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Jane C. Gibson
Owned Gibson Photo Centers
Jane Cavanaugh Gibson, 77, of Washington, formerly of Charleroi, died Monday, September 14, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born August 31, 1921, in Charleroi, a daughter of Patrick and Mary Cavanaugh. Mrs. Gibson was a 1939 graduate of Charleroi High School, and in her younger years was a big band singer. She and her husband owned and operated Gibson Photo Centers in Washington and Charleroi for 45 years. Mrs. Gibson was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks, where she served as its former secretary, and was a member of the ladies auxiliary of American Legion Post 175, Washington. On November 27, 1947, she married Robert F. Gibson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Robert F. Gibson Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Robert, Katie and Erin Gibson. Deceased are a brother, Joseph Cavanaugh; and four sisters, Helen and Mary Cavanaugh, Grace Boyle and Virginia Paterra.

Latricia J. Hess
Nurse's aide at county health center
Latricia J. (Tish) Abbey Hess, 59, of Main Street, Bentleyville, formerly of Van Voorhis, died Sunday, September 13, 1998, at her home. She was born June 3, 1939, in Charleroi, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Wilkinson Wergin Abbey. Mrs. Hess was a member of Bentleyville United Methodist Church. She was once employed as a nurse's aide at Washington County Health Center. Surviving are six daughters, Latricia (Patty) Chadwicke, Donas Poling and Joyce Rice, all of Bentleyville, Ruthann Burgoyne and Doris Kliza, both of Monongahela, and Janet Cermak of Republic; two sons, Vernice Hess Jr. of Brownsville and Randall Hess of Oil City; four brothers, Jerry Abbey of Brownsville, George Abbey of Van Voorhis, James Wergin of Donora and Barry Wergin of Charleroi; two sisters, Linda Vanassent of Kansas and Nancy Abbey; 21 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband of 29 years, Vernice F. Hess Sr.; two sons, Butch Abbey and Daniel Hess; and an infant grandchild.

Mary E. Lipscomb
Member of Fairdale Free Methodist Church
Mary Esther Barnhart Lipscomb, 58, of Oakridge Trailer Court, Waynesburg, formerly of Crucible, died September 12, 1998, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. She was born August 9, 1940, in Paisley, a daughter of the late Walter and Malinda Jane Murphy Clark. She was married to Harry J. Barnhart, who also is deceased. She was a member of Fairdale Free Methodist Church, Carmichaels. Surviving are a brother, James Clark of Waynesburg; two sisters, Rosella Shaffer of Nemacolin and Emma Jane Coger of Crucible; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are a daughter, Mary Louise Putila; two brothers, Arlie and Walter Clark; and two sisters, Edna Flinders and Sara Doris Yost. There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

William C. Siebert
Former Fayette resident was corrections officer
William C. Siebert, 52, of Hubbard, Ohio, formerly of Masontown, died August 25, 1998, in Hubbard Hospital. He was born November 26, 1945, in East Liverpool, Ohio, and resided most of his life in Masontown. Mr. Siebert was employed as a corrections officer with the Ohio State Penitentiary in Hubbard. Surviving are his mother, Sonora Siebert of Carmichaels; his wife, Linda Skobel Siebert; a daughter, Dawn Siebert Babich of Daisytown; a son, Scott Siebert of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Pamela Arnold of Carmichaels; a brother, Leslie W. Siebert of Nemacolin; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Brayden Siebert, and Kevin and Zachary Babich; and several nieces and nephews. Private services were held in Hubbard.

John H. Stahlman
Monongahela man retired from Clairton Works
John H. (Jack) Stahlman, 71, of Monongahela, died Monday, September 14, 1998, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born February 9, 1927, in New Eagle, a son of S. Chester and Gladys Yohe Stahlman. Mr. Stahlman was a member of First United Methodist Church in Monongahela. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II and the National Guard in Company A, 28th Division. He retired from U.S. Steel Corp., Clairton Works, with 30 years of employment. Mr. Stahlman was a member of BPO Elks Lodge 455 and its board of trustees, a member of Sutman Yohe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1409, Henry M. Phillips F&AM, all of Monongahela, and New Eagle AARP. Surviving are his wife, Mary Nesti Stahlman, with whom he celebrated 25 years of marriage on July 24, 1998; two stepdaughters, Marlene Maley of Elizabeth and Deborah Jones of Monongahela; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, William C. Stahlman of Jefferson Borough; a sister, Betty Lou Yowan of Monongahela; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Monongahela Area Library, 813 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.

