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Judy Rose Loughman 08-02-2011 Judy Rose Loughman, 73, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011, in her home. She was born May 15, 1938 in Monongahela, a daughter of the late George and Virginia McClure Bindi. Judy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela, where she served as a deacon. She was formerly the executive director of the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Monongahela Area Revitalization Committee (MARC). She was also a great female entraprnour, having started the first day care centers in downtown Pittsburgh in the late 1970's. Surviving are a daughter, Danielle and her husband Jim Price of Fredericktown, one grandson, Nick Price, brother, James Bindi of Monongahela, and two sisters, Genie Lee of Long Beach, CA, and Pamela Walsh, of NC. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, August 6 at 4:00PM in Chess Park, West Main Street, Monongahela with the Rev. James B. Bailey officiating. The Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family has asked donation to be made to the Monongahela Area Revitalization Committee (MARC), 797 East Railroad St., Monongahela, PA 15063, or to the Pet Search Animal Rescue of Washington, P.O. Box 1653, Washington, PA 15301.
James E. Garry 08-02-2011 James E. Garry, 87, of Monongahela, died on August 2, 2011 in Country Meadows Nursing Center, Bridgeville. He was born on June 11, 1924 in Gastonville, a son of the late Michael F. and Edna Foster Garry, Sr. Mr. Garry was retired from the teaching profession having taught in the vocational schools at: Mon Valley Voc Tech, in Speers; Western Area Voc Tech, in Houston; Forbes Road East Voc Tech, in Monroeville; and Allegheny Community College, in Monroeville. He obtained his teaching certificate and certificate of competency at the University of Pittsburgh. He was also a retired steelworker, having worked in the steel mills for 35 years. He was a member of the United Steelworkers of America where he served as President of Local 1406, District 15, and was elected as delegate to four U.S.W.A. Constitutional Conventions, as well as delegate to AFL-CIO Constitutional Conventions. Mr. Garry worked in the construction and contracting fields for many years being a retired member of Local 1044 United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Europian, African, Middle East, and American Theaters. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the DAV Commanders Club, and a member of the American Legion. His poetry, for which he won many awards was published by the International Library of Poetry in "Journey to Infinity" as well as available on the internet. Surviving is a daughter, Sherry Vignoli-Parisi, of Peters Twp; a stepson, Guy Albero, of Monongahela; a stepdaughter, Carala Albero Trunzo, of Greensburg; six grandchildren, and eleven great granchildren; and two sisters, Edna Pearl Russell, and Bertha Mae Leach, both of Finleyville. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Rose Albero Garry; and two brothers, Michael F. Garry, of Venice, FL, and John M. Garry of Finleyville. Friends will be received on Friday from 3-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00AM in St. Anthonys Church with the Rev. Robert Coyne, pastor as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Finleyville Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard.
C. LeRoy "Lee" Tempest 07-10-2011 C. LeRoy "Lee" Tempest, 56 of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Monongahela, Pennsylvania died unexpectedly Sunday, July 10, 2011 in his home. He was born December 1, 1954 in Monongahela, a son of the late Hannah Margaret Lightner Tempest, who died November 12, 2001, and Clyde G. Tempest, who survives and resides in Monongahela.Lee was a graduate of Ringgold High School, class of 1972, a graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Theater in 1977 and received a Certification in Communications Education from the California University of Pennsylvania in 1981. A 27-year employee of Deerfield Beach High School, Deerfield Beach, FL, Lee taught English and Drama. He was beloved by his students as an educator, mentor and friend. In addition to his teaching and mentoring, Lee had many other responsibilities during his tenure including Head of the Language Arts Department, Yearbook Advisor, Debate and Forensics Coach, Faculty Council and Auditorium Manager. Following his passion for theater, Lee produced and directed numerous productions with the Deerfield Beach High School Drama Club as well as holding a variety of District and Florida State Thespian offices. Most recently, Lee was elected the Florida State Thespian Director in 2010, an honor in which he took great pride. In addition to his father, he is survived by his brothers, Douglas T. and his wife Susan Tempest of Hopewell Jct., New York, Donald L. and his wife Sue Tempest of Kingsland, Georgia. Loving nieces and nephews include Kelly, Daniel, Debbie, Donald and Jacob Tempest.A memorial service will be held at the Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Florida at a future date. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 6 from 10-11 AM in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela. A celebration of Lee's life will be conducted at 11:00 AM with the Rev. James Bailey officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery.
Hollie M. Wiles 08-04-2011 Hollie M. Wiles, 38, of Bentleyville, formerly of Beaufort, SC, died on Thursday, August 4, 2011 in her home. She was born May 13, 1973 the beloved daughter of Rodger D. and Lynne H. Wiles and the late Virginia Wiles. Hollie was a graduate of Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, SC. She was a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Monongahela, and a member of Life Steps of Washington County. She was also an avid bowler. She is survived by her siblings: P.J. and his wife Deborah Wiles, Robin Webber, Cherrie Wiles, Christy and her husband Tommy Torroko, Thomas Dewaine, Jr., and Bernadene A. Giles all of Beaufort, SC. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by a brother, Rodger Wiles, and two sisters, Cathy M. Underwood, and Mary A. Wiles. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 in St. Paul's Angelican Church at 10:00 AM with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Arrangements are being handled by the Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela, PA. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Hollie's memory be made to St. Paul€™s Anglican Church, 130 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Peggy V. Haywood 08-10-2011 Peggy V. Haywood, 78, of Eighty Four, died Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in the Donnell House, Washington. She was born June 24, 1933 in Silver Creek, Mississippi, the daughter of Luther and Clara Polk Rogers. Peggy loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and taking walks in Mingo Park. She was Protestant by faith. She is survived by her husband, Benjamin H. Haywood with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage on December 6, 2010; daughter, Pamela (Rudy) Bilich of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Lisa and Nick Bilich; brother, William Rogers of Cripple Creek, Colorado; and Belinda (Victor) Brova of Washington, who was like a daughter to her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin W. Haywood who died on May 18, 1975 and a sister Willie Lee who died in infancy. Friends will be received on Saturday, August 13, from 9-11 AM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM with Rev. Bruce Moses officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Monongahela.
Dorothy E. Schaeffer 08-03-2011 Dorothy E. Schaeffer, 92, of Fort Pierce, Florida, formerly of Monongahela and New Eagle, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in her home. She was born June 10, 1919 in New Eagle, the daughter of James and Martha Baxter Cowan. Dorothy was one of fourteen children raised on Point Bealea Farm on Keenan Hill in New Eagle. All of her siblings have since passed on. She had a dedication to helping seniors long before she became a senior herself. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ in Monongahela. She enjoyed quilting and was an exceptional seamstress. She is survived by her daughter, Donna G. Bires and husband Bernard with whom she made her home; two sons, R. Patrick Gandley and wife Kay of New Hope, Michael Gandley and wife Kathy of Ypsilanti, Michigan; seven grandchildren, twins, Timothy Bires and Tamara Bires-Lancieri, Andre' Bires, Michelle (Gandley) Ferry, Kim (Gandley) Bainbridge, Rob Gandley, Jessie Gandley; eight great grandchildren; former daughter-in-law, Eunice Gandley of Montgomeryville. In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Robert Gandley and her second husband John Schaeffer. Friends will be received on Sunday, August 14, 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM with the Elders Richard Scaglione and Karl Kirschner, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 or to HOINA, P.O. Box 87, St. Charles, MO 63302-008.
