George A. Kopchick
George A. Kopchick, 85, of Saltsburg, died Tuesday, February 1, 2005, in his home.
Born April 20, 1919, in Punxsutawney, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Liscinsky) Kopchick.
He lived in Saltsburg most of his life.
Before retiring in 1977, he was employed by A&P Tea Company Food Stores as the store manager for 35 years.
Mr. Kopchick was a parishioner of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, Saltsburg, where he served as a lector. He was also a life member of the Saltsburg Fire Department, a founding member of S.A.R.A., and was one of the founding members of the Saltsburg Swimming Pool. He was also a member of the Saltsburg Senior Citizens.
Mr. Kopchick and his wife, Jennie, had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Peter, Joseph, and John Kopchick; and one sister, Helen Bzinak.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Kopchick of Saltsburg; four sons: George A. (Karen) Kopchick of Kempton, PA, Patrick M. (Harriet) Kopchick of Clarksburg, Joseph A. (Susan) Kopchick of Mechanicsburg, and Steve P. (Jackie) Kopchick of Saltsburg; three daughters: Kathleen (Gene) Pawloski of Bluefield, WV, Michele (Bob) Gregory of Raleigh, NC, and Mary Sue (John) Arnold of Pittsburgh; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Friends welcome at CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, on Friday, February 4, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, Saltsburg, with Father Anthony Carbone as celebrant. The St. Matthew Rosary Society will recite the rosary on Friday at 7:00 p.m., in the funeral home.
Furl Davison, 77, of Bell Township, Westmoreland County, died Tuesday, February 1, 2005, in his home.
He was born April 29, 1927, in Edmon, a son of the late Larence and Ruby (Shaw) Davison. He lived in Bell Township most of his life.
Until his retirement in 1987, Mr. Davison was employed by National Roll in Avonmore, for 42 years, where he was a supervisor of the pattern shop and steel foundry.
He was of the Protestant faith, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Consistory, Syria Shriners, and Williamson Lodge #431, Saltsburg.
Mr. Davison was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Cliff Ford; and two sisters, Orpha Stiffey and Ruth Morgan.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan M. (Morgan) Davison; and two sons, Robert A. Davison and John L. (Barbara) Davison, all of Bell Township; four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Date and time will be announced to the public. Interment will be private. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001. Arrangements by CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg.
Joseph B. Kestory, 93, of North Vandergrift died Friday, February 4, 2005 in the Highland Center Genesis, Brackenridge, PA.
Born on March 21, 1911, in Millvale, PA, he was a son of the late Albert and Mary Mora Kestory.
He lived in the Vandergrift area most of his life and was employed as a bricklayer for over 50 years with various construction companies. He retired 20 years ago.
Mr. Kestory was a veteran of US Army serving during World War II.
He was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church and the VFW both in Vandergrift.
Mr. Kestory was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Leonard, Fritz, Edward, Edmon and Albert Kestory.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary (Zawalnicki) Kestory of North Vandergrift; a daughter, Claudia (Ronald) Naventi of Petaluma, CA; two grandsons, Stephen Naventi and Christian Naventi both of Petaluma, CA; a half-brother, Gustine Zahumensky and a half-sister, Irene Zanewicz.
Friends will be received on Monday, February 7, 2005 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. Funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Leo Rothrauff on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 in St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, at 10:00 a.m.
Daniel Richard Russo, Sr.
Daniel Richard Russo, Sr., 60, of Kiski Township died on Monday, January 31, 2005 in his home.
Born on February 1, 1944 he was a son of the late Ralph and Maxine (Dickson ) Russo.
Mr. Russo lived in Kiski Township for the past 20 years. He was a union employee having worked for Burrell Construction, New Kensington for 28 years.
He was a member of the Parks Township Sportsmen's Club in Parks Township.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel R (Chris) Russo, Jr of Ford Cliff and David (Nikki) Russo of Kittanning; a daughter, Debbie Russo of Kittanning; two grandsons Daniel Richard Russo, III and Nicholas Smeltzer; a granddaughter, Maggi Russo; and several bothers and sisters.
At the request of the family all visitation and services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo.
Leo O. Stoltz
Leo O. Stoltz, 81, of Vandergrift, died Sunday, February 6, 2005, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, where he was a patient for one day.
Born May 26, 1923, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Victoria (Thill) Stoltz. He lived in Vandergrift most of his life.
Prior to his retirement in 1984, he was employed for 27 years with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. He was a technician at the Beaver Run Filter Plant.
A United States Army veteran, he served during World War II in England at the 117th general hospital.
Mr. Stoltz was member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift. He was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Notre Dame. He enjoyed carpentry and loved his pet cat, Lexsie. He was also an avid train collector.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and John Stoltz; and a sister, Madelyn Moore.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth (Lippolis) Stoltz of Vandergrift; two daughters, Cheryl (Paul) Randolph of New Kensington, and Diana (Donald) Lohr of Plum Boro; a son, Dennis (Robin) Stoltz of Vandergrift; a sister, Mary Waros of Vandergrift; and seven step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends welcome at BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue Vandergrift, on Tuesday, February 8, 2005, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, February 9, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, on Thrusday, February 10, 2005, at 1:00 p.m., with Father Leo Rothrauff, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell.
W. Jean Owsiany
W. Jean Owsiany, 77, of Allegheny Township, died on Tuesday,
February 8, 2005 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born on August 7, 1927 in East Vandergrift and was a daughter of the late John and Stella Klonowski Mazurek.