Henrietta Cole
Washington native was a machinist during WWII
Henrietta Cole, 74, of 63 R&R Park, Dayville, Conn., died June 21, 1998, at the Center for Optimum Care in Danielson, Conn. She was born September 29, 1923, in Washington, a daughter of Thomas Martin Sr. and Virginia Parkinson Phillips. She was the wife of the late James E. Cole Sr., who died in October of 1994. They were married July 26, 1945, in Washington. Mrs. Cole attended school in Washington. Upon completion of her education, she worked as a machinist in industries during World War II. After her marriage in 1945, she devoted her life to raising her family. She also worked as a waitress in a local restaurant. In 1965, the family moved to Matawan, N.J. In 1968, they moved to Killingly, Conn. Mrs. Cole later became employed as a nurse's aide at Westview Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Attawaugan, Conn. She held the position for 12 years until her retirement in 1989. Mrs. Cole was an accomplished seamstress and cook. She also enjoyed gardening and reading and golfing with her late husband. Surviving are two sons, John Cole of Dayville and Gary Cole of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Thomas Martin Phillips Sr. of Prosperity; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is one son, James E. Cole Jr., who died in 1992. Service and interment were held in Westfield Cemetery, Danielson. The family requests memorial contributions to Hospice of Northeastern Connecticut, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret Center, CT 06259.

Juanita P. Davies
Member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church
Juanita P. Oliver Davies, 85, of 324 North Main Street, Houston, died Tuesday, September 15, 1998. She was born April 25, 1913, in Byesville, Ohio, a daughter of George and Harriet Black Oliver. Mrs. Davies had been a resident of the Canonsburg-Houston area since 1930, where she was a homemaker and a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. Surviving are two daughters, Jean Davies of Houston and Patricia Obenour of Canonsburg; three grandchildren, Danny, Wayne and Gary Obenour; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband, Gaylord H. Davies, who died September 30, 1988; two sons, Dwight Barton and Gaylord H. Davies, who both died in infancy; a daughter, Barbara Ann Davies, who died in infancy; and two brothers, Robert and Bernard Oliver.

Sherman E. Johnson
U.S. Navy WWII veteran was a farmer in Jefferson
Sherman Edward Johnson, 79, of Jefferson R.D.1, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 1998, at his home. He was born October 11, 1918, in Rices Landing, a son of Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Rex Johnson. He was Protestant. Mr. Johnson was a farmer and lived all of his life in the Jefferson area. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On July 1, 1954, he married Iva Pyle Johnson, who died March 6, 1997. Surviving are a daughter, Annette Hutchins of Lansdale; two sons, Gary Leroy Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gilbert C. Johnson of Bloomsburg; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased is a son, Ronald Johnson. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17, at Garards Fort Cemetery, with the Rev. Carol Touvell officiating.

Paul D. Millikin
U.S. Army veteran of World War II
Paul D. Millikin, 81, of 197 East Elm Street, Waynesburg, died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg, following a three-year illness at Franklin Care Center, Waynesburg. He was born October 9, 1916, in Nineveh, a son of William L. and Goldie Marie Day Millikin Sr. Mr. Millikin spent his entire life in Greene County, where he was a graduate of Nineveh High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Millikin was employed as an auto mechanic for Arthur Post at the former Studebaker Garage and later worked as an auto mechanic for Fox Ford, both in Waynesburg. On December 10, 1945, he married Wilda Phillips, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Joretta Bayer of Pittsburgh and Marilyn Robey of Washington; two granddaughters, Lisa Green and Leslie Bayer; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William L. Millikin of Waynesburg and John Millikin of Perryopolis. Deceased is a sister, Lillian Dunn.

Thomas Floyd Moore
Graysville Twp. supervisor and self-employed plumber
Thomas Floyd Moore, 45, of Graysville R.D.1, died at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 1998, at home. He had been in his usual health, and death was due to an apparent heart attack. He was born August 21, 1953, in Waynesburg, to Warren Carl "Barney" Moore of Graysville and the late Patty Haught Moore. Mr. Moore, who spent his entire life in Greene County, was a self-employed plumber. He was a 1972 graduate of Waynesburg High School and a 1976 graduate of Waynesburg College. He was a member of Graysville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Graysville EMT. Following college graduation, Mr. Moore went into partnership with his father in Moore's Plumbing, Graysville. He took over the business in 1992. Mr. Moore was currently serving as Gray Township supervisor. Surviving are two sisters, Barbara Moore of Graysville and Paula Jean Haught Stickles of Beltsville, Md. A brother, David Warren Moore, is deceased.

John W. Morris Jr.
Member of Grace United Methodist Church
John William "Bud" Morris Jr., 77, of Scenic Drive, Daisytown, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 1998, at his home. He was born January 9, 1921, in North Charleroi, a son of John William and Blanche Mae Marrietta Morris Sr. Mr. Morris was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Coal Center. He was a retired steelworker from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Monessen, and a member of United Steelworkers of America. Mr. Morris was a graduate of California High School and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy from July 4, 1942, through October 4, 1945. On June 20, 1944, he married Helen "Peggy" Lois Dickinson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, John W. Morris III of Daisytown; three daughters, Lois Jean Malmgren of Blairsville, Sandra Lee Fousek of Canonsburg and Gay Lynn Downes of Daisytown; seven grandchildren, Jenna, Brandi, Jasmine, Shelby, Shane, Alyssa and Samantha; and a brother, Melvin G. Morris of Buena Park, Calif. Deceased is a brother, Robert C. Morris.