Eugene "Gene" Bobnar 08-20-2011 Eugene "Gene" W. Bobnar, 82, of Monongahela, (Valley Inn), died Saturday, August 20, 2011 in the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pittsburgh. He was born November 28, 1928 in Finleyville, the son of Frank Bobnar and Mary Vugrinovich Bobnar Cunko. Gene was a graduate of Monongahela High School, class of 1946. He was employed at the Lee Norse Company in Charleroi as a mechanic until its closing in 1988. He then went to work for H&K Equipment in Carnegie. For several years after that, he worked on equipment and helped out where ever he was needed at the Mingo Park Mobile Estates. Gene was a Korean War veteran, having served in the US Army as a Corporal. He was a member of the VFW Post 1409 in Black Diamond. He enjoyed endless hours working in his vegetable garden. He loved his family and especially going to watch his grandchildren with their involvement in many activities. He is survived by his wife, Mary Prentice Bobnar with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage on June 6, 2011; three daughters, Sharon and husband Ken Becker of Lebanon, NJ, Janis and husband Stephen Skarbowski of Quakertown, Marla and husband Joel Slesinger of McKees Rocks; four grandchildren, Alyssa Becker, Matthew and Courtney Slesinger, Julia Skarbowski; sister, Donna Lee Cunko Vickers of Finleyville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Cunko. Friends will be received on Sunday, August 21, from 7-9 PM and Monday, August 22, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 23, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mark Woomer, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the grave by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Washington County, P.O. Box 275, Washington, PA 15301.
Martha Tosi Brounce 08-21-2011 Martha Tosi Brounce, 79, of Monongahela, died Sunday, August 21, 2011 in her home. She was born November 3, 1931 in North Charleroi, the daughter of Morris and Anna Buffano Tosi. Mrs. Brounce was formerly employed at the Halpern Sewing Factory in Monessen and New Eagle. Since the 1980's until recently, she was employed at the Rostraver Ice Arena and was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. She is survived by her husband, William D. Brounce with whom she celebrated 57 years of marriage on February 14, 2011; son, William R. and wife Gale Brounce of Carroll Twp.; daughters, Vickie and husband Dennis "Nubbs" Necciai with whom she made her home, Dianna and husband Cary Radabaugh of Monongahela; seven grandchildren, Heidi (Richard) Zimmerman, Heather and husband Scott Lucy, Michael and wife Traci Necciai, Schuyler and Cody Brounce, Justin Stoy, Mason Radabaugh; four great grandchildren, Dustin Zimmerman, Jenna, Gabrianna and Dekotah Lucy; sister, Catherine Muzina of Monongahela. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Angelo and Joseph Tosi. Private visitations and funeral services were held in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Interment followed in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.
David F. Ausburn 09-01-2011 David F. Ausburn, 70, of Monongahela, died Thursday, September 1, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born October 5, 1940 in McKeesport, the son of Finley "Logan" and Della Patterson Ausburn. Dave was a 1960 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela, where he was past deacon, an elder of the session, a member of the worship committee and the building and grounds committee. He retired after 21 years of employment at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and was currently employed at the McDonald's in Bethel Park. He is survived by two sons, David S. Ausburn of West Homestead, James R. Ausburn and wife Cristina of Port Vue; seven grandchildren, David, Johsua, Brandon, Jamie, Ashley, Anthony and Zachary Ausburn; brother, Logan R. Ausburn and wife Beverly of Elizabeth. Friends will be received on Monday, September 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Sharon and Mark Woomer, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg. Contributions may be made to the Frye Funeral Home.
Jerry Paul Repasky 09-01-2011 Jerry Paul Repasky, 55, of Monongahela, (River Hill), died Thursday, September 1, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born June 22, 1956 in North Charleroi, the son of Thomas and Helen Protz Repasky with whom he made his home. Jerry was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, class of 1974. He was employed by US Steel, Clairton Works for twenty three years. For several years after that, Jerry worked in the construction business in the Mon Valley area and also at the former Yocolano's Beer Distributor in Monongahela. He was a member of the Slovak Club of Monongahela and a former member of Hoot Owl Athletic Association in New Eagle. Jerry loved spending time with his niece Syd and riding his Harley. In addition to his parents, Jerry is survived by two brothers,Thomas Repasky, Jr. and Ricky Repasky, both of Forward Township, sister, Paula Repasky of Caroll Township; a nephew and two nieces who were very special to him, Jacob Repasky of Forward Township, Jennifer and husband Wade Galloway of Elizabeth, Sydney Repasky of Carroll Township; aunts and uncles, James and Ethel Barkey of Carroll Township who were also his Godparents, Harry and Dolly Cherry of Forward Township, Gary and Barb Roos of West Newton, Donna Dobrinski of Van Voorhis; two very special cousins, Jimmy Paulick and Dale Atkins; and his second family, Danny, Donna, John, and Josh Yocolano; numerous other cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Mary Majoris Repasky and his maternal grandparents, John and Josephine Omachel Protz. Friends will be received on Sunday, September 4, from 2-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A funeral service will be held on Sunday evening at 8:00 PM in the funeral home with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Anglican Church,130 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Elizabeth Soltis 09-05-2011 Elizabeth "Liz" Soltis, 88, of Elizabeth, died Monday, September 5, 2011 in her home. She was born August 31, 1923 in New Eagle, the daughter of the late Michael and Lucy Rostcheck Hutchko. Liz was a graduate of Monongahela High School, class of 1941. She was a very active member of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Monongahela and was a member and past president of the Elizabeth Womens Club. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Soltis and his wife Dianne of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Gerald Soltis, O.D. and his wife Betty of Harmony; daughter, Betsy Seguin and her husband Geoff of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren; two brothers, George Hutchko of Monongahela and Michael Hutchko of New Eagle. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Soltis; granddaughter Katie Soltis; four brothers, John, Charles, Peter and Nicholas Hutchko; and her sister, Julia Sterner. Friends will be received on Thursday, September 8, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A burial service will be held on Friday, September 9, at 10:00 AM in the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. George Yatsko officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Family and friends that are attending the burial services are asked to go directly to the church Friday morning. The church doors will be open at 9:00 AM for additional visitations until the services begin. Panachida services will be held on Thursday evening at 7:30PM in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 508 High Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Rhea Eugene Kelly 09-01-2011 Rhea Eugene Kelly, 86, lifelong resident of Monongahela, died peacefully in his sleep September 1, 2011. He was born in Crookham, Washington County, on June 19, 1925 and lovingly raised by his grandparents Verda Dean Kelly and Searight Ray Kelly. Known to most simply as "Kelly" he was very proud of his Irish heritage. Since his childhood, he was also known to many by the nickname of "Peck" being compared to the mischievous character from 1934 movie "Peck's Bad Boy". Kelly was a natural born story-teller and he could and did make friends quickly and easily. He was known in the community for his vivacious sense of humor and colorful yarns. His involvement with Democratic Party politics at the state, county and local levels was a lifelong passion. He enjoyed watching Steelers football, old war movies and a good western (especially if John Wayne was the main character). An avid collector of music, in his later years, he loved playing the role of DJ when & wherever he could. Quite the card shark, Kelly enjoyed pinochle, poker and euchre. As a young adult he competed as a dance roller skater. Rhea was a member of the Ironworkers of America, Local #3 and worked for the American Bridge Company and at the Clairton Steel Mill. After his retirement, Rhea drove for the Monongahela Taxi Company and especially enjoyed the pre-dawn railroad runs. He was a member of St. Paul's Angelican Church in Monongahela. Survived by his daughter, Vonda Mason, of Albany, NY; son, Roderick Kelly, of Baltimore, MD; daughter, Jill Sarat and her husband, Colonel Paul Sarat of Tampa, FL; daughter, Karen Frederick of Ohio and eight grandchildren, Sarah, Christian and Elias Mason, Maura, Justin, Haiden, Ben and Hannah Sarat. Rhea was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Ruth (Harris) Kelly; his daughter Colleen (Connie) Kelly, mother, Verda (Kelly) Nichol; and brothers, Robert E. and Richard A. Nichol, as well as his dear friend, Mary Patterson. A memorial service will be held at Frye Funeral Home, in Monongahela, at a future date to be announced.
