Greene County resident
Elizabeth Franks Gusich, 77, of Carmichaels, formerly of Nemacolin, died at 4:26 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Vencor Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born November 1, 1920, in Monongahela Township, Greene County, a daughter of Spencer and Sadie Boone Doty.
Mrs. Gusich resided in Greene County most of her life.
Her first husband, Glen C. Franks, died in 1945. On September 5, 1964, she married Rudolph E. Gusich, who died February 7, 1996.
Surviving are a daughter, Glenda P. Cunningham of Silver Spring, Md.; five granddaughters, Robin Feigenbaum, Christina Veizis, Karen Lavery, Kimberly Tedrow and Kelly Franks; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Mabel Wydick of Point Marion; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, Wayne C. Franks; three brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Charles Doty; and a sister, Pearl Colvin.
Retired coal miner from Gateway Coal
Walter Petros, 78, of Holbrook R.D.1, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Greene County Memorial Hospital.
He was born October 15, 1919, in Greensburg, a son of Antoni and Mary Abramczyk Petros.
Mr. Petros was a retired coal miner and had worked for the Gateway Coal Co.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Germany with an Airborne unit of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Petros was a former resident of Waynesburg and had lived in Holbrook for the past 18 years.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 461, Waynesburg, and was a member of Rohanna's Golf Course for many years where he enjoyed golfing.
His first wife, Marcella Bruno Petros, died September 17, 1976. On June 5, 1980, he married Ramona Roberts Petros, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Jacqueline Petros Smith of Waynesburg; a son, Walter A. Petros of Waynesburg; a stepdaughter, Bonnie Yoders of Waynesburg; two stepsons, John Waychoff of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mark Waychoff of Oak Forest; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lottie Brown of Mather, Wanda Petrick of Ravenna, Ohio and Blanche Petros of Mather; three brothers, Joseph Petros of Clarksville R.D.1, John Petros of Easton, Kan., and Thomas Petros of Warren, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Edward, Chester and Stanley Petros.
Harry L. Pierce
Retired coal miner and Army veteran
Harry L. Pierce, 86, of Sycamore R.D.1, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Sundale Nursing Home, Morgantown, W.Va., following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Pierce was born August 11, 1911 in Fayette City, a son of Isaac and Jeanette Smith Pierce.
On December 28, 1946, he married Fannie Harris Pierce, who survives.
He was a farmer and a coal miner at Shanopin Mine, Bobtown, before he retired in 1973. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Pacific during World War II.
Mr. Pierce resided most of his life at Hopewell Ridge in Center Township, and was affiliated with the Assembly of God, Mt. Morris, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Isaac W. Pierce of Sycamore R.D.1 and Daniel E. Pierce of Texas; one brother, John Pierce of Taylorstown; and four grandchildren, Paul, Jason, James and Jessica Pierce.
Deceased are a daughter, Sally Jeanette Pierce; five sisters, Emma Pierce, Margaret Jeffrey, Gertrude Bean, Elizabeth Pierce and Pauline Wrick; and five brothers, Isaac Pierce, Clayton Pierce, Albert Pierce, James Pierce and Frank Pierce.
Clara Louise Sowers
Member of North Ten Mile Baptist Church
Clara Louise Sowers, 75, of Lone Pine, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
She was born January 19, 1923, in North Bethlehem Township, a daughter of Glenn and Elizabeth Pees Swart.
Mrs. Sowers had attended the Meyers Grade School and Trinity High School.
She had been employed as a cook for the Bethlehem-Center School District for many years before retiring in 1985.
Mrs. Sowers was a member of the North Ten Mile Baptist Church.
On September 7, 1940, she married Charles W. Sowers, who died October 13, 1987.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia A. Earnest of Lone Pine; three sons, Gary L. Sowers of Rices Landing, Eric L. Sowers of Lone Pine and Bradley D. Sowers of Lone Pine; a sister, Glennetta Mosier of Washington; 11 grandchildren, Kristen Earnest, Lynne Cecchini, Stacey Coon, Jennifer Mihal, Jonathan, Jeremy and Joshua Sowers, Erika Medcap, Cody, Megan, and Ian Sowers; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Eugene Swart; and a sister, Mildred Swart.