M. Diane Narigon
Member of Grace Brethren Church
M. Diane Narigon, 57, of Donnan Avenue, Washington, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 1998, in her home. She was born April 24, 1941, in Independence Township, a daughter of Ila King Narigon of Washington and the late Harold L. Narigon. Miss Narigon was a member of Grace Brethren Church, Washington, where she was a member of the Sunday school class, and had formerly been employed by Futtrel of Meadow Lands. She had been involved with the Girl Scouts and attended Buffalo Grange. Surviving are three brothers, H. David Narigon of Hickory, Gerald L. Narigon of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Phillip E. Narigon of Washington; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. A sister, Carol Ann Cowieson, is deceased.

Jennie Rudinsky
Communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Jennie Dembitski Rudinsky, 100, of West Hartford, Conn., died Sunday, September 13, 1998, at Hughes Convalescent Home, West Hartford. She was born in Poland, a daughter of Paul and Pauline Zabiega Dembitski. Mrs. Rudinsky was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, where she had been a member of the women's club at the church. She was a resident of West Hartford for 54 years. Mrs. Rudinsky enjoyed flying with her grandson, Greg, gardening and cooking and was known as grandmother to the residents in her neighborhood. Surviving are a daughter, Mildred R. Kochanski of West Hartford; three grandsons, Ted P. Kochanski of Lexington, Mass., Gregory P. Kochanski of Dunellen, N. J., and Rex S. Kochanski of New Brunswick, N. J.; and two great-grandchildren.

Josephine B. Stanek
Native of Bentleyville
Josephine B. Stanek, 87, of Ellsworth, died at 5 p.m. Monday, September 14, 1998, at her home. She was born September 5, 1911, in Bentleyville, a daughter of Joseph and Kathrine Puklus Klis. Mrs. Stanek was a member of Ave Maria Parish, St. Luke's Church, Bentleyville. On April 1, 1935, she married Frank J. Stanek, who died April 19, 1996. Surviving are a daughter, Joan Novakovich of Monessen; three sons, Frank Stanek Jr. of Loveland, Colo., Bernard Stanek of Gilbert, Ariz., and Gregory Stanek of Cokeburg; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Deceased, in addition to her husband, are three sisters, Mary Panazek, Edna Tomley and Anna Zajac.

Mathilda Varner
Resident of Langeloth
Mathilda Varner, 81, of Langeloth, died Tuesday, September 15, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born November 27, 1916, in Millsboro, a daughter of Joseph and Josephine Dombroskas Schmollas. Surviving are her husband, Willard Varner; a son, Peter Borsos of Burgettstown; two daughters, Patricia Miscio of Deltona, Fla., and Betty Lou Zelenko of Burgettstown; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Isabella Kupcik of Westville, Ill.

Evelyn Louise Wiley
1956 graduate of Trinity High School
Evelyn Louise Ford Wiley, 60, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Washington, died Saturday, September 12, 1998, at her home, following an illness. She was born May 23, 1938, at Dunns Station, a daughter of Homer L. Ford of Washington and the late Evelyn Ford. Mrs. Wiley graduated from Trinity High School in 1956. She worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh and the Internal Revenue Service in Washington. She married William "Bill" Wiley in 1962. Mr. Wiley is deceased. Surviving are a son, Scott Wiley of Colorado; a daughter, Tina Wiley Beir of Colorado; four grandchildren; one brother, Homer "Buzz" Ford of Kirby; one sister, Joyce Anderson of Marianna; and several nieces and nephews. Services and interment will be held in Colorado Thursday, September 17. The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Care.

William J. Cubbage
Longtime resident of Cecil Township
William James Cubbage, 79, of Venice, died Tuesday, September 15, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born July 18, 1919, in Brady's Bend, a son of William Cubbage and Margaret Cubbage Huart. Mr. Cubbage was a resident of Cecil Township for 55 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Glenwillard Pipeline Service. Surviving are five sisters, Katherine Reddy of Library, Sylvia Cimarolli of Venice and Marcella Oravetz, Ruth Ann Hampson and Janet Walker, all of McDonald; a brother, Nester Huart of Oakdale; and many nieces and nephews. Deceased are a sister, Elizabeth Stickles; and two brothers, John and Robert Cubbage.

Glenn R. Riggs
Weirton Steel retiree was WWII Navy veteran
Glenn R. Riggs, 72, of 429 Indiana Avenue, Chester, W.Va., died at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Fox Nursing Home, Chester, where he had been a patient for two years. He was born April 4, 1926, in Greene County, a son of John R. and Lilly B. Grimm Riggs. He was a resident of Weirton, W.Va., until moving to Chester 30 years ago. Mr. Riggs was a member of Chester First Christian Church, where he was a former elder and deacon. He was a graduate of Aleppo High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired after 32 years as a heater and bottom maker in Blooming Mill of Weirton Steel. Mr. Riggs was a member of the mill's 25 Year Club, and was a former Chester councilman. On November 19, 1946, he married Gloria M. Gable, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Terry G. Riggs of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Joseph Scott Riggs of Bradenton, Fla.; two daughters, Bonnie S. Lee of Newell, W.Va., and Sandra L. Loar of Colliers, W.Va.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ralph Riggs of Chester and Kenneth Riggs of Detroit, Mich.

