Frank Thomas Ealy
Meter reader for Carnegie Natural Gas Co.
Frank Thomas Ealy, 94, of Waynesburg and formerly of Graysville, died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home in Waynesburg following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Ealy was born October 18, 1903, in Graysville, a son of James A. and Annie M. Huffman Ealy and had lived in Graysville all of his life until moving to Waynesburg in October 1995.
Mr. Ealy was a member and trustee of the Unity Presbyterian Church in Graysville.
He was also a charter member of the Graysville Volunteer Fire Department, serving as treasurer for 30 years.
Mr. Ealy was employed as a well tender and meter reader by Carnegie Natural Gas Co. for 43 years prior to his retirement in 1968.
He was first married to Eva I. Fox Ealy who died in 1928. He married Edna A. Fordyce in October 5, 1935. She died September 28, 1994.
Surviving are one daughter, Martha Jane Lewis of East Palestine, Ohio; two grandsons, William R. Lewis and Kevin B. Lewis; three great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and two nieces.
Deceased are one brother, Vaughn Ealy; and two sisters, Bernice Staggers and Helen Ealy.
LaRue "Peggy" Evans, 90, formerly of Fourth Street, Monongahela, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Carcella's Personal Care Home, Charleroi.
She was born September 27, 1907, in Three Springs, a daughter of Samuel and Mae Barron Flasher.
Surviving are a daughter, Disieanna Beissel of Monongahela; two grandchildren, Richard B. Beissel and Paula Swihart; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Flasher of Three Springs; and two sisters, Norma Horne of Cassville and Thelma F. Harmon of Bethel Park.
Deceased is her husband, Blair Smith Evans, who died April 14, 1992.
Edward L. Hasley
Eighty Four resident retired from RCA
Edward L. Hasley, 70, of Linden Road, Eighty Four, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 4, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a son of LeRoy S. and Emma Blake Hasley.
Mr. Hasley was a graduate of Taylor-Alderdice High School, Pittsburgh, and retired from RCA.
He attended View Crest Presbyterian, Eighty Four, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
On October 11, 1950, he married Grace Ridley, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Wayne D. Hasley of Marlboro, Mass., William E. Hasley of Brentwood, N.Y., and R. Edward Hasley of Imperial; a daughter, Jeryl Thomas of Canyon Country, Calif.; five grandchildren, Susanne, Evan and Elsbeth Hasley and Tristan and Blake Thomas.
Nancy Jane Jarrell
Nancy Jane Farley Jarrell, 79, Mt. Morris R.D.1, died at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at her home. Arrangements in charge of Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, are incomplete and will be published at a later date.
Former coal miner and J&L Steel employee
George Patrick, 83 of Main Street, Richeyville, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Adams Personal Care Home, West Brownsville.
He was born September 30, 1914, in Alicia, Fayette County, the son of Steve and Anna Sainchak Patrick.
He retired Jan. 1, 1978, from J&L Steel Corp. where he worked in the general machine shop. He was a member of the UMWA local 762 of Vestaburg. He had been a coal miner for 55 years. He was a head coach in the Coal Valley Little League.
Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife, Ann Patrick of Richeyville; one son, George Robert Patrick of Republic; one stepson, Ray Parsons of Brownsville; two stepdaughters, Beatrice Kurjanowicz of Richeyville and Patricia DiAndrath of Greensburg; one brother, Joseph Patrick of Fredericktown and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter who died in infancy; two stepsons, George and Nick Lesako; two brothers, James and Steve Patrick; and two sisters, Elizabeth Ambrose and Erma Popovich.
Retired from General Electric, Bridgeville
Carl Reese, 84, of Burgettstown, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Mary's Personal Care Center in Midway.
He was born September 24, 1913, in Burgettstown, a son of LyodD. and Anna L. Murphy Reese.
Mr. Reese was a retired employee of General Electric, Bridgeville.
Surviving are a sister, Evelyn Fentan of Fairbault, Minn; and three nieces.
Wilma Huffman Ross
Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Bentleyville
Wilma Mae Huffman Ross, 79, of Washington, formerly of Bentleyville, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at the home of her son.
She was born April 17, 1918, at Vanceville, Somerset Township, a daughter of Nelson and Nora Bane Huffman.
A graduate of Bentleyville High School, she was a Bentleyville resident since 1951.
Mrs. Ross had once been employed as a cook in the cafeteria of the Somerset Elementary School and from 1966 to 1969 she was employed as a clerk at the former Bular's Hardware in Bentleyville.
She was a member and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Bentleyville, where she served for more than 26 years as a teacher and youth superintendent of the Sunday School. She also belonged to the Women's Association of the church. She was also a member of the Pioneer Club of Bentleyville.
On August 23, 1938, she married Willis Roy Ross, who died October 12, 1981.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Weinzen of Bentleyville; a son, William N. Ross of Bentleyville; two grandchildren, Angela Weinzen and Shawn Ross; two stepgrandsons, Robert and Ryan Weinzen; a sister, Betty Jo Bular of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her husband, are her stepmother, Geraldine M. Watson Huffman; a brother, Charles Edward Huffman; a sister, Bernice Morris and a stepsister, Lois Mae Watson.
Cara Lynn Roule
Attended Intermediate Unit I in Laboratory
Cara Lynn Roule, 12, of Marianna, died Tuesday, December 2, 1997, in Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born March 14, 1985, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of William and Sharon Crusan Roule.
Cara was Protestant and attended Intermediate Unit 1 Laboratory School in Washington.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a sister, Shalyn L. Roule at home; paternal grandmother, Audrey Kennedy Roule of Chicago; and maternal grandparents, Howard and Alta Crusan of Lancaster, Colo.
Deceased are paternal grandfather, George Roule; and maternal grandmother, Varna "Sis" Belsick.
Martha M. Wise
Member Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church
Martha M. Wise, 78, of Washington, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.
She was born August 20, 1919, in Washington, a daughter of John and Matilda Martin Patterson.
Mrs. Wise was a member of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church of Washington.
She graduated from Washington High School and was a homemaker.
On September 29, 1939, in Washington, she married Clarence E. Wise, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Kenneth E. Wise of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Kathleen D. Howard of Washington; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers and a sister.
Joseph E. Morofsky
Army veteran served at Pearl Harbor
Joseph E. Morofsky, 91, of Nemacolin, died 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
He was born April 30, 1906, in Gales, Fayette County, a son of Leon and Mary Bercheck Morofsky.
He was a retired miner from Nemacolin Mine and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was a former member of American Legion Post 400 at Carmichaels.
In 1972, he married Anna Block, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Morofsky of Fredricksburg, W.Va., and Richard Morofsky of Nemacolin; one grandson, R. Bryan Morofsky; and one sister, Mary Morofsky of McMurray.
Deceased are three sisters, Emma Gorcheck, Barbara Descaro and Helen Morofsky; one brother, Edward Morofsky; and one half sister, Vera Gaskey.
Wilford G. Gray
World War II vet, American Legion commander
Wilford G. Gray, 72, of Wind Ridge R.D.1, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 1997, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
He was born June 26, 1925, in Richhill Township, a son of Jesse Lawrence Sr. and Dicie Hartzell Gray.
Mr. Gray was a chief engineer for Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. for 34 years until his retirement in 1988. While there, he had been a member of the Columbia Gas Quarter Century Club.
During his career, he had lived in several areas of Pennsylvania but returned to Richhill Township after retiring.
Mr. Gray, a veteran of World War II, served as a corporal with the U.S. Army in Company A, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division.
He was a former member of Cameron (W.Va.) Christian Church and Aleppo Brethren Church, and, most recently, was a member of Sugar Grove Union Bible Church, McCracken.
Mr. Gray was a former commander and 52-year member of American Legion Post. 18 in Cameron.
