerton, a son of the late Charles and Grace Shoaf Musgrove. He was a member of the Emanuel Bible Church in Brinkerton and the VFW Post 3368, Mt. Pleasant. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machine operator for Dickerson Construction. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant sisters; an infant brother; four brothers, James, Edward, Gary and Russell Musgrove; and a sister, Stella Miller. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Flossie P. Kalp Musgrove; a stepson, Walter Humbert and his wife, Gail, of Afton, Wyo.; three stepgrandchildren, Carol, Albert and Audra; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Musgrove of Oklahoma, Pa., and the Rev. Wayne Musgrove of Delaware; three sisters, Mrs. James (Elsie) Hilty of Mt. Pleasant RD5, Mrs. Robert (Edna) Ackerman of Latrobe RD1 and Mrs. Donald (Jane) Kronk-Rydle of Scottdale; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, Norvelt, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Larry E. Barnes officiating. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Military graveside services will be accorded. Sandra L. Hoffer, funeral director.

GREGORY SKOTNICKI
Gregory Skotnicki, 47, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Nov. 22, 1951, in McKeesport, the son of Frances Ruszkoski Skotnicki of White Oak and the late Ted J. Skotnicki. He was a master plumber for the Chuba Co. of Homestead, a member of the Church of St. Paul in Greensburg, a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 480, also a charter member of the White Oak Rescue and a member of the McKeesport Knights of Columbus 955. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Carolyn Yaga Skotnicki; two sons, Gregory Skotnicki Jr. and Jonathan Kokos Skotnicki, both at home; three sisters, Mary Parker of Maryland, Bernadette Grese of Liberty Borough and Terri Kisan of McKeesport; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m. in the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport. Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Paul with the Rev. Leonard Stoviak as celebrant. Interment will be in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

F. PAUL FARREN
F. Paul Farren, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of East Pittsburgh, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999. He was an employee of Bettis Laboratory in West Mifflin. He was a longtime volunteer for St. Agnes Athletic Association, North Huntingdon. Husband of Paula J. (Cerqua) Farren; father of Gregory P. and his wife, Christine, of Madison, Pa., and Scott M. of Maryland; and brother of Mary Pat Chizmar of South Carolina, Kathleen Johnson of North Huntingdon and John of Coraopolis. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, (412) 824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial in St. William Church of Holy Cross Parish Monday at 10 a.m.

JAMES C. FERGUSON
James C. Ferguson, 62, of Ruffsdale, died early Friday morning, Nov. 5, 1999, at his home, after an extended illness. He was born June 19, 1937, in Washington, Pa., a son of Eleanor Moninger Ferguson Fait of Connellsville and the late Howard C. Ferguson. He was a graduate of Trinity High School in Washington, Pa., with the Class of 1955, and also attended West Virginia University in Morgantown. He had been a resident of Ruffsdale for the last nine years and was self-employed in the communication construction business. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and as a young man had achieved the distinction of becoming an Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Scottdale B.P.O. Elks. He was a member of the Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, J. Cevin Ferguson and his wife, Laurie, of Goldsboro, N.C., and J. Chris Ferguson and his wife, Laura Ann, of Wadsworth, Ohio; two daughters, Cathy Lou and Carrie Michelle Ferguson, both of Monroeville; two grandchildren, Chelcie and Caitlin Ferguson of Goldsboro, N.C.; a brother, Jerry Blair Ferguson and his wife, Judy, of Goldsboro, N.C.; and two sisters, Jane McGann and her husband, Richard, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Jill Reynolds of Connellsville. Friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will be held Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of a funeral service, in the Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton with the Rev. John Pennington officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Alverton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be given to the Salvation Army, Pittsburgh Chapter, in memory of James C. Ferguson.

CHARLES L. SAYLES
Charles L. Sayles, 74, of Elizabeth Township, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, in McKeesport Hospital. He was born June 7, 1925, in Shaner, a son of the late Burt and Pearl Fellabaum Sayles. He was a retired employee of the G.C. Murphy Co., McKeesport; a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy; and a member of the Central Highlands United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township, and the Shaner Gun Club. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Wyman. He is survived by his wife, Clada E. Fontanesi Sayles; two sons, Gerald Sayles of Elizabeth Township and Dwayne Sales of Harrisburg; two grandchildren; three sisters, June Sellman of Elizabeth Township, Sarah Shoaf of Florida, and Alice Miller of Ohio; also 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. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Charles R. Fowler officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery.