Arthur F. DiFrancesco 09-07-2011 Arthur F. Di Francesco, 72, of New Eagle, peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2011 in his home with his family at his side. The youngest of six children, Art was born in Clairton to the late Floyd and Mary Paolini DiFrancesco. He adored his family and friends and was loved back by them all. He was married to his loving wife, Linda Vinton DiFrancesco for 51 years. In addition to Linda, he is survived by son Arthur F. DiFrancesco, Jr. and wife Marie of Bogart, GA; daughter, Judith A. Hufnagel of New Eagle; grandchildren, Timmy and Tyler Hufnagel, Anthony and Natalie DiFrancesco; brother, Joseph DiFrancesco of New Eagle; sisters, Elvira Williams of Elizabeth, Thelma Bartolini of New Eagle, Rose Sakas of New Eagle, Norma Milas and husband Steve of South Park; sister-in-law Ruth Walters of Elizabeth; brother-in-law, James and wife June Vinton of Hawaii. Being born into a large devoted family, Art was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, all of whom he truly cherished and enjoyed. Art had a large circle of friends who he was completely devoted to. They included his church friends (First United Methodist Church of Monongahela), his golfing buddies, his fellow musicians and his neighbors. Immediately after graduation from Clairton High School in 1956, Art served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, and loved the Corps for the entirety of his life. He retired from Trans World Airlines in 2000, after 35 years of service. Art was active in sports, (primarily golf), both by participating and watching on television. He was proud and thrilled to watch his grandchildren perform in their many endeavors and sports. One could accurately describe Art as a soft spoken, caring person who was always looking for ways to help other people. Learning to be a musician later in his life, he especially loved playing his bass fiddle in church with his wife Linda on autoharp. He and Linda also made many new friends playing in Bluegrass and country jam sessions in the area. A greeting of family and friends will be held on Friday, September 9, from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 1:00 PM with the Revs. Ronald Fleming and Michael Milinovich co-officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, McKeesport. The family suggests contributions to Washington City Mission, 84 W. Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301 or to Hospice Care of The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.
Sanford "Sam" Jackson 09-08-2011 Sanford "Sam" Myers Jackson, 75, of Monongahela, died Thursday, September 8, 2011 in his home. He was born October 22, 1935 in Monongahela, the son of Sturgis and Mary Jackson. Sam was a graduate of Monongahela High School, class of 1953 and was on the reunion committee. In the 1970's, he owned and operated Monongahela Tru Value Hardware. He worked at several different US Steel plants, retiring from the Clairton Works facility. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Monongahela, where he served on the vestry and as a junior warden. Sam was a lifetime member of the Monongahela Volunteer Fire department where he had served as past president. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Anders Jackson with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage on April 13, 2011; daughter, Terri and Francis "Poncho" Vasquez of Monongahela; son, Sam and Barbara Podrosky Jackson of Belle Vernon; granddaughters, Amanda Vasquez, Carly and Mallory Jackson; sister, Caryll and husband Nick Remaley of Berwick; brothers-in-law, Bill and wife Emily Johnson Anders, Jack and wife Carole Porter Anders, all of Kingsport, TN; Don and wife Diana Ascher Anders of Downingtown; Robert Myers and Sturgis Gillingham, both of Monongahela; special aunt, Jean Jackson Combs of New Eagle; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Keller Doman; nephew, Nicholas Remaley; and sisters-in-law, Elaine Anders Myers and Mary Anders Gillingham. Friends will be received on Saturday, September 10, from 7-9 PM and Sunday, September 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Monday, September 12, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. John Fierro, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monongahela Area Library, 813 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063 or to the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department, 451 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Robert Dias 09-11-2011 Robert Dias, 89, of Monongahela, died Sunday, September 11, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born February 8, 1922 in Donora, the son of Frederick and Pearl Edna Bergman Dias. Bob retired in 1986 from the former Stauffer Chemical Company in Monongahela with 32 years of employment. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the US Army Aircorps holding the rank of Staff Sargeant. He was a member of the American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 in Monongahela. He loved spending his time outdoors. In his younger days, he enjoyed fly fishing and hunting. Later in life, he spent endless hours in his vegetable garden. Bob also enjoyed history and was a Civil War enthusiast. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A. Shedlock Dias with whom he celebrated 63 years of marriage on January 31, 2011; sons, Robert and wife Mary Southerland Dias of Woodbridge, VA and Timothy and wife Rhonda Dias of Jeffersonton, VA; grandchildren, Sherri Lee and Alexander Garard Dias. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Dias. Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Inurnment will be private in the Monongahela Cemetery. The Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad will conduct services Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm in the funeral home.
Jacob R. "Jake" Schock 09-13-2011 Jacob R. "Jake" Schock, 69, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Townview Nursing Home in Canonsburg. He was born November 12, 1941 in Monongahela, the son of the late Jacob and Toleda Ringbought Schock. Mr. Schock was a 1961 graduate of Monongahela High School. He married Lena Trappin on June 16, 1967 in Monongahela. He was employed at Donaldson's Crossroads, Giant Eagle as a butcher for 35 years. He enjoyed his time outdoors hunting, fishing and also enjoyed playing cards. Mr. Schock was a member of the Monongahela B.P.O.Elks Lodge #455 and the Monongahela Sportsman Club. He is survived by his daughters, Margaret and husband Mark Ivery of Washington, Pamela Hynes of Pennsylvania, Kelly and husband Brett Colagiovanni of Monongahela; son, Jay Schock of Monongahela; five grandchildren, Les Pemberton, Alexis Ivery, Larisa Schock, Ryan and Jenna Colagiovanni; brother, Adolph and wife Anita Schock of Finleyville; sisters, Janice Greyshock of Monongahela, Sara Patterson of New Eagle. In addition to his parents, Mr. Schock was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Lena, who passed on October 3, 2001, brother, Henry Schock, and a step brother, Harry Schock. Family and friends will be received on Friday, September 16, from 1-4 and 6-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM with the Rev. Mark Woomer, officiating. Entombment will be private in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. The Monongahela B.P.O.Elks Lodge #455 will conduct services at 7:00 pm in the funeral home.
Marie Barkey Fedak 09-16-2011 Marie Barkey Fedak, 92, of Monongahela, died Friday, September 16, 2011 in the Four Oaks Personal Care Home, Monongahela. She was born September 24, 1918 in Dunkirk, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Petrick Barkey. Marie was a lifelong resident of Monongahela and a homemaker. During WW II, she worked at the Pennsylvania Railroad in Shire Oaks. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (formerly St. Anthony Parish) of Monongahela. She is survived by three brothers, George and wife Phoebe Barkey, James and wife Ethel Barkey, all of Monongahela, Charles and wife Patti Barkey of Pleasant Hills; three sisters, Dorothy Wilcosky of Garfield Heights, Ohio, Mary Ann Barkey and Elizabeth Bova, both of Monongahela; sisters-in-laws, Antoinette Barkey of Van Voorhis and Marjorie Barkey of Jacksonville, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Fedak who died December 25, 1964, brothers, Joseph, Steve, Edward, John, Clarence and Vincent R. Barkey, Vincent who died in infancy, and sisters, Helen Durieux, Stella Hillman and Irene Wilcosky. Friends will be received on Sunday, September 18, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, September 19, at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony site, with the Rev. Patrick Barkey, nephew of Marie, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela.
