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Miscellaneous Washington County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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Mary Delfrate
Member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Mary Delfrate, 87, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died Monday, May 25, 1998, in the Halifax Hospital Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Fla. She was born May 22, 1911, in Pricedale, a daughter of Martin and Mary Mourovich Pompe. Mrs. Delfrate, along with her late husband, founded Delfrate Packing Co. of Slovan, in 1925. They operated the packing plant together until they sold to American Foods in 1961. They moved to Florida in 1962, having lived in the Daytona area for the last 38 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church of Daytona Beach, and a former member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church of Burgettstown. Surviving are three daughters, Betty Jean Hartman of Burgettstown, Shirley Romans of Daytona Beach, and Marlene Fortune of Ashtabula, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Bendick Maslyk of Burgettstown and Margaret Bongiorni of Spring, Texas. Deceased are her husband, John Delfrate, who died March 4, 1996; two brothers, Martin and John Pompe; and a sister, Hanna Vietmeier.

Albert D. Headley
Truck driver, miner owned bowling lane
Albert D. Headley, 72, of Maripasa, Calif., formerly of Fredericktown, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Fresno, Calif. He was born May 7, 1926, in Fredericktown, a son of James A. Headley and Ruby Pearce Headley. Mr. Headley served in U.S. Navy during World War II and was a 1947 graduate of East Bethlehem High School. He was a former independent truck driver, a miner for Vesta 5 Mine, and worked for Prudential Insurance Co., and from 1984 to 1991 he owned and operated the Headley Country Bowling Lanes. Surviving are his wife, Theresa Grash Headley of Fredericktown, who he married November 28, 1970; a daughter, Darla Anne Headley of Maripasa; three sons, David Headley of Kodiak, Alaska, Edward W. Headley of State College, and Albert M. "Bert" Headley of St. Marys; three grandchildren; a great granddaughter; two brothers, William Headley of Mechanicsburg and Ray Headley of Vestaburg; and a sister, Darla Jean Headley Christopher of Gettysburg. Deceased are a daughter, Deborah Headley; and a brother, James Headley. Services were held in California and were private.

Michael Hulpa
Arrangements Incomplete
Michael Hulpa, 87, of 636 Giffin Avenue, Canonsburg, died at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 1998. Arrangements are incomplete and will be handled by the Joseph P. Salandra Funeral Home, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg. A full obituary and funeral notice will appear in a later edition.

Theodore Jozefkowicz
Member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Finleyville
Theodore Jozefkowicz, 74, of Peters Township, died Monday, May 25, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals, Canonsburg. He was born February 18, 1924, in Pittsburgh, a son of Adam and Felicia Dembowska Jozefkowicz. Mr. Jozefkowicz was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville, and had retired as the head custodian at Peters Township School District. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn C. Lutz Jozefkowicz; four sisters, Sophie Avick of Pittsburgh, Pearl Gasper and Bernie Krawcyk both of Oakmont and Mary Ann McIntyre of Verona; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.

John Arthur King
Member of Bethel Presbyterian Church
John Arthur King, 41, of Rock Hill, S.C., died at 1 p.m. Monday, May 25, 1998, in UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, following a six-week illness. He was born March 2, 1957, in Washington, a son of the late Lloyd Russell and Dorothy Madolyn Day King. Mr. King was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, a member of the South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department and 1975 graduate of McGuffey High School. He had been a machinist with Chicago Pneumatic of Rock Hill, was also a resident manager of an apartment in Rock Hill, and while living in the Washington area, he was employed by Penn Mould Industries. Mr. King was an avid race car fan. On November 25, 1977, he married Beth Ann Hutson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Phillip J. King at home; a daughter, Julie A. King at home; five sisters, Elaine Johnson of Oxford, Sue Ann Davis of Upper St. Clair, Cathy Hought of Mechanicsburg, Shelley Crawford and Melanie Hutson both of Washington. Deceased is a brother, Dennis King.

Viola L. McCarty
Owner of Puss N' Boots kennel
Viola L. McCarty, 85, of Venetia, died May 13, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals, Canonsburg. She was born December 18, 1912, in Belleville, Ill., a daughter of Russell and Helen Haesner Schmisseur. Many of her friends in Nottingham Township remember her as the owner of a kennel called Puss N' Boots. Surviving is her sister, Rita Barnett of Grand Rapids, Mich. Deceased is her husband, James G. McCarty, who died September 28, 1986.