Frank Scoumis
Aliquippa resident born in Canonsburg
Frank Scoumis, 66, of Hopewell Township, Aliquippa, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Beaver Medical Center, Beaver. He was born February 8, 1932, in Canonsburg, a son of Julia Soroka Sigmont and the late Stavros Scoumis. Mr. Scoumis was Greek Orthodox. He was retired from LTV Steel Corp. in Aliquippa, and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his garden. On November 9, 1952, he married Mary Gregorakis, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Stephanie M. Mukanos of Aliquippa; a son, William C. Scoumis of Dallas, Texas; two granddaughters, Christina and Alexandra Mukanos; a brother, William Scoumis of Aliquippa and a sister, Margie Platoniotis of Punta Gorda, Fla. Deceased is a brother, George Scoumis.

John P. Tomay
Carmichaels man retired from Bobtown Mine
John P. Tomay, 89, of Carmichaels, died at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Rolling Meadow Care Center, Waynesburg, following a two-year illness. He was born June 3, 1909, in Grays Landing, a son of Steve and Mary Berish Tomay. Mr. Tomay was a retired coal miner with the Shannopin Mine, Bobtown, and was a member of United Mine Workers of America. In 1929, he married Nell M. Rehanek, who died in 1973. Surviving are a son, John J. Tomay of Carmichaels; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pauline Yankura of Fredericktown. Deceased is a sister, Margaret Dinsmore.

Funeral Mass
A FUNERAL MASS for Dr. John P. Docktor, M.D., D.D.S., 78, of Grafton (Milwaukee), Wisconsin, formerly of Bentleyville, who died Sunday, September 6, 1998, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 19, at St. Luke Church of Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville, by the Rev. Pierre M. Falkenhan. Burial will be in Ave Maria Parish Cemetery.

Robert J. Anderson
Engineer and Army veteran
Robert J. Anderson, 76, of Peters Township, died Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born August 24, 1922, in Monessen, son of the late Elmer E. and Lilly C. Johnson Anderson. Mr. Anderson was an engineer who formerly was employed with U.S. Steel Corp., Ingersol-Rand and Westinghouse AEG (Adtranz). He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in North Africa and Italy from 1942-45. Mr. Anderson's interests included ship-modeling, collecting stamps and coins, reading and automotive mechanics. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Bezy Anderson; a brother, Walter E. Anderson of Rochester, N.Y.; and a sister, Doris Anderson Crusan of North Strabane Township. There will be no visitation. Private interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Memorial contributions may be made to Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg Foundation, 100 Medical Boulevard, Route 519, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

John D. Bishop
Deacon of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church
John D. Bishop, 88, of Carmichaels, died at 7:13 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Mt. Macrina Manor, Uniontown. He was born December 21, 1909, in Albright, W.Va., a son of William H. and Margaret Teets Bishop. Mr. Bishop resided in Cumberland Township, Greene County, for most of his life. He was a trustee of the former New Providence (Glades) Presbyterian Church of Carmichaels and also served as a deacon for Greene Valley Presbyterian Church of Carmichaels. He was a member of UMW Local 6290 of Nemacolin. In his younger years, he worked as a timberman. He retired from Nemacolin Mine in 1968 after 34 years of service. He operated a watch and clock repair shop in home after retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Surviving are his wife, Gladys L. Liston; two sons, Melvin M. Bishop of Chambersburg and Kent E. Bishop of Clarksville, Md.; five grandchildren, John Michael, David Jason and Kara Marie Bishop, Sandra Ann Edwards and Kimberly Ann Gibbs; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda King of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Ruhama Rexroad of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are three brothers, Artie, Evan and Earl Bishop; and a sister, Alta Clark.

Carl W. Bowser Jr.
Mechanic for Steven Bane Automotive
Carl W. Bowser Jr., 47, of Clarksville, died at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg. He was born July 6, 1951, in Rockville, Md., a son of the late Carl W. Bowser Sr. and Eunice Turner Bowser Cox of Fredericktown. Mr. Bowser had attended school in Beth-Center School District and was a mechanic for Steven Bane Automotive in Clarksville for many years. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are seven sisters, Carole Payton of Clarksville, Patricia West of Fredericktown, Sandara Glemzua of Bentleyville, Jacqueline Chimileski of Canonsburg, Audrey Daniels of Goshen, Ind., Susan Schwering of Washington and Linda Burwell of Carmichaels; and a brother, Anthony Bowser of Washington. Deceased is a stepfather, James Cox.

