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Miscellaneous Washington County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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Stella A. Matula
Former member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Stella A. Matula, 94, of Weirton, W.Va., formerly of Slovan, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, in Weirton Geriatric Center. She was born August 1, 1903, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Nicolas and Mary Parzych Hoberek. Mrs. Matula was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Burgettstown. Surviving are three sons, Joseph Sheraskey of Burgettstown, John Niedzialkia of Slovan and George Niedzialkia of Burgettstown; one daughter, Ann Whitehead of Weirton, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Deceased are two sons, Frank and John Sherasky; a daughter, Alma Metrovich; two brothers, Stanley and Natch Hoberek; and three sisters, Pearl Fuller, Helen Daske and Emma Dross.
Correction
Incorrect information appeared in the obituary of Stella A. Matula, published Friday. Her three husbands, John Sheraskey, John Niedzialkia and Stanley Matula, are deceased.

Earl W. Baker
Retired from Ryan Homes Construction
Earl W. Baker, 80, of Peters Township, died Friday, May 1, 1998, at his home. He was born March 26, 1918, in Pittsburgh. Mr. Baker was a member of the Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church in Venetia and was a retired production manager from Ryan Homes Construction. Surviving are his wife, Lily Voytenkoff Baker; three daughters, Gilberta DeBoe and Beverly Skiles Lowe, both of Carnegie and Peggy Ligons of Squirrel Hill; eight grandchildren, Ed, Debra and Lisa DeBoe, David and Damon Skiles, and Douglas, Frank M. and Marcie Ligons; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Vetter of Las Vegas, Nev. Deceased are his first wife, Martha Niggel Baker; and three brothers, Elwood, Robert and Bern Baker.

Jessie M. Eimer
Former employee of RCA and Elish Cabinet
Jessie M. Eimer, 67, of Bentleyville, formerly of Cokeburg, died at 5:18 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born February 20, 1931, in Ellsworth, a daughter of Ross Sr. and Flo Collins Boothe. Mrs. Eimer was formerly employed at RCA in Meadow Lands and Elish Cabinet Co. On February 26, 1955, she married Fred William Eimer, who died August 8, 1977. Surviving are two sons, Fred Eimer Jr. and Allen Eimer, both of Cokeburg; a daughter, Michele Renee Eimer of Bentleyville; two brothers, Lawrence Boothe of Uniontown and Dale Boothe of Bentleyville; a sister, Shirley Palovich of Bentleyville; four grandchildren, Chad, Kristen, Kayla and Tara Eimer. Deceased are a daughter, who died in infancy; and a brother, Ross Boothe Jr. Her companion, Joseph Mance Jr., died September 14, 1997.

Donald Robert Malone
U.S. Navy veteran
Donald Robert Malone, 69, of Carlisle, S.C., formerly of Palm Desert, Calif., died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in Carlisle. He was born July 26, 1928, in Midway, a son of Donald B. and Clara L. Warnick Malone. Mr. Malone was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His wife, Ruth E. Muller Malone, died November 26, 1997. Surviving are three sons, Robin Malone of Carlisle, Danny Malone of Antioch, Calif., and Toby Malone of Pittsburg, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Linda Felix of California; four grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and a brother, James Lloyd Malone of St. Petersburg, Fla. A brother, Samuel Malone, is deceased. Funeral arrangements were in Union, S.C.

Mary Jane Moore
Retired from Woodville, Mayview State Hospitals
Mary Jane Moore, 68, of Franklin, formerly of Canonsburg, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Franklin. She was born January 25, 1930, in Canonsburg, a daughter of James William and Mary White Moore. She spent most of her life in the Canonsburg area. Prior to retirement, she was a psychiatric aide at Woodville and Mayview state hospitals. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose and was Presbyterian. She was the last of her immediate family. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Tarr of Reno; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, James William and Edward Moore; and three sisters, Edith Knox, Ida Sueme and Margaret Armstrong. Services and burial were in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. Arrangements were handled by Sollon Funeral Home Ltd.

Helen L. Webber
Loved to camp and travel
Helen Lorraine Webber, 65, of Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of McDonald, died April 19, 1998, in Columbia Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee. Born November 12, 1932, in Baltimore, Md., she was a daughter of the late Enos and Helen Fry. Mrs. Webber, along with her husband of 45 years, John A. Webber Sr., loved to camp and travel. They had been three-year residents of Buckhead Ridge in Okeechobee. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John A. Webber Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Wendy M. Webber of Washington and Susan R. Euler of Library; a brother, Edmond Fry of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Following cremation a memorial service was held April 24 in Okeechobee with Pastor Scott Leslie officiating.

John Daniel Arquillo
Resident of Virginia
John Daniel Arquillo, 33, of Burke, Va., died Wednesday, May 27, 1998. He was born October 10, 1964, in Camp Springs, Md., a son of Vincent and Diane Lewis Arquillo of Centerville, Va., formerly of Monongahela. Surviving in addition to his parents, are his wife, Pamela Daily Arquillo; three sons, Nicholas John, Michael Ryan and Jackson Daniel Arquillo, all at home; a sister, Barbara Ann Vance of Salt Lake City, Utah; his paternal grandmother, Virginia Laffazio Arquillo of Monongahela; and maternal grandfather, John P. lewis of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of New Eagle. Deceased is his paternal grandfather, Daniel Arquillo.

Lawrence R. Brown
World War II Navy veteran
Lawrence R. Brown, 76, of Greenhill Drive, North Franklin Township, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, 1998, at his home following a brief illness. He was born November 4, 1921, in Washington, a son of William J. and Flora Sampson Brown. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. He formerly had been employed at Union Camp, retiring in 1977 due to illness. He was a member of several local service clubs and had formerly been a coach for a Little League baseball team. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. He had served on the USS Hornet and USS Princeton, both of which were sunk. He later served on the USS San Jacinto and on the maiden voyage of the USS Lake Champlain. Surviving are his wife, Betty Phillips Brown; a son, Commander L. Robin Brown, of Naples, Italy and Washington; a daughter, Bonnie Grim of Washington; two brothers, William J. Brown of Tucson, Ariz., and John E. Brown of Claysville; one sister, Elizabeth J. Parcha of Washington; three grandchildren, Bryan H. Brown, Karen S. Parkinson and Sharon Cornwell; one great-grandson, Cody Parkinson; and several nieces and nephews.

John A. Church
Avid horseman and hunter
John A. Church, 68, of Lexington, Texas, formerly of Blacksville, W.Va., died Saturday, May 23, 1998, in Lexington. He was born February 19, 1930, in Blacksville, a son of John F. and Grace A. Church. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum's Rockdale plant in March of 1992. He was an avid horseman and hunter, spending time in Colorado on trail rides and elk hunts. He was a member of the Lexington Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Carrie Church; four sons, John Wayne Church, Douglas Church, Jeff Church and Todd Church, all of Lexington; a brother, Vic Church of Spraggs; a sister, Loreen Kiger of Spraggs; and five grandchildren. Deceased are three brothers and one sister. Services were held Wednesday, May 27, at the First Baptist Church, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington City Cemetery.

John J. Leyda Sr.
WW II veteran past chief of Fallowfield firemen
John J. Leyda Sr., 70, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital. He was born March 12, 1928, in Charleroi, a son of John N. and Susiellen Marker Leyda. Mr. Leyda attended St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Charleroi and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from the coke plant of the former Monessen plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. Mr. Leyda was past commander and a life member of VFW Post 167 of Charleroi, the American Legion Post 22 of Charleroi, Mid Mon Valley Shipmates, life member and past chief and board member of Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, life member of Scotland School for Veterans' Children. He was also a member of Washington County Fireman's Association and Southwestern Pennsylvania Fire Chiefs Association, member of Odd Fellow Lodge 1030 of Charleroi and S&AM Lodge 615 of Charleroi, member of 32nd Degree Mason, member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rites, member of Charleroi Sportsman's Association and Fallowfield Township Veterans Honor Roll Committee and member of Charleroi Area Elementary and Middle School PTAs. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Madeline Dragone Leyda; a son, John (Jack) Leyda Jr. of Charleroi; a daughter, Susan Gonzales of Norwalk, Conn.; a brother, Edward S. Leyda of Charleroi; three sisters, Ellen Lancaster of Bentleyville, Minnie Griffith of Monongahela and Mary Morello of Newton Falls, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a brother, Lewis G. Leyda, who died in 1954.