Former resident was environmental director
Renzo Venturo, 48, of Irvine, Calif., formerly of Canonsburg, died Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Three Rivers, Calif., of a heart attack while camping.
He was born September 2, 1949, in Rosello, (Chieti) Italy, a son of Antonietta Cimino Venturo of Canonsburg, and the late Galileo Venturo.
Mr. Venturo was a 1967 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology and a master of science in air resources and industrial hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He was also a graduate of U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management.
He was a corporate director of safety, health and environmental affairs with Hughes Electronics Corp. in Los Angeles, Calif., for 22 years. Prior to this he was a corporate industrial hygienist at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., and at Kodak Canada Limited in Toronto, Ontario for four years.
Surviving are his wife, Carmen Venturo; a son, Mathew Venturo of Irvine, Calif.; a daughter, Lea Venturo of Irvine; a sister, Piera Simms of Washington; and a niece and nephew.
Deceased is a sister, Roberta Venturo, who died in 1984.
A Funeral Mass was held Friday, June 12, at St. Norbert's Church. Interment was in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, Calif.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
57-year member of Brentwood Presbyterian
Dorothy Cox Ward, 91, of Washington, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998.
She was born February 9, 1907, a daughter of Georgia Tyson Cox and Oren Western Cox.
Mrs. Ward was a graduate of Piedmont High School, Piedmont, Calif.
She was an active member of Brentwood Presbyterian Church for 57 years, where she served as treasurer of the Presbyterian Women for more than 25 years. She was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 1993, she was recognized by Presbyterian Women (U.S.A.) as the recipient of an Honorary Life Member for her outstanding service to the church.
Mrs. Ward was also a member of the Joy Circle, Whitehall Women's Club, and past president of the Zora Home, South Hills Auxiliary. While living in Washington, she attended Faith Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed knitting and made more than 1,000 baby sweaters for family, friends and for distribution by Presbyterian Women during the last 20 years of her life.
On May 16, 1940, she married Alfred H. Ward, who is deceased.
Surviving are a two sons, Kenneth A. Ward of Dorset, Vt., and Robert H. Ward of Aptos, Calif.; two daughters, Marilyn V. Udani of Marlton, N.J., and Janet W. Brown of Carmichaels; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Yvonne Watkins and Yolanda Soileau; and a half brother, O. W. Cox.
Deceased are a sister, Janet Blake; three brothers, Glenn, William and Howard Cox; and one grandchild.
Dorothe E. Wilson
Retired Christian Science Employee
Dorothe E. Wilson, 82, of West Roxbury, Mass., died May 23, 1998, at her son's home in Reading, Mass., after a brief illness.
She was born February 1, 1916, in Washington, a daughter of Anna Mae and Richard A. Thomas Sr.
Mrs. Wilson attended the Washington public school system, graduating in 1934 from Washington High School.
On June 3, 1938, she married Joseph Leonard Wilson of East Washington. Following their wedding they moved to Boston, Mass., to join the Wilson family trucking business.
In 1966, she joined the First Church of Christ, Scientist, as a clerk in the outgoing mail department and after 14 years of service, she retired in 1980 to pursue many volunteer activities.
Mrs. Wilson was an active member of Twelfth Baptist Church and later attended St. Mark Congregational Church both of Roxbury, Mass.
Surviving are her husband, Joseph Leonard Wilson; a son, David L. Wilson of Reading, Mass.; three grandchildren, Michael and Scott Wilson and Kristen Wilson Marzovilla; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Alleen Farrell and Nellie Mae Mack, both of Washington; and three brothers, Sell W. Thomas of Maryland, Archie and Warren H. Thomas, both of Washington.
Deceased are two brothers, John W. Thomas and Richard A. Thomas Jr.; and two sisters, Alice "Dimpy" Campbell and Celestine "Teenie" Johnson.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, at St. Paul AME Church, 16 Ridge Avenue, Washington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
Active in politics and volunteered for charities
Margaret A. Winston, 83, of 815 South Main Street, Washington, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, 1998, at Presbyterian Medical Center- Washington.
Mrs. Winston was born April 12, 1915, in Oak Hill, W.Va., a daughter of Edward and Maggie Lee Mitchell McCormick.
