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Frederick M. Lazzari 10-12-2010 Frederick M. Lazzari, 82, of Monongahela was called by the Lord to be with the angels onTuesday, October 12, 2010 in the Haven Crest Nursing Home, Carroll Township. He was born March 28, 1928 in East Monongahela, the son of Fred and Estelle Marie Sandine Lazzari. Fred was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a US Army veteran having served during WWII. He retired with thirty years of employment as an accountant at General Motors in West Mifflin. He enjoyed cars, and loved talking and telling jokes to the ladies. He is survived by his daughter Levona "Dee Dee" Lazzari of New Eagle, his sister Yvonne "Dolly" Blyshak of Pittsburgh and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Irma Bell Lazzari who died December 28, 2008, his twin daughters, Linda Lazzari who died July 30, 2003 and Leslie Lazzari who died July 13, 2010. Friends will be received on Friday from 11-noon in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Funeral services and interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Washington County, P.O. Box 275, Washington, PA 15301.
Frederick W. Todd 06-08-2013 Frederick William Todd, 93, of Finleyville, died Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Thorpe's New Dawn Personal Care Home, Charleroi. He was born May 29, 1920 in Elrama, the son of James Bryan and Eliza Bickerton Todd. Mr. Todd was a World War II veteran, having served in the US Army. During the early 70's, he was a quartermaster with the Royal Crusaders, (a drum and bugle corps) in Finleyville, assisting with equipment and uniforms. He retired from US Steel, Clairton Works after 42 years of employment. Mr. Todd was a lifetime member of the Elrama Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed spending his time doing yard work. He is survived by his son, Harry and wife Patricia Todd of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Deborah and husband Thomas Simmons of Confluence; son, David Todd of Charleroi; son, Michael and wife Becky Todd of Monongahela; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Juliana Ellsworth Todd who died April 9, 2013; a brother, Harry Todd; and a daughter-in-law, Amelia Todd. Friends will be received on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 1:00 PM with the Chaplain Jennifer Dill officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.
Gail E. Dunkerton 11-10-2012 Gail Eileen Dunkerton, 71, of Monongahela, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Life Care Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born February 24, 1939 in North Charleroi, the daughter of William J. and Margret E. Smith Kameron. Gail was a a graduate of Charleroi High School, class of 1957 and the Douglas School of Business in Monessen. She was a homemaker and member of the Free Methodist Church in Monongahela. She devoted her life to the Lord and was a dedicated Navy wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Julie (Ron) Agostoni of New Eagle; son, Jeffrey (Christina) Scales of Long Branch; two step daughters, Jennifer (Dean) McBride of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Kelly (Steve) Guglielmini of Philadelphia; eleven grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Victoria and Grace Scales, Jossalyn and Mariyah Agostoni, Morgan McBride, Spencer Brown, Hunter, Ashlyn and Ryan Guglielmini. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Dunkerton who died January 27, 2005. Friends will be received Tuesday, December 14, 7-9 PM and Wednesday, December 15, 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Additional visitations will be held on Thursday, December 16, in the Free Methodist Church followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM with Rev. William Bailey, officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery, Ruff Creek. Memorial contributions may be made to the Free Methodist Church New Building Fund, 401 Second Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Garry J. Columbus 06-10-2010 Garry John Columbus, 48, of Winter Haven, Florida, formerly of Monongahela, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 10, 2010 in the Winter Haven Hospital. He was born November 27, 1961, in New Eagle, a son of Thelma Jean Davis Columbus who survives and resides in Monongahela and the late Harry Calvin Columbus who died Nov. 20, 2000. Garry was a graduate of Ringgold High School, class of 1980 and earned his bachelors degree from Point Park College, Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church in Monongahela. Garry had a passion for playing baseball. He played in his younger years, and for Ringgold High School and Point Park College. He played several positions, but was best known for being an outstanding pitcher. In 1976, he threw a no hitter at the Pony League World Series. During his entire career in baseball, Garry threw over twenty no hitter games. For several years, he was employed at Coca-Cola in Washington. He has resided in Florida for the past six years and was employed as a production manager for Citrus World. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son Matthew Chase Columbus of Richmond, Kentucky and Matthew's mother Kelly Columbus; sister Terri Pike of Houston, Texas; brother Mark Edward Columbus of Monongahela; special niece Kaitlyn Columbus; loving companion Libby Adams; five cousins Jimmy Davis, Dawn Marie MacFarland, Sherri Roth, Kim Lehr and Denise Frain; and uncle John T. Davis. Friends will be received Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in St. Anthonys Church with the Rev. Robert Coyne, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