Teresa Marchio Chess
Formerly owned and operated Chess Florist
Teresa Marchio Chess, 92, of Ventura, Calif., formerly of Waynesburg, died Monday, September 14, 1998, in California, following a brief illness. Mrs. Chess, the second of seven children, was born September 24, 1906, in Waynesburg, a daughter of Joseph and Rose Caliguiri Marchio. She had a talent for flower arranging, and as a teen-ager she went to work for Hill's Florist in Waynesburg. When the shop was purchased by William Warrick of Washington and renamed Waynesburg Floral, she became the first manager. Several years later, Mrs. Chess and her husband opened Chess Florist in Waynesburg, which they operated until moving to Downers Grove, Ill. She married Richard Benjamin Chess Sr. in Waynesburg, where their three sons were born. The family also lived in Downers Grove and Medford, Mass., prior to moving to Arcadia, Calif., in 1959. Mrs. Chess had lived in Ventura since 1982, when her husband died. She enjoyed her family, her church and working with flowers. Surviving are three sons, Richard B. Chess Jr. of Ventura, Dr. J. Thomas Chess of South Pasadena, Calif., and Dr. H. Ronald Chess of Encino, Calif.; two sisters, Grace Marchio of Waynesburg and Betty Connor of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased are three sisters, Rafalena Marchio, Nettie Cesarone and Mary Booth; and a brother, Al Marchio. There will be a private family memorial service in Ventura and later graveside services in Waynesburg, where the ashes of her and her husband will be interred.

Margaret Donaldson
Centenarian from Taylorstown
Margaret R. Donaldson, 101, of 835 South Main Street, Washington, formerly of Taylorstown, died Tuesday, September 15, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born February 21, 1897, in West Middletown, a daughter of John and Martha Hair Jolley. Mrs. Donaldson was a member of Taylorstown Christian Church. She was employed as a switchboard operator in Taylorstown for many years, and was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting. On March 7, 1921, in Washington, she married Archie M. Donaldson, who died February 22, 1944. Surviving are three grandchildren, H. Meade Lacock of Claysville, Deborah Lacock Maddox of Colorado and Robert Ira Lacock of Virginia; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sons, John Frank Donaldson and Charles Donaldson; a daughter Betty Lou Donaldson Lacock; two brothers, George and Russell Jolley; and two sisters, Elizabeth Kidd and Letitia Markle.

Peter Jurgaitis
Member of St. Luke Catholic Church
Peter Jurgaitis, 84, of Van Voorhis, died Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Havencrest Nursing Home, Carroll Township. He was born April 8, 1914, in Hazelkirk, a son of Cazimer and Stephanie Antanavicius Jurgaitis. Mr. Jurgaitis was retired from Bethlehem Steel Mining Co., Marianna. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Bentleyville, a member of Bentleyville Eagles, Van Voorhis Otters Club and Carroll Township American Legion Post 949. Surviving are his wife, Mary Korba Jurgaitis; a daughter, Mary Ann Jurgaitis, at home; a brother, Stanley Jurgaitis of Hazelkirk; and a sister, Mary Racunas of Hazelkirk. Deceased is a sister, Ann Blozitis.

Dewey C. King
U.S. Army veteran of Korean War
Dewey C. King, 69, of Greenridge Drive, Monongahela, died Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born March 18, 1929, in McKeesport, a son of Dewey C. and Cambria E. Jones King. Mr. King was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1984 from Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. He was Protestant. Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly K. King of Monongahela; two sons, Timothy A. King of Delaware, Ohio, and Jeffrey N. King of Washington; and a brother, William R. King of Fox Chapel. Mr. King was engaged to Carol Harding of New Eagle. Deceased are his wife, Fleurette Elissa Garner King, who died July 25, 1974; and a son, Dennis C. King, who died August 26, 1990.

Joseph H. Kelley
Worked at former Avella Lumber Co.
Joseph H. Kelley, 83, of Avella Road, Avella, died Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born April 30, 1915, in West Middletown, Mr. Kelley was a son of John H. and Mary Dunlap Kelley. Mr. Kelley was a member of Israel AME Church of West Middletown, where he had served as a trustee. He had worked for the former Avella Lumber Co. He was a member of Avella Sportsman's Club and enjoyed writing and genealogy. A 1931 graduate of Avella High School, Mr. Kelley was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army. His medals included the Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal and the Victory Medal. He was the last of his immediate family. Surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins. Deceased are his wife, Imogene Price Kelley; three brothers, William, Frank and John Kelley; and six sisters, Alyce Patterson, Thelma Fields, Martha Jacobs, Montie Kelley, Annabelle Williams and Hazel Valaderez.