Surviving is his wife, Ruth Virginia Tallman Gray, whom he married March 22, 1947.
Also surviving are two daughters, Gwen K. Wendell of Wind Ridge and Tammy Forrester of Oakland, Md.; and three grandchildren, Chad Wendell, Kendra Wendell and Austin Forrester.
Deceased are two brothers, Jesse L. Gray Jr. and Wiley Gray; and two sisters, Grace Hart and Ethel Minnear.
Mr. Gray was the last of his immediate family.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or public services. Sunday's church service at Sugar Grove Union Bible Church will be dedicated to his memory.
Waynesburg resident born in West Virginia
Edith Brumage, 78, of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, formerly of Carmichaels, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.
She was born July 30, 1919, in Blacksville, W.Va., a daughter of George M. and Elizabeth Brookover Stiles.
She attended Mt. Pleasant Church at Gordon Hill.
Surviving are two sons, Henry Horner of Chambersburg and Samuel Horner of Belle Vernon; a daughter, Judy Tharp of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; one sister, Florence Norwich of Ocala, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
Deceased is her first husband, Henry "Hank" Horner, who died in 1973; her second husband, Merle Curt Brumage, who died in 1986; three brothers, Frank Stiles, Worley Stiles and Wilbert Stiles; and two sisters, Edna Lemley and Isabel Dunn.
Nancy Jane Jarrell
Mt. Morris resident born in West Virginia
Nancy Jane Farley Jarrell, 79, of Mt. Morris R.D.1, died 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at home.
She was born August 23, 1918, in Delbarton, W.Va., a daughter of John H. and Ida Mae Stepp Farley.
She spent her early life in West Virginia and moved to Greene County in 1957. She was a member of John Corbly Memorial Baptist Church in Garards Fort.
Mrs. Jarrell was a homemaker.
She was married to Ralph Jarrell, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Ruth and Patricia Fox, both of Mt. Morris; two sons, Ronnie Jarrell of Fairmont W. Va., and Ricky Jarrell of Mt. Morris; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Cinda Diegelman of Pinellas Park, Fla.; one brother, James Farley of Huntington, W. Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, Ralph Roger Jarrell; one sister, Mamie Farley; and seven brothers, Earl, Jeff, Jessie, Rush, Floyd, Frank and Howard Farley.
William C. Johnston
World War II veteran was mechanical engineer
William C. "Peck" Johnston, 84, of McDonald, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Born December 19, 1912, in McDonald, he was a son of William J. and Flora Bradenburg Johnston.
Mr. Johnston was a 1931 graduate of McDonald High School and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, where he lettered as a guard on the football team. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Johnston was a mechanical engineer. During his life, he worked for several companies, including Universal, McGraw-Edison and Koppers (Kobuta Plant). He retired from Babcock and Wilcox, Beaver Falls, in 1966.
Mr. Johnston was a life member of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the McDonald American Legion Post 485, the McDonald VFW Post 567, the McDonald Belgium Club and Trinity Presbyterian Church, McDonald.
On January 19, 1937, he married Grace McKee, who died October 19, 1993.
Surviving are two sons, John Johnston of DeLand, Fla., and Ross Johnston of McDonald; a daughter, Marilou Ritchie of McDonald; a sister, Mildred Cobbett of McDonald; five grandchildren, Kurt Ritchie, Jennifer Dolfi and Kim, Emily and Heidi Johnston; and four great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Weir and Ross Johnston, are deceased.
Gertude L. McLaughlin, 82, of Carmichaels, formerly of Nemacolin, died Thursday, December 4, 1997, at St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition. For funeral arrangements see today's death notices.
Michael Tencer Jr.
U.S. Navy veteran
Michael Tencer Jr., 71, of Bobtown, died Thursday, December 4, 1997, at his home.
He was born September 12, 1926, in Collier, a son of Michael P. and Mildred Balas Tencer.
He was a member of St. Ignatius R. C. Church in Bobtown; the Holy Name Society; UMWA Local 1639; Polish American Club; and Bobtown Senior Citizens.
He was a retired coal miner and a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy.
Surviving is his wife, Margaret Marcinek Tencer; one son, Andrew Tencer, of Bobtown; two daughters, Kathleen Tencer of Gaithersburg, Md., and Mary Ann Kiefer of Fairchance; one granddaughter, Rebekka Kiefer; three sisters, Helen Kocerka of Bobtown, Margaret Popernack of Silver Springs, Md., and Bernadine Krause of Seven Hills, Ohio; and one brother, Albert Tencer of Morgantown, W.Va.
Deceased is one brother, Frank Tencer.
Fred Philip Gizoni
Decorated war veteran enjoyed horse races
Fred Philip "Chicken" Gizoni, 79, of Wellington Avenue, Washington, died Monday, November 3, 1997, in his home.
He was born September 11, 1918, in Imperial, a son of Charles and Adele Anselmi Gizoni.
Mr. Gizoni attended St. Hilary Church. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Homestead Steel. He had previously been employed by Albert's Packing Co. as a meat cutter.
He attended South Fayette schools. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater, receiving the American Theater Service Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Defense Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Meritorious Unit Award.
He was an avid racing fan and enjoyed races at The Meadows.
Surviving are four brothers, Joe Gizoni of El Chaon, Calif., Earnest Gizoni of San Diego, Calif., Anthony "Babe" Gizoni of Troy, Mich., and Jack Gizoni of Carnegie; two sisters, Jean Zaccarino of Cecil and Yolanda Spino of Washington; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, Louis Gizoni, John Gizoni, Italo Gizoni and Victor Gizoni; three sisters, Ann Rose Chick, Alma Wincheck and Alice Richardson.
Cecil Lee Porter
Columbia Gas technician
Cecil Lee Porter, 70, of Valley Grove R.D.2, W.Va., died Tuesday, November 4, 1997, at Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital.
He was born December 24, 1926, in Elm Grove, W.Va., son of Rayburn and Jennie Klug Porter.
Mr. Porter was a member of First Church of God, Wheeling.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post 956, West Alexander.
Mr. Porter was a meter and regulator technician with Columbia Gas Co.
He was married to Vera Mae Cartmill Porter, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Jackie Lynn Kleeh of Bethlehem, W.Va.; four brothers, Jim Porter of Wheeling, Richard Porter of Belmont, Ohio, Melvin Porter of Arizona and Russell Porter of Triadelphia, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Chad D. Kleeh of Valley Grove and Tami L. Kleeh of Bethlehem.
Deceased are one son, Daniel Porter who died in 1975; a brother; and two sisters.
Frances E. Studzinski
Canonsburg resident worked at pottery company
Frances E. Studzinski, 89, of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, November 5, 1997, in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Canonsburg.
She was born December 2, 1907, in Strabane, a daughter of Peter and Frances Pilachesky Kukis.
Mrs. Studzinski lived her entire life in Canonsburg where she was a member of St. Genevieve Roman Catholic Church and KSKJ St. Jerome Lodge 153 of Strabane.
She had been employed at the former Canonsburg Pottery Co.
Her husband, Zigmund, died in 1982.
Surviving are a sister, Julia Tomsic of Canonsburg; a brother, Leon Kukis of Vandergrift; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sisters, Anna Bilinkey and Mary C. Turco; four brothers, Frank, William and Peter Cook, and Michael Kukis.
Born in Scotland, member of Mingo Presbyterian
Jessie Backstrom, 81, formerly of Finleyville, died Saturday, October 4, 1997, at Country Care Manor in Fayette City.
She was born February 21, 1916, in Stonehouse, Scotland, a daughter of William and Mary S. Collins Hamilton.
She came to the United States and was raised as a daughter by William J. Mathies.
She was a member of Mingo Presbyterian Church, Order of the Eastern Star of West Newton and the Monongahela White Shrine, No. 9.
