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Miscellaneous Washington County, Pennsylvania Obituaries

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John R. Riggle
St. Joseph Church member
John R. Riggle, 60, a Coraopolis resident most of his life, died Thursday, April 23, 1998, at ARC of Allegheny in Allison Park. He was born July 11, 1937, in Sewickley, a son of the late Charles W. and Margaret Schnelzer Riggle. Mr. Riggle was a member of St. Joseph Church and for many years delivered the Coraopolis Record and the Grit in Williamsport. Surviving are a sister, Wanda Boyer of Finleyville; five nieces and four nephews. Deceased is a brother, Pvt. Joseph D. Riggle. Visitation and services were private. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, with the Rev. Lawrence Holpp officiating.

Elizabeth F. Billie
Morgantown woman retired from Morgan Shirt Co.
Elizabeth Farkas Billie, 82, of 2113 Eugeniva Avenue, Morgantown, W.Va., died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Monongalia General Hospital. She was born February 17, 1916, in Morgantown, a daughter of Zigmund and Barbara C. Farkas. She was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church and Moose Lodge No. 264 of Morgantown and was a charter member of the Eagles. She was retired from Morgan Shirt Co., where she worked for 30 years. She was formerly employed by Sterling Faucet for 10 years. Surviving are three daughters, Bertha Modzik of Morgantown, Oma Bierer of Bobtown and Mikilene Kisner of Morgantown; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Julia Messoria and Mary Hoffman, both of Morgantown. Deceased are her husband, Mike Billie, who died in 1975; a son, Frank Zigmund Billie Sr., who died in 1988; three sisters, Margaret Farkas, Hazel Cuccio and Irene Sakalo; a brother, Zigmund Farkas Jr.; and a great-granddaughter.

John W. Bradshaw
Retired from Fike Dairy, Uniontown
John W. (Jack) Bradshaw, 67, of Grange Road, Coal Center, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital. He was born February 2, 1931, in Clover Hill, a son of John W. and Pearl Fauty Bradshaw. In 1993, he retired from Fike Dairy, Uniontown. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Clover Hill, Teamsters Local 491 and Maple Summit Snowmobile Club. Mr. Bradshaw was a 1949 graduate of California High School. Surviving are a daughter, Colleen Thalacker of Curtiss, Wis.; two sons, John C. Bradshaw of Bentleyville and Wesley Scott Bradshaw of Scenery Hill; two grandsons, Eric Bolosky and Daniel Bradshaw; a sister, Martha Johnson of LaPine, Wis.; and two brothers, Robert Bradshaw of Daisytown and William Bradshaw of Manassas, Va. Deceased are his first wife, Wilma Jean Scott Bradshaw, who died in 1960; his second wife, Irene E. Bradshaw, who died March 8, 1996; and an infant sister.

Marjorie K. Brosky
Resident of Bridgeville
Marjorie K. Brosky, 75, of Bridgeville, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. She was born September 1, 1922, in McKees Rocks, a daughter of Paul F. and Rhea Parker Kraber. Surviving are a son, Timothy Brosky of Eighty Four; a daughter, Tina Brosky of Pittsburgh; a sister, Virginia Hamilton of Canonsburg; and three granddaughters, Jocelyn, Kaylin and Deglin.
CORRECTION
IN THE INFORMATION supplied by the funeral home for the obituary of Marjorie K. Brosky, published Monday, three grandchildren were identified incorrectly. They are Jocelin, Kaylin and Devlin.

Vernon D. Coder
Former teacher was veteran of Korean War
Vernon D. Coder, 67, of Waynesburg R.D.3, died at 5:18 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Bialko's Rest Home, Waynesburg. He was born July 25, 1930, in Ravenna, Ohio, a son of Nora Bates Coder of Connellsville and the late Charles Coder. Until 1996, Mr. Coder had lived in Garards Fort. He was a graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, now known as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and was a teacher for Allegheny County Intermediate Unit in West Mifflin. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was Protestant and enjoyed gardening and farming. On December 28, 1955, he married Benice Cwik, who survives. Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are three sons, Dave Coder of Waynesburg R.D.3, Daniel Coder of Carlisle and Dale Coder of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a daughter, Maria Hartley of Carmichaels; seven grandchildren, Mallory, Ryan, Lauren, Chelsea and Thomas Coder and Sarah and Rebecca Hartley; and a brother, Kenneth Coder of Greensboro.

Raymond R. Foster
POW of WWII worked at Democrat-Messenger
Raymond R. Foster, 76, of 27 West High Street, Waynesburg, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital. He was born November 25, 1921, in Weston, W.Va., a son of James and Zella Smith Foster. He had made his home with Naomi Cross for the past 11 years. He was previously married to Edith Ivanor Foster, who died June 10, 1983. Mr. Foster resided most of his life in Waynesburg, where he worked for several years in the circulation department of the Democrat-Messenger. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart and was held as a prisoner of war. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 123, Waynesburg. He also was a member of James R. Farrell American Legion Post 330, Waynesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 598. Surviving are a son, Raymond R. Foster II of Akron, Ohio; a daughter, Mary Herrick of Holbrook; two grandsons, Raymond R. Foster III and Richard Allen Herrick II; three stepgrandchildren, Tracie, Lynda and Chip Dye; and a sister, Lillie Foster Becker of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Deceased, in addition to his wife, are four brothers, James, Earl, Harold and Frank Foster.

Walter R. Grose
Taylorstown grocer was retired postmaster
Walter R. Grose, 86, of Taylorstown, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in his home. He was born January 12, 1912, in Frostburg, Md., a son of Thomas C. and Edith Pearce Grose. From November 1933 until 1941, he was an A&P Tea Co. store manager. From 1941 until retirement in October 1976, he owned Grose Markets in Washington, Taylorstown and Hickory. He also was postmaster in Taylorstown for 28 years. In 1970, he founded Grose Catering Service in Taylorstown, which is still in existence. He was a member of Taylorstown Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of his local fire company, Washington Rotary, Claysville Lodge 447 F.&A.M. and the Syria Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Pittsburgh. Mr. Grose was co-founder of the former Washington Grocers Association, and he served as a past Rotary president and Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was a 1930 graduate of Allegheny High School in Cumberland, Md. On September 18, 1934, he was married by the late Rev. John W. Love to Lois Alexander, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, John Fredrick Grose of Hickory, N.C., Reggie Grose of Weirton, W.Va., and David R. Grose of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Carol Ruetschi and Ruth Raber, both of Taylorstown; a sister, Ethel Lemman of Darlington; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, Pearce and Kenneth Grose.