I. Willits McCaskey
Former Peters Township supervisor
I. Willits McCaskey, 91, of Hays Road, Upper St. Clair, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at his home. Mr. McCaskey served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned to Allegheny County to pursue his legal career after the war. Mr. McCaskey was a graduate of Lawrenceville School, Princeton University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Active in the community, he was a Peters Township supervisor and secretary of Greater Canonsburg Industrial Development Corp., which was responsible for bringing to the area multiple industries, resulting in the employment of several hundred workers in Washington County. He has been honored for efforts in the development of Peters Township Tennis Center. Mr. McCaskey was a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania bar associations. He enjoyed tennis and was a horseman. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his wife, Virginia H. Hartsom; two sisters; and two brothers. Interment of his ashes will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 19, in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. The family suggests, memorial contributions be made to the Washington County Humane Society or a charity of choice.

Robert Glenn Rizor Sr.
Foreman for West Penn Wire Corp.
Robert Glenn Rizor Sr., 57, of West Alexander, died unexpectedly at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born March 2, 1941, in Brush Run, Greene County, a son of the late Charles Raymond Rizor and Anna V. Pierce Rizor Deren. Mr. Rizor was a foreman for West Penn Wire Corp., and loved hunting, fishing and woodcarving. He was a former member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. On July 27, 1984, he married Martha Crowe, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Dora "Dee" Dean of Claysville, Tammy Harrington and Penny Holmes, both of Washington; two sons, Robert G. Rizor Jr. and Chuck Rizor, both of Washington; a stepdaughter, Monica Pattison of East Finley Township; a stepson, Terry Crowe of Washington; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Midge Lohr of Meadow Lands; two brothers, Donald D. Rizor of Canonsburg and Harold "Red" Rizor of West Finley; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, David Lee Rizor and Lawrence Rizor.

Lillian Stauffer
Member of First Church of the Nazarene
Lillian McKnight Stauffer, 88, of Kade Nursing Home, Washington, formerly of North Franklin Street, Washington, died at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She had been in declining health for the past four years. She was born January 5, 1910, in Houston, a daughter of William and Ellen Frances Williams McKnight. Mrs. Stauffer was a homemaker and a member of First Church of the Nazarene. On November 12, 1937, she married Glenn Alden Stauffer, who died July 10, 1959. Surviving are a son, Joseph William Stauffer, of Fennville, Mich.; a daughter, Betty McMillan of Maryland; a sister, Dorothy Wade of Washington; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are two daughters, Helen Furbee and Glenda Duffer; a son, James Bernard Stauffer; three brothers, Robert, Arthur and Joseph McKnight; and three sisters, Catherine Folkens, Sarah Puckett and Ann Bedillion.

Frances M. VanGilder
Active with West Washington U.M. Church
Frances Marie VanGilder, 80, of Washington, died at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington, following a brief illness. She was born May 29, 1918, in Washington, a daughter of Hice and Mary Babbit Bradford. Mrs. VanGilder joined West Washington United Methodist Church in 1930. She formerly served as church financial secretary, board member, Sunday school teacher, and as a member and treasurer of the United Methodist Women's group. She was an active supporter of Bentleyville Camp Meeting and had served as the financial secretary for 25 years. On June 6, 1939, she married Charles W. VanGilder, who died September 15, 1996. Surviving are two daughters, Lois M. Jones of Wilmore, Ky., and Ruth E. VanGilder, with whom she made her home; a brother, John Bradford of Zanesville, Ohio; three grandchildren, the Rev. Ray Jones, the Rev. Bert Jones and Ruth Jones; four great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. A brother, Walter Bradford, is deceased.

Louise M. Caruso
Member of Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi
Louise M. Caruso of Charleroi died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. She was born in Charleroi, a daughter of Thomas and Margherita Lombardi Arrigo. Mrs. Caruso was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, its Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America and Bazilai-Verdi Lodge 468. Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Patsy A. Caruso; two daughters, Fran Frye of Monongahela and Margie Pankiewicz of Charleroi; three sisters, Anne LaMonica of Rochester, N.Y., and Margaret Kostolansky and Josephine Arrigo, both of Charleroi; and two grandsons, David Patrick and Ryan Joseph Pankiewicz. Deceased are an infant son; a sister, Bessie Parnella; and three brothers, Ralph, Frank and Joseph Arrigo.

Donald P. Conley
Employed at The Greenery
Donald P. Conley, 65, of Country Club Road, Washington, died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born June 13, 1933, in Dudley, a son of John Conley and Catherine Miller Conley Doyle. In 1959, he moved to Washington from Shaler Township, Allegheny County. Mr. Conley worked for the former Federal Paper of Pittsburgh and Arden for 27 years. He also worked at Findlay Refractory and was last employed by The Greenery Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Canonsburg. He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, Houston. On July 2, 1955, he married Lois Simon, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Debra Hampe of Hickory and Darlene Crumrine of Washington; a granddaughter, Alicia Hampe; and four brothers and two sisters. A sister is deceased.