Her husband, Leonard E. Backstrom, died April 4, 1995.
Surviving are one son, William Backstrom of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Donna Gresh of Daisytown and Norma Prah of Banning; one brother, David Mathies of Gastonville; one sister, Nettie May Long of Madison; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother, Archie Mathies.
WW II vet earned two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart
James McGinn, 73, of Bentleyville, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 1997, following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 31, 1924, in Sturgeon, a son of Owen and Martha Mitchell McGinn.
Mr. McGinn, an avid soccer player, was raised in Van Voorhis and worked 40 years for Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Mine No. 51, until his retirement in 1985.
He was a member of Ave Maria Parish, UMWA Local 1197, the American Legion Post 165 and a charter member of the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5454, both of Bentleyville.
Mr. McGinn was a veteran of World War II, who was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He served as a private first class with the U.S. Army, Company E, 188th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division in Luzon, New Guinea and the Philippines.
In 1949, he married Genevieve Dormo, who died January 6, 1996.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Watkins of Ellsworth and Linda Wright of Bentleyville; three grandchildren, Jennifer Watkins and Jae and Brian Wright; a sister, Mrs. Andy (Mary) Puskarich of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.
Also deceased are a brother, Owen McGinn and a sister, Julia Gesko.
William J. Popp
William J. Popp, 84, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Westland, died Sunday, October 5, 1997.
Visitation and services are private at the request of the family.
John Bartanus Sr.
Worked 23 years for LTV Steel's Aliquippa Works
John Bartanus Sr., 77, of Bentleyville, formerly of Avella, died Friday, December 5, 1997, in his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born March 30, 1920, in Monongahela, a son of John and Christina Bartanus.
Mr. Bartanus attended Avella High School. He graduated in 1953 from Coyne Electrical Television and Radio School, Chicago, with a degree in electrical and refrigeration.
For 23 years, he worked as an electrician for LTV Steel Corp.'s Aliquippa Works before retiring in 1979.
Mr. Bartanus was Catholic.
Surviving are two sons, John Bartanus Jr. of Bentleyville, with whom he resided and Bryan Bartanus of Follansbee, W.Va.; one daughter, Tina Bartanus of Uniontown; three sisters, Mary Fusarelli of Cedar Grove, Bertha Lis of Avella and Julia Dhayer of Florence; one brother, Joseph Bartanus Sr. of Munich, Germany; five grandchildren, Bryan, Jacob and Bryttani Bartanus and Mariosa and Brenden Campenelli; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a brother, Pete Bartanus; and a sister, Margaret Martinelli.
Pete Albert Inverso
Former employee McGraw-Edison, Hazel Atlas
Pete Albert Inverso Sr., 73, of Preston Road, Washington, died Friday, December 5, 1997.
He was born July 3, 1924, in Washington, a son of Angelo and Lucy Juliana Inverso.
Mr. Inverso was a member of the First Christian Church, Washington.
Prior to his retirement, he worked at McGraw-Edison for 22 years. Previous to that, he had been employed 21 years at Hazel Atlas Glass Plant No. 1.
Mr. Inverso was a former member of Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post 175 of Washington.
He attended Washington High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater in New Guinea and the southern Philippines.
On December 8, 1946, he married Lillian A. Toth, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Pete Albert Inverso Jr. of Lawrence; and a granddaughter, Meredith Rae Inverso.
Samuel R. Kerr
Former employee of Consolidated Gas Supply
Samuel R. Kerr Jr., 78, of Delmont, died of a heart attack Thursday, December 4, 1997, while on a hunting trip in Greene County.
He was born October 26, 1919, in Delphine, a son of Philip Rex and Brooksie Etha Moninger Kerr.
Mr. Kerr was retired from Consolidated Gas Supply at the Oakford Station. He was a member of the Greensburg Moose and Sinnemahoning Sportsman Club.
Surviving is his wife of 55 years, Eva Jean Kuhn.
Also surviving are a son, Samuel R. Kerr Jr. of Trees Mills; two brothers, Kenneth "Jim" Kerr of Brave and Edison Kerr of Washington; two sisters, Irma Strope of Meyersdale and Marlene Phillips of Brave; two granddaughters, Stacey Shaffer of New Alexandria and Michelle Christner of Greensburg; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five sisters, Betty Jean King, Margaret Bateson, Maude and Annabelle Weaver and Faye Nelson; and two brothers, Eli and Raymond Kerr.
Former owner/operator of McCarty's General Store
Louise "Edie" Keys, 85, of Morey Road, Fredericktown (Deemston Borough), died at 1 a.m. Friday, December 5, 1997, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.
She was born May 14, 1912, in Deemston, a daughter of Clyde and Myrtle Snyder McCarty.
Mrs. Keys was a 50-year member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Deemston.
She was the former owner/operator of McCarty's General Store in Deemston for many years.
Mrs. Keys was also a volunteer worker at Brownsville General Hospital for 25 years.
She was a member of Deemston Grange, 1372.
Deceased is her husband, Russell B. "Nemo" Keys, who died June 5, 1971.
Surviving are a son, Russell Keys Jr. of Charleston, W.Va.; a daughter, Phyllis Curll of McMurray; two grandchildren, Angela Knight and Scott Curll; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Dale Cozik of Fredericktown; and several nieces and nephews.
Also deceased are three sisters, Blanche Hawkins, Sara Hess and Thelma Jones; and three brothers, Henry, Russell and Archie McCarty.
Bessie Lou Strait
Former Wetzel County resident
Bessie Lou Strait, 94, of 1703 West Clinton Street, Goshen, Ind., died at 7:26 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 1997, in Goshen General Hospital. She had moved to Goshen from West Virginia in 1963 to live with Floyd and Wanda Welling.
She was born November 6, 1903, in Wetzel County, W.Va., a daughter of Wilford and Louella Wiles Hartley.
A homemaker, Mrs. Strait was a member of Grace Brethren Church, Goshen.
On June 25, 1923, in Pleasant Valley, W.Va., she married George Strait, who died in February 1955.
Surviving are three daughters, Helen Ducker and Janice Holmes, both of Eaton, Colo., and Wanda Welling of Goshen; a sister, Dorothy Lemasters of Columbua City, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four sisters, Margaret Oliver, Olive Pyles, Leona Posthlewaite and Letha Courtwright; and five brothers, Perry, Theodore, Ransel, James and Frank Hartley.
Sara L. Blank
Family in area
Sara L. Blank, 76, of Burgettstown, died Thursday, December 4, 1997, in Washington Hospital.
She was born January 1, 1921, in Martha, a daughter of Joseph and Sara Bennett Couch.
Surviving are three daughters, Carol Larkey of Weirton, W.Va., Maxine Brennan of Canonsburg and Karen Blank of Burgettstown; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Mildred Noga of Burgettstown.
Catherine L. Obosky
Bell Telephone employee was Air Force veteran
Catherine L. Obosky, 65, of 314 North Jefferson Avenue, Canonsburg, died Monday, October 6, 1997, at home following a brief illness.
She was born June 26, 1932, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Joseph and Cecilia Pazdera Obosky.
Mrs. Obosky was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, where she was a 1950 graduate of Canonsburg High School and a member of St. Patrick Parish and the Catholic Daughters of America, Canonsburg Court 1211.
She served as a sergeant with the U.S. Air Force from 1951 until 1955, during which time she had worked at the Pentagon.
Prior to her retirement in 1985, Mrs. Obosky was employed by Bell Telephone for 30 years in the billing department. She was a member of Bell Telephone Pioneers.
Surviving are a brother, James O'Bosky of Canonsburg; two sisters, Josephine O'Bosky of Canonsburg and Carmella Mekonis of Bridgeville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Watch repairman worked out of Tylerdale shop
Salvatore (Samuel J.) Belcastro, 89, of Beech Street, Washington, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Washington Hospital.