Clyde K. Knupp
Retired ironworker for Local No. 3, Pittsburgh
Clyde K. Knupp, 73, of 214 North Jefferson Avenue, Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospitals-Canonsburg. He was born May 7, 1924, in Bridgeville, a son of John and Emma Crist Knupp. He was a 1942 graduate of Trinity High School. Mr. Knupp was a retired ironworker for Local No. 3 of Pittsburgh. Following his retirement, he was employed at the Donaldsons Crossroads BP station. He was a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and trustee and also taught Sunday school. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh and Syria Temple of Pittsburgh. He was a past president of Washington-Greene Caravan No. 2. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. On September 3, 1948, in Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, he married Lucille V. Lyon, who survives. Also surviving are six daughters, Phyllis Title of Canonsburg, Gayle Aggers of McDonald, Roberta Mirisciotti of Dayton, Ohio, Jacqueline Campomizzi of Washington, Valerie Knupp of Morgantown, W.Va., and Christine Atwood, at home; one son, Clyde K. Knupp Jr. of Canonsburg; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Carl Knupp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a foster sister, Janet Meddings of Houston; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are four brothers, Howard, Edgar, Galen and John Knupp; and a sister, Alice Ruhl.

Herman M. McNeel
Worked as painter
Herman M. McNeel, 95, of Malone Ridge Road, Washington, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 1998, in the Buck and Spring Haven Rest Home, West Alexander. He was born August 31, 1902, in Washington, a son of Lee and Jennie Miller McNeel. For 40 years, he was employed as a painter by John L. Stewart, and he was a lifetime member of the Painters Local. Mr. McNeel was a member of Zion United Methodist Church. He was twice married. In 1924, he married Helen Craig, who died in 1975; in 1978, he married Marjorie Cottrell, who survives. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Dan McNeel, David McNeel, Linda Wilson and Sharon Bennett; six great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Herman F. McNeel; a daughter, Dorothy Bennett; a granddaughter, Barbara McNeel; a brother, John McNeel; a half-brother, Tom Dougherty; and two sisters, Ocie Limbert and Dessie Hair.

Catherine H. Milan
Former cook at Hartley Inn, Carmichaels
Catherine H. Milan, 68, of Clarksville R.D.1, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. She was born January 30, 1930, in California, a daughter of Gene and Isaphena Harris. She relocated to the Clarksville area from Cleveland, Ohio, in 1988. Mrs. Milan was a graduate of East Pike Run High School. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she was employed as a cook at Hartley Inn in Carmichaels. In 1968, she married Leonard Milan, who died March 7, 1984. Surviving are a son, Keith Buckley of Clarksville; two grandchildren, Beth and Keith Buckley; five sisters, Claire, Isaphena, Florabelle, Donna and Jenny; and a brother, Joseph. Deceased, in addition to her husband, is a brother, Cary.

John Mitchell
Retired coal miner worked for Consolidated Coal
John "Doodle" Mitchell, 78, of Eighty Four, died Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born December 25, 1919, in Canonsburg, a son of Frank and Florence Hanna Mitchell. He had resided in the Canonsburg and Eighty Four areas for most of his life. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Mitchell was a coal miner. He last worked for Consolidated Coal before his retirement in 1981. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and the Senior Citizens Center of Canonsburg, where he was a member of the Monday Bowling League. Surviving are a son, John T. Mitchell of Cokeburg; a daughter, Nancy Mitchell, at home; and two grandsons, Josen and Travis Mitchell. Deceased are his wife, Bertha Kisella Mitchell, who died in 1988; three brothers, William, James and George Mitchell; and five sisters, Edith Foster, Sara Gulban, Sue Dobshaw, Mildred Lyons and Dorothy Simek. He was the last of his immediate family.

Stella M. Pfeifer
Member of St. Joan of Arc Church, Library
Stella M. Yates Pfeifer, 81, of Library, died Friday, April 24 ,1998, in Manor Care of Bethel Park. She was born November 1, 1916, in Midland, a daughter of Adam and Mary Kania Yates. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church, Library. Mrs. Pfeifer was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Edward M. Pfeifer; a daughter, Maryanne Purdy of Upper St. Clair; a sister, Ann R. Nardei of Bridgeville; and a brother, Joseph Yates.

Ernest B. Ross
Former Houston policeman retired from PennDOT
Ernest B. "Bab" Ross, 83, of 120 Haft Street, Houston, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Washington Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born February 11, 1915, in Midland, a son of Guy and Maria Antonio Chiodo Ross. He had lived in the Houston area all of his life. For many years, he was a police officer for Houston Borough. Mr. Ross had worked at Acme Paving Co. Prior to his retirement in 1979, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. On November 2, 1935, he married Stella Kohkoski, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Michael W. Ross of Brownsville; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sons, Ernest and Guy Ross; two brothers, Sam and Frank Ross; and four sisters, Carmella Arnone, Cynthia Valone, Rose Salandra and Elizabeth Alderson. He was the last of his immediate family.

Myrtle E. Staley
Washington resident
Myrtle E. Staley, 86, formerly of Michigan Avenue, Washington, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Humbert Lane Health Care Center, Washington. She was born November 12, 1911, in Smock, Fayette County, a daughter of Milton W. Wheeler Sr. and Charlotte Smiley Wheeler. She was Methodist. Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Bush of Farmdale, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Staley was the last of her immediate family. Deceased are her husband, Byron E. Staley, who died September 19, 1987; a son, Byron D. "Buzz" Staley, who died December 11, 1997; nine brothers; and three sisters.

Margaret Capozzoli
Operated Gradson Bus Company, Burgettstown
Margaret Capozzoli, 89, of Burgettstown, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va. She was born March 17, 1909, in Greensburg, a daughter of John and Honora Coughlin Jenkins. Mrs. Capozzoli was head cashier for Conventional Baking Inc. of Youngstown, Ohio, before her retirement. For many years, she and her husband operated the Gradson Bus Co. of Burgettstown until 1952. Her husband, Dan W. Capozzoli, died in November of 1965. Surviving are a nephew, Regis Evantz of Langeloth; and a niece, Connie Keller of Youngstown, Ohio; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Joseph Dixon
Served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII
Joseph Dixon, 77, of McDonald, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Vencor Hospital. He was born October 29, 1920 in McDonald, a son of John and Sophie Dixon. Mr. Dixon retired from Dravo Corporation where he was a shearman. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II. Mr. Dixon was a member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Shipbuilders Union. On September 16, 1947, he married Loretta T. Sylanski, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Debra Dixon Lemasters of McDonald; a brother, Henry Dixon of Bridgeville, and a granddaughter, Samantha Lemasters. Also deceased are two brothers, John and Stanley Dixon.

