Robert G. McGeary
Spring Church, Kiski Township
November 7, 1918 - September 17, 2004
Robert G. McGeary, 85, of Spring Church, Kiski Township, died Friday, September 17, 2004, at his home.
He was born November 7, 1918, in Vandergrift, a son of the late W. Aber and Margaret J. (Swank) McGeary, and lived in the Kiski Valley all of his life.
He worked for and became the president of the former W.A. McGeary Agency in Vandergrift, for over 40 years, prior to his retirement in 1992.
He was a United States Army veteran, having served in World War II with the 45th Infantry Division during campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany.
He was a lifelong member of the Vandergrift Presbyterian Church, Vandergrift. Mr. McGeary was a graduateof Vandergrift High School and the University of Pittsburgh, having graduated with a degree in business and economics. He was involved in many civic, fraternal, and charitable organizations throughout the area. Mr. McGeary enjoyed hunting, football, and NASCAR racing, as well as reading, and attending family reunions.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret L. (Riggle) McGeary on August 7, 2004; a son, Michael D. McGeary in 1998; two brothers, Joseph Aber McGeary and Dean McGeary; and a sister, Margaret Hare.
Mr. McGeary is survived by two sons: William A. McGeary of Palm Springs, CA, and Robert A. McGeary of Spring Church, and one daughter, Maudi J. (Philip) Letizia of Coral Springs, FL. In addition, he is also survived two granddaughters, Megan and Jennifer Letizia, both of Coral Springs, FL, and two sisters: Jane (William) Spinks, and Marian (Orlando) Medice, both of Lower Burrell.
MR. McGEARY - There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., at the Vandergrift Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend F. Neal Galley officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Victorian Vandergrift Museum and Historical Society, 184 Sherman Avenue, Vandergrift, PA 15690. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo, PA 15613.
Ruth Bence Retter
Interment St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift
Ruth Bence Retter, 83, of Vandergrift, died Saturday, September 4, 2004, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, PA, where she was a patient for one week.
She was born March 9, 1921, in Dixonville, PA, to William Emery and Rebecca (Baxter) Bence, and lived in Vandergrift all of her life.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, the Catholic Daughters of American, the Washington Township Garden Club, and the Sweet Harmonies of Apollo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mark M. Retter in 1993; a son, Daniel T. Retter in 1984; two brothers, Sterling and Clair Bence; and five sisters: Margurite Myers, Jean Townsend, Bernadine Carnahan, Marie Botsford in 1996, and Mildred Kunkle in 2001.
She is survived by four sons: Mark (Fran) Retter, of Pittsburgh, Timothy (Roseann) Retter, of Allegheny Township, Gregory Retter of Vandergrift, and Randall (Joanne) Retter of Washington Township.
In addition, he is survived by two granddaughters, eight grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.
MRS. RETTER - Friends will be received on Monday, September 6, 2004, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 7, 2004, in St. Gertrude Church, Vandergrift, concelebrated by Father Chad Ficorilli and Father Michael Sciberras. Interment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift.
Sam A. McNichols
Sam A McNichols, 80, of Gilpin Township, Armstrong County, died Sunday, September 26, 2004, at his home.
He was born July 5, 1924, in Templeton, PA, the son of V.G. and Blanche Katherine (Householder) McNichols.
Having lived in Leechburg most of his life, he was employed as a truck driver for Breman's Transfer Company for 18 1/2 years, before retiring in 1971.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
He was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church, Leechburg, the VFW Post #330, Leechburg, the Kiski Valley CB Club, and the Parks Township Sportsmen's Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Katherine B. McNichols in October 1999.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Olga A. (Kochmanski) McNichols of Gilpin Township; a son, Sam A. McNichols, Jr., of Leechburg; a daughter, Carol S. (Richard) Meyer of Leechburg; three grandchildren; and a sister, Betty June Frederickson of Chester, Montana.
MR. McNICHOLS - Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 29, 2004, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 300 Market Street, Leechburg, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2004, with the Reverends Gary and Lisa Lyon, officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorial contributions may be sent to Graystone Presbyterian Church, 218 First Street, Leechburg, PA 15656.