Gary E. Coleman 07-09-2013 Gary E. Coleman, 77, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in his home. He was born June 8, 1936 in Monongahela, the son of William and Jane Wright Coleman. Gary retired from US Steel, Clairton Works with twenty nine years of employment. He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching the Pirates and Steelers and camping in the mountains. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Maxymczak Coleman with whom he celebrated thirty nine years of marriage on November 17, 2012; four daughters, Toni Burge and husband Bill of Monongahela, Patty Ornot of Belle Vernon, Cathy Coleman of Monongahela, Tracy Tomes and husband Russ of Michigan; seven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Alice who died when she was a toddler. Friends will be received on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mark Schollaert officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
Genevieve Podroskey Boyd 09-18-2012 Genevieve Podroskey Boyd, 89, a lifelong member of the Monongahela community passed away peacefully in her apartment at The Residence at Hilltop on Tuesday September 18, 2012. Born February 24, 1923, to John and Mary Kobilic Podroskey, Genevieve was the last survivor of an eight member family that included her brothers John, Frank, Reverend Fr. Alfred, James and sisters Viola Vogt, Helen Craig and Frances Chambers. Genevieve was a 1941 graduate of Monongahela High School and an active member of the former St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church (St. Damien of Molokai Parish). She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Damien of Molokai Altar Rosary-Christian Mothers where she was past president, a lecturer and was a participant in the youth and adult choir at St. Anthony. Genevieve worked her entire life for the Kurtz Monument Company and retired as the manager of the Monongahela division. In addition to her Podroskey family, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Boyd in January 1990 and her daughter, Jennifer Boyd Brown in November 1988. Survivors include her five sons; Howard (Barbara) Boyd of Westerville, Ohio, the Rev. Douglas Boyd of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Bloomfield, Gregory Boyd of Belle Vernon, Melvin (Laurie) Boyd of Cottonwood, AZ, and Timothy (Cathy) Boyd of Wheaton, IL; nine grandchildren, Kimberly Brown Rolling, Karen Brown McCormick, Kenneth Brown, Brian, Kevin, Bradley, Jeffery, Allison and Stephanie Boyd; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Friends will be received Friday, September 21, 2012 from 2-9 pm in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main St., Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:00 am in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, St. Anthony's Church with the Revs. Douglas Boyd and James Gretz as co-celebrants. Committal services and interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions made be made to St. Damien of Molokai Altar Rosary-Christian Mothers, 722 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. The Altar Rosary-Christian Mothers will recite the rosaries on Friday at 2:30 pm in the funeral home.
George J. Chambers 09-30-2013 George J. Chambers, 59, of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Monday, September 30, 2013 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born May 18, 1954 in New Eagle, the son of the late George James and Frances A. Podroskey Chambers, Jr. George was a 1972 graduate of Monongahela High School. He was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force, Special forces in Pararescue. After his service in the Air Force, he spent two years in the Air National Guard. George was formerly employed at the West Penn Power Plant (Mitchell Power Station) and had owned and operated Tri Valley Pressure Washing in Monongahela. He was also a field engineer for IBM in Pittsburgh for many years. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife Denise Day Chambers with whom he celebrated thirty nine years of marriage on January 19, 2013; three sons, Neil and his wife Dana Chambers of Fallowfield Twp., Stacey Chambers and George "Dub" Chambers, both of Monongahela; seven grandchildren, twins: Jacob and Joel, Joshua, Stacey Jr. "Bug", Jayden, Austyn, and Madison; three sisters, Cynthia and her husband Larry Lenzi, Kathleen and her husband Dennis Korzinski, and Carol and her husband William Brown, all of Monongahela, brother, David and his wife Alice Chambers of Monongahela; four aunts, Joan Chambers, Dorothy and Liz Podroskey, all of Monongahela and Shirley Olexa of Oxford, GA. Friends will be received on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held on Friday at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Douglas Boyd officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery with full military rights accorded by the Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, One Children's Hospital Drive, Central Plant, Floor 3, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
