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Terry W. Finn
Former Washington resident was Army veteran
Terry W. Finn, 47, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Friday, March 20, 1998, at his home from cancer. Born May 30, 1950, in Washington, he was a son of Pauline Pyles of Waynesburg and the late George Joseph Finn. Mr. Finn was a U.S. Army veteran and was formerly employed in Minneapolis, Minn., where he lived prior to moving to St. Petersburg. His wife, Jeanette Finn, died October 14, 1994. Surviving are three sisters, Kim Pyles of Millsboro, Patricia Smitley of Carmichaels and Robin Howes of Fredericktown; and a brother, Jimmy Finn of Tacoma, Wash. His stepfather, Harry W. Pyles, is deceased. Burial was in St. Petersburg.

James Krebs Sr.
Prominent civil enginer and Army engineer
James Arthur Krebs Sr., a prominent consulting civil engineer who left his mark on the Pittsburgh landscape in his more than 45-year career, died in his home in Upper St. Clair on Sunday, March 22, 1998. Mr. Krebs was 93 years old. Mr. Krebs retired in 1978 from the Peter F. Loftus Corp. concluding an engineering career which touched Pittsburgh's waterways, highways, bridges and most important buildings. He designed and oversaw the construction of the renovations to the Bellfield Boiler Plant in Panther Hollow that provides steam to many Oakland buildings, including The Carnegie. He was an engineer for railroads, worked on the design for the early Penn Lincoln Parkway project, and served as a consulting engineer to the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh with respect to many of its churches, including St. Bernard's in Mt. Lebanon, St. Sebastian's in North Hills, St. Mary's in Sharpsburg and St. Coleman's in Turtle Creek. He also designed the renovations for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, his home church in Beechview. During World War II, Mr. Krebs was a captain in the 1918th Engineer Aviation Company and the 362nd Engineers in the Army Engineering Corps where he constructed airfields for Army Air Corps bombers and fighters in the Pacific Theater, including New Caledonia and Tinian. It was from Tinian that the Allies conducted the massive bombing of Japan, including the first atomic bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Krebs, the son of Austrian-Hungarian immigrants, was born August 21, 1904, on the South Side of Pittsburgh and was raised in Beechview. He survived the influenza epidemic of 1918 which claimed his father and sister. He graduated from South Hills High School and worked his way through Carnegie Institute of Technology, while helping to support his family during the Depression. After graduating from Carnegie Tech in 1931, he worked in a series of surveying and engineering jobs, including various railroads, the Pennsylvania Highways Department and the City of Pittsburgh. During the late 1930s, he met Helen McGrogan, who was a nurse at Magee Hospital. Subsequently, both of them enlisted in the Army before the United States entered the war. They became engaged shortly before Lt. McGrogan's Army nurse unit shipped off to support the invasion of North Africa. She spent the war as an Army surgical nurse in the North African, Italian and European campaigns. They married after V-E Day when Lt. McGrogan's ship was being outfitted for the support of the anticipated invasion of Japan and Capt. Krebs was on leave from the Pacific. In the early 1950s, Mr. Krebs decided to move to Upper St. Clair. This decision led his brothers, Alfred and Reinhart, who operated the Krebs Construction Co., to build a number of houses in the Brookside Farms subdivision. That project helped spur the postwar development of Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park. After the war, Mr. Krebs worked for J&L Steel, Dravo Corp. and Peter F. Loftus. He became well known for his expertise as a structural trouble-shooter in the civil engineering field. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. After his retirement he was active in the Senior Citizens of Upper St. Clair. At the age of 41, Mr. Krebs began his family and is survived by his wife, Helen McGrogan Krebs, and his five children, Rose Anne Synowka of Chippewa Township, Helen E. Rishel of Whitehall, Dr. James A. Krebs Jr., of North Strabane Township, William F. Krebs of Washington, D.C., and Robert A. Krebs of Bethel Park; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Reinhart of Peters Township. Deceased are a brother, Alfred N. Krebs Sr.; and a sister, Laura A. Krebs

