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Miscellaneous Washington County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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Margaret R. Scott
Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church
Margaret R. Scott, 77, of Burgettstown, died Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in Presbyterian Health Care Center, Washington. She was born March 16, 1921, in Midway, a daughter of Charles and Margaret Burns Milne. Mrs. Scott was employed at the Burgettstown High School cafeteria, at G.C. Murphy's and at Ames in Robinson Township until her retirement. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burgettstown. In 1945, in the Presbyterian Church in Coraopolis, she married Kenneth H. Scott, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Peg Beaumont of Burgettstown, and Bonnie McCartney and Laura McCartney, both of Washington; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Norman W. Sprowls
Purple Heart recipient in World War II
Norman W. Sprowls, 84, of East Finley Township, formerly of the Beechview area of Pittsburgh, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday, August 31, 1998, in Horizon Senior Care Center, Canonsburg, after a lengthy illness. He was born November 23, 1913, in Claysville. Mr. Sprowls had resided in Dravosburg and the Pittsburgh area for more than 43 years prior to moving to East Finley Township in 1996. He was a member of Beechview Presbyterian Church. Mr. Sprowls was a 1931 graduate of Bethel High School and attended Pittsburgh Art Institute. He was a former employee of Carnegie & Illinois Steel Corp. in Dravosburg and was last employed as a mechanical draftsman with Blaw Knox Corp. in Pittsburgh for 29 years, retiring in 1978. Mr. Sprowls was a veteran of World War II, serving as a private first class in the U.S. Army, Company K, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. While serving in the European Theater of Operations, he was wounded in southern France, receiving a Purple Heart, the bronze arrowhead and other wartime ribbons. On June 27, 1938, he married Alma Lillian Few Sprowls, who died July 23, 1984. Surviving are two sons, Gerald L. Sprowls of Claysville R.D.1 and Edward Alan Sprowls of Beechview; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Deceased are two sisters. Mr. Sprowls was the last of his immediate family. All services for Mr. Sprowls will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Grace Viola Westfall
Volunteer at Washington Senior Citizens Center
Grace Viola Westfall, 89, of Donnan Avenue, Washington, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, 1998, in Washington Hospital, following a one-year illness. Born August 29, 1909, in McConnells Mills, she was a daughter of Robert Rankin and Maude Swartz Melone. Mrs. Westfall, a homemaker, was a member of Glenn Street Free Methodist Church and Washington Senior Citizens Center, where she served as a volunteer for 10 years. On June 4, 1931, she married William Harold "Bus" Westfall Jr., who died July 26, 1976. Surviving are two sons, William Clyde Westfall of Prosperity and Ronald Rankin Westfall of Washington; a daughter, Evelyn Maxine Beeler of Canonsburg; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a daughter, Joy Rush; and four brothers, Robert, Raymond, Clarence and Herbert Melone.

Louis Bernardine
Retired coal miner, member of Venice U.P. Church
Louis Bernardine, 90, of Canonsburg R.D.1, died at 8:10 p.m. Friday, September 18, 1998, in Horizon Senior Care, Canonsburg. He was born May 21, 1908, in Trevesca, a son of Joseph and Jessie Mosti Bernardine. He was a lifelong resident of the Canonsburg area and a member of Venice United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bernardine was a coal miner for 50 years and was last employed at National Mining Co., Muse, before it closed in 1956. He also was a member of United Mine Workers of America. In July 1929, he married Dorathea Phillips, who died January 6, 1989. Surviving are a sister, Florence Broz of Arizona; his caregivers, Allen, Darlene and Jamie Barni; and other nieces and nephews. Deceased are three brothers, Sam, Dominic and Eugene Bernardine; and three sisters, Mary Dinnen, Edith Guerra and Mildred Grant.

Mary Bier
Member of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church
Mary Bier, 91, of Pike Street, Meadow Lands, died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. She was born July 18, 1907, in Rich Hill, Chartiers Township, a daughter of Peter and Letizia Maraldo Bier. She was a member of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands, where she was the president and 50-year charter member of the Rosary Society and a member of the Christian Mothers and Guild Society. Miss Bier enjoyed cooking, baking and working for the church. She also enjoyed being a second mother to her nieces and nephews. Surviving are 10 nieces and nephews, Joseph, Eugene and Letitia Mogentale, Albert, David, Joanne, Mary and Jeanne Bier, and Edmund and Gloria Likar; six great-nieces and nephews; and 11 great-great-nieces and nephews. Deceased are a sister, Louise Mogentale; six brothers, Otto, Louis, Joseph, August, Angelo and Anthony Bier; and a nephew.