She was a member of the New Hope Babtist Church. She is retired, and was a volunteer for the Red Cross, the president of the PTA of North Franklin Elementary School, a member of Eastern Star, the missionary society of the New Hope Baptist Church, the NAACP, and was a former judge of election in Washington County.
She was also on the United Mine Workers advisory board, was a former chair director at Nazareth Baptist Church and the New Hope Baptist Church. She was a lifelong member of the Democratic party, a member of the National Baptist Convention, a volunteer at Trinity High School and the Presbyterian Medical Center. Mrs. Winston was a volunteer for many charities.
Her hobbies include reading and music.
Her husband was Matthew Winston, who is deceased.
Surviving are three sons, McCoy F.D.R. Winston of Chesapeake, Va., Arnold Welchie Winston of San Diego, Calif., and Robin Eugene Winston of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Mildred Tuckson of Harriosnburg, Va.; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one son, Matthew Winston; four brothers, Ned, Eugene, Howard and Dallas McCormick; two sisters who died at infancy, Lorraine and Dora McCormick; and two additional sisters, Murtle Dixon and Ruby McCormick.
Scott Township resident
Ernest "Pete" Bedillion, 94, of Chartiers Terrace, Scott Township, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday, June 19, 1998, at home.
He was born October 1, 1903, in Ardendown, a son of Walter and Della Gump Bedillion.
On August 4, 1926, in Wellsburg, W.Va., he married Elizabeth Mae Barnhart, who is deceased.
Surviving are four daughters, Evelyn Wozry, Shirley Schade and Della Hodge, all of Scott Township, and Jane Nixon of Fort Worth, Texas; two sons, Melvin "Butch" Bedillion of Scott Township and John Bedillion of Roanoke, Va.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Walter Bedillion of Colorado.
Deceased are two sisters, Florence Phillips and Laurabird Fischer; and two brothers, Bill and Cam Bedillion.
In the obituary of Ernest Bedillion, published Saturday, the name of a surviving daughter, Evelyn Wosny, was misspelled.
Robert Lewis Bosang
Navy veteran of World War II
Robert Lewis Bosang, 73, of King Air Circle, Washington, died at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Washington County Health Center.
He was born August 10, 1924, in Pulaski, Va., a son of James and Mildred Bosang.
Mr. Bosang was a high school graduate, graduated from technical school as an electrician and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He worked as a bus driver for D&W Bus Co. and as a maintenance worker for Prudential Realty.
Mr. Bosang was a member of the Carmichaels American Legion post and a former member of L.O.O.M. Lodge in Waynesburg.
On January 15, 1971, he married Nancy Mae Gaus, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Charles L. Bosang of Washington; and two daughters, Nanette F. Bosang of Washington and Stefanie K. Bosang, at home.
Deceased are a brother, Leon Kelly; and two sisters, Mamie Bass and Margaret.
Charles Keith Byard
Retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Co.
Charles Keith Byard, 76, of Upper St. Clair, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at his home.
He was born February 9, 1922, in Hundred, W.Va., a son of John W. and Lillian Gladys Keffer Byard.
Mr. Byard was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Masonic Lodge Hermon 6 of Clarksburg, W.Va.; Scottish Rite; and American Legion Post 945, Waynesburg.
He was employed by Consolidated Natural Gas Co., retiring after 37 years as vice president of operations.
Surviving are his wife, Susanna Rose Byard; four children, Karen Byard Horton, Charles Keith Byard II, David Jeffrey Byard and Sara Byard Lois; three grandchildren, Amy Byard Mehr, Carl Adam Laughlin III and Brian Travis Laughlin; a brother, the Rev. John D. Byard; a sister, Loretta Byard King; and several nieces and nephews.
A son, John Randall Byard, is deceased.
Louis J. Colosimo
Instructor for Washington Co. EMS
Louis J. Colosimo, 76, of Victory Hill, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at his home.
He was born June 27, 1921, in Charleroi, a son of Ralph and Catherine Qualtieri Colosimo.
Mr. Colosimo was a 1940 graduate of Charleroi High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in Italy with the 15th Air Force 558th Service Squadron, 43rd Service Group.
