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John J. Ross 01-10-2013 John J. Ross, 85, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Monongahela, died Thursday, January 10, 2013 in his home. He was born August 14, 1927 in Forward Township, the son of James Ross and Lloyd and Susan Revetta Ross Coulter. Mr. Ross attended Monongahela High School. When he was a junior, he left school to join the US Navy (Seabee's). He served during WW II in the Pacific Theater in 1945 and 1946. Upon returning home, he went to the Pittsburgh Academy, where he received his high school diploma. He then furthered his education and graduated from California State College with a bachelor of science degree in education and a masters degree in education and administration from West Virginia University. Mr. Ross started teaching elementary grades in the Gastonville school and then became principal of Gastonville and Elrama schools. He was promoted to the main office, serving as director of education facilities, in charge of building and grounds. He drew up the plans for the transportation system and set up the attendance lines for the seven districts that were joined together to form the Ringgold school district. Later he became assistant superintendent and also served as acting superintendent for sixteen months until his retirement in1982. Mr. Ross was highly thought of by the teachers, students and employees in the district. He loved Ringgold and worked hard to make sure everyone was treated fair and got what they deserved. Mr. Ross was a member of True Vine Anglican Church and the Sutman Yohe VFW Post 1409, both of Monongahela, the Pennsylvania Association of Retired Teachers and the Washington County Education Association. He was a lifetime member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #455 of Monongahela and the Monongahela Valley Country Club until he left for health reasons. Mr. Ross was an avid golfer and enjoyed making and repairing golf clubs. He liked to hunt, fish, spend time in his vegetable garden and also enjoyed canning. After retirement, he and his wife, Shirley spent time traveling throughout the states and abroad. For the last twenty eight years, they have spent their winters in Florida. He is the loving husband of Shirley Scott Ross with whom he celebrated fifty seven years of marriage on August 20, 2012; beloved father of Scott and wife Donna Ross of Scott Twp., Sherry Ross of Charleroi; beloved grandfather of Justin, Scott and Gina Ross; loving brother of Carmel DeLattre of Belle Vernon, Gloria Grant of New Eagle, Donna and husband Chas Lengyel of Monongahela, James Ross of Charleroi, Jack and wife Anita Coulter of Monongahela; loving grand dog, Hershey; many nieces and nephews also survive. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1-8 pm in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. Those attending the funeral service on Monday, January 14, 2013, are asked to meet at True Vine Anglican Church, 700 E. Main Street, Monongahela for the funeral service that will begin at 12:30 pm with the Rev. John Fierro officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
John Kusenko 05-30-2013 John Kusenko, 91, of Finleyville, died Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born October 21, 1921 in Monessen, the son of the late Stephen and Pauline Shinkaroff Kusenko. John graduated from Monessen High School class of 1939. He served in the US Army during WWII, after which he attended the University of Pittsburgh graduating in 1951. While attending college he worked at Carnegie Tech, Page Steel and Wire, U.S. Steel and the Lee Norse Company. In 1952 he started working at the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Laboratory in West Mifflin and continued working there until his retirement in 1987. His many accomplishments were working on the first nuclear powered submarine the USS Nautilus and many nuclear reactors. John was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church and a long time member of the Monongahela Valley Country Club. He also was an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Rita Putnak Kusenko with who he celebrated 47 years of marriage on June 7, 2012; a son, Steve and his wife Kristi Kusenko of Perryopolis; five step grandchildren, Alexander and Paige Allen, Kassidi Kolano, Skyler and Kayla Fransko; many nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mae Rudy and Anne Ferroli, and three brothers, Paul, Nicholas and Peter Kusenko. Friends will be received on Monday, June 3, 2013 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 Tuesday, June 4, at 10 AM in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration Church with the Rev. William Terza, pastor as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave, Ste. E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
John M. Painter, Sr. 02-15-2014 John M. Painter, Sr., 60, of Donora, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 2, 1953 in Charleroi, the son of Thomas Ashbaugh, Sr. who died in 2011 and Catherine Painter Ashbaugh who died in 1988. John was formerly employed at Wall Firma in Monongahela and Canestrale Environmental in Monessen. He was a member of the Mon Valley Jednota Bowling League and enjoyed playing darts, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife of thirty two years, Faye Huweart Painter; two daughters, Denise Ross and husband Scott of Perryopolis, Cindy Painter of Charleroi; four sons, John Painter, Jr. and wife Sandy of Charleroi, Chris Painter of Monongahela, Michael Painter of Donora, Matthew Painter of Monongahela; twelve grandchildren; one great grandson; brother, Thomas Ashbaugh, Jr. and wife Jackie of Washington; three sisters, Angie Bradshaw and Melinda Ashbaugh, both of Donora, Lou Ann Kokoska and husband Scott of Monessen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ariel Painter who died in 1996. Friends will be received on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 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, February 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Doug Quail officiating. Interment will follow in Fells Cemetery, Fellsburg.