Arthur Cornell
Active in American Legion Post 902, Houston
Arthur "Tut" Cornell, 83, of Canonsburg, died at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born April 18, 1915, in Midland (Houston), a son of Carmine and Carmella Zampan Cornell. A lifelong resident of the Canonsburg and Strabane areas, he was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Mr. Cornell was a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston, where he held the office of first vice president, was a member of the executive board and was the sergeant of the honor guard. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg, SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane and White Eagles Society of Canonsburg. Surviving are two sons, James R. Malardie of Cecil and Robert A. Malardie of Eighty Four; a daughter, Doreen Smittle of Canonsburg; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. On October 12, 1962, he married Ann M. Malardie, who died August 9, 1994. Deceased are four brothers, Joseph, John, Frank and James Cornell; and two sisters, Margaret Cornell and Louise Heatley. Mr. Cornell was the last member of his immediate family.

Morgan R. Davis
Member of Clarksville and Mather Christian churches
Morgan R. Davis, 90, of Mather, died Saturday, September 19, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg. He was born November 10, 1907, in Uniontown, a son of Thomas and Louisa Doran Davis. He attended North Union High School in Uniontown and Penn State University for mining certification. Mr. Davis was a mine foreman and member of the mine rescue team for Mather Colleries until his retirement in 1962. He then lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, California, New Mexico and Florida in apartment management. Mr. Davis lived in Mather for 66 years. He was a member and elder at Clarksville Christian Church and an elder emeritus and Sunday school teacher at Mather Christian Church. He was a member of Clarksville Lions Club, Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, the Pittsburgh Consistory, Jefferson Toastmasters Club and Morgan Township School Board. He was a 32-degree mason at Waynesburg F&AM Lodge 153, a district representative for the Salvation Army, a tuba player in the Mather community band, a vocalist with the Singing Churchmen, a past president and board member of Jefferson-Morgan School Board, a former township auditor for Morgan Township and a troop committeeman for the Boy Scouts. On November 18, 1927, he married Sarah Twyford, who died January 6, 1988. Surviving are four sons, Robert Davis of Westport, Conn., Joseph A. Davis of Clarksville, Thomas C. Davis of Maple Heights, Ohio, and Reed M. Davis of Athens, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Nell Connell of Masontown. Deceased are his stepmother, Jeannie Morgan Davis; a daughter, Nancy Jean Davis; a grandson, Brian Davis; a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Davis; three sisters, Jessie Beattie, Virginia Stevenson and Betty Larden; and a brother, William Davis.

Martin DeAngelis
Retired school bus driver for Canon-McMillan
Martin "Mutsy" DeAngelis, 76, of Cecil, died Saturday, September 19, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospital-Canonsburg. He was born July 8, 1922, in Cecil, a son of Angelo and Peppina Fedele DeAngelis. He retired in 1986 from Canon-McMillan School District, where he worked as a school bus driver. He was also employed by George Fleeher Construction Co. of Cecil. During World War II, Mr. DeAngelis served with the 101st Cavalry in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters. He was a member of Cecil American Legion Post 793. He was a softball fan and attended many local games. On March 8, 1944, in Oceanport, N.J., he married Pauline C. Tomikel, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Dennis DeAngelis of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Donald DeAngelis of North Strabane Township; two sisters, Ann Dantry of Cecil and Velma Susi of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Dan DeAngelis of Bridgeville; and two grandsons, Clinton and Bradley DeAngelis. Deceased are three sisters, Mary Ventresca, Josephine Milliron and Edith DeAngelis; and a brother, Joseph DeAngelis.

John P. Fircak
Former mechanic for Mathies Coal Co.
John P. Fircak, 82, of Finleyville, died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born November 2, 1915, in Finleyville, a son of Paul and Kathryn Bero Fircak. Mr. Fircak formerly worked as a mechanic at Mathies Coal Co. He was a member of SNPJ Lodge 90 of Hackett and a longtime member of LOOM No. 172 of Finleyville. Surviving are his wife, Mary Slopak Fircak; a son, John C. Fircak of Willoughby, Ohio; a stepson, Dennis Reno of Tulare, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Patricia Reno of Venetia and Eileen Wokutch of Etna; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Claude A. Fordyce
Member of UMWA District 4, Robena Local 6321
Claude A. Fordyce, 84, of Masontown, died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Fayette Health Care Center, Uniontown. He was born April 12, 1914, in Grinage Run, Greene County, a son of Garfield and Alice Haines Fordyce. He attended Masontown Mennonite Church and was a member of United Mine Workers of America District 4, Robena Local 6321. Surviving are 11 children, Carol Wickhurst of Cleveland, Ohio, Patti Opel of McClellandtown, Brenda Lawson of Cleveland, Aleta Lawson of Smithfield, Paul Fordyce of Footdale, Blaine Fordyce of Point Marion, Nevin Fordyce of Masontown, Gary Fordyce of Brooklyn, Ohio, Barbara Chervenak of Elk Ridge, Md., Roma Perrine of New Salem and Louis Fordyce of Grindstone; 37 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his first wife, Alice Coffman Fordyce; his second wife, Charlotte Friend Fordyce; four sons; and seven brothers and sisters.