Anna Lazor
Homemaker was a lifetime resident of Canonsburg
Anna Lazor, 91, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at Horizon Health Care Center, Canonsburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 4, 1907, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Michael and Anna Senay Lazorchak. Mrs. Lazor had lived her entire life in Canonsburg, where she was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church and Russian Brotherhood Organization. She had been a homemaker. On August 10, 1923, she married Joseph A. Lazor, who died October 20, 1975. Surviving are three sons, Joseph E. Lazor of Monroeville, Robert J. Lazor of Rio Verde, Ariz., and the Rev. Paul Lazor of Yonkers, N.Y.; two brothers, William Lazorchak of Canonsburg and Ted Lazorchak of Strabane; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a sister, Julia Koman; and three brothers, Harry, Jack and Michael Lazorchak.

David J. Mandich
Worked at Executive House and Box USA
David J. "Dago" Mandich, 47, of Grove Street, Washington, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at home. He was born August 27, 1950, in Washington, a son of the late Nick Mandich and Ann Presto Mandich of Washington. Mr. Mandich was a maintenance man at the Executive House and later was employed by Box USA, Eighty Four, as a machinist. He was 1969 graduate of Washington High School and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Keystone Club. He enjoyed softball, camping and detailing cars. On March 7, 1997, he married Brenda R. Brown, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Shawn Evans of Washington, Travis Mandich of California state, and Tyler and Tanner Mandich, both of Ohio; a brother, Nick Mandich of Washington; four grandchildren, several aunts and uncles, three nieces and several great-nieces and nephews. Deceased are his paternal grandparents, Mike and Eva Mandich; and maternal grandparents, Henry and Angelina Presto.

Laura Wassall Mercer
Canonsburg woman was Brockway Glass employee
Laura Wassall Mercer, 75, of 168 O'Hara Road, Canonsburg, died Monday, March 23, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born June 28, 1922, in Washington, a daughter of Elmer P. and Olga Fair Wassall. Mrs. Mercer was a lifelong resident of the Canonsburg and Washington area. She was a member of Houston Methodist Church, Houston, and worked at Brockway Glass No.7 in Washington for 19 years. Surviving are two daughters, Catherine Crichley and Judith Tetino, both of Canonsburg; a sister, Edith Castelberg of Philadelphia; her twin brother, Elmer Wassall of New Bedford, Mass.; four grandchildren, Steve Tetino, Lisa Newman, Deanna Crichley and Sharon Spadaro; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are two brothers, James and John Wassall.

Velma Morris
Beth-Center graduate was officer manager in Orlando
Velma Barnhart Morris, 54, of Apopka, Fla., died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 17, 1998. She was born July 18, 1943, in Scenery Hill, a daughter of Perry Barnhart of Washington, and the late Sarah Kenimond Barnhart. Mrs. Morris was a 1961 graduate of Bethlehem-Center High School and was an office manager at Premiere Advance Imaging, Orlando, Fla. On June 23, 1963, she married H. Norman Morris, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Rhonda Eggert of Winter Spring, Fla.; a son, Greg Morris of Atlanta, Ga.; two granddaughters, Michaela and Marisa Morris; two sisters, Aldine Hundertmark of Fredericktown and Lu Ann Lemmon of Washington; a brother, Roy Barnhart of Washington; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Glyde at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, with the Rev. Richard Weaver officiating.