He was born April 4, 1908, in San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria, Italy, a son of Biagio and Rosina Pisa Belcastro.
Mr. Belcastro was a watch repairman by trade. His shop was located in Tylerdale.
He was a member of the ISDA Alpine Star Lodge where he served as financial secretary.
Mr. Belcastro was a Christian and attended the Christian Church of North America in Washington.
On March 22, 1930, he married Theresa Perry who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Rosemarie Sullivan of Washington and Rebecca Drummond of Houston; five brothers, Frank, Louis, Anthony and Paul Belcastro, all of Washington and William Belcastro of California; two sisters, Pearl Amos of Washington and Mary Jane Thompson of Georgia; five grandchildren, Patrick Sullivan, Therese Sullivan-Victory, Cynthia Sullivan Harris, Suzanne Drummond Schaffer and Lara Drummond Davis; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Sylvia Belcastro, who died in infancy; two brothers, John and the Rev. Joseph Belcastro; and three sisters, Sophie Oliverio, Lucille Bonus and Katherine Cimino.
Joanne G. Bologa
Cecil Township resident
Joanne Gilg Bologa, 60, of Cecil Township, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, at Jefferson Hospital.
She was born December 5, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Harry Gilg Sr. and Elsie Luman Gilg.
Surviving is her husband, Frank Bologa; two daughters, Deanne Bologa and Denise Artley; three grandchildren, Nicholas Weiss, Zachery E. and Aaron Gilg Artley; two sisters, Joyce Dulemba and Janice Queen; and a brother, James Gilg.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother, Harry Gilg Jr.
Neva Hough Culley
Retired secretary to the president of W&J
Neva Hough Culley of Washington died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, December 7, 1997, at the Greenery in Houston.
She was born August 30, 1906, in Washington, a daughter of Houston and Clara Lacock Hough.
Mrs. Culley was a member of Church of the Covenant in Washington and was a graduate of Washington High School and Washington Business college.
She worked for 50 years for Washington and Jefferson College. From 1928 to 1975, she served as secretary to the president of the college. She retired as secretary emerita to the president in 1975.
On June 21, 1941, at Washington and Jefferson College, she married Carrell D. Culley, who died November 15, 1962.
Surviving are a brother, William H. Hough of Howell, Mich.; a sister, Dorothy Wright of Washington; 17 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
At the request of the family there will be no public visitation or services. A memorial service will be scheduled at a date and time to be announced.
Served in Marine Corps and Merchant Marines
James Dragone Jr., 71, of Fallowfield Township, Charleroi, died Friday, December 5, 1997, at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township.
He was born February 7, 1926, in New Eagle, a son of James and Ann Brown Dragone Sr.
Mr. Dragone retired in 1985 after 25 years' employment with Ohio Barge Lines in Dravosburg.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps and the Merchant Marines.
Surviving is his wife, Margaret Griffith Dragone, with whom he celebrated 39 years of marriage on August 2, 1997.
Also surviving are three sons, Robert James and James Michael Dragone, both at home and Jeffrey Dragone of Warner; two daughters, Margaret Flint of Monongahela and Patty Rostosky of Finleyville; four grandchildren, Becky and Sammy Flint and Tina and Joshua Dragone; a brother, Frank Dragone of Florida; two sisters, Dorothy Komidina of California and Madeline Leyda of Charleroi.
Deceased are two brothers, Pete and Joseph Dragone.
Dottie C. Dunn
Former clerk at Sollon Pharmacy
Dottie C. Galley Dunn of 316 Elm Drive, Canonsburg R.D.3, Cecil Township, died unexpectedly Saturday, December 6, 1997, in her home.
She was born in Canonsburg, a daughter of J.C. and Sara Johnson Galley.
Mrs. Dunn was a lifelong resident of the Canonsburg area and a member of St. Patrick parish.
She was a 1945 graduate of Trinity High School.
Prior to her retirement, she was employed at Sollon Pharmacy as a clerk and prior to that she worked at Colonial Pharmacy, both of Canonsburg.
On March 21, 1946, she married Robert E. Dunn, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Robert W. Dunn of Washington, Dennis W. Dunn of Selinsgrove and Gary A. Dunn of Dubois; a brother, Carl Galley of Pittsburgh; a sister, Sally Arthur of Cassville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Gary and John Dunn, Sherry Piechnick and Tracy Bickford; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a sister, Louella Smith, who died October 16, 1997.
David C. Gerhardt
Employed in sales by Strive Fitness Center
David C. Gerhardt, 22, of 2100 Washington Road, Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 7, 1997, in Canonsburg.
He was born December 22, 1974, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Kenneth Gerhardt and Diane Howard Flowers of Canonsburg, who survives.
Mr. Gerhardt was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg and a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church and the White Eagles Lodge of Canonsburg.
He attended Canon-McMillan schools and was employed in sales by Strive Fitness Center of Canonsburg.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his maternal grandmother, Lillian Howard of Canonsburg; a sister, Sarah Gerhardt; a brother, Jon Gerhardt; and a half sister, Amanda Flowers, all of Canonsburg.
Virginia H. Godfrey
Virginia H. Godfrey, 86, of Humbert Lane Health Care Center, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, at Humbert Lane.
She was the retired secretary of the Church of the Covenant.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition. Partial funeral arrangements, including visitation, are included in today's death notices. Complete funeral arrangements will be published in a later edition.
Mary Pauline Herman
Ohio resident formerly of Richhill Township
Mary Pauline Herman, 81, of Valley View, Ohio, formerly of Richhill Township, Greene County, died Monday, December 1, 1997, in Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.
She was born February 12, 1916, in Richhill Township, a daughter of James C. and Linda Supler Campbell.
Deceased is her husband, Fred M. Herman.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Rosenlieb of Valley View, Ohio; four sisters, Josephine Bristor of Waynesburg, Sarah Kupski and Betty Boll, both of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Jean Crowe of Berlin Center, Ohio; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Friday, December 5, in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Interment was in Mt. View Cemetery, Dallas, W.Va.
Joseph H. Herman
WW II veteran retired from Clairton Works
Joseph H. Herman, 80, of Yohe Street, Monongahela, died Wednesday, April 22, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital.
He was born July 24, 1917, in Dunkirk, a son of William and Anna Schimer Herman.
Mr. Herman was a lifelong resident of the Monongahela area and was Protestant.
He was a 1935 graduate of Monongahela High School and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater.
Mr. Herman retired from the former U.S. Steel Corp., Clairton Works.
Surviving are his wife, Emma Chaney Herman, with whom he celebrated 51 years of marriage on February 24, 1998; three sons, Ronald J. Herman of Elrama, Thomas E. Herman at home and James M. Herman of Monroeville; a daughter, Cynthia L. Belavich of Belle Vernon; two grandsons, Joseph and Jeremy Belavich; a brother, William Herman of Ginger Hill; and two sisters, Freida Shannon of Venetia and Marie Herman of Carmichaels.
Deceased are three brothers, Charles, Walter and Kenneth Herman; and a sister, Anna Shay.
Frank R. Kovalcheck
Custodian for Southeastern Greene School District
Frank R. Kovalcheck, 54, of Greensboro R.D.1, formerly of Penn Pitt, died unexpectedly at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
He was born February 3, 1943, in Centerville, a son of the late John and Teressa Kanalis Kovalcheck.
Mr. Kovalcheck had worked at the Duquesne Light Warwick Mine and later in Southeastern Greene School District as a janitor.
His wife, Frances Jean Clayton Kovalcheck, whom he married August 17, 1991, survives.