George T. Fawcett Sr.
Farmer and former employee of U.S. Steel
George Thomas Fawcett Sr., 78, of Almond Road, Bentleyville, died Sunday, April 26, 1998, at Washington Hospital. He was born April 23, 1920, in Houston Run, Union Township, a son of Frank and Sarah Pritchard Fawcett. Mr. Fawcett was a lifelong self-employed farmer and also worked at U.S. Steel Irvin Works. During World War II, Mr. Fawcett served with the U.S. Army 147th Quartermaster Truck Company in North Africa and Europe. He was a member of the American Legion Post 165, Bentleyville. Surviving are his wife, Helen Luoto Fawcett, whom he married January 16, 1965; three daughters, Saundra Dickinson and Jacqueline Guidas, both of Washington, and Janet M. Smith of Finleyville; a son, George T. Fawcett Jr. of Bentleyville; three sisters, Louise Curdie of Finleyville, Nellie Peart of New Eagle and Joyce Gulick of Monongahela; three brothers, William Fawcett of Monongahela, James Fawcett of Washington and John Fawcett of Fisher Heights; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his first wife, Stella Davis Fawcett; two daughters, who died in infancy; two sisters. Della Corbett and Mary Snyder; and a brother, Robert Fawcett.

Connie Gianfrancesco
Langeloth resident worked for All-American Company
Connie Gianfrancesco, 56, of Langeloth, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in her home. She was born December 31, 1941, in Langeloth, a daughter of the late Pete and Mary Martelli Gianfrancesco. Miss Gianfrancesco was a graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown and worked as a clerk for the All-American Company of Langeloth. Surviving are several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to her parents, are four brothers, Anthony, Vince, Louis and Henry Gianfrancesco; and a sister, Jean CiPolla.

Sara M. Herron
Member of Laboratory Presbyterian Church
Sara M. Herron, 82, of Washington, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in McMurray Hills Manor Care Facility. She was born August 12, 1915, in Washington, a daughter of George and Margaret Egan Harshman. Mrs. Herron was a graduate of Washington High School, was a homemaker and had been active with the Buffalo Grange. She was a longtime member of Laboratory Presbyterian Church. In January of 1947, she married Ross J. Herron, who died in October 1978. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Sara Jane Reese of Washington; a stepson, Carl W. Herron of Washington; a sister, Elizabeth Naylor of Holton, Ind.; four grandchildren, Janet M. Lis and Donald W., Michael E. and Scott R. Reese; six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, Robert and George Harshman.

Susan J. Iglar
Attended McDonald Alliance Church
Susan J. Iglar, 56, of McDonald, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in her home, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 9, 1941, in Gregg Station, Pa., a daughter of William Waizenhofer of Sturgeon, and the late Florence Gibbs. Mrs. Iglar was a 1959 graduate of West Allegheny High School. She was a homemaker and attended McDonald Alliance Church. Mrs. Iglar was a Democratic committee member and a former den mother for the Cub Scouts. On August 9, 1958, she married Martin James "Jimbo" Iglar who survives. Also surviving are three sons, James Iglar of Clinton, Stanley Iglar of Bridgeville and Jerry W. Iglar, who lives at home; a brother, William Waizenhofer Jr. of Sturgeon; two sisters, Rose Snatchko of Sturgeon and Mary Edmonds of Oakdale; and two grandchildren, Deanna and Emily Amanda Iglar.

Roger P. Randolph
Retired custodian at W&J was veteran of WW II
Roger P. Randolph, 78, of Canton Township, died unexpectedly at 2:43 p.m. Monday, April 27, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born October 27, 1919, in Washington, a son of Charles "Cracker" and Flora Patterson Randolph. Mr. Randolph worked for Washington and Jefferson College as a custodian for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1994. He had previously worked at Hazel Atlas-Continental Can Glass plant for 24 years. As a young man, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Sligo. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Western Pacific and was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Bronze Arrowhead Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two bronze service stars and the Good Conduct Medal. Surviving are a son, Kenneth E. Randolph of Washington; a sister, Cleo Randolph of Claysville; a half sister, LaVera Harris of Florida; eight half brothers, Shannon Randolph of Washington, Fred Randolph of North Carolina, Howard Randolph of Indiana, and John, Paul and Sam Randolph, all of Florida, Donnie Randolph and Ralph Randolph, both of Washington; a foster brother, Virgil C. Patterson of Washington; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Rachel Randolph. Deceased are a son, Roger P. Randolph Jr., who died in infancy; two brothers, Walter Randolph, his twin, and Charles Randolph; and two sisters, Martha Gzikowski and Lucille Durilla.

William R. Richey
Operated dairy farm in West Finley Township
William R. Richey, 91, of West Alexander, died unexpectedly Monday, April 27, 1998, in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W.Va. He was born November 12, 1906, in West Finley Township, a son of William Andrew and Mary Elizabeth Archer Richey. Mr. Richey was a member of Dallas United Methodist Church, Dallas, W.Va. He owned and operated a dairy farm in West Finley Township. On February 19, 1936, in Ohio County, W.Va., he married Florence Trussell, who survives. Also surviving are six sons, William W. Richey of Claysville, James R. Richey of West Finley, Donald E. Richey and Paul L. Richey, both of West Alexander, R. Wayne Richey of Triadelphia and K. Wade Richey of Wellsburg, W. Va.; two brothers, Robert Harold Richey and Delmar Richey, both of West Alexander; 12 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nine stepgreat-grandchildren and five step-great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew, John Riggle, whom he raised. Deceased are three brothers, Frank, Orville and Glenn Richey; and a sister, who died at birth.

Frank Ross Jr.
Restaurant, gas station owner, signed with Giants
Frank Ross Jr., 68, of Broadview Place, Washington, died unexpectedly at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 1998, in Washington Hospital. He was born November 30, 1929, in Poland Mines, a son of the late Frank Ross Sr. and Marion M. Shaffer Ross Carr of Carmichaels. Mr. Ross was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was active with its Bible study group and was an admirer of Mother Teresa. He was an owner-operator of Ross' Restaurant in Mapletown for many years. He was an owner-operator of a gas station in Miami, Fla., and after returning to Washington was owner- operator of a gas station on Jefferson Avenue. Later, he was a bulk subcontractor for the U.S. Postal Service and then employed by Frank Veltri. Mr. Ross was a 1947 graduate of Mapletown High School, attended Waynesburg College, where he was a baseball player. He signed a contract with New York Giants as a pitcher for some time. His wife, Patricia Thompson, died May 26, 1983. Surviving are two sons, William Troy Ross at home and Frank David Ross of Greensboro; two daughters, Debra DeMurry of Lexington, S.C., and Constance Anne DeMurry of Washington; a brother, Charles J. Ross of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a sister, Kathryn R. Kelly of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane Schmitz
First licensed woman pilot in McKean County
Mary Jane Schmitz, 71, of Winterhaven, Fla., formerly of Kane, died Friday, April 17, 1998, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born February 10, 1927, in Burgettstown, daughter of Washington Jeptha and Anna Irene Howell Moore. In 1946 she graduated from Waynesburg High School and following graduation married John D. Null. They were divorced in 1973. She worked at the Cera Magnet Division of Stackpole Carbon Co. in Kane from 1961 until 1973. In 1973 she married George F. Erdman, who is deceased. They managed and operated the Airport Restaurant at the Bradford Regional Airport in Lewis Run from 1973 until 1982. She earned her private pilot's license in 1967; was a member and in 1968 was voted president of the McKean County branch of the Civil Air Patrol, and was the first female licensed pilot in McKean County. On April 17, 1988, she married Norbert L. Schmitz of North Collins, N.Y., who survives. Mrs. Schmitz was a member of the Worldwide Church of God. Surviving are a sister, Margaret Dakan of Moundsville, W.Va.; three children, Stanley W. Null of Bellevue, Neb., Jenny Lynn Kerr of Kane and John D. Null Jr. of Bradford; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a daughter, Cathy Jane Null Mason, and a brother, Washington Jeptha Moore Jr. A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date.