Martin F. Perecko
Retired as mechanic with Pennsylvania Railroad
Martin F. Perecko, 87, of Factory Street, Monongahela, died Monday, March 23, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital emergency room. He was born July 31, 1910, in Monongahela, a son of Julius and Emelia Tabory Perecko. Mr. Perecko was a lifetime resident of Monongahela and worked as a mechanic for Pennsylvania Railroad Co., retiring in 1970. He was Catholic and a member of Monongahela Slovak Club, Brookland Hunting & Fishing Club in Ulysses, and Mon-Char-Glen Rod and Gun Club. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis George Perecko, with whom he celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary this past July 2; three sons, David M. Perecko of Monongahela, Richard J. Perecko of Greenville, S.C., and Gary L. Perecko of McMurray; a sister, Ethel Walters of Monongahela; and seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Darryl, Leah, Marie, Monica, Megan and Martin James Perecko. Deceased are three brothers, Walter, Julius and Paul "John" Perecko; and two sisters, Anne Yanachick and Mary Pileggi.

Lillie K. Vanicheck
Resident of Eighty Four
Lillie K. Vanicheck, 81, of Eighty Four, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at home. She was born December 14, 1916, in Beadling, a daughter of Charles and Emelia Schnuth Klink. Surviving are her husband, Joseph W. Vanicheck; a son, Thomas Tomsic; a daughter, Susan Tomsic; three grandchildren, Tom, Scott and Rob Tomsic; and two great-grandchildren.

Harold Church
Salesman for Collegiate Cap & Gown
Harold "T" Church, 70, of Baldwin, died Sunday, March 22, 1998. He was born, April 14, 1927, a son of Floyd and Mable Cunningham Church.Mr. Church was associated with Collegiate Cap & Gown for many years and was elected into the company's sales hall of fame. He was a member of Whitehall Masonic Lodge 794 F&AM. Surviving are his wife, Ann G. Church; one son, Thomas F. Church of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren, Jacob James and Jordan Ann Church.

Louis DiBacco
Cedar Grove miner and steelworker
Louis DiBacco, 85, of Avella-Cedar Grove, died at 8:42 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born November 1, 1912, in Dover, Ohio, a son of Mike and Elizabeth Goffoli DiBacco, and had lived in Cedar Grove since 1937. Mr. DiBacco worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Windsor Power and Coal Co. as a mine worker for 25 years and as a steel worker at J&L Steel Corp. in Aliquippa, from where he retired in 1975. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Avella, UMWA, United Steelworkers Local 1211 and the Polar Star Mutual Benefit Society of Avella. On September 2, 1933, he married Margaret Fusarelli, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Betty Carter and Marie Frank of Burgettstown; seven sisters, Angeline Swartz, Josephine Angelo and Edna Halavko, all of Burgettstown, Mary Recinelli of Mingo Junction, Ohio, Rose Tedeski and Agnes Grecco, both of Steubenville, Ohio, Grace Radacy of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Samuel and Mike DiBacco, both of Weirton, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Deceased are two sons, Michael DiBacco, who died November 24, 1968, and Louis Jr., who died September 3, 1984; two sisters, Amelia Pascarella and Norma Rodgers; and two brothers, Tony and John DiBacco.

Robert G. Donley
Former teacher worked for federal government
Robert G. Donley, 90, of 5600 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Dilliner R.D. , died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 1998, in Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas. He was born October 8, 1907, in Wadestown, a son of Luther Morris and Lola Grace Lough Donley. Mr. Donley was a 1928 graduate of Morgantown High School, received his bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University in 1932, and earned his teaching degree from Waynesburg College. He then taught at the Bobtown School for a brief time. He worked for the federal government as a storekeeper and gauger, retiring in 1963, after 30 years' of service. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. Mr. Donley was a member of Bald Hill Methodist Church, Dunkard Township Grange, Warrior Trail Association, I.O.O.F. Odd Fellows Lodge and the Farm Bureau, as well as many other organizations. Surviving are two brothers, Daniel G. Donley of Oakland, Md., and James Warren of Westover, W.Va.; two sisters, Deloris June Friday of Mentor, Ohio, and Catherine "Kay" VanDruff of Dilliner R.D.1; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his wife, Alverna Donley; two brothers, Luther Morris and Romeo Garland Donley; and three sisters, Stella John Walters, Rosalie Hyde and Madeline "Betty Lou" Tustin.