Also surviving are a son, Timothy Lee Kovalcheck of Carmichaels; a daughter, Jo Ann Kovalcheck of Morgantown, W.Va.; two brothers, John Kovalcheck of Granville, W.Va., and David Bruce Kovalcheck of Bobtown; two sisters, Barbara Mongan of Enola and Linda VanHorn of Morgantown, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a brother, Steve Kovalcheck; and a sister, Marie Kovalcheck.
Former bookkeeper for Hillman Co.
June Largent, 77, a resident of Franklin Care Center, Waynesburg, died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 1997, in her residence.
She was born March 11, 1920, in Mt. Braddock, a daughter of Frank and Jane Dinsmore Largent.
Miss Largent was a bookkeeper for the Hillman Co. of Pittsburgh.
She was a resident of Pittsburgh until 1989, when she moved to Clarksville with her sister Hazel.
She was a member of Clarksville Christian Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Jean Shumate of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three grandchildren, Jeff and Mark Shumate and Marsha Radliff; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel Largent and Thelma Nyswaner, both of Clarksville, and Virginia Laight of Yuba City, Calif.; and two brothers, Ronald Largent of Clarksville and O'Dell Largent of Capitola, Calif.
Deceased is a brother, Robert M. Largent.
Greene County Resident
Anna Lesko, 84, of Crucible, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
She was born January 23, 1913, in Wilben, a daughter of Stephen and Mary Roddy Lukatch.
Mrs. Lesko resided at Jones Personal Care Home prior to her final hospitalization.
Her husband, George Lesko Sr., is deceased.
She was the last member of her immediate family.
Surviving are four children, George Lesko of Rices Landing, John Michael Lesko of Spotswood, N.J., Gloria Jean Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio and Francis "Sonny" Lesko of Crucible; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two daughters, Rose Marie Seaman and Dolores Ann Shutack.
Myrtle V. Mantia
Homemaker loved to garden
Myrtle Violetta Mantia, 76, of Crescent Avenue, Washington, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Washington Hospital. She had been seriously ill for the past two months.
She was born April 29, 1921, in Greene County, a daughter of Anson and Elizabeth Hayes Sickels.
Mrs. Mantia, a homemaker who loved gardening, was Methodist.
On August 29, 1946, she married Roy Mantia who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Ruth Pettit of Washington; four grandchildren, Dorothy Warne, Susan Murphy, Saundra Callender and Michael Pettit; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Anson Sickels; a sister, Dorothy Sutton; and a grandson, Tracy Dean Pettit.
Bertha Buglak Martin
Active in St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
Bertha Buglak Martin, 81, of Daisytown Road, Daisytown, died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 1997, in her home.
She was born August 22, 1916, in Daisytown (Walkertown), a daughter of Mike and Isabelle Buglak.
Mrs. Martin was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church of Daisytown and was past president of the Ladies Altar Society of the church.
She had worked in numerous restaurants in the area.
Mrs. Martin enjoyed flowers, gardening, bingo and going to Atlantic City with her daughters.
On November 26, 1934, she married Warren Martin, who survives. They had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Also surviving are two sons, Warren Martin Jr. of Indiana and James Martin of Cokeburg; two daughters, Judith White of Fredericktown and Chyrel Shaughnessy of California; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Eileen Arndt of Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, Dale D. Martin, who died November 28, 1988; two sisters, Mary Schmidt and Sophie Fauvie; and a brother, Stanley Buglak.
Guy B. McCarrell
Former principal, teacher in Washington schools
Guy Bernard McCarrell, 83, of Washington, died at 5:10 a.m. Sunday, December 7, 1997, at Washington County Health Center.
He was born December 20, 1913, in Washington, a son of William D. and Gertrude McCool McCarrell.
Mr. McCarrell was a member of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Washington where he served as an elder. He also served as chairman of the corporation, Sunday school superintendent and Sunday school teacher for the church.
Prior to his retirement, he was the principal at Washington Park School.
He had taught in the Washington School District for 42 years. Mr. McCarrell coached high school track and was an assistant football coach. He was also involved with boys' baseball.
Mr. McCarrell was a graduate of Washington High School. He also attended Washington and Jefferson College and graduated from Muskingum College in 1937.
He received his master's degree from West Virginia University in 1948.
Mr. McCarrell was a member of PSEA, the NEA, Washington Kiwanis Club, Sunset Lodge No. 623 F&AM, Syria Temple, the Valley of Pittsburgh Consistory and Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.
He was a life member of Washington Country Club and had served as curator of Citizens Library of Washington. He was president of the library board when the new library was built and had also served as president of Brownson House board. He was also on the YMCA board.
During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
On June 8, 1943, he married Charlotte A. Hawkins, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, G. Bernard McCarrell of Aurora, Ohio, and Robert H. McCarrell of Washington; a daughter, Sharlie K. Pavella of Washington; eight grandchildren, Geoffrey, Mitchell and Christopher McCarrell, Jonathan Pavella, Emily and Heidi Johnston and Katie and Robert G. McCarrell.
Deceased are three brothers, William Wilson, John McCool and Dwight Donaldson McCarrell.
Member of First United Methodist Church
Gertrude L. McLaughlin, 82, of Carmichaels, formerly of Nemacolin and Hastings, died at 12:04 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 1997, in St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
She was born January 31, 1915, in Vestaburg, a daughter of Syl and Mae Scrowthers Sweeney.
Mrs. McLaughlin resided in Nemacolin most of her life and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels and the Women's Auxiliary of Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Department.
She attended Church of the Rock in Baltimore, Md.
Her husband, Harold McLaughlin, whom she married December 21, 1935, died August 4, 1989.
Surviving are three daughters, Mary Ann Fabery of Carmichaels, E. Joyce Bernard of Johnstown and Phyllis J. Sullivan of Baltimore, Md.; five grandchildren, Thomas Sullivan, Michael and Anthony Ciezobka, and Lisa Semelsberger and Tammy Kovach; and nine great-grandchildren.
Assistant Boy Scout master in Ellsworth for many years
Joseph Morgovich, 87, of Ellsworth, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Mon Valley Hospital.
He was born July 5, 1910, in Leath, a son of John and Julia Morgovich.
Mr. Morgovich was a member of Ave Maria Parish of Bentleyville.
He also was a member of Jednota, Bentleyville Senior Citizens and UMWA Local 1197.
Mr. Morgovich retired from BethEnergy Mine No. 51.
For many years, he was assistant Boy Scout master in Ellsworth.
Mr. Morgovich was a member of the former St. Clements Catholic Church choir.
Deceased is his wife, Antonina "Lena" Parnella Morgovich, who died February 27, 1991.
Surviving are two sons, Anthony Morgovich of Speers and Joseph Paul Morgovich Jr. of Ellsworth; two daughters, Julia Fruecht of Avalon and Christine Zelinsky of Redondo Beach, Calif.; one sister, Mary Mihalek of Maryland; and two grandsons, Ryan and Jeffrey Morgovich.
Also deceased are a brother, Steve Morgo; and two sisters, Margaret Larsen and Helen Mazetis.
Veronica A. Pavlock
Member of St. Nicholas Church of Brownsville
Veronica A. Pavlock, 76, of Clarksville, died Sunday, December 7, 1997, in Washington Hospital following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 29, 1921, in New Salem, a daughter of John and Mary Brut Kania.
Mrs. Pavlock was a homemaker who lived 52 years in the Clarksville area.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Brownsville, the Ladies Guild of the church, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Clarksville Eagles.
Surviving is her husband, Mike Pavlock, whom she married November 29, 1940, in Uniontown.
Also surviving are two daughters, Helen Marie Vojtush of Twinsburg, Ohio, and Anna V. Noska of Vestaburg; two sons, Michael J. Pavlock of Pittsburgh and John Michael Pavlock of Clarksville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Anna Ziros of Connellsville and Sophia Kania, Agnes Haiden and Helen Toth, all of Clarksville.
