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Mary Comfort Csuhta
Meadow Lands homemaker was retired glassworker
Mary Comfort Csuhta, 76, of Belmont Avenue, Meadow Lands, died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She had been ill since February 1998. She was born October 17, 1921, in Apollo, a daughter of Anthony M. and Theresa Mazza Conforti (Comfort). Mrs. Csuhta was employed by Brockway Glass, formerly Kress Box, prior to her retirement. She attended Central Assembly of God Church, Meadow Lands, and was a homemaker. On August 6, 1960, she married Stephen Csuhta, who died June 23, 1989. Surviving are two brothers, Sam and Paul Comfort, both of Washington; a sister, Martha J. Conforti of Greensboro, N.C.; a nephew, Robert Marra, with whom she resided; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Deceased are four sisters, Rose Slaveria, Catherine Marra, Ruth Casale and Esther F. Conforti, who died August 22, 1998; two brothers, Joseph Comfort, who died April 4, 1998, and David Conforti, who died in infancy.

William U. Fowler
Somerset Twp. resident
William U. Fowler, 67, of 34 Young Road, Somerset Township, Eighty Four, died Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born June 17, 1931, in Bahama, N.C., a son of Henry O. and Carrie Mae Umstead Fowler. On September 5, 1958, he married Barbara Stemple, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Pamela Cessna of Washington; three sons, William Jeffrey Fowler of Ellsworth, Brentley O. Fowler of Bentleyville and David K. Fowler of Eighty Four; four grandchildren, Carrie and Nicholas Cessna and Kyle and Matison Fowler; and three brothers, Brantley Fowler of Durham, N.C., Bruce Fowler of Baltimore, Md., and Douglas E. Fowler of Borneo.

Frank B. King
Holbrook gas company retiree was veteran
Frank B. King, 73, of Wind Ridge, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 1998, in his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born November 3, 1924, in Wind Ridge, a son of David Pipes Sr. and Ora Maye Bowers King, and had been a resident of Wind Ridge all his life. Mr. King was a member, elder and former deacon of Harmony Presbyterian Church in Wind Ridge. He was a 1943 graduate of Richhill Township High School and was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army as a corporal with Sv. Co. 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. Mr. King was employed by Texas Eastern Gas Co. for 36 1/2 years at the Holbrook station prior to his retirement as senior relief operator on November 3, 1989. He was a member and former chief of Richhill Volunteer Fire Department. On September 29, 1950, he married Ilah Hope Slonaker, who died August 3, 1996. Surviving are a son, Frank "Rick" King of Waynesburg; a daughter, Sandra K. King of Martinsburg, W.Va.; two sisters, Regina Braddock of Wind Ridge and Madeline Vanskiver of Waynesburg; and three grandchildren, Melissa, Mathew and Marcus King. Deceased are a brother, David P. King Jr.; and a half sister, Gail Braddock.

Joyce Orndoff King
Waynesburg homemaker trained show dogs
Joyce Orndoff King, 71, of Waynesburg R.D.5, died at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 1998, in her home after a long illness. She was born January 6, 1927, in Waynesburg, a daughter of John D. and Jessie McNay Orndoff. Mrs. King was a graduate of Waynesburg High School and Waynesburg College. She was a homemaker and mother. Mrs. King was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg, where she had served as an elder and deacon and participated in Bible study. She was a member of Friendship Quilters and enjoyed training and showing dogs, playing golf, gardening and bird watching. On August 24, 1947, she married Floyd A. King, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Constance King Bird of Towson, Md.; three sons, Karl, Steve and Brian King, all of Waynesburg; six grandchildren; a brother, Dr. John Orndoff of Los Alamos, N.M.; and two sisters, Josephine Ferrell of Nashville, Tenn., and Jenny Campbell of Sandy Spring, Md.

John Nourigat
Marine veteran worked for Millcraft Industries
John (Jack) "Shook" Nourigat, 75, of Midway, died Wednesday, September 9, 1998, in Washington County Health Center. He was born March 21, 1923, in Midway, a son of John Sr. and Minnie Ferris Nourigat. Mr. Nourigat was a welder, fitter and estimator for Millcraft Industries in Washington. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was married July 13, 1944, to Laverne Horstman, who survives. Also surviving is a son, Del Nourigat of Midway. Deceased are one brother, Fred Nourigat; and one sister, Ethel Naomi Nourigat.

Donald R. Tiger
Air Force Veteran of Korea
Donald R. Tiger, 63, of Carnegie, died Monday, September 7, 1998. He was born May 10, 1935, in Pittsburgh. Mr. Tiger was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean conflict. Surviving are his former wife, Geraldine Ofiara Tiger of Canonsburg; a son, Donald R. Tiger II of Canonsburg; a daughter, Melissa Tiger Faure of McDonald; a granddaughter, Alexis Ann Faure; a sister, Esther Ullery of Everson; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul Eugene Truby
Veteran of WWII and Korean War
Paul Eugene Truby, 73, of Beech Street, Washington, formerly of Altamont Avenue, Washington, died at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 1998, in Washington Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born December 25, 1924, in Washington, a son of Elmer and Minnie Frank Truby. Mr. Truby was employed at McGraw-Edison for 14 years, retiring in 1986 because of ill health. He was a member of Trinity High School class of 1943, St. John Lutheran Church of Addison and was affiliated with Trinity Episcopal Church of Washington. He was a former member of Washington Lodge 164 F&AM and Coudersport Consistory, a lifetime member and past commander of Confluence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7250, a member of Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post 175 and Washington Senior Citizens, and was involved with the Thomas Campbell Care Association, their dartball team and travel club. During World War II, he served with the 101st Airborne in Rhineland and Central Europe. He also served with the 11th Airborne during the Korean War. He received the Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. On June 25, 1973, he married Dorothy Ann (D.A.) Long, who survives, and with whom he recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Also surviving are two sons, Larry Truby of Texas and Mark Truby of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Susan Patterson of Washington; four grandchildren, Justin and Ryan Truby and Preston and Hilary Patterson; and a great-granddaughter. Deceased are two brothers, Robert Truby and Kenneth Truby, who died August 24, 1998; and a sister, Gladys Hawkinson.