Mr. Colosimo was retired as foreman in the cold draw department of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp.'s Allenport Plant, with 35 years of service.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Monongahela, an original member of Victory Hill Social Center and a member of Henry M. Phillips Lodge 337 of Monongahela, where he was honored as the 1992 "Mason of the Year" for community service in emergency medical services.
His emergency medical career included being a volunteer with the Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services (Monessen Ambulance), an instructor and trainer in cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the American Heart Association, a first aid instructor for the American Red Cross and an instructor/evaluator for the Washington County Emergency Medical Services.
Among his many honors were: the Star of Life Award from the Washington County Emergency Medical Services in 1984, and the state Emergency Medical Technician of the Year from the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council in 1987 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce in 1997. He received a certificate of appreciation from the Washington County commissioners for "training thousands of people in CPR, numerous EMTs, and having served the Washington County Emergency Medical Services Council as an officer."
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ruth Graff Colosimo; a son, Raymond Colosimo of Carroll Township; two daughters, Nancy J. Stoddard of Greenwood, Ind., and Mary Lou Dzimiera of Carroll Township; six grandchildren; two brothers, Anthony J. Colosimo of Roscoe and Joseph A. Colosimo of West Newton; and three sisters, Jennie Caruso and Whilameia Dempsey, both of Fontana, Calif., and Eleanor Colosimo of Monessen.
Deceased are a sister, Mary Bradley; and two brothers, Samuel and Leonard Colosimo.
At the request of the deceased, services on June 20 will be private.
Carol Ann Zimmer
Carol Ann Zimmer, 37, of McMurray, died Thursday, June 18, 1998.
She was born July 11, 1960, in Homestead, a daughter of Dr. Matthew L. and Gertrude E. Lacey Zimmer of McMurray.
Ms. Zimmer was previously employed as a musician.
Surviving are three sisters, Rose Marie Davis, Renee Fitch and Michelle Zimmer; paternal grandmother, Ann Zimmer; and three nephews.
There will be no visitation and services and interment are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.
Fred Dale Blaker
Owned electrical business in Waynesburg for 41 years
Fred Dale Blaker, 65, of Waynesburg R.D. 2, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at his home.
He was born September 20, 1932, in Garards Fort, a son of Ethelyn "Katie" Blaker Carpenter of Waynesburg.
At one time in his youth he lived with his grandparents, Ulysses Grant and Victoria Blaker, as well as with his aunts and uncles, Ina Jean and Norman Smitley and Elizabeth and U. Grant Blaker.
Mr. Blaker was a 1950 graduate of Mapletown High School and worked for Headlee Lumber and Wayne Lumber Company. He was an electrician, owning and operating Blaker's Electric for 41 years prior to operating the business with his son.
He enjoyed fishing and was a former member of the Jay Cees.
On March 22, 1952, he married Ruth Wolff, who survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Debbie Gugliardo, Terri Ingram and Lori Blaker, all of Waynesburg and Vikki Wise of Hundred, W.Va.; a son, Wayne Blaker of Waynesburg; a sister, Margaret (Peggy) Hoy of Waynesburg; four grandchildren, Heather Ross, Brandon Ingram, Katie Ingram and Alyssa Areford, all of Waynesburg; and a great-granddaughter.
Mary K. Bonczek
Retired officer of Pittsburgh National Bank
Mary K. Bonczek, 59, of Bethel Park, died Friday, June 19, 1998, in Greentree Manor Care.
She was born July 18, 1938, in Bethel Park, a daughter of Kathern Picard Bonczek of Bethel Park and the late John Bonczek.
Miss Bonczek was an officer of Pittsburgh National Bank, retiring after 38 years of service.
Surviving are a son, James M. Bonczek of Scenery Hill; two brothers, Charles R. and Richard E. Bonczek, both of Bethel Park; a sister, Frances K. Teamann of Bethel Park; and two granddaughters, Brandy Lynn and Shannon Lee Bonczek.
Bessie L. Boshears
Baker retired from Morgantown market
Bessie Louise Lee Boshears, 72, of Canyon Mobile Home Park, Morgantown, W.Va., died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, June 21, 1998, in Monongalia General Hospital, following an extended illness.