FLAVIO O. DiFILIPPO
Flavio O. DiFilippo, 81, of 286 Kings Road in Kiski Township, Armstrong County, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, in the Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, where he had been a patient for the past month. Mr. DiFilippo was born March 13, 1918, in Frisa (Provence of Chieti), Italy, a son of the late Oreste and Filomina Mattiole DiFilippo. He came to the Apollo area in 1935 and had lived there since. In 1950, he and his wife purchased the Union House Hotel which they operated until 1972, at which time it was remodeled and renamed Flavio's, which became one of the best known restaurants in western Pennsylvania and is still in operation today. In 1960, they purchased Augustino's Restaurant in Vandergrift and operated it until 1972. He was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Apollo. Mr. DiFilippo was a graduate of Michigan State University and was a member of the ``Chef and Cook Association of Pittsburgh'' and was distinguished by this organization by being named the ``Chef of the Year'' in 1988. He also earned the titles of CEC ``Certified Executive Chef'' and CHA ``Certified Hotel Administrator'' and AAC ``American Academy of Chefs.'' He was a cook for the U.S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his stepmother, Virginia Giardino DiLollo DiFilippo. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Angeline Donatelli DiFilippo; three sons, Oreste Flavio ``Pete'' DiFilippo, Pasquale Lorenzo ``Patsy'' DiFilippo and Denis Paul DiFilippo, all of Kiski Township; two brothers, Americo DiFilippo and Antonio DiFilippo, both of Kiski Township; a sister, Aurora Fox of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME, 100 Owens View Drive in Apollo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated from St. James Roman Catholic Church, Apollo, Monday at 10 a.m. with Father Emil S. Payer and Father Ronald Simboli as concelebrants. Entombment will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions to the Apollo Memorial Library.

JOHN MALINAK
John Malinak, 86, of Star Junction, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, in Uniontown Hospital. He was born June 22, 1913, in Donora, a son of the late Michael and Maria Kontura Malinak. Mr. Malinak was a U.S. Army corporal of Battery D, 209th A.A.A. A.W. Battalion in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was also a member of the Perryopolis VFW Goldstar Post 7023, the Perryopolis Slovak Catholic Sokol Assembly 25, and St. John Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Deborah A. Mansfield of Houston, Texas, Mrs. David (Dolores) A. Rehrig of Miami, Fla., John M. Malinak and wife, Bernadette, of Washington, Pa., and Michael A. Malinak and wife, Patricia, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren, Christine E. Mansfield of Houston, Texas, Steve D. Rehrig and Michelle L. Rehrig, both of Miami, Fla., Laura M. Malinak and Cassandra A. Malinak, both of Washington, Pa., Megan E. Malinak and Michael P. Malinak of Greensburg; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Cherry of Anaheim, Calif. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Marie Rumancik Malinak, with whom he would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the day of his death; an infant daughter, Anna Marie Malinak; an infant brother; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Koskosky, Mrs. Anna Koncik, Mrs. Helen Staruch and Mary Malinak. Friends will be received in the BLAIR-LOWTHER FUNERAL HOME INC., 106 E. Independence St., Perryopolis, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a prayer service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. John R.C. Church, Perryopolis, with the Rev. Father John T. Euker as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown. A wake service will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside military rites accorded by VFW Goldstar Post 7023, Perryopolis.

ANNA MATIJEVICH
Anna Matijevich, 86, of Greensburg, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 16, 1912, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Eli and Milica Strika Perich. She was a member of Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Matijevich, in 1962; a son, Eli Matovich; two brothers, Cojo and Luka; and three sisters, Anna, Milica, and Mary. She is survived by three sons, George Matovich of Rillton and his former wife, Doreen Matovich of Yukon, Louis Matijevich of Mt. Pleasant, and Sam Matovich of Norfolk, Va.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stella Polocosky and Annabelle Perich, both of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the funeral home Monday at 10 a.m., and continue in Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Father Adam Yonitch Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church Cemetery, Youngwood. Pomen will be held in the funeral home Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

ERNEST MOLNAR
Ernest Molnar, 78, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at the Manor Care Nursing Center, Green Tree. Born Sept. 6, 1921, in Budapest, Hungary, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria (Badish) Molnar. He was a retired foreign language teacher in the North Hills School District. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecelia P. (Bendzsuk) Molnar. He is survived by two daughters, Cecelia M. Kelly and Linda K. Molnar. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the HEALY-HAHN FUNERAL HOME, 425 Grant Ave., Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, Millvale. Interment will follow in St. Augustine Cemetery, Shaler Township.

MARION BECK SPENCER
Marion Beck Spencer, 95, of New Providence, N.J., formerly of Irwin, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999. She was born Aug. 24, 1904, in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Light Beck. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin and the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 400, Irwin. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert V. Spencer; a daughter, Marilyn Lois Spencer; and a sister, Mildred Baker. She is survived by a daughter, M. Louise Magill of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a son, Donald E. Spencer of New Providence, N.J.; three grandchildren, Doug Magill of Chatham, N.J., Scott Magill of Chandler, Ariz., and Debra Rowland of Milford, Iowa; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence Geyer of North Versailles; also 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., where funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Frederick B. Zikeli officiating. Interment will follow at Irwin Union Cemetery.