Julia Jay Friend
Former waitress at George Washington Hotel
Julia Jay Friend, 88, of Nevada Street, Washington, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She had been ill since June. Mrs. Friend was born December 28, 1909, in Washington, a daughter of John and Rose Szczygielska Kurek. She was Catholic and had been employed as a waitress at the George Washington Hotel. On July 31, 1934, she married Robert Friend, who died June 30, 1980. Surviving are two brothers, Edward and Frank Kurek, both of Washington; and three sisters, Carolyn Kurek of Washington, Mary Kish of Clinton, Md., and Stella Rakoskie of Davidsonville, Md. Deceased are three brothers, Stanley Kurek, who died April 24, 1991, Theodore Kurek, who died March 25, 1992, and Kazmier John Kurek, who died November 8, 1992.

Michael Lee Gray III
Prosperity infant
Michael Lee Gray III, 10 days, of Winding Ridge Road, Prosperity, died at 6:20 p.m. Friday, September 18, 1998, in Magee Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born September 8, 1998, in Washington, a son of Michael Lee Gray II and Teresa Lynn Denman Gray of Prosperity. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Tyler David Warne Gray, at home; maternal grandmother, Sarah Sue Warne of Washington; maternal grandfather, Marvin Lee Denman Sr. of Washington; maternal stepgrandfather, Roger Dale Warne of Washington; maternal great-grandmothers, Pearl Denman of Washington and Dorothy Anderson of Sycamore; maternal stepgreat-grandmother, Mary Warne of Canonsburg; paternal grandparents, Michael Lee Gray Sr. of Prosperity and Ethel Pauline Rutan of Front Royal, Va.; paternal stepgrandmother, Alma Louise Gray of Prosperity; and paternal stepgreat-grandparents, Beulah Leonard and Jay Melvin Leonard Sr. of Waynesburg. Deceased are his paternal great-grandparents, Ethel Jean Gray and Richard Elwood Gray Sr.

Alva Hayes
WWII veteran was retired steelworker
Alva Hayes, 86, of 1167 Bruce Street, Washington, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 1998, in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born February 3, 1912, in Washington, a son of John and Laura Belle Phillips Hayes. Prior to his retirement in 1972, he was a steelworker for Universal Cyclops of Bridgeville for many years. Mr. Hayes was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and he was a member of the Alpine Lodge of Washington. Mr. Hayes also enjoyed attending The Meadows racetrack. On February 24, 1946, he married Mary Martin, who died January 11, 1997. Surviving are two brothers, Raymond H. Hayes of Washington and Robert F. Hayes of Tecumseh, Mich.; a sister, Betty Malie of Washington; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are four brothers, Fred, Allan, Russell and Norman Hayes; and a sister, Georgia Barnett. At the request of the deceased, services will be private.

Falasco Lenzi
Former owner of Lenzi Market in Gallatin
Falasco "Botch" Lenzi, 89, of Craven Drive, Charleroi, died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born November 25, 1908, in Charleroi, a son of Joseph and Alvira Lenzi. He and his wife previously owned Lenzi Market in Gallatin for 60 years. Mr. Lenzi was a lifetime member of West Newton Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed playing cards. His wife, Flora Niccoli Lenzi, died July 13, 1992. Surviving are a son, Louis L. Lenzi of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Lori Lignelli and Merico Lignelli Jr., and Lisa and Marc Lenzi; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased are a daughter, Gloria Lignelli; a brother, Lenzino Lenzi; and two sisters, Nellie Franchi and Lenzina Rapp.

Alonzo E. Masters Jr.
Retired from U.S. Steel, Donora Works
Alonzo Earl Masters Jr., 86, of Monongahela, died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born November 19, 1911, in Cambridge Springs, Crawford County, a son of Alonzo Earl Masters Sr. and Hettie Tryphina Lamb Masters. Prior to his retirement, he had worked for U.S. Steel, Donora Works, and Levason Steel, South Side, Pittsburgh. Mr. Masters was Protestant. Surviving are a daughter, Earline Masters of Monongahela; a son, Earl Masters of Carroll Township; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Deceased are his wife, Mary Smail Masters, who died in April 1987; a son, Richard Masters, who died in 1958; and a daughter, Beverly Ritonia, who died in 1991.

Valeria J. Mathues
Member of St. Charles Church of Donora
Valeria J. "Vee" Mathues, 85, of Donora, died Thursday, September 17, 1998, in the home of her daughter, Mary Jane Comella of Louisville, Ky., following a lengthy illness. She was born March 3, 1913, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Ley. Mrs. Mathues was a member of St. Charles Church of Donora, St. Charles Altar Society, C.D.A., A.O.H. and Donora Fire Department Auxiliary. On November 25, 1937, she married Theodore F. Mathues, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Theodore P. Mathues of Shelbyville, Ind.; a daughter, Mary Jane Comella of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren, Ted Robert Mathues, James M. Mathues and Dennis and David Comella. Deceased are four brothers, Philip, Regis, Austin and Robert Ley; and two sisters, Mary Jane Ley and Ruth Doyle. A memorial Mass was held in Louisville, and her interment followed in Monongahela Memorial Cemetery.