Sarah M. Benninger
Formerly of Apollo
Sarah M. Benninger, 84, of Lake Charles, LA formerly of Apollo passed away on Monday, September 27, 2004 in the Lake Charles Care Center, Lake Charles, LA.
She was born on March 2, 1920 in Kiski Township, Armstrong County to the late John E. and Alice Erick Hilty.
She lived most of her life in the Apollo area before moving to Lake Charles, LA.
Mrs. Benninger was a homemaker and a member of the Ladies Auxillary Oak Hill V.F.D. in Apollo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle D. Benninger, a son, James Benninger in 2000, a grandson, Franklin Guillory, Jr., and 2 sisters, Elvie Neal and Dorothy Francart.
Mrs. Benninger is survived by a Daughter, Sarah Jane Clements of Lake Charles, LA; 2 Granddaughters Shirley (Curtis) Prejean of Iowa, LA, Verna Guillory of Sulphur, LA a Grandson Leonard (Tonya) Guillory of Iowa, LA
3 Brothers, Calvin Hilty of Kiski Township, Robert Hilty of Oklahoma Boro and George Hilty of Treasure Lake, PA and a Sister, Myrtle Byers of Apollo; 9 Great grandchildren and 2 Great-great grandchildren
MRS. BENNINGER - Friends will be received on Friday, October 1, 2004 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home, 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo where funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Apollo.
Joshua Justice Henry
Specialist Joshua Justice Henry, 21, of Apollo, died Monday, September 20, 2004, in Sharqat, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained in a convoy.
He was born December 27, 1982, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Larry G. and Perri S. Justice Henry.
Having lived in the Apollo area most of his life, he was employed by the Links at Spring Church Golf Course, Spring Church, as a greenskeeper.
He was serving in the United States Army, A Battery 1st-7 Field Artillery, First Infantry Division, "Big Red 1."
He was a 2001 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School, and played center for the Apollo-Ridge High School football team. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Specialist Henry aspired to be a teacher, especially a teacher of children.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Raymond Henry, his maternal grandfather, Russell Perry Justice, and his step-paternal grandfather, Kenneth Phillippi.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by four sisters: Jody Henry, Vandergrift; Jessica R. Henry, Leechburg; Melanie J. Henry, Leechburg; and Jasmine C. Henry, Pittsburgh. Also surviving are three brothers: Larry G. (Christy) Henry, Jr., Leechburg; Jerrad "J.R." Henry, Apollo; and Julian L. Henry, Apollo.
Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Earlene Justine of Vandergrift, his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Phillippi, Leechburg, and a number of uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, September 28, 2004, from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue Apollo. Funeral Services will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Pennsylvania Avenue, Apollo. Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Caring Place, 620 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Stanley J. Evans, Jr.
Washington Township (formerly of Duquesne, PA)
Interment Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell, PA
Stanley J. Evans, Jr., 84, of Washington Township (formerly of Duquesne, PA), died Thursday, September 30, 2004, at West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township, Westmoreland County, where he was a patient for three years.
Born May 10, 1920, in Duquesne, PA, he was a son of the late Stanley and Hazel (Masana) Evans, Sr.
He lived in Duquesne most of his life, and worked for U.S. Steel in Duquesne as a stub clerk for 38 years, before retiring in 1972.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the European Theater during World War II.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion, both in McKeesport. He also enjoyed the outdoors and sending donations to the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen "Helena" Evans; one infant son, John Evans; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two sons: Darius Evans of Export, and Bernard Evans of California; and two daughters: Beverly A. Evans of Export, and Bernadette Welsh of Apollo. He is also survived by six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
MR. EVANS - There will be no public visitation, and services will be private. Private interment will take place in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Funeral arrangements under the direction of CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo.
Susan Rose (Intrieri) Ceraso
formerly of Vandergrift
Susan Rose (Intrieri) Ceraso, 98, formerly of Vandergrift, died Sunday, October 3, 2004, at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot, PA.