CHARLES M. THOMPSON
Charles M. ``Chip'' Thompson, 93, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at the home of his daughter, Janet M. Cox, in Penn Township. Born March 18, 1906, in Liberty Borough, he was the son of the late Collian and Caroline Diehl Thompson. He retired as a postal carrier with the McKeesport Post Office. A member, former treasurer, elder, trustee and Sunday school teacher at the Liberty Borough Presbyterian Church, he was also a member of AARP and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Preceded in death by his wife, Grace Harper Thompson, in 1992, he is survived by his children, Janet M. Cox (Pete) of Penn Township and Charles M. Thompson (Stella) of Elizabeth Township; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara Bodnar of Versailles Borough and Florence ``Honey'' Winwood of Greeneville, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, (412) 678-3454, Sunday from 12 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Liberty Borough Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Rob Marrow. Interment will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.
 

MARY R. DIVELEY PRITTS
Mary R. Diveley Pritts, 81, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Friends will be received in the EUGENE G. SALOOM FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Durward E. Hays and the Rev. Charles D. Whipple co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.

EVELYN UNDERWOOD
Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service for Evelyn Underwood of Latrobe and Sea Island, Ga., who passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999. The service will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. in Unity Chapel, Unity Township, with the Rev. Dr. David B. Batchelder and the Rev. John Silbert co-officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1006 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650. The HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650, (724) 537-5575, is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN E. RALPH JR.
John E. ``Jack'' Ralph Jr., 81, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Irwin, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at his residence. Born Nov. 21, 1917, in Irwin, he was a son of the late John Elias Sr. and Ann (Hrabak) Ralph. He was treasurer of U.S. Steel Corp. He was past president of the Association of American Railroads Treasury Offices, Citizens Crime Watch and Good Fellowship Club. He was trustee of Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, a 32nd Degree Mason, life member of Syria Temple Shrine and Shidle Lodge #601, and was elder of the Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, Fla., and Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah (Bailey) Ralph, who died in 1978; and his second wife, Dorothy (Johns) Ralph, who died in 1992. Surviving are a sister, Betty R. Donaldson of Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Hanna Barker of Boca Raton, Fla.; an aunt, Lula Ralph of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert C. Hill officiating. Interment in Irwin Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Irwin. Masonic services will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

MARY SUE (BOVINGTON) JOHNSON
Mary Sue (Bovington) Johnson, 70, of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1928, to the late John R. and Helen Pettibone. She graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 1951; married C. Bayard Johnson Jr. in 1958; and settled in Pittsburgh in 1971. She is survived by her loving husband, Bayard; daughters and sons-in-law, Cam and Greg Allen of Mt. Lebanon and Gail Johnson and Tim Elgren of Clinton, N.Y.; daughter, Molly Johnson of Seattle, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Bayard and Karen Johnson of St. Louis, Mo.; and six grandchildren, Robby, Brad, Scott, Ruth, Ben and Bay. She is also survived by her brother, John R. Bovington of Cleveland, Ohio. She was a dedicated, active grandmother, a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church and active in numerous church and community activities, including Southminster choir, women's hand bell team and AFS student exchange. Her family gratefully acknowledges the outpouring of support throughout the past few months from friends near and far, as well as the caring guidance and support of the Family Hospice. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9:30 a.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. Sue expressed wishes that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church music program, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., the Mt. Lebanon Public Library or Family Hospice, Mt. Lebanon.

ANNA CATHERINE ZRUNO
Anna Catherine Zruno, 91, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born June 2, 1908, in Hannastown, a daughter of the late Stephan and Anna Kuvilich Yusko. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, the Rosary Altar Society and the Living Rosary Society, both of St. Bruno Church. She had been a volunteer kitchen worker for 50 years at St. Bruno Church and a volunteer at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was a member of the Ladies Jednota Lodge Branch 277. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. Zruno, in 1969; by a son, Thomas A. Zruno, in 1993; and by two brothers, John and Stephan Yusko. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Robert (Rita) Herd of Greensburg; four granddaughters, Tamra and her husband, Chuck Wilson, Risa and her husband, Kurt Williams, Toni and her husband, Jeffrey Rankin, and Joyce and her husband, Michael Adamcyk; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Zahorchak of Luxor and Mary Mignogna of Jeannette; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, with the Rev. Blane L. Resko, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. The Rosary Altar Society will meet at the funeral home Friday at 3 p.m. to pray the rosary. Family suggests memorial contributions to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601.


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