Selma G. Mavin
Former owner of Greensboro dairy bar
Selma G. Mavin, 82, of Greensboro R.D.1, died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 18, 1998, at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg. She was born May 13, 1916, in Glassworks, Monongahela Township, Greene County, a daughter of Ernest R. and Arcie Titus Gabler. Mrs. Mavin was a 1934 graduate of Mapletown High School, a member of Greensboro Presbyterian Church and a former member of the former Dunkard Valley Business Professional Women's Association. On May 18, 1939, she married Robert C. Mavin, who died March 25, 1979. Mr. and Mrs. Mavin owned and operated the Ice Plant and Custard Stand in Greensboro for many years. Surviving are two daughters, Marguerite (Peggy) Marquis of Greensboro R.D.1 and Arcie M. Luzier of Indiana; four grandchildren, Aaron and Jennifer Luzier and Robert and Laura Marquis; a brother, Edgar R. Gabler of Rices Landing; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her husband, are three brothers, Raymond T., Charles A. and Herbert Gabler; and a sister, Marion McCombs.

Della M. Moninger
Member of Macedonia Methodist Church
Della M. Moninger, 99, of 760 East Greene Street, Waynesburg, died at 1:22 a.m. Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born August 14, 1899, in Calhoun County, W.Va., a daughter of Simon and Marria Moore Moninger. She was a member of Macedonia Methodist Church and Whiteley Township Farm Women. She also was a homemaker. Surviving are two daughters, Aliff M. Dulaney and Virginia Fletcher, both of Waynesburg; a grandson, J. Michael Dulaney; and a great-grandson. She was the last member of her immediate family. Deceased are a grandson, Dennis A. Dulaney; and three brothers, William and Charles Moninger, and Harry Moninger, who died in infancy.

Albert B. Morris
Local coach and sportsman worked at Emerald Mine
Albert B. "A.B." Morris, 66, of 115 Stewart Street, Waynesburg, died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 1998, in the Greene County Memorial Hospital emergency room, Waynesburg. He was born February 16, 1932, in Waynesburg, a son of Albert E. and Helen Duvall Morris. A lifelong resident of Waynesburg, he was a 1950 graduate of Waynesburg High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh for two years on full scholarship. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Morris was the little league wrestling director for Area I wrestling for several years. He coached little league wrestling and football. He also had been a coach for minor league, little league and senior league baseball. He had coached the all-star team for many years. Mr. Morris enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Waynesburg Sportsman Club, where he served as secretary and treasurer. He shot small bore for the Sportsman Club in the Pittsburgh Suburban Rifle League. He competed at the national competition in Camp Perry, Ohio. He also was a member of the National Rifle Association and the National Turkey Federation. Mr. Morris was a member of Rolling Meadows Church of God, Waynesburg, and Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM, where he served as master in 1987 and 1988. He also was a member of the Pittsburgh Consistory, Valley of Pittsburgh. He was a member of Waynesburg Fire Department and the former Civil Defense organization in Waynesburg. He participated in the ambulance service when it was part of Waynesburg Fire Department. With his family, in 1957, he founded Morris and Sons Flooring and Decorating. In 1976, he began work for Cypress Emerald and was working as a fire boss at Emerald Mine in Waynesburg at the time of his death. He was a member of UMWA Local 2258 and a committeeman for the Democratic Party. On November 3, 1956, he married Pricilla McCollum, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Lori Beth Rush of Waynesburg, and Autumn Lynn and Lexie Lucinda Morris, both at home; three sons, Scott B., Ryan Douglas and Michael B. Morris, all of Waynesburg; six grandchildren, Ryan D. Morris II and J.R., Damien, Kaleigh, Raven and Cheyenne Rush; and several nieces and nephews. He was the last member of his immediate family. Deceased are a sister, Mary Emma Roberts; and a brother, Mark R. Morris.

Cheryl M. Pellegrini
Member of Taylortown United Methodist Church
Cheryl McClure Pellegrini, 75, of Dilliner R.D.1 (Taylortown), died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. She was born August 13, 1923, in Taylortown, a daughter of Harold and Garnet Rush McClure. Mrs. Pellegrini was an active member of Taylortown United Methodist Church for many years. She is survived by a son, Thomas Pellegrini of Pasadena, Md.; three grandsons, Michael, Christopher and Steven Pellegrini; two brothers, Theran McClure of Roseville, Mich., and Herman McClure of Glen Burnie, Md.; and two sisters, Vyrl Wheaton of Taylortown and Ilene Pappasotis of Glen Burnie. At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral services, and her body was donated to West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown. A memorial service was conducted with close family members at her bedside by Pastor Andrew Verna and the Rev. William Davis. Mrs. Pellegrini requested that memorial donations be made to Taylortown United Methodist Church, R.D.1, Dilliner, PA 15327.