E.L. Wade
W.Va. livestock dealer was Farm Bureau officer
E.L. "Bill" Wade, 83, of Star City, W.Va., formerly of Route 13, Morgantown, W.Va., died Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown. He was born April 13, 1915, in Pleasant Valley, W.Va., a son of Ross and Emma Moore Wade. Mr. Wade was part owner of Independence Dressed Beef in the 1960s and later Wade's Meat Processing. He was a livestock dealer and a member and former officer of the Monongalia County Farm Bureau and Livestock Association. He was a life member of the B.P.O.E. and Moose Lodge 9 of Fairmont, W.Va. He attended Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church and was a social member of the American Legion post in Mt. Morris. Surviving are two sons, Ronald Wade of Route 13, Morgantown, and Richard Wade of Morgantown; one foster son, Harry Wise of Mt. Morris; five grandchildren, Melanie Renee Wade, Rhonda Ann Wade, Pamela Kay Kessler, Deborah Sue Wotring and Thomas Allen Wade; two foster grandchildren, Scott E. Wise and Lisa DeNicola; and three great-grandchildren.

Idella Morgan Brown
Idella Davis Morgan Brown, 80, of Jonesboro, Ga., died Thursday, September 10, 1998. She was born June 24, 1918, in East Carnegie, a daughter of Trevor G. and Gertrude B. Davis. Her two husbands are deceased. Surviving are a daughter, Madelyn Tallman of Jonesboro; a son, James Morgan of Jonesboro; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Juanita Ward and Ethel Mae Chappo, both of Washington. Deceased are three sisters, Mary Margaret Anderson, Marvene Davis and Audrey J. Thompson; two brothers, Glenn Davis and Alfrid Davis; and two siblings who died in infancy. Burial is in Georgia.

Byron Campbell
City editor of Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph dead at age 87
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Byron Campbell, the city editor of the former Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, will be buried Friday in suburban Pittsburgh. Campbell, a resident of Ross Township, died Saturday of complications from leukemia at UPMC Passavant hospital in McCandless. He was 87. With the stroke of a pencil, Campbell could condense a wordy article to a concise story. He was the antithesis of the stereotype of hard-bitten editors. When the Sun-Telegraph folded in 1960, Campbell spent weeks finding jobs for his reporters before finding one for himself. He became the public relations director of Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, now UPMC-Presbyterian, then moved to the public relations department of the Aluminum Company of America, from which he retired in 1976. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Martin; three sons, Malcolm, Wayne and David; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Hilary J. Daube
Steelworker for Columbia Teledyne Steel
Hilary J. Daube, 83, of South Fayette Township, died Thursday, September 10, 1998, in the home of his daughter in McMurray. He was born September 23, 1914, in Scott Township, a son of Henry J. and Helena Schwerer Daube. Mr. Daube was a member of St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. He was a steelworker for Columbia Teledyne Steel Co., Bridgeville. He was married to Ruth Sullivan, who is deceased. Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Scola of Cooper City, Fla., Patricia Burdette of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Kathleen Wilson of McMurray; three brothers, Ferdinand Daube of Carnegie, and Leo Daube and Timothy Daube, both of Bridgeville; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Bradley Wilson and Dara Burdette. Deceased is a brother, Maurice Daube. Evelyn Livingston of McMurray was his longtime companion.

Margaret Kimberland
Member of Houston United Presbyterian Church
Margaret E. Kimberland, 90, of Ridge Avenue, Canonsburg, died Thursday, September 10, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. She was born July 8, 1908, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of John and Mary Bell Smith. Mrs. Kimberland was a lifelong member of Houston United Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Sunshine Class. On August 4, 1930, she married J. Clair Kimberland, who died in November 1970. Surviving are a daughter, Violet H. Rush, with whom she made her home; three granddaughters, Bonnie Bruening, Michelle Purlish and Mary Kimberland; a grandson, Arthur Rush; a great-grandson; and a brother, Charles Smith of McKeesport. Deceased are a son, Charles S. Kimberland, and a brother, John S. Smith.

Julia Lazor
Lifelong member of St. Michael Church
Julia Hoholak Lazor, 90, of 109 Crawford Street, Canonsburg, died Wednesday, September 9, 1998, in Kade Nursing Home, Washington. She was born February 2, 1908, in Canonsburg, a daughter of John and Mary Vasuta Hoholak. Mrs. Lazor was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg and a lifelong member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church. Surviving are a son, John Paul Lazor of Canonsburg; a brother, John Hoholak of Canonsburg; two sisters, Susie Sevak of Canonsburg and Helen Buchko of Sacramento, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband, John Lazor, who died in July 1994; a brother, George Hoholak; and a sister, Anna Almasy.