Robert E. Wylie
Former funeral home owner in Canonsburg, Houston
Robert E. Wylie, 84, formerly of Houston, died at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 1998, at AUH, Canonsburg. Born June 5, 1913, in Chartiers Township, Washington County, he was a son of Matthew and Elizabeth Smith Wylie. Mr. Wylie had been in failing health for the last six months, but his death was unexpected. A 54-year resident of Houston, Mr. Wylie was a member of the Houston United Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder. He graduated from Hickory High School and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, receiving his funeral directors license in 1944. Mr. Wylie was owner of the Robert E. Wylie Funeral Home of Canonsburg and later of Houston. During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy and for many years he ran the ambulance service at The Meadows. On October 4, 1934, he married Lucille Houston, who died July 3, 1974. In December 1978, he married his second wife, Lois Hastings, who died January 26, 1983. Surviving are a son, Dennis R. Wylie of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Patricia Novotny of Houston, Betty Lombardo of Washington and Peggy Jo Skowvron of Washington; nine grandchildren, David Novotny, Darcie West, R. Douglas Novotny, Carla O'Rourke, Carlene Lombardo, Carl Lombardo, Sherri A. Skowvron, Liam K. Wilie and Tourin H. Wylie; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are four brothers, Archie J. Wylie, James Wylie, Wilson Wylie and Marion Wylie; and a sister, Margaret Jane Smiddle.
Correction
In the obituary of Robert E. Wylie, published Saturday, the names of two grandsons were misspelled. Their names are Liam K. Wylie and Torin H. Wylie.

Bert Chato
Retired custodian worked at California University
Bert Chato, 86, of 520 Liberty Street, California, died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 1998, in Washington County Health Center. He was born April 23, 1912, in California, a son of Bert and Ann Wolsin Chato. He was a lifelong resident of California and attended California area schools. Mr. Chato was Catholic. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a custodian by California University of Pennsylvania. Surviving are his wife, Mary Koci Chato; a son, Bertlan Chato of St. Johns, Ariz.; a daughter, Susan Marie Popovich of San Diego, Calif.; and a granddaughter, Amy Chato. Deceased is a brother, William Chato.

Adolph F. Conte
WWII veteran, retired vice president of Local 23
Adolph F. Conte, 73, formerly of Monongahela, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, in UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lengthy illness. He was born July 12, 1924, in Monongahela, a son of Clement and Jennie Vitello Conte. He was a resident of the Monongahela and Charleroi areas all of his life, where he was a 1941 graduate of Monongahela High School. In 1983, he retired as vice president of the United Food Commercial Workers, Local 23. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy's 3rd Fleet on the USS Shasta AE-6, and fought in the Battle of Japan. For his service time, he received a Pacific Theater ribbon with a bronze star, an American Theater ribbon, a World War II Victory Medal and a Philippines Liberation ribbon. He was a member of the VFW Post 1810 of Brentwood, American Legion Post 302 of Monongahela and the Veterans Club of Monongahela. He was a member and past president of the former ICC Club of Monongahela. Surviving are four sons, Mark Conte of Washington, Mike Conte of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Dolph Conte of Charleroi and Keith Conte of Belle Vernon; two daughters, Marcia Fretz of Belle Vernon and Michelle Conte of Charleroi; two brothers, James Conte and Ralph Conte, both of Monongahela; a sister, Frances Reeves of Charleroi; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, John P. Conte and Albert J. Conte.

Robert Carson Cook
Army veteran active in youth sports
Robert Carson Cook, 69, of McDonald died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born July 18, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a son of Herbert and Euphemia Stevenson Cook. Mr. Cook was a 1946 graduate of McDonald High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by American Bridge Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1986. For 10 years, he also was a partner of Alco Auto Parts in McDonald. Mr. Cook was a former member of Masonic Lodge 604 in McDonald and was a member of United Steelworkers of America. He was active in McDonald Little League Baseball, Fort Cherry Little Rangers Football League and the Fort Cherry Quarterback Club. On July 23, 1955, he married Ruby J. Smith, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Robert C. Cook II of McDonald; a daughter, Darcy L. Kelly of McDonald; a sister, Helen Donaldson of McDonald; and five grandchildren, Ryan Carson, Danielle Nicole Cook and Brianne, Shannon and Shaun Kelly.

Sara Fabiszewski
Member of Cokeburg Presbyterian Church
Sara Opal Fabiszewski, 89, of Brighton, Mich., formerly of Cokeburg, died Friday, May 1, 1998. She was born May 7, 1908, in Washington County, a daughter of William H. and Rose Etta Swihart Mikesell. She was a member of Cokeburg Presbyterian Church and its Ladies Aid Society. Surviving are a son, Daniel Joseph Fabiszewski of Washington; a daughter, Kay Koch of Brighton, Mich.; five grandchildren, Danny Joe Fabiszewski Jr., Debbie Hebea, Donna Koch, Bill Martin, Stacey Hillman and Glenda Tryon; and six great-grandchildren. Deceased are her first husband, Robert William Frederick, who died November 2, 1943; her second husband, Stanley Fabiszewski, who died February 10, 1977; and a daughter, Lorraine Martin, who died September 3, 1977.

Edward L. Fruecht Jr.
Motorcycle safety and school bus instructor
Edward Louis Fruecht Jr., 49, of McMurray, died Saturday, May 2, 1998. He was born September 4, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edward Fruecht Sr. and Nellie Brick of Naples, Fla. Mr. Fruecht was an active member of ABATE of Pennsylvania, Harley-Davidson Owners Group of Washington County, M.R.F., A.I.M., A.M.A. and Bikepac. He was an accomplished motorcycle safety instructor and school bus instructor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fruecht was actively involved in raising money to support Bikepac and the Shriners Children's Hospitals. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Linda Fruecht; a son, Edward Fruecht III of Lebanon; a daughter, Michele Fruecht, at home; two grandsons, Edward Fruecht IV and Justin Fruecht; two brothers, Harry Fruecht and William Fruecht; and two sisters, Charlotte Webster and Gwenn Hartman.

Walter Golembiewski
32-year employee of the Centerville Clinic
Walter G. (Wally) Golembiewski, 61, of Uniontown R.D.6, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at his home. He was born August 10, 1936, in Filbert, a son of the late Stephen and Sadie Kozma Golembiewski. He was a member of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Republic. For 32 years, he was employed by Centerville Clinic as senior therapist, and for the past three years served as director of mental health. Mr. Golembiewski was a 1954 graduate of Redstone High School, a 1961 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and a 1964 graduate of West Virginia University master's program in social work. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a past member of Republic Lions Club and the Uniontown Area School Board. He was past union president of OPEIU and was a member of AAMFT and NASW. He was active in the Brownsville Adult Lipsync program. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Rosalie Magazine Golembiewski; a son, Jeffrey Golembiewski of Uniontown R.D. 6; two daughters, Carrie Golembiewski of Uniontown R.D. 6 and Maria Golembiewski of Republic; and four sisters, Josephine Rozak of New Salem R.D. 1, Margaret Kasper of Florissant, Mo., Gertrude Ulicne of Anderson, Ind., and Rosella Stefanowski of Harper Woods, Mich. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Stephen Gallop; and two sisters, Regina Mazur and Dorothy Fusinski.

John P. Guydan
Retired from Combustion Engineering, Monongahela
John P. Guydan, 89, of Monongahela, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born September 5, 1908, in East Monongahela, a son of Frank and Anna Buck Guydan. He was a lifelong resident of Monongahela. He was retired from Combustion Engineering, Monongahela. Mr. Guydan was a member of St. Anthony Church in Monongahela. Surviving are his wife, Loretta Jean Opfer Guydan; a daughter, Gloria Walsh of Monongahela; two sons, John Guydan of Ocala, Fla., and Ronald Guydan of Metarie, La.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Deceased are his first wife, Lena Armenini Guydan, who died June 13, 1976; two sisters, Susan Lazzari and Mary Sacane; and two brothers, Peter and Frank Guydan.

Etta C. Johnson
Member of First Lutheran Church of Washington
Etta Catherine "Cass" Johnson, 80, of Washington, died at 6:45 p.m. Friday, May 1, 1998, in Washington Hospital following a brief illness. She was born January 6, 1918, in Wolfdale, a daughter of Russell M. and Philena B. Fletcher Carter. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker who enjoyed all types of crafts and stamp collecting. She was most fond of spending time with her family. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Washington and a former member of the Swedish Balder Lodge. On July 8, 1937, she married Arthur Everett Johnson, who died February 19, 1980. Surviving are four daughters, Betty J. Carpenter of Washington, Esther L. Finney of Houston, with whom she lived for the past two years, Donna Lee Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Philena M. Stanley of Washington; a son, Arthur E. Johnson Jr. of Riverside, Ill.; a brother, Elmer Carter of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Naomi "Peg" Heacox of Iowa Park, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Deceased are a grandson, Russell E. Carpenter; two great-grandsons; a brother, Albert J. Carter; and a sister, Dorothy Maxine Carter, who died in infancy.