Edgar Simms
Former wrestling coach at old Chartiers High School
Edgar Simms, 82, of North Haft Street, Houston, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in the Greenery Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. Born July 12, 1915, in Canonsburg, he was a son of Thomas W. and Clara Ireland Simms. Mr. Simms was a retired general manager from the Washington Grocer's Association and the Fayette Grocer's Association. His memberships included the First United Presbyterian Church in Houston, where he had served as elder and deacon; the Dapper Dan Club in Pittsburgh; 32nd Degree Mason; Chartiers Lodge 297 F&AM; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh; and was a life member of Canon Lodge No. 204 Knights of Pythias. He was a 1932 graduate of Canonsburg High School and in 1944 and 1945 was the wrestling coach for Chartiers High School, where he coached the first state champions for Chartiers, John Mullins and Bill DePaoli. Mr. Simms had been a wrestling official for 35 years and was a 1995 inductee to the Washington Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. On August 28, 1940, married Myra McClure, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Thomas Simms of Houston and Kenneth Simms of Washington; three grandchildren, Kevin, Kelly and Mac Simms; a brother, Alfred Simms of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Clara Mitchell of Canonsburg. Deceased are two sisters, Mary Slack and Eva Friesel; and five brothers, Thomas, Richard, John, George and Robert Simms.

Naomi R. White
42-year resident of Cecil
Naomi R. White, 69, of Cecil, died Monday, April 27, 1998. She was born February 6, 1929, in South Side Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Lawrence G. and Hazel Whitmer Weyers. Mrs. White was a resident of Cecil for 42 years. Her husband, Vincent J. White Sr., died April 12, 1980. Surviving are a daughter, Iris Jean White Larkin of Georgetown, Colo.; three sons, Vincent J. White, Stig Bea White and Arnold J. White, all of Cecil; five grandchildren, Vincent J. III, Justin V., Meghan L. and Adam John White and Shauna Larkin. Deceased is a brother, David Weyers.

Ralph W. Wilson
Owned Clark Service Station in Steubenville
Ralph W. Wilson, 79, of Steubenville, Ohio, died Monday, April 27, 1998. He was born February 24, 1919, in Washington, a son of the late Mac Wilson and Flora Seabright Wilson Clemens of Richmond, Ohio. Mr. Wilson was a member of LaBelle View Church of Christ of Steubenville, Ohio. He owned and operated the Clark Oil Service Station on Third and South Streets, Steubenville, from 1973 until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Wilson graduated from Steubenville High School in 1938, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of Masonic Pilgrim Lodge 691 of Steubenville. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Genevieve Call Wilson, whom he married July 8, 1940; a daughter, Sharon Wilson of Steubenville; two grandchildren, Mark and Robin Elaine Wilson; three sisters, Dorothy Brehm of Steubenville, Ethel Cunningham of Weirton, W.Va., and Alice Smith of Richmond, Ohio. Deceased is his stepfather, LeRoy Clemens.

Sara Wilson
Retired longtime employee of Canonsburg Hospital
Sara Wilson, 84, of Hickory, died at 10:02 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 1998, at Horizon Senior Care Center, Canonsburg, after a long illness. She was born in September 1913, in Fredericktown, a daughter of John and LidaRice and was a retired longtime employee of Canonsburg Hospital. Her husband, Joseph Wilson, died in March 1998. A sister, Martha Kotchar of Washington, survives. Deceased are two sisters, Margaret and Mary; and five brothers, John, Richard, Patrick, Russell and Herbert Rice.

Kenneth P. Dubbs
Meat cutter with Shop N' Save
Kenneth P. Dubbs, 46, of Finleyville, died unexpectedly Monday, April 27, 1998, in his home. He was born October 13, 1951, in New Eagle, a son of the late William and Thelma George Dubbs. Mr. Dubbs was employed by Shop N Save in the meat cutting department, and worked for several years with his father, who owned Dubbs Market in Finleyville. Upon the death of his father, he became a part-owner and worked for several years until the store was dissolved. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Finleyville, and Morrison Ritchie American Legion Post 613 of Finleyville. Surviving are a son, Kenneth P. Dubbs Jr. of Finleyville; two daughters, Lori Dubbs of Chesapeake, Va., and Jennifer Dubbs of Pittsburgh; a brother, William G. Dubbs of Finleyville; and a sister, Kay S. Dubbs of Finleyville.

Genevieve C. Gosseaux
Retired circulation manger for Tribune-Review
Genevieve C. Yanek Gosseaux, 70, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Sebring. Born September 20, 1927, in West Brownsville, she was a daughter of Joseph and Anna Yaros Yanek. Mrs. Gosseaux lived in Sebring for the past eight years, where she was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. She was a former member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church of Belle Vernon, had attended business school in Monessen and had been employed as a district supervisor for United Dairy Farms. Mrs. Gosseaux retired as circulation manager for the Tribune Review Publishing Co., Greensburg, in 1990. Her memberships included the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Belle Vernon Court 1522; the Christian Mothers; St. Catherine's Prayer Community; and the Third Order of Carmelites. Surviving are her husband, Eugene A. Gosseaux, to whom she was married 50 years; a son, Pierre J. Gosseaux of Bedford; a daughter, Celene A. Miner of Washington; and six grandchildren.

Janet McClain
Member of Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church
Janet McClain, 83, of Prosperity, died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in the Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She had been ill since January 21. She was born June 2, 1914, in Prosperity, a daughter of Cephas M. and Bessie Cooper McClain. Miss McClain was a member of the Upper Ten Mile Presbyterian Church and a 1933 graduate of Morris Township High School. She was a nurse and had been employed by Dr. Robert Clohecy of Smithfield. Surviving are several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sisters, Mary Ruth McClain and Elizabeth Dille; two brothers, Marion R. and Earl W. McClain; two nephews, Neal and Eugene Kelley; and a niece, Berneda Williams.