Marie R. Licata
Native of Washington
Marie R. Licata, 77, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, September 7, 1998, in UPMC-St. Margaret Hospital. She was born November 19, 1920, in Washington, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Longo Sonson. Mrs. Licata was a homemaker. Surviving are a daughter, Dr. Carol A. Shutty-Walter of Allison Park; a granddaughter, Cristina M. Walter; two brothers, Vincent Sonson and Francis "Lenny" Sonson; and a sister, Lenore "Dolly" Sonson. Deceased is her husband, Carl L. Licata.

Willard T. McAllister
Hopewell Twp. native
Willard T. McAllister, 78, died Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in Sunrise Health Center, Elkton, Md. He was born June 12, 1920, in Hopewell Township, Washington County. His family later moved to Hickory. Mr. McAllister was a graduate of Hickory High School and Pennsylvania State University, with a master's degree in agriculture economics. He was employed for 36 years at the University of Delaware as an agriculture economics specialist, retiring in 1982. Mr. McAllister was also a farm and finance manager for Andelot Farms in Chestertown, Md. In June 1945, he married Clara Replogle, who died in 1985. Surviving are two brothers, Raymond of Mason, Ohio, and Donald of Batavia, Ohio; and a sister, Dorothy Kaufman of Venice. Services were held September 5, with interment in Dry Hill Cemetery, Woodbury.

Gerald B. Porto
Owner of Porto's Janitorial Supply Co.
Gerald B. (Jerry) Porto, 61, of Jefferson Avenue, Washington, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in his home. He was born June 15, 1937, in Washington, a son of the late Patsy and Mary Louise Veltri Porto. Mr. Porto was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Alpine Star Club. He managed Stanley Warner Management Corp. from 1957 to 1964, was employed as an insurance salesman for Reverse Life Insurance Co. in Washington from 1958 to 1959, operated Porto's Tavern on Woodland Avenue from 1964 to 1968, managed Hollywood Theater in Dormont from 1968 to 1971, was a manager for South Hills Village Theater and operated Porto's Janitorial Supply Co. until the time of his death. Mr. Porto served in the U. S. Air Force as a staff sergeant. Surviving are two sons, Gerald B. Porto Jr. of Pittsburgh and Jeffery H. Porto of Groton, Conn.; a daughter, Nancy L. Porto of Groton, Conn.; a brother, Bernard C. Porto of Washington; three grandchildren, Lyndsi K. Porto, Gregory Tepper and Mackenzie DeLaura; and several nieces and nephews.

Jennie N. Ramult
Washington native
Jennie N. Ramult, 74, of Bolingbrook, Ill., died Sunday, September 6, 1998, in Naperville, Ill. She was born August 5, 1924, in Washington. Mrs. Ramult moved to Dolton, Ill., in 1963, and later became a resident of Meadowbrook Manor in Bolingbrook. She was a homemaker who enjoyed doing crafts, singing in the choir, participating in holiday celebrations and helping other people. Surviving are a son, Jerry Ramult of Orland Park, Ill.; a daughter, Carolyn Sacco of Waukesha, Wis.; five grandchildren, Byron and Kim Ramult, and Joe, Sara and Andy Sacco; four sisters, Helen Magnone and Genevieve Popeck, both of Washington, Ann George of Houston and Stella Novy of Downers Grove, Ill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family toward the purchase of a tree to be planted at her home in Meadowbrook Manor. Arrangements are being made by Hennessy-Nowak Funeral Home, Calumet City, Ill.