Thomas Kendzlic
Venice man retired from Russell Paving Co.
Thomas Kendzlic, 76, of Venice, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born September 20, 1921, in Avella, a son of Thomas and Anna Tauchner Kendzlic. For over 50 years, he had been a resident of Venice, where he was a member of Venice Presbyterian Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Until his retirement in 1984, he was employed by Russell Paving Co., Bridgeville. His wife, Mary Catherine Campbell Kendzlic, died November 15, 1994. Surviving are three daughters, Victoria Daddario of Cecil, Juanita Russell of Venice and Lori Kendzlic of Muse; a son, Thomas E. Kendzlic of Mt. Lebanon; six grandchildren, T.R. Daddario, Tonya and Kayla Russell, and Thomas, Carley and Amber Kendzlic; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased, in addition to his wife and parents, are two grandchildren, Tracey Kendzlic and Rebecca Russell; three sisters, Victoria, Christine and Mary Kendzlic; six brothers, John and Walter Nesic, Charles Kendlick, Alex and Robert Kendzlic, and Mike Nation.

Hubert Martin
Former welder and driller, retired from Penn Drilling
Hubert Martin, 76, of Canonsburg, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, in the South Hills Convalescent Center, Canonsburg. He was born December 3, 1921, in Smith Township, a son of Hubert and Germaine Delcourte Martin. He had lived in Canonsburg for the past 10 years. Mr. Martin was a welder and driller, having been employed by both Cunningham and Raymond International. Prior to his retirement, he worked for Penn Drilling Co. On September 30, 1944, he married Germaine Adelen, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Bernard M. Martin of Canonsburg; a granddaughter, Elise M. Martin; a brother, Marcel Martin of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Gerard Martin, who died in infancy.

Ruth E. Moredock
Former Waynesburg woman resided in New York City
Ruth Elaine Moredock, 57, of New York, N.Y., died Friday, May 1, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg. She was born September 30, 1940, in Waynesburg, a daughter of the late Simon E. and Bernice Kline Moredock. In 1958, she graduated from Cumberland Township High School. In 1962, she graduated from Waynesburg College with a bachelor's degree in math. She was a resident of New York City for more than 30 years and was employed at the time of her death by Securities Industry Automation Corp. as a design analyst in the area of risk management and surveillance. Ms. Moredock was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She bred and raced horses for many years. She was Protestant. Surviving are a brother, Keith Moredock of Rices Landing; and a niece, Priscilla Elaine Moredock of Rices Landing.

James W. Pozum
Member of Holy Spirit Church, Fayette City
James W. Pozum, 85, of Belle Vernon (Fairhope), died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born March 25, 1913, in Washington Township, Fayette County, a son of Jacob and Anna Slotta Pozum. He was a member of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Fayette City, Fairhope Rod and Gun Club, Slovaic Club, Naomi Club, Croation Club of Monessen and UMWA District 4. Surviving are a son, James Pozum Jr. of Belle Vernon (Fairhope); two daughters, Dorothy Rodgers of Washington and Lillian Laird of Belle Vernon; a sister, Anna Shelleby of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Deceased are his wife, Olga Oleynik Pozum, who died May 26, 1990; and a brother, Nick Pozum, who died May 20, 1985.

Ruth S. Qualk
Former teacher for Charleroi Area schools
Ruth S. Qualk, 88, of Kaukonen Drive, Coal Center (California Borough), died at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Flo's Personal Care Home, Elco. She was born November 5, 1909, in Granville, a daughter of Wilbur and Maud Hannen Sutherland. She was a graduate of Charleroi High School and California Normal School, now California University of Pennsylvania. For many years, Mrs. Qualk taught school in the Charleroi Area School District. She was a former member of Coal Center United Methodist Church and a present member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of its XYZ Club. She was a member of Coal Center United Methodist Women and Fallowfield Grange. On June 10, 1936, she married Charles A. Qualk, who died December 15, 1996. Surviving are a son, Clyde Qualk of Coal Center; four grandchildren, James Qualk and Clyde Qualk, Nancy Basile and Patty Columbus; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are three brothers, Harry, Roy and Playford Sutherland; and two sisters, Louetta Puffinberger and Garnet Sutherland, who died in infancy.

Richard M. Rodgers
Retired crane operator worked for LTV Corp.
Richard M. Rodgers, 77, of Marianna, died Friday, May 1, 1998, in St. Clair Memorial Hospital. He was born March 25, 1921, in Pittsburgh, a son of Joseph L. and Theresa F. Mackewich. He was a graduate of South Side High School. Mr. Rodgers was a retired crane operator, having worked at LTV Corp.'s South Side Plant. On July 24, 1945, he married Lucille Huff, who died in 1993. Surviving are five brothers, Raymond V. Mackewich, Vincent Mackewich and Thomas Mackewich, all of Pittsburgh, Charles E. Mackewich of California and Frank R. Mackewich of Florida; a sister, Theresa Guest of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a brother, Joseph Mackewich.

Edward F. Ruffing
WWII vet was president of Mon Valley Coin Club
Edward F. Ruffing, 78, of Charleroi, died Friday, May 1, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 20, 1920, in Clairton, a son of the late Edward Ruffing and Fae Ruffing White of Monongahela. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of California, a former member of Monessen Lions Club and a former scoutmaster of the Boy Scout Troop of Monessen. At the time of his death, Mr. Ruffing was president of Mon Valley Coin Club, of which he had been a member for 10 years. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was employed at the former Pages Steel Mill of Monessen until its closing in 1972. He was later employed as a maintenance engineer by Charleroi Area School District until his retirement in 1988. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two daughters, Donna Costanza of McMurray and Debbie Stark of Eighty Four; three grandchildren, Dan Costanza, Lynn Kadilis and Dina Costanza; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack Ruffing of Florida; and a sister, Norma Massafra of Monongahela. Deceased is his wife, Doris Mae Ruffing, who died in 1991.

Ginger Lea Van Cook
Active member of Waynesburg Bible Chapel
Ginger Lea Kiger Van Cook, 42, of Waynesburg, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 1998, in her home. Although she had been in poor health for several years, her death was unexpected. She was born March 9, 1956, in Burbank, Calif., a daughter of Delsie Marie Sites Kiger of Waynesburg. She had been a resident of Waynesburg and the Greene County area most of her life. She was a member of the Waynesburg Bible Chapel and was very involved in its missions program, and was a 1974 graduate of Waynesburg High School. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are three daughters, Tina M. Van Cook of Mechanicsburg, Bridget D. Van Cook and Salina D. Van Cook, both at home; four brothers, Russell Kiger, Paul Kiger and Joseph Kiger, all of Waynesburg, and Mark Kiger of DuBois; and a sister, Belle Ann Rush of Sycamore.

Henry Wilkins
WWII veteran, retired truck driver from W&J College
Henry Wilkins, 81, of Delaware Avenue, Washington, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington, following a brief illness. He was born September 16, 1916, in Georgia, a son of Jeff D. and Nettie Bush Wilkins. He was Baptist. For 22 years, he was employed as a truck driver by Washington and Jefferson College, from where he retired. Mr. Wilkins enjoyed fishing and hunting. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He received the following citations and decorations: the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon, the Phillipines Liberation ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. On July 15, 1961, he married Lottie Sherron, who died in March 1989. Surviving are a daughter, Doris Hughes of Washington, DC; two sons, Kenneth L. Wilkins of Washington and William "Sonny" McEnitosh of Capital Heights, Md.; two stepsons, Theodore Sherron of Cleveland, Ohio, and Lawrence Chisolmn of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Jeff Wilkins of Washington and Van Berry Wilkins of Statesville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, Lonnie Wilkins and John Wilkins; three sisters, Virginia Phillips, Emmaline Edison and Rosamae Hatten.

Audrey Kent Wiltrout
Breeder of pulling Belgian horses and huskies
Audrey Kent Wiltrout, 62, of Lively Road, Eighty Four, Somerset Township, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, 1998, in her home. She was born January 3, 1936, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edmund and Leona Snyder Seebacher. She was a former longtime resident of Nottingham Township. Mrs. Wiltrout was a member of Ave Maria Parish. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Giant Eagle at Donaldsons Crossroads. For many years, she was the animal control officer for the Peters Township area. On November 26, 1988, she married Allen E. "Gene" Wiltrout, who survives. She and her husband raised and bred pulling Belgian horses and huskies. She was a member of South Hills Kennel Club. Surviving, in addition to her second husband, are two sons, Dave Kent and Paul Kent, both of Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Leah Kent Woodward of Chesapeake; a stepdaughter, Debra Fortuna of Monongahela; two stepsons, David Wiltrout and Scott Wiltrout, both of Eighty Four; five grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. Deceased is her first husband, John (Jack) Kent, who died in 1976.

