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Raphael, founder of Riverview Children's Center
Elizabeth Rockwell Raphael, 77, founder of Riverview Children's Center and The Store for Arts and Crafts and People-Made Things in Verona, died Jan. 15, 1998, at Independence Court in Monroeville from complications following a 14-year battle with cancer. Daughter of the late Col. Willard Rockwell, founder of Rockwell International, and Clara Thayer Rockwell, she was born in 1920, in Osh Kosh, Wis., and moved to Pittsburgh when she was in elementary school. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence, she returned to Pittsburgh and opened the city's first modern art gallery, Outlines, in 1941. Although the gallery was not a financial success and eventually closed in 1947, it did leave a mark on the Pittsburgh art scene. Working with Riverview Community Action Corp. in 1971, Mrs. Raphael opened The Store for Arts and Crafts and People-Made Things in Verona. Locally-made crafts were sold in the front of the store and used clothing in the back. In 1972, she began the Sociable Workshop, a program that employed workers to reproduce artist-designed objects in all the craft media - ceramic, wood, metal, fiber and wood. The new enterprise had successful sales in New York and elsewhere. The Store in Verona advertised "the largest selection of contemporary handicrafts in the United States" and began having regular exhibitions. The Store for Arts and Crafts and People-Made Things in Verona changed to The Society for Art in Crafts, signifying a new identity for the now independent non-profit corporation. The organization changed again to The Society for Contemporary Crafts in 1991 and is now located on Smallman Street in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Raphael's group had a one-week show at a Soho gallery in New York in 1982, serving as the seed that bloomed into the National Craft Gallery Showroom in New York, which opened in 1984. This was her last great project before illness curtailed her activities. The Sociable Workshop closed in 1985 and the showroom in New York closed in 1987. Last year, The Society for Contemporary Crafts inaugurated the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder's Prize Exhibition, a biennial prize funded by her daughters in honor of their mother. Mrs. Raphael also founded the local summer camp, Oak-A-Club, which was the forerunner of Riverview Children's Center. The children's center, started in Oakmont in 1970 and now in Verona, became Western Pennsylvania's first accredited child care center. She was a member of Riverview Community Action Corp. in Oakmont, a former member of Riverview School Board, a member of The Society for Contemporary Crafts and was active in Girl Scouts. In addition to her daughter Catherine, she is survived by two other daughters, Alexandra O'Brien of England and Margaret Raphael of Armbrust, Pa.; a sister, Eleanor Stuckeman of Fox Chapel; and four grandchildren, Adam and Mark Placzek, Alexander Raphael and Cayce Mell. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orin Raphael. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home in Oakmont. Services and interment were private. Memorial gifts can be made to Riverview Children's Center, 655 Sylvan Way, Verona, Pa. 15147 or The Society for Contemporary Crafts, 2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.

William Gibson
William Gibson, 72, a lifelong resident of Oakmont, died Jan. 14, 1998, at his home. Born June 25, 1925, in Oakmont to the late William and Nettie Shoop Gibson, he was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oakmont. He worked as a journeyman lineman out of IBEW Local 126 from 1946 until his retirement in 1987. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Am Vets Post 55 in Oakmont. He is survived by his wife, Alice Copley Gibson of Oakmont; a daughter, Donna Ingold of Penn Hills and her husband, Jerry Ingold; two sons, William Gibson of Slippery Rock and James Gibson of North Versailles; a brother, Charles Gibson of Port Vue; and a grandson, J.W. Ingold. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Gibson. A private memorial service was held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oakmont. Arrangements were handled by the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory in Blawnox.

Grant Gill
Grant Gill, 87, of Verona, died Jan. 13, 1998, at the Presbyterian Medical Center in Oakmont. Born Aug. 3, 1910, in Pittsburgh, to the late Clement and Nettie Alexander Gill, he was a retired manager for the Post-Gazette. He is survived by twin daughters Jayne Brenner of Salem, Ore., and Joni Hollis of California; a brother, Robert Gill, of Penn Hills; two sisters, Jessie Jantz of Springdale and Justina Beggs of California; and three grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve Gill, and a sister, Gladys Rupert. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home in Oakmont, where services were held with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

Harold Gorman
Harold Gorman, 74, of Oakmont, died Jan. 14, 1998, at UPMC Presbyterian University Hospital. Born Aug. 4, 1923, in Pittsburgh to the late John and Mary Voskuhl Gorman, he was retired from PPG Industries Glass Research in Harmarville, where he worked as a lubrication engineer. He was a Army corporal in World War II, a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont, a member of St. Vincent DePaul of the church and STLE of Pittsburgh (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers). He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nancy Miller Gorman; a son, John Gorman of Oakmont; a sister, Eileen Flecker of Prospect; and a brother, Gerald Gorman of Bethel Park. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home Inc. in Oakmont. A Christian funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church with the Rev. William Blough officiating. Interment was private.