Deceased is a brother, Mike Kania.
Machine operator at the former Mathies Coal Co.
Stanley Russak, 78, of Eighty Four, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, in his home.
He was born April 15, 1919, in Glassport, a son of Karl and Mary Galanda Russak.
Mr. Russak formerly worked as a machine operator at the former Mathies Coal Co.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church of Finleyville.
Surviving is his wife, Kathryn Galanda Russak.
Also surviving are four daughters, Mary Haletsky of Manassas, Va., Shirley Fetchko of Finleyville, Christine Yohn of Nokesville, Va., and Carole Huenefeld of Olmstead Township, Ohio; a brother, Felix Russak of Finleyville; two sisters, Ann Russak of Bethel Park and Geneva Beck of Eighty Four; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Patricia Russak; a brother, Joseph Russak; and a sister, Felicia Swatko.
Duward Guy Sprowls
Auctioneer in Pa. and W.Va. for more than 20 years
Duward Guy Sprowls, 82, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Friday, December 5, 1997, in Wheeling Hospital.
He was born August 2, 1915, in Goshen County, Wyo., a son of Guy Orville and Lesta Jane Irey Sprowls.
Mr. Sprowls was a member of Sand Hill United Methodist Church of Sand Hill, W.Va.
He was an auctioneer in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for more than 20 years.
Mr. Sprowls was a retired maintenance worker for Columbia Gas Co. of Triadelphia, W.Va., and a member of Triadelphia I.O.O.F. No. 54 for more than 50 years.
Deceased is his wife, Mildred Turner Sprowls, who died in March 1997.
Surviving are a sister, Murl Harker of Vero Beach, Fla.; three nieces, Debbie Fularz, Mary Jane Geiger and Theresa McVickers; one nephew, Bob Anthony; and several cousins.
Also deceased are a brother and a sister.
Evelyn B. Timko
Former member of St. Anthony's Church
Evelyn B. Timko, 77, of Monongahela, died Sunday, December 7, 1997, at Washington County Health Center.
She was born March 6, 1920, in Monongahela, a daughter of Andrew and Blanche Calmus Lucas.
Mrs. Timko was a former member of St. Anthony's Church. She had lived most of her life in Monongahela and was the last member of her immediate family.
Her husband, Michael Timko, died October 3, 1980.
Surviving are three daughters, Madeline Pierce, Carol Lenzi and Joyce Kennedy, all of Monongahela; five granddaughters, Debbie Bianchi, Janet Pierce, Carrie Lenzi, Denise Gibson and Amy Kennedy; two grandsons, Michael Kennedy and Louie Lenzi; and three great-grandsons.
Deceased are a grandson, Billy Pierce; a brother, Andrew Lucas; and two sisters, Vivian Anderson and Florence Gilchrist.
Arthur P. Webster
Arthur P. Webster, 85, of Graysville R.D.1, died Sunday, December 7, 1997, at Franklin Care Center, Waynesburg.
Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by Behm Funeral Home Inc., 182 West High Street, Waynesburg.
A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.
V. Wallace Wherry
Self-employed dairy farmer was avid reader
V. Wallace Wherry, 81, of Washington, died Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.
He was born June 29, 1916, in West Bethlehem Township, a son of Victor H. and Nora Myers Wherry.
Mr. Wherry attended Pleasant Hill and Weaver elementary schools and was a 1936 graduate of East Washington High School.
He also attended Washington and Jefferson College.
Mr. Wherry was a self-employed dairy farmer all of his life.
He was a member of Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church in Washington since 1981.
Mr. Wherry also was a member of the Chestnut Ridge Grange.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening and was an avid reader.
Mr. Wherry was the last of his immediate family.
Surviving are an aunt, Freda M. Johnston of Washington; an uncle, Frank Auld of Washington; and several cousins.
Waynesburg resident spent entire life in Greene County
Carrie Eisiminger Zimmerman, 89, of Waynesburg R.D.3, died at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 1997, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
She was born December 8, 1907, in Whiteley Township, Greene County, a daughter of Jesse and Josephine Strosnider Eisiminger.
Mrs. Zimmerman, a homemaker, spent her entire life in Greene County. She was the last of her immediate family.
Her husband, Lindsey Crawford Zimmerman, whom she married March 6, 1925, died October 25, 1944.
Surviving are two daughters, Delilah VanDruff and Sue Woods; a son, Charles E. Zimmerman, all of Waynesburg R.D.3; and three grandsons, Jack Lind, Robert Allen Woods and John M. VanDruff.
Deceased are two sisters, Helen and Ruth Eisiminger; and six brothers, George, Lazear, Charles, Jack, John B. and Edward Eisiminger.
Marcelle W. Hazlett
Retired language teacher from Donora
Marcelle W. Hazlett, 85, of Donora, died Tuesday, October 7, 1997, in Monongahela Valley Hospital.
She was born June 5, 1912, in West Newton, a daughter of William W. and Nellie Abbot Weise.
Mrs. Hazlett was a retired Latin and French teacher, and taught in Donora Junior-Senior High School, and Elizabeth Forward, West Newton and North Huntington school districts.
She was Protestant, a 1929 graduate of Donora High School, a 1933 graduate of Thiel College, a member of PSEA and the Order of Eastern Star Monongahela Chapter 108.
Surviving are her husband, William G. Hazlett, with whom she celebrated 59 years of marriage in December; a son, Barry G. of Fairview; a brother, William H. Weise of Sarasota, Fla.; and two grandsons, Scott G. and Daniel H. Hazlett.
Rose Oliver Guzzo
Formerly of Meadow Lands and Washington
Rose Oliver Guzzo, 99, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Meadow Lands and Washington, died at 5 a.m. Monday, September 8, 1997, in Surrey Place, Ocala, Fla.
She was born February 14, 1898, in San Giovanni in Fiore, Cosenza Calabria, Italy, a daughter of Pasqualle and Maria Theresa Ferrari Oliver.
Mrs. Guzzo was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Washington.
In 1913, she married Frank Guzzo, who died in 1969.
Surviving are three sons, Pat Guzzo of Middletown, Melvin Guzzo of Ocala, Fla., and Ernest Mazza of Bethel Park; two daughters, Constance Mazza of Mt. Lebanon and Theresa DeAngelis of Ocala, Fla.; two brothers, John Oliver of Houston and Samuel Oliver of Washington; a sister, Rosella LaBella of Houston; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, John Guzzo; a brother, Louis Oliver; a grandson, Frank Mazza; a granddaughter, Lisa Mazza; and two sisters, Barbara Angelini Reale and Mary Mazza.
William G. Essary Jr.
Project director for Aquatech International
William G. Essary Jr., 46, of Mount Morris Star Route, Waynesburg, died Sunday, September 7, 1997, at Greene County Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home.
He was born February 21, 1951, at Hondo, Texas, a son of Margaret Kirkham Essary of Natalia, Texas and the late William G. Essary Sr.
Mr. Essary was employed as a project director for Aquatech International at Canonsburg.
He lived in Kirby for the past eight years and was a member of the Honda Touring Group.
He had served in the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.
His wife, Charlene Seifen Essary, whom he married April 11, 1970, survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two sons, Bill Essary of Canonsburg and Brian Essary of Carmichaels; one sister, Wanda Autrey of Rodeo, N.M.; four brothers, Jack Essary of Lufkin, Texas, and Roy Essary, Calvin Essary and Edward Essary, all of Natalia, Texas; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Caitlyn, Apryl and Gabrielle Essary and Jessica and Jacob Presock.
Ivan D. Edgar
Worked for Universal Cyclops
Ivan D. Edgar, 83, of Washington, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
He was born August 7, 1914, in Greene County, a son of Ivan and Bycie Day Edgar.