Charles H. Wunderlich
Aliquippa man worked for United Airlines
Charles H. Wunderlich, 66, of Aliquippa, died Friday, May 1, 1998, in his home. He was born March 9, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a son of Charles and Dorothy Wunderlich. He was a 28-year resident of Aliquippa. Mr. Wunderlich was employed as a customer service agent for United Airlines. He had attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Banovich Wunderlich; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a brother, David Wunderlich.

Henry Bigler Jr.
Welder at Westinghouse also sang in choirs
Henry Bigler Jr., 76, of 15 West Connelly Boulevard, Sharon, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 3, 1998, in his home. He was born September 19, 1921, in Washington, a son of Henry Sr. and Lydia Duvall Bigler. Mr. Bigler graduated in 1939 from Washington High School and also attended Washington and Jefferson College for two years. He was a welder at Westinghouse for 18 years, retiring in 1982, and most recently worked parttime for Frazier Livery as a driver for many local funeral homes. Mr. Bigler was a very active member of St. John's Episcopal Church of Sharon, where he sang in the choir for more than 30 years, and served on the vesitry committee. In Washington, he sang and traveled with a barber shop quartet and also sang with the Temple Beth Israel Choir of Sharon. Mr. Bigler served in the U.S. Army during World War II for five years as a sergeant in the military police, and was also a guard at a military prison in Greenland. On March 22, 1946, he married Mary E. Naser, who died March 3, 1991. Surviving are two sons, James E. Bigler of Sharon and George R. Bigler of Cantfield, Ohio; a sister, Virginia Gracey of Washington; and two grandchildren. Deceased are two sisters, Margretta Bigler and Millicent Buxton; and two brothers, John and Fred Bigler.

Audrey R. Jenkins
Taught at the Montessori School in Maryland
Audrey Richards Jenkins of Highland, Md., formerly of West Brownsville, died April 27, 1998, in Montgomery General Hospital, Olney, Md. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Richards. Mrs. Jenkins taught for several years at the Montessori School in Highland. Surviving are her husband, Bert Jenkins; a daughter, Gail Jenkins of Columbia, Md.; and a sister, Leona Edwards of Waynesburg. Burial was in Columbia Memorial Gardens.

Nick Kolesar
Lifelong resident of Avella was retired mechanic
Nick Kolesar, 82, of Avella, died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 1998, at home. He was born November 19, 1915, in Cross Creek Township, a son of Nick and Annie Luckwsic Kolesar Sr. Mr. Kolesar worked as a mechanic for A.J. Cindrich Construction Co., retiring February 27, 1981. He served in the U.S. Navy Merchant Marines as a seaman first class during World War II. Mr. Kolesar lived all his life in Avella, where he was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Byzantine Rite, a charter member of Avella Volunteer Fire Department, a member of American Legion Bert C. Siders Post 643 of Avella and Avella Sportsman's Association Inc. On September 2, 1946, he married Helen Stacko, who died February 2, 1998. Surviving are a daughter, Maryanne Kolesar of Sumter, S.C.; a son, William D. Kolesar of West Middletown; a grandson, Wink Kolesar; two sisters, Annie Putnam of Lupuente, Calif., and Julia Peterson of Avella. Deceased are a brother, John Kolesar, who died in 1968; and a son, Robert Wayne Kolesar, who died in 1950.

Sarah Ann Dille Love
Former Girl Scout leader from Waynesburg
Sarah Ann "Sally" Love, 71, of 226 Leech Road, Sugar Grove Township, Greenville, died of natural causes Monday, May 4, 1998, at her residence. She was born June 24, 1926, in Waynesburg, a daughter of C. Austin and Lucy Elms Dille. Mrs. Love was a graduate of Waynesburg High School; was a former member of Waynesburg American Legion Auxiliary; and was past president of the Washington-Greene-Fayette Council. A past chapeau of Waynesburg Chapter of 8 and 40, Mrs. Love was also a former member of Beta Sigma Phi International and was a former Girl Scout leader for many years in Waynesburg. She was a member of First United Methodist Church; a member of Lady Augusta Rebekah Lodge 297, where she was a Past Noble Grand; a member of Immortelle Sisterhood No. 197 of the Dames of Malta; and a member of the Women's Auxiliary to American Legion Post 140, where she was a past president, all of Greenville. On August 12, 1977, she married Robert N. Love, who died October 6, 1994. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Mary Love Mack of Seattle, Wash.; a stepson, Robert Bruce Love of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several cousins.

Rose T. Muchoney
Longtime resident of Marianna
Rose T. Muchoney, 83, of Marianna, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born August 4, 1914, in Cokeburg, a daughter of Pete and Anna Marie Salvadore Tambourine. Mrs. Muchoney moved to Marianna in 1932, where she lived until her death. She was a member of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Sts. Mary and Ann Roman Catholic Church, Marianna, and a member of its Altar Society. Mrs. Muchoney was a member of the Women's Federated Club and Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 744, both in Marianna. On June 10, 1937, she married Andrew Muchoney, who died in 1988. Surviving are a son, John A. Muchoney of Oakbrook, Ill.; a sister, Josephine Sworcheck of Marianna; a brother, Fred Tambourine of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; two grandsons, Andrew and Stephen Muchoney; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a son, Theodore Joseph Muchoney, who died in infancy; a brother, Benjamin Tambourine; and a sister, Fannie Calabrese.

William Renners
Appliance repairman and glass worker
William Renners, 70, of Claudia Avenue, Danielson, Conn., died April 26, 1998, at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Conn. He was born May 31, 1927, in Canonsburg, a son of John and Helen Andrnkanis Renners. Following his education, he began his service with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Canonsburg. Mr. Renners became an appliance repairman, a job he had until his relocation to Danielson in 1959. He then became employed as a glass worker. He worked for several companies including Knox Glass Corp. in Dayville, Conn., and Star City Glass Corp. in Coventry, R.I. His final employer was Foster Forbes Corp. in Milford, Mass., a job he had for 15 years, retiring in 1988. Mr. Renners was a communicant of St. James Church in Danielson and a member of the Glass Blowers Bottle Association. On April 19, 1954, in Washington, he married Elizabeth Morris, who survives. Also surviving are a son, William L. Renners of Danielson; a brother, John Renners of Canonsburg; three sisters, Marcella Renners of Detroit, Mich., Frances Vidusic of Livonia, Mich., and Eleanor Zavatski of Canonsburg; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sisters and one brother. Burial was in Elkonk Cemetery.

George W. Stewart
Former Pine Bank resident
George W. Stewart, 62, of Maryville, Tenn., formerly of Pine Bank, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at home. Surviving are his wife, Mildred Montgomery Stewart; two stepsons, Edward J. and James W. Burdyck, both of Maryville, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Mittie Petway of Wilson, N.C., and Jo Anna Stasieczko of Maryville; eight stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Lloyd Paul Stewart of Vine Grove, Ky., and Fred D. Stewart of Pine Bank; three sisters, Rosie Morris of Waynesburg, Marigold Stewart of Carmichaels and Thelma Roby of Westover, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements and cremation were held in Maryville, Tenn.

Blanche M. Taucher
Celebrated 78 years of marriage
Blanche M. Taucher, 95, of Burgettstown, died Monday, May 4, 1998, in Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va. She was born March 8, 1903, in Ohio, a daughter of Curtis and Lottie Olive Parsons Pease. In her earlier years, Mrs. Taucher had been employed by Petrucci's News Store in Burgettstown. On November 5, 1919, she married Dena P. Taucher, who survives and with whom she celebrated their 78th anniversary. Also surviving are two sons, Melvin Taucher of Aliquippa and Arthur Taucher of Eldersville; three daughters, Betty J. Tidball, Elsie Smith and Roberta "Sis" Slopek, all of Burgettstown; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Donald Taucher, who died November, 1984; three brothers, Arnie, Roy and Lou Pease; and a sister who died in infancy.