Anthony J. Marullo Steelworker
Anthony J. Marullo, 75, of Penn Hills died Jan. 16, 1998, at St. Margaret's Hospital. Born July 22, 1922, in New York, the son of Anthony and Margaret Marullo, he was a retired steelworker at J&L Steel Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of St. John the Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Edith Marullo; his children, Angela Reilly of Squirrel Hill, Richard Marullo of Plum Borough and Joan Marullo of Wilkins Township; and five grandchildren. Friends were received at McCabe Funeral Home. Services were at St. John the Baptist Church with the Rev. Martin Barkin officiating. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Charles Waraks Grandfather
Charles C. Waraks, 79, of Penn Hills died Jan. 14, 1998, at AUMC Forbes Regional Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Chester and Mary Najmowicz Waraks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Corinne Waraks. Surviving are his children, Corinne McKenney and Rosemarie Waraks; one brother; two sisters and a granddaughter. Friends were received at William F. Gross Funeral Home Ltd. Mass was at St. Bartholomew Church. Interment was at Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Joseph Costa Retired plumber
Joseph A. Costa, 73, of Penn Hills died Jan. 16, 1998, in Forbes Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, the son of Dominic and Angeline Cuilo Costa, he was a retired plumber. A World War II veteran, he was a member of St. Bartholomew Church. Surviving are his wife, Dolores Mazza Costa; his sons, Joseph, Dominic, Wayne and Daniel Costa; his daughter, Kimberly Ringle; his brothers, Anthony and Albert Costa; and 11 grandchildren. Friends were received at Trenz Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Bartholomew Church with the Rev. James Garvey officiating. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Nick Impavido Service technician
Nick A. Impavido, 80, of Penn Hills died Jan. 16, 1998. Born in Rankin, the son of Andrew and Josephine Papale Impavido, he was a retired service technician for Kaufmann's and Sears. He was a member of St._Susanna Church. Surviving are his wife, Ralphine Pugliese Impavido; his children, Andrew Impavido of Texas, Josephine Matthews and Rose Marie Aiello; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Trenz Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Susanna Church with the Rev. Raymond Utz officiating. Interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Margaret DeStefano Great-grandmother
Margaret DeStefano, 90, of Penn Hills died Jan. 14, 1998. Born in New Castle, the daughter of Thomas and Clara Jackworth Prill, she was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles DeStefano; and her son, Neil DeStefano. Surviving are her children, Charles and Thomas DeStefano; a sister, Frances Thompson; four brothers, James, William, Robert and Charles Prill; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Trenz Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Bartholomew Church with the Rev. Vincent officiating. Interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Thomas Bick
Thomas Bick, 55, of Plum Borough, died Jan. 14, 1998, at UPMC St. Margaret Memorial Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Cyril and Margaret Elizabeth Pullen Bick, he was a retail salesman. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Plum. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Oberch Bick; a son, Jeffrey Bick; a daughter, Maureen Neff; three sisters, June Jenkins, Stella Munger and Sharon Martino; a brother, James Bick; a stepbrother, Mickey Bick; and two granddaughters. Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Penn Hills. Services were held at St. John the Baptist Church in Plum. Interment was in Plum Creek Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to the National Transplant Fund, 6 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.

Lois Williams
E. Lois Williams, 77, of Cranberry Township, a former resident of Holiday Park in_Plum Borough, died Jan. 16, 1998. Born Jan. 18, 1920, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late James and Mary Gornall Mackie, she was a resident of Sherwood Oaks in Cranberry for the last five years. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Williams, in 1991. She is survived by a loving family and many friends. Services and interment were private.