She was born September 26, 1925, in Columbia, S.C., a daughter of Rachel Rush Kent and the late Earl Lee.
Mrs. Boshears lived the last 22 years in the Monongalia County area and attended Mt. Morris Gospel Tabernacle.
She retired in 1991 as a baker for the BiLo grocery store in the Morgantown area.
Surviving are two daughters, Charlene Hardin of South Carolina and Barbara Kent of Morgantown, W.Va.; a son, James Robert Kent; seven grandchildren; and a brother, James Lee of Morgantown.
Deceased are three children who died in infancy; and a brother, Eugene Lee.
Harold F. Braddock
Retired farmer helped build Ryerson State Park
Harold F. "Boots" Braddock, 91, of Waynesburg, formerly of Graysville, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital.
He was born August 27, 1906, in Bristoria, a son of Samuel Earl and Mabel May McNay Braddock. He resided in Graysville for several years and was a resident of Franklin Care Center since 1997.
Mr. Braddock was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Wind Ridge and a member of Graysville VFD.
He was a former school bus driver for Ralph Conklin Buses in West Greene and a self-employed farmer in Graysville for several years. He worked for PennDOT, and prior to his retirement in 1971, was employed by the Pennsylvania State Forestry and Water involved in the construction of Ryerson State Park and dam.
On August 27, 1927, he married Merle Weimer, who died March 3, 1995.
Surviving are a son, Ronald Earl Braddock of Hickory; two brothers, Robert M. of West Finley and Byron Braddock of Wind Ridge; four grandchildren, Ronald, Diane and Melissa Braddock and Mary Lee Maga; five great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and several stepgreat-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Thomas E. and Francis Lee Braddock.
Harry Alfred Cagnon
43-year employee for Columbia Gas
Harry Alfred Cagnon, 89, of Washington, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
He was born June 15, 1909, in Midway, a son of Victor and Luella May Crawford Cagnon.
He was a graduate of Washington High School and Washington Business College and was an air raid warden during World War II.
He was service manager at Columbia Gas Company, retiring after 43 years.
Mr. Cagnon was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of Washington and was a lifetime member of the Washington Elks, Lodge 776.
On April 18, 1931, he married Evelyn Weaver, who died April 4, 1989.
Surviving are three grandchildren, Mark D. and Kevin H. Moninger, both of Washington, and Shawn D. Moninger of New York, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren, Kirk C. and Ashley D. Moninger.
Deceased are a daughter, Jeannine Cagnon Moninger; a sister, Margaret Voorhees; and a brother, John Cagnon.
All arrangements will be private. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to Citizens Library, Washington.
Carl N. Caltuna
Findlay Refractories superintendent from Amity
Carl N. Caltuna, 72, of Amity, died Friday, June 19, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 9, 1925, in Marianna, a son of Carl and Leona (Neshie) Meyers Caltuna.
Mr. Caltuna attended West Bethlehem Township schools and was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Marines Corps.
He was employed as a superintendent at Findlay Refractories, Washington, for over 21 years before retiring in 1985.
Mr. Caltuna was Catholic.
On August 10, 1948, he married June R. Doolin, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael Caltuna of Lone Pine and Richard Caltuna of Denbo; three daughters, Linda Waycaster of Morgantown, W.Va., Carla Zec and Lisa Caltuna, both of Jefferson; a sister, Dolores Mason of Mather; and eight grandchildren, Sean and Kendra Bowsher, Christopher, Nicholas, Carl, Garrett and Alyssa Caltuna and Amber Zec.
Deceased is a son, Carl Caltuna.
Private funeral services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Catherine A. Gorsin
Library resident born in Gastonville
Catherine A. "Kay" Gorsin, 73, of Library, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, in Meadowcrest Nursing Home, Bethel Park.
She was born February 4, 1925, in Gastonville.
Mrs. Gorsin was a member of the Library Golden Agers.
Surviving are her husband, John Gorsin; two stepdaughters, Dorothy Jean Singiser and Mary Ellen Hankosky; a stepson, John A. Gorsin; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Jane Malloy.