Elizabeth Wilson
Retired college seamstress for West Liberty
Elizabeth Wilson, 68, of Washington, died unexpectedly Monday, May 4, 1998, in her home. She was born October 3, 1929, in Washington, a daughter of Elizabeth Reihner Wheeler of Washington and the late James S. Wheeler. Mrs. Wilson was Protestant and a graduate of Washington High School. She worked as a seamstress for West Liberty State College, retiring in 1991. On June 17, 1951, in Washington, she married A. Glenn Wilson Sr., who survives. Also surviving are four sons, A. Glenn Wilson Jr., of Winfield; Daniel L. Wilson of Washington and James J. and Patrick A. Wilson, both of Claysville; a brother, James Wheeler of Washington; a sister, Loraine Engle of Washington; three grandsons, A. Glenn III, Zachary J. and Jacob D. Wilson; two granddaughters, Callin S. and Lettie Elizabeth Wilson; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a sister, Betty Grace Morris.

Ann A. Como
Member of St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg
Ann A. DeVine Como, 74, of 726 West Pike Street, Houston, died Monday, May 4, 1998, in Washington County Health Center, following an extended illness. She was born July 20, 1923, in Treveskyn (near Cecil), a daughter of Cornelius and Anna Mullin DeVine. Mrs. Como resided in the Canonsburg-Houston area most of her life. She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg, and attended Chartiers High School until her senior year. Surviving are her husband, Gene A. Como; three sons, Geno Como of Pittsburgh, James Como of Amherst, Mass., and Dennis Como of La Canada, Calif.; a daughter, Darlene Witzel of Houston; a sister, Mary E. Haley of Muse; a brother, Cornelius DeVine of Washington; eight grandchildren, Paris, Chloe, Danny, Johanna and Giovianni Como, Kristin Clewes and Joss and Adam Witzel; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Perry G. Como, who died May of 1991; a sister, Helen Fini; and a brother, James DeVine.

Eric "Rick" Huston
Was an inspector at Mac Plastics
Eric "Rick" Huston, 57, of Canonsburg, died Monday, May 5, 1998, at home. He was born February 15, 1941, in Canonsburg, son of the late Albert and Jesse Malone Huston. Mr. Huston was Presbyterian. He was an inspector for Mac Plastics, Washington. Mr. Huston served in the U.S. Air Force and belonged to American Legion Post 902. He was married to Dianna Russell Huston, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Glenn of Canonsburg and James Huston; two daughters, Cinnamon of Canonsburg and Barbara of North Carolina; and two grandchildren, Matthew Huston and Harley Bennett. Deceased are twin daughters, Dianna and Deanna Huston.

Robert Charles Murgel
Co-owner of Murgel Limousine Manufacturing
Robert Charles Murgel, 63, died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, May 3, 1998, at St. John Regional Health Center, Springfield, Mo. He was born June 11, 1934, in Cecil, a son of Charles and Margaret Moutz Murgel. Mr. Murgel was a co-owner of Murgel Limousine Manufacturing Co. in Marshfield, Mo., and was a member of the Helping Hands Ministry. Surviving are his wife, Patricia; a son, Kevin Murgel of Elkland, Mo.; two grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kylee Murgel; two brothers, James Murgel of Pittsburgh and Allen Murgel of Marshfield; and a sister, Ruth Kristoff of St. Louis, Mo. Services were held May 5 in the Elkland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Roe and the Rev. Gary Davenport officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery.

Hazel L. Pettit
Member of the Church of Christ in Washington
Hazel L. Pettit, 68, of South Franklin Township, Washington, died Monday, May 4, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born May 15, 1928, in Washington, a daughter of the late Emile and Maude Cramer Roux. Mrs. Pettit, a homemaker, was a member of the Church of Christ, Washington, and attended Trinity schools. In December 1950, in Washington, she married William J. Pettit, who survives. Also surviving are five sons, Donald Greene, Ronald Greene, Bill Pettit and Allen Pettit, all of Washington, and Bernie Pettit of Arkansas; a daughter, Saundra Mead of Washington; two brothers, George Roux and John Roux, both of Washington; three sisters, Dorothy Brownlee of West Middletown, and Annetta Baker and Jacquelyn Arena, both of Washington; seven grandchildren, Donald Anderson, Donald Greene Jr., Lisa Roberts, Lori Guzell Pettit, Lynn Pettit, Myka Pettit and Seth Pettit. Deceased are three brothers, Dude, William and James Roux; and two sisters, Betty Collis and Mary Closser Roux.

John W. Shaffer Sr.
Retired from Crucible Mine
John W. Shaffer Sr., 85, of Carmichaels R.D.1, died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at home. He was born March 26, 1913, in Bondstown, Md., a son of William P. and Reliefa Rounds Shaffer. Mr. Shaffer was a retired coal miner with Crucible Mine and also worked as a custodian for the welfare office and Baily Insurance Agency, both in Waynesburg. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America District 4, Local 1980 and the Waynesburg Beagle Club. He enjoyed coon and fox hunting and at one time pitched in the Greene and Fayette County Fast Pitch Softball League. On January 8, 1934, he married Virginia Kathryn, who died February 5, 1961. On May 26, 1969, he married Edna Clark, who survives. Also surviving are six sons, William (Bill), Leroy "Dale," Ronald, Gary and John (Jack) Shaffer, all of Jefferson, and Clyde Shaffer of Waynesburg; a daughter, Janet Cramer of Uniontown; a stepdaughter, Ginny Murphy of Jefferson; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Shaffer of Elizabeth and Bill Shaffer of Upper Middletown. Deceased are a grandson, John "Smokey" Cramer Jr.; a granddaughter, Michele Shaffer; two brothers, Clyde and George Shaffer; and four sisters, Velma Wilson, Nellie Diehl, Olive Maddox and Mardie Shaffer.

Kay F. Weger
Gastonville resident was bluegrass fiddler
Kay F. Weger of Gastonville, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers Association of Pennsylvania and participated in numerous bluegrass jamborees in the tri-state area. Surviving are her husband of 35 years, James Weger; three daughters, Bobbi Komondor of Monongahela, Shawnee Zaph of Gastonville and Casey Jageman of New Eagle; four grandchildren, Alan and Thomas Jageman and Justin and Shannon Komondor; four brothers, Verner Benzo of Pittsburgh, Bruce Benzo of Perryopolis, Gary Benzo of Finleyville and Charles "Ricky" Benzo of Tennessee; and a sister, Linda Race of Tennessee. Deceased are her parents, Andrew and Francis Zermick Benzo; and a brother, John Benzo.

Charles M. Ahlborn
Peoples Gas Co. retiree from Burgettstown
Charles Milton Ahlborn, 70, of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in his home. He was born September 29, 1927, in Langeloth, a son of Charles Henry and Laura Shearing Ahlborn. Mr. Ahlborn was a customer representative for Peoples Gas Co. before his retirement. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Burgettstown, where he served as an elder. He served with the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1957 and was a member of Richard Vaux Lodge 454 AF&M. On December 26, 1960, at the Old West Minster Presbyterian Church in Burgettstown, he married Norma Allen, who survives. Also surviving are a son, William E. Ahlborn of Imperial; a daughter, Janet Castellino of Burgettstown; two grandsons, Danny and Nicholas Castellino; two sisters, Charlotte John of Chester, W.Va., and Mildred Kimmel of Dover. Deceased are three sisters, Anna Darke and Frances and Esther Ahlborn.

Donald Caldwell
Brockway Glass retiree worked at Beau Regency
Donald Caldwell, 66, of Washington, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in his home. He was born October 10, 1931, in Washington, a son of Joseph George and Emma Myrtle Gray Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell was a member of Fourth United Presbyterian Church of Washington. He worked at Brockway Glass Plant No. 11 for 25 years, and in maintenance at the Beau Regency for 11 years, retiring in 1998. Mr. Caldwell was a member of Eagles Aerie 687, the Independence Club, Pulaski Club, Moose Lodge 22 and VFW Post 365, all of Washington, and the Annawanna Hunting and Fishing Club. On February 27, 1987, in Washington, he married Beverly Houston, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, David E. Caldwell of Brownsville, Russell L. Caldwell of Andrews, Texas, Howard L. Caldwell of Woodstock, Va., and Donald A. Caldwell of Front Royal, Va.; two daughters, Patricia Robin of Georgia and Barbara Tylus of Cokeburg; a stepson, Duane Rodgers of Sharpsburg, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Sharon Coffield of Taylorstown; a brother, Robert Caldwell of Washington; four sisters, Josephine Strawn, Thelma Sanney and Virginia Seibert, all of Washington and Betty Redd of Jefferson; 10 grandchildren, Brian, Michael, Suzanna, Jeremiah, Jennifer and Donald Caldwell Jr., Roberta Allen, Douglas Welsh, Erica Robin and Danielle Harrell; nine stepgrandchildren, Stacy, James and Amy Rush, Steve, Alan, Julie Coffield and Joshua, Nicholas and Emily Rodgers; one great-grandchild; one stepgreat-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a son, Ronald Caldwell; a brother, George Caldwell; and a granddaughter, Leann Caldwell.

John Dorosh
Worked at Vitro Corp. and Pa. Transformer Co.
John Dorosh, 76, of Citrus Heights, Calif., died April 28, 1998, in Mercy San Juan Hospital, Sacramento, Calif., of pulmonary complications. He was born December 14, 1921, in McDonald, and attended Cecil Township schools. While living in the area he worked at Vitro Corp. and Pennsylvania Transformer Co. In California he was employed with Sprouse Corp. as a retail manager. On October 3, 1948, he married Mary Dusza, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Deborah Cox of Running Springs, Calif.; three sisters, Mary Bethem of South Carolina, Helen Simko of Canonsburg and Bette Skaggs of Wisconsin.

Alva V. Fox
Carmichaels man worked in Robena Mine
Alva V. Fox, 88, of Carmichaels R.D.1 (Paisley), died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. He was born December 26, 1909, in Grays Landing, a son of Basil William Fox and Ola Gaye Herod Faux. Mr. Fox resided in the Greensboro and Carmichaels areas most of his life and had worked at several local mines including U.S. Steel's Robena Mine. He retired from the former Waynesburg Pittsburgh Local Express, Waynesburg. He was a member of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church of Carmichaels and was a former member for many years of the Sugar Grove Baptist Church. He was also a member of Robena Local 6321 of the UMWA, Carmichaels Grange 1389, Pomona Grange 63, Warrior Trail Association and Carmichaels Rook Club. His first wife, Mildred Pearl Crago Fox, died June 2, 1961. His second wife, Nellie A. Phillips Shimek Fox, who he married December 26, 1970, survives. Also surviving are a son, Jesse W. Fox of Greensboro R.D.1; a stepdaughter, Ora Campbell of Mantua, Ohio; two grandsons, Thomas William and Jesse Wayne Fox; two great-grandsons and one great-great-granddaughter; three stepgrandchildren, Rick and Robert W. Campbell and Vickie Lynn Shumate; six stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Rozella Willis of Denver, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a son, Kenneth E. Fox; a grandson, Daniel Edward Fox; a brother, Eldred Faux; and two sisters, Orma Bosell and Wilma Ganocy.

Rose Gobeo
Member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church
Rose Gobeo, 94, of McDonald, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Presbyterian Senior Care, Washington. Born November 3, 1906, in Butte, Mont., she was a daughter of Rocco and Frances Adams Fodse. Mrs. Gobeo was a homemaker and devoted many years to St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, where she was past president of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens Center of McDonald. On February 20, 1923, she married John Gobeo, who is deceased. Surviving are a son, Domenic J. Gobeo of Coraopolis; three daughters, Edith Rotellini of Arnold, Md., Mary Ann Tennyson Signor of Tuscon, Ariz., and Jo Ann Campbell of Chino, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, John M. Gobeo; a brother, Domenic Fodse; and three sisters, Mary F. Sinciline, Josephine B. Daout and Frances Morris.

Mary E. Grimes
Cancer Society volunteer from Cresson
Mary E. Grimes, 94, of Cresson, formerly of Holbrook, died at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Laurel Crest Manor Nursing Home, Ebensburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born February 9, 1904, in Jackson Township, a daughter of Thomas and Estella Minton Wood. Mrs. Grimes had resided in Jackson Township all her life prior to moving to Cresson in 1992. She was a member of Holbrook Christian Church, where she served with the Christian Women's Society, and was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. On September 26, 1925, she married Charles Thomas Grimes, who died in October 1941. Surviving are a daughter, Catherine Dunn of LaPalma, Calif.; a son, Harold Grimes of Cresson; a granddaughter whom she raised, Norma Jean Grable of LaPalma, Calif.; seven additional grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, James T. Wood of Holbrook R.D.1. Deceased are a son, Charles Ellsworth Grimes; and a sister, Margaret Bland.

Emma E. Lazzari
Former New Eagle resident dies in Tampa, Fla.
Emma E. Lazzari, 83, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of New Eagle, died Monday, May 4, 1998, in University Community Hospital, Tampa, Fla. She was born August 4, 1914, in New Eagle, daughter of Jacob and Catherine Rush Rollison. Her husband, John "Hooks" Lazzari, died May 20, 1995. She was involved in the Transfiguration Church. Surviving are two daughters, Delilah Sullenberger of Tampa and Eleanor Lusk of Hawthorn, Fla.; five grandchildren, Stacey Giovannini, Randy Sullenberger, Danny Sullenberger, Brett Boyd and Brad Schwenk; two stepgrandsons, Scott and Craig Lusk; four great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a grandson, Vincent Schwenk; three brothers, James Rollinson, Jacob Rollinson and Dave Rollinson; and two sisters, Marie Herrington and Eleanor Gibson.

Margaret Miller
Spent early years in Canonsburg
Margaret Johnston Miller, 80, of 170 East Greene Street, Avalon Court, Waynesburg, formerly of Waynesburg R.D.1, died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born May 13, 1917, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Harmen and Lida Stephenson Johnston. Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Baptist Church. Her early life was spent in Canonsburg, but most of her life was in Greene County. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church at Lippencott, where she served as Sunday school secretary/treasurer for several years. On April 10, 1955, she married David Kermit Miller, who died October 31, 1988. She was the last of her immediate family and is survived by several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a sister, Dorothy A. Maxwell; and a brother, John Johnston.

Esther S. Myers
Owned third generation hardware in Monongahela
Esther S. Myers, 93, of Anna Maria, Fla., formerly of Monongahela, died Sunday, April 19, 1998, in Blake Hospital, Bradenton, Fla. She was born December 16, 1904, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of Albert and Anna Hormel Sampson. Esther and her husband, Charles H. Myers, who died in 1972, owned and operated the third generation Myers & Myers Hardware Store in Monongahela. The store was family operated for 75 years. Mrs. Myers was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the Quota Club, all in Monongahela. Surviving are a son, Charles III of Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter, Martha Belle Necciai of Monongahela; nine grandchildren, Susan Necciai Sabatini, Mark and Kirk Necciai, Tami Myers Plumer, Barbara, Robert, John and Charles Myers IV and Donna Myers Weller; and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Stanley Sampson of Whittier, Calif.; three sisters, Beulah Fingal and Ruth O'Brien, both of Pittsburgh and Marsha Toy of Hollywood, Calif. Deceased are a son, M. Robert Myers; four brothers, Glen, Orin, Kenneth and Harold Sampson; and a sister, Belle Gibson.

James D. Puskar
Canonsburg veteran was retired nurse
James D. Puskar, 71, of 226 Vine Street, Canonsburg, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in the Greenery Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born April 18, 1927, in Imperial, a son of Steve and Bertha Thomas Puskar. Before moving to Canonsburg in 1974, he lived in Van Neis, Calif., for 30 years. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Puskar was employed as a male nurse in several hospitals. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Canonsburg and had served with the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean conflict. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Jane Ann Pease of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Vera Blum and Sara Mosko, both of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his wife, Lillian Puskar; and two brothers, William and Steve Puskar.

Elmer E. Sampson
Landscaper owned race track in Mon Valley
Elmer E. Sampson, 83, of Hazelkirk, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in Haven Crest Nursing Home, Carroll Township. He was born March 29, 1915, in Monongahela, a son of James Sampson and Ada E. Gee Sampson. Mr. Sampson retired in 1980 from Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh. He owned Sampson Speedway which later became Mon Valley Speedway in Van Voorhis. He enjoyed race car driving at several area race tracks. He also owned Sampson & Sons Landscaping and Excavating in Monongahela and Sampson Trucking Co. in Hazelkirk. Surviving are four sons, Elmer J. Sampson of Normalville, George P. and Thomas E. Sampson, both of Charleroi and James J. Sampson of Monongahela; two daughters, Ada Harsh of New Eagle and Cathy Ryerson of Jefferson Borough; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Deceased are his wife, Catherine H. Feevey Sampson, who died June 2, 1995; three brothers, Samuel, James and Paul Sampson; and a sister, Emma Louttit.