Clyde H. Barger 09-17-2011 Clyde H. Barger, 85, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 17, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born February 4, 1926 in Fallowfield Township, the son of Walter and Mary Matthews Barger. Clyde retired with forty years of service from the People's Natural Gas Company in Monongahela. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the US Army. Clyde attended the Speers United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Independent Order Of Oddfellows, Nucleus No. 377 in Gastonville, where he was the past grand master for the state of Pennsylvania and the VFW Post 167 in Charleroi. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Barger with whom he celebrated fifty one years of marriage on July 23, 2011; two daughters, Debra and husband David Young of Fallowfield Township, Sandra and husband Glyn Ellis of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Ashley and David Michael Young; brother, Robert and wife Lois Barger of North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Herbert, Wayne and James Barger. Friends will be received on Monday, September 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Ross Pryor, officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Creek Cemetery, Charleroi. Memorial contributions may be made to the Speers United Methodist Church, 810 Jane Street, Charleroi, PA 15022. The I.O.O.F. Nucleus No. 337 will conduct services Monday evening at 7:30 pm in the funeral home.
Mary Kascik 09-18-2011 Mary Kascik, 101, of Monongahela, died Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Nevaeh Cove, Charleroi. She was born December 8, 1909 in Wall, the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Kucharchik Walko. Mrs. Kascik lived through the great depression. She enjoyed ballroom dancing during the 1920's. She was employed by the National Biscuit Company in East Liberty, Westinghouse Air Brake in Wilmerding and at Hills Restaurant in New Eagle. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (formerly Transfiguration Parish) and the 4 Season's Bowling League at Brunswick 51 Lanes. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and was a long time dedicated Pittsburgh Steeler fan. Mrs. Kascik and her husband John spent two months traveling through 26 states to see the entire midwest and western states. She is survived by her daughter, Joan E. Kascik Sala with whom she made her home; grandsons, Gary and wife Cletha Sala of Moon Township, Larry and wife Patricia Sala of Rostraver Township, David Sala of Scottdale; great grandchildren, Jennifer, Kelly and Kurt Sala; brother, John Walko of Canonsburg; many nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, John Kascik who died February 3, 2004; daughter, Eleanor M. Kascik who died in 1945; son-in-law, Kasmier Sala who died June 25, 2006; brothers, Michael, George and Steve Walko; and sisters, Elizabeth Kocsis and Barbara Kosanovich. Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 21, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration site, with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Michael's Greek Catholic Cemetery, Donora. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Washington County, P.O. Box 275, Washington, PA 15301 or to the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
Gloria Davis Lukas 09-19-2011 Gloria Davis Lukas, 86, of Monongahela, died Monday, September 19, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born April 21, 1925 in East Monongahela, the daughter of Charles William and Genevieve Bagnes Davis. Mrs. Lukas retired with over forty years of employment from Corning Glass Works in Charleroi. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Monongahela. She loved sitting and watching the animals, especially the deer, outside of her window and also enjoyed watching golf and football on television. She is survived by her sister, Marguerite "Billie" Chattaway of Greensburg; brother, Charles William Davis, Jr. and wife Donna R. of New Eagle; several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lukas and her sister, Dolores Weller. Friends will be received on Thursday, September 22, from 2-6 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Friday, September 23, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Gerald Demarest, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery.
Michael J. Pavlo 09-21-2011 Michael J. Pavlo, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Monongahela, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in the Harmon House surrounded by his family. He was born March 28, 1927 in Van Voorhis, a son of the late Mike and Helen Slavic Pavlo. Mr. Pavlo retired from Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Monessen Plant after 43 years of service as a motor inspector. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Monongahela and presently a member of the Pennsville Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He was a US Army veteran serving during WW II. He knew the Lord as his Savior and dedicated his life to His service. His motto in life was “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the devoted care by the staff at Harmon House. He is survived by his wife, Sarah King Pavlo with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage on January 18, 2011; two daughters, Janet Pavlo Cernuska and husband William of Mt. Pleasant, Susan Pavlo Gawdyda and husband Bogan of Center Township; grandchildren, Aimee Jackson (Rick) Rusilko, Michael Cernuska, Matthew (Erin Wright) Cernuska, Cynthia Jackson, Kristyn Gawdyda; step granddaughter, Stephanie Oblawski; 9 great grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Pavlo of Eighty Four, Margaret Sukla of Monongahela and a brother George Pavlo of Monessen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Pavlo. Friends will be received on Friday, September 23, from 2-4 and 6-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Additional visitations will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30-10:30 AM followed by funeral services in the First Baptist Church, Monongahela at 11:00 AM with Pastor Kenneth Kirby and the Rev. Robert Bixel, co officiating. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery.
Joseph Francis Sutherland 09-25-2011 Joseph Francis Sutherland, 83 of Gibsonia, formerly of Monongahela, died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at the St. Barnabas Nursing Home in Gibsonia. He was born October 10, 1927 in Monessen, a son of the late Joseph and Florence Schuller Sutherland. Mr. Sutherland was a 1947 graduate of Monongahela High School and had attended West Virginia University. He was a US Navy veteran serving during WW II from 1945 to 1947. He was employed at US Steel, Irvin Works as an electronics repairman, retiring in 1989 after 38 years of service. He was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (formerly Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela. Mr. Sutherland loved to fish and travel. He is survived by three children, Maria Kowalski and her husband Steve of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Amy Roscoe and her husband Tim of Cranberry Twp., and Joe Sutherland and his wife Janet of San Jose, CA; two grandchildren, Susie Roscoe and Joey Sutherland; sister, Phyllis Koehler and her husband Hoby of Mt. Pleasant and brother, Clyde Sutherland and his wife Betty of Monongahela; many nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Peggy" Cantini Sutherland, whom he married on May 21, 1960. Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 28, from 6-8 PM and Thursday, September 29, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, on Friday, September 30, at 10:00 AM with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela with full military honors accorded by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA, 15044.
Robert "BD" Douglas 10-07-2011 Robert James "BD" Douglas, 59, of Monongahela, died Saturday, October 7, 2011 in the Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born September 6, 1952 in New Eagle, the son of the late James R. and Mary Maxymczak Douglas. Bob was a 1970 graduate of Monongahela High School. He retired in 2003 from US Steel, Clairton Works after 31 years of employment. He was a member of the Monongahela Church of the Nazarene and it's Life Circle's Group. Bob bowled at the Charleroi Lanes, where he was a member and captain of the New Eagle Bowling League. He enjoyed taking walks and driving his Porsche, especially to the antique car shows. He is survived by his loving wife, Angela Sawka Douglas with whom he celebrated 8 years of marriage on January 4, 2011; step son, Gregory Skinkis II of Monongahela; beloved sisters, Patty Douglas of Monongahela, Marlene and husband Bert Smith of Florida; mother-in-law, Margaret Sawka of California. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, October 12 from 1-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela. Additional visitations will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 10-11 AM, the time of service, at the Church of the Nazarene, 10th and Chess Streets, Monongahela, with the Rev. Raymond DiCamillo officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh.