Muriel Roe
Veterinarian, missionary, dies at age 74
Dr. Muriel Osgood Roe, who spent her life rescuing bodies and souls as a veterinarian and missionary, died Thursday, September 10, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was 74 and lived in Washington. She was born December 14, 1923, in Portland, Maine, a daughter of Harold and Elsie Lunt Osgood. Dr. Roe was an active member of Church of the Covenant, Washington, where she was an elder, a Sunday school teacher and a women's circle leader. "She was just a positive, affirming, wonderful woman who did a lot for a lot of people," said the Rev. Bill Meyer, pastor of Church of the Covenant. "Her strength was in strengthening others and showing them what they were capable of." In 1941, she graduated from Falmouth (Maine) High School and in 1943 graduated from Miss Linington's English School of Equitation. Dr. Roe was a 1949 graduate of Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she received a degree in doctor of veterinary medicine. From 1949 to 1950 and in 1954, she attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where she studied Christian education. From 1950 to 1951, she attended the Sorbonne and Mason Alford in Paris, France, where she studied French and tropical veterinary medicine. Dr. Roe was a missionary in Africa and India for 15 years. In 1950, she was appointed as a missionary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions to Cameroon, West Africa. In Cameroon, she did research and taught Bible and mathematics at Cameroon Christian College. In 1960, the Mission Board transferred her and her family to Miraj, in Western India. There, she taught Bible and health subjects and did research on the milk water buffalo. She was recognized by the Indian government for her work and for the book she wrote based on her research. In late 1966, Dr. Roe and her family moved to Washington, where she started her veterinary practice, from which she retired in 1995. "She was just a fine person, always ready to help anybody," said Dr. E. Wesley Parry II, a veterinarian with Hickory Dickory Doc Animal Hospital who admired her veterinary skill. "She wasn't afraid to get down and tackle anything." In Africa, Dr. Roe worked on elephants. Dr. Roe occasionally asked Dr. Parry to examine her horses, for which she had a passion. "My daughter and she would talk about how much they enjoyed being out and free with horses," said Rosella Nolin, a former missionary and longtime friend of Dr. Roe's. "She was a kind, gentle person. It's a big loss not to have her around. " Nolin and her husband, the Rev. Kenneth Nolin, said Dr. Roe made everyone she encountered feel comfortable. "She was very much a gracious hostess. As the wife of the executive presbyter, she tried very hard to help make the new pastors in the area welcome in their home, and to feel they were part of the family." She rarely visited without bringing a gift. Grace Wilson, who had served as administrative assistant to Dr. Roe's husband, the Rev. Dr. Nathaniel C. Roe, said Dr. Roe was an unpretentious, warm woman. "She was just a gracious lady, so unassuming. She was very down-to-earth, a very kind person, and quite a horsewoman," said Wilson. "She was a very honest, forthright person. In all the time I knew her, I never saw her upset." Dr. Roe was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, National Pike Chapter, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendents. She was a member of the Board of Managers of the Washington Cemetery Association for 10 years, and served as its president for two years. Dr. Roe also was a concert violinist, and played with the Portland, Maine, Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1941 and with the Cornell University Symphony Orchestra from 1944 to 1948. On July 23, 1949, in West Falmouth, Maine, she married the Rev. Dr. Nathaniel C. Roe, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, Daniel Roe of Bellefonte, David Roe of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Thomas Roe of Stoughton, Wis.; two daughters, Nancy Kagarise of Columbus, Ohio, and Martha Noftzger of Waynesburg; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer, Daniel and Elisabeth Kagarise, Mary, Anna, Jesse, Eliza, Audra, Jacob and Katie Roe, and Benjamin and Timothy Noftzger; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a sister, Audrey Eales.

Jan L. Benson
Canton, Ohio, resident born in Scenery Hill
Jan L. Benson, 73, of Canton, Ohio, died Thursday evening, September 10, 1998, in her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born in Scenery Hill and resided in Canton since 1939. Mrs. Benson was a graduate of McKinley High School in Canton and was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 332, Canton Ladies Elks, McKinley High School Alumni Association and AARP and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eagles, all in Ohio. Surviving are a daughter, Kendra McNatt of Sherrodsville, Ohio; two sons, Terry L. Weida of Alliance, Ohio, and Tracy Rippel of Canton; a granddaughter, Jessica Rippel; a sister, Sue Hill of Scenery Hill; and two brothers, Robert Swart of Washington and Tom Swart of Pearl City, Hawaii. Deceased are her husband, Jack F. Benson Sr.; an infant daughter, Tonya Weida; a grandson, Brandon Rippel; a niece; and five sisters and four brothers.

Harry Chase
95-year-old leaves hundreds of survivors
Harry Chase, 95, of Township Road 303-A, Toronto, Ohio, died Friday, September 11, 1998, in his residence of natural causes. He was born September 9, 1903, in Marshall County, W.Va., a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Chase. Mr. Chase was retired from Teamsters Local 428 of Steubenville, Ohio. Surviving are 12 sons, Paul and Fred "Dump-Picker," both of Irondale, Ohio, Jack and John, both of Wellsville, Ohio, Cecil of Toronto, Ohio, Wayne "Pork" of Empire, Ohio, George and Floyd, both of Washington, Bob of Indiana, Charles of Avella, Harry of Tacoma, Wash., and Arthur Chase of Richland, N.C.; seven daughters, Patricia McCourt, Eunice "Neg" Evans and Rose Blackburn, all of Irondale, Ruth Kirby of Wellsville, Helen Valez of West Virginia, Florence Norris of Arkansas and Jessie Dobish of Uniontown.; a stepson, Eugene Lilly of East Liverpool, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Lee Rice of Texas; three sisters, Alma Dunkle and Mary Sprowls, both of Claysville, and Elizabeth Sprowls of Georgia; and several hundred grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are his first wife, Pauline Lilley Chase, who died in 1983; his second wife, Helen Crile Chase, who died in 1990; a son, Willard Chase; four daughters, Gladys Anderson, Dorothy Maze, Nellie Chase and Betty Allen; and four brothers, William, Ellis, Charles and Frank Chase.

Mary Daske
Enjoyed gardening and flea markets
Mary Daske, 64, of Washington, died Thursday, September 10, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born September 21, 1933, in Bertha Mine, a daughter of Michael and Helen Hoberk Daske. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and going to flea markets. Surviving are four sisters, Katherine Wright of Florence, Helen Daske of Washington, Dorothy Eve Hart of Reno, Nev., and Arina Irene Mernak of Washington; a brother, Michael Daske of Grants, N.M.; and several nieces and nephews.