Mary Jane Sims
Former owner of Sims Lumber Co.
Mary Jane Sims, 87, of Washington, died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Beaver Medical Center, following a lengthy illness. She was born August 26, 1911, in Washington, a daughter of Giacomo and Anna Spada Piacenza. She was a member of Church of the Covenant and a former member of the Current Events Club and the Duncan-Miller Society. She worked at the Washington County Courthouse until 1939. In January 1939, in Wellsburg, W.Va., she married Howard C. Sims Sr., who died in 1969. She and her husband owned and operated Sims Lumber Co. in Washington and H.C. Sims farm in Lone Pine. Surviving are a son, Howard Clark Sims Jr. of Uniontown; a daughter, Ellen A. Sims of Washington; two grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her husband, are three sisters, Katherine Gaido, Theresa Mazur and one sister who died in infancy; and a brother, Matthew Piacenza. All services are private and being conducted at the convenience of the family.

Dorothy Smith III
Steubenville, Ohio, infant
Dorothy Ann Smith III, 6 weeks, of Steubenville, Ohio, died Friday, September 18, 1998, in Magee Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born August 9, 1998, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Jerry W. and Tabatha H. Gaito Smith of Steubenville. Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her grandparents, William and Marylou Harris of Burgettstown, Dorothy Lucas Smith of Steubenville, Deborah Harris Gregg of Washington and Earl Gaito Sr. of Washington; and great-grandparents, David and Lucille Harmon of Burgettstown, Mr. and Mrs. Green of Bulger, Ellie Sheet Harton of Burgettstown and Victor Gaito Sr. of Pittsburgh. Her grandfather, Harold Smith Sr., died in 1997.

Gerald Spinnenweber
Former Canonsburg resident
Gerald E. Spinnenweber, 74, of Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, died Wednesday, September 16, 1998. He was born December 20, 1923, in McDonald, a son of Edward and Irene Spinnenweber. Surviving are two sons, Louis Spinnenweber of Eighty Four and Gerald Spinnenweber of Canonsburg; a daughter, Irene Price of Canonsburg; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Private services were held. Burial followed in Tod Cemetery, Canfield, Ohio.

Robert A. Yanak
Columbia Gas retiree also worked at The Meadows
Robert A. Yanak, 67, of Low Hill, died Saturday, September 19, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born February 9, 1931, in Fredericktown, a son of Stella Bice Yanak of Carmichaels and the late Michael Yanak. A 1948 graduate of Waynesburg High School, Mr. Yanak served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, during the Korean War. Mr. Yanak worked for 33 years as a coordinator for Columbia Gas Transmission Co. before retiring in 1989. He also was employed in the admissions department of The Meadows racetrack for 20 years before retiring in 1996. Mr. Yanak was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lippencott and had served as chaplain of Hancock McCune Horn American Legion Post 705 of Centerville. A 36-year resident of Low Hill, he enjoyed golf, bowling, horse racing and jigsaw puzzles. On March 7, 1953, he married Charlene Stilwell, who survives. Also surviving, in addition to his mother and wife, are two daughters, Kathleen Stay and Pamela Sckena, both of Low Hill; two sons, Thomas and Theodore Yanak, both of Low Hill; seven grandchildren, Brian and Rachel Stay, Bobby, Tyler and Teddy Yanak, Christopher and Justin Sckena; a brother, Michael Yanak of Waynesburg; and a sister, Betty Jean Rinehart of San Antonio, Texas.

Twyla Gambirasi
Retired nurse from Finleyville
Twyla Gambirasi, 53, of Finleyville, died Monday, September 21, 1998, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh. She was born December 5, 1944, in New Eagle. Mrs. Gambirasi retired as a nurse at Southside Hospital and was a member of Mingo United Presbyterian Church, Finleyville. Surviving are her mother, Laura Mae Craig of Monongahela; her husband, Ronald L. Gambirasi; two daughters, Sue A. Gambirasi of Baldwin and Amy J. Vollmer of Finleyville; and a granddaughter, Brooke Elizabeth Vollmer.

Cynthia Sulc Hoban
Worked for Northeast, Pan American airlines
Cynthia Sulc Hoban, 61, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., died of lung cancer September 19, 1998, in Memorial West Hospital, Pembroke Pines. She was born June 8, 1937, in Washington, a daughter of Marie M. Sulc of Washington and the late Cyprian J. Sulc Sr. Mrs. Hoban attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, Washington, and graduated from East Washington High School. She moved to Long Island, N.Y., in 1954 to work for Northeast Airlines. She later worked for Pan American Airlines. In 1967, she married James Hoban, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, James Hoban of Boston, Mass., and Timothy Hoban of Yuma, Ariz.; a daughter, Milissa Heredia of Coram, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Scott and Rebecca Heredia; two brothers, John Sulc and Gregory Sulc, both of Washington; and a sister, Mariann Cahill of Washington. There will be private services in Coram, with interment in Long Island National Cemetery on Thursday, September 24.
CORRECTION
Incomplete information appeared in the obituary of Cynthia Sulc Hoban, published Tuesday. Omitted was the name of a brother, Joseph Sulc of Washington.

