paul m. lesako funeral home inc

Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director

Charles Varesko

         
Charles Varesko, 96, of Smithfield, formerly Carmichaels died Monday February 23, 2015 in Golden Living Center, Uniontown.

     Mr. Varesko was born July 29, 1918 in Masontown, Pa., the son of the late Edward and Anna Tuckish Varesko.

     Mr. Varesko’s first wife,  Pauline Blumish Varesko, and second wife, Laura Hugh Varesko are deceased.

     Mr. Varesko served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, 29th Division, during World War II.  He was a Firearms Instructor in the United States.  He received a Purple Heart for wounds he suffered in France, 28 days after he landed.  Charles was sent to England and returned to the United States where he spent a year in a body cast recovering from his wounds.

     He worked as a furniture upholsterer for many years  and at General Electric Co. in Erie until he retired.

     Charles is survived by 1 son, Charles Gary Varesko, Merion, Pa., 4 sisters, Evelyn Maurin, Rices Landing, Alice Zavora, Carmichaels, Ruth Zavora, Uniontown, Dolores Hughes, Rices Landing.  Many nieces and nephews survive.

     Deceased are 10 brothers, Joseph, Paul, Edward, Louis, Andrew, John, Rudolph, William, Robert Varesko, and Michael Michlik, and 3 sisters, Julia Coles, Anna Wolfe, and Lucy Tuckish.

     A Memorial Service will be held at Lesako Funeral Home Inc. 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Saturday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. Full Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign  Wars Post 3491, and the U. S. Army.

Julia R. Lapkowicz

    
Julia R. Lapkowicz, age 89, of Carmichaels, died February 7, 2015 in Kindred Hospital, Oakdale.

     Mrs. Lapkowicz was born July 12, 1925 in Clairton, Pa. the daughter of the late Giovanni and Rose DeValerio Rossi, and the stepdaughter of Nicholas Pisciottano who helped raise her after her father’s death.

     On November 23, 1946, Julia married Victor F. Lapkowicz who died November 1, 2010.

     Julia is survived by 3 children, Dr. Victor W. Lapkowicz (Susan), Beallsville, Thomas J. Lapkowicz (Ann Marie), Harrisburg, and Joseph M. Lapkowicz (Eileen), Carmichaels, 13 grandchildren, Thomas, John Paul, Mark, Jeffrey, Jared (fiancé, Kelly Kolar), Joseph, Ross, Joby, Victor A. (Katharyn), Matthew, Mary, Anna, all Lapkowiczs’, Emily Filippelli (Daniel), 4 great grandchildren, Evelyn and Rosie Filippelli, Lucas and Sadie Jo Lapkowicz, 2 sisters, Christina Christiansen, Antoinette Graham, 1 brother, Nicholas Pisciottano.

     Deceased are a grandson, Michael Lapkowicz, sister, Ann Robar, and 2 brothers, Vincent and John Rossi.

     Julia was an elementary teacher in the Carmichaels Area School District for 15 years.

     She was a member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels.

     Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m.  A Prayer Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel followed by a Funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m. in St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels.

     Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.

     A Parish Wake Service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

     Condolences at: www.legacy.com

Antoni (Tony) Czyzewski

Entrepreneur and Businessman

     Antoni (Tony) Czyzewski, age 90, of Carmichaels died February 7, 2015 in Kindred Hospital, Oakdale.

     Mr. Czyzewski was born June 13, 1924 in Zastawie, Poland, the son of the late Antoni and Marie Baranska Czyzewski.

     On February 18, 1948, Tony married Janina Szemelak Czyzewski who died December 16, 2003. 

     Mr. Czyzewski is survived by a son, Edward Czyzewski, 5 grandchildren, Dr. William Czyzewski, Dr. Nick Czyzewski and wife, Heather, Kristi Czyzewski, Lyndee Czyzewski, Sarah Czyzewski, 2 great granddaughters, Sydney Jane and Abigail Reese Czyzewski, 2 step grandchildren, Morgan and Hunter Voithofer, daughter-in-law, Debra Czyzewski, a brother, Bronec Czyzewski, Opole, Poland, 2 sisters, Josephine Januszkiewicz, Olawa, Poland and Katherine Wisniewski, Opole, Poland.