Mr. Edgar was a member of First Baptist Church of Washington.
He attended Waynesburg schools, and prior to his retirement, worked for Universal Cyclops, Bridgeville.
On October 24, 1970, in Washington, he married Eleanor Hawkins Areford. Mrs. Edgar survives. He was previously married to Elsie Morris Edgar.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is one son, Jacob I. Edgar of Waynesburg; two stepsons, Robert Areford of Washington and Richard Areford of Uniontown; two daughters, Linda A. Welch and Barbara J. Loar, both of Prosperity; six grandchildren, William Reedy, Robert Reedy, Stacy Edgar, Daniel Welsh, Robert Areford and Shawn Areford; and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother, Raymond Edgar.
John M. Garry Sr.
Constable for Union Township for 20 years
John M. (Jack) Garry Sr., 71, of Finleyville, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born December 21, 1926, in Gastonville, a son of Michael F. and Edna Foster Garry Sr.
Mr. Garry was retired from Equitable Gas Co. and was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theater of operation.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church of Finleyville, was a life member and past president of Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of Washington County Firemen's Association.
He was also a member and past governor of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 172 of Finleyville, the Western Pennsylvania Moose Legion 1, where he was also conferred the fellowship degree in the lodge, a member of American Legion Post 613 of Finleyville, and the SNPJ Lodge 90 of Hackett.
Mr. Garry was currently serving as a constable for Union Township, a position he held for more than 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Stella E. Malachosky Garry; a son, John M. Garry Jr. of Mt. Lebanon; three daughters, Patricia Crimm of New Eagle, Judith Ann Snyder of Elizabeth and Jaquelin Berestecky of Irwin; two brothers, Michael F. Garry Jr. of Nokomis, Fla., and James E. Garry of Monongahela; two sisters, Edna P. Russell and Bertha M. Leach, both of Finleyville; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Member of Ohio Valley Christian Center
Ilah McCaffery, 92, of 1216 Euclid Avenue, Weirton, W.Va., formerly of Eldersville, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Carriage Inn, Steubenville, Ohio.
She was born August 1, 1905, in Ingram, a daughter of A.C. and Maude McCoy Robertson.
Mrs. McCaffery was a homemaker and a member of the AARP, Jefferson Grange, Eldersville, and the Ohio Valley Christian Center, Steubenville.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ann Rujak of Weirton; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her husband, Ambrose "Lefty" McCaffery, who died in 1975; a son, William C. McCaffery; two brothers, William and Arthur Robertson; and two sisters, Helen E. Snyder and Florence Hussey.
John H. McDowell Jr.
Member of Mt. Prospect United Presbyterian Church
John H. McDowell Jr., 82, of East Washington, formerly of Hickory, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 23, 1915, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a son of John and Margaret McPeak McDowell.
Mr. McDowell was a member of Mt. Prospect United Presbyterian Church, Hickory, a member of the Hickory Lions Club, Indian Springs Rod and Gun Club, served as a member of Mt. Prospect Cemetery Board and attended Hickory High School. He enjoyed golfing.
Prior to his retirement in 1980, he was a truck driver for Russell Industries, Bridgeville.
On December 25, 1937, in Hickory, he married Myrtle Neil, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, John Howard McDowell III of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Mary Jo Williams of McMurray; two granddaughters, Cathleen Danley Seybert and Gretchen Lynn Danley; two great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a brother, James McDowell, who was killed in World War II; and two sisters, Sally Davis and Katherine James.
Louise O. Neely
Retired from Mayview State Hospital in 1978
Louise O. Neely, 82, of 228 South Jefferson Avenue, Canonsburg, died at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 1998, in Wonder Hill Personal Care Home, Eighty Four.
A lifelong resident of Canonsburg, she was born August 17, 1915, in Cecil, Belgian Hill, a daughter of the late Hector and Julie Preaux.
She was a nurse's aide at Mayview State Hospital for 23 years before retiring in 1978 and attended the Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Sifinski of Canonsburg; two grandchildren, Marcella Triebsch and Joseph Sifinski; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Hector Preaux, Jewel Preaux and George Preaux; and a sister, Julie Eckles.
A private interment was held Tuesday, March 31, in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.
Kenneth Orgovan Sr.
Kenneth S. Orgovan Sr., 57, of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at home.
Arrangements are incomplete and being handled by the Lee & Martin Funeral Home of Burgettstown. A full obituary and death notice will be published in a later edition.
Mary Ellen Powell
1993 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School
Mary Ellen Powell, 22, of Washington, formerly of Eighty Four, died 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 1998, following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 25, 1975, in Washington, a daughter of Audra Marie Willard Powell of Washington, and the late Richard L. Powell.
Miss Powell was a 1993 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and had attended the Sawyer School of Pittsburgh.
She was a gardener, camper, enjoyed fishing and was a fan of the late Jerry Garcia, lead singer for The Grateful Dead.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her maternal grandfather, Marvin E. Willard of Washington; a brother, Marvin D. Powell of West Alexander; two sisters, Charitey Powell of Canonsburg, and Amanda M. Ellerman of Shermansdale; two nephews; three nieces; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Edward William Price
Army veteran worked for Cooper Industries
Edward William Price, 77, of Venice, died Monday, March 30, 1998.
He was born October 12, 1920, in Canonsburg.
Mr. Price was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater.
He was a member of SNPJ and AFU, both of Strabane, VFW of Canonsburg and American Legion of Houston.
He worked for Cooper Industries in Canonsburg.
His wife, Sophie Price, survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Marylou Gardner of Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Steve Price of McMurray.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, Gift of Remembrance Headquarters, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road 415, Maitland, FL 32751-7105.
Charles Edwin Read
Retired foreman at J&L Steel Tin Mill
Charles (Chuck) Edwin Read, 71, of Hopewell, died Monday, March 30, 1998, in University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Beaver Valley.
He was born September 12, 1926, in Washington, son of the late Charles Lee and Mildred Frazier Read.
Mr. Read had been a 45-year resident of Hopewell.
He was a retired foreman from J&L Steel Tin Mill and was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Ohio United Presbyterian Church, Hopewell Township; a member of the Lions Club, Hopewell; the BPO Elks 1221, Aliquippa.
He was a choir member and former elder at Ohio United Presbyterian Church and enjoyed golfing.
His wife of 50 years, Kate Hall Read, survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sandy Schwarz of Economy Borough and Nancy Bongiovanni of Medina, Ohio; six grandchildren, Suzanne Price, Lori Holcomb, Katie Walden, Philip A. Bongiovanni, Sam Bongiovanni and Sarah Bongiovanni; a brother, Phillip Read of Hookstown; two sisters, Alice Cunningham of Washington and Ruth Simpson of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Leo N. Skemp
Retired engineer active in church, rotary and Scouts
Leo N. Skemp Jr., 85, of Bridgeville, formerly of Uniontown, died Monday, March 30, 1998.
He was born December 7, 1912, in Brackenridge, son of Leo N. Sr. and Ethel Dick Skemp.
Mr. Skemp had spent most of his life in Uniontown and the past 18 years in Bridgeville, where he was an active member of Lakeview Christian Life Church. He enjoyed volunteer work at the Christian school.
He was a 1934 graduate of Penn State University and until his retirement was employed as an engineer for U.S. Steel Corp.
Mr. Skemp was involved in the Presbyterian Church and Rotary during the 1950s and '60s, and held the position of mediator of Redstone Presbytery in 1955.
He was active for many years in Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award.
On January 22, 1938, he married Virginia Tipton, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Karen S. Wright of Lutherville, Md., Katherine L. Beckes of Elyeria, Ohio and Mary S. Hartman of McMurray; one brother, Thomas L. Skemp of Scottdale; one sister, Dorothy Cox of Scottdale; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, J.D. Skemp and James Skemp.