Marylou Alta Fraley
Mother of 12
Marylou Alta McGinnis Fraley, 87, formerly of Pleasant Grove, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born January 31, 1911, in Martin County, Ky., daughter of George and Susan Mollett McGinnis. Mrs. Fraley was a member of Mary Elizabeth Old Regular Baptist Church in Hatfield, Ky. On September 18, 1932, she married John B. Fraley of Hatfield. Mrs. Fraley was a mother and homemaker, who enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. Surviving are five daughters, Viva Fraley Riggle, Elsie Fraley Ozarowsky and Manda Sue Fraley Malo, all of Washington, LaVerne Fraley Hampe of Waynesburg, and Ina Fraley Boyle of Claysville; four sons, Merrill John Fraley of Vine Grove, Ky., Wallace Monroe Fraley of Bowling Green, Ky., Raymond Zader Fraley of Claysville and Norman Douglas Fraley of Washington; 26 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are four brothers, Elijah, John, Willie and Nim McGinnis; two sisters, Manda Scalf and Sarah Delong; and three children, Roy, Ray and Bertha Carol Fraley.

William H. Knisely Jr.
Retired from Columbia Gas of Buckhannon, W.Va.
William H. (Bill) Knisely Jr., 68, of Fraction Road, West Finley, formerly of Buckhannon, W.Va., died at 2:50 p.m. Monday, March 23, 1998, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born April 24, 1929, in West Union, W.Va., a son of the late William H. Sr. and Mary Edna Holbert Knisely. Mr. Knisely had retired in 1986 from the Columbia Gas Co. of Buckhannon, with more than 38 years of service. He was also a member of the Buckhannon Moose Lodge 598, was a Baptist and enjoyed hunting and golf. In October 1948, he married Gwendolyn Childers, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Marsha Ann Dettman of Rochelle, Ill., Mary Jeanette Blayney of Claysville and Sherri Lynn Glover of Addison; a son, William H. "Rusty" Knisely of West Finley; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a brother, Gerald E. Knisely; and a sister, Beatrice Wolverton. Burial will be in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

John Kudra
Retired from Mine No. 51 in Ellsworth
John Kudra, 82, of Marianna, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Vencor Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born February 16, 1916, in Smithton, a son of Steven and Lukiana Cideroff Kudra. Mr. Kudra was employed by Bethlehem Mines Corp.'s Mine No. 51 in Ellsworth for more than 42 years before retiring in 1976. He was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Charleroi. He was a longtime resident of the Marianna area and enjoyed fishing. On April 26, 1940, he married Anna M. Matosky, who died in 1983. Surviving are a daughter, Betty Reagan of Marianna; a son, John Steven Kudra of Texas; three grandchildren, Judith Ann and Patricia Marie Reagan and Elizabeth Ann Kudra. Deceased are two brothers, Alex and Michael Kudra; and two sisters, Kathryn Pompei and Mary Harida.

Bernice S. Lewis
West Palm Beach antique dealer from Greene County
Bernice S. Lewis, 94, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Greene County, died Sunday, March 15, 1998, following a brief illness. She was born May 15, 1903, in Oak Forest, a daughter of Henry Mason and Jennie Carroll Stewart. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Church in the Palms, West Palm Beach. She owned and operated the Palm Beach Haven retirement home for 25 years prior to her retirement. She also owned and operated other business enterprises, including beauty shops and antique shops. Her lifelong hobby was collecting and selling antiques and she organized one of the first major antique shows in the Palm Beaches. Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Eakin and Myra Quinn of West Palm Beach; a sister, Edice S. Flowers of Carmichaels; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Deceased are a sister, Mildred S. Phillips; and two brothers, W. L. and Paul C. Stewart.