     Deceased are a son, Mario Czyzewski, 2 brothers, Walter and John, and 2 sisters, Janina and Helen.

     Tony was a survivor of the tumultuous years of World War II, when Poland was invaded from the East by the Red Army and the West by the Nazis.  He was captured by the Reds at the start of the war, and held at the Kolema Prison Camp.  He escaped and crossed Russia back to Poland.  He aided Polish Resistance Fighters in blowing up bridges and disrupting Red Army supply lines.

     He was later captured by Nazi forces and sent to the Cele Prison Camp, and did hard labor until the camp was liberated.

     He came to America after the war and started Jenny Rose Fishing Lakes near Carmichaels with his wife.  He was also a Dairy Farmer, operated the Greene Mine Service, Tony’s Lounge, and Cumberland Building Supply, over the years.  He was never a stranger to hard work, and was forever grateful for the opportunities America gave him.

     Tony enjoyed bowling, fishing, Mike’s softball and baseball with his family.  He travelled extensively through Europe and the U.S.A. in his later years.

     He was a member of St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels.

     Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa., 15320, (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. the time of a Prayer Service in the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels.

     Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.

     Parish Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

    Condolences at: www.legacy.com




​Mary (Cofchin) Jankowski

     Mary (Cofchin) Jankowski,  age 89, passed  away on February 4, 2015 in Tacoma Washington.

     Mary was born November 18, 1925 in Fayette County, Pa.

     She was preceded in passing by her husband Walter Jankowski and her brothers, Pete and Michael Cofchin.

     Mary spent the first part of her life in Carmichaels, Pa. where she and her husband Walt, operated a lounge. She was very active in her church community including starting a rosary society. 

     She and Walt moved to Washington in 1966 and created a home in Fircrest.  She drove school bus for the Clover Park School District and was very successful working with children with special needs.  She dedicated her life to Jesus Christ., St. Charles Boromeo Church and her family and friends.

     Mary started a grief ministry, and was always trying to help young women explore alternatives to abortion.  She was always trying to help around St. Charles Church and did so many things for the church.

     She will be greatly missed by so many.  In her words “Remember to pray the rosary.”

     She is survived by several nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law.

     Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday when a Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels with the Reverend John M. Bauer officiating.

     Parish Wake Service at 7:00 p.m.  followed by the rosary,  on Wednesday.

     Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.

     Online obituary: www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com

     Condolences: legacy.com




​Richard L. Ermlick

    
Richard L. Ermlick, age 64, of Carmichaels died February 2, 2015 in his home.

    Mr. Ermlick was born December 20, 1950 in Charleroi, Pa., the son of the late Floyd L. and Mabel Byrne Ermlick.

     He was a retired marine welder at Hillman Barge, Brownsville.

     He enjoyed restoring old cars, juke box, and pinball machines.

     Richard is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Harbarger Ermlick, 3 children, Colleen Davis (George), Carmichaels, Richard T. Ermlick (Leslie), Carmichaels, and Tionna Efaw (Johathan), Fairview, W.V., 3 grandchildren, Nathan Phillips (Morgan), Chelsee Phillips, and Kathryn Elizabeth Efaw, and 1 great granddaughter , Abigail Phillips, 4 stepbrothers, Eugene Axton (Valerie), Kenneth Axton, William Axton, and Ernie Axton (Margie).

     A brother, George, sister, Donna Hiles and stepbrother Robert Axton are deceased.

     Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.  The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday with the Reverend Ben Bradnon, officiating. 

     Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.



William Henry Cole

    
William Henry Cole, 84, Carmichaels, Pa. passed from this earthly existence, February 2, 2015, surrounded by a loving family at Mon General Hospital, after a brief illness, to continue his life’s journey with the Lord.  One of his favorite quotes was “The Lord Will Provide.”

     He was born February 3, 1930, at Nemacolin, Pa., a son of James K. and Helga Chellman Cole.  He was proud of his Swedish heritage.

     On December 5, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart and soul mate, Dorothy Lois Haver Cole.  They enjoyed 62 years of blessings and happiness.  His children and grandchildren were the pride of his life.  He faithfully attended the sporting and special events in their lives.

     He graduated from Cumberland Twp. High School with the Class of 1949 and was a right guard on the undefeated, untied football team of 1948.  He attended Waynesburg College.

     He was a member of Co. K, 28th Division, National Guard, and on active duty at Camp Atterbury, Ind. from September 1951 to March 1952.  He served as a Chaplin’s Assistant.

     He worked as a lineman for West Penn Power Co. Retiring in 1990 after 38 years of service.

     He had a Presbyterian background, having been a member of Glades Pres. Church, First Pres. Church, Carmichaels and later Hewitt Pres. Church, Rices Landing.  He was an ordained ruling elder of the Pres. Church, serving as Clerk of Session and on many committies.  He was a Sunday School Teacher and he and his wife were advisors to the Jr. High Westminister Fellowship for several years.  At the time of his death, he was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels.

     He served as Cub Master, Pack 1260, Boy Scouts of America.  He loved volunteering at the Greene Academy, Carmichaels, and was a member of the Board of Directors there having served as President, Vice President, and for 25 years as chairman of the Carmichaels Covered Bridge Festival and the Christmas Craft show.  He founded the Greene Academy Dulcimer Players.  After his retirement, he entertained the residents of  Rolling Meadows Nursing Home on a weekly basis for 24 years until two months before his death.  He was known there as “The Dulcimer Man.” He was an antique bottle collector and a charter member of the Washington Co. Antique Bottle and Glass Club, having served as president, vice president, secretary, and editor of the club’s monthly newsletter for 25 years.

     In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William David Cole (Janet) and Robyn Lee Cole (Angela) both of Carmichaels, two grandsons, Karl David Cole (Kristie) and William Tyler Cole, a granddaughter, Casey Lee Cole, a step granddaughter, Corrie Austin, and a step grandson, Aiden Dielard.

     It is suggested memorial contributions be made to Washington City Mission, 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, Pa. 15401.

     Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Wednesday, 2-4-15 from 2 to 8 p.m. and12 to 1 p.m. Thursday.  Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Bruce Judy and Reverend John R. Dorean officiating.

Gary Lynn Johnson

     Gary Lynn Johnson, age 66, of Bobtown died January 26, 2015 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV after a long illness. Mr. Johnson was born August 16, 1948 in Waynesburg the son of the late Orris and Edith Franks Johnson. Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1969 – 1971. He worked as a coal miner at the Bobtown, Cumberland, and Baily Mines, and also worked construction in the Morgantown area. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. He is survived by 4 children, Orris (Bud) Johnson (Christie), Washington, Crystal Kuhns (Jeffrey), Uniontown, Melissa Husenits (Robert), Carmichaels, Gary Johnson (Navosha), Waynesburg, 8 grandchildren, Chad Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Landon Johnson, Lealynn Johnson, Hannah Fowler, Elijah Fowler, Eve Fowler, and Fitzgerald Husenits, and 2 sisters, Ethel Mae Herrington, Waynesburg, Linda Beal (Ronald), Dilliner. Four brothers are deceased, Terry, Orris, Raymond, and Wesley Johnson. Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.  The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel  with Pastor Hanley officiating. Full Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491 at the Funeral Home.

Thomas I. Jordan    

Thomas I. Jordan, age 72, of Nemacolin died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in his home.     Mr. Jordan was born July 1, 1942 in Masontown, Pa., the son of the late Fred and Christina Weaver Jordan.     He was married to Clara Janet Jordan who died July 14, 2013.     Mr. Jordan is survived by 7 children, Nina Jordan, Nemacolin, Clara Piper (Bill), Barbara Phillips, both of Carmichaels, Thomas Jordan Jr., Joann Lowry (Todd), Joyce Jordan, all of Nemacolin, and Jimmy Jordan, Waynesburg, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 3 sisters, Christina Jordan, Annie David and Mary Spooner, and 5 brothers, Fred Jordan (Mary), Daniel Jordan, Hobb Jordan, Christopher Jordan and John Jordan (Debbie).     Mr. Jordan retired from Nemacolin Inc.     He loved fishing, hunting, and camping with his family.     Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home, Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Thursday January 15, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Friday 10 to 11 a.m.  The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel .     Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.