Longtime Houston resident was Hickory High graduate
Mildred Reynolds Hart, 82, of Alliance, Ohio, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 1998, in Alliance Community Hospital.
She was born April 26, 1916, in Houston, a daughter of Simeon and Mary Dunmire Reynolds.
Mrs. Hart was a graduate of Hickory High School and was a homemaker.
She was a resident of Houston most of her life until moving to Limaville, Ohio, in 1981. She had resided for the past 12 years in Alliance, where she was a member of Atwater Congregational Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce H. Austin of Limaville: a son, Dr. Joseph J. Hart of Delmar, N.Y.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Roger Reynolds of Houston and Charles and Thomas Reynolds, both of the state of California; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are 11 brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, in the home of her daughter, with the Rev. Ted Austin officiating. Interment will be in the family cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's disease research.
Mildred I. Howard
Born in Canonsburg
Mildred I. Howard, 78, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, in the Kade Nursing Home, Washington.
Mrs. Howard was born August 6, 1919, in Canonsburg, and was Protestant.
Surviving are two sons, James Howard of Virginia and Bernard Howard of Washington; a daughter, Paula Howard of Virginia; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a son, Paul Howard, who died in 1971.
Helen McVay Milligan
Cameron, W.Va., resident
Helen McVay Milligan, 69, of Pennsylvania Avenue, Cameron, W.Va., died early Sunday, June 21, 1998, in the Cameron Continuous Care Center.
She was born April 2, 1929, in Cameron, a daughter of Glenn and Mona Ross McVay.
Mrs. Milligan was a member of First Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both in Cameron.
Surviving are her husband, Edward J. Milligan; four daughters, Shirley Strope, Mary Chambers and Susan Coffee, all of Cameron, and Marcella Pirone of Pittsburgh; two sons, Jerry Baldwin of Richmond, Texas, and Glenn Baldwin of Cameron; two sisters, Mary Gump of Barrickville, W.Va., and Charlotte Bodine of Covington, Ind.; two brothers, Samuel Berdett McVay of Warren, Ohio, and Dale McVay of Cameron; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Elizabeth R. Pavan
School cafeteria worker at C-H and St. Patrick's
Elizabeth R. "Betty" Pavan, 63, of Houston, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, in Washington Hospital.
She was born March 5, 1935, in Houston, a daughter of the late Ralph and Rose Oliverio Scarcell.
Mrs. Pavan was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Canonsburg, and its Christian Mothers and a member of AFU of Strabane.
She previously worked at the Fashion Hosiery Shop, Canonsburg, and in the Chartiers-Houston School District and St. Patrick School cafeterias.
On May 10, 1958, she married Robert Pavan, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert Pavan of Canonsburg and Ronald Pavan of Parkersburg, W.Va..; three grandchildren, Madison, Jenna and Mason Pavan; a brother, Joseph Scarcell of Canonsburg; and three sisters, Ann Richards of Houston, Lucille Sartori of McDonald and Barbara Felton of Canonsburg.
Deceased are a brother, Louis Scarcell; and three sisters, Julia Popovich, Catherine Blyshak and Mary Scarcell.
Nellie G. Phillips
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church member
Nellie G. Phillips, 80, of Rohannas Court, Waynesburg (Franklin Township), died at 11:36 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 1998, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 2, 1918, in Mt. Morris, a daughter of George W. and Rachel M. Birch Fox.
Mrs. Phillips lived her entire life in Greene County, where she was a homemaker and a member of Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church.
On March 25, 1937, she married John W. Phillips, who survives.
Also surviving are six daughters, Nancy L. Tankersley of Sequim, Wash., Norma Jean Luketic of Republic, Ethel Marie Bennett and Edna L. Howard, both of Waynesburg, Ruth I. Reed of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Rosemary Loring of Dilliner; a son, Leslie O. "Buddy" Phillips of Uniontown; 32 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Thelma Allman of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and two brothers, Fred Fox of Mt. Morris and George B. Fox of Waynesburg.
Deceased are a daughter, Thelma Phillips; two grandsons, David Phillips and Keith Lantz; and four brothers, Roy, Bert, Furman and Tom Fox.
Billie L. Williams
Coal miner, U.S.Marine in WWII from New Eagle
Billie L. Williams, 76, of Fourth Avenue, New Eagle, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital.