Mildred V. Myers
Hazel Atlas employee formerly of Graysville
Mildred V. Myers, 81, of Graysville R.D.1, died at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born April 13, 1916, in New Kensington, a daughter of Charles Joseph and Ida Leota Richey Myers. She had lived in Los Angeles for several years prior to returning to the Wind Ridge and Graysville areas in 1981. Miss Myers was a member of Nebo Methodist Church and was a 1934 graduate of Washington High School. She was employed by the former Hazel Atlas Glass Co. in Washington, and was last employed as a secretary by Carte Blanche in Los Angeles for several years prior to her retirement in 1981. Miss Myers was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy WAVES in Corpus Christi, Texas. Surviving are several cousins. Miss Myers was the last of her immediate family.

Voyle L. Patterson
Retired carpenter from Coal Center was veteran
Voyle L. "Bud" Patterson, 76, of Coal Center, died at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born December 8, 1921, in Centerville Borough, a son of Charles C. Sr. and Pearl J. Shawley Patterson. Mr. Patterson retired as a carpenter in 1985, and was a member of Carpenters Local 541 of Washington. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a corporal in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the National Rifle Association, California Senior Citizens and the XYZ Club of Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. On August 20, 1943, he married Mary Ann Cole, who survives and with whom he celebrated their 54th anniversary. Also surviving are two sisters, Grace E. Burnette of Nemacolin and Sarah A. Bane of Fredericktown; a brother, Charles C. Patterson Jr. of Centerville Borough; and many nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sisters, Mary Bane and Dorothy Fowkes.

David P. Paul
Former resident employee of Universal Cyclops
David P. Paul, 85, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Washington, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in his home. He was born February 26, 1913, in Beallsville, a son of Shirley and Mary Adeline Sowers Paul. Mrs. Paul was a former member of Lone Pine Christian Church and First Christian Church of Washington. He was a heater at Universal Cyclops, Bridgeville, for 36 1/2 years, retiring in 1969 to Sarasota, Fla. Mr. Paul was a member of Gary B. Fish Lodge 346, F&AM and Sahib Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., both in Sarasota and the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Tampa. Surviving are a son, Loyal V. Paul of Bradenton, Fla.; two daughters, Alice Kusich of Antioch, Tenn., and Myrna Loy of Brownsboro, Ala.; a brother, Shirley A. Paul of Washington; a sister, Eleanor P. Wendell of Sarasota; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, Merle and Marvin Paul; and a sister, Bernadeen Ball.

Edward Ragland
Graduate of Washington High School
Edward "J.J." Ragland, 31, of Washington, formerly of Bridgeville, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 1998. Born on November 26, 1966, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Edward Louis and Doris Anthony of Washington. Mr. Ragland, a graduate of Washington High School, was a janitor. Surviving are a brother, Mark Edward Anthony of Bridgeville; and three nieces and four nephews.

Eleanor H. Schneck
Homemaker member of St. Hilary Church
Eleanor H. Schneck, 76, of Vermont Drive, Washington, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Humbert Lane Health Care Center, Washington, following a brief illness. She was born October 23, 1921, in Manifold, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Koren Yusko. Mrs. Schneck was a homemaker and a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church. She was a 1939 graduate of Washington High School. On May 3, 1943, she married Walter A. Schneck, who died December 17, 1978. Surviving are a daughter, Janet Schneck of Washington; a sister, Blanche Piacenza of Washington; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, Joseph and John Yusko; and two sisters, Viola Yusko and Irene Gredesky.

Charles L. Sowers
Disabled veteran former employee of feed store
Charles L. "Chick" Sowers, 71, of 129 Jollick Manor, Washington, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Oakland Veteran's Administration Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lengthy illness. He was born May 4, 1926, in Washington, a son of Charles and Anna M. Raipe Sowers. Mr. Sowers attended Immaculate Conception Elementary and High School. He worked in the General Feed Mill in Washington before entering the U.S. Marine Corps for service during World War II. He became disabled as a result of injuries he received during those years. Mr. Sowers was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post 175. Surviving are a brother, Thomas N. Cox, with whom he made his home; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Deceased are two brothers, John "Red" Miller and Bernard "Bun" Sowers.

