Catherine (Plancic) Buczak
Slickville, Loyalhanna Township
Interment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont
Catherine (Plancic) Buczak, 93, of Slickville, Loyalhanna Township, died Sunday, March 13, 2005, in Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin.
She was born November 25, 1911, in Yugoslavia, a daughter of the late Ignots and Antoniya (Lehpamer) Plancic.
She was a homemaker, and lived in Slickville most of her life.
Mrs. Buczak was a parishioner of St. Sylvester Roman Catholic Church, Slickville, and was a member of the church's rosary society.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Buczak in 1979; and a sister, Ann Kucan.
Mrs. Buczak is survived by two sons: John (Ann) Buczak, Jr., of Jeannette, and Bernard (Veronica) Buczak of Slickville; four daughters: Emma Jean (Michael) Yazvac of Braddock Hills, Mary Lou (Kenneth) McComb of Avonmore, Barbara Chioldi of Avonmore, and Elaine (Vernon) Demich of Holiday Park; 19 grandchildren and 28 great-eat-grandchildren; and three sisters: Mary Shusko of Slickville, Goldie (Frank) Novak of Slickville, and Angeline (Louis) Klimchak of Josephine, PA.
Arrangements by Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo.
Helen A. Bisaha
formerly of Leechburg
Interment St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township
Helen A. Bisaha, 93, of Conneautville, PA (formerly of Leechburg), died Sunday, March 20, 2005, in Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville.
She was born August 19, 1911, in Stara Bystrica, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of the late Steve and Mary (Columbus) Martinisko.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bisaha came to the United States in 1921, and lived in Leechburg until moving to Erie in 2000.
She was a member of the former St. Martha Roman Catholic Church, Leechburg, National Slovak Society, Holy Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of America, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Bisaha.
Mrs. Bisaha is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (Douglas) Brown of Albion, PA; her son, John Paul (Mary Ann) Bisaha of Jefferson City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Anne Bisaha of Madison, Wisconsin and Susan (Chris) Hmielewski of Jefferson City, Missouri; and a great-grandson, Jacob Hmielewski.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 300 Market Street, Leechburg.
Steven D. Guyer
Interment Riverview Cemetery, Apollo
Steven D. Guyer, 31, of Vandergrift died Wednesday (March 23, 2005) in Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights.
Born Aug. 24, 1973, in Latrobe, he lived in Vandergrift for 10 years.
He was a 1992 graduate of Kiski Area High School. Mr. Guyer was a stamper at Lead Manufacturing, Washington Twp.
Survivors include his parents, John and Cathleen Clawson Libengood of Bell Twp.; his companion, Misty Johns of Vandergrift; two children, Gaudge and Madison Guyer, both of Vandergrift; a brother, Michael R. (Leslie) Guyer of Vandergrift; three sisters, Tracy D. Guyer of Hyde Park, Melissa R. Guyer of East Vandergrift and Carla D. (Gregg) Polka of Bell Twp.; paternal grandparents, John H. and Madeline Libengood of Bell Twp.; 4 nephews; and 7 nieces.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Roy N. and Alice Clawson, and a nephew, Cody Bell, in 1994.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 100 Owens View Avenue, Apollo.
Joseph F. Barainck
Natrona Heights (formerly of Vandergrift)
Interment Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell
Joseph F. Barainck, 59, of Natrona Heights (formerly of Vandergrift) died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, in his home.
He was born January 14, 1946, in Natrona Heights, and lived in Vandergrift most of his life before moving to Natrona Heights.
He was employed by Wean United in Vandergrift and Akers National Roll in Avonmore.
Mr. Barainck was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, and attended Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Natrona Heights. He was a volunteer at Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, and was an avid sports fan who enjoyed running and staying in excellent condition. He also enjoyed reading.
Mr. Barainck was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Barainck in 2004.
Survivors include his wife, Cinde A. (Colapietro) Barainck of Natrona Heights; his mother, Phyllis (Trunzo) Barainck of Vandergrift; his sister, Linda M. (Joe) Golightly of Boca Raton, FL; two stepchildren, Lisa and Greg Voytko, both of Natrona Heights, and two nieces, Leslie and Lisa Listwak.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Brady-Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Vandergrift.
Letha Lovell Shaffer
Interment Westview Cemetery, Avonmore
Letha Lovell Shaffer, 79, of Saltsburg, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 29, 2005, in Latrobe Area Hospital, Latrobe.
Born April 22, 1925, in Brenizer, PA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Nicholson) Morton.
Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker, and had lived in Saltsburg for the last 44 years.
She was a member of the North Apollo Church of God, North Apollo.
Mrs. Shaffer was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Albert "Dean" Ankney in 1946; three brothers: John "Alvin", Charles "Cecil", and Harry A. Morton; and two sisters: Margaret "Winnie" Pifer and Mary G. McGinnis.
She is survived by her husband, Richard H. Shaffer of Saltsburg; a daughter, Alberta (George) Brindle of Derry; two sons: Ricahrd F. (Lisa) and Robert (Laura) Shaffer, all of Saltsburg; seven grandchildren: Terri (Marc) Todesco of Belleville, Ontario, Stacey Brindle of Brenizer, PA, and Joseph, Mary, Ashley, Shawn, and Bradley Shaffer, all of Saltsburg; two greatt-grandchildren Isaiah and Anna Todesco, both of Belleville, Ontario; two sisters, Mildred Diven of Smithferry, PA and Evelyn Moskel of Brenizer, PA; two brothers, Raymond (Ernie) Morton of McKees Rocks and Joseph "JR" Morton of Brenizer, PA; and a special sister-in-law, Jean Hilliard of Erie.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Saltsburg.