William J. Mitchell
U.S. Army veteran during Korean War
William J. "Billy Joe" Mitchell, 71, of 545 Bridge Street, Waynesburg, died at 5 p.m. Monday, May 25, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg. He was born May 24, 1927, in Center Township, Greene County, a son of Scott Mitchell and Mildred Orndoff Mitchell Kerr. Mr. Mitchell lived in Greene County during his early life then moved to Pittsburgh where he lived for 33 years. He worked as a truck driver for Equitable Gas Co., Division C, retiring in 1986. Following his retirement he moved back to Greene County. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War and was Presbyterian. On June 2, 1951, he married Jean Wilson Mitchell, who survives. Also surviving are five sisters, Joan Tokar of Placentia, Calif., Louella Underwood of Newton Falls, Ohio, Kathy Bamberger of Bridgeville, Renee Jones of Spraggs R.D.1and Mary P. "Patty" Diamonte of Waynesburg; two brothers, Karl E. Kerr of Montrose, Colo., and Thomas S. Kerr of Kane; and several nieces and nephews.

Allan C. Nieminen
Former employee of Pittsburgh Steel
Allan C. "Boss" Nieminen, 77, of Buffalo, N.Y., died May 7, 1998, in Orlando, Fla., where he was a winter resident. He was born July 27, 1920, in Monessen, a son of Kalle and Maria Nieminen. Mr. Nieminen, a bus driver, graduated from Monessen High School in 1938 and played the French horn in the varsity band. He worked for Pittsburgh Steel in Monessen prior to moving to Buffalo. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a corporal in Battery B, 244 Field Artillery Battalion in Europe; and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2430 of Buffalo. He was also a member of the Nazareth Lutheran Church, Buffalo. Mr. Nieminen retired after many years of service for the IRC (International Railway Co.), NFTA (Niagara Frontier Transit Co.), and NFT (Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.) Surviving are his wife, Ethel Shaffer Nieminen, who he married May 16, 1953; a son, Norman Nieminen of Buffalo; a son, David Nieminen of Clover, S.C.; a sister, Lillian Nieminen Anderson of Grand Island, N.Y.; and a niece. Deceased are a sister, Linnea S. Kalvesmaki; and a nephew. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nazareth Lutheran School, Skillen and Wiley Street, Buffalo, NY 14207. A memorial service will be held June 13 at 11 a.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church.

Myrtle Marie Osborne
Member of Mapletown United Methodist Church
Myrtle Marie Osborne, 89, of Hillside Manor Nursing Home, Uniontown, and formerly of Dilliner R.D.1, died at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 1998, in Uniontown Hospital. She was born May 17, 1909, in Haddenville, Fayette County, a daughter of Charles R. and Jane Ellen Grimes Bellis. Mrs. Osborne was a member of the Mapletown United Methodist Church, a former member of the Dunkard Grange, the Tuesday-Friday Night Bowling League and the Sunday Traveling Bowling League. On July 25, 1929, in Cumberland, Md., she married Charles L. Osborne, who died July 26, 199l. Surviving are two sons, Lloyd Charles Osborne of Greensboro R.D.1, and Elroy Osborne of Dilliner R.D.1; two daughters, Norma J. Machesky of Uniontown and Patricia M. Stockman of Carol Stream, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Hallabaugh of Cleveland, Ohio, and Emma Hawkins of Morgantown, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her husband, are a son, Harold G. Osborne; a granddaughter, Wanda Jean Baird; a brother, Joseph K. Bellis; and a sister, Margaret Allamon.

Francis L. Toth
Member of St. Michael Byzantine Church
Frances L. Mancina Toth, 58, of 520 Christie Road, Eighty Four, died unexpectedly Monday, May 25, 1998, in the emergency room of Washington Hospital. Mrs. Toth was born April 13, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of Dominick and Mary Piacenza Mancina. She had been a lifelong area resident, a homemaker and was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church of Canonsburg. On May 28, 1960, she married William J. Toth, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Lisa K. Barney of Eighty Four, Susan L. Toth of Denver, Colo., and Dawn M. Toth of Canonsburg; a son, Christopher A. Toth of Canonsburg; a brother, Santa Mancina of Hanover, Mass; two sisters, Ann Simpson of Canonsburg and Kay Houston of Washington; three grandchildren, Jim and Dana Barney and Gino Toth; and several nieces and nephews.

Raymond G. Brunton
Peters resident former officer of Superior Valve
Raymond G. Brunton, 83, of McMurray, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in St. Clair Hospital. He was born September 13, 1914, in Grove City, a son of William and Florence Millsop Brunton. Mr. Brunton was a former executive vice president and treasurer of Superior Valve Co. He was a 1939 graduate of Grove City College, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Masonic Lodge and Valleybrook Country Club. Surviving are a daughter, Sallie Brunton Carpenter of McMurray; a son, Richard E. Brunton of Beallsville; two grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth and William E. Carpenter III.
Correction:
Information provided for the obituary of Raymond G. Brunton, published Thursday, omitted his deceased wife, Jane E. Brunton.