Mrs. Owsiany lived in Allegheny Township since 1947. She was employed as a nurses aid at Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington until retiring in 1989.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Freeport. She enjoyed traveling, crochetting and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Owsiany is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edmund F. Owsiany in 2001; three brothers, Raymond, John and Edward Mazurek; three sisters, Helen Nowakowski, Stella Skwirut and Sophie Holmes.
Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine (Robert) Faletti and Susan (Randall) Hughan both of Allegheny Township; 4 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Stelmaszewski of Milwaukee, WI.
Visitation will be private. A private blessing service will be conducted in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market Street, Leechburg with Father Thomas Federline officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell.
Mary J. Debich Wallace
Elders Ridge, Young Township
Mary J. Debich Wallace, 90, from the Elders Ridge section of Young Township died on Friday, February 11, 2005 in St. Andrew's Village, Indiana, PA.
Born September 18, 1914, she was a daughter of the late John and Ann Hudak Debich.
Before moving to Elders Ridge 25 years ago, Mrs. Wallace had lived in Patton, Loyalhanna Township.
She was a cook for Pauline's restaurant in Camp JoAnn, retiring in 1976.
Mrs. Wallace was a parishioner of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Kent.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence James Wallace in 1958; four sons, Clarence Edward, Richard James, Daniel Joseph and Barry Edwards Wallace; five brothers, George, Joe, John, Mike and Paul Debich and a sister, Ann Morgan.
Survivors include her companion Andrew Matthew Kapusta of Elders Ridge; two sons, John Kenneth Wallace and Harry George Wallace both of Saltsburg; two daughters Ann M. (Carl) Kemerer of Indiana and Mary Elizabeth (Bill) Fennell, Sr. of Saltsburg; 2 step-sisters, Pauline Shaffer of Ruffsdale, PA and Katherine Gerhart of Greensburg; 2 step-brothers, Charles Debich and Steve Debich both of Greensburg; 7 Grandchildren, Danny Joe Wallace, Mary Wallace, Ricky Wallace, Barbara Trader, Margie Campbell, Matthew Fennell and Olivia Johnston; and 10 great grandchildren.
Friends welcome at CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, on Sunday, February 13, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Monday, February 14, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of a blessing service at 12:00 Noon in the funeral home. Father George Saletrik, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Kent, will officiate. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
Maysville, Kiski Township
Mary Laurenti, 88, of Maysville, Kiski Township, died Saturday, February 12, 2005, in West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township.
She was born July 16, 1916, in Kiski Township, a daughter of the late Michael and Clemetina (Bernini) Bottali.
She lived in the Avonmore area all of her life, and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Laurenti was a parishioner of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Avonmore, where she was a member of the Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Fannie Sellins Lodge, Avonmore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry H. Laurenti, Sr., in 1997; two brothers: Pete and Frank Bottali; and a grandson, Lawrence Laurenti in 1967.
Survivors include two sons: Larry H. (Arlene) Laurenti, Jr., of Allegheny Township, and Richard (Debra) Laurenti of Kiski Township; a daughter, Catherine (Kenneth) Shaffer of Plum Boro; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Melio Bottali of Kiski Township.
Friends welcome at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, on Tuesday, February 15, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Avonmore, with Father Peter Peretti as celebrant. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery, Avonmore. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 503 Cambria Avenue, Avonmore, PA 15618.
Barbara Ann Daugherty
Barbara Ann Daugherty, 62, of West Leechburg, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 12, 2005, in the emergency room of Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights.
Born December 17, 1942, in Schenley, she was the daughter of Carl J. and Angeline (Romano) Franklin.
She had lived in West Leechburg since 1965.
Mrs. Daugherty was a feature writer for the Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum.
She was a graduate of Leechburg High School, Leechburg, and Seton Hill College, Greensburg.
She was a member of the former Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Gilpin Township. She enjoyed reading, writing, cooking, spending time at her camp, watching NASCAR, and animals, especially her dog, Beau.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl J. Franklin.
Mrs. Daugherty is survived by her mother, Angeline (Romano) Franklin of Schenley; her husband of 42 years, David L. Daugherty of West Leechburg; two daughters, Debra Ann (Thomas) Sprague of Schenley, and Rebecca Ann Daugherty and her boyfriend, Mark Palko, of Natrona Heights; two sons, Jeffrey William Daugherty of Cheswick, and Michael David Daugherty of Parks Township; and her three grandchildren, Amanda, Elizabeth, and Michael.
Visitation will be private. A private Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Christ the King Parish, Leechburg, with Father William Berkey as celebrant. Interment will be private. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Orphans of the Storm, P.O. Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16201, or to the Allegheny Valley Dialysis Center, 1301 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. Funeral arrangements by CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market Street, Leechburg, PA 15656.
Ida Catherine Shearer
Ida Catherine Shearer, 52, of Saltsburg, died Sunday, February 13, 2005, in the emergency room of Latrobe Area Hospital, Latrobe.
Born March 1, 1952, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Smith) Burrell. She lived in Saltsburg most of her life.
She was a housekeeper at The Kiski School (Kiski Prep), Saltsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her stepfather, Clifford Foster in 1970.
Mrs. Shearer is survived by her husband of 3 years, Elmer H. Shearer, Sr., of Saltsburg; a son, Elmer H. "Toot" Shearer of Nowrytown; a daughter, Heidi L. (Daniel) Gifford of Nowrytown; eight grandchildren: Nicole, Zachary, and Jacob Gifford, Erika, Kodi, Courtney, and Katrina Shearer, and Devon McAlpine; a brother, Raymond (Marlene) Burrell of Clarksburg; and a sister, Caroline (Ronald) Syphrit of Blairsville.
Friends welcome at CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2005, and from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2005. Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Dr. Tom Jones will officiate. Interment will be in Edgewood Cemetery, Saltsburg.