Maryann Gianoncelli    

Maryann Gianoncelli, age 56, of Nemacolin died January 12, 2015 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.V.       Ms. Gianoncelli was born August 18, 1958 in Buffalo, N.Y.  She was the daughter of Dorothy Clark Gianoncelli, of Pembroke Pines, Fl. and the late John L. Gianoncelli.     Maryann worked as a teacher’s aide at Nemacolin Head Start, and a First Responder and Dive team member of the Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Dept.     She is survived by a daughter, Crystal Pease, Nemacolin and 2 sons, Edward Walkos, Eastlake, Ohio, and John Walkos, Nemacolin, and seven grandchildren.     A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lesako Funeral Home, Carmichaels, Pa.

Richard H. Richter


​Richard H. Richter, age 53, Waynesburg, died January 5, 2015 in his home. Mr. Richter was born July 18, 1961 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Leroy and Marie Tustin Richter. Mr. Richter is survived by 3 brothers, Clarence Richter, Samuel Richter (Jean), both of Waynesburg, Daniel M. Richter (Karla), Dilliner and a sister, Yvonne Renner, Waynesburg, several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.      Dec eased  are 3 brothers, Jess, Roger, and Charles Richter, and a sister, Judy who died in infancy. Services are private, and provided by the Lesako Funeral Home, Carmichaels.



Attilio L. (Teo) Mattei Jr.

Attilio L. (Teo) Mattei Jr., age 60, of Clarksville, died January 2, 2015 in AdvaNCED Personal Care Home, Clarksville.      Mr. Mattei was born July 24, 1954 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Attilio L. and Helen Pavlak Mattei.    He served his country in the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Mattei is survived by two sisters, Deborah Chulick (Dennis), Clarksville, and Rachelle Mattei, Carmichaels, and a brother Alan Mattei (Tabitha), Carmichaels, 3 nieces, Danielle, and Deneen Chulick, and Tiffany Riley (Eric), and 3 nephews, Justin Mattei (Erica), Eric Eli, and Nicklas Mattei, and several great nieces and nephews.  A brother, Dennis, is deceased.  

​A Memorial Service will be held Friday January 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in theLesako Funeral Home, 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320, Paul M. Lesako, Funeral Director/Supervisor, (724-966-5100) with the Reverend James Lewis officiating.      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 55West Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, Illinois 60601.Online obituary: www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com

David Matthew Whipkey    

​David Matthew Whipkey (Chunk), age 42, of Nemacolin died December 11, 2014 from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Route 21, near Waynesburg.Mr. Whipkey was born October 7, 1972 n Waynesburg, the son of Darlene Branisel Micozzi and David R. Whipkey.    Mr. Whipkey was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, class of 1990 andthe Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, Pittsburgh in 1992.      On July 24, 2013, David married Candi Cole Whipkey who survives.  Also surviving are his stepmother, Katherine (Kitty) Whipkey, stepfather, Albert (Butch) Micozzi, daughter, Jeweliana Lucille Whipkey Colver, Pa., son, Jacob, Beallsville, Pa., 4 stepchildren, Andrew Michael Cole, Arianna, Mila, Suri  Rahbar, 2 brothers, Jason Whipkey (Heidi) and Christopher Whipkey (Danielle), both of Carmichaels, 3 step brothers, Gerald Swift (Connie), Jeff Swift, Brian Swift (Tammy), and his paternal grandparents, J. Dale and Lucille Whipkey,Carmichaels.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.     Deceased are his maternal grandparents, Julius and Bena Branisel.    Mr. Whipkey was an Insurance Inspector for Mueller Reports, and SiteInspections Company.  He was a member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels.  David enjoyed cooking, camping, dancing, and spending time with his family, and friends.  He was an avid Steelers, Pirates, and Pens fan, and attendedmany games.  He is now resting peacefully with the Lord.    

​Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue,Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Sunday from2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  A Prayer Servicewill be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday followed by a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels with the Reverend John M. Bauer, Celebrant.  A Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday.  Condolences may be left on legacy.com.