Russell S. Ashcraft 10-10-2011 Russell Shay Ashcraft, 65, of Finleyville, died Monday, October 10, 2011 in the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born July 12, 1946 in North Charleroi, the son of the late Clarence G. Ashcraft and Virginia Sickels Ashcraft who survives and resides in Carroll Township. Russell was a 1964 graduate of Monongahela High School. From 1994 until its closing this past year, Russell along with his wife Madeline, owned and operated Hemlock Grinding in Finleyville. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #431, the National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association and the National Rifle Association, and a social member of the 379th Bomb Group WW II Association. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Madeline Hruby Ashcraft with whom he celebrated 34 years of marriage on November 27, 2010; step son, James O. Knicely of Wexford; step grandson, Josh Knicely; brothers, Terry and wife Linda Ashcraft of Bentleyville, Kenneth and wife Amy Ashcraft of Bristow, OK; sisters, Virginia Kisiday of Long Branch, Karen Mankey of Washington, Nancy and husband Jay McMurdy of Beaver Falls; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Grace Lewis Sickels and his paternal grandparents, Clarence B. and Jessie McMahon Ashcraft. Friends will be received on Thursday, October 13, 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Friday, October 14, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Thomas Hoeke officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
Jack A. Cole, Sr. 10-17-2011 Jack A. Cole, Sr., 65, of Monongahela, died Monday, October 17, 2011 in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born February 19, 1946 in Monongahela, a son of the late Henry and Victorene Raynal Cole. Jack was a 1964 graduate of Monongahela High School. He attained his associates degree in Computer Science from the Community College of Allegheny County. For several years, he taught at Computer Tech in Pittsburgh. In his later years, he was self employed, mainly painting and papering in the Mon Valley and surrounding areas. Jack was a retired member of the Monongahela Fire Department, one of the founders of Tri-Community Ambulance Service in New Eagle, a member of the Monongahela B.P.O. Elks Lodge #455 where he was very active in charity work, a four time past exalted ruler, past district deputy, past state government relations chairperson, and past district and local chairman for the soccer shoot. In the late 1980's through the early 1990's, he coached Bronco League Baseball. He was also a former vice president of the Little Rams Wrestling Team. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and building model rockets. He was Presbyterian by faith. He is survived by his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Healey Cole with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage on July 26, 2011; three sons, Jack A. Cole, Jr. and wife Robin of Monongahela, Sean M. Cole, Sr. and wife Denise of Charleroi and Joshua A. Cole and Adara Haywood of Donora; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Sean Jr., Kyrsten, Sydney, Eli, Kendall, Emily and Jordan Cole; two brothers, Adrian "Abe" Cole and wife Lynn, of Kentucky, Kenneth Cole and wife Leona, of Monongahela; sister-in-law, Marge Cole, of New Eagle; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Donald Cole. Friends will be received on Wednesday, October 19, from 7-9 PM and Thursday, October 20, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21, at 11:00 AM. The B.P.O. Elks Lodge #455 will conduct services Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the funeral home.
Beatrice Marian Valiani 10-15-2011 Beatrice Marian Valiani, 96, of Orange, Virginia, formerly of New Eagle, died Saturday, October 15, 2011 in the Dogwood Village Assisted Living, Orange, Virginia. She was born September 17, 1915 in Monongahela, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Fontana Rabuzzi. Mrs. Valiani was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela. A homemaker, she loved crafts, pets (especially cats), and playing cards with her friend's on Tuesday's from WWII until the late 1990's. She is survived by her son, Charles Valiani and his wife Gwen of Spotsylvania, Virginia; grandsons, Charles Andrew Valiani, Jeffrey N. Valiani and Christopher Borum; special nieces, Debbie Germeo of New Eagle and Kathy Allegre of Bunola; numerous other nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bruno Valiani who died September 29, 1993 and her brother, Paul Rabuzzi. Friends will be received on Friday, October 21, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 1:00 PM with Rev. William Terza, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery.
Betty Jean Bodzer 10-17-2011 Betty Jean Bodzer, 54, of Elizabeth, died Monday, October 17, 2011 in Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness. She was born October 17, 1957 in McKeesport, the daughter of Ronald and Betty Ann Werner McKown who reside in Buena Vista. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Tammy and Jackson Suter of Ruffsdale; three sons, Shawn and Colleen Bodzer of Forward Township, Robert and Dana Bodzer of North Versailles, Rocky and Terri Bodzer of Elizabeth; nine grandchildren, Bobbie-Jean, Brooke, Brittney, Blake, Chase, Rocky, Sammie-Joe, Ryder and Leah; four brothers, Ron and Mimi McKown of Pittsburgh, Lonny and Janice McKown, Mike McKown, all of Buena Vista and Jim and Roxanne McKown of Boston; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Bodzer, sister, Robin Wilde and grandson, Brock. There will be a memorial service held at a later date. The Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances S. VanKirk 10-29-2011 Frances S. Taddeo VanKirk, 67, of Finleyville, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 29, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born August 31, 1944 in New Eagle, the daughter of the late Caesar and Clara Naddeo Taddeo. Fran was a 1963 graduate of Monongahela High School. She retired this past May after twenty six years of employment at Cicci Dance Supply in Finleyville. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela. She enjoyed baking, cooking, and took pleasure working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Fran also loved spending time with her dog, Chloe. She is survived by her husband, Donald H. VanKirk with whom she celebrated thirty eight years of marriage on June 30, 2011; brother, Hank and wife Ange Taddeo of Monongahela; sister-in-law, Elaine "Toots" Taddeo of Monongahela; brother-in-law, Paul Plinta of New Eagle; uncle, Patsy Naddeo of Ellsworth; nieces, Paulette Bugar, Kathy Carden and Jan Ingram; nephew, Dan Taddeo; several great nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John "Mike" Taddeo and her sister, Virginia Plinta. Friends will be received on Monday, October 31, from 2-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 1:30 PM with the Rev. William Terza, officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Fran's memory to a charity of their choice.
Katherine M. Crompton 11-01-2011 Private services were held for Katherine M. Crompton, 80, of Columbus, formerly of New Eagle, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Echo Manor, Pickerington, Ohio. She was born April 5, 1931 in Finleyville, the daughter of James and Anna Meherman Devore. Mrs. Crompton resided in Ohio for the past eight years. While she lived here, she was a member of Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church in Monongahela and was very active, along with her husband Don, at the Hoot Owls Athletic Association in New Eagle. She is survived by two sons, Brian and wife Anna Crompton of Sunbury, Ohio, Brett and wife Beth Crompton of Gahanna, Ohio; four grandchildren, Emily Crompton, Danielle Gangloff, Sherri Nash and Kirby Grines; two great grandchildren, Isaac and Mason Nauman; brother, George "Doc" and wife Stella Devore; and a sister, Mildred Shearer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. "Cramps" Crompton who died Feb. 5, 2002 and a brother, James Devore. Visitations and funeral services were on Friday at 1:00 pm in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela with the Rev. Bob Schaefer officiating. Interment was in the Monongahela Cemetery.
Irene Lazorka Caprol 11-04-2011 Irene H. Lazorka Caprol, 89, of Monongahela, died Friday, November 4, 2011 in the Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born July 12, 1922 in Monongahela, the daughter of the late George and Anna Segursky Lazorka. Irene graduated from Monongahela High School, class of 1940. After high school, she was employed as an operator at the Bell Telephone Company in Monongahela. On July 20, 1947, she married Colmen John Caprol. Irene was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration) in Monongahela and had belonged to many organizations. She is survived by her husband, Colmen J. Caprol; sister, Margaret Kasinec of Monongahela; sister-in-law, Ethel Woodall of Cummings, Georgia; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Their beloved daughter, Irene Ann "Renee" Caprol passed away February 6, 2002 and infant son, John Jr. passed away at birth in1952. Friends will be received on Monday, November 7, 2011 from 3- 8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monongahela Area Library Roof Fund, 813 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Betty Elaine Radcliffe 11-12-2011 Betty Elaine Radcliffe, 82, of New Eagle, died Saturday, November 12, 2011 in the Four Oaks Personal Care Home, Monongahela. She was born June 19, 1929 in Attica, Indiana, the daughter of James and Bertha Bartlet Wood. Mrs. Radcliffe had spent most of her life in Indiana and for the past ten years had resided in New Eagle. While in Indiana, she was a member of the Loyal Order Of Moose and she also enjoyed playing bridge. She is survived by three daughters, Karla and husband Frank Kovscek with whom she made her home, Janice and husband Rick Pringle of Illinois, Elaine Sue Radcliffe of Dana, Indiana; son, Mark and wife Kim Radcliffe of Boston, Mass.; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack David Radcliffe and eleven brothers and sisters. Mrs. Radcliffe will be going back to Indiana for visitations and interment. The Karanovich-Giovanini Funeral Home in Clinton, Indiana will be in charge of these arrangements.The family is planning a memorial service to be held locally at a later date. The Frye Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.