Doris E. DiBease
Transfiguration Church member enjoyed bowling
Doris E. DiBease, 70, of Monongahela, died Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born January 17, 1928, in Dunbar, a daughter of Emory and Emma Corrigan Hardy. Mrs. DiBease was a member of Transfiguration Church in Monongahela. She was a member of Monongahela AARP and was an avid bowler with several area bowling leagues. Surviving is her husband, Vincent DiBease, with whom she celebrated 46 years of marriage on June 30, 1998. Also surviving are two sons, Michael DiBease of Batesville, Ind., and Vince "Butch" DiBease of Uniontown; a daughter, Robin Scrip of Charleroi; three granddaughters, Jessica and Nikki DiBease and Rebecca Scrip; a brother, Donald Hardy of Dunbar; four sisters, Eleanor Miller of Greensburg, Ella Mae Hardy of Dunbar, Linda Latham of Falls Church, Va., and Elaine Mihalko of Linden, N.J. Deceased is a sister, Annabelle Harvey.

Sophia L. Dziak
Ellsworth resident was Ave Maria Parish member
Sophia L. Deresh Dziak, 83, of Ellsworth, died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Mt. Macrina Manor, Uniontown. She was born May 20, 1915, in Bentleyville, a daughter of Felix and Wilma Walesky Deresh. Mrs. Dziak was a graduate of Bentleyville High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of Ave Marie Parish and a former member of St. Clement Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Dolores 1675. Surviving are a son, Edward Dziak of Ellsworth; three daughters, Henrietta Goodwin and Laura Brova, both of Scenery Hill, and Wilma DiNardo of Maple Heights, Ohio; a brother, Alex Deresh of Houston; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Deceased are her husband, Henry T. Dziak, who died June 2, 1996; and a brother, Felix Deresh.

Ivan Neel Forgie
Bell Telephone retiree served church, community
Ivan Neel Forgie, 69, of Duncan Avenue, Washington, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 1998, in his home. He was born April 21, 1929, in Washington, a son of Ivan F. and Marie Polan Forgie. Mr. Forgie was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and was on the Session and Building Committee. He was a 1947 graduate of Washington High School and served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, in Europe as a military policeman. After returning home from his tour of duty, he worked as an installer at Bell Telephone Co., retiring in 1991 after 35 years of service. Mr. Forgie was a member and past president of Washington Church Dartball League and a member of many softball teams, including Faith United Presbyterian Church, Bell Telephone and Allegheny Senior League. He was a member of West End Buccaneers, Old Timers Baseball League and the Alpine Club, where he bowled, as well as several other leagues, including Route 19 Bowl. He won the 1994-95 Bowling Congress League High Average award. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, Bell Atlantic Volunteers Fort Pitt Chapter, Bell of Pennsylvania Diamond State Telephone 100,000 Mile Club Member and the National Trails Council, which he served as a past president. Mr. Forgie was an active board member for Wabellco Credit Union, a member of the Federation of Telephone Workers of Pennsylvania and Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post 175, where he served as an honor guard on the firing squad. On July 20, 1951, he married Joyce Davis Forgie, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, William I. Forgie and David N. Forgie, both of Washington; two brothers, Robert F. Forgie of San Leandro, Calif., and Samuel Forgie of Millville, N.J.; a sister, Elsie Paul of Washington; and four grandchildren, McCall, Lauren, Carlee and Jordan.

Avis A. Funk
Lippencott resident marked 75th wedding anniversary
Avis A. Funk, 91, of Waynesburg R.D.1 (Lippencott), died at 2:30 a.m. Friday, September 18, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born May 6, 1907, in Graysville, a daughter of Joseph Abraham and Sarah Ann Morris Rush, and had been a resident of the Lippencott area since 1945. Mrs. Funk was a member of the former South Ten Mile Baptist Church. She was a housewife and devoted to her husband of 75 years, Lawrence Leslie Funk, whom she married August 4, 1923. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Betty Jean Mox and Patty Lee Smitley, both of Waynesburg R.D.1, (Lippencott); eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a daughter, Bertha Jane Willard, who died October 12, 1997; four sisters, Bertha Rush, Dorothy Phillips, Nellie Staggers and Blanche Kramer; four brothers, Harland, William, Clinton and George Rush; and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Funk was the last of her immediate family. All services for Mrs. Funk will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Margaret F. Ondrish
Member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
Margaret F. Ondrish, 88, of Brownsville, died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born June 10, 1910, in Tower Hill No. 2, a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Hluben Sabol. Mrs. Ondrish was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Brownsville, and its Christian Mothers. Her husband, Michael P. Ondrish, is deceased. Surviving are two sons, Michael Ondrish of Monongahela and Bernard Ondrish of Brownsville; four grandchildren, Erin and Michael Ondrish and Dawn and Shawn Ondrish; a sister, Anne Kopacko of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a brother, Robert Sabol, and a sister, Elizabeth Hudock.