Harold K. Walters
Member of First United Methodist Church
Harold K. "Dinks" Walters, 77, of Monongahela, died Monday, March 30, 1998, in Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Friday, January 21, 1921, in Washington, a son of Sherman T. and Lillian F. McKahan Walters.
Mr. Walters was a member of First United Methodist Church in Monongahela, where he also served as an usher.
He worked for Combustion Engineering for 42 years, retiring on December 31, 1982.
Mr. Walters was a veteran, serving during World War II with the Army Anti-Aircraft Battalion 501 in the Pacific Theater.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Annabelle Mathias Walters, with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage on January 10, 1998; a daughter, Carole Harding of New Eagle; a son, Mark Allan Walters of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Leigh Hamlin, Tony, Shawn and Mark Walters; a brother, Donald M. Walters of New Eagle; three sisters, Helen Dacko of Monessen, Norma J. Walters of Monongahela and Audrey Walters of Charleroi.
Deceased are a brother, John Walters; and a sister, Evelyn LaFlamme.
Incomplete information appeared in the obituary of Harold K. Walters, published Wednesday. Omitted was a daughter, Lois Stoops of Mt. Lebanon.
Member of Calvary Presbyterian Church
Juliette Bastide, 89, formerly of McDonald, died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals, Canonsburg.
She was born November 17, 1908, in McDonald, a daughter of Paulin John and Juliette Mary Rodier Bastide.
She was a graduate of McDonald High School and was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church of McDonald.
She was a homemaker and was the last of her immediate family. She had been residing at Mary's Place in Midway.
Deceased are a brother, Paul J. Bastide; and a sister, Stella Bastide.
Kevin G. Bott
Kevin G. Bott, 11, of Bulger, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh,
A full obituary will be published in a later edition.
WWII vet was pipe and steam fitter
George Contos, 87, of 12 North Main Street, Canonsburg, died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
Mr. Contos was born in Canonsburg December 27, 1910, a son of William and Aspasia Contos.
He was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, where he was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church; Thomas Vlachos AHEPA Chapter 156; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191; American Legion Post 553; and the Greater Canonsburg Senior Citizens.
Prior to his retirement, he was a pipe and steam fitter in the construction industry and was a member of the Pipe and Steam Fitter's Union Local 449 of Pittsburgh. Mr. Contos served with the United States Army in Germany during World War II.
On August 27, 1944, in Ambridge, he married Lillian Poutous, who died January 10, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, William Contos of Oakdale and Andrew Contos of Canonsburg; six grandchildren, David, George, Sandra, Michael, Tiffany and Hayley; and four great-grandchildren.
Linda D. Kennedy
Avid dart player
Linda D. Kennedy, 49, of Marra Avenue, Washington, died at 3:20 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 1998, in the UPMC-Presbytyerian, Pittsburgh. She had been ill since August 1997.
Born November 17, 1948, in Washington, she was a daughter of the late James Homer and Shirley Ann Coffield Fretz.
Mrs. Kennedy, a homemaker, was a social member of VFW Post 927, Hawkins Post Home, where she played darts and also Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 687, where she also played darts .
She attended Canon-McMillan High School.
On November 29, 1986, she married Ralph James Kennedy, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Leo James McIntyre Jr. of Canonsburg, David Paul McIntyre of Canonsburg and Freedom Lee Greely of Washington; two daughters, Jamie Lynn Glendenning of Washington and Niki Lee Greely of Washington; two stepdaughters, Amy Jo Kennedy and Kelley Jean Kennedy, both of Washington; two brothers, Bill Lowe of Washington and John Lowe of Ohio; four sisters, Jacqueline Zetkovich of Washington, Georgeanna Byrnes of Marianna, Shirley Ann Fretz of Joliet Ill., and Robin Sue Spalla of Erie; seven grandchildren, Alicia Lynn Klinhans, Keely Ann Glendenning, Kolby James Glendenning, Leo Adam "Boomer" McIntyre, Kyle Caldwell, Thomas A. Wormsley and Dalton Toland.
Deceased is a granddaughter, Leah Lynn Glendenning; and a brother, Dennis William Fretz.
Roxie L. Kidder
Roxie L. Kidder, 54, of Heidelburg, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.
A full obituary will appear in a later edition.
West Beth graduate enjoyed reading and sports
Josephine "Jay" Kissell, 73, of Washington, died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at her home. She was born August 13, 1924, in Marianna, a daughter of Matthew and Mary Yuchopik Elovich.
Mrs. Kissell was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Washington.
She was a graduate of West Bethlehem High School, Marianna, and was a homemaker. She loved to read and enjoyed watching sports.
On October 26, 1946, she married Dave John Kissell. Mr. Kissell died May 20, 1979.
Surviving are a son, John Dave Kissell of Washington; a daughter, Mary Anne Peresutti of Washington; four brothers, John "Sonny" Elovich of Florida, Joseph Elovich of Hudson, Fla., William Elovich of Mentor, Ohio, and Robert Elovich of Kennewick, Wash.; four sisters, Margaret Petroff and Eleanor Messer, both of Bentleyville, Agnes Ruhlman of Franklin and Bonnie Turkalay of Vienna, Va.; three grandchildren, Jason and Nathan Kissell and Lauren Peresutti, all of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Viola S. Loy
Member of First United Methodist Church
Viola Sellers Loy, 69, of Carmichaels R.D., died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg, after a lengthy illness.
She was born November 6, 1928, in Uniontown, a daughter of John Piper and Bertha Lewis Piper of Davistown.
Mrs. Loy was a retired manager of Repair Center of Radio Corp., Arlington, Va.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesburg.
Surviving are three sisters, Connie Whyel of Carmichaels, Pearl Piper of Wiscasset, Maine, and Winona Canter of Davistown; three brothers, Reginald Piper of College Park, Md., Frank Piper of Arlington, Va., and Earl Piper of Masontown; a niece, Viola Courie with whom she made her home; and several nieces and nephews,
Deceased are her husband, Charles Loy; and a brother, Edgar Piper.
John J. Paranos
Steel worker for Washington Steel 20 years
John J. Paranos, 79, of Barnickel Street, Meadows Lands, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Manor Care in McMurray, after a brief illness.
He was born November 26, 1918, in Meadow Lands, a son of Nick and Catherine Andradas Paranos.
Mr. Paranos was employed as a steel worker at Washington Steel for 20 years retiring in 1984 and also was employed as a bricklayer for many companies for many years.
He was a member of Holy Trinity National Catholic Church, the Bears Club and the Bricklayers Union.
Mr. Paranos served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.
On March 2, 1954, he married Joan E. Rutkowski, who survives.
Also surviving are a brother, Edward Gavalier of Meadow Lands; three sisters, Irene Furmanek of Meadow Lands, Ann K. Spencer and Rose Syrek, both of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a sister, Mary Paranos.
Alexander J. Rozsas
Served in Civilian Conservation Corps
Alexander Joseph Rozsas, 76, of Yakima, Wash., formerly of Park Avenue, Canonsburg, died April 1, 1998, at Chinook Convalescent Center. He had been in failing health for several months suffering from cancer.
He was born January 9, 1922, in Canonsburg, a son of Alexander and Theresa Balent Rozsas.
Mr. Rozsas attended Canonsburg schools and served two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps, working in the states of Virginia and Washington.
During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served four years as a drill sergeant.
Prior to his retirement, he worked as a long-haul truck driver.
Surviving are his wife, Caroline of Yakima; a daughter, Arlinda Walker of Yakima; a son Steven of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, John Rozsas of Canonsburg; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his stepmother; three sisters, Theresa, Helen and Mary; and a brother, Joseph.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Yakima. Interment was in West Hills Memorial Park. Full military honors were provided by William Wharton VFW Post 379.
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