Marlene H. Rach 11-14-2011 Marlene L. Rach, 76, of Monongahela, died Monday, November 14, 2011 in the Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born September 12, 1935 in Charleroi, the daughter of the late Irene Deitz. Until its closing, Marlene along with her husband, Joel, worked at the family owned and operated Rach's Furniture Store in Charleroi. Currently she was working with her son at Mon Valley Urology in Monongahela. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela. One of her favorite pastimes was boating at Deep Creek, Maryland. She is survived by her husband, Joel H. Rach with whom she celebrated 57 years of marriage on December 26, 2010; six children, Joel F. Rach, M.D. of Monongahela, Karen Boretsky, M.D. and husband Bob Boretsky, M.D. of Pittsburgh, Linda and husband Mark Smida of Monongahela, Nancy and husband Greg Lentz of Cleveland, Ohio, Dennis Rach of Monongahela, Brian and wife Jimmie Rach of Bethel Park; thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Friends will be received on Wednesday, November 16, from 2- 4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Interment will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Marlene's memory and in honor of her grandson to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2 Gateway Center 13N, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
J. Albert Spence, Jr. 11-14-2011 J. Albert Spence, Jr., of New Eagle died November 14, 2011 in his home. He was born October 6, 1918, the oldest son of Joseph Albert Sr. and Bertha Isaac Spence. On May 31, 1942, he married Rose Popovich Spence who died in 1980. Albert was a World War II veteran serving with the HQ Squadron Fleet Air Wing 2 in the Pacific. He returned home after the war in 1946 and worked at US Steel Clairton Works where he retired after 42 years of service. Albert could do anything he put his mind to. He was a mechanic of the highest caliber being an aviation mechanic during the war and building and working on race cars and personal cars most of his adult life. Albert loved his family, the outdoors and any type of racing. In the 50's and 60's, he was a member of the Pittsburgh Racing Association. Recently, his memberships include: USAC, IMCA, AAA Sprint Car and Midget Race Car organizations, the Cranberry Glade Lake Hunting Club, Carroll American Legion James C. Ford Post 949 and the Mid Mon Valley Shipmates. Albert enjoyed telling a joke and was very fond of all his friends at Lignelli Manor. Surviving are his two sons, J. Albert (Becky) Spence III of Washington, Robert A. (Melanie) Spence of Monongahela; three grandsons, Scott (Imee) Spence of Aiea, HI, Ryan Spence of Monongahela, and James (Kim) Spence of Palatine, IL; great granddaughter, Ashlyn Rose Spence of Palatine, IL; brother, Paul (Fay) Spence of Hudson, Florida; sister, Norma Spence Simmen of New Eagle; brother-in-law, Ted (Beatty) Popovich of Monongahela. In addition to his first wife Rose, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Norma Rocco Spence, sisters, Margaret Spence Lape and Eliza Spence Towner. Friends will be received on Friday, Nov. 18, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela where services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Raymond Ursin officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the grave by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Memorial contributions in Albert's memory may be made to the Mid Mon Valley Shipmates, 906 Thomas Street, Monongahela, PA 15063 or to the Washington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 66, Eighty Four, PA 15330. The Mid Mon Valley Shipmates will conduct a Two Bell Ceremony Friday evening at 7:30 PM in the funeral home.
Stella Ann Bartman 11-17-2011 Stella Ann Bartman, 81, of Monongahela, died peacefully Thursday, November 17, 2011 in her home with her loving family at her side. She was born August 28, 1930 in Jefferson, the daughter of the late Nicola and Bianchino Dattilio Dicesore. Stella was formerly of Mather in Greene County. She lived and worked in Monongahela for over 50 years. For forty years, Stella and her husband Jook owned and operated Angelo's Restaurant in Monongahela. She loved to meet customers and friends and was famous for her soups and spaghetti sauce. She loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Keeping her flowers blooming was a pastime she also loved. Trips to their mountain home to relax and fish was almost as fun as trips to Vegas. Stella was a fifty year member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela and was a former member of it's Christian Mothers Association. She is survived by her husband, Julius "Jook" Bartman, with whom she celebrated 59 years of marriage on September 13, 2011, five sons, Timothy, Terrence and his wife Nancy, Robert and his wife Cheri, all of Monongahela, Ronald and his wife Lisa of Finleyville, and David and his wife Debra of Monongahela, and Cindy Bartman of Venetia; grandchildren, Jodi Lin Hillman and her husband Ken, Crystal Bartman and fiance Josh, Jess, Luke, Addy, Shanna, Jared, Jenna and Joe, Julia, Jillian, Alec, and Chelsea; great grandchildren, Alin Mor and Nolan Gray; three sisters, Sue and husband Ray Seyferth of Michigan, Rose Remo of Ohio and Judy Salvadore of Washington and numerous nieces and nephews who treated her like their mom. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Randy, brothers, Adam, George and Tony Dicesore and two sisters, Edith Mazur and Mary Erpleding. Friends will be received on Sunday, November 20, from 12-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 21, at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration church, with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Inurnment will be private and held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Washington County, P.O. Box 275, Washington, PA 15301.
Kim Alexander Dagger 11-22-2011 Kim Alexander Dagger, 60, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Elizabeth, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in the West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born June 23, 1951 in McKeesport, the son of James and Cleo Brown Dagger. Kim was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, class of 1969. He coached little league baseball for years in Elizabeth. For fifteen years, he resided in Colorado where he owned and operated a trucking company, Fleet Car Carriers. Kim enjoyed NHRA (Bracket) racing, as well as building and maintaining his son's race car. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Jones Dagger with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage on November 22, 2010; son, Kim A. Dagger, Jr. and wife Leanna of Denver, Colorado; grandson, Kim A. Dagger, III; brothers, James Dagger of Elizabeth, Jack Dagger of Colorado Springs and a sister, Chris Gilmore of Broomfield, Colorado. At the request of the family,there will be no visitations and burial will be private. The Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela is in charge of the arrangements.
Shirley Ann Brown 11-25-2011 Shirley Ann "Shirl" Brown, 74, of Monongahela, died Friday, November 25, 2011 in her home. She was born September 5, 1937 in Manown, the daughter of the late Michael and Susan Michlik Greedan. Mrs. Brown was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela. She worked many jobs outside the home to provide for her children. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially babysitting her grandchildren. Mrs. Brown loved her church and was an avid Steeler fan. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Edward and his wife Sharon Brown of Monongahela, Mary Ann and husband Richard Fonzi with whom she made her home, David and his wife Jennifer Brown of Bethel Park; eight grandchildren, Nicole and Philip Fonzi, Hannah, Jacob, Noah, Hilary, Erin and Austin Brown; and her sister, Dorothy Berdar of New Eagle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hilary Gerard "Jerry" Brown who died July 25, 1974 and her brother, Rich Greedan. Friends will be received on Saturday, November 26, from 6-8 PM and Sunday, November 27, from 1-4 and 6-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 28, at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) with the Revs. William Terza and George Chortos co-celebrating. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Father Leger Memorial Fund, 731 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Henry "Albert" Trumpie 11-26-2011 Henry "Albert" Trumpie, 88, of Monongahela, (Forward Township), died Saturday, November 26, 2011 in his home. He was born April 3, 1923 in Bunola, the son of Frederick and Agnes Leona Wilson Trumpie. Mr. Trumpie retired from Wolf Run Road Coal Company in McKeesport and was a member of the Bunola Nazarene Church. He enjoyed bowling with the Money Runners League at the Playmore Bowl in West Mifflin. He was a fantastic father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved telling stories about his life experiences. Mr. Trumpie was an excellent mechanic who liked to repair lawn mowers and clocks. He loved woodworking, singing, yodeling and practical jokes. He is survived by four sons and two daughters, Henrietta and husband Ronnie Stange of Zion, Illinois, Bruce A. Trumpie with whom he made his home, Paul J. and wife Pat Trumpie of New Eagle, Brett and wife Carol Trumpie of Buena Vista, Brad and wife Cheryl Trumpie of Elizabeth, Denise and husband Scott Charles of Westmoreland City; daughter-in-law, Renee Trumpie of Bunola; nineteen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; brother, Herb Trumpie of Monongahela; numerous nices and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Pearl Sapp Trumpie who died March 14, 1996, his son, Robert L. Trumpie who died in 2010 and ten brothers and sisters. Friends will be received on Wednesday, November 30, from 2- 4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 1, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Ronald Doran officiating. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth.