John Moham 08-13-2010 John Mohan, 86, of Residence at the Hilltop, died Friday, August 13, 2010 in the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born January 18, 1924 in Donora, the son of Abraham and Mary Mohan. John was a lifelong resident of Sunnyside (Forward Township) and a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Donora. He was a member of the Russian Brotherhood Organization and a World War II veteran having served in the US Army. He was employed at US Steel, Donora Works until its closing, and retired from the Bricklayers Union where he worked in the Pittsburgh area. He is survived by two sons: Dennis (Kathy) Mohan of Greensburg and Jack Mohan; four grandchildren, Ben (Allison) Mohan, Lenny (Abby) Mohan, Molly (Matthew) Kauffman, Sara Mohan; sister Ann Kapuska of Chicago, IL; dear friend Margaret Brewer of Daisytown, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, S. Ruth King Mohan; infant son Gregory; and three sisters, Rose Stazetski, Mary Bodnar andTheresa Minnick. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A brief service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 am in the funeral home, followed by a funeral service at 10:00 am in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Donora, with the Rev. Igor Soroka, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery with full military honors accorded at the grave by the Mon Valley Firing Squad and Honor Guard. A Parastas service will he held Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Donora.
John P. Goryl 11-27-2009 John Patrick Goryl, 57, of Donora, formerly of Monongahela, died unexpectedly Friday, November 27, 2009. He was born September 28, 1952 in New Eagle, a son of the late Mary Kovich Goryl and John Henry Goryl who survives and resides in Brownsville. John was a Ringgold High School graduate, class of 1970 and a former employee of Chemco Equipment Company in Monongahela where he worked for the last ten years. He was a peacetime veteran serving in the US Army. His memberships include St. Anthonys Church in Monongahela, the Carroll Legion Post 949 in Dunkirk and the Croation Club in Donora. He liked to spend his time riding his Harley, golfing and just hanging out at home finding all sorts of things to do. He is survived by his wife Kimberly A. Short Goryl whom he celebrated four years of marriage on April 8, 2009; his son Adam Goryl and his girlfriend Jacquie Swoger of West Mifflin; his daughter Gracie Goryl at home; and his step son Justin Kon and his girlfriend Melissa Drop of South Park. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 W. Main Street, Monongahela where services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mark Schollaert officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park where full military honors will be accorded by the Mon Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad.
John Raymond Mellor 10-24-2012 John Raymond Mellor, 75, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Monongahela, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in his home. He was born April 18, 1937 in Monongahela, the son of Edward and Marjorie Wilson Mellor. Mr. Mellor retired from ConRail after forty three years of employment. He was a US Army veteran and a member of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Janice Morgan Mellor with whom he celebrated forty three years of marriage on August 9, 2012; daughter, Kimberly Jeanne Mellor and fiance' Robert Bird of Warrenton, VA; two sisters, Blanche Losey and husband Ralph of Belle Vernon, Martha Mucci and husband Orlando of Monongahela; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward, Ronald, William "Speed" and James Mellor and four sisters, Marjorie Mellor, Olive Galloway, Sarah "Sally" Pacini and Lillian Sleighter. Friends will be received Friday, October 26, 2012 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, October 27, at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Eric Hertzog officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
John Sminko 12-18-2013 John Sminko, 86, of Monongahela, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was born December 1, 1927 in Monongahela, the son of George and Anna Pascoe Sminko. John was a graduate of Monongahela High School, class of 1945 and was Orthodox by faith. A US Navy veteran, John served during WW II and was a member of the American Legion Frank Downer Post 302 of Monongahela. He retired from Combustion Engineering in East Monongahela. John was a hard working man in his younger days. He enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife, boating, fishing and spending time on the Monongahela River. John will be remembered for his friendly personality. He loved talking to people and reminiscing about times in the past. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Above all, he cherished his time with his granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel whom he dearly loved. John is survived by his wife of fifty four years, Claire Turic Sminko; daughter, Shelly and beloved son-in-law Rob Hetzler; granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel, all of Monongahela; sister, Shirley Huber of Bentleyville; brother-in-law, Michael Turic and wife Maria of Elmira, New York; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion, Sadie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Wiliuszis, Ann Simon, Helen and Irene Kramer. Friends will be received on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 6-9 PM in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where a blessing service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM with the Very Rev. Edward Pehanich officiating. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. Panachida services will be conducted Friday evening at 7:00 pm in the funeral home. The family suggests contributions in John's memory be made to the charity of your choice.