John Howard Foster
Retired from Continental Can Co.
John Howard Foster, 82, of 531 Fannie Street Extension, McDonald, died Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in his home. He was born May 31, 1916, in Canonsburg, a son of the late William and Sara Storment Foster. Mr. Foster was a maintenance repairman at Continental Can Co. for 45 years. He was a member of the former First Presbyterian Church in Canonsburg, now known as Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Foster had resided in Canonsburg for 50 years prior to moving to McDonald. He enjoyed history and playing euchre. His wife, Mamie Foster, died in 1981. Surviving are a daughter, Carol Ann Molter of Dowagiac, Mich.; a sister, Virginia Ayres of Houston; four grandchildren, Kimberly, Lisa and Robert Kearns and Kolleen Zeiler; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services were September 11, followed by burial in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg, with the Rev. David Mayo, pastor of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Leonard B. Martin
Dairy herd improvement analyst from Waynesburg
Leonard B. Martin, 79, of Waynesburg, died at 1:27 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital. He was born May 8, 1919, in Waynesburg, a son of J. Lee and Bertha Wood Martin. Mr. Martin was a 1939 graduate of Waynesburg High School and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in Europe. He worked for many years as an analyst for the Pennsylvania Dairy Herd Improvement Association, retiring in 1981. He later worked for several years as a bookkeeper at the Waynesburg Senior Citizens Center. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Waynesburg, and regularly visited patients in local hospitals and nursing homes. On March 29, 1948, he married Louise Jacobs, who died in January of 1970. Surviving are a brother, James O. Martin; and a sister, Virginia Clelland, both of Waynesburg. Deceased are a brother, Glenn Edward Martin; and a sister, Vivian Martin.

Lewis Negro
Lee Norse retiree was WW II veteran
Lewis Negro, 71, of Monongahela, died Friday, September 11, 1998, in Haven Crest Nursing Home, Carroll Township. He was born September 28, 1926, in New Eagle, a son of Anthony and Teresa Lunardi Negro. Mr. Negro was retired from the former Lee Norse Co. in Charleroi and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was Catholic and a member of the Arroas Haymakers Association of New Eagle. Surviving are two sons, Anthony Negro of New Jersey and Vincent Negro of Monongahela; two daughters, Nancy Negro of New Jersey and Louann Negro of Florida; two grandchildren, Anthony and Jaclyn Negro; two brothers, Charles Negro of New Eagle and John Negro of Monessen; and two sisters, Lucy Podrosky of Monongahela and Norma Fantasia of Heber Springs, Ark. Deceased are a brother, Albert Chevine; and three sisters, Amelia Loutitt, Jean Formento and Mary Peters.

John J. Oreski
Member of Ave Maria parish
John J. Oreski, 83, a lifelong resident of Van Voorhis, Fallowfield Township, died at 1:40 a.m. Friday, September 11, 1998, in Monongahela Valley Hospital Inc. He was born May 16, 1915, in Van Voorhis, a son of Michael and Barbara Pothorin Oreski. Along with his wife Helen, he owned and operated the Amoco station in Van Voorhis, retiring in 1993. He was formerly employed by Valley Camp Coal Co. of Van Voorhis and Cokeburg Mine of Bethlehem Mine Corp. He had served as a Fallowfield Township supervisor for 18 years. Mr. Oreski was a member of Ave Maria Parish, the Greek Catholic Union of USA Lodge 83, the former St. Clement Holy Name Society and the Otters Club of Van Voorhis. On September 14, 1946, he married Helen Smida, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Marlene Oreski at home and Elaine Kevech of Monongahela; two grandchildren, Amber and Philip Kevech; and two nieces and two nephews. Deceased are a brother, Michael S. Oreski; and two sisters, Barbara Ulicny and Anna Oreski. Mr. Oreski was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Josephine Rudnick
Owned Rudnick's Dairy and beer distributor
Josephine "Grandma" Rudnick, 94, of Marianna died Friday, September 11, 1998, at the home of her grandson, Vincent Rudnick. She was born May 19, 1904, in Germany, a daughter of Joseph and Rose Krupzig. Mrs. Rudnick resided in Pittsburgh for many years, where she was employed by McKinney Hinge Co. for 17 years. She returned to Marianna in 1959, where she and her husband operated Rudnick's Dairy from 1960 to 1974. She then operated Rudnick's Beer Distributor from 1975 to 1997. She was a member of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish, Sts. Mary and Ann Roman Catholic Church, Marianna. On March 31, 1921, she married Vincent Rudnick, who died in November of 1974. Surviving are a son, Walter Joseph Rudnick of Mogadore, Ohio; two grandsons, Vincent and Richard Rudnick; two great-grandsons, Christopher and Charles Rudnick; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sons, Stanley and Eugene Vincent Rudnick; and two brothers, John and Paul Krupzig.

Anna Belle Semancik
Ohio resident formerly of Waynesburg
Anna Belle Nelson Semancik, 81, of Eastlake, Ohio, formerly of Waynesburg, died Friday, September 11, 1998, in her residence. She was born February 15, 1917, in Graysville, a daughter of Alfred and Flora Headley Nelson. Mrs. Semancik was a member of St. Justin Martyr Church, Eastlake, and the Over Fifty Club. She worked at the St. Justin Martyr School cafeteria. Surviving are two sons, Jon of Mentor, Ohio, and Jeff of Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter Richye Ann Jamieson of Eastlake; three grandchildren, Marvin Harbaugh and Nicole and Tommy Jamieson; and a sister, Letha Kappes. Deceased are her husband, Richard P. Semancik; a brother, Jacob Nelson; and a sister, Merle Morris.