Frances Restivo 11-28-2011 Frances Restivo, 92, of Monongahela died Monday, November 28, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born May 29, 1919 in Monongahela, a daughter of Mike and Habus (Mary) Dahma Namie. In her younger years, Mrs. Restivo worked part time for Kirby Sweeper in Charleroi. She was a member of St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen where she was very active. She loved taking care of her family. Her claim to fame was baking and cooking. She is survived by her daughters, Deanne and husband Robert Mastracci of Florida, Rosemarie Langan of Monongahela, Jeannine and husband Robert Magruda, Sr. of Perryopolis; six grandchildren, Edward Magruda, Jennifer Booher, Debra Minjock, Robin Canastrale, Larry Martin, Dawn Reese; eight great grandchildren; sister, Mary and husband Joseph Acton of Monongahela. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Domenick Restivo, grandsons, Mark Martin and Robert Magruda Jr., sisters, Helen Isaac, Norma Obade and brothers, Mike, John, George, Bill and Tom Namie. Friends will be received on Tuesday, November 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela. Trisagion services will begin at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 30, at 9:15 followed by the funeral service at 10:00 AM in St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Church, Monessen, with the Rev. Fred Pfiel officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Roscoe. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1201 Patton Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062. Trisagion services will be held on Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM in the funeral home.
Ruth Barkley 11-28-2011 Ruth Darlene Barkley, 80, of Monongahela, died Monday, November 28, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born August 30, 1931 in Monongahela, the daughter of Fred and Margaret Crosby Sink. In her younger years, Ruth was a waitress at Hills Restaurant in New Eagle and also a dispatcher for the Monongahela Taxi. She enjoyed sewing, bowling and was Baptist by faith. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Barkley with whom she made her home, brother, Willard Sink of Macon, Georgia and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. "Sonny" Barkley who died Sept. 7, 2004, three brothers and a sister, Claire and Francis Leroy Sink and twins, Paul Sink and Helen Weaver. Friends will be received on Wednesday, November 30, from 2- 4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 1, at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Robert Ingland officiating. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Monongahela Area Library, 813 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Raymond M. Dean 11-29-2011 Raymond Martin Dean, 82, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born December 10, 1928 in McClellandtown, the son of Martin Raymond and Violet Hoak Dean. Mr. Dean retired in 2007 as the golf course superintendent at the Monongahela Valley Country Club after sixty four years of employment. He was a US Army veteran and a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Golf Course Association. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Dean (Kent) of North Charleroi, Deanna and husband Don May with whom he made his home; grandchildren, Michael and Kaitlyn May; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Vukich Dean who died April 3, 1997 and his sister, Betty Wilson Woods. Friends will be received on Thursday, December 1, from 7-9 PM and Friday, December 2, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lyphoma Society, 2 Gateway Center-13N, Pittsburgh PA 15222.
Helen Guzanick 11-26-2011 Helen Guzanick, 90, formerly of Monongahela, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, She was born January 10, 1921 in Clairton, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Dorchinitz Spernak. Helen had a beautiful smile, was very genuine and good hearted. She loved music and singing. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Toth of Belle Vernon; two granddaughters, Monica Brannon & fiance' David Tomichek, Lori and husband Steve Gargasz; two great grandchildren, Thomas and Sophia Gargasz; sister, Mary Brady of Monongahela. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Guzanick, brothers and sister, Joseph, Frank, Victor and Margaret Spernak. At the request of the family, services will be private. The Frye Funeral Home, Inc., Monongahela was in charge of the arrangements.
Paula June Mellor 12-09-2011 Paula June (Roberts) Mellor, 55, of Stow, Ohio, died Friday, December 9, 2011 in the Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio. She was born July 04, 1956 in Massillon, Ohio, the daughter of Paul G. and wife Kay Roberts who survive and reside in Wallseon, Ohio and the late Juanita H. Williams Roberts. Paula loved her family and always put them first in her life. She was very deeply involved in geneology research and she loved to garden. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a former cub scout mom. She is survived by her husband William Mellor with whom she celebrated twenty eight years of marriage on July 9, 2011; son, Sean and wife Hayley Mellor of Leigh High Acres, Florida; three grandsons, Austin, Jayden and Trenton Mellor; two sisters, Ramona and husband Bob Morrow of New Concord, Ohio, Sheila and husband Rusty Ables of Cambridge, Ohio; three brothers, Roger and wife Laurie Roberts of Marietta, Ohio, Jeffrey Roberts of Zanesville, Ohio, Michael and wife Emily Roberts of Jefferson, Ohio; three step sisters, Debra, Sonya and Kim, all of Ohio; mother-in-law, Julia Sollosi Mellor of New Eagle; brother-in-law, Terry and wife Beth Mellor of Whitehall; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her father-in-law, William "Speed" Mellor who died November 20, 2008. Friends will be received on Monday, December 12, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Tuesday, December 13, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
Florence A. Falorio 12-10-2011 Florence Antionette Falorio, 87, of Monongahela, died Saturday, December 10, 2011 in Schenley Gardens, Pittsburgh. She was born September 20,1924 in Monongahela, the daughter of the late Dominic J. and Josephine Francis Police, Sr. Florence was retired having worked as an executive secretary to the superintendent of the Ringgold School District for over 20 years. For many years, she was a Girl Scout leader for Troop 23 in Monongahela. She was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (St. Anthonys Church) in Monongahela. Florence enjoyed traveling with her husband, playing cards with the neighborhood card club, reading, sewing, quilting, shopping, cooking and spending time on the internet. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Falorio and her husband Dr. Fred Fowler of Pittsburgh; son, Jim and his wife Kim Falorio of Fombell; granddaughter, Dana and husband Dean Kwidis, grandson, Jason and wife Michelle Falorio; great granddaughter, Kylee Marie Kwidis; sister, Amelia Goodsmith of Florida and a brother Dominic J. Police, Jr. of Jefferson Hills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Domenick E. Falorio who died on June 14, 1993. Friends will be received on Tuesday, December 13, from 2-6 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, (St. Anthony's Church) with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
Roy Paul Bowers 12-16-2011 Roy Paul Bowers, 53, of Monongahela, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born March 1, 1958 in McKeesport, the son of Roy G. Bowers of Jefferson Hills and the late Marilyn R. Suty Bowers. Roy was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He was well known in our area for his expertise in wood working and carpentry. For several years, he owned and operated Bowers Construction in Monongahela. He also worked in his trade at Leicty Builders in Washington and for Frye Restoration in Monongahela. Most recently, he was employed at the Monongahela Valley Hospital. One of his greatest loves was staying at home and spending time with his family. In his younger years, he enjoyed racing dirt bikes. He liked fishing, camping, vegetable gardening and volunteering his time at the Monongahela Area Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Susan M. Corbelli Bowers with whom he celebrated 30 years of marriage on May 30, 2011; daughter, Ashley Bowers and fiance' James Manges II at home; four brothers and a sister, Carl Bowers of Elizabeth, Alan and wife Mitzy Bowers of Portview, Richard Bowers of Jefferson Hills, Melissa Bowers of Glassport, Adam Bowers of Jefferson Hills; sister-in-law, Margaret "Maggie" and husband Bart Hill of Hilton Head Island, SC; nieces and nephews, Michael, Kimberly, Justin, Samantha and Tina. Friends will be received on Sunday, December 18, from 7-9 PM and Monday, December 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Tuesday, December 20, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mark Woomer officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monongahela Historical Society, 230 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Barbara Marie Zembo 12-19-2011 Barbara Marie Zembo, 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sunday, December 18, 2011. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Zembo, her parents Marie Nagy Gorondy and Alexander John Gorondy Sr., and her brother, Alexander John Gorondy Jr. She is survived by her son, John Michael Zembo and his wife, Shelly of Donora, and her daughter, Dr. Michele Marie Zembo and her husband, Glade Bilby II of New Orleans, LA.Barbara was a life long resident of Monongahela. She started her career as an administrative assistant at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh and ultimately retired from the State of Pennsylvania, working at the Unemployment Office in Charleroi. She was a long time parishioner of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) of Monongahela. Barbara enjoyed life, food, pets, bowling, and card games. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends in Monongahela and New Orleans.Visitations will be Tuesday, December 20 from 3-7 pm in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 21 at St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or other charity of your choice.