He was born October 4, 1921, in New Eagle, a son of Samuel and Harriett McFeely Williams.
Mr. Williams was a member of Riverview Baptist Church, New Eagle.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, and retired as a miner from Mathies Coal Company in 1982.
He was a member of American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 and the Hoot Owl and Haymakers Club, both of New Eagle.
Surviving are his wife, Alberta May Smith Williams, with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage on March 21.
Also surviving are a son, Bill Williams; and a daughter, Mary Jo Mitchell, both of Monongahela; two granddaughters, Bethany Williams and Cara Mitchell; and a brother, Alfred Williams of Finleyville.
Deceased is a brother, Francis Williams.
Giovanni (John) Moreschi
Monongahela Mayor since 1976
Giovanni (John) Moreschi, mayor of Monongahela since 1976 who earned the nickname "The Marrying Mayor," died Saturday in Mon Valley Hospital following a brief illness.
But despite Moreschi's officiating at the marriage of more than 300 couples in his 22 years at City Hall, those who knew him said he will be remembered for his role in the revitalization of the city he served.
"All you have to do it take one look at our town, and you can see what he's accomplished," said Carol Foglia, Moreschi's secretary of 20 years. "He was responsible for all of Monongahela's revitalization."
In the years since Moreschi began serving as mayor, Mon-ongahela has witnessed the construction of Monongahela Manor, a senior citizen high rise; the Monongahela Bridge; Noble J. Dick Aquatorium; and the installation of new street lights and wiring on Fifth through Main streets.
Foglia said that during his tenure, Moreschi also oversaw the construction of a gazebo in Chess Park, a perfect setting for summer weddings.
In a 1990 interview, Moreschi said that performing marriages was "one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a mayor."
"He had an open-door policy. He was just a very down-to-earth person. He had a great rapport with the public, and everyone loved him," said Monongahela police Chief Dennis Mendicino.
Before being elected mayor, Moreschi, a Democrat, served as Monongahela city councilman from 1970 to 1976.
"I've known him more than 20 years. People with that level of dedication are hard to replace," said Washington Mayor Anthony L. Spossey.
"He was a friend. He was like a father to me," said Monongahela Councilman Ken Cole.
Moreschi was born in Courtney, Union Township, a son of the late Giovanni "Conti" and Pierina Troncatti Moreschi. His age and date of birth were not disclosed.
A graduate of Monongahela High School and the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, Moreschi was also an accomplished hairdresser.
He first worked as a hairdresser at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. He then owned and operated Johnny's Beauty Shop and later owned Giovanni's Restaurant in Monongahela.
From 1942 to 1946, during World War II, he served as a tech staff sergeant in the European Campaign.
He was a member of Monongahela American Legion Post 302, Veterans of Foreign Wars Suttman-Yohe Post 1409, Monongahela Elks Lodge 455, Finleyville Moose Lodge 172, Arroas Haymakers 253 1/2, Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Community Ambulance Board and Pennsylvania State Mayors Association. He also was a member and past president of Monongahela Rotary Club.
Surviving are a sister, Lucy Vaira of Monongahela; and a nephew, David J. Partazana
Deceased are two brothers, Giacomo "Pope" and Constantine Moreschi.
Harold H. Blayney
Worked for Sprowls Hardware and Jessop Steel
Harold H. "Bill" Blayney, 91, of Claysville, died Monday, June 22, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.
He was born October 20, 1906, a son of Adrian and Nora Sutherland Blayney.
Mr. Blayney was a member of Claysville United Methodist Church.
He worked for 12 1/2 years for Sprowls Hardware, Claysville, and for 29 1/2 years for Jessop Steel Co., Washington, retiring in 1971.
Mr. Blayney served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was recently recognized as a 50-year member of James R. Hunt American Legion Post 639, Claysville.
On September 8, 1937, he married Frances Herrmann, who died November 10, 1990.
Surviving are three sons, Ronald H. Blayney of Claysville, Harold L. Blayney of Venetia and Robert A. Blayney of East Finley; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Raymond, who died in infancy, and Vernon Blayney; and a sister, Romaine Fuhr.