Joseph "Matt" Neidermeyer 02-12-2010 Joseph "Matt" Neidermeyer, 80, of Monongahela, died Friday, February 12, 2010 in Sunrise Assisted Living, Pittsburgh. He was born July 1, 1929, in New Eagle, a son of Rudolph and Rhoda Spachtholz Neidermeyer and step son of Mary Deigan Neidermeyer Matt attended Monongahela High School and was a US Army veteran where he served during the Korean War. From 1947 until his retirement in 1987, he was employed as an engineer at Monessen Southwestern Railroad. While working at the railroad, he was also an airbrake instructor. Matt was a member of Transfiguration Church in Monongahela and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his daughter Shelley and her husband Frank King of Mt. Lebanon, his son Eric M. and his wife Ana Neidermeyer of Glen Allen, Virginia; five grandchildren Amber, Matthew, Lisa, Joseph M. II and Cierra, a great granddaughter Nevaeh Rosalyn, and his sister Debbie and her husband Gary Lenzi of Carroll Twp. In addition to his parents and step mother, he was preceded in death by his wife Roslyn Sternat Neidermeyer who died June 17, 2009; his son Joseph E. Neidermeyer who died October 30, 2006; three brothers Rudolph Jr., John and Albert Neidermeyer and his sister Marjorie Burnworth. Friends will be received 2-9 PM Sunday in the Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held at Transfiguration Church on Monday at 9:30 AM 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 Transfiguration School, Father Leger Memorial Fund, 731 Chess Street, Monongahela, PA 15063.
Joseph A. Putnak 05-21-2009 Joseph A. Putnak, 87, of Monongahela, died Thursday, May 21, 2009 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital. Joe was born in Gallatin on April 29, 1922, the first child of Joseph and Mary Doctor Putnak. He moved with his family to Monongahela when he was six years old and then a few years later, they moved to Monessen where he helped out in his father's grocery store. He graduated from Monessen High School in 1940 and was inducted into the Army in 1942. During WW II, he served with the 4th and the 83rd Combat Infantry Divisions from July 1944 until July 1945, fighting in numerous campaigns including the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Hurtgen Forrest and the Battle of the Bulge, earning five Bronze Stars. On May 23, 1949, he married the love of his life Geraldine Karabin. While raising a family, he worked at the US Steel Clairton Works and started Joe's Electric Eel Service. He retired from US Steel in 1985 and was a member of Transfiguration Church in Monongahela. In addition to his wife Gerry, he is survived by six children: Patricia, Penelope and Mary of Monongahela, Robert of Silver Spring, Maryland, John of Ft. Huachuca, Arizona and Thomas of Hurricane, Utah; two brothers: Jack of Charleroi and Robert of Monongahela and one sister Rita Kusenko of Finleyville. Private services and inurnment will be conducted in Arlington National Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia.
Joseph Bercik 10-07-2009 Joseph Bercik, 90, of Elrama, died Wednesday, October 7, 2009 in the Mon Valley Care Center. He was born on February 12, 1919, in Clairton, a son of the late Mike and Mary Magulak Bercik. Mr. Bercik was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Elrama. He was a US Army Airforce Veteran, having served in WW II as a Staff Sargent in the European and Pacific Theaters. He retired in 1981 from US Steel Clairton Works after 41 years employment. He is survived by a sister, Helen Conway of Brentwood, and three nephews and two nieces, James and his wife Mary Jane Gagliardi of Monongahela, Fred and his wife Marcia Bercik of Charleroi, Fr. G. Michael Bercik, OFM of Boston, MA, Kathryn and her husband Elmer Flament of Charleroi, Milbrey and her husband Thomas Campbell of Murfreesboro, TN, several other nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Julia Mutchler Bercik, four brothers and two sisters. Friends will be received 7-9 Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday in the Frye Funeral Home, Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 AM in St. Isaac Jogues Church, Elrama, with the Rev. Robert Boyle, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery.