Name, age Residence Funeral home
Green, William R., 75* Pittsbugh (F) Pantalone, Greensburg
Name, age Residence Funeral home
Shaffer, Tommy, 81* Uniontown Haky, Uniontown
Name, age Residence Funeral home
Collier, Michael J., 8* Clarksburg Mason-Gelder, Jeannette
Name, age Residence Funeral home
Anderson, Jasmin D., 27* Latrobe McCabe, Derry
Antonacci, Irmo, 84* Jeannette Graziano, Jeannette
DiFilippo, Arturo, 87* Jeannette Graziano, Jeannette
Evangelist, Deborah L., 62* Jeannette Mason-Gelder, Jeannette
Frye, Patricia, 58* Herminie Ott, Irwin
Garcia, Joseph J.,* Murrysville Hart, Murrysville
Hanushoski, Ann, 91* Greensburg Bacha, Greensburg
Janci, Robert W., 85 North Huntingdon Shirley, North Huntingdon
Livingston, Jack E., 85* Irwin Snyder, Irwin
Myers, Sara J., 86* North Huntingdon Shirley, North Huntingdon
Pevarnik, Steve J., 87* Derry Lopatich, Latrobe
Polidora, Alfretta K., 90* Harrison City Ott, Irwin
Popovich, Lynn, 58* Penn Township Lanigan, East Pittsburgh
Schimizzi, John, 86* Apollo Vaia, Delmont
Snyder, Ann J., 89* Greensburg Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport
Steele, Janice M., 72* Delmont Bash-Nied, Delmont
Steele, George D., 78* Greensburg Barnhart, Greensburg
Stuck, Janet R., 73* Penn Township Hart, Murrysville
Thomas, Wilma D., 88* Belle Vernon Rhome, Monessen
Valesky, George R., 74* Jeannette Mason-Gelder, Jeannette
Name, age Residence Funeral home
Gibala, Antoinette H., 76* DuBois Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesporte_SFrBJasmin D. Anderson
Jasmin D. Anderson, 27, of Latrobe, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland, after battling a heart illness for many years. She was born March 14, 1985, in Latrobe, a daughter of Diane Carol Anderson Ryan (Jeff), of Jeannette, and William Edward Kintz (Deborah), of Latrobe. In addition to her parents, Jasmin is survived by her sons, Bastien Anderson and Mason Mastowski; her sister, Shawna Vucina, of Derry; her brother, Todd Blair, of New Derry; half sister, April, and half brother, Jeffery Kintz, of Latrobe; paternal grandparents, William and Loretta Kintz, of Latrobe; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com.
Irmo "Babe" Antonacci, 84, of Jeannette, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 1, 1928, in Jeannette, a son of the late Edward and Elisa Celestini Antonacci. Prior to his retirement Babe was employed by the former Bell Telephone Co. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the Army. Babe was a member of Ascension Church, a member and past president of the churches Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222, the St. Vincent Assembly No. 918, the American Legion Post No. 344, the VFW Post 8240, the M and S Club and its Bocce League, the Jeannette Italian Club, the Polish Brotherhood of White Eagles and a member of the Bell Retirees. Babe was also very active in the pro life organization, the People Concerned for the Unborn Child, PCUC. He served many years on the Jeannette Municipal Authority Board and also was a member of the Sacred Heart Cemetery Board. In addition to his parents Babe was predeceased by a sister, Della Shirer; and three brothers, Anfio, Melzi and Ralph Antonacci. He is survived by his loving wife, Alma Rebosky Antonacci; two sons, Terence Antonacci and wife, Joanne, of North Huntingdon, and Barry Antonacci and wife, Kris, of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Krista Antonacci, Gayle Reed and husband, Chris, Kory and Kevin Antonacci; a sister, Kiki Antonacci, of Jeannette, and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 North 2nd St., Jeannette. The Ascension Church Holy Name Society will hold services at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1222 will hold services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, both in the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Ascension Church. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hempfield Township. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the PCUC, 3050 Pioneer Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15226.
Michael Jerome Collier
Michael Jerome Collier, 8, of Clarksburg, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. He was born June 30, 2004, in Latrobe, son of Michael Joseph Collier Jr., of Greensburg, and Theresa Firek, of Clarksburg. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Dominic Collier, of Clarksburg; two half brothers, R.J. Firek, of Clarksburg, and Seth Collier, of Greensburg; half sister, Paisun Collier, of Greensburg; maternal grandparents, Bob and Kim Uncapher, of Saltsburg; paternal grandparents, Michael Sr. and Judy Collier, of Jeannette; stepfather, Brian Shunk, of Clarksburg; stepmother, Heather Collier, of Greensburg; aunts and uncles, Kathy Hazlett, Lisa Uncapher, Josh Collier, Matt Poole, Jamie Uncapher and BJ Uncapher. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the McCLURE-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 112 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday with Pastor Bob Flaherty officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mason-Gelder Funeral Home. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC. in charge of arrangements.
Arturo DiFilippo, 87, of Jeannette, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Frisa, Italy, a son of the late Nicola and Antonietta Cipolletta DiFilippo. Arturo earned his teaching degree in Italy where he taught for several years before joining his father in the United States. He worked at Alcoa in New Kensington for 10 years prior to his employment at the Elliott Co. in Jeannette. He retired after 25 years of service and returned to his love of teaching and taught Italian at Westmoreland County Community College for almost 20 years. Arturo was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Elliott Company Retirees, both of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved five-year-old brother, Valentino. He is survived by the love of his life, Maddalena Ranalli DiFilippo, whom he married Dec. 2, 1961, in Italy; two loving daughters, Antonella Petruccelli and husband, Bruno, and Valentina Sapienza and husband, Michael; four grandchildren whom he adored, Gabriella and Stefano Petruccelli and Maddalena and Michael Sapienza. In honor of Arturo's request, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Sacred Heart Church, corner of Patton Avenue and N. Seventh Street, Jeannette. A private entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund, 504 Cowan Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644.
Deborah L. Evangelist
Deborah Lee Evangelist, 62, of Jeannette, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born Dec. 30, 1950, in Jeannette, daughter of the late Jerome and Genevieve Highlands Scanlon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Scanlon. She is survived by her husband, John Evangelist, of Jeannette; daughter, Staci King, of Kentucky; two grandchildren, Mike and Maddie King; two sisters, Janis Scanlon, of California, and Karen Louda and her husband, Henry, of Ohio; special cousins, Chuck and Myrl Highlands, of Jeannette, and the Barton family, of Ohio; special friend, Gayle Lapina, of Jeannette; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com. "I did it my way."
Patricia (Medich) Frye
Patricia "Trish" Medich Frye, 58, of Herminie, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 2, 1954, in Pisa, Italy, daughter of the late Milos Medich and Zelmira DelMonte. Patricia was employed as assistant manager for the PA Liquor Control Board at Norwin Hills Wine and Spirits Store, North Huntingdon. She was a 1974 graduate of Norwin Senior High School. Surviving are her two children, Heather Frye (Richard DiCriscio), of Greensburg, and Matthew Frye (Angela), of Greensburg; two grandchildren, Isiah and Alexis Jade; brother-in-law, Terry Frye, of North Huntingdon; brothers, Roberto Medich, of Florence, Italy, Marco Medich, of France, and Stefano Medich, of London, England; a cousin, Stefania, of Italy; aunt, Martha Medich Reilly (John), of Hempfield; half sisters, Mira Medich Habel (Martin), of San Diego, Dr. Melissa Medich, of Lebanon, Conn.; niece and nephew, Brittany Habel and Jason Habel, both of San Diego; stepmother, Martha Medich, of Westmoreland City; three aunts and many cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by father-in-law, Earl Frye; mother-in-law, Doris Frye; and grandparents, Spasenie and Amelia Medich. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial which will be held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Irwin. Interment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. John F. Ott assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
Joseph J. Garcia
Joseph J. Garcia, of Murrysville, beloved husband and father, passed away very peacefully on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in the presence of his beloved family. Joseph was born in Throop, Pa., May 13, 1932, to John and Rose Garcia. Throughout his childhood years, Joseph worked alongside his father and uncle working the anthracite coal regions of Eastern Pennsylvania. During high school he was an avid sportsman earning letters in both boxing and football. After graduating from Kulpmont High School in 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, Catherine Mosloskie, on Oct. 28, 1951. Following the passing of his father in April 1960, Joseph continued the arduous and dangerous work of underground coal mining to provide for his family. He not only took pride in working in the mines, but he truly relished the friends, memories and the hard lessons learned during this time. In 1967, his mining knowledge and expertise, led him to earn a position as a federal coal mine inspector for the United States Federal Bureau of Mines. Joseph relocated his family to the Pittsburgh area later that same year to pursue this new opportunity. After the Federal Coal Mine Safety Act of 1969 was enacted, he rose through the ranks of the Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) through his knowledge of the coal industry, hard work and respect of his peers. As a federal coal mine inspector, Mr. Garcia's reputation as a fair and tough enforcer of Federal Mine Safety Regulations quickly spread throughout the coal fields of the United States and he was widely recognized for improving the work environment of coal miners throughout the country. He was very much respected by coal company management, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and coal miners throughout the industry. He assisted and conducted many mine recovery and rescue operations and received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions towards the advancement of coal mine safety and health. In 1998, Mr. Garcia's distinguished 34-year career as a federal coal mine inspector culminated with his selection as one of only 10 federal district managers of MSHA. He retired on Jan. 2, 2001. He always looked back at his early days dangerously working underground as a young man and vowed to protect the health and safety of our nation's coal miners. Mr. Garcia enjoyed retirement and lived out his days as patriarch and guardian to a loving and grateful family. He chose to enjoy his days in Western Pennsylvania because he wanted to remain close to his children and grandchildren, never missing a holiday, sporting event or activity. Mr. Garcia leaves his wife of 61 years, Catherine; his daughter, Roseann and her husband, Dan, and their children, Dayna (husband Joe), Andrea (husband Dan) and Jon; his daughter, Debra and her husband, Vincenzo, and their children, Dawn and Maria; his daughter, Teresa and her husband, Orlando, and their son, Orlando Jr.; his son, John and his wife, Catherine, and their children, Katie, Jeff and Valerie; his son, Joseph and his wife, Kathleen, and their children, Joseph and John; his great-grandchild, Claire; and his sister, Joanne and her husband, Dave. His wife and entire family were his passion for life right up to the moment of his passing. A funeral Mass for Mr. Garcia will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Murrysville, and a reception will be immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Family Hospice and Palliative Care at www.familyhospice.com/make-a-gift/memorial-contributions/. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
Antoinette H. Gibala
Antoinette H. "Toni" Gibala, 76, of DuBois, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 4, 1936, in Whitsett, a daughter of the late Anthony Henry Matzus and Mary Cecilia Kalman Matzus. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Dolores Naccarato, Mary Joanne Prady and Diane McFarland. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in DuBois. A graduate of the McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing, she was a retired registered nurse for the DuBois Nursing Home. She was also previously employed at McKeesport Hospital, St. Francis Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., and the DuBois Regional Medical Center. Toni was an avid, skilled bridge player and was a member of the local bridge club in DuBois. She is survived by her husband, Stanley F. Gibala; sons, Mark Stephen (Karri) Gibala, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Paul Francis Gibala, of Dubois; grandsons, Sean and Matthew; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Corpus Christi Church, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. Entombment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, North Versailles. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
William R. Green
formerly of Pittsburgh
William Robert Green, 75, of Taos, N.M., formerly of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at home. He was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William George Green and Barbara Livingston Peacock. He was a realtor for Coldwell Banker in Plano, Texas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Green. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Theresa Babco Green; two children, William Green and wife, Amy, of Baltimore, Md., and Carole Farrell and husband, Marty, of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Ryan Farrell and wife, Megan, Casey Farrell and wife, Joanne, Katie Farrell, William Green and wife, Barrianne, and Stephanie Green; three great-grandchildren, Emily Yosi, Jacob and Addison Farrell; a brother, Charles Green, of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Janet Greer and husband, Jerry, of Cambria, Calif., and Barbara Plischke and husband, Terry, of Greensburg; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of William from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-0020. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the fuenral home with Pastor John Smaligo. Interment will follow in Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Greensburg. Memorial gifts to Mountain Home Health Center (Hospice Care), P.O. Box 2566,Taos, NM 87571. William's family has entrusted his care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
Ann Hanushoski, 91, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in New Haven Court at Linwood. She was born May 15, 1921, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late James and Edith (Fanciulli) Conte. She formerly had been employed by the A.E. Troutman Co. and also First National Bank, both of Greensburg. She was a lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Ann will be fondly remembered by her entire family as selfless, giving and devoted. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to New Haven Court and Excela Hospice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Hanushoski, on Sept. 1, 1983; and a sister, Jean C. Silvis. She is survived by her daughter, Marian DeBone and her husband, Barry, of Greensburg; two granddaughters, Jenifer Amundson and her husband, Jon, and Jane DeBone, both of Greensburg; two great-grandchildren, Rachel and Reid Amundson; a brother, James Conte, of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews. Honoring Ann's request, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Private interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greensburg Garden Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
Jack E. Livingston
Jack E. Livingston, 85, of Irwin, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. He was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Clarksville, Ark., a son of the late Gurley and Sallie (Eichenberger) Livingston, and was also preceded in death by siblings, James "Bud" Livingston, Jean Korbelic and Robert Livingston. He was a retired mechanical technician for Westinghouse Atomic, Bettis Plant, West Mifflin, and a Navy veteran of World War II, a charter member of West Hempfield United Presbyterian Church, a member of Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge 731 F&AM and Syria Temple, Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn M. (Kondas) Livingston; a daughter, Linda Daumit and her fiance, Robert B. Eicher, of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Aubree Jean Daumit; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Ronald Durika officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Those wishing may contribute to Pancan/Pittsburgh Affiliate, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Sara J. Myers
Sara Jane Myers, 86, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at her home. She was born Sept. 8, 1926, in Manor, a daughter of the late John and Lydia Loughry Heasley. Sara was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Brenner Sr.; her second husband, Allen Myers; two sisters, Mary Rubright and Ruth Buhl; and son-in-law, Raymond Lichtenfels. She is survived by a son, Robert Brenner and his wife, Cathy, of North Huntingdon; three daughters, Karen Lichtenfels, of North Huntingdon, Lydia Byerly and her husband, David, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Mary Lee Devitis and her husband, James, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Ray (Jill) Lichtenfels, Typhanny (Frank) Mash, Lisa (Don) Colchagie, David Byerly Jr., Tom (Alycia) Roycroft, Jennifer (Tim) Shields, Stephanie (Greg) Kenrick, Rob Brenner and Nikki Brenner; great-grandchildren, Annette, Lauren, Aaron, Andrew, Daniel, Julia, Felicity, Taeler, Hunter, Cody, Zachary and Abigail; and great-great-grandson, Isaiah. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, with Pastor Janice Altenburger officiating. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Restland Memorial Park. JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials to Heartland Hospice or the Humane Society of the U.S.