Joseph P. Shaw
Retired from Eastern Associated Coal Co.
Joseph P. Shaw, 75, died Saturday, August 15, 1998, in a Fayetteville, W.Va., care center, following a lengthy illness. Born September 9, 1922, in Canonsburg, he was a son of Henry and Mary Gill Shaw. Mr. Shaw retired from Eastern Associated Coal Co. in 1982 as vice president of quality control after 37 years of service. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1946, with a bachelor of science degree in fuel technology and mine engineering. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. He was a fisherman and enjoyed photography and golf. His wife, Ann Groom Shaw, is deceased. Surviving are two sons, Paul A. Shaw of Beckwith, W.Va., and R. Gill Shaw of Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Harriet Shaw of Houston and Beatrice Rydle of Canonsburg; and four grandchildren, Molly Henry, Ryan and Cory Shaw. Deceased are a son, Kent M. Shaw; two brothers, Edward Shaw and John Shaw; and a sister, Catherine Hott. Private services were held in Fayetteville.

Raymond W. Stickles
Managed Waynesburg hardware store
Raymond W. Stickles, 76, of Silver Spring, Md., formerly of Greene County, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 1998, in Holy Cross Hospital, Wheaton, Md. He was born July 27, 1922, in Whiteley Township, Greene County, a son of Harry and Hilda Tharp Stickles. Mr. Stickles lived his early life in Greene County and had been a resident of Maryland since 1964. He was a 1942 graduate of Waynesburg High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was manager of the former Blair and Hampson Hardware, Waynesburg, and later worked for Waynesburg Hardware. After moving to Maryland, he worked as manager of the Strosnider Hardware Store and later as a clerk for several years for the Liquor Board for Montgomery County government, retiring in 1985. He was Methodist and a member of American Legion Post 0268 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 256, both of Silver Spring, Md. On December 23, 1941, he married Betty June Cole, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Raymond Nelson Stickles of College Park, Md., and Wilfred (Fred) Stickles of Beltsville, Md.; five grandchildren, Carla Chester, Ryan and Donald Stickles, Sandra Love and Cathy Alexander; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Nannie West of Kirby and Vivian Filer of Waynesburg.

Ida G. Wagner
State officer for Canonsburg Temple 172
Ida G. Wagner, 88, of 233 North Jefferson Avenue, Canonsburg, died Thursday, September 10, 1998, in McMurray Hills Manor, McMurray. She was born April 9, 1910, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Martin and Ella Bell Armstrong. Mrs. Wagner attended Canonsburg schools and was a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. She served as deacon and taught Sunday school for many years at the former Chartiers Presbyterian Church. She had been employed as bookkeeper and clerk by the former Marline's Dress Shop of Canonsburg. Mrs. Wagner was a life member of Canonsburg Temple 172, Pythian Sisters, where she was past chief. She was past grand chief of Pennsylvania Pythian Sisters and later became past supreme representative of Pennsylvania Pythian Sisters and also held office of district deputy for many years. She was a life member of Chartiers Chapter 97 Order of Eastern Star and a member of Canonsburg Senior Citizens, where she served as treasurer and chaplain. On June 9, 1928, she married Frank P. Wagner, who died January 16, 1987. Surviving are two sons, Clifford I. Wagner of San Antonio, Texas, and Ralph C. Wagner of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Ruth Ann Bershok of Canonsburg; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are six brothers, Harry, Jesse, John, Frank, Russell and William Roy Armstrong; four sisters, Anna Clark, Maud Hays, Bertha Armstrong and Laura McConnell; and one great-grandson, Brian Bershok, who died in infancy.

Mary Arlene Crouser
Former Meadows cook also owned restaurant
Mary Arlene Crouser, 57, of Claysville and Delray Beach, Fla., died at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 11, 1998, in her Florida home following a lengthy illness. She was born September 24, 1940, in Washington, a daughter of the late Brenton and Jeanette Camp Scott. Mrs. Crouser was employed as a cook at The Meadows Race Track for 22 years. She also had owned and operated a restaurant in Delray Beach. She was a graduate of Claysville High School and was involved in fund-raising for Special Olympics. She was twice married. On August 14, 1958, she married James Franklin Crouser, who died July 10, 1981; and on September 24, 1996, she married Elwood Feathers, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, James B. Crouser of Cambridge, Ohio, Brian E. Crouser of Bentleyville, Gary W. Crouser of Delray Beach and Larry D. Crouser of Claysville; two sisters, Shirley Barney of Bentleyville and Barbara Jo Lauk of Washington; and 11 grandchildren, Jeremy, Kevin, Annie, Melanie, Brice, Brittany, Marissa, Jimmy, Gary, Kenny and Christopher. Deceased are two sons, Keith Scott Crouser and David Michael Crouser; and a brother who died in infancy.

Robert E. Dunn
U.S. Army vet retired from Cooper Industries
Robert E. Dunn, 74, of 316 Elm Drive, Canonsburg R.D.3, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 13, 1998, in his home. He was born February 11, 1924, in Washington, a son of Elmer John and Esther France Dunn. He was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg and a member of St. Patrick Parish. Mr. Dunn retired as a shipper from Cooper Industries and was a former teller at The Meadows Race Track. At the time of his death, he was working part time for Yost Trucking. He served with the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston. On March 21, 1946, he married Dottie C. Galley, who died December 6, 1997. Surviving are three sons, Robert W. Dunn of Washington, Dennis W. Dunn of Selinsgrove and Gary A. Dunn of DuBois; two brothers, Elmer J. Dunn of Washington and William J. Dunn of Prosperity; a sister, June Monahan of Claysville; four grandchildren, Gary and John Dunn, Sherry Piechnick and Tracy Bickford; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to his wife, are two sisters, Twila Magera and Dorothy Osthoff.