Margaret H. Ramsey
Graduate of Washington Hospital School of Nursing
Margaret H. (Peggy) Ramsey, 58, of Indiana, died Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Indiana Hospital. She was born October 23, 1939, in Washington, a daughter of Opal Hazlett Closser of Largo, Fla., and the late S. Hervey Hazlett. Mrs. Ramsey lived in Indiana for the past 31 years. She attended schools in the Washington area, graduated in 1957 from Largo High School, Largo, Fla., and in 1960 graduated from Washington Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Ramsey was a member of First Assembly of God Church and participated in the sign language class at the Newman Center. In addition to her mother, surviving are her husband, David L. Ramsey; a son, Joseph D. Ramsey of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Sharon L. Sloane and Elizabeth A. Ramsey, both of Indiana; a granddaughter, Jessica R. Simms; two brothers, Samuel H. Hazlett and Ronald A. Hazlett, both of Largo, Fla.; and two sisters, Carolyn H. Carr of Largo and Dixie Lee Crook of Logan, Utah. Deceased, in addition to her father, are two sons, Stephen M. Ramsey, who died in 1986, and Michael E. Ramsey, who died in 1996.

Virginia Welch
Active in United Methodist Church
Virginia Brockway Welch, 84, of Orbisonia, formerly of Three Springs, died Thursday, September 17, 1998, two months after a stroke. Born April 15, 1914, in Canonsburg, she was a daughter of Jeanette Baumgardner and George Lawton. Valedictorian of her Canonsburg High School class, Mrs. Welch later worked as secretary for the Canonsburg High School principal. She was married to B. "Burt" Welch of Houston, who is deceased, and after World War II and the birth of their children, the family moved to southern Huntingdon County. For several years, she worked as co-director of Three Springs Playground and later was employed for many years as executive secretary for the Rockhill Elementary School principal. Throughout her life, she actively participated in the United Methodist Church as Sunday school teacher to adults and children, as a Vacation Bible School teacher and as a member of the choir. At Orbisonia Methodist Church, she belonged to the Gleaners class, the Friends of the Library and was recording secretary to the board. Her hobbies were fine sewing, quilting and crossword puzzles. Surviving are a son, Dan Welch; a daughter, Carolyn Welch Scott; two brothers, Henry and Bill Lawton; and several nieces and nephews. Interment was in Orbisonia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of Orbisonia, Orbisonia, Pa. 17243, or to Friends of Orbisonia Branch Library, c/o Ruth Memmi, treasurer, HCR 73, Box 3126, Three Springs, PA 17264. Arrangements were handled by Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia.

Andrew Boris
U.S. Navy veteran was formerly of Atlasburg
Andrew Boris, 80, formerly of Atlasburg, died Thursday, August 20, 1998, following a period of declining health. He was born September 1, 1917, and was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy. On June 7, 1947, Mr. Boris married Nora Pucilo of Wheeling, W.Va., who survives. They lived in Chicago, Ill., where he worked until his retirement in 1983. Also surviving are a son, Gregory, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter, Judith Weithers of Virginia Beach, Va.; two granddaughters, Katherine and Caroline Boris; and a sister, Mildred Kaczynski of Pittsburgh. Deceased are a sister, Mary Mikulan; and four brothers, John, Pete, Mike and Harry. Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery, Chicago.

Ruth C. Chivers
Active in Faith United Presbyterian Church
Ruth C. Chivers, 88, of Titusville, formerly of 138 Hall Avenue, Washington, died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in Titusville. She was born May 22, 1910, in Wind Ridge, a daughter of John and Nancy Thompson Courtwright. At the age of 1, her family moved to Good Intent in Washington County, and when she was 6, she moved to Morris Township, where she attended school at East Finley and Morris Township. She was a member of the former Central United Presbyterian Church, which is now Faith United Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Faith Bible Class and Dorcas sewing group of the church. For several years, she operated a personal care home in Washington, retiring in 1980. On April 25, 1946, she married to Glenn R. Chivers Sr., who died July 30, 1963. She was the last of her immediate family. Surviving are a son, Clyde P. Courtwright of Titusville; three grandchildren, Sherri Lynn Chotiner, James A. Courtwright and Diane M. Beichner; two great-grandsons; two nieces; and one great-nephew. Deceased are three brothers, Earl Fred, Elzie F. and John Herschell Courtwright; a sister, Bertha J. Rawson; and a sister, a brother and a twin sister who died in infancy.

Minnie Seik Duymich
Member of Chartiers Cross Roads Presbyterian Church
Minnie V. Seik Duymich, 85, of Seik Road, Washington, died Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in Washington Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born September 2, 1912, in Benwood, W.Va., a daughter of Vincent and Minnie Musick Ruchinski. Mrs. Duymich was a homemaker She was a member of Chartiers Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Women's Missionary Society and the homemakers club. Mrs. Duymich enjoyed baking and playing cards. In 1932, she married Norman Seik, who died October 18, 1947. On October 26, 1956, she married Nick Duymich, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Norma Jean Roberts of Olympia, Wash., Loretta L. Pryor of Littleton, Colo., and Patricia M. Nagy and Esther E. McElravy, both of Houston; four sons, Edward W. Seik of Dillsburg, Charles W. Seik and Benard B. Seik, both of Washington, and Daniel R. Seik of Doylestown; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are three brothers, Vincent, John and Joseph Ruchinski; and a sister, Mary Maleski.

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