Elizabeth Phillips
Bookkeeper from Washington
Elizabeth Springer Phillips, 81, of Girard, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in Pleasant Ridge Manor. She was born April 5, 1919, in Washington, a daughter of Roy and Ethel Irene Huston Springer. Mrs. Phillips worked as a bookkeeper in Washington for several years. Surviving are two daughters, Becky and Nancy, both of California; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are a daughter, Layne Phillips, who died at age 16; a brother, Clarence Springer; and a sister, Dorothy White.

Catherine M. Struth
Member of Canonsburg Senior Citizens
Catherine M. Descutner Struth, 80, of Noblestown Road, McDonald, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington. She was born September 3, 1917, in McDonald, a daughter of Harry and Clementine Descutner. Mrs. Struth was a homemaker, a member of Canonsburg Senior Citizens and was Methodist. On June 29, 1940, she married Frederick P. Struth, who died March 1995. Surviving are a daughter, Carol S. Smith of Avella; two sons, Robert F. Struth of Midway and Wayne W. Struth of Irwin; a sister, Billie Thurston of Mt. Lebanon; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are three brothers, Alfred, Elmer and Harry Descutner.

Lila Withrow Aggers
Homemaker graduated from Trinity High School
Lila Jeanne Withrow Aggers, 67, of 2421 Fulton Road, Kissimmee, Fla., died Monday, April 13, 1998, at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee. Mrs. Aggers was born in Canonsburg and moved to the central Florida area in 1981 from Hialeah, Fla. She was a 1949 graduate of Trinity High School, a homemaker and Protestant. Surviving are her husband, Howard W. Aggers; a daughter, Deborah Conrad of St. Augustine, Fla.; a son, Howard Aggers Jr. of Newberry, Fla.; a brother, John Withrow of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Muriel Clark of Houston nad Irma Clements of Sun City Center, Fla.; and five grandchildren. Two brothers, C. David and Blair L. Withrow, are deceased. Services were held April 17 with interment in Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Michael Ballas
Retired from Gateway Coal and California University
Michael Ballas, 91, of Clarksville R.D.1, Pitt Gas Road, Jefferson Township, formerly of Green Street, California, died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 1998, in Mon Valley Hospital. He was born January 19, 1907, in Ronco, a son of Andrew and Susan Benko Ballas. Mr. Ballas was a retired miner from Gateway Coal Co. and a retiree of California University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of UMWA Local 6330, California Eagles, California Moose and Roscoe Slovak Club. Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Gussie of Hubbard, Ohio, and Darlene Koci of Clarksville; a son, Michael Ballas of Fairmont, Va.; two stepdaughters, Virginia Stringer of Roscoe and Diane Bonde of Belle Vernon; a brother, Sam Ballas of Adah; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are his wife, Ann Messina Ballas, who died November 1, 1993; a son, William Ballas; three brothers, Andrew, William and John Ballas; and a sister, Sophia Simsemovich.

Joseph B. Chrobak
Retired carpenter and member of Slovak Society
Joseph B. Chrobak, 86, of Dillonvale, Ohio, originally of Cokeburg, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, in Glen Burnie, Md. He was born on February 21, 1912, in Lazy, Austria, a son of John and Anastazie Polak Chrobak. Mr. Chrobak was a retired carpenter and a member of the National Slovak Society. His wife, Minnie Ricchetti Chrobak, is deceased. Surviving are two daughters, Anastasia Gossard of Millersville, Md., and Sarah Renaud of Cody, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A niece, Mary Pattison is of Ellsworth, and two nephews, Anthony and Joseph Chrobak are of Scenery Hill. Deceased are his son, Christopher; a brother, John; and a sister, Mary Sustik. Funeral services were held in Smithfield, Ohio, and interment in the Fort Steuben Burial Estates, Wintersville, Ohio.

E. Warren Jones
Former Washington resident dies in Virginia
E. Warren Jones, 70, a nine-year resident of Bristol, Va., formerly of Washington, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at Bristol Medical Center in Tennessee. He was born November 8, 1927, in Washington. Mr. Jones was a retired general manager of Metal Casting Co. and was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, both in Bristol. Surviving are his wife, Caroline L. Jones; his mother, Rene Jones of Oakmont; a daughter, Rev. Karen M. Jones of Jackson, Mich.; a son, Robert W. Jones of Canton, Ohio; a sister, Carol McLaughlin of Tulscaloosa, Ala.; a brother, James Jones of McKeesport; and two grandchildren, Danielle Jones and Ronald Jones. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, VA 24201 (for adult daycare or the music program).

Sally A. Scalzi
THS graduate executive assistant for Alcoa
Sally A. Scalzi, 60, of South Queensberry Court, Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at the Regency Hill Nursing Home, Allison Park. Born May 4, 1937, in Washington, she was a daughter of John B. Scalzi of Washington and the late Anna Tokar Scalzi, who died April 4, 1998. She was a member of St. Peters Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh and had been an executive assistant with Alcoa. A 1957 graduate of Trinity High School, she received an associate degree from Robert Morris College. Surviving are a brother, John L. Scalzi of West Chester, and many nieces and nephews.

George Six
Retired after 35 years with Equitable Gas
George "Junior" Six, 78, of Waynesburg, formerly of the Pine Bank area, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1998, in Washington Hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 8, 1919, in Hundred, W.Va., a son of George F. Six Sr. and Attie Gertrude Himelrick Six. Mr. Six was a member of Pine Bank United Methodist Church and a resident of Waynesburg since 1992. He was a 50-year member and past commander of James Farrell American Legion Post 330 in Waynesburg, a past Chef DeGuire of the 40&8 and was a 14th and 32nd degree member of Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM, the Syria Temple A.A.O.M.M.S. of Pittsburgh and Washington and Greene County Caravan 2. Mr. Six was a veteran of World War II, serving as a T/5 in the U.S. Army with Company K 329th Infantry Regiment. He was employed as a tool dresser for three different contractors prior to entering the military and was last employed as a gang foreman with Equitable Gas Co. in Waynesburg for 35 years prior to retiring in 1981. Surviving are his wife, Pansy Edgar Six, who he married July 17, 1937; two sons, Eugene Six of Jacksonville, Fla., and Edward Six of Holbrook, R.D.1 (Bluff); a daughter, Marlene Stansberry of New Martinsville, W.Va.; five brothers, C. Dorsey Six of Selah, W.Va., Howard Six of Lawrenceville, Don H. Six of Westfield and Kenneth J. Six of Prosperity; three sisters, Ruth Kolvec of Waynesburg, Betty Young of Canonsburg and Neida Whoolery of Jefferson; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Deceased are two brothers, Ralph Six, who was killed during World War II, and Neil Six; one sister, Velma Six, who died in infancy.