Leaetta Eakin
Washington resident
Leaetta Arlene "Sis" Eakin, 65, of West Chestnut Street, Washington, died at 2:51 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Washington Hospital, following a three-year illness. She was born December 26, 1932, in Aleppo, a daughter of Herbert Nelson and Kathryn Virginia Miller Huffman. Mrs. Eakin was formerly employed as a night cafeteria manager at the Hilton Inn, Meadow Lands. She also had worked at Vance's Greenhouse and Victory Diner. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 687, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 22 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Hawkins Post Home 927. She attended Washington High School. On December 7, 1950, she married Glade A. Eakin, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Glade A. Eakin II and Richard A. Eakin, both of Washington; a daughter, Tracie A. Grove of Prosperity; a brother, Jerry L. Huffman of Florida; and nine grandchildren, Danielle Eakin, James A. Eakin, Jason M. Palfreyman, Erin C. Palfreyman, Alecia R. Eakin, Ronald J. Lyle, Ashley N. Grove, Renee F. Grove and Carly M. Grove. Deceased are a daughter, Debra Arlene Beatty; and a brother, F. Delmar Huffman.

Gladys Harmon
Member of Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church
Gladys Harmon, 94, of Peters Township, died Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born July 24, 1904, in Woodsfield, Ohio, a daughter of William T. and Florence Eckelberry Foraker. Mrs. Harmon was a member of Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church and Shawnee Chapter Order of the Eastern Star 545 in Peters Township. On September 6, 1922, she married Everett Harmon, who died April 3, 1978. Surviving are a son, William "Dave" Harmon of Washington County; a sister, Ethel Foraker Sloan of Monroe County, Ohio; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Deceased, in addition to her husband, are a sister, Mildred Foraker Harmon; and a brother, Glen Foraker.

Charles Levkulich Sr.
Retired miner, member of St. Michael Church
Charles "Chay" Levkulich Sr., 81, of Cecil, died Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born June 7, 1917, in Dunkirk, a son of Michael and Ann Hydro Levkulich. He was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Canonsburg, and UMWA Local 1198. Mr. Levkulich retired in 1977 from Montour No. 4 Mine in Lawrence. On November 23, 1940, in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg, he married Ann Polochock, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Carole Cumpston of Muse; two sons, Charles Levkulich Jr. of Upper St. Clair Township and Robert Levkulich of Peoria, Ariz.; three sisters, Ann Behling, Lillian Janousek and Helen Monaco, all of Cecil; two brothers, Steve and John Levkulich, both of Florida; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased are a sister, Mary Babeji; and three brothers, Michael, George and Pete Levkulich.

Ethel L. McDonald
Member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church
Ethel L. McDonald, 89, formerly of 400 Stiefel Avenue, Ellwood City, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Passavant Retirement Center, Zelienople, following a brief illness. She was born December 20, 1908, in Nineveh, a daughter of Otis Wiley and Rebecca Bell White Stewart. Mrs. McDonald was a member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Edward Dean McDonald, died March 23, 1977. Surviving are three daughters, Margy Lee McDonald of New Castle, Shirley D'Amico of Ellwood City and Peggy Braunbeck of Fombell; a sister, Otie Kiger of Waynesburg; three brothers, Roy and Donald Stewart, both of Lorain, Ohio, and Lynday Stewart of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Deceased are a sister, Cora Earnest; three brothers, Raymond, Raynor and Lloyd Stewart; and two siblings who died in infancy.

Donald S. Meneely
W&J graduate had long banking career in Ohio
Donald Samuel Meneely, 65, of Columbus, Ohio, died Friday, September 11, 1998, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Meneely was a native of Washington who attended Sixth Ward School and graduated in 1950 from Washington High School. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1954 and then from Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. Following his service as an U.S. Army officer, Mr. Meneely worked as a supervisor at Ford Motor Co. He then joined National City Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, as a teller in 1958. In 1969, he was named vice president of all National City banking offices in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. In 1976, he became president of a new branch of National City Bank in Lake County, Ohio. In 1983, following a 1982 bank merger, he was named president of National City Bank in Marion, Ohio. In 1986, the bank merged into National City Bank, Columbus. His last six years of an extended banking career were spent as regional executive over 12 southern Ohio area banks. After his retirement, Mr. Meneely was a counselor for Service Corps of Retired Executives. He was a member of the Development Council and Board of Trustees of Washington and Jefferson College, a trustee and finance committee chairman of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Communities, president of Kiwanis, president of Muscular Dystrophy Association of Northeast Ohio, and a member of the finance committee of the Presbytery of Western Reserve, Cleveland. He served as a deacon, elder or trustee in four Presbyterian churches in the Cleveland and Columbus areas. He also was a member of Liberation Lodge 8 F&AM Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland and the Aladdin Shrine of Columbus. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Carol Moore Meneely; a son, D. Scott Meneely of Cleveland; a daughter, Sandra M. Hanks of Powell, Ohio; five grandchildren, Megan, Sarah and Samuel Meneely, and Alex and Brett Hanks; and a sister, Lois O'Brien of Edenton, N.C. A memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, September 17, in Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington and Jefferson College, South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301.