Joseph W. Mochan, retired Allegheny County foreman
Joseph W. Mochan, 82, of Monroeville died Jan. 14, 1998, in AUMC Forbes Regional Hospital. Born June 11, 1915, in Pitcairn, the son of Andrew and Katherine Popovich Mochan, he was a retired foreman for Allegheny County and a member of St. Jude the Apostle Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Veronica Ribar and Anna Mochan; and brothers, Steve, Andrew, Michael, Paul and John Mochan. Surviving are his wife, Frances Kavran Mochan; three sons, Robert of Monroeville, Andrew of Greensburg and Gerald Mochan; a daughter, Jane Kissel of Rockledge, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received at Alfieri Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Interment was in Monon-gahela Cemetery.

Helen Casper
Helen M. Nelis Casper of Monroeville died Jan. 15, 1998. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Casper; three brothers, Thomas, Charles and Edward Nelis; and one sister, Mary Keilocker. Surviving are her sons, David Casper of Hempfield and Robert Casper of Mon-roeville; a granddaughter, Jennifer Casper; stepgrandchildren, Ryan and Nicolle Parise; a sister Catherine Nelis of Florida; and a brother, James Nelis of Florida. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was said at St. Colman Church. Interment was at Good Shepherd Cemetery The family suggests donations to St. Colman Church.

Mary Lee
Mary T. Lee, 74, of Monroeville died Jan. 13, 1998. Born in Braddock, the daughter of Frank and Ella Bain Lee, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her children, William and Dennis Lee; a brother, Robert Lee; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements were handled by Jobe Funeral Home. Mass was said at St. Colman Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Markell officiating. Interment was in Cross-roads Cemetery.

Dawn Mitchell
Dawn (Yeager) Mitchell, 47, of Monroeville, formerly of Plum Borough, died Jan. 8, 1998, at home. Born Sept. 10, 1950, in McKeesport, a daughter of Mary Ann Lapcevich McKee of North Versailles and the late Donald McKee, she was a certified occupational therapist for ATC Nursing Center in Oakmont. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Patrick Mitchell; two sons, Jeremiah Yeager and Nathan Yeager, both of Richmond, Ohio; and three sisters, Faye Pici of Waynesboro, Va., Barbara Brady of North Versailles and Marilyn Holub of Pittsburgh. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home in Oakmont, where services were held, with the Rev. John Lolo officiating. Interment was in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.

Walter Zinn
Walter B. Zinn, 88, of Chalfant Borough, died Jan. 15, 1998, in Lexington, Ky. Mr. Zinn was a retired employee of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife, Olga Harbula Zinn; his children, Walter Zinn of New Jersey and Thomas Zinn of Kentucky; a brother, Ted Ziemanski of Arnold; a sister, Bertha Ziemanski of Arnold; and four grandchildren. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was said at St. Maurice Church. Interment was in William Penn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Maurice Building Fund, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15221.

Emily Adamson
Emily Posavac Adamson, 80, of Turtle Creek died Jan. 19, 1998, in Trafford. She was born in Wilkins Township, a daughter of the late William J. and Dorothy Posavac. Mrs. Posavac was a homemaker. Her husband, Robert R. Adamson, is deceased. Surviving are her sons, Robert R. Adamson of Monroeville, Chuck Adamson of Texas, David J. Adamson of Trafford, Bruce R. Adamson of Turtle Creek and William J. Adamson of Florida; a sister, Donna Kovac of Level Green; a brother, William Posavac of Wilkins; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Jobe Funeral Home Inc., Turtle Creek, where services will be held at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Howard Ray officiating. Interment will be in Church Hill Cemetery. Thelma Bluman

Thelma E. Bluman, 80, of Turtle Creek, died Jan. 14, 1998.
Born in Wilmerding, she was the daughter of Thomas Smith and Jannett Blakely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Bluman. Surviving are her son, William Bluman, and his wife, Patricia, of Manor; her daughter, Beverly Bluman of Turtle Creek; two sisters, Jane Speidel of Ohio and Garnet Joseph of Turtle Creek; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were handled by E. A. Forgie Funeral Home. Interment was in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

Mary Clements
Mary M. "Honey" Scanlon Clements of Turtle Creek died Jan. 13, 1998. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Clements, and two brothers, Jack and William Scanlon. Surviving are her son, Mark, and his wife, Patricia Clements, of Turtle Creek; her grandson, Gary Clements; and a brother, the Rev. Thomas Scanlon of Florida. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was said at St. Colman Church. Interment was in New St. Joseph Cemetery.