Thomas V. Blayney
Retired B&O Railroad clerk
Thomas V. Blayney, 72, of 1802 Parkway Drive, Piqua, Ohio, died Friday, March 27, 1998, in his residence. He was born on October 22, 1925, in Claysville, son of Vernon and Emma Hunter Blayney. Mr. Blayney is a retired clerk from the B&O Railroad and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during World War II. Surviving are a son, Jeffrey V. Blayney-White of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Terri Blayney-Mackey of Auburn, Calif.; and two granddaughters. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Claysville Cemetery, with full military honors presented by the Claysville American Legion.

Sue Kerr Craig
Retired as cook for Natrona Heights Inn
Sue Kerr Craig, 60, of Sarver, formerly of Pine Bank, died at 8:51 a.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, in UPMC, Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was born June 23, 1937, in Greene County, a daughter of the late Harry R. Kerr and Mary Jones Kerr of Waynesburg. Mrs. Craig was a member of Fellowship Bible Church, Cabot. She was retired as a cook for Sun Light Inn in Natrona Heights and enjoyed ceramics, cooking and baking. On January 18, 1961, she married Paul E. Craig, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mary Melissa Craig Zollars of Silver Spring, Md., and Paula Ruffaner of Sarver; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nancy Olson of Kearny, Neb., and Melinda Stewart of Waynesburg; and four nieces and four nephews. Deceased, in addition to her father, are a brother, Richard Kerr; and a nephew, Kevin Richard Kerr.

Carl W. Hugus
50-year member of Beallsville United Methodist
Carl W. Hugus, 75, of Main Street, Beallsville, died at 2:10 p.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, in Humbert Lane Health Care Center, Washington. He was born April 4, 1922, in Bentleyville, a son of Paul W. and Mollie M. Carroll Hugus. Mr. Hugus was a member of Beallsville United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He was a graduate of Beallsville High School, a retired employee of Columbia Gas Co and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Surviving are a son, Danny W. Hugus at home; a daughter, Darlene M. Shandor of Fredericktown; three grandchildren, Travis Paul Shandor, Kylene Marie Shandor and Scott Andrew Shandor. Deceased is his wife, Genevieve M. Parkinson Hugus, who died June 11, 1990.

Imogene V. Jablonski
Hills Department Store employee from McDonald
Imogene V. Jablonski, 54, of McDonald, died Friday, April 3, 1998, in her home. She was born February 26, 1944, in McDonald, a daughter of Lillian Havelka of McDonald. Miss Jablonski was employed at Hills Department Store. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a brother, Richard A. Havelka of McDonald; and her maternal grandmother, Emma G. Havelka of McDonald.

George Kioalicas
WW II veteran retired from Combustion Engineering
George Kioalicas, 72, of 100 Kimber Drive, Peters Township, died unexpectedly Friday, April 3, 1998. He was born August 4, 1925, in Burgettstown, a son of Ernest and Stella Manos Kioalicas and had been a resident of Peters Township for the past 20 years. Mr. Kioalicas was a member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church and VFW Post 191, both of Canonsburg. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a manager at Combustion Engineering of Muse. He had served with the U. S. Marines during World War II and fought in the battles of Okinawa and Palau and participated in the Occupation of China. On November 23, 1947, he married Mary Galizia, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Anthony Kioalicas of Canonsburg; two daughters, Sharon Matteo of Simsbury, Conn., and Georgette Caffery of Allentown; three sisters, Mary and Martha Kioalicas, both of Canonsburg, and Sara Delost of Rochester, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Edward George and Anthony Matteo, Jennifer Caffery, Anthony and Nicholas Kioalicas; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a brother, John Kioalicas.

Victoria F. Miller
New Eagle resident
Victoria F. Miller, 76, of New Eagle, died Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Haven Crest Nursing Home, Carroll Township. She was born September 16, 1921, in Brier Hill, a daughter of Jacob and Anna Bricsak Tatar. Mrs. Miller was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela. Surviving are two daughters, Victoria Deffobis of New Eagle and Mary Ann Conn of Buena Vista; a son, William Miller of Monongahela; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Felix "Bonnie" Tatar of Finleyville and James Tatar of Monongahela. Deceased are her husband, William Miller, who died April 9, 1993; and five brothers, John, Stanley, Andrew, Joseph and an infant, Steven Tatar.

William B. Morris
Construction engineer from Finleyville
William B. Morris, 66, of Finleyville, died Friday, April 3, 1998, in Meadowcrest Nursing Center, Bethel Park. He was born August 25, 1931, in Venetia, a son of John and Nellie Caseber Morris. Mr. Morris was an operating engineer in the construction business and was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Finleyville. Surviving are his wife, June Russell Morris; two sons, William G. Morris and Jay D. Morris, both of Madison, Ohio; and a grandson, Michael. Deceased is a brother, Amos Morris.

William R. Mundell
Carmichaels man retired from West Penn Power
William R. Mundell, 65, of Carmichaels R.D., died at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 1998, in his home. He was born June 12, 1932, in Carmichaels, a son of the late Raymond R. Mundell and Mary Grooms Mundell of Carmichaels. Mr. Mundell retired after 30 years of service with West Penn Power Co., the last six as foreman. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War and was a member of Uniontown AMVETS. He was an active member of Carmichaels Lions Club for many years and was the Lions Man of the Year in 1987. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a son, William A. Mundell of Carmichaels; three daughters, Deborah Van Bremen of Ohiopyle, Diana Wood of Cary, N.C., and Dottie McCabe of Morgantown, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Mundell of N. Ridgeville, Ohio; and two sisters, Geraldine Davidson of Carmichaels and Carol Dabbieri of Aurora Heights, Ohio. Deceased are his wife, Jean Osborne Mundell; and a brother, Wallace Mundell. Annetta (Anna) Monica of Carmichaels was his companion of five years and caregiver.

Margaret Slesh
I.C. Church member retired from Brockway Glass
Margaret Malik Slesh, 72, of Washington, died Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born June 4, 1925, in Cloverdale, now known as Bethel Park, a daughter of John Malik and Mary Malik Kalina. Mrs. Slesh, who attended Trinity schools, was a production line worker at Hazel Atlas for 23 years, retiring from Brockway Glass Plant No. 11 after 13 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the American Legion Auxilary Post 175. She was also a member of the Gold Star Mothers, where she was a treasurer and chaplain for the past 10 years; a past department officer; department corresponding secretary; historian; and first vice president of the Washington chapter. On June 4, 1945, she married John Daniel Slesh Sr., who died August 3, 1988. Surviving are a son, Thomas Robert Slesh of Dover, Del.; a daughter, Barbara McCarthy of Washington; two brothers, John Malik and Tom Malik, both of Washington; a sister, Mary Oliverio of Washington; and three grandchildren, Brian McCarthy, Tonya Slesh Sabin and John Daniel Slesh III. Deceased are a son, John Daniel Slesh Jr., who was killed in Vietnam in 1967; and a brother, Justin Malik.