Felix J. Fuller Jr.
Vestaburg mechanic was veteran of WW II and Korea
Felix J. Fuller Jr., 71, of First Street, Vestaburg, died unexpectedly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in Brownsville General Hospital's emergency room. He was born November 19, 1926, in Duquesne, a son of Elizabeth Stanko Fuller of McKeesport and the late Felix Jackson Fuller Sr. Mr. Fuller was an honor graduate of Duquesne High School and was a retired pump and tank mechanic for the former Patterson Construction Co. in Centerville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving in Korea with the 51st Infantry Division. He was a member of Hanson-Cole American Legion Post 391 of Fredericktown. On August 15, 1953, he married Patricia Shriner Fuller, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, John J. Fuller of Marianna R.D.1 and David A. Fuller of Richeyville; four daughters, Doris E. Fuller of Sanford, Me., Diane L. Fuller Burns of Palm Beach, Fla., Stacie D. Fetsko of Brownsville (Low Hill) and Ann Marie Fuller, at home; five grandsons, Nathan and Jeremy Fuller, Timothy and Padriac Burns and Steven Fetsko; and two brothers, Melvin Fuller of Duncannon and Lawrence Fuller of West Mifflin. Deceased are a sister, Doris Keckman; a brother Lynwood Fuller; and a grandson, Dustin Fetsko. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greenlee Funeral Home, Fredericktown Hill, Fredericktown.

Michael F. Hulpa
Welder at former Pennsylvania Transformer
Michael F. "Lefty" Hulpa, 87, of 636 Giffin Avenue, Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 26, 1998, in McMurray Hills Manor, McMurray. Born December 25, 1910, in Homestead, he was a son of Michael and Suzanna Bieres Hulpa. An avid fisherman, Mr. Hulpa lived most of his life in Canonsburg, where he was a member of St. Genevieve Roman Catholic Church. Prior to retirement, he had been a welder at the former Pennsylvania Transformer Co. in Canonsburg. On September 6, 1936, he married Sophia M. Prusinowski, who died December 25, 1985. Surviving are two daughters, Geraldine Melone of Cecil and Joyce Holland of Canonsburg; three grandsons, Michael Melone, David Melone and Mark Holland; a sister, Margaret Martys of Canonsburg; a brother, Joseph Hulpa of Houston; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Mary Ceyba, Ann Pruce and Elizabeth Giacobbe (Jacoby), are deceased.

Elizabeth M. Sweitzer
Formerly owned Clover Farm Store
Elizabeth M. Sloan Sweitzer, 93, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Washington, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in Manor Care Nursing Home, Pittsburgh. She was born February 12, 1905, in Washington, a daughter of Harry and Myrtle Daupenspech McNelly. Mrs. Sweitzer was a graduate of Washington High School and owned the Clover Farm Store for more than 35 years. She was a member of the Third United Presbyterian Church of Washington, and a former Democratic committeewoman. On May 17, 1975, she married Clarence Adam Sweitzer, who died in 1990. Her first husband, Edward G. Sloan, is deceased. Surviving are two sons, Edward G. Sloan of Pittsburgh and James H. Sloan of Clairton; and a daughter, Harriet Maher of Mount Pleasant, S.C. Deceased are a sister, Loretta Wargo; and two brothers, Emmitt and Donald McNelly.
CORRECTION
INCOMPLETE information was provided for the obituary of Elizabeth M. Sloan Sweitzer, published Thursday. Surviving are 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Stanley T. Shankovich
Enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking
Stanley T. Shankovich, 77, of Fayette Street, Washington, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in his home. Born May 1, 1921, in Washington, he was a son of Anthony and Sophie Kenjor Shankovich. Mr. Shankovich was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Washington. He had been employed in the maintenance department of Ball Glass and was previously employed by Universal Cyclops of Bridgeville. A graduate of Trinity High School, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Mr. Shankovich had served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during World War II with the quartermasters in the Pacific Theater and was a member of Edward Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion. On August 5, 1942, he married Elizabeth D. "Lib" Flint, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Richard S. Shankovich of Washington; three daughters, Margaret J. Shankovich, at home, Linda S. Craig of Washington and Phyllis Ann Irey of Claysville; three brothers, Ben Shankovich of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Walter Shankovich of Washington and Robert Shankovich of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Mary Rometo of Lincoln, Neb., and Josephine Olshack, Florence Raymond and Estelle Manes, all of Washington; five grandchildren, Darcie Glendenning, Dea Jaber, Clarissa Craig, Anthony Shankovich and Regina Irey; two stepgrandchildren, Richard and Michelle Irey; and three great-grandsons. A sister, Helen Maul, is deceased.