John E. Hughes
WWII veteran was retired welder
John E. Hughes, 75, of Avella (Blaine Township), died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born September 7, 1923, in the Claysville area, a son of Edward and Louise Moore Hughes. Mr. Hughes was Protestant. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a private first class in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He was an ambulance driver. Mr. Hughes was a coal miner and then a welder with Tri-State Engineering, Washington, retiring in 1981 after 29 years. Mr. Hughes enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. On March 17, 1943, in Washington, he married Mary R. Haught, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Pastor Roy Hughes; two daughters, Roberta McElhaney and Janet Patterson, all of Blaine Township; a brother, George Hughes of Washington; a sister, Mary Staley of Claysville; five grandchildren, Kevin Hughes, Elizabeth and Sam McElhaney and Mary and Adam Cummins; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a sister, Helen Headley.

Evelyn V. Lewis
Michigan resident born in Monongahela
Evelyn V. Sutton Lewis, 78, of Dearborn, Mich., died Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Angela Hospice, Livonia, Mich. She was born March 26, 1920, in Monongahela, a daughter of John H. and Bessie L. Ridge Sutton. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Martin and Gail Smoot; a son, Paul Lewis; six grandchildren, Tracy, Nicholas, Kevin, Jason, Jonathan and Jeffrey; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband, Aaron G. Lewis; and a brother Robert Sutton. Services and interment will be held in Michigan.

Alfred Mason Sr.
Ministry spanned more than 40 years
The Rev. Alfred David Mason Sr., 80, of North Fort Myers, Fla., died Sunday, September 13, 1998, at Blue Ridge Acres, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Mr. Mason was a 1937 graduate of Waynesburg High School and a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, with a degree in theology and psychology. He received a master's degree in special education and 30 hours toward a doctorate at Trenton State College. During a ministry that spanned more than 40 years, he pastored four churches, which were in Smithton, Staunton, Va., Springfield Gardens, N.Y., and Egg Harbor City, N.J. He taught special education at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mt. Holly, N.J., for 17 years. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Letha Beryl Granger Mason; two sons, Alfred David Mason Jr. of Charles Town, W.Va., and Herbert Joseph Mason of Harpers Ferry; two daugthers, Sandra Cheryl Calvert of Kalispell, Mont., and Merilyn Kay Romero of Coral Springs, Fla.; two brothers, John Allen Mason of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Burdette Mason of Sayre; two sisters, Bessie Greco of Waynesburg and Edna Mae King of Lakeland, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Deceased are a brother, Arthur Mason; and a sister, Virginia McClure. Services were held September 16 at Loudoun Valley Church of Nazarene, Hillsboro, Va., with the Rev. Athan Burch officiating. The Revs. Carlton Gleason and George W. Rice assisted. Interment was private.

Marie P. Church
Seamstress for more than 25 years
Marie P. Church, 92, of Orlando, Fla., and formerly of McMechen, W. Va., and Rogersville, died at 10 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 1998, in Florida Hospital, Apopka, Fla. She was born September 14, 1906, in Rogersville, a daughter of Clinton and Nancy Ellen Caseman Pyle. Mrs. Church had been a resident of Orlando since 1971, but had kept her residence in McMechen until 1993. She was employed as a seamstress by Bobbie Brooks Co. in Bellaire, Ohio, for more than 25 years until her retirement. She was Protestant. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Lewis and Charleen Davis, both of Orlando; two sons, William C. Church of McMechen and Ralph E. Church of Proctor, W. Va.; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Deceased are her husband, Howard Egan Church, who died June 1970; a son, Robert Raymond Church; three sisters, Matilda Crall, Mary Porter and Ruth King; a brother, Charles Pyle; and two granddaughters. Mrs. Church was the last of her immediate family. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Center Township, at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the 10th Street Church of God, McMechen, W. Va., 26040.

Howard R. Darnley
Longtime member of Heidelberg Fire Department
Howard R. Darnley, 73, of Bridgeville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 22, 1998, in his home. He was born September 24, 1924, in Heidelberg, a son of William and Sarah Scott Darnley. Mr. Darnley was a member of Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department for more than 40 years. He retired from Universal Cyclops Steel in Bridgeville after 39 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 54 of Bridgeville, and was a U. S. Army staff sergeant in the Pacific Theater, Philippines, receiving two bronze stars. In 1953, he married Gwedolyn Hillen, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Rosalyn Putt of Washington; two sisters, Margorie Dorn of Bridgeville, and Florence Nixon of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Christopher Ray and Ian Anthony Putt.