Randy W. Carpenter
Bus driver in Carmichaels Area School District
Randy W. Carpenter, 42, of Nemacolin, died unexpectedly at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born July 17, 1955, in Canton, Ohio, a son of Martha E. Walthour Carpenter of Carmichaels and the late Harry Allen Carpenter. For the past 13 years, he was a resident of Nemacolin. He was a graduate of Glenwood High School in Canton. He was Protestant. Mr. Carpenter had worked at Nemacolin Mine and later for Carmichaels Area School District. Most recently, he drove a school bus for Haulit Inc. in Carmichaels Area School District. He had coached T-ball in Carmichaels for a number of years and was a former member of Carmichaels Lions Club. Mr. Carpenter had served as chairman of the King Coal Association antique car parade. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Yvonne Y. Cooper Carpenter; two sons, Marcus A. and Craig M. Carpenter, both at home; two daughters, Crystal L. and Jacquelyn N. Carpenter, both at home; and a niece. Deceased, in addition to his father, are two brothers, Albert A. and Donald K. Carpenter; and a sister, Debra L. Carpenter.

George W. Spray Jr.
George W. "Skip" Spray Jr., 78, died March 12, 1998, in Youngstown, Ohio.
He was born February 19, 1920, the son George William Sr. and Gaynel Bates Spray. Mr. Spray was raised in Rogersville by his paternal grandparents, H.W. and Lulu Spray. He graduated from Rogersville High School. He served in Company K during World War II. He was wounded while in Germany and received the Purple Heart. Surviving are his wife, Jean Stephenson Spray of Girard, Ohio; one daughter, Pamela Craig of North Canton, Ohio; one son, Scott Spray of Lake Bluff, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Jeffrey and Heather Ferguson and Stefanie and Lauren Spray. Funeral and interment were held in Vienna, Ohio.

Nettie N. Anderson
Nettie Nyblad Anderson, 97, of Horizon Health Care Center of Canonsburg, died Friday, April 3, 1998. She was born December 9, 1900, in Oslo, Minn., a daughter of Andrew and Mary Mattson Nyblad. She was a 1926 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Surviving are two daughters, Dr. Marilyn P. Whitmore of Pittsburgh and Muriel Coombs of McMurray; a granddaughter, Mara Jo Pawling; and a brother, Ralph T. Nyblad of Caldwell, Idaho. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Horizon Senior Care or the American Heart Association.

George Beppler
Canonsburg area athlete retired from McGraw-Edison
George "Horse" Beppler, 73, of Canonsburg, died Friday, April 3, 1998, in Allegheny University Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a four-month illness. He was born December 30, 1924, in Canonsburg, a son of John and Mary Smith Beppler. He was a well-known baseball player in the Canonsburg area, having played on several teams, including the Pennsylvania Transformer team. He was known as one of the best first basemen of his time. Mr. Beppler was an avid bowler and bowled several 300 games. He belonged to several leagues and was the captain of the Beppler "No-Stars." Prior to his retirement in 1989, he had been employed at the former McGraw-Edison Power Systems in Canonsburg. Mr. Beppler was an active volunteer with the Canonsburg Food Bank. He enjoyed landscaping and outdoor work. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Huber Beppler; three sons, Bruce Beppler of Hickory, and Keith and David Beppler, both of Canonsburg; a daughter, Patti Lu Beppler of Canonsburg; eight grandchildren, Michele, Melissa, Ben, Bethany, Zachary, Joshua, Matt and Megan Beppler; two brothers, Clyde Beppler of Canonsburg and Roy Beppler of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio; a sister, Virginia Kirby of Canonsburg; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two brothers, John and Raymond Beppler; and a sister, Annabelle Dybell. At the request of the deceased, services were private. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, St. Patrick Parish or a charity of the donor's choice.

Robert Cox
Former miner, retired from Union Electric Co.
Robert Cox, 84, of McDonald, died Sunday, April 5, 1998, in his home. He was born May 15, 1913, in Midland, Ky., son of Walter and Martha Evans Cox. Mr. Cox served in the US. Navy during World War II. He retired in 1978 from Union Electric in Burgettstown after 20 years service. He previously was employed by Pittsburgh Coal Co., having worked in mines in Primrose, Westland and Muse. He also worked for Harrison Construction Co. in Pittsburgh and Taylor Forge in Carnegie. He was a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 520 in Midway and was a member of the United Steelworkers of America. On July 1, 1932, he married Ida Truzzie, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Richard H. Cox of Midway; a daughter, Rose M. Tournay of Midway; a sister, Christine Romestan of Cecil; four grandchildren, Susan L. Gross, Edward Tournay, Lori A. Gilmer and Richard A. Cox, and four great-grandchildren. Deceased are two brothers, Walter and Harold Cox, and a sister, Lillian Bernard.

Joseph R. Comfort
Former Washington County deputy sheriff, constable
Joseph R. Comfort, 84, of Washington, died Saturday, April 4, 1998. He was born January 9, 1914, in New Brighton, a son of Tony and Theresa Mazza Comfort. Prior to his retirement in 1984, he worked at Jessop Steel Corp. for more than 40 years. He was a deputy sheriff and constable for Washington County for many years. Mr. Comfort was Protestant. He was a charter member of Jessop Boat Club and Jessop Club, and a member of Tylerdale Betterment League, the National Order of Police and the Alpine Club. Mr. Comfort was once a candidate for Washington County sheriff. He attended Wylie-Hayes Avenue School. On April 14, 1934, he married Laura Pearl Standiford, who died December 17, 1971. Surviving are two sons, Anthony A. Comfort and Joseph D. Comfort, both of Washington; a daughter, Ruth E. Comfort of Washington; two brothers, Sam Comfort of Washington and Paul Confort of Washington; three sisters, Mary Scuhta and Esther Confort, both of Washington, and Martha Comfort of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Deceased are two sons, William A. and Richard Comfort; and three sisters, Rose Slaviero, Katherine Marra and Ruth Casale.

Charles H. Faust
Retired from Brockway Glass Plant No. 7
Charles H. "Chum" Faust, 79, of Washington, died at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 1998, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a brief illness. He was born April 8, 1918, in Shamokin, a son of Elmer and Elizabeth Zimmerman Faust. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater with the 36th Division of the 141st Infantry. In 1965, Mr. Faust retired from Brockway Glass Plant No. 7, formerly Tygart Valley Glass Company, after 25 years of service. He was a member of Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post No. 175 of Washington. For the last 30 years, he was an active CBer, who was known as "Big Hammer." On June 24, 1937, he married Ruth J. Crowe, who died February 28, 1990. Surviving are two sons, Charles H. Faust Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., and William C. Faust of Washington; a daughter, Judith Hopson of Washington; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family. Deceased are a brother, Stephen Francis Faust; and four sisters, Mabel Spear, Cora Schrader, Elizabeth Tarr and Dorothy Faust.