John W. Reynolds
Former owner of Reynolds Refrigeration Co.
John W. Reynolds, 87, of Washington, died Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born November 25, 1910, in Washington, a son of Mitchell W. Reynolds and Myrtle Maloy Reynolds Plymire. Mr. Reynolds was a member of Church of the Covenant, Washington, for 75 years and was a 1929 graduate of Washington High School. He was retired from Barr-Cannon Body Co. and formerly owned and operated Reynolds Refrigeration Co. On February 14, 1936, in Wheeling, W.Va., he married Mae Cassidy, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Mark E. Reynolds of Antrim, N.H., and Jeffrey J. Reynolds of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a sister, Kleota Scharek of Lancaster; and four grandchildren, Thomas, Mitchell, Caleb and Joshua Reynolds. Deceased are an infant son; an infant brother, Richard Reynolds; and a sister, Jane R. Wise.

Sarah J. Sherman
Longtime aide at Mayview State Hospital
Sarah J. Sherman, 78, of Canonsburg, died at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. She was born December 15, 1919, in Weavertown, North Strabane Township, a daughter of Elmer E. and Nannie Elizabeth Atkinson Neely. Mrs. Sherman was a lifelong resident of the Canonsburg area. Prior to her retirement in 1980, she had worked as an aide at Mayview State Hospital for 30 years. She enjoyed attending yard sales and playing bingo. Surviving are three sons, Edwin L. Sherman Jr. of Washington, Charles M. Sherman of Prince George, Va., and David L. Sherman of Washington; a daughter, Bonnie J. Sherman of Canonsburg; a brother, Charles Neely of Houston; three sisters, Beulah Tinkey of Canonsburg, Ethel Lowery of Middleport, Ohio, and Elva Dono of Florida; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband, Edwin L. Sherman Sr., who died in March 1981; a son, Michael Wade Sherman Sr.; a brother, Elmer Neely; and a sister, Florence Farrow.

Edna C. Stapulis
Member of Tuesday Evening Women's Club
Edna C. Stapulis, 80, of 233 Union Street, California, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 1998, in her home. She was born July 9, 1918, in Monongahela, a daughter of Lawrence V. and Edith Anderson Frye. Mrs. Stapulis attended Monongahela schools and was a member of the Tuesday Evening Women's Club. She was Lutheran and a homemaker. Her husband, William T. "Vince" Stapulis, died May 6, 1989. Surviving are a son, Thomas W. Stapulis of California; a brother, Joseph Frye of Monongahela; and two sisters, Anna M. Frye and Faye M. Frye, both of Monongahela. Deceased, in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Linda Lee Stapulis.

Rose Riskey White
Antique collector and homemaker
Rose Riskey White, 85, of Prosperity R.D.2, died at 4:02 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born June 20, 1913, in Twilight, a daughter of Fred and Edna Hall Riskey. Mrs. White spent most of her life in Greene County. She worked for several years for Mon Valley Hospital as a nurse's aide and was a homemaker. She also enjoyed collecting antiques. Her husband, Lloyd E. White, died August 22, 1986. Surviving are a daughter, Betty Tennant of Waynesburg R.D.1; three sons, Duane L. White of Prosperity R.D.2, Robert J. White of Sycamore and Kenneth Duvall of Waynesburg R.D.5; a sister, Oleada Alessio of Speers; a brother, Fred Riskey of Twilight; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Deceased are a son, Thomas Duvall; a sister, Mary Barr; two brothers, Elmer and Joe Riskey; a grandson, Thomas Lee Duvall; and a great-grandson.

J. Gaylord Andrew
U.S. Steel retiree was former Prosperity resident
J. Gaylord (Jim) Andrew, 84, of Uniontown, formerly of Prosperity, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, September 14, 1998, in his home. He was born November 13, 1913, in Prosperity, a son of J. Elmer and Violet Eldora Porter Andrew. Mr. Andrew was a lifelong member of Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church. He was a 1931 graduate of Morris Township High School, and prior to retirement, was employed by U.S. Steel Corp. He was a member of Sunset Lodge 623 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh and Syria Temple. On December 5, 1936, he married Frances Marks, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Eldora Wallencheck of Uniontown; two grandchildren, Jacquelin Workman and Jay Ealy; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are two sisters, Mildred Taylor and a sister who died in infancy; and a brother, Albert Edwin Andrew.

Pauline S. Gavazzi
Active in former Ellsworth school
Pauline Smith Gavazzi, 86, of Ellsworth, died at 6:29 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born January 31, 1912, in Clymer (Indiana County), a daughter of Gabriel and Mary Pazer Smith. Mrs. Gavazzi was a member of Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, Charleroi. She was a member of Ellsworth Womens Club, the former Ellsworth Band Boosters and was active with the former Ellsworth PTA. On May 30, 1929, she married Marino "Red" Gavazzi, who died February 1, 1995. Surviving are three sons, Raymond Gavazzi of Bentleyville, Robert Gavazzi of Cokeburg and Richard Gavazzi of Valley Forge; five grandchildren, Ronald and Robert Gavazzi, Michael Beck, Beth Navrat and Diane Medve; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Smith of Chambersburg. Deceased are a son, Richard Gavazzi, who died in 1931; a grandson, Richard Gavazzi; and six sisters.

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