Born October 26, 1905, in Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Mussolino) Intrieri.
Mrs. Ceraso was a homemaker, and lived in Vandergrift all of her life.
She was a parishioner of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, where she was a member of the Rosary Socity. She was also a member of the Sons of Italy, Vandergrift, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
She was totally dedicated to her family, and also enjoyed crocheting and reading.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Michele (Sam) Ceraso; and seven brothers and sisters: Mary Maglocci, Louise Martier, Joseph Intrieri, Ann Pugliese, Edivege Carricato, Edna Vespa, Ida Tarosky and Albina Tarosky.
Survivors include three sons: Anthony (Albina) Ceraso of Allegheny Township, Dr. Frank (Rita) Ceraso of Leechburg, and Ronald (Janet) Ceraso of Ford City, 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
In addition, she is survived by two sisters: Delphina Milito of Saxonburg and Mary Tarosky of Vandergrift.
MRS. CERASO - Friends will be received from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gertrude Church, Vandergrift on Thursday, October 7, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. Father Leo Rothrauff and Father Chad Ficorilli will celebrate. Interment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift.
William L. Clawson
Interment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, PA
William L. Clawson, 72, of Apollo, died Friday, September 24, 2004, at his residence.
Born December 10, 1931, in Clarksburg, PA, he was a son of the late Dean Eugene and Anna Marie (Lukehart) Clawson.
He lived in Clarksburg, PA, before moving to Apollo 37 years ago. He was employed by Allegheny Ludlum in Vandergrift, as a furnace operator, having retired in 1994.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served in the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Clawson attended the Apollo United Presbyterian Church, and was a former member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg. He was a member of the VFW in Saltsburg, the Eagles Club, and enjoyed baseball and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Clawson is survived by his wife of 22 years, Opal Darlene (Frain) Clawson, Apollo; five daughters: Tamara (Clawson) Miller of Pittsburgh, Jolene (Clawson) McCall of Spartansburg, SC, Crystal Lauster of Rural Valley, Samantha Dawn Clawson of Pittsburgh, and Deana Marie Clawson of Apollo; two sons: William Clawson II of Rock Hill, SC, and Daniel Allen Brown of Spring Church, and four grandchildren, Ryan Miller, Jordan Clawson, Lacey May Lauster, and Chad Michael Brown.
Also surviving him are seven sisters: Margaret "Peg" (Edgar) Dixon of Clarksburg, Irene Criswell of Kiski Township, Dorothy (Bill) Martin of Jeannette, Barbara (Ronald) Heath of Wilmington, NC, Janie (Frank) Peters of Clarksburg, Evelyn (Rodney) Lewis of Little Rock, AK, and Carol (Tom) Carrick of Saltsburg; and three brothers: James (Janet) Clawson of Arcadia, FL, Robert (Dorothy) Clawson of Clarksburg, and Richard (Donna) Clawson of Cropwell, AL.
MR. CLAWSON - Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 29, 2004, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., Apollo, where services will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2004, at 1:00 p.m. Intement will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
Mary E. Pollack
Young Township, Indiana County
Mary E. (Klapak) Pollack, 84, of Young Township, Indiana County, died Wednesday, August 18, 2004, at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana.
She was born March 9, 1920, in Kato, Center County, PA, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Kastock) Klapak.
Mrs. Pollack lived in Young Township most of her life, and was employed as a packer at Steiner’s Manufacturing for 17 ˝ years.
She was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Kent, and the Iselin Quilter’s Group, Iselin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John M. Pollack in 1996; four brothers: Steven, Elmer, Michael, and Andrew Klapak; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Peddycord.
Survivors include two sons: John M. (Loretta) Pollack of Homer City, and Frank (Linda) Pollack of Clarksburg; a daughter, Larue (Tony) Bonnoni of Clarksburg; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clyde Klapak of Wickliffe, Ohio; and a sister, Albina Haynock of Elkton, MD.
Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2004, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2004, with the Father George Saletrik officiating. Burial will follow in Iselin Union Cemetery, Iselin.