Anthony Marullo
Anthony J. Marullo, 75 of Penn Hills died Jan. 16, 1998, at St. Margaret Hospital. Born July 22, 1922, in New York, the son of Anthony and Margaret Marullo, he was a retired steelworker at J&L Steel Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of St. John the Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Edith Marullo; his children, Angela Reilly of Squirrel Hill, Richard Marullo of Plum Borough and Joan Marullo of Wilkins Township; and five grandchildren. Friends were received at McCabe Funeral Home. Services were at St. John the Baptist Church, with the Rev. Martin Barkin officiating. Interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Geraldine Ross

Geraldine K. Ross, 91, of Wilkins Township died Jan. 18, 1998.
Born in Roseville, Ohio, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Kildow Koble, she was a retired teacher and member of First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glendon Ross. Surviving are her children, Barbara Campbell of Swissvale, Mary Ross of North Versailles, Glendon Ross of Greensboro, N.C., Judith Ann Jay of Slocomb, Ala., and Richard Ross of Texas; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Jobe Funeral Home, where services were held, with the Rev. Douglas Stevens. Interment was in Roseville Cemetery, Ohio.

Edward R. Coyne, veteran of Korea
Edward R. Coyne, of Forest Hills, died June 11, 1998. A graduate of Boys Town in Omaha, Neb., Mr. Coyne was a Korean War Marine Corps veteran. He was also a retired aircraft mechanic for Allegheny County Airport. Mr. Coyne was a member of the Wanderers Antique Car Club and a board member of Street Life Auto Club. He is survived by his wife, Fran Barbusio Coyne; a son, Mark Coyne of Philadelphia; two daughters, Kristine DiNino and her husband, Ken, of Ben Avon and Dr. Suzanne Coyne-Glover and her husband, Scott Glover, of Plum; a sister, Laverne Pychock of Maryland; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was said at Good Shepherd Church in Brad-dock. Interment was in Brad-dock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Donations Depart-ment, Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Boys Town, Neb. 68010, or to the American Cancer Society, 241 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219.

Jean Kelly
Jean L. Kelly, 70, of Turtle Creek, died June 10, 1998, at her home. Born in Turtle Creek, she was the daughter of Albert Leeds and Mary Daisy Hayes. Ms. Kelly was a retired machine operator with Nabisco. She also was a member of St. Colman Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Shaffer of Turtle Creek; four sisters, Anna Mauro of Monroeville, Wanda Ivanco of Penn Hills, Rose Marie Lawrence of Export and Phyllis Eisaman of Arona; two brothers, Frank Leeds of Kentucky and George Leeds of Lancaster; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Jobe Funeral Home in Turtle Creek. Mass was said at St. Colman Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Markell officiating. Interment was in Good Shepherd Cemetery.

James Ryder
James Ryder, 60, of Turtle Creek died June 8, 1998. Born in Cass, W. Va., the son of Carl and Violet Myers Ryder, he was a retired production coordinator and active in over-"50" softball league. Surviving are his aunts and uncles, Roma Ryder and Carl Ryder, both of Turtle Creek, and P.C. Ryder of Murrysville. Friends were received at Jobe Funeral Home, where services were held, with the Rev. Lester Gindlesperger officiating. Interment was in Restland Cemetery.

Joseph Yost
Joseph T. Yost, of Turtle Creek, died June 10, 1998. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Yost, and a brother, Michael Yost. Mr. Yost was a retired employee of Railway Services, Westinghouse Division. He was also a member of the Wilkins Township Fire Company No. 1 and the Eastern Area Adult Services of Turtle Creek. Mr. Yost is survived by a daughter, Roberta Brewer of Turtle Creek; a step-daughter, Edith Lorraine Kaefer of California; a step-son, George "Butch" Reed of Turtle Creek; a brother, Theodore Yost of Turtle Creek; a sister, Kathryn Boyer of Turtle Creek; and four grandchildren. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was said at St. Colman Church. Interment was in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.