Gilpin Township (formerly of Plum Boro)
Visitation: There will be no public visitation.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Curran funeral home and cremation services, Leechburg
Mary McKnight, 80, of Gilpin Township, formerly of Plum Borough, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in the home of her daughter.
She was born August 21, 1924, in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late Carmen and Rosaline (Domino) Piazza.
She lived in Plum Boro before moving to Gilpin Township a year ago.
She was an administrative assistant for Boyce Park Community College, and was a member of Mount Hope Community Presbyterian Church, Penn Hills.
Mrs. McKnight was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard McKnight in 1997; and a sister, Theresa Grecco.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon L. McKnight of Gilpin Township; two sisters, Catherine Mowery of Oakmont and Phyllis Thomas of Munhall; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Curran Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Leechburg.
Joanne M. Adams
Entombment St. Gertrude Cemetery Mausoleum, Vandergrift
Joanne M. Adams, 70, of Vandergrift, died Monday, September 5, 2005, in her home.
Born July 10, 1935, in East Vandergrift, she was a daughter of Stella (Jaroszewski) Cieslak and the late Thaddeus Cieslak.
She lived in Vandergrift most of her life.
Prior to her retirement on July 1, 2004, she was employed by the Kiski Area School District as a secretary to the superintendent and a secretary to the school board.
She was a parishioner of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, where she served as a eucharistic minister. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
Mrs. Adams is survived by her husband of 50 years, Louis P. Adams of Vandergrift; two daughters, Janice Adams (David) Allman of Allegheny Township, and Maureen D. Adams of Vandergrift; her mother, Stella Cieslak of East Vandergrift; three grandchildren, Alexandra L. Allman of Allegheny Township, and Joshua R. Pugliese of Vandergrift; and a sister, Eileen M. (Gus) Johnston of Vandergrift; and three nephews.
Friends will be welcomed by her family on Wednesday, September 7, 2005, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 429 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 8, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., with her cousin, Father Thaddeus Maida, as celebrant. Father Michael Sciberras and Father Leo Rothrauff, O.S.B., will concelebrate. Entombment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery Mausoleum, Vandergrift.
Gaston H. Mazeres, Jr.
Interment Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA
Gaston H. Mazeres, Jr., 75, of Gilpin Township, died Saturday, September 11, 2004, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin Township.
He was born July 10, 1929, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Gaston H. and Erma (LaBlanc) Mazeres, Sr. He had lived in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida, prior to moving to Gilpin Township in 1995.
He was employed by Gulf Oil Petroleum as a fuel delivery man, and also at Church's Chicken as a manager. He was also a cashier at Charter Oil Company, and also worked as a maintenance person for a golf course and nursing home in Jacksonville, Florida, retiring in 1995.
He was a United States Navy C.B. veteran, having served for 26 1/2 years, also serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the VFW in Jacksonville, Florida and Gulfport, Mississipppi. He also enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Luz Maria Mazeres; a son, Gaston Mazeres III; and a sister, Margaret Mazeres.
Mr. Mazeres is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sara (Nunn) Mazeres, Gilpin Township; four sons: William G. Mazeres of Gilpin Township; John (Mona) Mazeres, Tampa FL; Steven Mazeres, Ohio; and Robert Mazeres, Clarksville, TN; two daughters: Erma Swarez and Betty (Daniel) Groff, both of Mississippi. In addition, he is also survived by a stepdaughter, Helen (Dwayne) Holliman, Mooresburg, TN; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by a brother, Reggie (Jean) Mazeres, Cookville, TN; and three sisters: Nettie Boudreaux, Schriever, LA, Leverta Hinesbourg, Thibodaux, LA, and Wanda Ketter, Texas.
MR. MAZERES - Visitation and services will be private. Interment will take place in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 300 Market Street, Leechburg.
Gloria "Glory" Richard
formerly of Gilpin Township
Gloria "Glory" Richard, 82, of Farmington, PA, (formerly of Gilpin Township), died Thursday, September 30, 2004 at the Peggy Bouris Personal Care Center, Farmington, PA, where she was patient for a number of years.
She was born May 29, 1922 in the Sugar Hollow section of Apollo, the daughter of the late Pearl S. and Elsie A. (Blystone) Richard.
She lived in Hungry Hollow for a number of years, and also in the Lovers Leap section of Gilpin Township. She also lived with her parents until their deaths in 1971, and then a few years with her brother, Carl and his family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and seven brothers: Walter, Henry, Jess, Earl "Lefty", Warren, Mearl and Carl.
Miss Richard is survived by 17 nieces, 14 nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
MISS RICHARD - Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 300 Market Street, LEECHBURG. Arrangements pending.
Grace Caroline Smeltzer
Interment Vandergrift Cemetery, Vandergrift
Grace Caroline Smeltzer, 91, of Saltsburg, died Monday, September 6, 2004, at West Haven Nursing Home, Washington Township.
She was born July 14, 1914, in Maysville, Kiski Township, to Isaac S. and Bertha I. (Shaffer) McBryar. She lived in Avonmore before moving to Saltsburg 25 years ago.
She was employed by Federal Laboratories in Tunnelton for 25 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Smeltzer in 1970; a son, Eugene King; four brothers: Arthur, Harold, Milford, and Marquis McBryar; two sisterse, Gladys Horrell and Lillian O'Rourke; one great-granddaughter, and a great-grandson.
She is survived by four daughters: Bertha Sutton of Lower Burrell, Twyla (Frank) Marckioni of Greensburg, Brenda (Lynn) Fennell of Salina, and Lucille (William) Cadamore of Sarver.
In addition, he is survived by 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and one brother, Eugene McBryar of Avonmore.
MRS. SMELTZER - Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, in the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME, 701 Salt Street, Saltsburg, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 9, 2004, with the Reverend Silas West officiating. Interment will be in Vandergrift Cemetery, Vandergrift. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.