Steve J. Pevarnik
Steve J. Pevarnik, 87, of Derry, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Hostetter, a son of the late John and Katherine (Hovan) Pevarnik. Steve had attended Sacred Heart Church, Youngstown. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy. He was retired from Blairsville Machine Co. He was a member of Cooperstown Veterans and Sportsmen Club and the Derry Ukes. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marian (Hanlin) Pevarnik; a son, Edward Pevarnik; two brothers, John and Andrew Pevarnik; two sisters, Mary Blystone and Anna Golden; and his companion, Betty Hutton. Steve is survived by a son, Steve J. Pevarnik Jr. and his wife, Joni, of Arizona; three daughters, Shirley Pevarnik, of New Mexico, Susan Wells, of Arizona, and Joann Henderson and her husband, Larry, of Florida; three grandchildren, Paula, Lindsey and Tina; and three great-grandchildren, Ben, Jamil and Jay. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews and Robert Hutton, of Derry. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Military services will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by American Legion Post 515 and VFW Post 3414. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok as celebrant. Interment will be private. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit www.lopatich.com.
Alfretta K. (Yetka) Polidora
Harrison City, formerly of Turtle Creek
Alfretta K. Yetka Polidora, 90, of Harrison City, formerly of Turtle Creek, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in the LifeCare Hospital Monroeville. She was born May 3 1922, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine Pasniewska Yetka. She was a member of the St. Colman Catholic Church of Turtle Creek. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Polidora; a son-in-law, David McCullough; three brothers, her twin, Alfred Yetka, Anthony Yetka and Edward Connell; and two sisters, Charlene Wilson and Mary Ellen Hovan. Surviving are three children, Dr. Frank C. Polidora and his wife, Maryann, of Drums, Pa., Barbara McCullough, of Harrison City, and James T. Polidora and his wife, Janice, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren, Amie Sheikh, Matthew Polidora and his wife, Gina, Christopher Polidora and his wife, Melinda, Justin and Ryan Polidora and Dee Piraino and her husband, Ross; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Flannery, of South Fayette; and a brother, Daniel Connell, of San Diego, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Colman Catholic Church in Turtle Creek. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery in Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Colman Catholic Church, 100 Tri-Boro Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
Lynn (Wasielewski) Popovich
Lynn (Wasielewski) Popovich, 58, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was the beloved wife of James A. Popovich for 31 years; loving mother of Jamilyn (B.J.) Shank, of New Alexandria; and grandmother of Cheyenne Shank. Lynn was the owner of MCW Medical Transcription for 13 years. She enjoyed the beach, photography, country music and spending time with her granddaughter, Cheyenne. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh (412-824-8800). Blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
John Schimizzi, 86, of Apollo, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler, with his loving family by his side. He was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Washington Township, a son of the late Frank Sr. and Frances (Malaspina) Schimizzi. John was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Slickville American Legion. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a car salesman by Hillview Motors, Greensburg. He also loved selling farm machinery and golf carts. John had a passion for woodworking, and loved spending time with his dogs, Lexi and Rexi. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Anthony, Joseph Sr., Charles, Dominic and Herman. John will be greatly missed and is survived by his loving family, his beloved wife of 61 years, Beverly (McLaughlin) Schimizzi; son, Dr. David Schimizzi and his wife, Sandra, of Murrysville; daughter, Dawn Smith and her husband, Richard, of Allegheny Township; brothers, Frank, Richard (Edna) and Warren (Barbara) Schimizzi; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was very proud of his three grandchildren, Heather Sandor, Corey Smith and Alex (Kate) Schimizzi; and two great-grandchildren, Rylie and Jackson Sandor. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for John will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in John's memory may be made to VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001. Please write "John Schimizzi" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
Tommy Shaffer, 81, born Jan. 14, 1932, passed away from heart failure on Valentine's Eve, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Uniontown. He was a devout Catholic and loving father of Attorney Thomas W. Shaffer and wife, Krista, of Uniontown, and Carla Marie Shaffer Benner and husband, Mitch, of Long Beach, Calif.; grandfather of Thomas W. "Trey" Shaffer III, Drake D. Shaffer and Dane C. Shaffer; former husband of Lucille Marie Lombardo, of California; and brother of Anna Marie "Toots" Janosik, of Shoaf, Agnes Takish, Andrew Shaffer and John Shaffer, all of Uniontown. Tommy was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Mary Shaffer; and brothers, Mike and Joseph. As a decorated Army soldier serving in Korea from 1952- 1954, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Good Conduct Medal. While serving his country, he became the All-Army Middleweight Boxing Champion at 38-0. Subsequently, he won the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves Championships six times, having 256 amateur fights and later 56 pro fights all over the U.S. beating the No. 1 contender of the world, Doyle Baird, after Baird obtained a draw in Italy against World Champion Nino Benvenuti and went the distance (10 rounds) against four-time World Champion of four weight divisions, Esteban de Jesus. Tommy's true passion was children, and he operated a boys club for 52 consecutive years free of charge, that touched many youth, some of which had risen to world champion status, Sugar Ray Leonard, Boom Boom Mancini, Buster Douglas, Michael Moorer and Paul Spadafore. He also helped raise money for more than 100 organizations which directly involved the likes of Mayor Caliguiri, W.Va. Senator John Racy, Franco Harris, to high school football associations and bridge clubs. And finally, he hosted the 1988 East Coast Olympic Boxing Championships, was roasted by Sugar Ray Leonard, and honored by Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas at the Golden Glove Championships where he represented Pennsylvania as Coach of the Year. Tom was a member of St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church, the VFW, and had been a member of American Legion Post 51 and countless other organizations. Tommy was a barber, and generously contributed gratis services to the elderly at Mt. Macrina Nursing Home and the County Home for more than 20 years. His second love was hunting and nature, which he shared with his son through many pursuits for large and small game in and out of state. He will be deeply missed, and his life memories cherished. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, and from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the STEPHEN R. HAKY FUNERAL HOME INC., 603 N. Gallatin Ave. Ext., Uniontown, and from 8 until 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, when prayers of transfer will be said. The funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, 61 Mill St., Uniontown, with Monsignor Michael W. Matusak as celebrant. Interment will be held in Mt. Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 51 and North Union VFW Post 8543. The parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Shaffer's Boys Club, c/o Attorney Thomas W. Shaffer, 11 Pittsburgh St., Uniontown, PA 15401, 724-425-1162. Your personal written tributes and memories are welcomed and encouraged at www.hakyfuneralhome.com.
Ann J. (Tylka) Snyder
of North Versailles
Ann J. (Tylka) Snyder, 89, of Greensburg, formerly of North Versailles, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born April 18, 1923, in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late Stanley and Louise (Lowicz) Tylka. She also was preceded in death by her loving husband, Paul Snyder; six brothers, Michael, Thomas, Stanley Jr., Joseph, Andrew and George; and two sisters, Marie Nick and Catherine Beny. Ann was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Prior to retirement, Ann was employed at Forstmann Wollen Mills, N.J., shipyards in Newport News, Va., Westinghouse Corp. of Monroeville and travel agent for Beezak Agency in Pittsburgh. Ann is survived by her sister, Caroline Chudik, of Mt. Pleasant; brother, Frank (Louisa) Tylka, of Greensburg; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, 412-823-8083. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1313 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport. Interment will be held at Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute to Excela Health Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601, St. Robert Bellarmine Churc or your local American Cancer Society. The family extends thanks to the staff and wellness units at New Haven Court, Mountain View Specialty Care and Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.