Mary Sickels
A Houston resident for 17 years
Mary Francetta Sickels, 64, died Friday, May 1, 1998, at Harrison Memorial Hospital, Bremerton, Wash., of a heart attack. She was born March 22, 1934, in Davenport, Iowa, to the late Edward and Irma M. Timmsen. Mrs. Sickels graduated from Lambson Business School, Phoenix, Ariz., with a certification in bookkeeping. She was married to Lewis D. Whorton from 1953 to 1956. On July 11, 1959, she married Walter B. Sickels in Wichita Falls, Texas. They moved to Houston, Pa., in 1967, where she remained until his death in 1984. She then moved in with her youngest daughter and her husband in Newport News, Va. Mrs. Sickels worked as a manager of a laundry in Newport News and in stocking at a department store in Hampton, Va., until moving to Waukegan, Ill., in 1988. Here she again worked as stocking/rewrap at the Venture Store until moving to Bremerton in 1992. Surviving are two daughters, Carol M. Wright of Portsmouth, Va., and Ida-May S. Hrouda of Bremerton; a brother, David Timmsen of Tonopa, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Andrea M. Wright and Fredrick W. Hrouda; and numerous nieces and nephews. No services will be held. Inurnment will be performed at Washington Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Red Cross Disaster Services.

Nancy Sue Thompson
Was secretary at Weirton Medical Center
Nancy Sue Thompson, 55, of Eldersville, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in her home. She was born July 21, 1942, in Burgettstown, a daughter of the late Victor Edison and Pearl Anna Barnhart Wright. Mrs. Thompson had been employed as a secretary for Weirton Medical Center in Weirton, W.Va. She was a member of the Tucker United Methodist Church in Burgettstown, where she was a member of the finance committee and the Tucker United Methodist Women's Group. On July 17, 1959, she married James Kermit Thompson, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, James Thompson Jr., at home and Patrick Thompson of Eldersville; a daughter, Terri Klages of Eldersville; six brothers, Charles Wright of Burgettstown, Frederick Wright of Paris, Clair Wright of Eldersville, Victor Wright of Burgettstown, Larry Wright of Burgettstown and Garry Wright of Burgettstown; two sisters, Ruby Wright of Salem, Ohio, and Rhonda Smitsky of Burgettstown; and two grandchildren, Kenneth Klages and Amanda Thompson.

Cora E. Trusler
Was born in Pineville, Ky.
Cora E. Trusler, 92, of 825 South Main Street, Washington, died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born March 6, 1906, in Pineville, Ky., a daughter of Henry and Ella Smith Roark. She was married to Carl W. Trusler who died in 1983. Surviving are a son, Carl L. Trusler of Washington; two brothers, Henry and Robert Roark; and a sister, Loretta;four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Deceased is a brother, Luther Roark; and a sister, Ada Simerly. At the request of the deceased there will be no public viewing and funeral services will be private with Pastor Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will be in Washington Cemetery. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be sent to Presbyterian Medical Center of Washington.

Harry T. Good
Member of United Mine Workers Local 762
Harry T. Good, 82, of Ruff Creek, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, 1998, at Washington Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past month. He was born February 28, 1916, in Husband, a son of Irwin H. and Catherine Moore Good. Mr. Good worked for many years as a coal miner, retiring from the Vesta No. 4 Mine in 1979. He was a resident of Ruff Creek for the past 40 years and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 762. He was Methodist. Surviving are his wife, Josephine Bolosky Good; five sons, Harry T. Good Jr., Ralph, Thomas, Mark and David Good; four daughters, Gloria Morley, Connie Moody, Serena Lasko and Toni Zollars; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Shaw of Clarksville. Deceased are four brothers, James, Archie, Ralph and John Good; and four sisters, Blanche Butler, Daisy Butler, Irene Stern and Pearl Stern.

Shirley Ann Mariani
Owner of A Cut Above Salon and Spa
Shirley Ann Mariani, 54, of Washington, died Friday, May 8, 1998, in her home following a 15-month illness. Born August 11, 1943, in Washington, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Loretta Roble Gamber. Mrs. Mariani had worked for seven years at Brockway Glass Co.; was a hairstylist for 37 years; and was the owner of A Cut Above Salon and Spa in Washington. A graduate of Trinity High School, Mrs. Mariani was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints and was a founding member of the Greater Tylerdale Business Association. On April 10, 1982, she married Gary Mariani, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Robert P. Phillips of Washington; a daughter, Rhonda L. Steuernagel of Washington; four grandchildren, Melissa and Carlie Steuernagel and Robert and April Phillips; five stepchildren, Perry Presto of Washington, Kelley Owens of Anderson, Ind., Tina Douglas of Oklahoma City, Okla., Michael Mariani of Washington and Kimberly Mariani of Bridgeville; seven stepgrandchildren, Stacey and Jennifer Dollard, Nichole Presto, Joshua Presto, Shana and Jeremy Douglas and Amanda Smith.

John E. Shiben II
Employed by Burns Drilling and Excavating Co.
John E. Shiben II, 32, of Moundsville R.D.1, W.Va., died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W.Va. He was born January 23, 1966, in New Martinsville, Ohio. Mr. Shiben was an employee of Burns Drilling and Excavating Co., Wind Ridge, and was a member of the Wayman Ridge United Methodist Church, Moundsville. Surviving are his wife, Tammy Cumpston Shiben; a son, Trace Matthew Shiben, at home; two daughters, Randi Lynn and Tilynn Rae, both at home; his mother, Edna Shiben of Moundsville; his father, John Edward Shiben of Wheeling; and a sister, Vicki Merinar of Sand Hill, W.Va.

Molly Stewart
Homemaker formerly from McDonald
Molly Stewart, 86, of 36 Bulger Block Road, Bulger, formerly of McDonald, died Friday, May 8, 1998, in her home. She was born May 6, 1912, in Hickman, a daughter of Frank and Agnes Peto Farkas. Mrs. Stewart was a homemaker. On December 26, 1934, she married Charles C. Stewart. Surviving are a son, James Stewart of McDonald; four daughters, Margaret Barish of Bulger, Mary McLaughlin of Burgettstown, Charlotte Hampson of Georgetown and Florence Beaver of Portsmouth, Va.; a brother, Lewis Farkas of Coraopolis; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Deceased are her husband, Charles C. Stewart; four brothers, Paul Wolfe, George "Rocky" Farkas, Steve and Frank Farkas.

George Superack
Owned Superack's Tavern in Daisytown
George Superack, 88, of Rices Landing, R.D.1, died Friday, May 8, 1998, in his home in Washington where he lived the last three months. He was born May 6, 1910, in Daisytown, a son of James and Anna Cusko Superak. Mr. Superack worked as a coal miner in the Crescent Hills Mine and Jones and Laughlin's Vesta 4 mine. He owned and operated Superack's Tavern in Daisytown from 1949 to 1976. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in France and Germany. Mr. Superack was a member of the American Legion Post 816, Rices Landing. He was Catholic. On July 13, 1947, he married Margaret Janco who survives. Also surviving are two sons, George E. Superack of East Washington and James A. Superack of Waynesburg; five grandchildren, George A. Superack, James M. Superack, Shawn Superack, Melanie Superack and Chali Superack Roberts; two sisters, Elizabeth Settie of Richeyville and Josephine Martina of Scenery Hill. Deceased are a brother, James "Beefy" Superak; and a sister, Anna Superak.

Rhea Tranquill
Former resident of Avella
Rhea Castrodale Tranquill, 90, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Outlook Pointe, Allison Park. She was born November 22, 1907, in Introdacqua, Providence Aquila, Italy. Mrs. Tranquill was a former resident of Avella. Surviving are two sons, Cecil Tranquill of Pittsburgh and David Tranquill of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kathy, Ronald, Brandy and Gina Tranquill; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased is her husband, Joseph R. Tranquill, who died October 1, 1980. Private services were held May 7, 1998. Interment in Venice Cemetery.

Baptist W. Appolonia
World War II veteran retired from Mathies Mine
Baptist W. Appolonia, 79, of First Avenue, New Eagle, died Friday, October 30, 1998, at home. He was born March 25, 1919, in New Eagle, a son of Joseph and Margaret Furiga Appolonia. Mr. Appolonia served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 7th Division in the European Theater, and in 1979, retired from Mathies Mine. He was a member of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, Monongahela, a member of Monongahela Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1409, Monongahela American Legion Post 302 and United Mine Workers Local 2244. He retired from New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department. Surviving are his wife, Neva Gaggini, whom he married February 11, 1950; a daughter, Dorene Zavarello of Monongahela; two sisters, Mary Pietroboni and Martha Razzano, both of New Eagle; and a granddaughter, Audrey Zavarello. Deceased are a brother, Joseph Appolonia Jr.; and a sister, Virginia Bucchianeri.