Judy Lynn English
Family in area
Judy Lynn English, 23, of 24 Oakwood Lane, Hickory, died Monday, September 21, 1998, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born April 30, 1975, in Washington, a daughter of Dale D. and Beverly L. Kray English of Hickory. Miss English attended United Cerebral Palsy Day Care as a child. In 1980, she attended Intermediate Unit 1 Clark School, graduating in 1996. She was a resident at Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, from 1996 until her death. Miss English was Catholic. Surviving are a brother, Aaron English of Hickory; a sister, Erica English of Hickory; maternal grandmother, Julia Zelenka Kray of Canonsburg; paternal grandparents, Clyde and Mary Pelhan English of Canonsburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

George Mahramus
Owner-Operator of Mahramus Refuse Co.
George "Muck" Mahramus, 63, of Hendersonville, died Monday, September 21, 1998, in Manor Care, McMurray. He was born January 25, 1935, in Canonsburg, a son of Samuel and Mary Taverneris Mahramus. Mr. Mahramus was a lifelong resident of the Canonsburg-Hendersonville area, where he was a member of All Saint's Greek Orthodox Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191, The French Club and G.B.U. Club, all of Canonsburg. He also was a member of the Bears Club of Meadowlands and the Cuddy Club of Cuddy. He was owner and operator of Mahramus Refuse Co. for 25 years, and served with the U. S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Betty Rae Roach; a son, Louis Mahramus of Hendersonville; two daughters, Doris Withrow of Hendersonville and Georgia Slane of Florida; two brothers, Manual Mahramus of Titusville, Fla., and William Mahramus of Houston; two sisters, Freda Rowe of Fort Smith, Ark., and Goldie Price of Canonsburg; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, Anthony "Tony-Muck" and Nick "Fluter" Mahramus; and a half brother, Nick Manos.

Donald W. McCartney
Member of the Slovak Club
Donald Wayne "Red" McCartney, 59, of Washington, died Monday, September 21, 1998, in his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born December 10, 1938, in Banetown, a son of the late Clarence "Boots" and Helen Lennox McCartney. Prior to his illness, Mr. McCartney was a mechanic for several garages in the Washington area. He was a member of the Slovak Club and he was Protestant. On November 15, 1964, in Washington, he married Grace Marie Fonner, who died November 17, 1983. Surviving are a son, Donald W. McCartney Jr. of Claysville; three daughters, Donna Marie McCartney and Barbara Jean McCartney both of Claysville and Helen Louise Henderson of Washington; two brothers, Clarence "Buck" and John S. McCartney, both of Washington; a sister, Alberta Marie Coffield of Washington; a half sister, Catherine Schwerling of Washington; two grandchildren, Joshua Nathan Irwin and Anastashia Nichole Henderson; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is his twin brother, Ronald Lloyd McCartney.

Geraldine E. Navin
Orthopedic nurse at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia
Geraldine Elena McGurk Navin, 58, of 9709 Loudoun Avenue, Manassas, Va., formerly of California, died September 18, 1998, in her home. Mrs. Navin was a graduate of California Community High School. In her early years she was an administrative employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and lived several years in Africa. Later she became a registered nurse and served for 18 years as an orthopedic nurse at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va. She was a longtime member of the Rosary Altar Society at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas. Surviving are her husband of 36 years, John T. Navin Jr.; three daughters, Charissa Hollyfield, Yvette Tangen and Colleen Colgan; two sons, John T. Navin III and Derek Navin, all of Northern Virginia; eight grandchildren; a sister, Neala Dawson of Pittsburgh; and a brother, Floyd McGurk of Greenville, S.C. A funeral liturgy will be offered September 23 at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas. Entombment will be at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington City Mission or the Children's Library at California Public Library.

Charles N. Perrine
Charter member of Bower Hill Presbyterian Church
Charles N. Perrine, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, September 21, 1998, at Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 18, 1914, in Oil City, son of Frank R. and Jessie Nicklin Perrine. Mr. Perrine was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, having served in Iceland. He was a charter member of Bower Hill Presbyterian Church; a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of the Shrine; and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Surviving are his wife, Sara Digby Perrine; a son, Charles N. Perrine Jr. of Waynesburg; a daugther, Suzanne D. Perrine of Roland, Ark.; three grandchildren, Charles N. Perrine III, Jennifer E. Luitweiler and Shannon C. Perrine; and one great-granddaughter. Private interment is Friday in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m. in Asbury Heights Center, Mt. Lebanon, with the Rev. Jack D. Hodges officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m,. and a reception will be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bower Hill Presbyterian Church, 70 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15243.

Nick Ross
Army veteran,worked in construction
Nick Ross, 80, of West Wylie Avenue, Washington, died Tuesday, September 22, 1998, at noon in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. He had been ill since August. He was born November 11, 1917, in Meadowlands, a son of Sam and Philomena Tripoli Russo. Mr. Ross served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II, in the Philippine Liberation Campaign. He received the American Defense Service Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon. He had been employed in construction, and was a member of Laborers Local 286. On October 24, 1969, he married Elizabeth A. Reedy, who survives. Also surviving are four stepsons; a brother, William Ross of Cross City, Fla.; a sister, Carmella Hulpa of Houston; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; Deceased is a brother, Guy R. Russo.