William J. Staffen
44-year employee of Combustion Engineering
William J. Staffen, 70, of New Eagle, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born September 21, 1927, in New Eagle, a son of William H. and Marie O'Hern Staffen. Mr. Staffen retired in 1987 from Combustion Engineering with 44 years of employment. He was a member of Transfiguration Church, Monongahela, and a life member of New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department. He was a sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Force military police during World War II. Surviving are two sons, William Staffen Jr. of Monongahela and Richard Alan Staffen of Courtney; a daughter, Donna Wilcher of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren, William, Thomas, Tonie and Brandon Staffen and Keith, Tarah and Bryan Wilcher; a brother, Francis Staffen of Monongahela; and a sister, Patricia Prentice of Monongahela. Deceased are his wife, Jane C. Rogers Staffen, who died July 9, 1994; an infant daughter, Betty Ann Staffen; and a sister, Margaret Nagy.

Mildred Pollock Titus
Former teacher from Vestaburg
Mildred Pollock Titus, 84, of Tempe, Ariz., died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Phoenix, following a lengthy illness. She was born September 10, 1913, in Vestaburg, a daughter of Strickler W. and Nelle Williams Pollock. Mrs. Titus was a graduate of Waynesburg College and Pennsylvania State University, and taught elementary school in Mather and Vestaburg. Following her retirement in 1974, she moved to Arizona where she was a member of the Glass and Garden Community Church in Scottsdale. She was a member of the Pennsylvania State and National Education Associations and Greene County Retired Teachers Association. On January 20, 1935, she married Charles S. Titus, who died December 15, 1994. Surviving are two daughters, Jeanne T. Laflen of Tempe, Ariz., and Lynda Blythe of Whittier, Calif.; three grandchildren, Karen, Scott and Steven Laflen; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Phyllis Sargent of Pittsburgh. Deceased are a sister, Nellie Kelly; and twin brothers, Winton and Willerton Pollock.

Donald E. Williams
Formerly employed by U.S. Steel
Donald E. Williams, 77, of Bethel Park, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998. Born November 10, 1920, in Squirrel Hill, he was a son of Edward J. and Ada Mae Aston Williams. Mr. Williams was formerly employed by U.S. Steel. He was a veteran of World War II and was a POW for two years in Germany. Surviving are his wife, Betty J. Towner Williams; two sons, Donald B. Williams and Scott Allan Williams, both of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Edward L. Williams and Robert C. Williams; and two grandsons, Ian and Michael Williams. Services will be private.

Alice B. Alston
Member of First Baptist Church in McDonald
Alice B. "Bea" Alston, 83, of McDonald, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Mt. Lebanon Manor, Mt. Lebanon. She was born March 5, 1915, a daughter of Thomas and Hester Bell. Mrs. Alston was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, McDonald, where she participated in the pre-nursery school, the Young Ladies Missionary Society, the drama club and Missionary Choir. On January 12, 1935, she married, David D. Alston Sr., who survives. Also surviving are a son, David D. Alston Jr. of Greentree; two daughters, Hester "Jean" Scott of Pittsburgh and Gloria J. Alston of McDonald; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Donald W. Gault
Member of Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church
Donald W. Gault, 81, of Elmcrest Avenue, Monongahela, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Tuesday, July 4, 1916, in Courtney, a son of Donald LeRoy and Mary Hutchinson Gault. Mr. Gault was a 1934 graduate of Monongahela High School and had formerly been employed by U.S. Steel's Clairton Works. In 1981, he retired as a crew foreman from Equitable Gas' Ginger Hill division after 20 years' of service. He was a member of Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church in Finleyville, and a member of the AARP New Eagle chapter. Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Comadena of Monongahela; a son, Thomas Gault of Belle Vernon; two granddaughters, Rosann Brown and Tomilee Gault; a sister, Dorothy Price of Bethel Park. Deceased are his wife, June E. Keenan Gault, who died December 8, 1987; an infant son, Donald W. Gault Jr.; two brothers, LeRoy and Russell Gault; and two sisters, Evelyn Reed and Mary Jane Gault.