Betty J. Campbell
Finleyville postal clerk supported youth sports
Betty J. Campbell, 74, of Finleyville, died Friday, October 30, 1998, in ManorCare Nursing Facility, McMurray. She was born June 3, 1924, in Finleyville, a daughter of Harold B. and Grace Fleming Dill. Mrs. Campbell was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service at the Finleyville Post Office for many years. She was also an organizer and supporter of youth sports in the Finleyville area during the 1950s and 1960s. Mrs. Campbell was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville and attended services at Mingo Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Auxiliary of American Legion Post 613 of Finleyville. Her husband, James B. Campbell, died April 28, 1995. Surviving are three sons, James R. and Tracy A. Campbell, both of Finleyville, and William B. Campbell of Nobleboro, Maine; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Irwin of Monongahela.

Mary Sirko Daniloff
Former cook at Bentleyville Truck Stop
Mary Sirko Daniloff, 82, formerly of Ellsworth, died Friday, October 30, 1998, in Country Care Manor, Fayette City. She was born August 29, 1916, in Webster, a daughter of Paul and Mary Elkanik Sirko. Mrs. Daniloff attended the former St. Clement Catholic School and was a member of Ave Maria Parish. She once worked as a cook at the former Bentleyville Truck Stop. Surviving are three sons, Raymond Daniloff of Denton, Texas, James Daniloff of Solon, Ohio, and Stephen Daniloff of Toledo, Ohio; three daughters, Susan Carrozza of Pittsburgh, Myra Johnson of Aurora, Ohio, and Elaine Daniloff of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, John Sirko of Detroit, Mich., and Joseph Sirko of Euclid, Ohio; two sisters, Anna Figlar of Yuba City, Calif., and Helen Harper of Detroit, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband, James Daniloff, who died July 2, 1986; a son, David Daniloff and an infant son, Adam Daniloff; two brothers, Paul and George Sirko; and a sister, Dorothy Watson.

Lillian E. Drylie
Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church, BPW
Lillian Elizabeth Drylie, 82, of Washington, died at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington, following a lengthy illness. She was born February 16, 1916, in Banetown, a daughter of Robert and Effie Sutton Bedillion. Mrs. Drylie was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Aid Society and a former member of the Washington Business and Professional Women. She was a graduate of Trinity High School and prior to retirement had been the residential manager at the George Washington Hotel, Washington. On June 16, 1951, she married William J. Drylie Jr., who died March 29, 1966. Surviving are a daughter, Elsie Dean of Washington; a stepdaughter, Patricia Lyle of Washington; three grandchildren, George Keith and Kirk Dean and Kathi Jennings; and eight great-granchildren. Deceased are six brothers, George R., Ira "Pickles", Orville, Frank, Louis and Edward Bedillion; and three sisters, Iva Yeager, Elsie Ricketts and Jennie Phillips.

Dorothy R. Herrington
Member of First United Methodist Church
Dorothy R. Herrington, 90, of Berea, Ohio, formerly of Monongahela, died Tuesday, October 27, 1998, in Falling Water Health Care Center, Strongsville, Ohio. Born April 12, 1908, in Monongahela, she was a daughter of James and Margaret Robinson. Mrs. Herrington was a member of First United Mehtodist Church of Monongahela and the Eastern Star. In later years, she worked as a retail clerk for Hornes Department Store. Her husband, Wilbur Herrington, died in 1988. Surviving are three daughters, Janet Roberts of Osprey, Fla., JoAnn Boggs of Berea and Frances Snyder of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A brother, Miller Robinson, is deceased. A burial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, November 2, at Monongahela Cemetery, with the Rev. David Brazelton officiating.

Andrew W. Hornick Jr.
Retired millwright with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel
Andrew W. Hornick Jr., 87, of Scenic Drive, Coal Center, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, October 30, 1998, at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born November 5, 1910, in Daisytown, a son of Andrew Sr. and Susan Spesak Hornick. Mr. Hornick was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Daisytown. He was a retired steelworker from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel of Allenport where he was a millwright. He was formerly employed as a coal miner, auto mechanic and landscaper worker. Mr. Hornick was a member of West Pike Run Grange, United Steel Workers of America, BCR Lions Club, the Hungarian Club of Daisytown and the Center in the Woods Senior Citizens of California. He enjoyed hunting. On October 24, 1934, he married Eda Albenze Hornick, who survives and with whom he celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Also surviving are a daughter, Janet Cottone of Coal Center; two sisters, Dorothy Ezzo of Cleveland, Ohio, and Ruth Trbovich of Homestead; a brother, Robert Hornick of Daisytown; four grandchildren, Andrea and Daniel Cottone, Deborah Todd and Rachel Hwang; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased is a sister, Ludmilla Miller.

Wayne Kramer
Retired coal miner and U.S. Army veteran
Wayne "Tink" Kramer, 70, of Mather, died Thursday, October 29, 1998, in his home. Mr. Kramer was born April 10, 1928, in Mather, a son of Harry and Clara Hennessey Kramer. He was a retired coal miner, who had worked from 1947 to 1983 for Mather Collieries and Consolidation Coal Co.'s Osage Mine. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America District 31 and served with the U.S. Army during World World II. Mr. Kramer was a member of World Wide Church of God in Washington and had lived all of his life in Mather. On June 29, 1957, he married Beatrice Lowden Kramer, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Brenda Prodan of Carmichaels and Sondra Kramer of Waynesburg; a son, Kurt Kramer of Waynesburg; several grandchildren; two half-sisters; and three half-brothers.

Jeffery A. McKean
Employed at Jessop Steel
Jeffery A. McKean, 50, of Donnan Avenue, Washington, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, October 30, 1998, at his home. He was born June 5, 1948, in Washington, a son of Bill A. McKean of Washington and the late Corrinne Jordan McKean. Mr. McKean was Protestant. He was a 1966 graduate of Washington High School and was employed at Jessop Steel for 20 years as a steelworker. Surviving are his maternal grandmother, Maude H. Doak of Washington, with whom he made his home; a son, Paul Jeffrey McKean of Canonsburg; and a brother, Kevin E. McKean of Washington.

Frances A. Roche
Washington native was retired bank teller
Frances (Frankie) A. Roche, 71, of Pittsburgh, died at 3 a.m. Friday, October 30, 1998, in her home. She was born April 21, 1927, in Washington, a daughter of Frank Edward and Marian Hazlett Aber. Prior to her retirement in 1989, Mrs. Roche worked as a teller for First Home Savings. She enjoyed crocheting and bingo. On April 12, 1947, she married Robert P. Roche, who died December 26, 1996. Surviving are two sons, James Edward Roche of Crafton and Robert Michael Roche of Bethel Park; six grandchildren, Lori, Eric, David, Amy, Kevin and Ken Roche; two sisters, Patricia Johnston and Barbara Baldwin, both of Washington; and a brother, Frank E. Aber Jr. of Orlando, Fla. Deceased is a son, David Roche. There will be no public visitation or service. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery.

Stanley C. Skowvron
Canonsburg ironworker active in veteran's affairs
Stanley Charles "Toby" Skowvron, 78, of Route 980, Canonsburg, died Thursday, October 29, 1998, after a lengthy illness. He was born April 30, 1920, in Sutersville, a son of John and Mary Zaucha Skowvron, and resided in the Strabane-Canonsburg area most of his life. Mr. Skowvron was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church of Canonsburg. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the 8th Armored Division as a tank commander. He was past commander of Strabane Memorial Post 553 Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston and a member of the Canonsburg Sportsmen's Association and Strabane Sportsmen's Association. Mr. Skowvron was formerly employed as an ironworker, and was a member of Local 3 in Pittsburgh. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and was active in veteran's affairs. Surviving are five brothers, Frank and Pete, both of Houston, Walter of Washington, Bernard of Waynesburg and Theodore Skowvron of Strabane; a sister, Dorothy Zieba of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Skowvron resided with his companion, Helen DeVitis, in Canonsburg for many years. Deceased are a brother, John Skowvron, who died in 1966; and a sister, Mary Chuba, who died August 27, 1998.

Anita R. Tarr
South Fayette resident
Anita R. Tarr, 72, of South Fayette, died Thursday, October 29, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born May 1, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Harry and Anna Werwie Reitmeyer. On May 30, 1947, she married John (Jack) Tarr, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, John Tarr Jr. of South Fayette, David Tarr of Los Angeles, Calif., and Blair Tarr of Santa Monica, Calif.; a daughter, Ellen Tarr of Los Angeles; four brothers, Robert, Samuel, James and David Reitmeyer; and two sisters, Martha Meyer and Sylvia Hall. Deceased are a brother, Leonard Reitmeyer; and two sisters, Mary Ann Reitmeyer and Ruth Kuhn.

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