Jennie Messina
Jennie Messina, 96, of Verona, died June 12, 1998, at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon. Born July 24, 1901, to the late Salvatore and Angela Barranco Messina, she owned and operated Jennie's Dress Shop in Verona for many years. She is survived by a niece, Angela Sportelliand, and a nephew, Gilbert Capponi. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Capponi, and a brother, Samuel Messina. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home Inc. in Oakmont. A Christian funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Verona. Interment was in Lakewood Memorial Gar-dens in Indiana Township.

James Giardina
James Giardina, 89, of Verona, died June 12, 1998, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born Aug. 30, 1908, in Verona, to the late James and Mary Baranco, he was retired from Edgewater Steel. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Verona and the Verona Eagles. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lena Giardina; two sons, James Giardina of Texas and Thomas Giardina of Penn Hills; a brother, Charles Giardina of Chicago, IIl.; a sister, Rose Flacomio of New York; and three grandchildren. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home Inc. in Oakmont. A Christian funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Verona. Interment was in the St. Joseph Church Cemetery.

Alice Henline
Alice Henline, 62, of Oakmont, died June 12, 1998, at Presbyterian University Hospital in Oakland. Born March 23, 1936, in Pittsburgh, to the late Frank and Mary Kirn, she was employed at Presbyterian Medical Center in Oakmont as a dietary technician. She was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont and an auxiliary member of American Legion 600. She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Yeager of Conneaut Lake, Pa.; two sons, John Henline of Penn Hills, and Kenneth Henline of Oakmont; a sister, Josephine Premick of Verona; and nine grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and William Kirn, and two sisters, Mary Cenk and Millie Tihey. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home Inc. in Oakmont. A Christian funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont with the Rev. Paul Cwynar officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph Church Cemetery in Verona.

Frank Edward New, World War II veteran
Frank Edward New, 69, of Plum Borough, died June 11, 1998, at his home. Born Aug. 28, 1928, in Pitcairn, to the late Frank Edward and Minnie New, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 66. He also was a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ethel Mae Wilson New of Plum; a daughter, Beverly McGuigan of Franklin, Pa.; three sons, Frederick William New of Plum, Curtis Bruce New and Jeffrey Richard New of East Pittsburgh; and a grandson, Stephen Wade McGuigan. He was preceded in death by a son, Frank Edward New, and a sister, Marlinn New. Arrangements were handled by Stephen P. Dolence Jr. Funeral Home, Plum. Services and interment were private.

Blanche Kendle
Blanche Kendle, 87, of Delmont, died June 11, 1998, at William Penn Care Center in Delmont. Born in Greencastle, Pa., to the late Daniel and Mary Cosey Orris, she was a housewife. She was also a member of Unity United Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a son, Charles Kendle; three grandsons; and five great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Kendle. Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes Ltd. in Penn Hills, where services were held, with the Rev. Frank DeLuce officiating.

John Vorous
John G. Vorous, 84, of Unity, Plum Borough, died June 11, 1998. He was a member of Plum Creek Valley Kiwanis for many years and a deacon in Plum Creek Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Vorous; three daughters, Patricia Hendricks of Richmond, Ind., Joyce Alcorn of Penn Hills and Suzanne Stephens of Apex, N.C.; two sons, Donald Vorous of Canton, Ohio, and John Vorous of Plum; two sisters, Ida Master Campbell and Eleanore Hickman, both of Emlenton, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Vorous Sr. and Estella Sahrrar Vorous; a brother, William Vorous; two sisters, Mary and Edna; and a grandson, Scott Stephens. Friends were received at Thomas D. English Funeral Home in Oakmont, where services were held. Memorial contributions can be made to Plum Creek Presbyterian Church, 550 Center-New Texas Road, Plum Borough, Pa. 15239.

Alma Wright
Alma Wright, 78, of Plum Borough, died June 12, 1998, in Pittsburgh. Born in Pittsburgh to the late Ella Murray and John Beckett, she worked as a cashier and was a member of Trinity Tower United Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Paul Wright Jr. and James Wright; two daughters-in-law, Carol and Margaret Wright; two sisters, Ruth Guber and Joan Barry; and a granddaughter, Kelly Wright Savage. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Wright. Friends were received at Soxman Funeral Homes Ltd./Roth Chapel in Penn Hills, where services were held, with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Interment was in Plum Creek Cemetery.