Maurice "Sonny" Brunell 12-18-2011 Maurice L. "Sonny" Brunell, 71, of Stewartstown, formerly of Bethel Park, died Sunday, December 18, 2011 in his home. He was born August 18, 1940 in Pittsburgh, the son of Maurice Edward and Mary Fanty Brunell. He is survived by his wife of fifty two years, Jean Duke Brunell; daughters, Patty Dolansky and Wendy Brunell; son, David and wife Tracey Brunell; grandchildren, Emily Fitzpatrick, Hunter Smith and Noah Brunell; sisters, Sherry, Lyndi and Debbie and brothers, Edward and Kenny. Private services were held in the chapel of the Monongahela Cemetery. The Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela was in charge of the arrangements.
Frances Fuoco Hazen 12-25-2011 Frances Fuoco Hazen, 90, of Bentleyville, died Sunday, December 25, 2011 in the Bentleyville Personal Care Home. She was born January 8, 1921 in Monessen, the daughter of Michael and Rose Dominic Fuoco. Mrs. Hazen was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (St. Anthonys Church) in Monongahela. She enjoyed spending time tending to her flowers and vegetable garden. She was an avid reader and was well ahead of her time in regards to vitamins and natural supplements. She is survived by sons, Raymond P. Hazen and wife Jane of Monongahela, Gerard Hazen and wife Lorna of Eighty Four; grandchildren, Michelle DeHosse and husband Eric, Raymond P. Hazen, Jr. and wife Kary, Amanda McCracken and husband Bryan and Barry Hazen; great granddaughter, Paige DeHosse; brothers, Frank Fuoco and wife Beatrice of Bethel Park, William Fuoco and wife Martha of Florida; sister, Louise DelRosso and husband Lawrence of Carnegie; sister-in-law, Marie Fuoco of Monongahela; many nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kenneth Hazen, Jr. who died Dec. 18, 1993, daughter, Paula Ann Hazen who died January 29, 2010, sisters, Alice Romito and Pearl Schmoker and brother, Albert Fuoco. Friends will be received on Wednesday, December 28, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 29, at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church with Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Charleroi Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Leger Memorial Fund, 731 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Richard A. "Dickie" O'Brien 12-25-2011 Richard A. "Dickie" O'Brien, 60, of New Eagle, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 25, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born December 22, 1951 in New Eagle, the son of the late Alvin "Chick" and Elizabeth "Betty" Studt O'Brien. Dickie was a graduate of Monongahela High School and was Methodist by faith. He was formerly employed by Frank Irey Industries of Monongahela, and most recently Lone Pine Construction, Inc. of Bentleyville. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, enjoyed Harley Davidson's, especially his softtail, his 1965 Ford Galaxy and his dog, Sophie. Dickie was always working. In addition to his construction job, he and his son, Christopher spent a great deal of time together buying and remodeling homes. He is survived by his fiance', Marcia Lorraine Babiak; son, Christopher and wife Amy O'Brien of Monongahela; daughter, Tracey and husband Vince Bavuso of Monongahela; three grandchildren, Christopher Patrick O'Brien Jr., Chase Alexander O'Brien and Christie Rae Bavuso; brother, David O'Brien of Monongahela; aunts, Carolyn Hirschman of South Park and Ann O'Brien of Monongahela; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. Friends will be received on Wednesday, December 28, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Thursday, December 29, at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Ronald Fleming officiating. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery.
Andrew James Popich, Jr. 12-26-2011 Andrew James Popich, Jr., 58, of Monongahela died unexpectedly Monday, December 26, 2011 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born August 25, 1953 in Canonsburg, the son of the late Andrew James Popich, Sr. and Lily Saieva Popich, who survives and resides in Muse. Andrew was a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, class of 1971. In 2001, he retired after 25 years of employment from Mayview State Hospital. Currently, he and his wife Nancy own and operate DelRosa's Pizza in Monongahela. He was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish (Transfiguration Church) in Monongahela. Andrew enjoyed going to Civil War battlegrounds with his family and working in his vegetable garden. He loved to play cards and was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to the Steelers and watching boxing. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Nancy Plauchak Popich with whom he celebrated 28 years of marriage on November 5, 2011; son, Andrew James Popich, III at home; sister, Charlotte and her husband Christopher Chome of Hickory; brother, Jody Popich of Muse; brothers-in-laws, Kenneth Potemra of Monongahela, Michael and his wife Ann Plauchak of Van Voorhis, Daniel and his wife Theresa Plauchak of Monongahela; sister-in-law, Lillian and her husband Howard Telega of Van Voorhis; nieces, Jade Chome, Tracy Hudak and children, Matthew and Alissa, Jacqueline and her husband Matt Cain and children, Emily, Addison, and Olivia, Dr. Alicia Telega, Stephanie Telega, Dana and her husband Chris Pastore, and son, Dylan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony James Popich and sister-in-law, Patricia Potemra. Friends will be received on Thursday, December 29, from 7-9 PM and Friday, December 30, from 2-4 and 7-9PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, December 31, at 10:00 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church, with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cecil.
Renato "Reno" Nones 01-01-2012 Renato "Reno" Nones, 89, of (Victory Hill) Monongahela, died Sunday, January 1, 2012 in his home. He was born July 18, 1922 in Baird, the son of Gian Battista and Carolina Milani Nones. Reno was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Army and had been employed at US Steel, Donora Works. For twenty six years, he and his family had resided in New Jersey, where he was an Emergency Medical Technician for several years and had been employed at General Motors in Clark. In 1987, after retirement, he moved back to Monongahela. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church in Monongahela, the Carroll American Legion, James C. Ford Post 949 in Dunkirk and a lifetime member of the Victory Hill Social Center. Many years ago, he was active in the Senior Citizen Showboat Variety Show and was a member of the former Italian Heritage Society in Monongahela and the Trentino Society in Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Berne Burgoyne Nones with whom he celebrated sixty four years of marriage on July 18, 2011; daughter, JoAnn and husband Dennis Root of Fremont, Ohio; sons, Bruce and wife Mary Jane Nones of Milford, New Jersey, Eric Nones of Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren, Kimberly Smith, Scott Root and Dean Nones; four great grandchildren; brother, Raymond Nones of New York, New York. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Nones who died August 10, 2009, brother, Aldo Nones and a sister, Dolores Komondor. Friends will be received on Wednesday, January 4, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela where services will be held on Thursday, January 5, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Bob Schaefer officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, 911 Howard Street, Monongahela, PA 15063 or to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.