George A. "Pete" Spahr 06-25-2011 George A. "Pete" Spahr, Jr., 87, of Courtney, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 in the Mon Valley Care Center, Monongahela. He was born January 23, 1924 in Duquesne, the son of George A. and Marie Smith Spahr Sr. Pete grew up in West Elizabeth. He was a member of Transfiguration Church in Monongahela and a US Navy veteran serving during WW II. He was a retired safety inspector with forty years of employment at US Steel, Clairton Works. While working at US Steel, Pete taught safety classes to various area boy scout troops. He enjoyed spending his time as a democratic committee man for Union Township, taking walks and playing euchre at the former Donini's Bar in Courtney. He is survived by his wife Catherine "TaTa" Pasquale Spahr with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage on November 19, 2010; daughter, Sharla and husband Larry Golashewski of Monongahela; sons, George "Pete" and wife Patty Spahr of McCandless Township, Larry and wife Teresa Spahr of Finleyville, Scott Spahr of Monongahela; grandchildren, Craig and Caroline Spahr, Lauren Pascal,Tyler and wife Andrea Spahr, Austin Spahr; step grandchildren, Floyd McCurry, Doug and wife Karla McCurry, Maria and husband Keith Lusk; great granddaughter, Gianna Pascal; step great grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas, Alexis, Jonathan and Aiden McCurry, Nicole, Emily and Jacob Lusk; sister, Betty Magiske of Floreffe; brother-in-law, Jack Farmerie of Clairton; sister-in-law, Dorothy Spahr of Forward Twp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Jack Spahr and sisters, Mildred Marynchak and Dorothy Farmerie. Friends will be received on Tuesday, June 28, from 2-4:30 and 6:30-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, June 29, at 10:00 AM in Transfiguration Church with the Rev. Robert Coyne, as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela with full military honors accorded by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Memorial contributions in Pete's memory may be made to Transfiguration Church, 722 W. Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
George E. "Bud" Johnson 12-28-2008 George E."Bud" Johnson, 74, of Monongahela, died Sunday, December 28, 2008, in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born January 9, 1934 in Victory Hill, a son of the late George and Eleanor Leach Johnson. Bud was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Monongahela, where he formerly served as a member of the church vestry, assistant treasurer, and was an integral part of the monthly grocery bingo. In 1996, he retired from US Steel Clairton Works after 44 years of employment. He was a former member of the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime social member of the VFW Post #1409 in Monongahela. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Irwin Johnson, with whom he would have celebrated 56 years of marriage on January 24, 2009, four adoring children, Cynthia (Gerard) Andriechack of Yukon, George E. (Gerry) Johnson, Jr. of Monongahela, Debra (Terry) Smith of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and James A. Johnson and his fianc?icki Sarazen of Donora, two sisters, Pauline (Charles) Wadsworth of Monongahela, and Patricia (Edward) Mikula of Monessen, five grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and his beloved little buddy and great grandchild George E. (Peanut) Johnson, IV., several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Edward Burzynski in 2008. Friends will be received on Monday from 5-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00AM in St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 130 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA.
George E. Kerfonta 02-17-2009 George Edward Kerfonta, 85, of New Eagle, died Tuesday, February 17, 2009, in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born June 15, 1923 in Saint Benedict, a son of the late John and Julia Korfonte Kerfonta. Mr. Kerfonta retired with 36 years of employment from Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela and was a US Navy veteran serving during WW II on the USS Healy (DD-672). He was a member of Transfiguration Church in Monongahela, the American Legion Post 945 in Harrisburg, and the United Steelworkers of America. Mr. Kerfonta enjoyed spending his time wood working. He is survived by his daughter Kathleen Mendola and husband Edward of Belle Vernon, and his granddaughter Alyssa Mendola; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Harriet Elizabeth Hartman Kerfonta who died on June 6, 1993, six brothers Anthony, Ralph, John, Anton, Michael and Joseph Kerfonta and six sisters Mary Toth, Ann Cirivello, Victoria Peters, Margaret Krapf, Cecelia McAlister and Julia Karnack. Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 10:30 AM in Transfiguration Church, with the Rev. George Chortos, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 10 Duff Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh, PA 15235-3207.