Rose M. Tominello
Member of St. Michael Antiochian Church
Rose M. Tominello, 75, of Donora, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital. She was born July 26, 1922, in Syria, a daughter of Michael and Catherine Joseph Albert. Mrs. Tominello was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, Monessen. Surviving are her husband, Nuncio Tominello; three daughters, Joyce Morgan of Rostraver Township, Carol Jean Milliern and Adeline R. Gilmore, both of Monongahela; a son, Michael C. Tominello of Donora; three sisters, Sadie Urban, Minnie Kucia and Elizabeth Albert, all of Donora; two brothers, George and Esau Albert, both of Carroll Township; six grandchildren, Art Jr., Tara, Tracey, Nicole, Jan-Michael and Jami; and numerous nieces and nephews. Deceased are a brother, Mike A. "Boots" Albert; and a granddaughter, Terri Lynn Milliern.

Frances L. Toth
Member of St. Michael Byzantine Church
Frances L. Mancina Toth, 58, of 520 Christy Road, Eighty Four, died unexpectedly Monday, May 25, 1998, in the emergency room of Washington Hospital. Mrs. Toth was born April 13, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of Dominick and Mary Piacenza Mancina. She had been a lifelong area resident, a homemaker and was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church of Canonsburg. On May 28, 1960, she married William J. Toth, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Lisa K. Barney of Eighty Four, Susan L. Toth of Denver, Colo., and Dawn M. Toth of Canonsburg; a son, Christopher A. Toth of Canonsburg; a brother, Santa Mancina of Hanover, Mass; two sisters, Ann Simpson of Canonsburg and Kay Houston of Washington; three grandchildren, Jill and Dana Barney and Gino Toth; and several nieces and nephews.

Ellen E. Armstrong
Former employee of Corning Glass
Ellen E. Armstrong, 82, of Chess Street, Monongahela, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, in her home. She was born Sunday, August 22, 1915, in Donora, a daughter of John Paul and Ingeborg Dancer Samer. Mrs. Armstrong was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Monongahela. She had been formerly employed at Corning Glass in Charleroi, and at Crall's Flower Shop in Monongahela, and was also part owner of EMMS Flowers in Monongahela. Surviving are a son, Roy L. Armstrong of Charleroi; five grandsons, Roy A., Kevin S., Thomas L., and twins Daniel J. and David L. Armstrong; and nine great-grandchildren. Deceased are her husband, Albert "Army" Armstrong, who died February 8, 1998; and three brothers, Paul, William and Roy Samer.

Janette B. Dagsher
Born in Canonsburg
Janette Bruno Dagsher, 76, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in Sacramento. She was born October 19, 1922, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Philip and Rose Bruno. She was married to Bill Dagsher, who died in 1960. Surviving are two sons, Don and Kenny Dagsher of California; three brothers, Dan Bruno of Washington, Lou Bruno of Canonsburg and Mike Bruno of Hamilton, Ohio; one sister, Betty Myhre of Chicago; several grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services and interment will be held in Los Angeles, Calif.

John Oliverio
Veteran of World War II received many metals
John Oliverio, 75, of Washington, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born January 21, 1923, in Washington, a son of Pete and Sally Gallo Oliverio. Mr. Oliverio was a 1942 graduate of Trinity High School and attended Penn Commercial College and North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, N.D. Along with his wife, he owned and operated a small grocery store, he also worked as a salesmen for S. A. Myers Jewelry Store, then later worked as a realtor, retiring in 1961. Mr. Oliverio was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of Washington and a member of American Legion Post 175. While serving in the U. S. Air Force during World War II in the 15th Air Force 743 Bomber Squad in Italy, he received the Distinguished Unit Badge with one oak leaf cluster, then received the Middle Eastern Medal with nine bronze stars along with a Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Oliverio enjoyed gardening and later worked on two books called "World War II Memories of the Past" which helped raise money for the Washington High School Steel Band. Surviving are his wife, Bessie "Bea" Interval, with whom he married June 4, 1946; two daughters, Donna Bradford of Mooresville, Ind., and Elizabeth Ann Meeks of Claysville; a brother, Sam Oliverio of Washington; five grandchildren, Mamie and James Bradford, Timothy, Sally and Marcus Anthony Meeks; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are three brothers, Joe, Pete and Tony Oliverio.
Correction:
Omitted from the obituary of John Oliverio, which was published in Friday's edition, was the name of a deceased son, John Anthony Oliverio.

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