Catherine Ladisic
Fredericktown resident
Catherine Ladisic, 88, of Fredericktown, died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Brownsville General Hospital. She was born November 21, 1909, in Edna, Westmoreland County, a daughter of Adam and Mary Ann Banaszeli Rudnisky. Surviving are a daughter, Blanche Tinelli of Fredericktown; six grandchildren, Karen Dickinson, David G., Jack J. Tinelli, Jo Phyllis Popielarcheck, Joseph Ladisic and Marie Lyon; and nine great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family. Deceased are a son, Joseph Ladisic, who died January 16, 1986; four sisters, Frances Bednar, Minnie Palovich, Bertha Sckena and Mary Sawicky; two brothers, Andrew and Joseph Rudnisky.

Norman L. Ringer Sr.
Canton resident served in the U.S. Army
Norman L. Ringer Sr., 67, of Canton Township, died at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 1998, in his home following a four-month illness. He was born May 27, 1930, in Washington, a son of the late Charles L. and Daisy V. Lindley Ringer. Mr. Ringer was a retired employee of the former Brockway Glass Plant 7 and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a former member of the Greene County Coon Club and he enjoyed hunting. On October 4, 1952, he married Mona Lou Pearson, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Norman "Louie" Ringer Jr., Ricky B., Michael B. and Randy Lee Ringer all of Washington; two daughters, Sharon L. Richards of Bentleyville and Judith D. Vargo of Washington; a brother, Melvin L. Ringer of East Finley; three sisters, Kathryn Hall and Wilma Wingrove, both of Washington and Ethel Morris of Taylorstown; 10 grandchildren, Norman "Chipper" Ringer III, Ricky Ringer Jr., Michelle, Monica, Shaunna and Joshua Ringer, Kristin and Julie Friend, Sam and Matthew Richards; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a grandson, Zachary Lee Ringer.

Alma M. Robertson
Member of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church
Alma M. Robertson, 88, of Burgettstown, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Country Meadows of South Hills. She was born in Sturgeon, a daughter of Emil and Laura Meute. Mrs. Robertson was a member of the Hillcrest Presbyterian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are a son, William Robertson of Burgettstown; three grandchildren, Carol Huthmacher, William W. Robertson and Janet Lynn Sabo; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Laura Kuhn of Houston. Deceased are her husband, Walter Robertson; and a granddaughter Susan.

Damian C. Schnore
Former Eighty Four resident served in Army
Damian C. Schnore, 57, of Scverna Park, Md., formerly of Eighty Four, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Baltimore, Md., of cancer. He was born July 13, 1940, in McKeesport, a son of the late James A. Schnore and Mary F. Wambach Schnore of Eighty Four. Mr. Schnore was a 1958 graduate from East Washington High School and Penn State University. He was an electrical engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration for more than 30 years and a manager for Baltimore Washington International Airport. He served in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma. On August 3, 1968, he married Judy Urban, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Jeffrey Schnore of Morgantown, W.Va.; a daughter, Dana Schnore of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, James F. Schnore of Washington; two sisters, Mary E. Sims and Dianna Yuvan both of Eighty Four; and several nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Olive M. Smith
Member of First Baptist Church in Belle Vernon
Olive M. Smith, 95, of Grindstone, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Brownsville General Hospital. She was born December 12, 1902, in Indiana, a daughter of James and Manetta Lane Huff. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belle Vernon. Surviving are two sons, William W. Miller of Erie, and Lloyd Miller Jr. of Emporium; three daughters, Margaret Martin of Rostraver Township, Betty J. Durka of Fellsburg, Rostraver Township, and Helen Thurston of Orem, Utah; 23 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great-grandchildren.

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