Eleanor Zeppenfeld
Eleanor D. Zeppenfeld, 80, of Penn Hills died June 4, 1998, at St. Margaret's Hospital. Born Nov. 20, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Zeppenfeld was the daughter of Carl and Bessie Diederichs. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Andrew's Church in Shadyside. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Zeppenfeld was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Zeppenfeld. She is survived by a son, Frank A. Zeppenfeld, and his wife, Annette. Friends were received at the L.B. McCabe Funeral Home. Mass was held at the funeral home with the Rev. Janet Grill officiating. Interment was at Riverview Memorial Park. The family suggests donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association in Eleanor's name.

Carrano
Costabil R. "Speedy" Carrano, 85, of Turtle Creek, formerly of Wilmerding, died Feb. 7, 1999. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Carrano was a barber for nearly 70 years in East McKeesport. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise (Bordogna) Carrano; and a son, Guy Carrano. Surviving are his son, Andy Carrano, and his wife, Carol Carrano, of Ohio; his daughter-in-law, Susan Carrano of West Mifflin; and a granddaughter, Angela Carrano of Georgia. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Colman Church.Harold Durr

Harold P. Durr of Wilkins died Feb. 9, 1999.
Surviving are his wife, Gertrude (Fagan) Durr; his children, Robert Durr of North Carolina and Linda Weir of Penn Township; a brother, David Durr; a sister, Susan Durr; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was at St. John Fisher Church. Interment was at Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Gratz
William J. Gratz of Monroeville died at Beverly Health Care Center. Born in Whitaker, the son of Michael and Marie (Karch) Gratz, he was a retired welder with Westinghouse Corp. and a member of St. Colman Catholic Church. Surviving are his children, William Gratz of Pittsburgh, Martha Knight of McKeesport, Richard Gratz of North Versailles, Raymond Gratz of Alabama, David Gratz of Tampa, Fla., Frances Walter of Turtle Creek and Carol Ann Groves of Allison; a sister, Eleanor McGinnis; two brothers, John Gretz and Edward Gratz; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Gene Van Horn Funeral Home. Services were at St. Colman Church with the Rev. John Geinzer officiating. Interment was at Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Hansel
Lillian Hansel, 73, of Holmes Beach, Fla., formerly of Wilkinsburg and the Garden City section of Monroeville, died Feb. 10, 1999. Born in Wilkinsburg, she was the daughter of Josephine McDonald Powell and the late Karl Jacobs. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hulme. Besides her mother, she is survived by her children, Richard Hulme of Missoula, Mont., John Hulme of Gardner, Mont., Linda Bailey of Monroeville and Judy Brink of Lock Haven; a sister, Mildred Hamm; a brother, Carl Jacobs of Buffalo, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Friends were received at Jobe Funeral Home, where services were held with the Rev. Dr. Arthur Campbell officiating. Interment was at Union Cemetery.

Loreski
Mildred McCoy Loreski, 84, formerly of Turtle Creek, died Feb. 10, 1999, at Kane Regional Center, where she had been a resident since 1990. Mrs. Loreski was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Loreski. Surviving are her children, Eugene McCoy of Washington, Robert McCoy of Arizona, Virginia Siskos of Florida, Richard McCoy of Pitcairn and Raymond McCoy of Trafford; a sister, Rene Bock of Monroeville; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Colman Church. Interment was at Church Hill Cemetery.

Peretick
Lorraine F. Peretick, 60, of Penn Hills died Feb. 12, 1999. Born in Braddock, she was the daughter of Stella (Wrzesinski) Michalak and the late Joseph Michalak. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Edward Peretick; two sons, Jeffrey and Gary Peretick; and a sister, Alice McClesky. Friends were received at William F. Gross Funeral Home. Mass was at St. Susanna Church. Interment was at Braddock Catholic Cemetery.

Thomas
Andrew "Red" W. Thomas, 91, of Wilkins died Feb. 4, 1999, at UPMC_Braddock. Born Jan. 5, 1908, in Braddock, the son of John and Susan (Hudich) Thomas, he was a retired roller with Edgar Thomson Works. Mr. Thomas was a past president of Wilkinsburg AARP, a member of the Masons and a 70-year member of the Shriners. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth (Drylie) Thomas; two sons, Drew and Robert Thomas; nine brothers and sisters; and six grandchildren. Friends were received at Wolfe Memorial, where services were held with the Rev. Kathleen Barnhart officiating. Interment was at Monongahela Cemetery.

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