Anna Spanovich
Former homemaker from Bobtown
Anna Spanovich, 88, of 300 Center Avenue, Waynesburg, formerly of Bobtown, died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, 1998, in Franklin Care Center, Waynesburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born December 12, 1909, in Yonkers, N. Y., a daughter of Frank and Cecilla Denkovich Fedorko. Mrs. Spanovich lived in New York in her early life and spent 57 years in Bobtown. For the past eight years, she lived in a personal care facility. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Dockman of Palm Desert, Calif.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are her husband, Joseph Spanovich, who died in 1965; a daughter, Mildred Glod; a son, George Spanovich; a sister, Sylvia Pesci; and three brothers, Michael, Pete and George Fedorko. There will be no public visitation or services. Arrangements by Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home, Inc., Waynesburg.

Mae M. Deneen
Member of Oakview United Methodist Church
Mae M. Rattigan Deneen, 76, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Greene County, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, 1998, in Kane Nursing Facility, Pittsburgh. She was born May 3, 1922, in Brave, a daughter of Francis E. and Clara Shannon Rattigan. Mrs. Deneen spent most of her life in Greene County before moving to Pittsburgh ten years ago. She was a graduate of Waynesburg High School and was a member of Oakview United Methodist Church in Waynesburg. Mrs. Deneen was a homemaker and a baby sitter for Fran and Jerry Hardy for several years, before moving to Pittsburgh. Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Ann "Peggy" Deneen of Pittsburgh and Betty Louise Deneen Elliott of Fayette City; two sons, Thomas Deneen Jr. and Robert Allen Deneen, both of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Eric Martin and Robert Thomas Elliott; a brother, Arthur Rattigan of Vandergrift; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband, the Rev. Thomas E. Deneen, who died February 23, 1971; seven brothers, John William, Francis, Lewis, Earl, James L., Charles "Sparky" and Joseph E. Rattigan; and a sister, Florence Walker.

Priscilla Early
Member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
Priscilla Boiaroff Early, 83, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, September 24, 1998, in Friendship Village Personal Care Facility. She was born October 9, 1914, in Irwin, a daughter of Kuzma and Martha Golubosky Boiaroff. Mrs. Early was a homemaker and a volunteer teachers aide at Concord Elementary School in Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Marianna. Surviving are a son, Dale Arthur Biesecker of Follansbee, W. Va.; a daughter, Phyllis B. Bianculli of Pittsburgh; three brothers, Michael Boiaroff of Washington, Wasil Boiaroff of Detroit, Mich., and Harry Boiaroff of Marianna; four sisters, Katherine Peterson and Kayka Morris both of Marianna, Nellie Niverth of Jefferson and Feodora Stoskel of Washington; five grandchildren, Maria L. Trzcinski, Gretchen E. Biesecker, John Carl Duronio, Annina Rosa Bianculli and David A. Biesecker; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two husbands, Carl Edward Biesecker and John F. Early; and a sister, Mary Klimushyn.

Harry R. Gittings
Retired Philadelphia policeman
Harry R. Gittings, 85, of Nemacolin, formerly of Philadelphia, died Thursday, September 24, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. He was born November 15, 1912, in Philadelphia, a son of Charles and Elizabeth Rehn Gittings. Mr. Gittings had resided in Nemacolin since 1970. He retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. On July 20, 1970, he married Helen Crable, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Betty Ann Simonsen of Cape May, N.J., a stepdaughter, Lee Kramer of Florida; a stepson, Wesley Thompson of Newark, Del.; four grandchildren, Frank Simonsen, Christopher Simonsen, Erik Simonsen and Brenda Friedman; and one great-grandson. There will be no public viewing for Mr. Gittings. All arrangements are private.

Dr. Aaron V. Holland
Dentist from Washington was a graduate of Pitt
Dr. Aaron Victor Holland, 93, of 253 Festival Road, Washington, died Tuesday, September 22, 1998, in South Hills Convalescent Center, Canonsburg. He was born April 4, 1905, in Hot Springs, Ark., a son of Bailey and Ellen Smith Holland. Dr. Holland was a 1930 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. He was a member of Nazareth Baptist Church in Washington, Elks Lodge, F. & A. M. Masonic Lodge and Bachelors Benedict Club. Surviving are his wife, Lena B. Holland; three daughters, Chaneta Scott of West Mifflin, Dora Johnson of Donora and Carla Johnson of Maryland; four grandchildren, Janene and Jon Patrick Scott, Michael Johns and Prenell Barner Jr.; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are six brothers, Ernest Collins, Bailey, Joseph, Herman, Pinkey Holland and an infant brother; and one son, Calvin Michael Johnson.

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