The obituary of Harold H. Blayney, published Tuesday, should have said that deceased are three brothers, Raymond and Vernon Blayney, and a brother who died in infancy.
Morgan P. Bowers
Perry Township supervisor was WWII veteran
Morgan P. Bowers, 81, of Mt. Morris, died at 6 a.m. Monday, June 22, 1998, in Morgan Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Morgantown, W.Va., following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 23, 1917, in Monongalia County, W.Va., a son of George H. and Enid McElroy Bowers.
Mr. Bowers was a lifelong resident of Mt. Morris and was Presbyterian.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, worked in the timber business and retired from Perry Township as a township supervisor.
He was a member of American Legion Post 992, Dunkard Grange 2045, Greene County Historical Society and Mt. Morris Senior Citizens Center, and served on the board of Cedar Grove Cemetery.
On March 16, 1941, he married Dorothy Hildred Gapen Bowers, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Luzader of Westover, W.Va., and Sandra Ryan of Bridgeport, W.Va.; a son, Sam Bowers of Mt. Morris; three grandsons, Christopher Adams, Scott Kiger and Gary Bowers; a stepgrandson, Lee Luzader; and a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Lonal Hogan and Violet Sullivan, both of Waynesburg; and a brother, Blaine Bowers of Newport, Ohio.
Margaret R. Burgh
Lawrence homemaker enjoyed antiques
Margaret Rose Elizabeth Burgh, 67, of Lawrence, died at 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, 1998, in Manor Care Nursing Home, McMurray. She had been ill the past six months.
She was born September 16, 1930, in Lawrence, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Willig Maurer.
Mrs. Burgh was a homemaker, a graduate of Cecil High School and a former member of St. Elizabeth Church, Lawrence.
She was a member of SNPJ Lodge, an avid antique dealer and enjoyed flea markets and antique glass. She formerly served as a den mother for Den 4, Pack 90 of the Cub Scouts of Lawrence.
On October 8, 1949, she married Richard Phillip (Dick) Burgh, who died November 30, 1995.
Surviving are three sons, George Burgh of Washington, Craig M. Burgh of Kingman, Ariz., and Eric Richard Burgh of Lawrence; and seven grandchildren, Salina, Paul, Craig Jr., Dannielle, Richard, Matthew and Adam Burgh.
Virginia Frye Carson
Former deaconess, Sunday school teacher
Virginia Frye Carson, 83, of Buffalo Township, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington.
She was born January 8, 1915, in Claysville, a daughter of John Thomas and Emma Whanetta Miller Frye.
Mrs. Carson was a member of Claysville Christian Church, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and deaconess. She was a 1932 graduate of Taylorstown High School and a graduate of beauty school. Mrs. Carson was a hair dresser in her home for several years.
On June 21, 1941, in Washington, she married Samuel W. Carson, who died July 9, 1995.
Surviving are two sons, Paul E. Carson of West Finley and Thomas Wright Carson of Buffalo Township; a daughter, Judy Kay Ealy of Buffalo Township; a brother, Billy Clayton Frye of Washington; a sister, Shirley Jean Harps of Washington; three grandchildren, Nathan Wright Ealy, Brylyn Gail Ealy and Laurie Kathleen Carson.
Deceased are three brothers, Joseph Milton Frye, Sherwood Miller Frye and Robert Leroy Frye.
Retired truck driver, World War II veteran
Edward "Butch" Czernecki, 81, of Houston, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, in his home.
He was born April 6, 1917, in Walkers Mill, a son of Peter and Sophia Servinski Czernecki.
Mr. Czernecki was a retired truck driver who worked for Suwack Trucking in Washington. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Houston and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
On July 3, 1948, he married Ethel Holt, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Edward J. Czernecki of Jones Hills; two daughters, Sandra Invernizzi of Washington and Joanne Harvey of Black Forest, Colo.; a granddaughter, Lauren Renae Czernecki; and a sister, Josephine Scott of Red Lion.
Deceased are a brother, Alex Czernecki; and two sisters, Stella Danz and Helen Czernecki.
Graveside services will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions to Washington Hospital Hospice Care, 351 West Beau Street, Washington, PA 15301.
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