George D. Steele
George D. "Butch" Steele, 78, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born July 17, 1934, in Barnesboro, a son of the late Richard H. and Esther McAnulty Steele. Mr. Steele was a teacher at Greensburg Salem High School for 38 years. He was the scorekeeper for WCCC Baseball and was a member of American Legion Post 981, South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Richard "Ditter" Steele; and a sister, Bertha Hinish. He is survived by three sisters, Peggy Gillies, of Bergenfield, N.J., Janet Steele, of Wellington, Fla., and twin sister, Betsy Myers, of Ebensburg; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Nick and Mark Silvis, of Greensburg. Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WCCC Baseball, Attn: Coach, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697. For online condolences and donations, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
Janice M. (Howard) Steele
Janice Mae (Howard) Steele, 72, of Delmont, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C. She was born Sept. 28, 1940, in Alma, W.Va., daughter of Mary Smith Howard and the late Marshall Howard. Besides her father, Janice was predeceased by a brother, James Howard. Janice was a longtime member of the Delmont Presbyterian Church and was very active in many activities and events of the church. She was also a member and Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, the Delmont Lions Club, and she enjoyed knitting and baking, especially her famous cookies. Janice is survived by her beloved husband, Charles "Charlie" Steele, recently celebrating their 50-year anniversary; two sons, Kevin Steele and his wife, Amy, of Pittsburgh, and Kirk Steele and his wife, Karen, of Wilmington, Del.; grandchildren, Kelsey, Alayna and Rachel; her mother, Mary Howard, of Delmont (Salem Township); and sisters, Karen Wolfe and her husband, James, of Delmont, and Donna Baker and her husband, Steven, of New Mexico; also nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Delmont Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Cliff E. Buell presiding. Memorial donations may be made to Delmont Presbyterian Church, 101 Church St., Delmont, PA 15626. Arrangements are being handled by BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381.
Janet R. (Davidson) Stuck
formerly of Murrysville
Janet Ruth (Davidson) Stuck, 73, of Penn Township, formerly of Murrysville, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. She was born July 24, 1939, in Pitcairn, daughter of the late Donald and Carrie Lee Davidson. She was a food service employee for many years for the Franklin Regional School System. Janet is survived by three sons, Frank (Nancy) Stuck, Jeff Stuck and Ron (Eileen) Stuck; two grandchildren, Jessica (Tony) Genchur and Ronald; three great-grandchildren, Shane, Skylar and Aiden; a sister, Betty Ann (Dick) Wolfe; a brother, Donald (Bobbi) Davidson; many nieces and nephews; neighbors, Haley, Cassidy and Bella; and her cherished pets, Chubbers, Barney, Bucky, Chief, Sling and Lotta. No visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
Wilma D. Thomas
Wilma D. Thomas, 88, of Belle Vernon, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Golden Living Nursing Home, Murrysville. She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in North Charleroi, a daughter of the late Jack Sr. and Rose Ribich Beck. She was a member of the former St. Anthony's Parish of Monessen and currently a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Church of Monessen. Wilma was also a member of Croatian American Ladies Auxiliary, CFU Lodge 194, Croatian Club of Monessen, St. George Adult Tamburitzans, CDA Court 776, CBPW, and had been past president of St. Anthony's Ladies Guild, Elks Ladies Auxiliary and St. George Bowling League. She worked as a bookkeeper for Millers Department Store of Charleroi, prior to her retirement. Surviving are her husband, Steve G. Thomas; her son, Steve Thomas and wife, Nancy, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Dana Thomas Gray and husband, Chris, and Greg Thomas and wife, Holly; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Colby Thomas, and Cooper and Lena Gray; brother, Emil Beck; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Charles, Robert, Matt, Jack Jr., Nicholas and John; and a sister, Helen Zoretich. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RHOME FUNERAL HOME INC., family owned and operated as a member of the Golden Rule, 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen, where friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in the funeral home with Father Michael Crookston officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Thomas' name through the funeral home. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.rhomefuneralhome.com.
George R. Valesky
George R. Valesky, 74, of Jeannette, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 17, 1938, in Jeannette, a son of the late August and Theresa "Jennie" Montino. Prior to retirement, he worked with the grounds crew at Westmoreland Country Club. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. George was a loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andrea; sister, Emily Kobulnicki; four brothers, August, David, Donald and John Valesky; and son-in-law, Les Stull. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Crise Valesky, of Jeannette; five daughters, Pam Scott and her husband, Robert, of Erie, Krystal Spino and her husband, Dave, Tracy Stull, Roni Jo Churchfield and her husband, John, and Nikki Molter and her husband, Jay, all of Jeanentte; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Valesky, of New Stanton; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Robert Steiner officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com. MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., in charge of arrangements.…