Ella E. Herrington
Member of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church
Ella E. Stofcheck Herrington, 96, of Carmichaels, died Saturday, April 4, 1998, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg. She was born January 8, 1902, in Lemont Furnace, Fayette County, a daughter of Jacob and Ellma Lee McNatt. She had been a resident of Nemacolin before relocating to Carmichaels. She was a member of Greene Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels. She was twice married. Her first husband, John Stofcheck, and her second husband, Charles Herrington, are both deceased. Surviving are five nieces, Mae Bailey of Nemacolin, Minnie Yakubac and Dorothy Hopton, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Wilda Juliani of Greensboro and Ellma Beattie of Carmichaels; a nephew, John Hyson of Ohio; and a granddaughter, Robin. Deceased, in addition to her husbands, is a daughter, Jean Arnold. She was the last of her immediate family.

Larry C. Jamison
Foreman at Washington Automatic Machine
Larry C. Jamison, 57, of Rices Landing (Dry Tavern), died Friday, April 3, 1998, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg. He was born January 23, 1941, in Rices Landing, a son of the late Earl W. and Sara V. Craft Jamison. He was a 1959 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School. During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Jamison was a machinist foreman at Washington Automatic Machine in Washington. He was a member of Rices Landing United Methodist Church and Greene County Radio Controlled Modelers, where he was a field marshal. He was a former member of Rices Landing American Legion Post 816. On August 8, 1966, he married Katherine (Kathy) Paul, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, Larry S., David E. and Brian P. Jamison, all of Dry Tavern; a grandson, Dante Anthony Jamison; two sisters, Kathleen Provance of Rices Landing and Sandra Beach of Columbus, Ohio; and three brothers, Ralph E. Jamison of Port Clinton, Ohio, Kenneth E. (Gene) Jamison of Finleyville and Lee O. Jamison of Carmichaels. Deceased is a brother, Richard Jamison.

James J. Jansante III
Beth-Center first-grader was St. Agnes Church member
James John (Jimmy) Jansante III, 7, of Route 40, Fredericktown (Centerville Borough), died at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, 1998, in Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lengthy illness. He was born May 20, 1990, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, a son of James John Jansante Jr. and Paula Clark Jansante. He was a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Richeyville and was a first-grade student in Bethlehem-Center School District. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Kristen Marie Jansante, at home; his paternal grandparents, James John Jansante Sr. and Georgette Papadopolis Jansante; his maternal grandparents, Fred R. and Pauline Yusko Clark; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
CORRECTION
IN THE OBITUARY of James John (Jimmy) Jansante, published in Sunday's paper, omitted was the name of his surviving great-grandmother, Margaret Clark.

Elizabeth J. Lawrence
Peters Township resident
Elizabeth J. (Bettie) Lawrence, 70, of Peters Township, died unexpectedly Friday, April 3, 1998. Mrs. Lawrence enjoyed cooking, gardening and playing bingo. Surviving are her husband, Don Lawrence; two daughters, Linda Jean Phillips and Donna Elizabeth Lawrence; two sons, Richard Allen Lawrence and Michael Raymond Lawrence; a grandson, Sean Christian; and two sisters, Florence and Frances.

Benny R. Lowther
Retired security guard from Waynesburg
Benny R. Lowther, 73, of 548 North Porter Street, Waynesburg, died at 10:28 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 1998, at home. He was born July 15, 1924, in Brockway, a son of James W. and Leona Taylor Lowther. Mr. Lowther was Methodist and was retired as a security guard. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy, and was a member of Bethel Park American Legion and VFW Post 4793 of Waynesburg. Surviving are four sisters, Adelyne McLaughlin of Detroit, Mich., Jessie Luoma of Carmichaels, Emma Lou Johnson and his twin, Betty Taylor, both of Waynesburg; a brother, James Lowther of Nemacolin; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are two sisters, Anna B. Marnetti and Goldie Gray; and two brothers, David and William Lowther.

Warren D. Piazza
Co-founder of Piazza Brothers Trucking
Warren D. Piazza, 77, of McDonald, died Sunday, April 5, 1998, in Manor Care, McMurray. He was born October 10, 1920, in Noblestown, a son of Fortunato D. and Angelina Piazza. He was a former partner of Piazza Brothers Inc. Trucking in Noblestown. In 1982, he retired from the trucking company, which he founded with his four brothers in 1946. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in McDonald and the United Mine Workers of America. On March 18, 1944, he married Olive Prevost, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Warren DallaPiazza of McDonald; a daughter, Gina L. Ooghe of Imperial; four brothers, William D. Piazza and Bruno D. Piazza, both of Oakdale; Friendo D. Piazza of Clearwater, Fla., and Gilbert D. Piazza of Jamestown; two sisters, Olympia Elias of McDonald and Zelinda Montgomery of Cuddy; three grandchildren, Anthony, Angela and Christa DallaPiazza. Deceased are two sisters, Ida DellaPiazza and Carmella DeVandry.

Anna Tokar Scalzi
Anna Tokar Scalzi, 81, of Washington, died Saturday, April 4, 1998, in Humbert Lane Nursing Home, Washington. She was born November 25, 1916, in Manifold, a daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Reeves Tokar. She was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Washington. On May 30, 1936, in St. Michael Church in Canonsburg, she married John B. Scalzi, who survives. Also surviving are a son, John L. Scalzi of Westchester; a daughter, Sally Ann Scalzi of Pittsburgh; a sister, Helen Lockman of Washington; two grandsons, Brian Scalzi and John Scalzi; and three great-grandchildren. Deceased is a brother, Michael Tokar.

Jennie B. Soltesz
Member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Avella
Jennie B. Soltesz, 74, of Avella, died at 9:17 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 1998, in Washington Hospital. She was born October 22, 1923, in Windsor Heights, W.Va., a daughter of Alexander and Blanche Sarkowski Kendzerski. Since 1946, she was a resident of Avella, where she was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church and its Christian Mothers, the Bert C. Siders American Legion Post No. 643 Ladies Auxiliary, and the Cross Creek Valley Senior Citizens. On July 10, 1943, she married Frank A. Soltesz Sr., who died September 16, 1997. Surviving are three sons, Frank A. Soltesz Jr., Richard J. Soltesz and Steven A. Soltesz, all of Avella; six grandchildren; two sisters, Julia Kolenc and Mary Kolenc, both of Windsor Heights, W.Va.; and two brothers, Alexander Kendzerski of Colorado and Stanley Listuon of Windsor Heights, W.Va. Deceased are a sister, Helen Hartman; and a brother, Walter Listuon.

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